J.M.S. News...

By Donald F. Gately, Ed. D - May 2016

Quote for the week of May 2:

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

Quotes for the Month of May:

Week of May 9-13: "If you are always trying to be "normal" you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou

Week of May 16-20: "You are braver than you believe, smarter than you think, and stronger than you seem." - A.A. Milne

Week of May 23-27: “Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone.”- Anonymous

Week of May 30-June 3: “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” - Nelson Mandella


...To Sajana Shanmugavel, Rishika Nahata and Min Yoon who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in the Engineering Design Contest at The Cradle of Aviation Museum on Friday, May 6, 2016!


Congratulations to Aditya Niwalker, Anshul Vemuri, Rishab Bhatia, Rajarshi Das and Teran Jafari, Devesh Valagolam, Aadhi Murugaverl, Davesh Ranjan and Kartik Subramanian who competed in the Long Island Robotic Competition on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Adelphi University. The Seventh Grade Team who was made up of Devesh Valagolam, Aadhi Murugaverl, Davesh Ranjan and Kartik Subramanian placed 3rd.

We are proud of all your efforts! Great Job!

Monthly SEL Theme for the Month of May: Attitudes and Values

Attitude, according to Hal Urban, is the most important choice we'll ever make because it affects everything we do in life. Research done at Harvard and Stanford state that attitude is far more important than intelligence, education, special talents, or luck. The research studies concluded that 80% of our success in life is due to attitude, while the other 20% is due to ability.

As Viktor Frankl said, "The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes."

Classroom News!


Team 6A is using Nearpod, a great interactive presentation and assessment tool to use in the classroom. Ms. Murphy creates presentations that can contain quizzes, exit tickets, and samples of student work that keep the students highly engaged. The children access Ms. Murphy’s presentation through a code. It is up to Mrs. Murphy to move the class through the presentation and let them interact with the media as they go. They also get a wonderful opportunity to see their own work on display. Excitement abounds!


Team 6B compared concentrated and dilute solutions. We made several mixtures, including iced tea. Most students preferred the iced tea that was made using a large amount of solute. We had a blast conducting this experiment!


Mr. Grossman demonstrates the Hoffman Apparatus to Team 6C students as they learn about elements and compounds.


Students on Team 6D are having fun with technology in math class! They used the iPads to create a cultural cookbook, a project in google classroom where they were able to use math calculations with fractions decimals and percents to determine the percentage of ingredients in each of the food categories and to find out how to make enough of their favorite recipes to feed the class. We are hoping for some tasty treats throughout the week! :)


This month team 6E is doing science experiments having to do with separating mixtures.


In social studies, students have been studying the creation of the Constitution and the founding principles of American democracy. Students worked in groups on a station activity where they had demonstrate their knowledge of checks and balances.


During a unit on Solubility, students on Team 7B created Rock Candy by supersaturating a solution of sugar and water at close to boiling temperatures. Upon returning to room temperature, the sugar was unable to stay dissolved in the solution and started forming crystals on a suspended string. This resulted in the tasty treat that we know as Rock Candy.


Students on team 7C have been studying the US Constitution. In this election year the classes have been closely following the primary election process and are excited for the upcoming Presidential election this November! Also, team 7C is excited to show off their team spirit with matching t-shirts!


Team 8A students in Earth Science recently took a virtual tour using chrome books about the processes of weathering and erosion via a University of Kentucky Module.

Students in Integrated Science are busy finishing up their Science "Selfie" Picture Projects. This entails them taking pictures of themselves which incorporates some aspect of science being studied this year. They write a paragraph explaining how their picture shows a connection between themselves and science.


Students on Team 8B recently completed a unit on the comma. As a culminating activity, students took a comma quest which required them to place commas as well as to be able to identify in context 15 rules of the comma. Thirteen students in Ms. Scalera's ELA 8 classes were crowned Comma Kings and Queens after having received a perfect score on this challenging task.


Students on team 8C completed choice board projects on the Progressive Era and presented their projects to their classmates. Choice boards give students an opportunity to show what they know in a way that best suits their learning style.

Dates to Remember...

May 5 - MS PTSA Exec. Meeting - 8:15AM - MS Library Computer Lab

May 5 - MS PTSA Meeting & Principal's Coffee Hour - Family Book Talk - 9:00AM - MS Library

May 17 - MS Spring Chorus/Orchestra Concert - 7:00-8:00PM - Auditorium

May 17 - Board of Education Meeting - 9:15PM - MS/HS Gymnasium

May 19 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00PM - MS Library

May 20 - SEPTA Fundraiser - 7:00PM

May 24 - MS Spring Band Concert - 7:30PM - Auditorium

May 24 - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Guidance Evening Hours - 7:00PM–9:00PM

Recognizing that other commitments often make it impossible for parents to find time to meet with counselors during the regular school day, we will continue a program of evening meetings this year. If you would like to meet with your child's counselor but are unable to do so during the school day, please call the counselor in order to schedule an evening appointment.

May 27 - Grade 6 Mini-Olympics - (Raindate 5/31)