March 17, 2023

Quarter 3 has flown by here at MPMS! We have just 9 school days until the end of the quarter on March 30th. Please log into PowerSchool and Canvas to check your child's grades. As needed, please reach out to our teachers - they are happy to discuss how your child is progressing!

In this edition of MPMS Cougar PRIDE News, please check out:

  • Important Dates
  • Celebration of our Bands' success at District Assessments
  • Beautiful pictures of this week's 7th and 8th grade Choir Concert
  • Information about scheduling for next year's classes
  • Spring Picture Event Info - Friday, March 24th
  • How to Order an MPMS Yearbook,
  • Spring Sports Kick-Off Info,
  • Important News from the Nurse's Desk, and
  • So much more

With Cougar PRIDE,

MPMS Staff

MPMS - Important Dates

March 24 - Spring Pictures

March 27 - Spring Sports Begin

March 30 End of Quarter 3

March 31 - No School for Students, School Division Closure

April 3-10 - Spring Break

April 11 - First Day Back from Spring Break

April 11 - Quarter 4 Begins

April 18-21 - STAR Reading and Math Assessments

April 13 – Family Market, 4PM

May 18-25 - Primary SOL Testing Dates - more details to follow

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Parents - Quick TIP about Absences:

If your child will be absent from school for a doctor's appointment or an illness, please email Ms. Romero at and include the reason for their absence in your email. If you have a document associated with the absence, you can attach it to the email. As always, you can also call us at 703.361.1510.

Cougar PRIDE

Check out our beautiful new Cougar PRIDE Logo! This logo highlights what it means to represent Cougar PRIDE. MPMS Cougars are Positive, Responsible, Inspirational, Determined, and Engaged! Talk with your student about how they represent Cougar PRIDE at school, in our community, and at home.
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Check Out Our Cougar PRIDE Students of the Month! Congratulations, Cougars!

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Manassas Park Middle School Counseling Department

Ms. Brickey, Ms. Osborne, Ms. Roach, Ms. Bumbera

MPMS Counseling Department Information

What’s happening in the Middle School:

Week of March 20, 2023 —> Awareness of Self and Others, Learning Skills

6th Grade: Ask Quality Questions

7th Grade: Attention to Learning

8th Grade: My Study Skills

Week of March 27, 2023 —> Social Awareness, Support Systems

6th Grade: Who Supports You?

7th Grade: Support Systems

8th Grade: My TRIBE

UPDATE: Information regarding Course Selections for Next Year!

The Course Selection Window has “officially” ended. MPMS Counselors will be supporting students who have not yet completed their course requests in the coming weeks! Please be sure to bring laptops/chargers every day to school!

MPMS Program of Studies

6th Grade Course Selection

7th Grade Course Selection

8th Grade Course Selection

Questions about your child's course selections? Please contact:

Ms. Bumbara for current 6th graders;

Ms. Brickey for current 7th graders;

Ms. Osborne for current 8th graders and next year's 6th graders; or

Ms. Roach, Lead Counselor

High School Credit-Bearing Courses Taken in Middle School

At MPMS, we are fortunate to be able to offer high school credit-bearing course Algebra I, Geometry, and Spanish I to our Middle Schoolers. Below is important information about these credits and student transcripts. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's school counselor.

High School Credit-Bearing Courses Taken in Middle School

For any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student's transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course in accordance with policies adopted by the local school board. Notice of this provision must be provided to parents with a deadline and format for making such a request. VSBA Policy JO Student Records; 8 VAC 20-131-90. Please see the MPCS Regulation IKEB-R Acceleration titled: Request to Expunge High School Courses in Middle School for additional information.

Bands Receive Excellent and Superior Ratings at District Band Assessment Event!

On March 2nd and 3rd, the MPMS Band Program participated in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association District Band Assessment.

The 6th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, and 8th Grade Band each presented a stage performance followed by a sightreading performance. The performances were judged and rated by current and former band directors from the Northern Virginia area. All three bands received an overall rating of Excellent for their performances. In addition, the 6th Grade Band and 7th Grade Band each received Superior ratings for their sightreading performances.

Congratulations to all of our band students and Directors Carden and Courtney for their hard work and dedication!

Song Filled the Air at our 7th/8th Grade March Choir Concert

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Spring Picture Day is Friday, March 24th - Bring Your Best Smile!

Spring Picture Day is on March 24 by order only!!! If you would like to purchase spring pictures of your student, please fill out the online order form with Lifetouch at the link below. The school code for MPMS is EVTXCPPBT. Once you have verified your student you will see different picture day packages ranging from 17.99 to 74.99. If you would prefer to pay via cash or check, there are order forms available in the front office for your student to pick up. If you fill out a paper form, please make sure it is turned in to Ms. Odegbami no later than March 24.

