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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 3/8/2019
Week 27 - Daylight Savings Time THIS WEEKEND
We have had an extremely busy five days of school! Our band students attended their district assessments, we recognized our February Students of the Month, the 8th grade students completed the writing multiple choice portion of their SOL and many phenomenal lessons occurred as we begin to wrap up the third quarter. I invite you to read the messages below and visit a few of our phenomenal educators twitter pages!
February Students of the Month!
Congratulations to the following students:
Itzel Torres Peralta
Mirian Hernandez Bonilla
Dalia Flores Contreras
A Special Announcement from the MPMS Band Department
Every year, in March, the MPMS Band Department participates in the VBODA District Assessment. VBODA is the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and the governing body for music events across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose of participation in District Assessment is to receive feedback on the musical growth and development of our band program.
On March 2nd and 4th, all four bands from our program performed concerts at Woodbridge High School for a panel of judges. The judges for the event included current and retired band directors from neighboring school districts as well as retired U.S. Navy Band musicians. Each band received a rating from the panel at the conclusion of the event.
The MPMS Band Department is very proud to share that our students’ performances were outstanding! The 8th Grade Concert Band received a Superior Rating, which is the highest rating that can be achieved at District Assessment. A Superior Rating was also given to the 6th Grade Concert Band for their fantastic performance on stage. Our Honors Band, consisting of students from all grade levels, received an Excellent Rating from the judges. The 7th Grade Concert Band performed well in their concert and received an Excellent Rating.
Please join us in congratulating ALL of our band students
on their wonderful representation at District Assessment!
A Letter from Ms. Tickle
Dear Manassas Park Middle School Parents and/or Guardians,
I am writing this letter to make you aware of the growing problem among our teenagers across the country and right here at Manassas Park High School. We have seen a rapid increase in the use of products that fall under the umbrella of e-cigarettes, including vaping and juuling. The problem is not unique to our high school, but is a nationwide problem. The latest numbers reported by the US Food and Drug Administration are staggering: Since last year, vaping increased by nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers. A recent article in Consumer Reports stated that 1.5 million more students admitted vaping (in the past 30 days) in 2018 than in 2017. These statistics mirror the increases we are seeing at MPHS.
If you are not familiar with the term, you might ask, “What is vaping?”. E-cigarettes, or vapes, work by heating a liquid containing nicotine until it vaporizes. Experts point to the huge increase in teen use as the result of a single company, Juul, which grabbed up market shares by offering an assortment of flavors, high nicotine content, and devices that look like USB drives. The nicotine content of these Juuls is 5%, which is a very high amount. Additionally, the flavored Juuls do not give off the combustible smoke of a regular cigarette, but rather a sweet odor of the flavor being inhaled.
We are seeing many of our teens using these Juuls (and other e-cigarettes) in our bathrooms, parking lots, locker rooms, large crowds (hallways and cafeteria), and even attempting to do so in class. The bigger concern is the prevalent belief among our students that there is no harm or less harm in using e-cigarettes than using real cigarettes. However, while not having the toxins of combustible, traditional cigarettes, the negative effect of nicotine on the developing brain is very well known. Even more alarming are the unknown effects of breathing in the chemicals the nicotine is mixed with to create the e-liquids and flavor. Educators are becoming increasingly alarmed that teens seem to be ignoring the possible adverse effect of nicotine and the added chemicals.
I encourage each of you to take time to research the topic of e-cigarettes, vaping, and Juuls and to talk with your child about the use of such products. Additionally, please help us in reinforcing the consequences of having these products in school. If found in possession and/or use, students do face a suspension. It is my hope that through this letter you will take this topic seriously for your child(ren)’s best interests.
Mrs. Desiree Tickle
Upcoming Big Things!
Tuesday, March 12th: 8th Grade Writing SOL Short Paper
Tuesday, March 12th: Boys Basketball vs. Stonewall 5p
Thursday, March 14th: 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert
Monday, March 18th: School Board Meeting 6:59pm
Thursday, March 21st: Family Market @MPHS 4pm
The "Girls + Math + Science = SUCCESS!" Conference
When: March 30th, 2019
Where: Marstellar Middle School
Who: Grades 5 -12 Students that live in and/or attend Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park Public Schools.
Why: Participants attend workshops with professionals working in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math-related career fields.
Cost: $6.00 per student
What Happened in School this Week? Check out these Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)
Need Winter Clothing? Jackets? See Ms. Salas in the counseling office!
If you are in need of winter clothing, Ms. Salas also has a supply of donated items for students as well. Get in touch if you have any questions!
Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!
Connect with us on Twitter!
If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade
There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter. If you like their tweets above, follow them!
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