IN THE MIDDLE

January 18, 2016

MARK YOUR CALENDARS


Friday, January 22

  • Spirit Day - Decade Day


Friday, January 29

  • 1/2 Day Dismissal, 11:45 am
  • End of the 2nd Marking Period / End of the 1st Semester (Report Cards to Go Home No Later than the Week of February 8)
  • PTSA Fun Night, 5th / 6th Grade: 5 - 6:30 pm AND 7th / 8th Grade: 7 - 8:30 pm


Friday, February 5

  • Spirit Day - Show Your Dutch Pride!


Saturday, February 6

  • MCSF Trivia Night (see ad below)


Monday, February 15

  • NO SCHOOL - PRESIDENT'S DAY
  • BOE Meeting @ Ackerson, 6:00 pm


Friday, February 19

  • Spirit Day - Twin Day

A MINUTE WITH MRS. MAYES

Ever wonder how decisions are made about school cancellations? Check out the board policy regarding severe weather:


Guidelines for Policy 4080R

Reviewed at November 15, 2010 Board of Education Meeting


WARNINGS AND WATCHES


General Statement Regarding School Hours

When there is a severe storm or tornado watch, the weather is monitored at a) transportation department, b) office of superintendent, and c) each building office. If there is a severe storm or tornado warning, the tornado/storm drill procedure is implemented and shelter is provided for students in the building. When a building is in a warning/shelter in place situation, students are not dismissed from school for any reason (if the “day” ends, dismissal does not occur). If parents or authorized persons come to school for a child during a severe storm or tornado warning, the parents should be encouraged to shelter in place with the student.


Severe Storm and Tornado Watches


  • If a severe storm or tornado watch is issued while students are in route to school, or during regular school hours, children will remain in school and be dismissed at their regular time (see above)
  • In the event of a severe storm or tornado watch that extends to after-school hours, a determination will be made by the superintendent or designee no later than 2:00 p.m. regarding whether after-school extra-curricular activities, meetings, and adult-community education classes and activities, scheduled within the time range of the watch will be cancelled.
o Day care may remain open during watches; a watch during day-care hours of operation should be handled like a watch during school hours of operation for K-12 students.



o If a watch is announced during an after-hours activity (any extra-curricular activities, meetings, and adult-community education classes and activities, scheduled within the time range of the watch) safe shelter locations will be identified and announced to all participants. A judgment will then be made by the activity sponsors/coaches/event managers regarding whether the activity will continue or be cancelled. If the event is not cancelled, sponsors/coaches must have a way to stay informed of weather changes and watch/warning status.


o These guidelines apply to all use of district facilities and grounds by outside groups. Community Ed/Athletics will contact such groups as needed to notify of need for cancellations.


COLD WEATHER


  • School Closing: The general guideline will be to close if the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning, which occurs at -20 degrees, for a significant portion of the time students would be traveling to or from school or during the school day itself.
  • Limited Outdoor Activity: The general rule is that if the wind chill (or actual) temperature is below 10 degrees Fahrenheit on a sustained basis, students will not go outdoors.



Inclement Weather / School Closing Decision Process


Information based on road conditions is relayed to the Superintendent of Schools from the Director of Transportation. Transportation Director begins to check road conditions by 3:30 a.m. Even if road conditions seem clear in some areas, other areas may be difficult for travel either by school bus or by parent / high school student drivers.


Weather Condition Concerns which are evaluated:


  • Weather Forecast/Winter Storm Watch or Warning (a forecast or winter storm watch or warning in and of itself is not a sufficient condition to warrant a cancellation).
  • Ice is the worst condition.
  • Hard pack snow and rain cause hazardous road conditions.
  • Snow & ice build up on windshield & wipers.
  • Heavy wide-spread sustained fog conditions.
  • Sub-Zero Temperatures/Wind-Chill Warning (see above)
  • Difficult Starting Buses in extreme cold temperatures.
  • Buses not maintaining passenger compartment temperature.



