Week 20 Edition/December 16, 2022
Message from Dr. Frischkorn
Good Evening Mayfield Intermediate School students and families!
Congratulations to everyone on completing the first semester of the school year! We have officially made it to the halfway point in the school year, and when we return on Wednesday, January 4th, the students will be starting the 3rd quarter of the school year.
Use the Winter Break to rest, relax, and refocus for the start of 2023. We have a great foundation set for students to continue to excel academically.
Dr. Donald Frischkorn
WINTER BREAK: DECEMBER 19- JANUARY 3
Congratulations to Mayfield Intermediate School's Virginia Teacher of the Year Nominee, Mrs. Wise
At the School Board meeting Tuesday, December 13th, the Virginia Teacher of the Year Nominees from Manassas City Public Schools were recognized. Our nominee, Helen Wise, is a worthy recipient of the recognition. She serves as our school's special education chairperson and serves as a special education teacher in the inclusion and general education setting. She supports students with the accommodations they need to succeed academically and socially.
Ms. Wise was very humbled by the recognition!
This past week the students and staff at Mayfield Intermediate School participated in Spirit Week as we anxiously awaited the start of Winter Break! It's great to see the students and staff have fun with the events throughout the week. The spirit week concluded today with Ugly Sweater. Check out how some of our Mayfield staff brought the winter spirit with their ugly sweaters. Check out some of the photos from the 40+ staff members who participated!
Congratulations to our winners
Ms. Innamorato-1st Place
Ms. Thomasson-2nd Place
Mr. Krizmanich-3rd Place
Staff Ugly Sweater Pictures
Successful Chorus Concert
Our Mayfield Chorus performed a fantastic show on Wednesday, December 14. Students and the 5th and 6th-grade chorus performed in a packed house of family members, classmates, and teachers. Ms. Hellebuyck prepared the students well, and we are very proud of our student’s success. Keep up the great work! Be on the lookout for orchestra and band concerts, joining the chorus concerts in the spring!
Student Survey Notification
All students in the 6th grade will have an opportunity to take a survey created by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The survey is intended to measure student support, student engagement, discipline, and safety conditions within the school. The survey will be administered during the week of January 9th. Below you can download an informative letter to the parents and a copy of the questions that students will be asked.
Bobcat Block: Targeted Support Block
Our Bobcat Block time (1:40 PM to 2:10 PM) is a part of the day that students are provided targeted support based on their academic needs. Our Bobcat Block interventions and supports have really started to show academic improvement for students. We want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Maldonado, and Mrs. Weyman for organizing the spelling and math lessons. Thank you to all the encore teachers who filled in at a moment's notice and helped cover classes. Our Bobcat Block success was a team effort, and so many of our students succeeded!
2nd Quarter Results:
We began the school year with 164 students identified as phonetic spellers based on the Developmental Word Knowledge Inventory. We had 79 students advance to the transitional level and beyond! 306 students were identified as transitional spellers. Out of that group, 75 students moved up to the fluent or advanced stage! Again, these are great results for the first quarter we implemented this school-wide support for our students. Our work with the students shows in our academic achievement.
3rd Quarter Focus:
As we return from Winter Break, we will make several adjustments to student placement. We have a short week when we return, so that students will stay in their homerooms during our first week back from Winter Break. We will continue focusing on the 85 students who need continued support to advance out of the phonetic stage and the 264 students in the transitional phase. The remaining 500 students will move on to receiving help in mathematics with a focus on number sense routines.
Additionally, Bobcat Block groups will take place Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, students will stay in their homeroom classes to conduct class meetings, complete missing assignments, set goals for upcoming weeks, or receive additional support that the homeroom teachers have identified.
Students considered Chronically Absent will have weekly campus meetings with an administrator or another staff member on Fridays. The Chronically Absent meetings are a new approach that we are taking. It will be similar to the first Chronically Absent meetings that Mr. Sanderson and I hosted for students a couple of weeks ago.
4th Quarter Focus:
Based on the results from the third quarter, we will make adjustments. However, we will begin focusing on 5th-grade science support as we work to prepare our students for the 5th-grade SOL and provide additional time. I'm currently collaborating with Leslie Jones, the division science content specialist, to develop a lesson that can be taught during a 20 to 25-minute time frame and review key concepts that students need to understand from the 4th and 5th grades.
Attendance is Important
As we start the second semester I want to help support all our students with improving attendance. Our goal is to have Mayfield Intermediate with the best attendance rate in the school division. We believe that it is so important for students to have great attendance by the end of the 6th grade. Improving attendance increases students academic achievement, improves their relationships with classmates, and builds healthy habits that will only help them as they continue to grow.
Students that are continuing to struggle with attendance will be provided extra support on Fridays during our Bobcat Block!
Good Evening, You are receiving this newsletter update because your child's attendance during this school year is a concern, and we want to support you and your child. Our records indicated that your child had missed enough school days to be considered chronically absent from school.
Student Code of Conduct
Principal Donald Frischkorn Ed. D.
Proud principal of Mayfield Intermediate School in Manassas, Virginia