Mooresville MS Family Newsletter

December 15, 2017

A Message from Mrs. Robinson

Greetings Mooresville Middle School Families,

The month of December reminds us to be giving. At Mooresville Middle School we appreciate your willingness to allow us to give our all to support your child every day.

During Winter Break it would be very helpful if you encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes a day. You can make this a family event by selecting a book to read together as a family then discussing the book while driving to one of your many destinations over break. You can also consider having your student read aloud to you while you are in the car. Even when I child is in middle school reading aloud to someone is very helpful. You may decide to just ask your child questions about a book they are reading. Simple questions like; “Why did you choose that book?” “What’s your favorite part so far?” “How do you relate to the main character of the book?” Any type of encouragement from you for your child to read over break will go a long way.

If you are interested in seeing a day in the life of a MMS student please sign up for our next parent tour on January 9, 2018 from 8am to 9am. You can reserve your spot by calling the front office. Our Instructional Coach and I 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 from7:30am-2:21pm!

If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call.


Ayana Robinson, Principal

Mooresville Middle School

IMPortant Dates

  • December 20-January 2: Holiday Break
  • Tuesday January 9: Parent Tours 8am-9am
  • Monday January 15: School Holiday
  • Tuesday January 16: Math EOQ
  • Wednesday January 17: ELA EOQ
  • Thursday January 18: Science EOQ
  • Friday January 19: Social Studies EOQ
  • Monday January 22: Student Holiday
  • Tuesday January 23: Honors Math EOQ
  • Tuesday January 23: 2nd Semester Starts (end of 2nd quarter/1st semester)

General News

All Pro Dads Meeting

  • Thursday January 4
  • 7:00-7:45am
  • Staff Development Room
  • Breakfast is available for purchase
  • Students can bring any adult who is important in their life...doesn't have to be a dad!

From the Guidance Department - ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is important throughout the year. Frequent absences interfere with your child’s progress toward meeting minimum standards for promotion. A student must be present until 11:00am in order to be recorded present for that day. Notification of absences by report card will be given at the end of each grading period.

Unexcused Absences

In accordance with the NC Compulsory Attendance Law, students who accumulate 10 unexcused absences are considered truant. These students and/or their parents or guardians may be referred to the district attorney.

For absences in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law, notification will be sent by letter for the 3rd, 6th, and 10th unexcused violation.

Excused Absences

Students who are absent must submit a note signed by the parent within three days of the absence. If the note is received within three days and meets state-identified criteria, the student’s absence will be coded as excused.

The following reasons have been identified by the state of the North Carolina as excused absences:

a.) Illness or injury (physically unable to attend school)
b.) Quarantine ordered by board of health
c.) Death in immediate family (grandparent, parent, brother, sister)

d.) Medical or dental appointment (note from physician/dentist)
e.) Court or administrative proceedings
f.) Religious observance
g.) Educational opportunity (prior approval from principal required)

Absences and Course Credit
Students who miss more than 12 days in a course for the year will not receive a passing grade in that course. All absences (excused and unexcused) count towards this 12-day limit. Violation of the attendance policy may result in a student failing to meet local promotion standards. Opportunities to make-up excessive absences will only be offered during summer school. Making-up excessive absences does not guarantee a passing grade in a course.

Absences and Summer School

Students who miss more than 12 days during the school year and who do not qualify for or are denied a waiver of the attendance requirement must make-up each excessive absence in order to receive a passing grade. In order to make-up excessive absences students must attend summer school. Students choosing to complete make-up time in summer school must serve the entire term of summer school regardless of the amount of time to be made up.

Appeals Process for Excessive Absences

Students who do not receive a passing grade due to excessive absences have the right to appeal their case to the school-based Attendance Committee. In documented cases of extreme hardship (extended hospitalization or serious extended illness) the principal or Attendance Committee may decide to award a passing grade. Students seeking an appeal must submit a formal request for an appeal to the Attendance Committee by the publicized deadline date in May in order to have their request reviewed by the Attendance Committee. Supporting documentation must also be included with the request for a waiver.

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Would you like to play Santa for the MMS Teachers?

Here are some ideas to donate to the MMS Teacher WISH LIST closet. If you would like to donate, bring the items to the Main Office.


