Spring 2020

MMS: A Redesignated National School To Watch

Early Dismissal Days at 12:15 PM Are April 15 and Friday, May 29


Just a reminder we will dismiss at 12:15 PM on Wednesday, April 15 for teacher professional development and May 29 is a early dismissal day. May 29 is also our Presentation of Learning Day from 9:45 to 11:30. There will be no activity buses, all regular bus routes will run and breakfast/lunch will be served. Thank you for making on time pick up arrangements.

Cold and Flu Seasons Are Here! Reminders to help everyone stay healthy...

Just a couple of reminders to help us all stay healthy:


1. Wash hands vigorously and frequently. Our next best choice is hand sanitizer. With soap and sanitizer rub your hands vigorously for 20 seconds which is the equivalent of saying the Happy Birthday song twice.

2. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Sneezing/coughing into a Kleenex is best and if that is not available then into the crook of your arm. Wash or sanitize hands if your sneeze into hands.

3. Remember to come to school after you have been fever free without any fever reducers for 24 hours. This includes cough syrup and cold medications with Tylenol, Advil or Aspirin as an ingredient.

4. Get a good night's sleep each night. This is a great way to stay healthy.

5. Exercise and a good diet always help.

6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.


Remember you MUST BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT ANY FEVER REDUCERS BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL! Thank you for helping us all stay healthy by keeping your child at home when sick.


We are hoping for a healthy year and we appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our nurse, Ms. Russell or Ms. Peach.

6th Grade Parents: Schedule Your Tdap Vaccination -- Required Before 7th Grade--WInter Break Is A Great Time To Get This Done!

Just a reminder to schedule your child's Tdap Vaccination Booster or ask that it be given at your next well child check up. It is very difficult to get this appointment and it can take weeks to months to get it scheduled. The summer is the busiest time for these vaccinations. This vaccination has been required to begin 7th grade since 2013. After you have the vaccination, please drop by a copy of your updated record and we will cross your name off of the list for vaccinations.


Thank you for handling this for us so that your student will start 7th grade on time.

March Is Music In Our Schools Month and Women's History Month

A huge thank you to our music teachers who make the performing arts come alive at MMS and instill a love of music in our students. We are so grateful to Dr. Weygandt, Mr. McDaniel, Ms. Atherton, Ms. Moody, Mr. Pugh, Ms. Pace and Ms. Wolfe for the countless hours they pour into our students developing their talents. We are most grateful.


Check out our District 7 Website and other information we will be posting through out the month about opportunities to learn from successful and important female leaders in our community.

Important Dates Mark Your Calendar for March through May

****Early Dismissal Days: April 15 and May 29 at 12:15 PM****


Friday, March 27 through Friday, April 3---Spring Break. Students return on Monday, April 6.


YES Week: May 26-29, 2020--Any student missing YES week must take ALL exams the first

week of June. This requires prior approval. Please make plans to attend our Presentation of Learning (POL) Day from 9:45 to 11:15 AM. Parents may check out their student after our POL Day.


****IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES FOR JANUARY****


March--Music In Our Schools Month


9--Registration Begins

9--Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting at SHS Fine Arts Center

12--8th Grade Students meet with Counselors at 8:15 AM

16--7Reads Author Visit

24 --Master Musicians Spring Concert

Spring Parent Conferences

25--Report Cards Go Home***

26--Spring Conferences

27---Spring Break Begins


April


3--Spring Break Ends

6--Students Return To School

6---iReady and MAP Testing Begins

9--Sixth Grade Awards at 9 AM

15--Early Release Day for Teacher Professional Development at 9 AM

16--7th Grade Awards Day at 9 AM

21--Orchestra Concert at 6 PM

23--8th Grade Awards at 6 PM

23--Band Concert at 6 PM

27-- Progress Reports Go Home

28--Chorus Concerts: 6th Grade at 6 PM, 7th/8th Grade at 7 PM

30--Orchestra Finale


May---Looking Ahead


4--School Nurse Day, THANK YOU MS. RUSSELL

4-8--Teacher Appreciation Week

4--SC PASS and SC Ready testing begins for ELA, Math and 6th Grade Science

8--Summer Time Is Calling Me Dance from 6 to 8 at SHS

14/15--MMS School Musical, 6 PM---School House Rock-Come hear all of your favorites

from Conjunction Junction to I'm Just A Bill on Capitol Hill in this delightful

musical. It is going to be GREAT!

