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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 1/18/2019

Week 20 - SOL Tests and the End of the Semester!

This week our 8th grade students took their Science and Civics SOLs. We are so proud of their efforts - and students who qualify for a retake will test on Wednesday next week.

Next week features a Holiday on Monday and the end of first semester. For all elective classes, the last time they will meet will be on Tuesday (A day classes) or Wednesday (B day classes.) Please take a moment this holiday weekend to check on grades and make sure everything is turned in. The minimum goal for all students is NO ZEROS in their grade book for each class - including IXL's and especially all projects!

Finally, have a happy three day weekend from MPMS to all of our families. If you are looking for something fun to do as a family, the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Bristow is having an outstanding Martin Luther King Jr concert celebration. If you purchase tickets from the link below, you will get 50% off tickets for all students. If you are taking college or career classes with a student ID, you also qualify for the discount! It should be a wonderful (and educational) performance!

Looking for something to do at 3 pm on Sunday? Check this out!

Hello from the Hylton Center!

Students will receive 50% off Hylton Presents performances, including the upcoming sensation, We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m. Hear the compelling words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. interwoven with music created by African-American artists during the Civil Rights movement in this inspired production. Conceived and created by award-winning musical artist Damien Sneed, We Shall Overcome blends actual recordings of Dr. King’s speeches with live music from African-American traditions, tying together a lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals.

“Damien Sneed is an ambassador for classical and gospel music…he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.” (Wynton Marsalis)

As always, we greatly appreciate your willingness to share this information with your students and their families.

To learn more about going to see this event:


Hylton Center Ticket Office inquiries: 703-993-7759

For information about additional upcoming Hylton Center performances, please visit

What Happened in School this Week? Check out these Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)

Upcoming Big Things!

Monday, 1/21: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, 1/22: Tryouts start for Boys Basketball and Wrestling!

Wednesday, 1/23: SOL Expedited Retakes (Scores of 375-399)

Thursday, 1/24: End of Semester 1, Early Dismissal Day (10:30 am) for Grades 6-12

Friday, 1/25: Teacher Workday - No School for Students

Monday, 1/28: Start of Semester 2!

Peter Pan Jr The Musical!!

Friday, 2/1: @ 7:00pm in the MPMS Auditorium

Saturday, 2/2: @ 2:00pm in the MPMS Auditorium

(Tickets will be on sale the week of the show! $3.00)

Boys Winter Sports are Almost Here!

If your son would like to participate in Boys Basketball or Wrestling, their season is coming up!

All athletes must have a physical on file with the middle school AND complete concussion training for that school year. If your child previously participated in fall sports in 2018, their paperwork is still valid. Paperwork from previous school years is no longer valid.

Questions? Want to check if your son's paperwork is up to date?

Email Ms. Webb, our Athletic Director at

Tryouts for both basketball and wrestling start after school on Tuesday, January 22!

Meet a new face @ MPMS! Ms. O'Connell!

Introducing Ms. O'Connell!

Ms. O'Connell is our school librarian, who has been in her position for 13 years, and has been a school librarian for 19 years. Prior to becoming a librarian, she was a preschool teacher! Ms. O'Connell can be found in the library for any of your informational or maker space needs.

Quick Facts about Ms. O'Connell:

-Attended George Mason University and James Madison University!

-Majored in Education and Library Media!

-Likes camping in the outdoors! Her favorite campground is the KOA in Fredricksburg.

-Enjoys reading and exploring virtual worlds! She loves second life, minecraft, and more!

-Loves her family!

When you see her in the library or at a school sporting event, please say hello and introduce yourself to Ms. O'Connell!

Put these upcoming events at MPMS in your calendar!

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Come check out the MPMS Book Fair! Feb 4-15!

During our Book Fair, February 4-15 during school hours, the Library Learning Commons is transformed into a book store! We'll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school!

Our purpose for the Book Fair is to give students a chance to choose books for the library, since students’ long-term reading habits increase when they are allowed to make their own choices about the books they read. The library receives books from the fair as our profit, and we are usually able to get all of the books that the students choose.

You can use the new online eCash feature to give your child money to spend at the Book Fair. You establish a limit, and your credit card is not charged until after your child makes their purchase. See the Book Fair Home Page for more information.

More information is available on the Book Fair Home Page

The schedule for class visits can be found on the calendar on the library's Canvas course

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See you at the Book Fair!

Need Winter Clothing? Jackets? See Ms. Salas in the counseling office!

If you are in need of winter clothing, Ms. Salas also has a supply of donated items for students as well. Get in touch if you have any questions!

Connect with us on Twitter!

Weekly newsletters are great, but if you would like daily updates and pictures of the great things happening at Manassas Park Middle School, follow @MpMiddle 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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