Maplewood E-News

"Success For Every Student"

September 5, 2021

Notes From the Principal

Dear, Mustang Families -


On behalf of the entire staff, l want to thank you for helping us get the school year off to a great start! Our students have done a great job of readjusting to a full day of classes and full classrooms for the first time since March of 2020. This is the closest it’s felt to “normal” since the start of the pandemic; it feels great to be back fully in person!


Here are a few things I want to make sure you are aware of as we begin the second week of school.


ISD 622 Covid Guidelines and Procedures: I want to make sure that everyone has easy access to our current district Covid Guidelines and Procedures. These procedures will help us keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.


No School on Labor Day: In recognition of Labor Day, there will be no school on Monday, September 6th.


Student Devices: We distributed laptops to all students last week. Devices will not be used all day long but will certainly be used at various times every day. Please make it part of your child’s routine to charge their laptop and bring it to school every day.


Walking Field Trip Permission: Due to construction, we don’t have access to outdoor spaces at MMS for Phy. Ed classes. Therefore we need to use alternative outdoor spaces for some of our Physical Education classes. We will be walking to Northwood Park and Hillside Park as weather permits. Both parks are about a block away from school. We are sending walking field trip permission forms home with students this week.


ISD 622 Advisory Committee, You’re Invited!: The District 622 Advisory Committee is composed of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members who participate in a process to review and improve instruction, curriculum, and assessment in District 622. Committee meetings are an opportunity for stakeholders to give input and get updates about ISD 622 happenings. The group meets once per month from 6-8 pm via Zoom. Contact Courtney McCormick cmccormick@isd622.org with questions or to join the group.

Meeting dates this year: September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 16, April 13, May 11.

Drop Off and Pick Up: As those of you who drive your kids to school know, our parking lot is not ideal for traffic flow, and the construction of the new school makes it even more difficult. The easiest way to improve our traffic flow is to form a single line and pull forward as far south (toward the new construction) as you can for both drop-off and pick-up.

We are here to help. Please reach out to the school at 651-748-6500 if you have any questions or need help with something.

Thanks,

Eric Mjolsness

Principal

Maplewood Middle School Apparel

Order your MMS apparel by Tuesday, September 7th. You can go to this website to browse and place your order. Orders will be handed out the week of October 4th.


Please see below for more information.

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Fall Athletics Information

Start Date - Tuesday, September 7th (changed from Thursday, September 2nd)

Sports Offered

6th-8th Grade Coed Flag Football

7th-8th Grade Girls Soccer

7th-8th Grade Boys Soccer

7th-8th Grade Girls Volleyball

6th-8th Girls Tennis

Days/Times

Flag Football - Practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, games on Fridays

Soccer, Volleyball, and Tennis - Practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, games on Mondays

Practice Times - 2:15 - 3:50 - Activity Bus arrives at 4:00

Game schedules will be handed out by coaches.

Registration

Your student must have a sports physical on file in order to register. Please register at https://northstpaul2060.cf.affinetysolutions.com/.

Maplewood Middle School Picture Day is Coming

Picture day at MMS will be on Tuesday, September 14th. On this day, all students will have their picture taken for their student ID, the yearbook, and portrait prints if parents/guardians wish to order them. Please go to this Lifetouch website to order pictures. The code is EVTX69SST.

T.O.P.S. is back!

WHAT is TOPS? Targeted Opportunities for Personal Success (TOPS) is Maplewood Middle School's after-school program. TOPS classes focus on improving math, reading, writing, organization, motivation, social skills, and much more. The classes engage the students in fun after-school activities that will help them learn, develop important life skills, and build positive relationships with other students and teachers in the school.

WHEN is TOPS? TOPS runs after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4pm. Students will be enrolled in one class per day, and must stay in that class for the duration of the session. Students can participate on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Students who bus to/from school can take our late activities bus at 4pm or be picked up. Session 1 runs from Tuesday, September 21 to Tuesday, December 21. Session 2 runs from Tuesday, January 4 to Tuesday, May 31.

HOW do students sign up for TOPS? Class sign ups will start on September 12 (a link will be sent in next week’s newsletter). Students will also have time in Advisory on September 13. Class sign ups are due Wednesday, September 15, and additional registration paperwork will be due on Monday, September 20.

MORE INFO: Please contact Maplewood’s TOPS coordinator, Kelsey Larson with any questions. Email: klarson4@isd622.org Phone: (612)-504-0696. Check out the TOPS promo video for students HERE.

Math Team

The Maplewood math team will begin its practices September 13th in room 108. If you like math, being challenged , and making new friends, please join us to check it out! We will meet each Monday from 2-3:45 from September until January!

Scheduled Non-School Days 2021-2022

The following are scheduled days that students will not have school. Below the list is a link to the yearly school calendar.


Monday, September 6th: Labor Day

Thursday, October 21st-Friday, October 22nd: MEA Break

Monday, November 1st: Staff Development Day

Tuesday, November 2nd: Election Day

Wednesday, November 24th: Staff Development Day

Thursday, November 25th-Friday, November 26th: Thankgiving

Friday, December 3rd: Staff Development

December 23rd-31st: Winter Break

Monday, January 17th: Martin Luther King Day

Monday, February 21st: Presidents' Day

Friday, February 25th: Staff Development Day

Friday, March 4th: Staff Development Day

March 7th - 11th: Spring Break

Friday, April 15th: Contract Holiday

Friday, May 27th: Staff Work Day

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day