Martin Luther King MS Connection

October 2017

A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents:

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Annual Back to School Night on September 12th. Nearly 400 families were represented! Your active engagement in our school programs is integral to the success of each of our students. We hope you truly enjoyed visiting your child's classrooms and having the opportunity to meet with teachers. Know that we are each here to both serve and support you and we are beyond committed to supporting every child in achieving success!


This first newsletter of the year is dedicated to informing you about upcoming events at MLK as well to share how we demonstrate what we value most here at MLK- a focus on Teaching and Learning. We hope that this newsletter will be a welcome addition to the variety of resources that you have available to support your child. We are beyond enthusiastic about the potential for partnership with every parent on behalf of every amazing child who is a member of the MLK community.


As we enter the fall season with it's crisp and fresh air, we hope you will welcome the fresh new ideas that will be presented to you in effort to get and keep our MLK Cobras on the trajectory toward College and Career Readiness. We welcome your perspectives and insight toward this end and can't wait to collaborate with you to support our vision for a greater MLK!

Best,

Mrs. Floyd-Cooper

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It's not too late to join the MLK PTO!

Interested in ways to get more engaged with the work of supporting MLK students and staff? Consider joining PTO! This year the PTO will be hosting a variety of events that you can get involved in including: The Scholastic Book Fair, Quarterly General Body Meetings, End of Year Grade 8 Celebration. For more information or to join email Mrs. Joni Wiredu, PTO Executive Board president at jonielizabeth@gmail.com
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MLK to Represent at the Science Bowl on October 17th!

MLK will send a group of students to the Science Bowl competition on October 17th at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center! School staff and students will be cheering them on in hopes that they will bring back another win. Best of luck to the team and Mrs. Butler as they prepare to compete!
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Did you know?

Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School is an Arts integration school? As an AI school we make our best effort to teach and assess all content equitably through the arts. As a school team, we are fortunate to have Mrs. Salvatierra-Sinn to serve as our Arts Integration specialist and guide for this important work. To learn more about arts integration visit https://educationcloset.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/what-is-arts-integration.jpg
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MLK: A PREMIER AVID SCHOOL!

Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. MS has a SCHOOL WIDE AVID PROGRAM?

Under the leadership of Ms. Dana Cohen, we work collaboratively toward AVID’s goal to prepare all students in our school for college, starting with the core elective class and expanding schoolwide. This is well aligned with the PGCPS Goal to ensure students are College and Career Ready.

Through the AVID Elective class, we target students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. In the AVID Elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as honors or accelerated classes.

School wide AVID transforms the leadership, systems, instruction, and culture of a school, ensuring college readiness for all students. AVID impacts students throughout the school when trained teachers use AVID strategies to influence the academic and behavioral skills of their students. During this school year, MLK teachers will collaborate to focus on the following two strategies : (1)Use of Cornell Notes- a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes and (2) incorporation of WICOR strategies: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration , Organization, and Reading to Learn. Be on the look out for your child's use of these strategies as we go throughout the year.

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The following are important Events coming up at MLK!

October 5- Guidance Tea

October 6- AVID College Day- Wear a college shirt!

October 10- Yearbook Picture Day (Grade 6)

October 11- Year Book Picture Day (Grades 7 & 8)

October 12- Unity (Against Bullying) Day - Students & staff are encouraged to wear orange!

October 18- College and Career Readiness Night (Grade 8 only)

October 20- No school for Students/Professional Development Day for Teachers

October 23- Claire's Gourmet Fundraiser Ends!

October 30- 2 hour early dismissal and Teacher Professional Development Day

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Clubs and Activities have begun!

Interested in joining a club? Playing a sport? Participating in an Activity? All clubs and activities are underway! Students have a variety of clubs to choose from to participate in including: Anime Club, Art Club, PBIS Club, Future Teachers of America, Homework Club, and more! Students are encouraged to listen closely to WMLK each morning upon their arrival to homeroom for information about how to get involved.