El Día de la Imagen de Primavera es el 24 de marzo solo por orden!!! Si desea comprar fotos de primavera de su estudiante, complete el formulario de pedido en línea con Lifetouch en el siguiente enlace. El código escolar para MPMS es EVTCPPBT.Una vez que haya verificado a su estudiante, verá diferentes paquetes de días con imágenes que van desde 17.99 a 74.99. Si prefiere pagar en efectivo o cheque, hay formularios de pedido disponibles en la oficina principal para que su estudiante los recoja. Si completa un formulario en papel, asegúrese de que se entregue a la Sra. Odegbami a más tardar el 24 de marzo.

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Get your MPMS Yearbook: There's Still Time to Buy!

Here at MPMS our students have worked very hard to create this memory book that highlights school events and cultures within our community. We hope you will support our students and purchase a yearbook so you can read about their accomplishments and remember this pivotal moment in their lives. The current yearbook price is 35 dollars payable online, cash or check to MPMS. Students must submit all yearbook payments to Ms. Odegbami or to the front office.

Aquí en MPMS, nuestros estudiantes han trabajado muy duro para crear este libro de recuerdos que destaca los eventos escolares y las culturas dentro de nuestra comunidad. Esperamos que apoye a nuestros estudiantes y compre un anuario para que pueda leer sobre sus logros y recordar este momento crucial en sus vidas. El precio actual del anuario es de 35 dólares pagaderos en efectivo o cheque a MPMS. Los estudiantes deben enviar todos los pagos del anuario a la Sra. Odegbami o a la oficina principal.

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MPMS Cougar Athletics - Winter Season 2 and Preview for Spring

Greetings from the Athletics!

The Athletic Department hopes everyone is having a great start to the second semester of the school year. We have recently wrapped up Winter Season 1 (Boys Basketball/Cheer) and have started our games/matches in Winter Season 2 (Girls Basketball/Wrestling). Our final season of the year is Spring which includes, Boys Track, Baseball, Softball and Girls Soccer. All students interested in either are welcome to tryout. Make sure you are academically eligible (no more than one F from the previous marking period) and you have a current physical turned into Ms. Bush in PE.

Please use our website to keep up to date with Cougar Athletics by using our website, This site provides information about tryouts, schedules, scores, coaches and more for both our Middle School and High School Teams. In addition to the new website, we have an Athletic Department App which is free to download for both Apple and Android. Finally, you will want to follow us on Twitter @MPCougars. Game day updates or changes will come through Twitter. We also use Instagram (mpcougars).

As we get ready for the start of spring sports. we want to remind everyone that to tryout, you must have a current Student Athlete Physical on file with the Athletic Department. Physicals for the 2022-23 school year must be dated after May 1, 2022. The required forms and any information about MS Athletics can be found on the Athletic Website Under Athletics. You can submit your paperwork to the main office or Ms. Bush (Assistant Athletic Director) in PE.

Tickets prices for MS Athletics:

$1 for Middle School and Elementary Students

$3 for High School Students and Adults

Kids under school age and Seniors are free.

MPCS/PWCS employees are free with presentation of school ID's at the ticket gate.

GAME DAY POLICY: Prince William County Schools has implemented a NO BAG policy for spectators. Please leave your bags in your vehicles when attending away events at their schools.

Ticket information for attending HS Games:

MPHS game tickets are purchased online through the athletic website or the HomeTown ticket app ($6.00 plus fees).

Starting this spring, the HS will also accept cash at the gate, $7.00.

GAME DAY POLICY: Prince William County Schools has implemented a NO BAG policy for spectators. Please leave your bags in your vehicles when attending away events at their schools.

Important Dates:

Spring Sports: Begin on March 27, 2023 (Baseball, Softball, Girls Soccer, Boys Track)

Spring Sports Picture Day: April 12, 2023 in MS Gym, Pictures can be ordered online (Check with Coaches For Order Code)

Cougar Pride,

Dan Forgas, Athletic Director

Hannah Bush, Assistant Athletic Director


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Check Out the VFW Art and Singing Contest Opportunities Below! Deadlines March 31st!

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News and Helpful Tips from the MPCS Nurses

A Note From Nursing…

There have been an increased number of meningococcal disease reported in eastern Virginia.

This is a serious bacterial infection that can spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions.