Critical Factors for Canceling School


  • Buses stuck.
  • Icy conditions.
  • Length of time to complete routes.
  • Inability to make safe/legal bus stops.
  • Inability to travel safely on all roads.
  • Inability to maneuver buses at turn around points on routes.
  • Limbs or Power Lines down.
  • Previous road conditions/problems for buses.
  • Snow and Wind causing drifts.
  • Parking Lots & Sidewalks / 1.5 Mile Non-Transport Zone
  • Decisions made by other neighboring school districts.



Decision Making Timeline: The Director of Transportation makes a recommendation to the Superintendent of Schools who is responsible for the final decision. The goal is to reach a decision by 5:00 a.m., and to be no later than 5:30 a.m. at the latest. This time enables us to notify staff, radio and TV stations of our intent. On a rare occasion, the decision may be made after 5:30 a.m. based on a change in weather conditions that may warrant closing school.



HELPFUL INFORMATION:

  1. Text alerts are available through Remind. TEXT @mms5678 to 81010
  2. Weekly classroom assignment charts are listed below, or you can also find them under the middle school's "Parents & Students" tab.

NEW DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT

The district’s revised mission statement is stated below. This is the result of two to three hours of discussion at our District School Improvement Team (DSIT) meetings. The team members (comprised of parents, administrators, teachers, and a board member) wanted our guiding principles to be accurate, representative, and significant, as we move forward to a time of evolution and change in Manchester.


District Mission Statement: Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.


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Valentine's Fun Night 1/29/16 and Request for Volunteers

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and you are settling into the New Year. Can you believe our Valentine's Fun Night is already approaching at the end of January (just a little early)?

Fun Night schedule:


Friday, January 29th, 2016

5th/6th Grade: 5-6:30pm

7th/8th Grade: 7-8:30pm


-Admission is $4.00 or $3.00 with a canned good (unexpired).

-Concessions will be available at an additional cost and will include pizza, popcorn, candy, and beverages. Prices range from $.25 to $1.00.

-Music will be played during both Fun Night sessions plus Crafts for 5th/6th Grade and Dancing for 7th/8th Grade will be in the Cafeteria.

-Dodge Ball will be in the Gym.


Volunteers:

Please take just a minute to sign-up to make this exciting evening possible for the students--we can't do this without you!


All adult volunteers must have an approved background check. If you have already completed the background check form, you should be all set. Please let us know if you are in need of the form.


Volunteers may sign-up on our Google Doc--Click on the link below.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l9RP6uT4OJm3zhn1yFC3t5O4MW7RkHRyRJG8azjAdYI/edit?usp=sharing


If you are unable to access the link (as phones sometimes have trouble), just send us an email with your name, your preferred 5/6 or 7/8 grade time slot, and the activity you would like to volunteer for, and we will enter the information for you.


Please feel free to share this email with any MMS parents who haven't registered for the PTSA distribution list and would like to help out at Fun Night.


Best wishes,

The MMS PTSA

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Meet Frau Woodring, German Teacher


Frau Woodring is joining us from Jackson Public Schools where she taught German at the Middle School at Parkside for the last three years. She has been to Germany 7 times, including a year when she lived and studied in Munich. Frau loves traveling and cooking. She is excited about sharing her experiences with language and culture with as well as learning from the students at MMS.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS / ATHLETICS

  • Girls' Basketball: Wednesday, 1/20/16 v. Michigan Center (H), 4:30
  • Girls' Basketball: Thursday, 1/21/16 v. Napoleon (H), 4:30

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  • Wrestling: Saturday, 1/23/16 @ Napoleon, 9:30 am

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  • Builders Club meets this month on January 26th.

MMS Student Handbook 2015-2016

Click here to review the handbook.

Manchester Middle School

District Vision:

Educational Excellence in a Caring Community


District Purpose:

Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.


District Mission Statement

Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.


School Mission:

To provide a secure, challenging learning environment which will empower all students to achieve their greatest potential. The MMS team joins the parents and community to assist students in developing skills necessary to become successful, responsible, contributing citizens.