Mooresville MS Family Newsletter

January 18, 2019

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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!!!!


Sincerely,

Ayana Robison

Principal

Mooresville Middle School

All Pro Dads Meeting

Friday, Feb. 22nd, 7am

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

Meeting will be held in the Staff Development room. Parent guests will receive a visitor pass when you arrive. Breakfast is provided.
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MMS Spirit Rock!

The MMS Spirit Rock is a fun and creative way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite Student of the Month, wish a student Happy Birthday or show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member.


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

Mooresville, NC

10% of proceeds go to support MMS students and staff!
Mooresville MS PTSO Facebook Page

Get the latest information about MMS PTSO on their Facebook page!

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.


If you have questions, feel free to email Julie Blocker, jblocker@mgsd.k12.nc.us, or visit the NAF.org website to learn more about NAF academies.

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)

https://www.cfnc.org/index.jsp


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

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BSoBOmRBrJ2dBo_v8Yn79Jqz0DiV3Fo6UGGqHskEhjE/edit?usp=sharing


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
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Application submission window is Dec. 1, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019 by 11:59pm.

How Do I Apply?


Contact Information

Crossroads: 704-978-0034

Principal Mrs. Eller aeller@iss.k12.nc.us;
Counselor Dr. Riley jriley@iss.k12.nc.us


CCTL: 704-978-5450
Principal Ms. Hutchens teri_hutchens@iss.k12.nc.us;
Counselor Mrs. Culbreth bculbreth@iss.k12.nc.us


ASEC: 704-876-4056
Principal Mr. Wells bwells@iss.k12.nc.us;
Counselor Ms. Kilby-Cates tennille_cates@iss.k12.nc.us
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WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASSES AT MMS

8 ELA

8th grade ELA students are finishing second quarter with an in depth analysis of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. Through this unit students have had the opportunity to analyze figurative language, as well as express their opinions on a social justice topic about which they felt strongly.


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

In 8th grade Social Studies we finished up 2nd quarter by studying the Westward Expansion of the United States during the 1800s. Students learned about the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, why NC was nicknamed the Rip Van Winkle state, the reforms made by Archibald Murphey in NC, the NC Gold Rush, the changes made in1835 to the NC Constitution, and the Mexican-American War. Wow! We were very busy during 2nd quarter; from the Constitutional Convention thru Westward Expansion, we virtually time traveled in the United States for a 100 years!


We will start 3rd quarter by examining the Antebellum period in the United States.

8 Math

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.

7 Science

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 Math

7th grade math just finished up writing and solving equations. We will start the 3rd quarter by writing, solving, and graphing inequalities. We will then move into our geometry unit. We will begin with triangles, angles, and circles before we move into finding area, volume, and surface area.

7 ELA

Seventh grade Language Arts is busy creating lawyers and negotiators out of our students. We have been focusing on not only evaluating author’s claim but also working on strong evidence to support their own argument/claim. We are excited for our seventh grade wide common review for up coming benchmark.

ELECTIVES

7 Band

7th Grade Band is moving and grooving. We're learning 8th notes, which are a faster rhythm than anything we've learned so far! The toughest parts of learning 8th notes is knowing what beat the 8th notes are on, and the 7th graders are doing a great job moving through their methods books. Next, we'll be learning our first scale and moving on to sheet music to get prepared for the Spring Concert. Our Spring Concert is Wednesday, May 15th at 7pm in the Mooresville High School Performing Arts Center. We hope to see you all there!

7 Exploring Languages

Students in Mrs. Sarver's Exploring Languages classes wrapped up the semester by completing a country research project. Students selected a country of their choice and researched all about their country including basic geographical information, foods, holidays, and education. In addition, they had to look up and learn basic words in their country's target language. Student creations included Google Slides, poster boards, Keynotes, etc. Ask to see your child's creation today!

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.

Chorus and Theater Arts

  • Theatre Arts used the last week to perform for parents and teachers.
  • Chorus students created group song videos and reviewed solfege in stations.
  • All students reflected on their semester in a performing arts class and celebrated by playing a few improvisational games.
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Visual Art

Mosaic Artwork based on Gaudi

Physical Education and Health

We are completing our CPR unit in health and in Physical Education we are completing our spider ball and jail break unit.

Business Education

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.

Biotechnology

8th grade Biotechnology in Healthcare successfully extracted DNA from strawberries last week. They were surprised at how easy DNA is extracted.

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.

8 Spanish

Students in Spanish One are learning adjectives of descriptions. This topic pairs nicely with the previous topic of family members. Students are learning how to describe physical traits and personality characteristics of their family and friends. Ask your child to show you their Family Thinglink project. In the future, students will be assessed on their ability to speak Spanish and answer questions about themselves, their family and their friends. There may be a future project where students create and describe their own superhero or villain.

8 Band

The 8th Grade Band is officially preparing for our Music Performance Adjudication on March 18th. We will be sight-reading many pieces to sift through what works best for our group and eventually settle on three pieces to take to our graded performance. You can expect for an increased amount of playing tests during this upcoming quarter as we prepare for this event; our goal is for every student to play, act, and most importantly FEEL like a superior band so that we ultimately bring home a superior rating. Much more is coming up on our calendar; that is all explained in detail in the most recent parent email blast. If you are not receiving these emails, please reach out to me so I can add you to the list!
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Mooresville Middle School

Vision:

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.

Mission:

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.

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