15--SC PASS AND SC READY Window Closes

18--EXAM WEEK FOR 8th Grade--Algebra 1 EOC, Physical Science, Foreign Language,

Computer Science

18--Exam Week for 7th Grade--Algebra 1 EOC, Computer Science

22--Yearbook Fun Day, 1:30 to 3 PM

22--MacBook Turn In Day--ALL STUDENTS at 8:30 AM

25--Memorial Day, Student and Teacher Holiday

26-29--YES WEEK

29--Presentation of Learning Day/Report Cards Go Home

YES Week---Mark Your Calendars---MAY 26-29


Y.E.S. Week is May 26-29. It is one of our most important weeks of the year. May 28 and 29 will be half days and we will dismiss at 12:15. Remember if your child does not participate in YES they will be required to take end of year exams.

March 27 Professional Development Day/ Student Holiday---Spring Break Begins March 30 - April 3

We hope you enjoy your Spring Break this year. We are wishing you safe travels, relaxation and fun as we prepare for the end of the school year.

Discount Cards Always Available In The Main Office for $10 Each! Check out these deals! Great Stocking Stuffers!

Thank you for supporting this event that funds so many initiatives, field trip scholarships, and many other fun days.


Look at these fabulous businesses who are participating


*Waffle House: 10% off purchase

*Pelicans Hillcrest Only: Buy any size SnoBall, get one free

*Pizza Inn: Free beverage with purchase of an adult buffet

*Rocky Moo: Free mini ice cream sandwich or one scoop cup with purchase

*Bob's Car Wash: $3 off of any wash

*Master's Mark: 15% off dry cleaning

*Take 5 Oil Change: $6 off oil change

*Stay Mobil: 15% off your next repair

*Twisty's: 10% off purchase

*Arby's on Pine Street: Buy 1 Classic Roast Beef Sandwich, get 1 free

*Bojangles on East Main Street: Free seasoned fries with purchase

*The Clock: 10% Off @ Spartanburg, Gaffney and Duncan locations, excluding specials

*Coffee Bar East: 25% Off Coffee Drinks!!

*Japan House: 10% off purchase

*Firehouse Subs: Free 22oz drink with purchase of any sub

*Sub Station II: 10% Off total purchase-Asheville Hwy, John B. White Locations

*Sonic: Buy 1 Sonic Works Burger, get 1 free

*Dairy Queen: Buy 1 Blizzard, get 1 of equal or less value for $.99

*Krispy Kreme: Buy 1 dozen at regular price, get 1 dozen for $2, plus tax, Sptbg only.

*Los Mexicanos: Purchase 1 combo (1-40) and 2 drinks, get a second combo free

*McDonald's: Buy an extra value meal and get the same sandwich free

*Mellow Mushroom: 10% off purchase

*Monsoon Noodle House: Free beverage with purchase of entree

*Papa John's Pizza: Buy 1 large 2 topping pizza for $14.99 + tax, get one free. Pick Up Only.

*Star Lanes: Free shoe rental with purchase of a game

2 for 1! Help MMS PTSO while you shop with Amazon, Publix, and Office Depot.

QUICK & EASY WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO OUR SCHOOL!
If you shop online at Amazon, please bookmark and use the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8818169
AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your purchase to McCracken each time you shop! (No fees are charged for participating.) When you click on the link the first time, you will need to enter:

1. "McCracken Middle School PTSO";

2. Then select "McCracken Middle School PTSO" as your charity of choice.

3. Each subsequent time you log in using the link, "McCracken Middle School PTSO" will show as your chosen charity.


*Remember to pick up your Publix card from the main office and swipe your card when you shop.

*When shopping at Office Depot just mention MMS and our PTSO receives 5% of each sale.

Social Media Tips and Sites for Parents

Parenting middle school students is an amazing journey and social media has become a big part of that parent adventure. Most of the time social media is a fun way for teens and tweens to connect and communicate with each other and you using personal devices. FaceBook and Twitter are now parent places while Instagram, Tumblr, Vine and SnapChat are the hangouts for teens now. Being aware of where your child is going on their personal devices and helping to keep them safe are all important for the parent of today's teen. I hope you will use these sites as conversation starters and tools with your student. I hope you find these helpful.


This site has a wealth of information about the meaning of music lyrics, movie content and reasons for ratings, trending social media sites and other ways to keep your child safe on the internet. Included is information on safe and unsafe social media sites for your student.


https://www.commonsensemedia.org


These sites also have a lot of information at a glance:


Super Article For Managing Social Media With Teens......

Social Media Advice for Parents!


Parent and Child Social Media Contract for Home.......SO IMPORTANT!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/familymediacontracts1.pdf


What is SnapChat video......one of the most popular sites for students at MMS using personal devices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmT1CSBd8Ks&feature=youtu.be

Follow Us on Facebook

District 7 Website and The MMS Website