Mooresville MS Family Newsletter

February 1, 2020

2019-2020 IMPtales Yearbook!

Help us to order the correct number of yearbooks to be printed for our school by placing your order for one no later than Feb. 14th! Nothing is sweeter than preserving the memories of this school year for your student! Order 24/7 @ http://www.jostens.com Thanks so much for your support!​

Quarter 3 Interim Reports

Students will bring home Quarter 3, interim reports on Thursday, February 6. Please review your child’s interim report, sign, and return to school.

School Bond Information Meeting

We will be holding a School Bond Information Meeting on February 6, 2020, at 6:30 pm at Mooresville Middle School. If you would like to access the presentation, you can find it at this link: 2020 Iredell County School Bonds Presentation. Please note that these bonds benefit all three school systems in our county: MGSD, ISS, and Mitchell Community College. The following presentation, however, is geared toward the MGSD project. For additional information regarding the Iredell-Statesville School District project and Mitchell Community College project, please visit their websites found within the presentation. You can also find information by checking out the FAQs on our website: https://www.mgsd.k12.nc.us/community/2020-school-bond
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MHS NAF Academy - Rising 9th Grade

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Mooresville High School began a National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Engineering at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Forty-eight students were accepted into the Academy in which they were cohorted in English and Introduction to Engineering. All of the students who completed Introduction to Engineering during the first semester, plan to continue in the Academy. They shared a lot of positive feedback regarding their experiences such as the numerous hands-on activities, field trips to apply their learning, group projects and the use of critical thinking skills that kept them constantly engaged.


During the 2020-2021 school year, Mooresville High School will accept fifty new freshmen into the NAF Academy of Engineering. These students will also be cohorted in English and Introduction to Engineering. During their senior year, students will be provided the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with one of our local businesses. Upon graduation, the students will be NAFTrack certified.


NAFTrack Certification helps students:

  • Make the connection between their high school coursework and their future

  • Reflect on their own learning in order to set goals for continuous improvement

  • Gain proficiency in taking online assessments, which are becoming more prevalent in higher education

  • Demonstrate the hard and soft skills they develop throughout their academy experience

  • Get on track to NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a commitment made by top companies to give special consideration to NAFTrack certified job applicants


More information will be provided at the rising ninth grade Parent night on March 5, 2020 at Mooresville High School. There will also be a NAF table at the elective showcase that night so you can ask questions and learn more about the Academy.


Applications will be available in the main office at Mooresville Middle School and online on the Mooresville High School registration site beginning February 1, 2020. All applications are due to the main office at Mooresville Middle School by March 6, 2020.


If you have questions, feel free to email Julie Blocker, jblocker@mgsd.k12.nc.us, or visit the NAF.org website to learn more about NAF Academy.

Parent Tour

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 8am

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

If you are interested in seeing a day in the life of a MMS student please sign up for our parent tour. You can reserve your spot by calling the front office at 704-658-2720. Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Davis (MMS Instructional Coach) will give you a tour of our school and you will have an opportunity to visit classrooms to see what goes on everyday at MMS from 7:30am-2:30pm!
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Learn Create Share - 7th Grade

Wednesday, March 25th, 5pm

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

Learn, Create, Share is an opportunity for families and the community to see what is happening in our 7th grade classrooms. All Core and Elective content areas will be represented. Student work and performances will be included throughout the evening. There will also be representatives from guidance, athletics, EC department, PBIS, and clubs.

Learn Create Share - 8th Grade

Tuesday, March 17th, 6-7:30pm

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

The 8th graders have been working hard on their Gateway Projects. This is also a great opportunity to come in and see all the awesome things your child has been working on this year! Students will be split up by teams. The Panthers will be located in the cafeteria and the Rams will be in the library. Hope to see you there!

MMS Media Center - The CAVE (Collaborative Active Vital Experience)

The CAVE is opened daily from 7:15-2:30. Students are encouraged to checkout two books at a time. 150 new titles were added to the shelves in the month of January with several of these titles being Graphic Novels. With Graphic Novels accounting for 23% of the CAVE's checkout, Mr. Miller has made it a priority to add more titles to this specific collection. If a student, or family member would like to see a specific book added to the shelves, please be sure to contact Mr. Miller - justinmiller@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Follow Us on Social Media and our School Website!

If you don't have social media accounts, you can still follow MMS social media.

The MMS Facebook and Instagram accounts are embedded in the MMS Website.

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Check out everything MMS on the new website!

