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Week 3 - 9/13/2019

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First Five Day Week of School - Complete!

5 days of school this week, ending with Friday the 13th on a Full Harvest Moon - and it was a blast! Students were conducting science experiments this week, taking their first STAR tests, taking their first math quizzes, and digging into identification of plot an conflict in literature. (and if your 8th grade student taking Civics and Economics has started negotiating with you for treats at home, we sincerely apologize for teaching supply and demand to them this week.)


Another wonderful week here at MPMS. Ask your child what their favorite class is so far, and why! I hope they have lots of great things to tell you about what they are doing every day here at MPMS.


Next week we have our first fall sports events - come out and support our boys soccer team and girls volleyball on Monday for their home opener, the girls track on Tuesday at Reagan Middle School, or to our first football game on Thursday. I hope to see you there!


Have a great weekend!

Important Dates and Events Coming Up!

September 16: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball Home Opener @ 5 pm!!


September 17: Girls Track Meet @ Reagan MS


September 18: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Metz MS


September 19: Family Market @ MPHS

September 19: MS Football Home Opener @ 6 pm!!


September 23: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Reagan MS


September 24: Girls Track Home Meet @ 5 pm!!


September 25: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball home game @ 5 pm


September 26: MS Football @ Parkside MS

We Want to Hear from YOU!

In order to ensure that Manassas Park City Schools’ budget is designated in the way our community sees most fit, we are asking you to complete a short survey.


Your responses can directly affect the outcomes of the fiscal year 2021 budget and how we can best meet our goals!


English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPCSBudget2021

Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPCSBudget2021esp


Survey closes on Monday, 9/16 at midnight.

Survey results are confidential and anonymous.

Meet a New Teacher @ MP Middle School!

Welcome Ms. Bollinger!


Ms. Bollinger is our new 6th and 7th Grade English Language Arts teacher, coming to Manassas Park from her hometown in Pittsburgh, PA! As one of our floating teachers, she can be found all over the building throughout the school day, or hard at work planning in the 7th grade pod. She is on twitter as @bollinger_mpms.


Quick Facts about Ms. Bollinger:

-Attended Ohio University!

-Majored in Integrated Language Arts!

-Likes hiking, reading, cats, and movies!

-Enjoys being outside, exploring new places, trying new foods!

-Loves friends and family, music, and Harry Potter!


When you see her in the building or at a school sporting event, please welcome Ms. Bollinger to Manassas Park!

Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!

Only 30 students are without their laptop - Does your student have what they need for school?

If you missed deployment, you should have received a phone call this week requesting that you complete infosnap and/or pay/setup a payment plan for any fines.


The steps to your student receiving their device are:

1. Complete infosnap - updating your information.

2. If needed: Make sure all fines are paid or set up a payment plan for fines.

3. If both are completed, let us know through placing a work order for delivery and the laptop or Chromebook will be delivered to your student at school.


and that's it!


If you have any questions - please call the school at 703-361-1510. If you are unsure, please come in to the front office between 7:00-2:30 and we will help you get everything completed!

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Help your child get to school every day and on time. Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.


Just as parents should focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance and to monitor their children’s absences, so that missed days don’t add up to academic trouble. Strategies include:


  • Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority.
  • Alert schools and community agencies to any challenges that keep kids from attending class.
  • Ask for and monitor data on student absences. Maximizing the time in school means more learning happens, better instruction happens (because teachers know what students can do,) and students can complete their work during school hours, instead of worrying about making up missed assignments!
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A Note From The Clinic

All students and parents are reminded of the following:

School personnel cannot administer any medication until a form, signed by the parent is on file in the clinic.


All medications, prescriptions and/or over-the-counter (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) must be in the original sealed container and kept in the clinic. It should be in small amounts as storage space is limited.


Prescription medication: Must have physician's signature on the medication form before administration.


Students may keep in their possession certain medications, as warranted with a Health Treatment Plan on file signed by the physician (Inhalers & Epi-Pens). New plans and medication forms are required at the beginning of each school year.


Under no other circumstances will students be permitted to carry medication without appropriate documentation.

Do You Know if You Are Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch?

All students who are eligbile for free and reduced lunch must turn in new paperwork each school year.


The application is open and available for all families to see if they qualify. The paperwork must be completed in the first 30 days of school. After this time, if the paperwork is not completed, all meals charged to start the school year will be billed at their full price.


Please submit your application as soon as possible. The link to the form is the button below.

2019-20 MPMS SOL Test Schedule!

Save the date(s)!


SOL tests are critical days for the assessment of students and the school.


Please make sure that you do not schedule any trips that would pull your student out of school on or immediately before the following SOL testing dates.


Semester 1 Grade 8 Civics and Science 8 SOL: January 15, 2020


Grade 8 Writing SOL - Multiple Choice Section: March 17, 2020


Grade 8 Writing SOL - Short Paper Section: March 19, 2020


Read Aloud Testing (only for those with this accommodation, all grades): Week of May 11-15, 2020


Math 6 and Geometry SOL: May 19, 2020


Reading SOL for All Grades (6-8): May 21, 2020


All 8th Grade Math SOLs (except Geometry): May 27, 2020


All 7th Grade Math SOLs: May 28, 2020


Semester 2 Grade 8 Civics and Science 8 SOL: May 29, 2020

Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!

All School Board Meetings and Work Sessions will now be taped and available for viewing the day after the meetings take place. To view, visit the Manassas Park School Board Channel on YouTube. Type “Manassas Park School Board” into the YouTube search engine or visit the channel by clicking the button below!

Help the Middle School - Here are the Many Different Fundraisers That Are Always Running!


Box Tops: Please continue to snip and send your box tops to school with your students! Or, you can now scan in your box tops using their app - Click here to see more: https://www.today.com/parents/there-s-whole-new-way-collect-box-tops-education-t159507


Shoparoo

Shoparoo is an app that allows you to take a picture of your receipts (from any store )and upload them. When you reach $50, they will mail a check to the school. It doesn’t cost anything and it is an easy way for us to raise some money for our school! Just make sure you choose Manassas Park MS when you set up your account to start earning!


Harris Teeter Together in Education Program

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. Harris Teeter has donated over $28.7 million to Together In Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. All you need to do is go to https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education and click the “Link Your School Today” button. Either log in to your “My Harris Teeter” account or create one using a valid email address and make sure your VIC Card is connected to your online account. Once you are logged in, use code 6643 to add Manassas Park MS to your account so you can start earning for your school!


Shutterfly

Shutterfly is an online photo printing service. You can print photos, canvases, holiday cards and more! If you use the link: https://www.mpms.ShutterflyStorefront.com Shutterfly will donate 8% of your purchase to the school. Be sure to follow our specific MPMS link and purchase using a web browser, not the Shutterfly phone app.


Staples Classroom Rewards


Staples Classroom Rewards program helps parents give 5% of their Back to School purchases directly to their child’s teacher. Teachers will enroll in the program and parents can easily visit the site, select their child’s teacher and enter in their receipt number and purchase amount. This will be automatically added to the teacher’s classroom account. Sales can be donated until 9/15/19 so be sure to get your receipts entered for your students classroom account!

Connect with us on Twitter!

Weekly newsletters are great, but if you would like daily updates and pictures of the great things happening at Manassas Park Middle School, follow @MpMiddle on Twitter!


If you want to see what Mr. Sieloff is reading regarding educationally focused articles and more MPMS, MPHS, and MPCS likes and retweets, follow him @MattSieloff


If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade


There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter. If you like their tweets above, follow them!


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