Comets' Corner

Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Week One Victory!

We had a great kickoff to the school year last week with our Comets! On behalf of the Mark Twain Staff, I would like to welcome our families to the 2021-22 school year!


We are committed to continuing to strive to meet the diverse needs of our students, to support their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral growth this year. We look forward to continuing to partner with our families in order to ensure that all of our Comets continue to be ROCKStars this year through their Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind, and Safe behaviors. Make sure to read the entire newsletter each week because this week we resume our weekly Solid Gold Shout Outs to recognize students we see exemplifying our Mark Twain ROCKS behaviors each week.


We understand that our Comets have had diverse school experiences during the last 18 months. We also recognize the variety of life experiences that many of our students faced. We empathize with all of our Comets and their families regarding the feelings they may be experiencing as we start this school year. This is part of why we are focusing so much on our "TEAM TWAIN: Better Together" theme. We want to make sure all of our students and families feel connected, included, and supported in our school community.


We are excited to partner with our families this year to continue to give our Comets what they need for success. If you weren't able to attend our Meet the Teacher Night last week, I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher to check in and introduce yourself. I also encourage you to watch the Principal's Message video linked after the first day of school pictures below to hear some important information about the school year and our building policies.


Reach out to us any time with questions. Remember, we are a TEAM!


Sincerely,

Laura Woods

MTTN Principal's Message - 9/8/21

MTTN Principal Video Fall 2021

PBIS Training Day

On Friday our Comets had our PBIS "Training Day" to review expected behaviors at Mark Twain. This year, we had 5th and 6th Grade student "Coaches" who led the training to teach and remind all students of our ROCKS expectations and how to be Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind, and Safe in all situations and locations at Mark Twain.


Below are a few pictures from our Training Day.

Reminder: Data Verification Forms Due ASAP!

All students were sent home with a packet of important information on last week. Included was the bright green Data Verification Form and a blue Household Application for Free and Reduced School Meals form. If you have not yet done so, please get these filled out and returned to Twain ASAP so we have this important information. Thank you to all who have already submitted them! Please reach out to our Main Office at 439-6900 with questions.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter!

Welcome to Our New Twain Staff Members!

Though we are continuing to add staff, I'd like to take a moment to introduce 4 of our newest Team Twain teachers & support staff.

Julie Twardy, Title I Coordinator

My name is Julie Twardy, and I’m so happy to join the Twain Team this year. I am a graduate of The University of Michigan-Dearborn. I have been in the Fraser school district for 10 years as a 6th grade teacher and Title 1 Coordinator at Eisenhower Elementary. It is very exciting to be filling the role of Title 1 Coordinator at Twain. I am looking forward to working with the students and families of Twain. It is my goal to help each child be successful this school year!

Christina Sorrow, CCRR Teacher

My name is Christina Sorrow and I am a former Salk teacher of 9 years in the 21st Century classroom, along with being the building technology coach. I am excited to now be a Twain Comet in the CCRR program! I am a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education. I continued my learning and earned a Masters degree from Oakland University in Special Education with an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emotional Impairments. I also have a love of technology that I incorporate in my daily practices. I have been married for 12 years and we have one amazing daughter, Sophia, who is 10 years old.

We enjoy many outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, boating, and skiing!

Kaitlyn Pipp, Speech & Language Pathologist

My name is Kaitlyn Pipp, and I am the new speech and language pathologist at Twain. I am excited to begin the new school year and hope that your family is excited, too! I earned my graduate degree from Wayne State and have three years of experience working with students. I also graduated from Fraser and am very excited to return to this district to continue my career! In the speech room, we will work hard to accomplish your child’s speech and language goals in a supportive and fun environment. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Email is generally the quickest way to contact me during the school day. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Amy MacLellan, School Social Worker

I'm so excited to be joining the Mark Twain family a School Social Worker! I will generally be in the building Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays; the rest of the week I am working at Richards Middle School. I have my BA in Psychology and English from Alma College and my MSW from the University of Michigan. My professional background has included working as a therapist for children, adults, and families for over 10 years. I look forward to getting to know our Comets this year!

FPS Mask Policy

Masks are optional for all staff, students, and visitors on campus. We will have masks available in all of our buildings for anyone who needs one. Fraser Public Schools encourages everyone who is not fully vaccinated to wear a face covering. Facial coverings are a safe and proven strategy to prevent secondary transmission of this aggressive Delta variant in schools. Masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets. They also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer.


Masks must be worn on Fraser Public School buses. The CDC requires masks to be worn on school buses.

Covid-19 Updates

Fraser Public Schools' intention is to return to a normal school environment and routine for the 2021-2022 school year.


Procedure when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19
When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, he/she should notify the Macomb County Health Department at (586) 463-3750 during normal business hours. Additionally, families and staff members should contact the school administrator. The individual should stay home and isolate for at least 10 days from the first date of symptoms or 10 days from the test date if asymptomatic AND fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and improved symptoms.


Fraser Public Schools will be reporting all COVID-19 positive cases to the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD). The MCHD will investigate to determine if any additional students or staff should be quarantined. We will continue to work with our Health Department to support these efforts. Please refer to the Macomb County Health Department's Parent Toolkit for more information about our Covid protocols.


Please continue to reach out to keep us updated about your family's health and notify the office if someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 or if you find out that your child has been exposed to someone who has tested positive. This information will help mitigate the spread and keep our Twain community healthy.

