McCracken Eagle News

October Newsletter

Important Dates for October


2: Volleyball @ Fairforest Middle School, 4:30 PM

3: Make Up Yearbook Pictures, 8:30 to 9:30 AM--If you were absent for the first picture day.

3: District Choral Program at Twichel at 7 PM

4: Walk To School Day, Students Invited to Walk Laps in PE!

4: 7th Grade Football @ Sims, 5 PM

4: VB v Dawkins, Home

5: Lunch and Learn for Parents, 12 to 1, Media Center Joe Ryan, SC Attorney General's Office Task Force on Child Internet Safety, "Getting Social", Learn how to keep your child safe on the internet. Bring your lunch we provide the water

5: 8th Grade FB v Sims, 5 PM, Home

5: Best Singer In The District Tryouts, 3:30 to 5 PM, MMS Theater. Sign Up Info in the main office.

9: VB v Gable, 4 PM, Home

10: School Picture Orders Due

10: Daniel Morgan Technology Center Open House, 3:30 to 6:30, take a tour, meet the teachers, see student work samples.

10: School picture orders due.

10: Get a good night's sleep and eat a great breakfast for 8th Grade PSAT Day.

11: PSAT Day for 8th Grade! Bring your pencils sharpened and ready to go.

11: 7th Grade FB v Dawkins, Home, 5 PM

11: VB v DRHill, Home, 4:30 PM

12: 8th Grade FB @ Dawkins, 5 PM

14: Volleyball Tournament

16-20: Spirit Week and Scholastic Book Fair, MMS Media Center

19: Pep Rally 7th Period

19: Student Led Conferences, 3:30 to 6 PM-Please schedule soon by October 12

20: Student Led Conferences, 8 AM to Noon--Please schedule by October 12

19: 8th Grade FB v DR Hill, Home, 5 PM

20: Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

21: Best Singer In The District, SHS Gym

23: 9 Weeks Ends

23-27: Red Ribbon Week, Stay Tuned for Additional Details

25 and 26: Peachtree Conference Football Playoffs, Locations TBD

30: Report Cards Go Home


School Picture Order Forms went home September 28. Please return those no later than the 10th with your check sealed in envelope provided. You may also order online.


Planning ahead:


November 5: Daylight Savings Time Begins! Set your clocks!

November 7: Election Day, Student and Teacher Holiday

November 15: Early Dismissal Day for Teacher Professional Learning

Lunch and Learn For Parents....October 5 from noon to 1 PM

Come here Joe Ryan from the SC Attorney General's Office talk with us about keeping your child safe on the Internet and social media. He is amazing and you will learn so much. Bring your lunch and we will provide the ice cold bottled waters from noon to 1 PM on October 5th.

Student Led Conferences are October 19 and 20! Mark your calendars.

Student Led Conferences are a big part of MMS. Your child will begin working on his/her portfolio in the next week. Your child's SOAR teacher will begin sending invitations out for those and asking for a time you will attend. It is a wonderful time to hear your child articulate goals, share successes, and to talk with you about his/her school experience. Thank you for marking off this time on your calendar. It makes such a difference.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Media Center will host a Scholastic Book Fair October 16-20. Students will visit the fair with their ELA class during the week. We will be open for conferences on October 19, 3:30-6:30 and October 20, 8:00-12:00. All purchases benefit the school and promote reading for our students. We hope to see you at this year’s fair!

Click here to shop our book fair online. All orders will be delivered to students at school with no shipping charges. Online shopping provides a greater selection of books and additional shopping days. Shop now through October 24. Thank you for supporting our school and encouraging your child to read!

From Your Student Council---Spirit Week October 16-19!!

Spirit Week Dress Up Days! Lets see which grade level has the most school spirit.


Monday - Movie Monday (dress like a movie character)

Tuesday - Tacky Tuesday

Wednesday - America Day (patriotic)

Thursday - Eagle/ Viking Pride



Veterans Day Program

We will have our annual Veterans Day program on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. We would like to invite veterans of all branches of our armed forces - Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy - to attend. We would like to recognize and thank you for your service to our country. Please click here to honor a veteran, living or deceased. This will be a great help to us as we honor our veterans and prepare gift bags for those that will attend our program. We hope to see you there!

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.

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.

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

Stop by the office for a green sales sheet. Just sell 15 for a full day, all expense paid trip with charter buses to Carowinds in September. Look at these fabulous businesses who are participating:



Mezcal Taverna Mexicana: We are open now!! 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 dox 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

October 11 is PSAT Day for 8th Grade!

8th Grade Parents mark your calendar for October 11. That is the PSAT day for all 8th grade students. Rest up and sharpen your pencils.

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.

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 on our 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.


As a reminder, October 20 has been designated as a teacher workday. Parent conferences will be held on the evening of October 19 and the morning of October 20. Please be on the lookout for additional information regarding our parent/student conferences.


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).

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

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.

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