MERMS Weekly Newsletter: 11.16.15

November 16, 2015

Seussical, Jr. Performances: November 20, 21 and 22 - Please Join Us!

November 20, 21 and 22: MERMS and the YMCA Theatre Company presents...Seussical, Jr. at the MERMHS Auditorium!

You can purchase tickets by going to:

Math Meet #2 Wrapup

A full team of 40 students represented Manchester Essex this past week at the second Math Meet of the year yesterday afternoon at Masconomet Middle School. The top scorer for the ENTIRE MEET with 16 points was 8th grader Maria C. Maria took home a well-deserved certificate for this outstanding accomplishment. 8th grader Julia K. and 7th grader Emerson K. scored 12 apiece, while 8th grader Spencer M. also reached double digits with 10. These four high scorers helped Team One vault to a second place finish. Thanks to all students for participating in another fun, challenging meet. Start 2016 off right by competing in the third meet of the season on Thursday, January 14 at Rockport. Mr. Stefanek and Ms. Kavanagh will release practice packets for Meet #3 sometime in December. New and returning students are both welcome.

Veterans Day H Block: 11.10.15

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, MERMHS welcomed Marine Corps veteran Mr. Larry Kirby. Mr. Kirby fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and has served in other capacities in protecting our nation. Mr. Kirby spoke to the entire middle and high school, speaking about the sacrifice that he and his fellow veterans made to protect our freedom in the United States. One of the most poignant lines of his speech referred to his fellow USMC soliders who lost their lives at Iwo Jima: "Those men gave up their lives, so you could live yours." Prior to Mr. Kirby's speech, two eighth graders, Owen D. and Rowan S. gave thoughtful speeches to the entire study body about what Veterans Day means to them.

After the assembly, middle schoolers reported back to their H Block Advisory groups to debrief the speech. Students also learned about the red poppy as a symbol of veterans, and read the poem, "In Flanders Field," the inspiration for this symbol. Afterwards, each H Block Advisory completed a string of poppies, as a visual reminder of Veterans Day and the sacrifice our soldiers have made to protect our nation's freedom. These are hanging in the middle school main office. Some advisories also had enough time to complete a thank you card, which we will send to soldiers as part of Operation Gratitude. Operation Graditude ( is also looking for donations of leftover Halloween Candy! If you are looking to get rid of your candy, please send it into the middle school main office labeled "Operation Gratitutde," and we will send it, along with thank you cards, to our soldiers abroad.

For the lesson that we followed during H Block on Tuesday, please click here: 11.10.15 H Block Activity - Veterans Day.

Spirit Week: Thanksgiving Week!

The week of Thanksgiving Break, we have school on Monday, Tuesday and 1/2 Day Wednesday. During this shortened week, we will have Middle School Spirit Week!

Monday, 11/23: Pajamas/Flannel Pants Day

Tuesday, 11/24: Multiples Day (Twin/Triplets/Quadruplets, etc.)

Wednesday, 11/25: Color Day:

  • 6th Grade: Pink
  • 7th Grade: Red
  • 8th Grade: Blue

Non-MERHS High School Applications

Is your child considering attending a high school other than Manchester-Essex Regional High School? If so, we are shifting our MERMS process to support your child in the process. This year, all application materials will go directly to Mr. O'Maley, MERMS Guidance Counselor, in the middle school main office. This includes any recommendation requests, transcript requests, and other items.

The first step in process is to fill out the following online form:

MERMS High School Application Process - this is also available on our school website.

Once you fill this out (once per school application), please supply all application materials directly to Mr. O'Maley in the main office - this includes recommendation requests, transcript requests, self-addressed stamped envelopes, releases for information, required postage, and any other application specific information.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. O'Maley at

8th Grade Parents/Guardians: Transition Information from MERHS Principal

MERHS Principal Patricia Puglisi contacted all 8th grade parents/guardians last week to share transition information about high school for next year. You are encouraged to read that letter from Mrs. Puglisi by clicking here: Letter to Class of 2020.

Classroom Wish List: Fall 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

There is no better way to make a positive impact on our middle school classrooms than donating needed supplies. Each grade level has created a list of items that are always running low or that don't make it into the budget. Donated materials should be labeled by grade and dropped off to each grade's team leader or middle school office.

Sign up for an item here:

Please drop off items by Wednesday, November 25.

Thank you for your generous support of our teachers and students!



