Middle School East News

February 26, 2021

A Message from Principal Kelly

Dear Middle School East Families,

Thank you for all of your support as we've completed our second week with all students back! It has been WONDERFUL having students here at school! As we enter into the final stretch of trimester two, please check your child's growth academically and visit with them about how they can best complete the trimester. Know that we are here to support your child in achieving their very best and are happy to help in any way we can.

Distance Learning students who wish to return to the In-Person Learning Model for the third trimester, need to complete this form by Wednesday, March 3, 2021 to ensure their successful transition back to school. Students remaining in distance learning need to do nothing!

During the month of March, as we begin a new trimester, students will have the opportunity to provide new information regarding seating during lunches. The latest Safe Learning Plan requires secondary schools to track student seating during lunch times to ensure accurate contact tracing capabilities. While students are eager to expand their circle of connections, this is a requirement that is needed to be followed at this time. Thank you in advance for supporting this message with your child for their safety and the success of our remaining in school.

We will also be reiterating messages to students regarding our school community beliefs and expectations. It has been a difficult year! Students have done a great job of returning to school and following the guidelines we are all required to ensure the safety of all members of our learning community. The following topics will be revisited in the weeks to come by classroom teachers, Mr. Holler, Ms. Schleicher and myself:

Following a reasonable request

Being kind to oneself and others

School Dress

Hallway basics

Bus safety

Basic hygiene

Thank you for your support and active involvement in your child's education. We truly enjoy our time with them! Please be sure to reach out to me with any questions/concerns.


Jennie Kelly

STMA Middle School East Principal

School Day

MSE Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Classes In Session from: 8:55 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Students may begin to arrive at school when the school doors open at 8:40 a.m.

Crossing Guard at Naber Ave and 47th Street

Morning: 8:20 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.

Afternoon: 2:55 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

This change ensures the safety of students being transported to school following current guidelines. This change also provides the opportunity for Middle School East, West and High School students to be transported with building peers only.

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Teacher Office Hours

We have gathered data regarding students accessing teacher office hours to evaluate the most efficient and effective use of their time. Less than 1 hundredth of a percent of students have accessed this allotted time. Therefore, scheduled office hours for teachers will shift from being offered daily from 8:15-8:40 a.m. to scheduled appointments with specific teachers.
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Knights' Honor

Knights' Honor is a set of core values that we at MSE share. When students demonstrate Safety, Respect, Honesty, or Citizenship, staff submit their names for Knights’ Honor which enters the student in the Knights Honor weekly drawing. These students get a note home and a coupon for a free scoop of custard at Culvers. Congratulations to this week's Knights' Honor Winners!
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New Cafeteria Seats Starting Trimester Three

This week during SEL, students took survey about cafeteria seating for trimester three. It was a similar survey to the one many filled out during distance learning before we returned in person, but now they know a little bit more about what to expect from lunch and have a better idea of the people in their SEL they would like to sit with. We will use those requests to create new seating that will go into effect the first day of trimester three, March 15th.


  • The results for the MATHCOUNTS competition are in! Six students from East and five students from West competed in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition February 5-6. This year the competition was online. Ethan J. qualified to compete in the next round, the Chapter Invitational on February 25.
  • Destination Imagination is gearing up for their competition which will be virtual this year.
  • Band and Choir extracurriculars are in full swing and loving the morning meeting option now that we are back in person.
  • Student Council is finishing up a fundraiser and planning dress days for Winter Week March 22nd-26th.
  • For 7th and 8th grade students, Boys Basketball is in its third week of the season with two more to go.
  • 7th and 8th grade volleyball registration is now open. The season will run March 15th-April 15th.
  • We are looking forward to a full spring season of sports for 7th and 8th grade students including Track and Field, Boys Baseball, Softball, Golf, and Boys Tennis. The season will start April 19th.

8th Grade Boys Basketball in Action vs Buffalo

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Student Council Fundraiser

Student Council hosted a winter fundraiser this year where students submitted videos explaining the acts of kindness they do in their everyday lives. Because we had almost 200 videos submitted, students were able to see their teachers play egg roulette, vote to dress your SEL teacher for the day and enjoy some walkout music to end the day today.
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Youth Matters

Youth Matters is now in person. Students attend sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 with a MSE teacher to improve their academic skills, work on homework and increase independence.

If you would like your child to attend Youth Matters, please reach out to Mr. Holler at davidh@mystma.org or open the link to the Youth Matters Registration Packet for a schedule and more information.

Technology Tools ~ Chromebooks & Hotspots

Check out the STMA Digital Learning Page. Here you will find frequently asked questions and quick tips to help navigate the commonly used resources by STMA students.

Check out these technology resources to help students who may get distracted by online learning.

Chromebooks and hotspots will be collected at a later date. Students do not need to return them at this time, but should bring them to school with them. Students who are able to bring personal headphones with them to school are encouraged to do so.

Check in with Dean of Students, Molly Schleicher, for questions/concerns about devices. mollys@mystma.org or (763) 497-2655

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Counseling Corner

Need a break? Not sure how to quiet your mind? Check out STMA's Virtual Calming Room. Between journaling, coloring, mindfulness and mind games, you can find an activity to calm your mind and body. Use these tools to manage your emotions and find new ways to cope with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Please know that your school counselors are here to support you!

Last names A-L please contact Mrs. Knudson juliek@mystma.org

Last names M-Z please contact Mrs. Mesna jessicame@mystma.org

School Social Worker please contact Mrs. Buskey jessicab@mystma.org

Setting Boundaries!

Parents and children are spending a significant amount of time together during this pandemic. With our changing learning models, many families have felt frustrated while trying to help their child academically, socially, and emotionally. The more time we spend together, the more chances there are for conflict. If you are looking for ways to get out of a negative rut, check out this blog on setting boundaries from Spark and Stitch Institute. There is also a class you can enroll in if you want additional resources and ideas!