Week 15 Edition of the Mayfield Messenger/November 22, 2022
Message from Dr. Frischkorn
Good Evening Mayfield Intermediate School students and families!
Happy Thanksgiving to all our families in our wonderful community. The Fall Break is always a great time to rest, relax, and reflect. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard since all students returned on August 10th. Students will have a nice 5-day vacation and be able to return to school on Monday, November 28th, ready to learn.
As I continue to share with anyone I meet, I’m thankful to serve as the proud principal of Mayfield Intermediate School. I'm grateful that we have an incredible staff that collaborates with one another to meet our students’ needs. I'm thankful that our school is fully staffed so that we can provide the best service possible to our students. Our community should celebrate that. I’m thankful our students continue to persevere and show academic growth in the classroom. Finally, I feel truly fortunate to have an outstanding support system from our School Board to our superintendent and other MCPS employees to help ensure our teachers and students have all they need to experience success.
In this week's edition of the Mayfield Messenger, we have the following:
- Manassas City Public Schools' Instructional Job Fair
- Daily School Attendance is Important
- Still looking for more people to sign up to be part of our first-ever Principal Advisory Council
- Attention All Fathers and Father Figures, Find out how to become more involved in your child's education!
- The Importance of Math: Studying Unit Rates
- The Importance of Reading: Read Aloud to Your Children at Home
- School Calendar Survey
- Student Code of Conduct
Dr. Donald Frischkorn
Come Work with Us at Manassas City Public Schools
As I shared in my welcome message, Mayfield is currently fully staffed for this school year. However, we are already beginning to look at ensuring that we continue to be fully staffed for several school years to come. Our school division is coming together to host an Instructional Job Fair for anyone who is interested in working for Manassas City Public Schools. You get to be part of something special and you get to serve your community. We have hired several community members over the years who are able to bring a wealth of knowledge about our community. If you are interested, please come visit us at one of our two job fair.
Virtual Job Fair: Wednesday, November 30th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
In-Person Job Fair: Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Attendance is Important
Throughout the school year, we have emphasized the importance of daily attendance for our students. Currently, about 21% of our school’s student population is considered Chronically Absent. That percentage is far too high, and we want to help! A student can become Chronically absent by missing too much school. This can include any absence (Excused or Unexcused).
As a school, we will work with students and families who are at risk of being chronically absent. To learn more about chronic absenteeism, check out this informational newsletter that we have created.
If you need additional support with helping your child get to school every day, please let us know so we can work together.
Good Evening, You are receiving this newsletter update because your child's attendance during this school year is a concern, and we want to support you and your child. Our records indicated that your child had missed enough school days to be considered chronically absent from school.
Calling all parents/guardians who want to become more involved in our schools
Principal Advisory Council
Are you interested in becoming more involved in your child’s school? We are looking into creating a Principal Advisory Council that will focus on building positive relationships between the school and families that will benefit our students. We currently envision the Principal Advisory Council as a time for the following:
- Provide families with information about current school activities
- Gain feedback from families about how we can make our community better
- Develop ideas about how we can celebrate our students and staff
- Foster relationships between families and schools that will benefit our students.
If you are interested in participating in an advisory council, please that a moment to complete the following survey.
Frontline Fathers and Father Figures
Mayfield Intermediate School seeks fathers and figures who want to get involved and support their child's education and our school community. The research states that when students have fathers involved in their education, they achieve tremendous academic success in all subject areas. Studies have shown that children with actively involved fathers are 43% more likely to earn A's.
Furthermore, when dads are involved at school, either through engaging with students in the classroom or interacting with teachers, faculty, or other parents, their children learn more and perform better in school, exhibit healthier behavior, are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities, have fewer discipline problems, and overall, enjoy school more (Michigan.gov).
We would love to begin working with a group of fathers and finding ways that our community of fathers and father figures can support our students and help our entire community succeed.
Please complete this form so that we can begin checking the interest levels of our community.
The Importance of Math- Learning about Unit Rates with Tacos
This past week the students in the Virginia Tech got to participate in some math activities that helped students better understand Unit Rates through collaboration. Mrs. Mifsud, Ms. Torres-Gonzalez, and Ms. Farmer created a taco bar to help students learn more about Unit Rates. For every correct answer, students earned a coupon for taco toppings. At the end of the project, students enjoyed a taco feast!. Who says math isn't yummy?
The Importance of Reading- Read Aloud
As a parent, one of my favorite things to do with my children is to read to them at night. We started a routine when they were very young and continued. Now, as my children are in school, I'm seeing the benefits of our nightly read-aloud. I loved reading the book We are Going on a Bear Hunt.
This past week we were fortunate to have several community members volunteer their time and come into our school and read stories to our students.
Thank you to:
- Trevor Hamilton from the PWCC Education and Workforce Committee for reading to Mr. K's class
- Steve Kubin from Primerica Financial Services for reading to Mrs. Mernin's class
- Christine Drazdowsky for reading to Mrs. Mernin's class
- Judge Craig Johnston for reading to Mrs. Brown's, Ms. Urban's & Mrs. Belch's classes
- Mike Janay from the Bull Run Rotary for reading to Mrs. Webb's class.
- Debbie Edenhart from Security Title Insurance for reading to Mr. Megenhardt's class.
- And our very own Mr. Moore and Ms. Pierce for reading to Mr. Megenhardt's and Ms. Porter's classes.
School Calendar Survey
MCPS is developing the school calendar for SY 2023-2024 & SY 2024-2025. The development of the annual school calendar requires the balancing of the interests of students, families, and staff, along with requirements from the Virginia Department of Education. Please click on this survey link to answer a few questions about your preferences for the school calendar. Your input will be included in the presentation of calendar options to the School Board in November.
Student Code of Conduct
Principal Donald Frischkorn Ed. D.
Proud principal of Mayfield Intermediate School in Manassas, Virginia