Massabesic Middle School

January Family Newsletter

Dear MMS Families,


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and Winter Break. December tends to fly by in a blur, so I hope you were able to enjoy down time with loved ones. We were excited to welcome our students back to school this week and there were certainly many happy voices in our hallways!


Below you will find a write up about our amazing 7th Grade NASA Spinoffs; a Music Department update on their fantastic holiday performance recordings; information about our upcoming annual student climate and culture survey; and an update from our School Counselor's Office. We have some dates to note for this month and early next:


  • Youth Truth Survey week (information below)— Week of January 10th
  • Early Release Day— January 12th
  • No school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day— January 17th
  • Quarter 2 ends for our 8th grade Specials— January 21st
  • Winter NWEA Reading and Math tests— February 1st and 3rd


As always, reach out if you have any questions. We all thank you for your support of our school.


Best,


Kelly Grantham

Principal

7th Grade NASA Spinoffs

Over the course of the past month, all 7th grade students have been working on a collaboration project to design and build new innovations. Together, we have studied climate change, the impacts that result from it, and solutions to reduce these changes we are seeing globally. Following discussions and research, students were introduced to NASA Spinoffs. Spinoffs are modern day products that were developed based on technologies designed by NASA. For example, NASA created scratch-free lenses that are now found in our everyday eyewear. After exploring NASA spinoffs, students were tasked with designing an innovation to help reduce the impacts of climate change based on NASA technologies. They worked through the engineering design process to come up with their solution (Ask - Research - Imagine - Plan - Create - Test - Improve). They brainstormed ideas, built prototypes, designed team mission patches, made a scaled drawing on graph paper, and learned the skills to create a poster as well as digital presentation. Digital presentations will be shared within the community in the coming weeks. We are so proud of the work our students have been doing!


- Mrs. Turner, Ms. Dodge, and Ms. Carnell, MMS 7th Grade Science Teachers

MMS Choir and Band

This December, the Choir and Band both held virtual concerts. This was the first performance our students have had in almost 2 years! For some, it was the very first performance they have ever had. With all 55 members of the choir singing their hearts out, a few members were given the opportunity to perform solos: Julia Bryant, Aidyn Lane, Alexis Beaulieu and Noella Champagne.


The 6th, 7th and 8th grade band all performed individual concerts. For the first time ever they all sported their brand new matching polo shirts with the “Massabesic Band” emblem. The band sounded and looked amazing!


All of our concerts have been posted to YouTube and links were sent out through email/Google Classroom. If you have not seen the videos, please contact your music director for the private link. In addition to our concerts, the following students have been selected to participate in the MMEA District 1 Honor Festival:


Choir: Jay Coleman, Noella Champagne, Charlie Gulledge, Zoey Spicer, Bella Blaisdell, Tessa Rossignol, Blue Desimone, Abigail Smith, Hazel Blanchette, Lauren Labbe, Konner Tarbox, Ryan Lee, Sebastian Bisson


Band: Coral Lopez, Ian Tassinari, Dexter Lord, Julia Dochtermann, Mark Curtis, Kilee Francis, Devenny Bricket, Jakub Slawiec.


Congrats to all on such a high honor!


- Mr. Laciano, Director of Instrumental Music, and Mr. Holbrook, Director of Choral Music

Youth Truth Survey

For the last three years, MMS and MHS have partnered with the national nonprofit Youth Truth to conduct student surveys of our school's climate, culture, academics, and engagement. The anonymous, 15-minute survey will take place at MMS during the week of January 10th, and the feedback we receive from students helps to inform our school goals and area of support and focus. Click here to read the Youth Truth survey questions or visit https://youthtruthsurvey.org/ for information.

Winter Update the School Counselor's Office

The school counseling office has been busy working with students to create a welcoming, inclusive school environment through a number of classroom, small group, and individual activities. Throughout the fall our department has continued to organize our school advisory program. This year, lessons have focused on team-building, self-reflection, communication, and improving school culture.


Small groups are underway at each grade level and have covered topics including friendships and social media, coping skills, social skills and peer relations. Groups meet during morning homeroom, RTL, and during the lunch block.


If your child is interested in meeting with their school counselor one on one or in a small group, please have them reach out to their grade level counselor. For more information about the role of the middle school counselor, please visit our district website at: https://mmsguidance.weebly.com/


Massabesic Middle School Website

Visit the MMS Website for upcoming dates, our Family Handbook, and other information.

RSU 57 Nurse Links

York County is experiencing a high rate of transmission of Covid-19. It is extremely important to keep students home when they are unwell. Please call the Main Office (247-6121) to report the absence. Remember to do a daily pre-screening prior to attending school. Visit RSU57 Pooled Testing for more information and to complete the online consent form if interested in pooled testing. See the linked information letter and electronic consent form here for permission to do BinaxNow Rapid testing if symptomatic at school.