MMS Spirit Rock!

The MMS Spirit Rock is a fun and creative way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite Student of the Month, wish a student Happy Birthday or show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member.


Rent the Spirit Rock for only $10 for a week (Saturday to Friday). Submit the rental form along with your payment to the MMS PTSO. Proceeds support the MMS students and staff.

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From Nurse Dana

With Flu Season upon us, I would like to remind families of the important ways recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the seasonal flu virus as well as other common cold viruses.


Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some or all of these symptoms can be present.


Below are everyday actions you and your child can take that can help fight germs, like the flu and/or common cold:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • If you or your child gets sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that your chile stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone. The fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen prior to returning to work/school.

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent the spread of the cold or flu.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow when you sneeze or cough. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it to prevent the continued spread of the cold/flu and wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is how germs are spread.

  • Clean and Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu and/or viruses.


Please refer to your Child’s Primary Healthcare Provider if you have any concerns about your child’s health. Also, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Nurse Dana ☺

Nurse’s Office: 704-658-2733 or Email: dannas@mgsd.k12.nc.us

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Canvas Help for MMS Parents

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 9:30-11am

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

Parents who need help getting a parent observer account or have questions about understanding what you are seeing in Canvas can sign up for a parent help session being offered on Thursday Sept 12 from 9:45 - 11:00am.


Call the main office - 704-658-2720 - to sign up for the help session.


Please bring your child's student id # and laptop password especially if you have kids at another school and need to add more than one child to your account. Parents should bring your cellphone, if you plan to use it primarily to check the grades, or a laptop if you use one at home.

MMS Assistance Form

At Mooresville Middle School we are fortunate to have many community resources available to provide assistance to families in need. Below is a list of some of the assistance programs we are able to offer at MMS because of generous community support. If you have questions about these programs, please contact a school counselor. Our school counselors are Michael Hamilton-Genson (mhamiltongenson@mgsd.k12.nc.us) and Kathryn Buff (kbuff@mgsd.k12.nc.us).


Several of these programs require additional parent information and/or permission forms to be completed prior to your child being able to receive assistance or participate. If you indicate an interest in one of these areas, more information will be sent home once the programs are ready to begin.


MMS Assistance Form

What's Happening in 7th Grade?

Math: Second semester 7th grade math will be focusing on geometry. We have already covered angles, triangles, and circles, and we will be moving on to geometry measurement. We will be finding perimeter, area, surface area, and volume. Please help your student memorize the formulas by studying them with your child.


ELA: Students are working on structure of a poem as well as structure and purpose of informational writing.


Social Studies: Students are studying Industrial Revolution and Imperialism.


Science: January has been an exciting month in 7th grade science. During the first couple of weeks classes participated in the long awaited frog dissection lab. Many students were pleasantly surprised that they enjoyed the activity. To prepare for our new unit on Genetics & Heredity students have been learning about asexual vs sexual reproduction in organisms, followed by the forms of cell division; mitosis and meiosis. As we move through the 3rd quarter we will be taking a look at how traits are inherited and tracked through family generations, and we will finish up the unit with the study of genetic disorders.

What's Happening in 8th Grade?

ELA: All core classes are working on Gateway Research Project. Students have completed research, formulated thesis, composed introductory paragraph, and works cited page. They will continue to work on completion of the outline and begin typing the paper formally this Thursday.


Social Studies: Students have been working on Civil War and Reconstruction era.


Science: Students have been learning about pathogens, Biotechnology, GMO’s and Gene editing as well as the use of biotechnology in North Carolina


Math: Pre-Algebra students began the new year studying the Real Number System. We focused on the differences between rational and irrational numbers and how they compare on a number line. We ended January with a study of the Pythagorean Theorem and how to find missing measurements of right triangles. We will be working on volume during the month of February, along with beginning Scientific Notation. Math 1 students have been applying rules of exponents to simplifying monomials and polynomials. We are factoring trinomials and solving quadratic equations. Our next unit will have us applying these concepts to real world situations.

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Vision:

Mooresville Middle School is committed to creating the conditions that bring each student to full academic potential as engaged, life-long learners and citizens by developing critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Mission:

Mooresville Middle School will instill an appreciation and love for learning in our students as we help them develop the skills needed to become goal oriented, independent thinkers and leaders in an ever-changing global society. We challenge every student, every day to discover and develop a positive sense of self, as well as to respect themselves and others through meaningful collaboration with peers, teachers, and parents.

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