McCracken Eagle News

December Newsletter

Important Dates for December

REMINDER: Exams are the week of December 18-21. Exams may not be taken early!


February 19 is now a Make Up Day!


December 2: Wrestling Tournament @ Broome

December 4: 7th and 8th Grade Chorus Concert

December 5: Winter Sports Pictures @ 3:30---BASKETBALL and WRESTLING

December 5: Fine Arts Groups

December 5: Clubs 1:30 Pm

December 5: 7th and 8th grade Chorus Concert

December 5: Beta Club/Student Council Induction

December 6: Wrestling Match at home

December 6: Round 2 Spelling Bee Ms. Matheson’s Room----6th Period

December 7: Basketball v Sims, Home, 4:30

December 8: Quad Wrestling Match at Chesnee

December 9: MS County Wrestling Tournament at Dorman

December 11: Quad Wrestling at McCracken

December 11: Basketball v FCMS, Home, 4:30

December 14: Wrestling @ Powdersville

December 14: 6th Grade Chorus Concert

December 18: Exams Begin, 7th period--Bell Schedule Below

December 18: BBall @ Gaffney, 4:30

December 19: 1st and 2nd Period Exams--Bell Schedule Below

December 20: 3rd and 4th Period Exams--Bell Schedule Below

December 20: BBall @ Rainbow Lake, 4:30

December 21: 5th and 6th Period Exams--Bell Schedule Below

December 21: Half Day--Dismissal at 12:15 WINTER BREAK BEGINS!!!!


Planning Ahead


January 8: Students and Staff Return To School

January 9: BBall v Fairforest Middle, Home, 4:30

January 10: Report Cards Go Home

January 11: Wresltling v Carver, Away, 4:30

January 11: BBall v Carver, Home, 4:30

January 13: Wrestling @ Clover, Border Qualifier

January 15: Student and Teacher Holiday to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King

January 16: BBall v Fairforest, Away, 4:30

January 17: Peachtree Wrestling Tournament, Home, 4:30

January 18: BBall v Dawkins, Home, 4:30

January 19: Dance at MMS, 6 to 9 PM

January 20: Wrestling State Championship @ Lexington HS

January 22: BBall v Gable, Home, 4:30

January 25: BBall v DR Hill, Home, 4:30

January 29: BBall Make Up Date


February 1: Black History Month Celebration Begins

February 1: BBall Conference Tournament, Round 1, TBD

February 5: BBall Conference Tournament, Round 2, TBD

February 6: Performing Fine Arts Sweet Treats, 5 - 6 PM, Commons

February 7: EARLY DISMISSAL DAY FOR TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING, 12:15

February 7: BBall Tournament Girls, Gaffney Middle

February 8: BBall Tournament Boys, Gaffney Middle

February 9: Progress Reports Go Home

February 10: Basketball Tournament Championship, Gaffney Middle School, 10 AM

8th Grade IGP Conferences

Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs) provide 8th grade students and their parents an opportunity to take some initial steps into educational and career planning. All 8th grade students must complete an IGP. Topics of discussion include: the South Carolina Career Clusters; flowcharts for ELA, math, science, and social studies classes through grade twelve at Spartanburg High School; South Carolina high school diploma requirements; the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale; scholarship planning; and the characteristics of successful students.

Please click here to schedule a meeting with Dr. Courtney, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor, to complete an IGP. It should last approximately 30 minutes.

Exams Are In December!

Just a reminder exams are December 18 through 21. December 21 will be a half day and we will dismiss at 12:15 PM. You will need Principal approval to miss a December exam. Thanks for keeping this in mind when making holiday plans.


December 18: 7th Period Exam 1:23 PM - 3:10 PM

December 19: 1st Period Exam 8:10 AM -10:00 AM

2nd Period Exam 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM

December 20: 3rd Period Exam 8:10 AM - 10:00 AM

4th Period Exam 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM

December 21: 5th Period Exam 8:10 AM - 10:00 AM

6th Period Exam 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM Early Dismissal Day

7th Grade Field Trip Information!

7th Grade Parents, don't forget to ask your child for the information about the 7th grade trip. This went home Thursday, September 28. All registration and payment is online this year through Orange Sky Travel.

Cold and Flu Season Is Just Around The Corner!

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 nurse Ms. Russell.

February 19 is now a make up day!

District 7 students will attend school on Monday, February 19, after missing school on Monday, September 11, due to Hurricane Irma. February 19 was originally designated as a teacher workday but will now be a regular school day.


March 30 and June 1 remain as potential make-up days in the event of additional weather-related closures this school year. State law requires that school districts utilize at least three make-up days (if needed).

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

Look at these fabulous businesses who are participating:



Mezcal Taverna Mexicana: Now open!! New Casual Fine Dining Restaurant-Downtown! 10% off

Bob's Car Wash: $3 off

Master's Mark: 15% off dry cleaning

Take 5 Oil Change: $6 off oil change

Guacamole Restaurant: 10% off

Yanni's: 10% off

Stay Mobil: 15% off your next repair

Twisty's: 10% off purchase

Arby's: Buy 1 Classic Roast Beef Sandwich, get 1 free

Bojangles: Free seasoned fries with purchase

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

Coffee Bar East: 10% Off

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-E. Main, 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, Spartanburg 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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