Middle School East!

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year

New and Returning Students

Dear Students and Families,


The staff at STMA Middle School East would like to welcome you to our school! We are excited to have you join our learning community. We are extremely proud of the community that we work in and enjoy the partnership developed between home and school for student success.


We currently have 908 students enrolled for this upcoming school year! 218 students in grade 5, 228 students in grade 6, 236 students in grade 7, and 224 students in grade 8. The staff here at Middle School East can't wait to meet you. We'll be with you every step of the way as you learn about life as a middle schooler! We are very proud of the caring, supportive environment that students and staff contribute to here and want you to know that you are always welcome to reach out with any questions or concerns that you have. Middle School can be a very challenging developmental time for students, know that we're here to ensure that you have an excellent experience academically, socially, and emotionally. Student schedules will be available for you to see on Thursday, August 18th in ParentVue. Please contact one of our two counselors with any questions you may have regarding schedules.


Be sure to check out the number of different activities and athletics students have to choose from! Getting involved and connected is a great way to get to know other people, learn, grow and have fun!! This year our staff will continue to work hard to ensure that student's academic needs are being met, collaborate with students and families to ensure that students are growing and performing developmentally appropriate skills, and finally we will be focusing on opportunities for students to engage appropriately with technology.


We are looking so forward to the upcoming school year! Thank you for joining us!


Respectfully,

Jennie Kelly

STMA Middle School East Principal

Welcome Events

Orientation for NEW 6th-8th Grade Students -- Thursday, August 25, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

You will have the opportunity to meet other MSE students, take a tour of the building, meet some of the MSE staff, and learn more about STMA Middle School East. There will also be time for you to ask questions or voice concerns you may have. The orientation will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. Come prepared to meet other MSE students, see the school, and have some fun! We hope to see you on Thursday, August 25th!


5th Grade WEB Orientation -- Monday, August 29, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The WEB Program stands for Where Everyone Belongs and is a program here at our school for incoming 5th Graders! They will meet our amazing 8th grade WEB leaders, tour the school, and participate in fun activities throughout the morning. On Monday, August 29, 5th Grade WEB Orientation will run from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided during regular route times/locations for morning pick-up, and return after the event has concluded.


5th-6th Grade Open House and Pictures -- Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

5th-6th grade students and parents are invited to come and familiarize themselves with the school, meet teachers, drop off school supplies, and practice their locker combinations. The Open House Folder is digital so please be sure to grab a device before you come! School pictures will be from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please make every effort to have your student's picture taken during this event so they have their ID cards for the beginning of the year.


7th-8th Grade Open House and Pictures -- Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

7th-8th grade students and parents are invited to come and familiarize themselves with the school, meet teachers, drop off school supplies, and practice their locker combinations. The Open House Folder is digital so please be sure to grab a device before you come! School pictures will be from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please make every effort to have your student's picture taken during this event so they have their ID cards for the beginning of the year.


First Day of School -- Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 8:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

School Day

During the 2022-23 School Year

MSE Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Classes In Session from: 8:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Students may begin to arrive at school when the school doors open at 8:00 a.m.

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This year, MSE will return to the multi age KORT advisory period. Students in 5th through 8th grade will work together and remain with the same KORT teacher during their time at East. Each day will feature a different focus and structure.


Monday: DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

Tuesday: DEAR

Wednesday: SEL/Character Education

Thursday: SEL/Character Education

Friday: Character Education, Games, Community Building Activities.


Click the KORT button above this section to lessons and themes from the 2021-22 school year. The 2022-23 KORT calendar and curriculum will be available on the MSE homepage under Student Resources at the start of the school year.

2022-23 STMA Middle School Student Handbook

The 2022-23 STMA Middle School Student Handbook contains a wealth of information for families regarding attendance, student behavior, student services, academics and many of the district policies that are important for students to know.


Each student will receive a physical copy of the handbook and essential topics will be covered in KORT class during the first week of school. Please follow the link to the handbook above to learn more about Middle School East.

