"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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Maplewood Middle School Apparel
Please see below for more information.
Fall Athletics Information
Start Date - Tuesday, September 7th (changed from Thursday, September 2nd)
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
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.
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
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.
Scheduled Non-School Days 2021-2022
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