Matapeake Happenings

December 2022 edition

Message from Dr. McCoy, Principal

Dear Matapeake Middle School Families:

MMS Administrators, teachers and support staff would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! There will be an early dismissal on December 22 at 12:00PM. The winter holiday break begins December 23 thru January 1st. Schools will re-open on Monday, January 2, 2023.

I would like to thank Ms. Burrall, Choral Director and Mr. Flaherty, Band Director for the wonderful winter concert performance on December 13th. What an "awesome" performance! Our student performances were stellar and the students looked fantastic! Thanks to all of the parents and community members who came out to support. We had a full house.

Parents, please make sure that your children are not wearing pajamas or other sleep attire to school such as fuzzy slippers, night caps, etc. In case of an emergency or scheduled drill, students will need to be able to move quickly and safely. Students should be wearing warm and appropriate clothing and shoes. Students who report to school in pajamas will need to call home to have parents bring an appropriate change of clothes. If you have any questions about this, please contact me.

Also, there have been several incidents of school vandalism. Students are trashing bathrooms, taking letters off of signs in the hallways, and writing on the bathroom walls. The administration and staff take great pride in keeping our school clean, and we talk daily about having the "Respect for our school community". We have told the students if they see something, say something. Please speak with your children about respecting school property. Students and parents will be liable to pay restitution for damaged school property.

Finally, take this holiday season to relax and rejuvenate with your family and special friends. Send your children back rested, and ready to engage in learning.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season! Dr. McCoy

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January Testing

Jan 11-13 - iReady Math

Dec 12-13 - Health/PE Post

Jan 17 - Social Studies Mid-term

Jan 18-20 - Reading i-Ready


November Students of the Month!

6th Grade

McKenna O'Keefe

Benjamin Fasig

7th Grade

Maci Calabrease

Shane Bunce

8th Grade

Emily Schaefer

Christopher Cool

Unified Arts - Gateway to Technology

Kai Moore

George Stoltz

Board of Education - New Members


Date - December 9, 2022

Queen Anne’s County Board of Education

On December 5, 2022, Queen Anne’s County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Katherine Hager,

presented Commissions from Governor Hogan, and swore in two members of the Queen

Anne’s County Board of Education.

Shannon Bent, District 1, was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Board in 2021.

Ms. Bent won the recent election, and will represent District 1 for the next four years. Ms. Bent resides in Church Hill with her family.

Alexis Capes won the Member At Large seat in the recent election. She will serve for the next

four years. Mrs. Capes resides in Marydel with her family.

At the December 7, 2022 Board Meeting, the President and Vice President were elected. Mr.

Marc Schifanelli, District 4, will serve as Board President. Helen Bennett, District 3, will serve

as Board Vice-President.

Superintendent of QACPS, Dr. Patricia Saelens, stated: “I would like to personally thank the

Board Members for their dedication and service to Queen Anne’s County Public Schools and

all of our students. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with this board for the next several years.”


Important Dates to Remember

Dec 19 - 22 - Spirit Week

Dec 21 - Student of the Month Celebration

Dec 22 - 1/2 day for students - dismissal @ 12:00PM

Dec 23 - Jan 1 - Winter Break

Spirit Week ~ Dec 19-Dec 22

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