Mustang Memo

Maple Grove Middle School: Week of February 8-12

In This Issue....

  • Calendar of Weekly Events & Upcoming Dates
  • Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement
  • Student Council News
  • Pennies for Patients
  • MN Student Survey
  • Moonlight Bowling
  • Save the Date for MGMS Play
  • Movie Trivia


  • February 8-12 - Spirit Week
  • February 8 - Registration for Current 6th & 7th Grade Students for 2016-17
  • February 9 - Registration for Current 6th & 7th Grade Students for 2016-17
  • February 9 - Building Leaders Meeting 2:50 PM in the Main Office Conference Room
  • February 11 - 8th Grade takes the MN Student Survey
  • February 11 - District Middle School Honor Choir 3-5 PM
  • February 15 - President's Day - No School
  • February 16 - Newsletter Articles Wanted
  • February 17 - District Professional Development for Licensed Staff 2:50-4:00 in the Media Center
  • February 18 - 8th Grade Band Concert 7 PM
  • February 25 - 8th Grade Orchestra Concert 7 PM
  • February 27 - Moon Light Bowling 9 PM
  • March 2 - Non Licensed Staff Meeting 9:30 & 1:30 - Main Office Conference Room
  • March 2 - Building Professional Development for Licensed Staff 2:50-4:00 in the Media Center

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

In this article from Edutopia, students share what increases their levels of engagement in the classroom. What have you done that invites student engagement vs. compliance?

Student Council News

February 8-12 – Spirit Week

Monday – MN Day - Shelby Ackerman and I are thinking that the staff dress in flannel, hunting gear, or Babe the Blue Ox!

Tuesday – Twinning Day (wear the same outfit as a friend

Wednesday – Character Day (dress like your favorite character)

Thursday – Throw Back Thursday (wear something from the past

Friday – Valentine’s Day Color Day (red, white, pink, etc.)

Candy Grams!!

Student Council will be selling candy grams on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during lunch outside the cafeteria. The cost of each candy gram will be 50 cents and students will need to know the advisory teacher of the person they are sending it to. On Friday, student council representatives will leave their advisory class to deliver the candy grams to classes that have advisory at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Shelby Ackerman at 54205 or Beth Albrecht at 54121.

Penny for Patients Fundraiser - February 23 - March 11

Pennies for Patients

Student Council is asking you and your students to participate in a fundraiser called "Pennies for Patients". Each house will elect a teacher to be the money collector, they will be given a collection box and student council will send a representative to collect the money on Thursdays. This is a competition per grade level that will run from February 23 to March 11. If you have any questions please contact Beth Albrecht at 54121 or in room B121. Thank you for your support!!

MN State Survey

This year, our 8th grade students will be participating in the Minnesota Student Survey. Maple Grove Middle School will be administering the survey to our 8th grade students during advisory on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Following is a brief excerpt from the survey website:

The MINNESOTA STUDENT SURVEY (MSS) provides youth, parents and their communities a dynamic vehicle for on-going communication about issues vital to the health, safety and academic success of youth. Since the survey was first offered in 1989, it has gained a solid reputation as a reflection of the needs and strengths of adolescents. It is a valuable tool for school districts, county agencies and state agencies in planning meaningful and effective ways of supporting students and families.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous on the part of students. It is designed to be given to 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th graders and asks students questions about their activities, opinions and behaviors. The broad array of issues addressed include substance abuse (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), school climate and safety, nutrition, academics, connections with school, family and community and many other topics”.

The students will be using their school-issued iPad. The survey should take between 35-50 minutes to complete. Notification will be sent to parents prior to the survey date.

Newsletter Articles Wanted

The Mustang Journal is our newsletter that is emailed to parents three times a year. I am looking for articles/classroom updates that you would like to share with parents. This information is needed by Tuesday, February 16. Please send the information to Karen Wegerson - Thanks!!

Moonlight Bowling

Join in the fun at the 10th Annual Moonlight Bowling Event. This event will take place on Saturday February 27th at McPete’s Sports Bar & Lanes in beautiful downtown Big Lake MN.

You do not need to be a skilled bowler to participate in this activity. You will have a chance to win some $.

This event is open to friends and significant others as well.

We will be bowling in groups of 4 to possibly 5 so if you have a group in mind please let me know.

Bowling begins at 9:00 p.m. and costs $20.00 per bowler. Directions and additional information will be coming soon.

Save the Date

Maple Grove Middle School will be presenting the play "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" on March 10, 11, and 12. Performances will be held in the Maple Grove auditorium each night at 7 PM with an additional performance on March 12 at 3 PM.

Movie Trivia

The movie Grumpy Old Men was filmed in Minnesota. Which actor from this movie was Mrs. Klein’s babysitter for the day…when she was 5 years old?

Know the answer? Email your response to and you could win a prize!

Last week's answer: In the movie, Grumpy Old Men, what were the names of the two main characters?

John Gustafson and Max Goldman

Check for a prize in your box if you emailed the correct answer!