Middle School

New Student Newsletter: May 2, 2016

General Updates for New Families

It was great to see everyone last weekend for the math and Spanish assessments.

If your child didn't get to take the exam, he/she may do so on the first day of Summer Bridge (August 16th).

Below, you will see that we have republished our Spanish support for those who may need to brush up over the summer along with some other updates.

Be well!


New Parent Portal on Website

Please be sure to check out the Mayfield website for a collection of information for new families. All of the newsletters are archived there and the letter for summer bridge is located there as well. After you login, you should see a resource board entitled: Middle School New Families 2016-2017 Information (picture right).

If you are unsure about your login, please contact Tina Martinez De La Torre @ x2116.

A Note in Regards to Spanish

If you are a 5th grade student, we welcome you into our Spanish Program. Please read below to find out more about how to prepare over the summer. Our department is ready and willing to speak with you about the various options to help you transition.

If you are a 6th-7th grade student, we only recommend Spanish as a choice if there has been enough preparation prior to entering MJS. That said, the placement results showed that each student wanting to take Spanish will need extra support. Be on the lookout for a personal message about recommendations by May 9, 2016.

Read more information from the Spanish Department below.

Thank you!

Letter from Spanish Department

April 14, 2016

Dear Parents,

We are excited to welcome you to our Middle School Spanish program! Since our Spanish program is a K-8 program, we want your child to transition into our program with ease. If your child is taking Spanish in grade 5 or above, we will ask that they complete some summer work in order to transition successfully into our program.*

*In Grade 6 or 7, students also need to take a proficiency exam to determine readiness on April 23, 2016. We will place students in Latin or French if we feel they are not ready for the pace of the program.

We request that the work completed over the summer be between 20-40 hours in length. We will require documentation of activities/classes by August 16, 2016. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Kelley-Lossada.

Below please find numerous practice tools to bolster auditory and writing skills, along with confidence.

  1. Your child would, of course, benefit greatly if you are able to hire a tutor to teach the first half of our previous textbook: Realidades. Let us know if you would like to pick up a copy of this book toward the end of the school year.
  2. Students really enjoy the interactive BBC series Mi Vida Loca online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/syllabus.shtml This mystery series is engaging and requires the students to speak and answer quizzes as they watch.

  3. Summer Course in Spanish: Loyola High School (grades 6-9):This course is for students who want to get a head start or review some of the elements of their elementary school Spanish program. This course is designed with an emphasis on the basics: pronunciation, listening, oral drills, and basic grammar with vocabulary development. Tuition is $480.00. (Note: This is a co-ed course) Additionally, you may opt to enroll your child in another summer Spanish course of your choosing (including digital courses).

  4. Daily practice online language programs, such as Quia, Livemocha, and Duolingo are helpful. Some are free and some have a nominal fee. The card game Spot It! in Spanish is a fun way to learn vocabulary (for all family members).
  5. For additional practice, we recommend that you download iPad apps such as Mindsnacks Spanish and Fetch it. Also, watch Muzzy (in Spanish), a BBC cartoon created for learning languages. Many episodes are on YouTube.
  6. Work on Studyspanish.com with free quizzes and progress tracking.

¡Muchas Gracias!

The Spanish Department @ MJS

Summer Bridge Info

Summer Bridge Information

Summer Bridge: Tuesday, August 16- Friday, August 19 2016 (Schedule TBA)

This program is for new students in grades 5-8 only. Please come in casual clothes and bring a snack and/or water.

Course Descriptions:


Based on the results of the April placement exam, a math curriculum is developed, correlating to the math grade level curriculum at Mayfield. Students work with the teacher on various areas of their conceptual knowledge.

Middle School Survival Skills:

Students in the bridge class will have a chance to experience Mayfield’s academic and social culture. They will tour their classrooms, locate their advisories, complete team-building activities and learn the dynamics of life as a middle-school student. Additionally, students will gain some important skills needed for academic coursework.