MMS Principal Newsletter

September 25, 2017 @MMSCougarPride

Greetings from the MMS Principal

We are proud of our many accomplishments at MMS. Last year, our student attendance was the best among secondary schools in SOMSD and our Algebra I and Geometry scores were the best in SOMSD. Most recently, at our first visit from NJDOE, we were noted for the positive climate and culture in our school. We were also noted for students' engagement, our use of technology, and our teachers' positive efforts to reach the middle school learner through use of choice in the classroom. The stage is set for us to have a breakthrough year.

As your HSA continues to seek out our families to support our school, I will personally and consistently do the same. We need actively engaged MMS families. We need families to advocate to meet the needs of our school as it relates to equitable facilities, staffing, and resources. More information will come as we near budget season. Stay tuned!


Dara Crocker Gronau, MMS Principal

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Maplewood Middle School Remind App Code @k92d29

This year, the MMS Principal has added a school-wide "Remind App" as another way to communicate with families. Many of your child's teachers will share Remind class codes for you and your child to stay up to date about class events and assignments. As needed, the MMS Principal will periodically use the Remind App to share important info with our school community. Our Maplewood Middle School school-wide code Remind code is listed above (@k92d29). The link below explains how to begin getting notifications. It's a simple way to stay in touch. Join us!

You're Invited to a screening of "Without a Net: the Digital Divide in America"

Below is a link to register for a screening of "Without a Net: the Digital Divide in America" taking place on Sunday, October 1st from 11am to 2pm. We are thrilled that CHS is the venue and hope that you can make it. The event is free, and the organizers are only asking folks to register so we can track our numbers.

The event is a screening of a new documentary presented by Verizon called "Without a Net: the Digital Divide in America." The film explores how the Digital Divide in education and how it's impacting millions of students across America. Immediately following the film screening, there will be a panel discussion.

The event will be hosted by the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 - 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

Today, Jack and Jill boasts 230 chapters nationwide, representing 40,000 family members. The mothers of Greater Essex County chapter are long-time residents of South Orange and Maplewood as well as surrounding communities such as West Orange and Montclair. Many of our families have children who attend school within SOMSD including Columbia High School. This event is the first of a series of events called "Critical Conversations" that we plan to host throughout the school year.