Hello October!

Middle School East

Message from Principal Kelly

Dear Middle School East Families,


Thank you for attending the Open House Events this fall to kick off the 2021-22 school year! 90% of our East families attended which is outstanding!! As a staff, we continue to work hard to seek opportunities to leverage the learning the past 18 months have taught us. We appreciate your ongoing partnership and feedback and have a short survey that we ask you complete below.


As we enter into the 2021-22 school year, we are extremely grateful to have students within our school! While we knew to expect delays in students learning and social/emotional development, the realities of the lack of consistency for our kids has resulted in greater than anticipated gap of "how to play school." NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) recently shared this article with school leaders. Please take time to read this article and visit with your child(ren) about the things that we would normally expect them to know, understand and remember.


It is important to reiterate the significance of being kind, being fair and following reasonable requests at school. As a staff, we continue to engage in conversations about clarity in expectations, reviewing norms and reiterating the why to ensure that students are knowing and understanding things that typically they would be much more proficient at and independent with. One of the most challenging parts of adolescence is the increased level of independence without the cause and effect portion of their brain being fully developed. Here in lies the criticalness to supporting their growth and development in thinking for themselves. Talking through decisions, pointing out the positive and negative consequences related to situations and helping them to gain others perspectives are not only powerful developmentally, but critical for their personal decision making success!


Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in ensuring that your children have a successful middle level learning experience. We truly enjoy working with them and your family!


Respectfully,

Jennie Kelly

Principal

STMA Middle School East

We'd love your feedback!

We are looking to gain your perspective on the changes we made to the Open House Folders this fall! Please take 30 seconds to give us your input! We appreciate your feedback!!


Open House Survey

First Activity Night of the School Year - 7th & 8th Grade Students

Friday, Oct. 15th, 6-8:30pm

4862 Naber Avenue Northeast

Saint Michael, MN

Student Council is sponsoring Activity Nights again this school year! This event is open to all 7th and 8th grade students who attend Middle School East as a student. Lots of activities are planned to make this a fun night for students! Please reach out to Student Council Advisors Mrs. Lindquist and/or Mrs. Iverson to sign up and volunteer for this event! We'd love your help and support!

Dress Code

Last week, Mr. Holler sent this message to MSE families outlining the STMA middle school dress code policy. Thank you to our families who have supported this policy by having meaningful conversations with your children about appropriate dress. We have seen an even greater percentage of students following the dress code this week. We appreciate your partnership in addressing this important issue with your children.

Bus Safety

Each school year, we review with students how to ensure that they are safely transported to and from school each day. Students are reminded to remain seated, facing forward and that school expectations regarding behavior include their ride to and from school and at the bus stop. We remind students that riding the bus is a privilege not a right and that we need their help and good decision making to ensure the safety and well being of all students. Students take a bus safety test and practice emergency procedures for exiting the bus. Thank you to our students, teachers, staff at Don's Bus Company and families for working together to ensure our community remains safe for students and drivers!

KICKBALL!!!!

A huge shout out to Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hary for starting our first ever after school kickball club!! It has been absolutely fantastic to see students of all ages and abilities participate in a pickup game of kickball after school! We've LOVED seeing parents, siblings and grandparents join in the fun of watching these games! Kickball Club runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 14th!
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Parent Teacher Conferences

Fall -- November 8 and 18

Winter -- February 7 and 17


Teachers will be available to meet

3:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

School Day

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.


Crossing Guard at Naber Ave and 47th Street

Morning: 8:05 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Afternoon: 3:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

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LLCC is back for 6th Graders!

Team 6A is at LLCC November 1-3

Team 6B is at LLCC November 3-5

Counseling Corner

Our counseling team would like to share with you a resource that they have found to be helpful. Providing tangible resources for students, parents and staff is an important part of our mission to supporting student and families. We hope that you find this to be helpful. Click here for resource.


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

Last names A-L please contact Mrs. Knudson juliek@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.

Attendance Procedures

Please refer to School Board Policy #503

Help Reduce Truancy

Please read this message from Wright County Attorney, Brian Lutes.

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

Questions?

We are committed as a school to ensure that your child has a positive educational experience! Please don't hesitate to call 763-497-2655 and let us know how we can support your child and family.


Jennifer Kelly, Principal

David Holler, Assistant Principal

Molly Schleicher, Dean of Students/Activities Director

Julie Knudson, School Counselor for last names A-L

Jessica Mesna, School Counselor for last names M-Z

Jessica Buskey, School Social Worker