MMS December Newsletter

Week ending 12/2/22

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December 7th - Early Release Day, dismissal at 10:55

December 21st - Gr 8 to A Christmas Carol at Trinity Theater, Providence

December 23rd - Early Release Day, dismissal at 10:55

December 26th - December 30th - Winter Break

January 3rd - Return to School - Full Day.

Principal's Note

Dear MMS Families:


It is so hard to believe that we have entered the month of December and that 2022 is shortly coming to a close. We have had a wonderful fall and many things have been happening here at MMS. The Thanksgiving Basket drive to benefit the Millis Food Pantry was a great success. Our grade eight students did a wonderful job in organizing and filling the boxes which were delivered by some of our teachers and students just before Thanksgiving. The Millis Food Pantry was very grateful for the donation. Great Job!


At this point, Trimester I is coming to a close and we will be starting up Trimester II on Monday. We are looking forward to the weeks leading up to the holiday break and all that we will be doing and enjoying over those weeks. I thank you for all of the support you have given us this fall and look forward to the coming months.


Enjoy the Newsletter!


Sincerely,


Paul

Project 351 Ambassador

MMS is very proud to announce that Nicholas Roy has been selected to be MMS Project 351 Ambassador!


Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service leaders through the year long engagement of an eighth grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Youth are selected by their hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude. Nicholas is a prime example of this here at Millis Middle School.


We would like to congratulate Nicholas on his nomination to the program and will look forward to supporting him throughout the coming year as he represents Millis well!!


Congratulations Nicholas! Well done!

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Millis / Medway U12 and U14 Cheerleaders Heading to Nationals!!

We are very exited to announce the the Millis / Medway 12U and 14U Cheerleading teams placed at Regionals a few weeks ago and will be heading back to Nationals to defend their title as NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!


The 14U team placed 2nd at Regionals and the 12U team not only placed 1st, they were the GRAND CHAMPIONS, which means they had a higher score than every other team at Regionals, beating out 146 other teams. We would like to congratulate all of the cheerleaders and their coaches on a job well done and wish them all the best at Nationals.


We would especially like to recognize:


Cassidy Cook

Gianna Scotland

Gianna Tiberi

Maddie Brynczka


Well done!

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Time to order some Millis bling!

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The Millis athletic department has teamed up with iSlides to offer a team store through December 12th. You can customize slides with several options around extracurriculars like basketball, soccer, chorus and drama. You may have your name or number printed as well. All orders receive 20% off when using the code Millis20. You can find the link on the Millis Athletics social media accounts and in your email later today. Great holiday gift for a family member or even yourself. Please visit https://islideusa.com/collections/millis-1 to order. See Mr Phinney with any questions. Go Mohawks!

Parents, please update your emergency contact information in Powerschool

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS NEED UPDATING

An email from PowerSchool Registration Support has been sent to each parent/guardian listed in PowerSchool. Please take a moment to update and verify your emergency contact information and submit as soon as possible. This is extremely important for each students' record to be verified and submitted.


If you have multiple children you must submit for each. The email address that you need to find in your inbox is PowerSchool Registration Support. The link provided in the email is generated exclusively for your student.


If you did not receive an email, please contact jdavies@millisschools.org for a new link.

School Health Office news

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MMS Grade 7 Families:

Message from the School Health Office

The Nurse is conducting mandated screenings for students in grade 7, which includes vision, hearing, height, weight and postural. These screenings are conducted together in the privacy of the school Health Office. The purpose of the postural (Scoliosis) screening is to find early signs of possible spinal problems in children grades 5th-9th. If the Nurse has any concerns she will notify you. If your child has already been screened by your doctor and you wish to opt out of this screening or any of the screenings please email Lynn Molinari at lmolinari@millisschools.org.

Stay well!

Lynn Molinari

Sponsor a yoga session

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These sessions have been very successful for our students in helping them to navigate some of the stressful situations that may come up during their day. It is a good relaxing time for our students as they learn some important strategies to settle their minds, and improve focus and brain function.


Last year many of you supported this program through generous donations. We sincerely appreciate your support. We are continuing to run the program this year. If you are interested in supporting the program please feel free to send along a contribution. We would appreciate any support you can give. If interested you may have your student drop-off the donation to the Middle School Office. Any checks should be made payable to Millis Middle School with the word "Yoga" in the memo line. Thank you again for your consideration.

Snowflake Drive

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Grade 6

It's been a great first trimester, but T1 has come to an end. Students should be aware that many of them will be switching UAs starting on Monday. New UAs will be posted on PowerSchool and new schedules will be handed out. UAs are assigned on a rotating basis so that students have an opportunity to experience a variety of specials during their time in Middle School. Here's to a successful Term 2!

Grade 7

7th Grade Science classes began exploring Engineering design! How can you create a bridge using only 2 cups and a "1,000" dollar bill?
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also, please note:


Please remind your students to charge their iPads every night. If they are having an issue with the iPad let a teacher know.

Grade 8

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The eighth grade will be attending A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens on December 21st, at the Trinity Theater in Providence.

Unified Arts Department

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News from the Art Room!

Term 1 Art Wrap-up

Term 1 art students are wrapping up the term with amazing clay creations.

6th grade-slab construction textured frames.

7th grade-glazed coil pots

8th grade-Letters to My Future Self featuring slab construction, underglazing, and sculptural elements.
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Library News

Anyone who would like to support the library can visit our Amazon Wish List by clicking on the link below. Thank you very much!

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Athletics

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Click on the link below to see Athletic news and schedules

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Just a friendly reminder regarding the Middle School Attendance Policy:

If your student needs to be absent from school, a parent/guardian should notify the office via the attendance line (508) 906-3711 or by emailing msattendance@millisschools.org prior to 8:00am, if possible. If we do not hear from a parent/guardian, the absence will be marked as "truant".
If your student is going to be late to school, a parent/guardian should contact the Middle School Office. The office should be notified via the attendance line (508) 906-3711, by emailing msattendance@millisschools.org or by sending a note in with your student. An excused tardy will require a note from the place of their appointment, (not a parental note). Upon arrival, the student should go directly to the Middle School Office and check in.
If your student needs to be dismissed, a parent/guardian should send their student in with a note listing the dismissal time and reason, or call the attendance line (508) 906-3711. Students are expected to check in with the Middle School Office to confirm their dismissal and to receive a pass. This policy is to prevent as much interruption of class time as possible.

*Activities Eligibility Dismissal: If students are involved in extracurricular activities and need to be dismissed during the school day, they will need to provide a note to the office from the place of their appointment, not a

parental note, so they remain eligible to play or practice.


*Medical Dismissal: Any student requiring to leave school for any kind of medical reason must receive approval from the School Nurse.


*Emergency Dismissal: In case of an emergency dismissal, a parent/guardian should contact the Main Office and every attempt will be made to expedite the dismissal.

a little glance into next year...

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Classes resume Tuesday, January 3rd!
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