Mooresville MS Family Newsletter
January 18, 2019
A Message from Mrs. Robinson
Greetings Mooresville Middle School Families:
The 2019 Red Imps are an amazing bunch and we are so fortunate to have each of you as part of our MMS Family!
As we enter into a new semester we are taking time to remind students to give their best effort at all times. For semester 2, students core classes (math, ELA, science, and social studies) will remain the same, they will be assigned two new elective classes. These classes were listed on schedules at the start of the year but we will take time to remind students which classes they are assigned.
If you would like to schedule a mid-year parent meeting with a teacher please call the school and ask to speak to the teacher or send the teacher an email. We try to meet as a team so if you schedule with one teacher we will invite all of your child’s teachers to the meeting.
Attendance is very important! Please encourage your middle school student to be on time and at school every day. Students who miss more than 12 days of school for any reason will be invited to make up the missed time during the summer.
If you are interested in seeing a day in the life of a middle school student please join our next parent tour. The next MMS Parent Tour will be Tuesday, February 12th at 8am. To reserve your spot please call the front office at 704-658-2720.
If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call. It’s ALWAYS a great day to be a Red Imp!!!!
Mooresville Middle School
All Pro Dads Meeting
Friday, Feb. 22nd, 7am
233 Kistler Farm Road
MMS Spirit Rock!
Rent the Spirit Rock for only $10 for a week (Saturday to Friday). Submit the rental form along with your payment to the MMS PTSO. Proceeds support the MMS students and staff.
MMS SPIRIT NIGHT at KICKBACK JACK'S!
Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 5-8pm
123 Ervin Road
National Academy Foundation Academy of Engineering
Mooresville High School will begin a National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Engineering during the 2019-2020 school year. A maximum of seventy-five freshmen will be accepted into the academy. This academy will only be offered to freshmen and they will be cohorted with their group in two classes per year. These will be their English and Engineering classes. During their senior year, students will be provided the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with one of our local businesses. Upon graduation, the students will be NAFTrack certified. NAFTrack Certification helps students:
Make the connection between their high school coursework and their futures
Reflect on their own learning in order to set goals for continuous improvement
Gain proficiency in taking online assessments, which are becoming more prevalent in higher education
Demonstrate the hard and soft skills they develop throughout their academy experience
Get on track to NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a commitment made by top companies to give special consideration to NAFTrack certified job applicants
More information will be provided at the rising ninth grade parent night on March 11, 2019.
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
Description: College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina. It promotes higher education and assists students with education planning, career planning, and applying and paying for college.
MHS Career & Technical Education (CTE) Career Clusters Guide
Description: Planning for the future by way of high school, career, workforce and/or college? Use the MHS CTE guide to choose electives. This valuable resource will help with understanding the sequence of classes; as they build up to higher levels of education while providing the opportunities for various certifications that are recognized in the world of work.
From the Counseling Department
Is An Early College Program for YOU?
Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership (CCTL)
Crossroads Arts and Sciences Early College
Agriculture & Science Early College (ASEC)
- Two-years of college for FREE!!!
- Complete 6 years of education (high school diploma AND an Associate’s Degree) in 5 years
- Smaller learning environment
- Students can still play sports and participate in extracurricular activities. Fun events too -- dances, prom, lock-ins, bake-gives, homecoming, dodgeball tournament, etc. -- events vary from school to school.
- Transportation available to all Early Colleges through shuttle buses and shuttle bus stop locations throughout Iredell County.
- Honors level high school curriculum in all Early Colleges.
- All Early Colleges operate on the collegiate calendar (start in early August and finish in mid-May)
- Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, or Associate in Fine Arts transfer degrees, as well as other degrees offered by Mitchell Community College. Some differences in Early College Programs
Application submission window is Dec. 1, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019 by 11:59pm.
How Do I Apply?
- Applications available online on all 3 Early College websites. One application for all 3 early colleges.
- ASEC: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/3559
- CCTL: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/3495
- Crossroads: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/115
- Current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders may apply for admission.
- Recommendations required from ELA teacher, Math teacher and Counselor - also submitted online. Students will be notified of acceptance in mid-March and will have 24 hours to confirm their seat in the Early College Program.
Principal Mr. Wells email@example.com;
Counselor Ms. Kilby-Cates firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASSES AT MMS
Moving into third quarter all classes will begin new novels. Honors will be reading Summer of My German Soldier. Ketchie and Cilley will begin Discovering Wes Moore. Davis-Vickery will begin Outsiders, while Blanton will begin working on poetry and Tears of a Tiger.
8 Social Studies
We will start 3rd quarter by examining the Antebellum period in the United States.
Students in 8th Grade Math have started our study of Statistics. Students are learning about Scatter Plots and the relationship between data sets. Students are also finding the line of best fit for data to make predictions. After Benchmarks, students will be working on a College Project to display their knowledge of Scatter Plots and Line of Best Fit.
Math 1 students have been studying Quadratics. Students have learned about the parts of a quadratic and what they represent in applications. After the unit test, students will review for the Benchmarks and complete their Big Business Projects.
To finish up our 2nd quarter, we are completing our study of body systems and how they work together to keep us healthy. Homeostasis is those systems keeping the body in balance.
We will start 3rd quarter with one of our most awaited activities- frog dissection! We then roll right into genetics and heredity. Punnett squares and pedigrees are always fun to learn.
7 Exploring Languages
7 General Music
During the last few weeks, general music wound down our semester with units on Broadway Musicals and Video Game music. Students created their own Broadway shows from the storyline, to the costumes, to the songs, and the results were nothing short of entertaining! Afterwards, they got the opportunity to share some of their favorite video games with the class as we explored music in video games (Fortnite, of course, was the class favorite). After researching compositional aspects of composing and how this industry has grown, students got the chance to try and code their own short animation and create an overview of an objective for their game.
It was a pleasure working with this group of students this semester, as I have seen some really imaginative ideas come to life through their hands-on projects.
Physical Education and Health
7th Grade Business Education classes just completed their personal finance unit (budgets, home and car purchases, writing checks and balancing their accounts). They ended the 9 weeks with a food truck project. Students created a Food Truck, menu, uniform, business card, advertisement and a logo and slogan for their truck. They had lots of very creative food trucks.
8th Grade Business Education classes finished a personal finance unit where they have found a job, created a budget and paid monthly bills. They have designed and figured out the cost of building a home and purchased a vehicle. Students also learned about the stock market and invested money in stocks. They have checked their stocks each day and bought and sold stocks trying to make a profit.
8 General Music
8th Grade General Music is currently finishing up their Broadway portion of their curriculum with an assignment on Into the Woods. We're watching the Disney production from 2014 of the musical, and students have notes they're going through to help facilitate them understanding the plot points and songs throughout the production. Lastly, we'll be going over music in our movies, and how music shapes the emotions and feel of certain movie scenes. We will also touch on being a Foley Artist, which are the people who create all of the sounds and the overall sound design of movies.
Mooresville Middle School
Mooresville Middle School is committed to creating the conditions that bring each student to full academic potential as engaged, life-long learners and citizens by developing critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Mooresville Middle School will instill an appreciation and love for learning in our students as we help them develop the skills needed to become goal oriented, independent thinkers and leaders in an ever-changing global society. We challenge every student, every day to discover and develop a positive sense of self, as well as to respect themselves and others through meaningful collaboration with peers, teachers, and parents.