IN THE MIDDLE
February 11, 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Monday, February 15
- NO SCHOOL - PRESIDENT'S DAY
- BOE Meeting @ Ackerson, 6:00 pm
Friday, February 19
- Spirit Day - Twin Day
Saturday, February 27
- SEMMLAA Quiz Bowl @ Saline Middle School
Tuesday, March 1
- PTSA Meeting @ Media Center, 5:30 pm
Friday, March 18
- MS Fun Night (5/6, 5:00 - 6:30 pm and 7/8, 7:00 - 8:30 pm)
A MINUTE WITH MRS. MAYES
Bullying is a term that is used often to describe a variety of student conflicts. Don't get me wrong, bullying happens--I wish it didn't--but I can never promise that our school will be bully-free. What I can promise is that we fully investigate reports of bullying and follow the proper protocols once it has been identified. We also take many steps to prevent bullying behavior before it begins.
The official definition of bullying is this: Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending him or herself.
Sometimes we have students in our school who simply do not have the same level of social skills as others (just like we all come with different reading skills or athletic ability). Sometimes those students repeatedly do annoying things. But are they doing it on purpose? Is there an imbalance of power? Are they doing it to someone who is an easy target and cannot defend himself? Those are the questions--and nuances--we must navigate during our investigations on student conflict. Again, let me assure you that we are not trivializing this conduct. The reported behaviors are likely unacceptable and consequence-worthy, but are the actions truly bullying? Here's a resource to help us (and you) determine what kind of behaviors are at play: Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying
Click here to view our board policy on anti-bullying.
Bully Prevention Rules:
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help students who are bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know of a student who is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
- Text alerts are available through Remind. TEXT @mms5678 to 81010
- Weekly classroom assignment charts are listed below, or you can also find them under the middle school's "Parents & Students" tab.
The Great Kindness Challenge 2016
Many thanks to Lindsay Hannah and Project Success for reinforcing the importance of simply being kind to one another.
Meet Mrs. Bohl, 5th Grade Teacher
It is my pleasure to be teaching fifth grade at Manchester Middle School this year. I am equally proud to call Manchester my home and cannot imagine working or living anywhere else! My husband and I find spending time with family especially important. We have three grown children, and our oldest and her husband have blessed us with three loving, active, and adorable little boys. After graduating from Dearborn High School, I earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Secondary Education (English and Speech), an elementary endorsement from Siena Heights University, and a master’s degree in Special Education from Siena Heights University. As a lifelong learner, I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities and feel privileged to be part of your child's educational experience. My goal is to create an enthusiasm in your child for learning and strongly believe the best learning occurs in a safe and warm environment where there is respect, care, and support. I am looking forward to our partnership and I am completely thrilled and enthused about spending the upcoming school year with you and your child!
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS / ATHLETICS
- Girls' Basketball: Wednesday, 2/17/16 v. Napoleon (H), 4:30 pm
- Girls' Basketball: Thursday, 2/18/16 v. Vandercook Lake (A), 4:30 pm
- Wrestling: Wednesday, 2/17/16 @ Manchester, 4:30 pm
- Builders Club meets this month on February 23.
Manchester Middle School
Educational Excellence in a Caring Community
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.
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.