The meningitis vaccine can provide protection against meningococcal disease and students should receive their first dose prior to entering 7th grade. A second booster is required prior to entering 12th grade.

To help our Manassas Park students obtain these required vaccines, plans are underway to host a vaccine clinic on the afternoon of May 3rd.

More details to follow in the coming weeks!

Nurse Shaw

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Community Resources

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MPMS Helpful Tips:

  • Parents - Quick TIP about Absences: If your child will be absent from school, please email Ms. Romero at and include the reason for their absence in your email. If you have a document associated with the absence, you can attach it to the email. As always, you can also call us at 703.361.1510.

  • Car riders - Safety Tip: Be sure to exit /enter your car at the sidewalk in front MPMS.

  • Free Lunches and Grab and Go breakfasts are available to all students.

  • Remember - please do not bring or send outside food to students during the school day. We have great lunches here but students are also welcome to being a packed lunch with them each day.

  • In the morning, students are welcome to pick up breakfast as early as 7:05AM.

  • At 7:05AM, all students should head directly to their homeroom.

  • Start the day off right! Be on time. The tardy bell rings at 7:17AM.

  • Discuss and practice daily before and after school routines.

  • Please make sure your child charges their Chromebook every night and has in their backpack as they head off to school each morning.

  • Create a designated study space and time for learning at home.

Expectations for Excellence

We want your student to achieve at their maximum potential. To do this, we need to make sure the school day and instructional time are safe, focused, and distractions are limited. Please partner with us and talk with your student about following these important Expectations for Excellence:

  • Cell phones are to be off and away during the school day. Students may use their phone during lunch, before school, and after school. As needed, students may utilize the front office phone to communicate with parents. Our front office team is happy to assist.

  • Hats and hoods are to not to be worn while in the school building.


MPMS is excited to announce PAWS are back and rocking a new name: PAWS for PRIDE!

Students across MPMS are doing amazing things and we want to recognize them when they go above and beyond to be an amazing Cougar representing Cougar PRIDE: Positive, Responsible, Inspirational, Determined, and Engaged.

What is PAWS for PRIDE?

PAWS for PRIDE is a way for individual students to be recognized for going above and beyond to represent their individual Cougar PRIDE while earning PAWS for their grade level. When a student earns a PAWS for PRIDE recognition from their teacher, at lunch time, they can stop by the office to turn it in. The PAWS for PRIDE earner will receive a small reward instantly, and their name will then be placed in our weekly drawing for a goodie bag. At the end of every quarter, the grade level with the most PAWS for PRIDE will receive a reward.

How can our students earn PAWS for PRIDE?

Students can earn PAWS for PRIDE by going above and beyond what is expected of them. PAWS for PRIDE are earned by students who are recognized for truly show their Cougar PRIDE - they are Positive, Responsible, Inspirational, Determined, and Engaged!

Our PAWS for PRIDE Program is a ROARING Success!


Regular Schedule - Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays

PRIDE Block Schedule - Tuesdays

Please make sure your student is in school and in class by 7:17AM so they are on time for learning. Thank you! #CougarPRIDE

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Care of Your Chromebook Campaign

Our school issued Chromebooks are a big part of our learning here at MPMS! We would like to partner with you to make sure your child is ready for school each day by having their Chromebook fully charged and their charger in their backpack on standby in case they need to add a boost of charge.

We encourage students to care for their Chromebooks by following the helpful tips in the infographics below!

As students are surfing the Internet and exploring our digital world, let’s remember to be good Digital Citizens and be mindful of our screentime.

A great resource for families is Common Sense Media. They have a wide collection of resources in both English and Spanish to help support our tweens and teens.

Please check out the helpful infographics below regarding the Care of Your Chromebook!

MPCS: What's Canvas and How can I become a Canvas Observer?

As our students are engaged in learning we encourage our parents and guardians to become a Canvas Observer. Being a Canvas Observer provides parents the ability to connect, review, and observe student assignments, course announcements, and learning objectives.

As students showcase Cougar PRIDE and Engage in their learning, you as a Canvas Observer can Inspire your student to be successful.

Click Here to Access the Canvas Parent Account Instructions

Please reach out to the MPMS office if you need assistance with this process.

Get Connected with ClassLink!

Manassas Park City Schools is now using ClassLink to make it easier then ever for students to access digital resources at home on their Chromebooks as well as personal at-home devices. The ClassLink LaunchPad allows your child to use just one username and password to access all of our educational applications on personal devices at home as well as on their school-issued Chromebook.

