Winter 2019

MMS: A Redesignated National School To Watch

Early Dismissal Days at 12:15 PM --- February 14, April 15


Just a reminder we will dismiss at 12:15 PM on Friday, February 14 and Wednesday, April 15 for teacher professional development. 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.

December 20 Is A Half Day and An Exam Day

We will dismiss at 12:15 PM on Friday, December 20. No activity buses will run that day and all regular routes will run to and from school.

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.

Buy Your Yearbook Early! This Makes A GREAT Holiday Gift!

Click here to order your 2019-2020 yearbook. Enter the coupon code now through to save 20% off the purchase price. Get yours today!

Important Dates Mark Your Calendar

****Early Dismissal Days: February 14 and April 15 at 12:15 PM****



Exam Week: December 16-20---No Early Exams and Missed Exams Require Prior Approval To Make Up


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

week of June. This requires prior approval.


****IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES FOR OCTOBER THROUGH JANUARY****



December


2---Chorus Concert for 6th through 8th Grade

3---Basketball V Dawkins, 4:30 PM, Home---NOTE DATE CHANGE

5---Basketball v Carver, 4:30, AWAY*****Note venue change

5--Band Concert, Gym, 6 PM

6--Winter Sports Pictures

9---Basketball v Dawkins, 4:30, Away

12--Last Day for Quizzes, Tests and Projects

12--Basketball v Boiling Springs, 4:30, Away

13 and 16--Exam Review Days

16---Basketball v Florence Chapel, 4:30, Away

17--1st Period Exam--AFTERNOON

18--Exams---2nd Period Morning and 3rd Period Afternoon

18--Basketball v DR Hill, 4:30, Home

19--Exams---4th Period Morning and 5th Period Afternoon

20---EARLY DISMISSAL DAY AT 12:15

20---6th Period and 7th Period Exam

20---END OF 2nd NINE WEEKS


23-31----Winter Holiday for Students and Teachers


January


1 -6---Winter Holiday for Students and Teachers

7---Student and Teachers Return

7---Basketball v Fairforest Middle, 4:30, Home

9--Report Cards Home

9----Basketball v Gable, 4:30, Home

13--Basketball v Sims, 5:00, Home***Later Starting Time

16---Basketball v DR Hill, 4:30, Home

20--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, No School

21---Basketball v DR Hill, 4:30, Home

23---Basketball v Gaffney Middle, 4:30, Home

27---Basketball v Carver, 4:30, HOME*******Note Venue Change

30---Basketball v Fairforest Middle, 4:30, Home


February 1---Spartanburg Sings


February 3---Black History Month Celebration Begins

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.

Cold and Flu Seasons Are Here!!! Take precautions to stay healthy....

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


1. Wash hands frequently. Our next best choice is hand sanitizer.

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

3. Remember to come to school after you have been fever free without any fever reducers for 24 hours.

4. Get a good night's sleep each night.

5. Exercise and a good diet always help.


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.

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

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