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Summer Newsletter - Important Dates in August - 7/26/2019
Happy Summer! Important Dates to Save in August
One month from today, all of our students will be returning to Manassas Park Middle School or entering the secondary campus for the first time. Between now and then, we have a number of different events taking place for returning students, as well as a number of special events for our new 6th grade students. Please read through this newsletter and save the important dates on your calendar, as well as saving this newsletter as a reference for before school events in August. It's a long one, but hopefully this is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to ready to return to school!
Things to check out:
-Important Dates for your calendar
-Changes for 2019-20
-6th Grade Events (Home visits, 6th grade student orientation)
-Fundraising Events to Support the Middle School
-Middle School Sports (Physical and Concussion paperwork)
-Myschoolbucks - our online portal to pay any/all school debts, including lunch accounts
-Change to the elective schedule
-How to watch school board meetings online
-How to follow MP Middle via twitter!
Also - while you are back to school shopping, check out some of the easy to use fundraising ideas listed below. With a little effort from all of our community, MPMS will receive a percentage of your purchase from stores as a donation that can be used to support the school. Please help us out! See details below!
Important Dates and Events through Week 2 of School (in order)
August 14: Device Deployment 2 from 4-7 pm
August 20: 6th Grade Home Visits from 5-7:30 pm
August 21: 6th Grade Orientation from 9 am-12 pm
August 21: Device Deployment 3 from 4-7 pm
August 22: FINAL Device Deployment from 4-7 pm
August 22: MPMS Open House from 4-7 pm
August 26: First Day of School! 7:25 am start!
August 27 through 29: Middle School Fall Sports Tryouts (Football, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Boy's Soccer, Girl's Track) **Must have physical and concussion paperwork to tryout!
August 30 & September 2: No School for Labor Day Weekend
Friday September 6: Student Picture Day
Changes involving fees for the 2019-20 School Year!
Technology Fee : There will no longer be a technology fee charged at device deployment.
Backpacks: Students may use any backpack of their choosing knowing that the responsibility of protecting the device is still part of the technology agreement. It is recommended that any backpack being used has a protective laptop sleeve built in. This year there will not be free backpacks provided for 6th grade and transfer students.
Save the Date! Device Deployment in AUGUST!
Save the Date - Deployment is at MPMS
Deployment dates for the 2019-2020 School Year:
Monday, August 12 4:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 14 4:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 21 4:00-7:00 PM
Thursday, August 22 4:00-7:00 PM
For Upcoming 6th Graders!
Also, the attachment below is from the health department discussing required vaccinations for Middle School. The TDaP shot is required to be given to all students prior to the start of 7th grade. (This was previously required for 6th graders... this upcoming class is the first with a 7th grade requirement.)
Please make sure that you talk with you doctor about vaccinations and if your child has a physical completed over the summer that they fill out a VHSL sports physical form to be turned in for after school athletics next year!
Help the Middle School - Here are the Many Different Fundraisers That Are Always Running!
Box Tops: Please continue to snip and send your box tops to school with your students! Or, you can now scan in your box tops using their app - Click here to see more: https://www.today.com/parents/there-s-whole-new-way-collect-box-tops-education-t159507
Shoparoo is an app that allows you to take a picture of your receipts (from any store )and upload them. When you reach $50, they will mail a check to the school. It doesn’t cost anything and it is an easy way for us to raise some money for our school! Just make sure you choose Manassas Park MS when you set up your account to start earning!
Harris Teeter Together in Education Program
Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $28.7 million to Together In Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. All you need to do is go to https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education and click the “Link Your School Today” button. Either log in to your “My Harris Teeter” account or create one using a valid email address and make sure your VIC Card is connected to your online account. Once you are logged in, use code 6643 to add Manassas Park MS to your account so you can start earning for your school!
Shutterfly is an online photo printing service. You can print photos, canvases, holiday cards and more! If you use the link: https://www.mpms.ShutterflyStorefront.com Shutterfly will donate 8% of your purchase to the school. Be sure to follow our specific MPMS link and purchase using a web browser, not the Shutterfly phone app.
Staples Classroom Rewards
Staples Classroom Rewards program helps parents give 5% of their Back to School purchases directly to their child’s teacher. Teachers will enroll in the program and parents can easily visit the site, select their child’s teacher and enter in their receipt number and purchase amount. This will be automatically added to the teacher’s classroom account. Sales can be donated until 9/15/19 so be sure to get your receipts entered for your students classroom account!
Middle School Sports!
The fall sports offered are: Football, Girls Volleyball, Cheerleading, Boys Soccer, and Girls Track.
In addition to the sports physical, a concussion awareness permission form must be signed and returned by the parent. There is no longer a required meeting for the concussion protocol like in previous years.
Without a completed physical and concussion paperwork turned in, no student may participate in after school sports, including tryouts.
Tryouts for fall sports will start on Tuesday, August 27: the second day of school.
Please Make Sure All Debts are Paid!
Please pay and settle all outstanding fines (technology obligations, library fines, etc.) as soon as possible. Payments can be made by cash or check or online at myschoolbucks.com. If you are paying for a technology obligation by check, please make checks payable to MPCS.
If you have any questions or need to know what your student owes, please contact Mrs. Wence, the Bookkeeper, in the front office. 703-361-1510, x17102 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For library fines, please contact Mrs. O’Connell via email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your assistance.
Elective Schedule Realignment for 2019-20 School Year
In our ongoing efforts to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities at MPMS, we are excited to share a realignment in our elective schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Now, all elective classes will be 90 minutes on A and B days.
Students will only be taking 5 classes per quarter (instead of the previous maximum of 7) and students will change their elective classes each quarter or semester. In addition, this allows our electives teachers more teaching time (as it removes a transition each school day) without compromising the plethora of elective offerings currently available to our students at MPMS.
In order to keep the same number of instructional minutes, different classes will be offered for different lengths of time:
Full Year Electives: Band, Choir, ESOL, Spanish I
Semester (1/2) Year Electives: PE
Quarterly Electives: All Art, Business, STEM, Family & Consumer Science, Guitar, Journalism, and Spanish 6 & 7 classes
See the two example schedules below for a possible 7th grade elective student schedule to gain an idea of how the year would work.
Students met with their school counselor in the Spring to choose their electives. Once you receive your schedule, feel free to talk to a school counselor, elective teacher, or administration if you have any questions.
Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!
Connect with us on Twitter!
If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade
There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter. If you like their tweets above, follow them!
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