DAILY HEALTH SCREENING

As we have said before, please keep your child home if they have any symptoms of illness. Teach your child to cover their cough or sneeze with their elbow, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often. We encourage you to perform daily self-assessments for COVID-19, but the daily screener is no longer required. Although not required, we have linked the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker HERE for those looking for a resource.

Coming Soon: Fall Picture Day

Picture day is Tuesday, September 21st. Order forms were sent home last Thursday. Pictures can also be ordered online.

SAVE THE DATE

  • Wednesday, September 15 - Early Release (1:30 Dismissal)
  • Friday, September 17 - Constitution Day
  • Tuesday, September 21 - Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 6 - Count Day
  • Wednesday, October 13- Early Release Day: 1:30PM Dismissal (Lunch is served, PM SACC is available for pre-registered students)
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Weekly Solid Gold Shout Outs!

As part of our PBIS program, we like to recognize students who are exhibiting our Mark Twain ROCKS behaviors by being Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind, & Safe.


Michael Kirk - 1st Grade

"Michael has been going above and beyond helping those that need a helping hand in first grade! Way to go, Michael!" - Mrs. Palus


Lamont Lawson - 2nd Grade

"Lamont is a brand new Mark Twain Comet! He is already a ROCKSTAR! He is respectful, organized, Cooperative, Kind, and Safe. Keep up the Great Work Lamont. We are so glad to have you on our team!" - Mrs. Szeliga


Mrs. Barker's WHOLE CLASS - 2nd Grade

"I cannot begin to say how proud I am of my entire class this week. Every single one of them has been respectful, kind, and positive, and I cannot wait to watch them learn and grow this school year. Keep up the awesome work, second grade!!!" - Mrs. Barker


Jayden Ross - 3rd Grade

"Jayden is respectful and ready to learn at all times. He has has worked hard this week and shown excellent ROCKS behavior." - Mrs. Cracchiolo


Emareique Walters-Hatcher - 3rd Grade

Emareique has worked hard this week and has been such a positive role model in our class. She is enthusiastic and ready to learn. Great work! - Mrs. Cracchiolo


Alaina Dorris - 4th Grade

"Alaina has been so helpful and a joy to have in class! What a great way to kick off her 4th grade year!" - Mrs. Albrecht


Elyzhe Simmons - 5th Grade

"Elyzhe was very kind and picked up trash on our snack walk this week. He's always willing to help!" - Mrs. Lombard


Zoe Woznak - 5th Grade

"Zoe has done a fabulous job of participating in class discussions this week! Keep up the effort!" - Mrs. Lombard


Kayla Ropelewski - 6th Grade

"Kayla has been a wonderful addition to Mark Twain. I have really enjoyed getting to know her better this week. She has been respectful, kind, and a great listener." - Mrs. Wirgau

Fraser Cheer Clinic for 1st-6th Graders

Our Athletic Department is excited to bring back the Future Rambler Cheer Clinic for students in 1st-6th grade. Students will cheer for the first half and at halftime of the FHS varsity football game with the varsity cheer team on September 17.

  • Cost: $40 (Includes T-shirt, camper admittance into the football game and a complimentary snack and drink after halftime.) Optional bows will be available for purchase.

  • Location: Fraser High School Main Gym
Dates:
  • September 14th 5:30-7:30pm (Practice)
  • September 16th 5:30-7:30pm (Practice)
  • September 17th Game - Meet at football field at 6:15pm

Questions: Contact Head Varsity Coach Kimberly Edwards at kimberlyedwards93@yahoo.com.

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Free Breakfasts & Lunches Continue This Year

The State of Michigan will continue to provide a free breakfast and lunch for all student who wants them throughout the 2021-2022 school year. We will provide monthly calendars with scheduled meals as we have in the past, but families do not need to pre-order. Click on the calendar images below to expand them.


Although not required, we do ask that all families complete the Lunch Application at www.LunchApp.com. Doing so ensures the school receives additional funding and helps identify families who qualify for additional support.

Who Wants to Work with the BEST STAFF Ever?

Twain Families - We are still hiring for the following part-time and full-time positions at Twain this year:


  • lunch aides
  • intervention specialists
  • SACC workers


Apply HERE on the district site, and please make sure to send me an email to let me know you applied!

GLEANERS FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO CONTINUE

We are excited to announce that we have extended our partnership with Gleaners through September. They will continue to be set up in the FHS parking lot on the following dates:

  • September 16
  • September 30

ACCESS FOOD PANTRY - OPEN TO ALL

During these times, ACCESS of SterLing Heights has opened their food pantry to all Fraser Public School families. Each week, ACCESS offers foods like frozen meat, rice, pasta, oil, nuts, cereal, dried milk, juice and more.


Access offers food pickup on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until supplies run out. Families are also welcome to call (586) 722-6036 to schedule a pickup anytime during our regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please note, all are welcome to visit our free food pantry.


ACCESS Sterling Heights Center is located at 4301 East 14 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48310.

Mrs. Laura Woods, Principal

Contact Information:

Main Office Phone: 586-439-6900


Absentee Phone Line: 586-439-6990

(This is a 24-hour recorded line; please leave your child's reason for absence and length of time out. Absences reported to this line ensure most timely and accurate record.)


Fax: 586-439-6801


School Administrative Assistant:

Ms. Beverly Dobosenski (Ms. D.)

Email: beverly.dobosenski@fraserk12.org


Twain Office Hours - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Hours: 8:35am – 3:30pm

First Bell: 8:30 am
Instructional (Tardy) Bell: 8:35 am


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