McCracken Eagle News May 2018

MMS: A Redeisgnated National School To Watch

Important Dates for May & June

MAY 29 - June 1 IS Y.E.S. WEEK! STUDENTS NOT PARTICIPATING IN Y.E.S. MUST TAKE EXAMS!!!! Please plan to be here each day.

May 31 is a full school day! June 1 and 4 Are Half Days!

June 1: Presentation of Learning Day for YES

May 14: 7th/8th Grade SC Ready Math-8 AM

May 15: 6th and 8th Grade SC PASS Science

May 16: 7th Grade SC PASS Social Studies

May 17: SC READY and SC PASS Make Up

May 17: Digital Literacy Exam Begins

May 18: Digital Literacy Exam Continued

May 18: SC READY and SC PASS Make Up

May 18: DANCE, 6 to 9, Summertime Is Calling Me!

May 21: Digital Literacy Exam Continued

May 22: End of Course Exams for Algebra 1 Students

May 23: Physical Science (Yarbrough) and Algebra 2 Exam

May 24: Physical Science (Hughes and Henderson) & Foreign Language Exams

May 25: Yearbook Fun Day, 1:30 to 3 PM

May 28: Memorial Day, Student and Teacher Holiday

May 29: YES Week Begins

May 31: This is now a full school day

Half Days and Make-Up Days

June 1: Half Day, Dismissal at 12:15, Presentation of Learning Day

June 1: Presentation of Learning Day at MMS, 9:30 to 10:45

June 4: Half Day for Exam and Testing Make-Ups

YES Class Meetings

Students met with their YES teachers for the first time on Monday, April 16 and were given permission slips and other forms that need to be signed and returned. Please ask your student for these important papers to review and sign. Classes will meet again during SOAR on Friday, April 27 and Friday, May 4. Forms and fees (if applicable) will be collected at these meetings. We are excited about our 4th annual YES Program!

Remember if your child does not participate in YES they will be required to take end of year exams.

6th Grade Parents: Avoid the Rush and Schedule Your Child's Tdap Vaccination Today

Please schedule today and bring us the updated vaccination record. We need this no later than July 31st to pick up a schedule at orientation in August.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to assure that all children and teens receive recommended vaccines to prevent disease. DHEC reminds parents and guardians that South Carolina law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects preteens and teens from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is important to know that there are three other vaccines that all preteens and teens are recommended to receive: human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a cancer prevention vaccine, meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) that prevents some types of meningitis, and the yearly flu vaccine.

We are reminding you now so that you have time to plan for your child to be vaccinated early, before the start of 7th grade. Beat the back to school rush, a good time to get all of these vaccines is during a yearly health checkup. Talk to your child’s health care provider now about what vaccines he or she needs. Ask about these vaccines at a physical exam required for sports, school or camp. Make sure you get an updated SC Certificate of Immunization to give to your school nurse. This certificate is required by state law for school attendance.

Your local DHEC health department also can provide these vaccines. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment. For more information about vaccinations in South Carolina, go to

McCracken Redesignated As A School To Watch!

On December 1, 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 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, March 30 and June 4 are Make Up Days!

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 4 will be make up days for snow weather.

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.

If you shop online at Amazon, please bookmark and use the following link:
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.

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!

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

Follow Us on Facebook

District 7 Website and The MMS Website