Please register: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC

The 8th Grade will visit Washington, DC as a class trip this May, 2016. Please register as soon as possible! Go directly to our Washington, DC Trip Page for more information: - this page includes information including:

  • Parent/Guardian Info Presentation from October 21
  • Individual Fundraising Ideas
  • Financial Assistance Application
  • Link to registration

If you have any questions about the trip, please contact the Trip Coordinator, Mr. Thomas, at

Winter Sports Registration Now Open

Registration for middle and high school winter sports is now open on The Middle and High School winter season will begin on Monday, November 30, 2015. All practice and game schedules are posted on


  • Girls & Boys Basketball - grades 7 & 8
  • Girls & Boys Alpine Ski Racing - grades 7 & 8 (High School JV teams)
  • Girls & Boys Indoor Track - grades 7 & 8 (High School JV teams)
  • Co-Ed Swimming and Diving - grades 7 & 8 (High School JV teams)
  • Girls Ice Hockey Cooperative Team with Marblehead. All registrations are done with Marblehead - grades 8-12

All winter registrations, receipt of physicals (dated no earlier than October 30, 2014 and payment of fees must be received by November 20, 2015.

Athletics Fee Schedule 2015-2016:

  • 1 Sport: $400 HS, $320 MS
  • 2 Sports: $650 HS, $520 MS
  • 3 Sports: $750 HS, $600 MS
Family Cap:
  • $1,040 Families with MS student athletes only
  • $1,350 Families with HS or HS and MS student athletes

Clubs and Activities

Please pay PTO dues!

From PMEMS (Parents of Manchester-Essex Middle School), our PTO: Please pay middle school dues, which support enrichment programming at the middle school. You can do so by dropping off a check in the main office, made out to PMEMS. You can also pay your dues online using Paypal, directly at our PTO website:

Trimester 1 Closes on Friday, November 20

Trimester 1 closes on Friday, November 20. Please encourage your child to see his/her teachers to make up any missing assignments. Report cards will be available in the Aspen portal after Thanksgiving Break. Report cards are now only release electronically via Aspen. If you would like a paper copy mailed home, please contact Mrs. Hunt in the main office at

You will need your Aspen Family Portal login username/password to access grades in Aspen. If you do not know this information, please contact Mrs. Hunt at You can access the Aspen portal login by going to our school website,, and clicking on the Aspen logo on the left-hand toolbar.

Free "Science on Saturday" events at the MIT Campus in Cambridge

Produced by MIT alumnus Todd Rider, and sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation, Science on Saturday is a free, 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. Each Saturday morning program is open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. Hands-on activity booths will be available to students after the show. The events are free, and no pre-registration required, but seating is limited - first come, first seated. A parent or adult escort is required for all children under 12.

For the full flyer with all fall events, go to:

Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a 10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $6 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a 20-minute walk from the event). For more information, go to the Science and Saturdays web page:

Events are planned for the following Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-noon at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 20139:

October 17, 2015 Planets: Pluto and Beyond

December 5, 2015: Nuclear Science and Engineering

February 6, 2016: Rockets and Flight

March 5, 2016: Materials with Magical Properties

April 2, 2016: Circuits and Computers

Manchester-Essex Apparel Sale

Check out our Manchester-Essex School Spirit Store. A percentage of the cost is donated back to our PTO, Parents of Manchester-Essex Middle School (PMEMS). Items ship directly to your home with a flat $8 shipping rate. To order, you can go directly to:

MERMS Day Calendar

The middle school day calendar, which lists what day of our six day cycle it is, has been published. This was revised on 9.21.15. You may access it here:

2015-2016 Middle School Day Calendar

Pictures from MERMS This Week

Upcoming Events

Seussical, Jr. Performances

Friday, Nov. 20th, 7pm to Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 4pm

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Please join us for our three performances of Seussical, Jr.!

Friday, November 20

Saturday, November 21

Sunday, November 22

You can purchase tickets here:

Middle School Spirit Week!

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 7:45am to Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 11:30am

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The week of Thanksgiving Break, we have school on Monday, Tuesday and 1/2 Day Wednesday. During this shortened week, we will have Middle School Spirit Week!

Monday, 11/23: Pajamas/Flannel Pants Day

Tuesday, 11/24: Multiples Day (Twin/Triplets/Quadruplets, etc.)

Wednesday, 11/25: Color Day:

  • 6th Grade: Pink
  • 7th Grade: Red
  • 8th Grade: Blue