MMS Eagle News Winter 2018 - 2019

MMS: A Redesignated National School To Watch

Make Up Day February 18, 2019

MAKE UP DAY ANNOUNCEMENT: Thursday, Oct 11 was the first day this academic year District 7 schools were closed because of Tropical Storm Michael. Students will make up this day on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, the day built into the school calendar specifically as a weather day.

Spring Student Led Conference Days

March 26 OR 28 will be our Spring Student Led Conference Dates. Please make plans to attend one of these nights as your child reviews goals and progress to date for this year. This is a powerful conference as we move into our final nine weeks of the year. Parents will be able to pick up report cards on these nights, sign the envelope and leave it with the SOAR teacher. We hope you will attend.

Important Dates



January 2019


Students and Teachers Return January 7


January 8: BB v BSMS @4:30 PM, Away

January 8: Wrestling v Powdersville, Home, 5 PM

January 10: Report Cards Go Home

January 10: BB v Carver, Away @ 4:30 PM

January 10: D7 Spelling Bee, 6 PM, MMS Theater

January 10: Wrestling v Chesnee, Away, 5 PM

January 11: Report Card Envelope Due To SOAR Teacher Signed by Parent

January 12: Border Qualifier

January 14: BB v FFMS, Away, 4:30 PM

January 15: Wrestling v Carver, Home, 5 PM

January 16: Peachtree Tournament, Away, BSMS

January 17: BB v Dawkins, Away, 4:30 PM

January 19: Carolina Invitational, Wrestling, Lexington HS, All Day

****January 21: Student/Teacher Holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day***

January 22: BB v Gable, Away, 4:30 PM

January 24: BB v DR Hill, Away, 4:30 PM

January 27: Possible BB Make Up Game Day

January 28: BB v FCMS, Home, 4:30 PM**** Rescheduled from December 10

January 30: BB Conference Day 1, Location TBD


February -- African American History Month


February 1: African American History Month Celebration Begins

February 4: BB Conference Tournament Round 2, Location TBD

February 5: 7th Grade Dental Screenings

February 6: Orchestra to Atlanta

February 6: BB Tournament Semi-Finals, Girls, Gaffney Middle School

February 7: BB Tournament Semi-Finals, Boys, Gaffney Middle School

February 9: BB Tournament Finals, Boys and Girls, Gaffney Middle School

February 11: Progress Reports Go Home

February 12: Progress Reports Due to SOAR Teacher Signed By an Parent

February 12: Beta Club Installation, 6 PM

***February 15: EARLY DISMISSAL DAY For Teacher Professional Learning, 12:15 PM***

February 18: MAKE UP DAY

February 19: 7th Grade Parent Meeting, 5:30

February 21: NAEP Test, Selected 8th Grade Students

February 27: Black History Month Celebration Assembly


March 20--End of 9 Weeks

****MARCH 26 OR 28---STUDENT LED CONFERENCE NIGHT 3:30 to 6 PM****

March 27--Report Cards Go Home

March 28--Report Cards Due To SOAR Teacher

March 29--Student and Teacher Holiday

YES Week---Mark Your Calendars


Y.E.S. Week is May 28-31. It is one of our most important weeks of the year. May 31 will be a half day 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.


Check out the catalogs:


Course List

http://yes.mccrackentech.org/courses/

Interest List
http://yes.mccrackentech.org/interests/

McCracken Redesignated As A National School To Watch!

On December 1, 2017 a team of six evaluators visited MMS to determine if we would be redesignated as a School To Watch. We were THRILLED to learn that we were approved. This is a tremendous accomplishment as we had to demonstrate significant growth and reach rather lofty goals. It is truly a reflection of the hard work of our amazing teachers, our super students, awesome administrators and phenomenal support staff along with the endless support of our terrific parents. It is an exciting time for McCracken.

Cold and Flu Season Is Just 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!

Our First Turn In Day for Discount Cards is August 31st--sell your discount cards for fabulous prizes. Our 3 Top Sellers Will also win cash prizes! Each student selling 15 cards will win an all expense trip to Carowinds. If you sell 3 cards your student will receive a "Homework Pass." 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


New On Our Card:


Burrito Hub: 10% Off Purchase

Ike's Corner Grill: Free beverage with purchase of meal

Mezcal Taverna Mexicana: 10% off Purchase

Nacho Taco: Buy 1 Quesadilla, Get 1 of Equal or Lesser Value Free

Pelicans: Buy any size SnoBall, Get 1 Topping Free--Hillcrest Onlys

Pizza Inn: Free beverage with the purchase of a buffet

Rocky Moo: Free Mini Ice Cream Sandwich or One Scoop Cup with Purchase

Waffle House: 10% off Purchase


Returning This Year!


*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!! NEW OFFER THIS YEAR!!

*Fratello's: $5 off a $30 or more purchase

*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

*Monarch Cafe: Free tea with purchase of lunch item

*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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