Student Attendance Information

Consistent attendance at school is a primary predictor of student success at all of levels of education. If a student is absent, leaving for an appointment, arriving late to school or will be absent from class, the student’s parent or guardian must call or email the school office (763-497-2655 option 1; meattendance@mystma.org) on or before the day of the absence by 8:25 am.


For more detailed information regarding the student attendance policy, including descriptions of truancy, excused and unexcused absences, please refer to pages 6-8 of the 2022-23 STMA Middle School Student Handbook.

Free and Reduced Information

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who qualify. If you would like to apply, please complete a free and reduced application. Applications can be completed via Stratapps our online application system, or you can download and print a Free and Reduced Application Form Here. The forms can also be picked up and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification, you must provide your child with lunch or lunch money.


A new application must be submitted each year. You are encouraged to complete and return your new application as soon as possible.


Please complete only one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally-funded school benefits.


Factors considered in the application process are the household size and total household income.

  • HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses.
  • The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.


Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.


Additional information about Free and Reduced can be found HERE

Classroom Fun!

We're so proud of our teachers who continually work to engage students by making education FUN! Check out these photos from some of the amazing teachers that you'll have the opportunity to learn from at Middle School East.

Counseling Corner

Our counseling team is excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We are dedicated to empowering every student to achieve academic success and social/emotional growth. We are passionate about helping students overcome issues that are negatively impacting their achievement or well-being. Our department does not provide therapy or long-term counseling; however, we continue to support all students through their middle school years! We typically work with students in a small group or individual setting, and can provide resources to families as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any support your child or family needs!


Please know that your school counselors are here to support you!

Last names A-L please contact Ms. Kornovich amyko@mystma.org

Last names M-Z please contact Mrs. Mesna jessicame@mystma.org

School Social Worker please contact Mrs. Buskey jessicab@mystma.org


Need a break? Not sure how to quiet your mind? Check out STMA's Virtual Calming Room. Between journaling, coloring, mindfulness and mind games, you can find an activity to calm your mind and body. Use these tools to manage your emotions and find new ways to cope with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

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To our families ... we thank you!

For being such a great support


  • Students, schools, community



For remaining engaged in your child's education


  • Taking time to meet with us
  • Advocating for your child's education



For allowing us to teach your child


  • Academics/character



For asking questions and sharing your concerns


For supporting your kids with the transition to Middle School


Allow them to fail ... a lot of valuable learning! You don't HAVE to bring forgotten items


  • Swimsuits, homework, lunches, instruments, sports gear, sports schedules, gym clothes, gym shoes, planner, ID card

Ways to empower your child!

Lockers - take time to teach your child how to open their lockers and give them the opportunity to practice opening it until they feel confident. Locker combinations need to be kept private for your child's own protection.


Schedule - review your child's schedule with them and walk through their day to locate classrooms.


Passing Time/Bathroom - identify times within their schedule to use the restroom, go to their locker and be to class on time. This may seem trivial, but is often an area of concern. Students go to their lockers every few class periods. Not after every class.


Staff - remind your kids that they are not alone in feeling excited, nervous, or uncertain. We are here to help them and know that this will be a transition. Take time to have your son/daughter introduce themselves and you to their teachers. This will help them find friendly faces those first few days of school.


Involvement - encourage your child to get involved with school activities! There are a number of different opportunities including both academic and athletic programs! These activities are promoted during our daily announcement, televised announcements, and our school web page.


Allow them to fail ... a lot of valuable learning! You don't HAVE to bring forgotten items


  • Swimsuits, homework, lunches, instruments, sports gear, sports schedules, gym clothes, gym shoes, planner, ID card

Questions?

As you prepare for your child's transition to Middle School East, please know that we are here to help your child be successful. Please don't hesitate to call 763-497-2655.


Jennifer Kelly, Principal

David Holler, Assistant Principal

Molly Schleicher, Dean of Students/Activities Director

Gabrielle Scoblic, Administrative Assistant

Amy Kornovich, School Counselor for last names A-L

Jessica Mesna, School Counselor for last names M-Z

Jessica Buskey, School Social Worker