Directions for quick & easy access:

  1. Use a Chromebook or log into the Google Chrome browser on a personal device using the student’s user name and password. (This is the same login information they use at school.)
  2. Once logged into Chrome; go to and log in with the same username (without the and password. You may want to bookmark this URL for the future. Here are some quick help guidelines for even easier ways to get logged in. Parents’ Guide – Easy ClassLink Access

That’s it! Now students can click on the apps they would like to use from their ClassLink Launchpad. You can find out more about the EdTech applications that are used at MPCS by visiting

Need assistance with connecting to ClassLink? Please email

Have You Visited the MPMS School Store?

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Order Your MPMS Yearbook Today!


Whether you are changing careers or just getting back into the job market, this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.

Manassas Park City Schools Department of Transportation will be offering free classes to help you obtain your CDL INSTRUCTION PERMIT.

The classes are free but you must pre-qualify.

In order to be accepted into our School Bus Driver Training Program, you must have your CDL Instruction Permit in four areas: General Knowledge, Air Brakes, School Buses, and Transporting Passengers. These eight sessions will help prepare you for the questions you will need to know in order to obtain your CDL Learner’s Permit.

Classes will be held in the Transportation Office behind Manassas Park Middle School on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm give us a call to see when the new class will begin 703-361-5044.

General Requirements

· You must be at least 21 with at least 5 years driving experience

· You must have a Virginia Driver’s License and a safe driving record

· You must have a clean criminal record; no felonies

· You must be able to pass a DOT physical and drug test

· You must be able to read, write and comprehend English

· You must be able to commit to classes for the entire month

Obtaining your Virginia CDL Learner’s Permit is the first step to becoming a School Bus Driver. If you would like to sign up, or if you have questions about the program, please contact us for the times and dates of the training and informational meetings. The training is in the Transportation Department Office, located behind the Middle School, 8202 Euclid Avenue, Manassas Park, VA 20111. There are many perks that goes with the job like your children may ride on the bus after training is completed. Driving a school bus can be a rewarding career. We hope you will consider joining our team. For questions, call 703-361-5044.

Ya sea que esté cambiando de carrera o simplemente regresando al mercado laboral, esta podría ser la oportunidad que estaba esperando.

El Departamento de Transporte de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Manassas Park ofrecerá clases gratuitas para ayudarlo a obtener su PERMISO DE INSTRUCCIÓN CDL.

Las clases son gratuitas pero debes precalificar.

Para ser aceptado en nuestro Programa de capacitación para conductores de autobuses escolares, debe tener su permiso de instrucción CDL en cuatro áreas: conocimiento general, frenos de aire, autobuses escolares y transporte de pasajeros. Estas ocho sesiones lo ayudarán a prepararse para las preguntas que necesitará saber para obtener su permiso de aprendizaje CDL.

Las clases se llevarán a cabo en la Oficina de Transporte detrás de la Escuela Intermedia Manassas Park los martes y jueves por la noche de 4:30 p. m. a 6:00 p. m. Llámenos para ver cuándo comenzará la nueva clase al 703-361-5044.

Requerimientos Generales

• Debe tener al menos 21 años con al menos 5 años de experiencia conduciendo

• Debe tener una licencia de conducir de Virginia y un historial de manejo seguro

• Debe tener antecedentes penales limpios; sin delitos graves

• Debe poder pasar una prueba física y de drogas del DOT

• Debe poder leer, escribir y comprender inglés

• Debe poder comprometerse con las clases durante todo el mes

Obtener su permiso de aprendizaje CDL de Virginia es el primer paso para convertirse en un conductor de autobús escolar. Si desea inscribirse o si tiene preguntas sobre el programa, comuníquese con nosotros para conocer los horarios y las fechas de las reuniones informativas y de capacitación. La capacitación se lleva a cabo en la Oficina del Departamento de Transporte, ubicada detrás de la Escuela Intermedia, 8202 Euclid Avenue, Manassas Park, VA 20111. Hay muchas ventajas que acompañan al trabajo, como que sus hijos pueden viajar en el autobús después de completar la capacitación. Conducir un autobús escolar puede ser una carrera gratificante. Esperamos que considere unirse a nuestro equipo. Si tiene preguntas, llame al 703-361-5044.

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Harris Teeter’s Together In Education and MPMS

Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands.

Please sign up for the Harris Teeter Together in Education program and select MPMS (school code 6643).

It’s easy – here is the link: When you’re in the store at Harris Teeter, the cashiers and customer service folks can also help you link your VIC card to the school of your choice.

Thank you!

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MPMS Library: Our Book Fair was a Great Success! Way to Go Cougars! We THANK YOU!

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