  • Kleenex (all classrooms need this!)
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • colored markers
  • size .07 lead
  • expo markers
  • Sharpie markers
  • highlighters
  • scissors (for student use)
  • glue sticks
  • post it notes
  • post it notes flags
  • cap erasers
  • clorox wipes
  • bright colored copy paper
  • dry erasers
  • paper towels
  • hand sanitizer
  • hand soap
  • clipboards
  • composition notebooks
  • clear tape (scotch)
  • coffee


  • Science7 - prepared slides for microscopes ( check Amazon: Fisher Diagnostics), General Slides are great but we appreciate getting these specific slides: Paramecium, Euglena, Amoeba, Volvox
  • Theater Arts Prop Closet - wearables such as hats, scarves, aprons, button-up tops or costume jewelry and hand-held items such as kitchen utensils, clean and empty grocery/food containers, plasticware, or old wall art pieces
  • Mrs. Steffen - reading: books - new or used middle school level

Need stocking stuffers for your child? Consider These Ideas:

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7th Grade News


Students have been studying body systems and how they work together and just finished systems for support and movement. When the students get back from holiday break they should be ready to be energized with Systems for Energy!

Frogs are coming! (ask your child what this means)

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Students in 7th grade social studies have been extremely busy this quarter. We have completed a web quest on the spirit of the Renaissance by defining a Renaissance man and a Renaissance woman, and they examined the works of: Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and others. Students examined the effects of the Black Death in Europe, and the events of The Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, the 95 Theses, Indulgences, and the creation of the Protestants. We have just finished our unit on the Age of Exploration with a focus on the creation of the Silk Road and Marco Polo's travels to China, and reasons the Europeans searched for new trade routes to China, India, and the discovery of the Americas.

After Christmas, we will examine The Age of Reason and Scientific Revolution, with focus on Francis Bacon and 5 Steps of the Scientific Method. Students will compare scientific theories, new inventions, and the following scientists: Ptolemy, Galileo, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton, and define how their new reasoning influenced people.

Students will receive a comprehensive study guide before our 2nd quarter benchmark to help them review and study for the upcoming exam.


Seventh Grade Language Arts is learning the art of argument. Our previous skill focused on connotation and denotation of words and figures of speech. This skill is coming into play as we have moved into Argument/Claim. Our students are now applying the importance of words to construct strong arguments. In addition to preparing strong arguments students are learning to identifyclaims and trace the evidence throughout the passage. Future lawyers are sitting definitely sitting in our classes now.


We have been exploring ratios and proportional relationships in math class. Students are learning how to make good decisions when shopping by calculating the better buy. They participated in a project and presented their shopping findings to the class. This was an eye opener for many and some students said they are making their parents buy the family size packages now :) We are excited to make Holiday Chex mix just before break where students will be altering a recipe proportionally to fit the size of their group. Thank you for all who donated items to this project.

When we return from break, we will be learning about percentages, taxes, discounts, mark ups etc. Please make sure your students have pencils, expo markers and ear buds every day in math class. These make great stocking stuffers!

8th Grade News

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In 8th grade Social Studies we are finishing up our study of westward expansion in the United States. We have learned about the travels and discoveries of Lewis and Clark, examined the dangers and difficulties of life on the Oregon Trail, and taken a look into the life and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton. As we progress forward we will begin looking at the period known as Antebellum America, which is pre-civil war United States. We will begin identifying the causes and effects that would lead us to the Civil War.


8th grade ELA students have thoroughly enjoyed with literary adventures over the past couple of months. In Titanic, we learned about the events that took place as the ship was going down and what those who survived went through during their ordeal. In Alive, the survivors of the plane crash have been rescued, reunited with their loved ones, and acclimated back into their new “normal” lives. In Outsiders, the gang has had to endure the loss of friends and moving forward with their own lives. In Nothing But the Truth our students have gained a better understanding of what it means to be patriotic and how to see things from others’ perspectives. Upon return from break, students will begin working on their Gateway projects. This years projects will be tied to the novels read in class.


Pre-Algebra: Students are studying about slope and graphing linear equations this month. This builds on rates and proportions from seventh grade and helps strengthen their equation solving. We will be using these concepts in January when we examine lines of best fit for scatterplots. We will also begin our college project in which students begin calculating how much college may cost.

Math 1: Students are finishing their study of systems of equations and inequalities. They've been working hard on their Big Business project in which they are using a system of equations/inequalities to determine financial losses/gains and break even points of their fictitious business.

Mi-Waye Team

7th & 8th grade ELA classes have been playing Musical Novel Trivia to help review for the novels they are reading, The Outsiders and Touching Spirit Bear!

7th & 8th grade Math have been playing battleship to review coordinate planes!

Elective News

Computer Science Discoveries

As we wrap up the semester we will continue to explore how computer science plays a role in either a specific form of entertainment or as a vehicle for self expression. Students will build on their coding experience as they create programmatic images, animations, interactive art, and games.


Chorus students prepared and presented a Winter Concert last week. Since then, they have been collaborating on in-class musical presentations using the Acapella App. We are watching these over the next few days. In January, we will review singing skills and terms in preparation for our final exam before ending the quarter with a field trip to hear the Charlotte Symphony perform.

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Theater Arts

Theater Arts students read one-act plays and completed story maps on them. Afterward, groups of students selected, practiced and performed a one-act play in class. Students will soon decide what they would like to do for our in-class performances the week of January 8th. Parents and family members are invited to theater arts classes that week to watch their students show what they can do 'on stage.'

Reading Enhancement

1. Education around the world and self selected nonfiction topics.

2. Breakout Can you escape Mrs Steffen? inferring

3. Weekly small group discussions

4. Weekly Independent self selected reading and journals

5. Viewing, listening and discussion

6. Monthly Digital breakout and team problem solving

World Language

Exploring Languages has been studying about winter holidays from around the world and will be working on New Year’s celebrations upon returning from break.

Spanish students will be wrapping up Topic 5 after break and will then begin to review and prepare for their final exam. This exams counts as 20% of their final grade so it is important students start to study sooner rather than later. There are many resources in Blackboard to help students review over break.


The bands had their concerts in the Mooresville Middle School Gym on Tuesday, December 12th. Both bands performed exceptionally well, and the directors are extremely proud of their students!

7th Grade Band is beginning to learn how to read sheet music! They've only been reading out of their method books this far, so reading sheet music on its own is a huge step for them, and they're very excited to get better before our SPRING concert on Tuesday, May 15th in the new Mooresville High School Performing Arts Center!

8th Grade Band is wrapping up their calendar year by sight-reading pieces for their yearly MPA. MPA stands for Music Performance Adjudication, and it acts as the Band Program's End of Grade assessment. Students travel to Wingate University to play in front of four judges, and they get graded based on their overall performance, sound quality, and note accuracy. Their next concert will be their Pre-MPA preview on Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm in the Mooresville MIddle School Gym!

General Music

General Music is learning about the origins and beginnings of Holiday music. They are learning the multi-cultural meanings of holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Boxing Day, Yule, and several other holidays around the world along with several musical examples of not only the cultures that celebrate those holidays, but also listening to different holiday songs in various languages. We just completed our unit on Broadway Musicals, where we learned about the Broadway industry, music behind the singing, prop management, and how actors/actresses perform those shows weekly.

Physical Education

Jailbreak and Spiderball unit

Health - CPR unit

After break continuing with CPR and starting Capture the pin

Visual Art

I just can't believe that the first semester is coming to a close. The visual art students at MMS will be busy finishing up their final projects. As we get the end, we will be focusing on drawing skills and seeing as an artist. Please make sure your students have wooden pencils with erasers after the winter break. I have no more pencils or erasers in my room.


7th Graders have been learning about Agricultural Biotechnology and are attempting to root cuttings from a rosemary bush. 8th graders have been learning about how DNA is translated and read to make proteins and extracted DNA from Strawberries.

What's Happening in IMPtime?

Mrs. McComas' and Mrs. Duckworth's IMPtime Classes

On December 15, we delivered two dozen gift bags filled with toiletries and snacks to Stephanie Sossamon at Rocky River. She will distribute them to families with children spending Christmas in the hospital as part of the Alina’s Angels ministry. Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Smith's IMPtime Class

Mrs. Smith's STEM IMPtime class creating pianos with playdoh, super Mario game controllers and more with Makey Makey!

Mooresville Middle School


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.


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.