MP Middle Messenger
Week 8 - 10/18/2019
Week 8 - Holiday Week Edition!
Next week is our fall SPIRIT WEEK! Each day has a theme, culminating in two major events - our PARADE to celebrate our fall athletes on Thursday during PRIDE block, and our Fall Dance on Friday! (It's a GLOW dance, featuring glow sticks, dancing in the dark, and hopefully lots of dancers in all black!)
This week started with a holiday for students and teacher, followed by some amazing professional development for teachers and administrators. While students enjoyed their Tuesday extended holiday, teachers and administrators had the opportunity to work with the nationally known speaker (and former high school principal) Jimmy Casas!
Once school returned on Wednesday, students buckled down and started the work that will wrap up first quarter. Most quarterly elective classes started their final projects this week, due by the end of October before classes change. Core classes continued their work, with ELA classes working through spooky stories for October, Math continuing to solve problems, and Science and Social Studies focusing on turning in projects and preparing for major tests.
Middle School Spirit Week (and Dance!)
Monday: Pajama Day! Wear your most comfortable pair of pajama pants and a hoodie and "roll out of bed" into school!
Tuesday: Tie Dye! Wear your tie-dye gear with pride!
Wednesday: Super Pink Out! Like all Wednesdays in October, wear pink, but go ALL OUT today!
Thursday: School Spirit! Wear your MP Spirit Wear! Cougar Paws everywhere for the
fall athlete PRIDE Parade during school!
Friday: Black Out! Wear all black all day and then roll in to the GLOW dance after school!
We also have after school events each day this week - come out and enjoy the end of the fall sports season!
Monday: Soccer/Volleyball @ Parkside MS
Tuesday: Girls Regional Track @ MPMS
Wednesday: Soccer/Volleyball vs Stonewall MS @ MPMS
Thursday: Football vs Stonewall MS @ MPMS
Friday: GLOW Dance after school, all students ride the 4:30 bus home!
***Tickets for the dance are $3 and will be sold at lunch during Spirit Week. There is a limited number of tickets, so be sure to buy yours early in the week! You must have a ticket to attend the dance!***
Important Dates and Events Coming Up!
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK is October 21-25!!!
See next item for more details about Spirit Week
October 21: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Parkside MS
School Board Meeting @ 7 pm
October 22: Girls Track Regionals @ MPMS!
October 23: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball vs Stonewall MS @ MPMS
October 24: Football vs Stonewall MS @ MPMS
October 25: Middle School Fall Dance!
October 28, 29, & 30: Winter Cheerleading Tryouts!
October 30: Football @ Bull Run MS
November 6, 7, & 8: Girls Basketball Tryouts!
****Note: All MPMS Athletic Events require the purchase of a ticket at the door.****
****$3 for adults, $1 for students****
Meet a New Teacher @ MP Middle School!
Ms. Johnson is our new 6th Grade Math teacher, coming to Manassas Park from her hometown in Monroeville, Liberia! She can be found in room 1170 or planning in the 6th grade pod.
Quick Facts about Ms. Johnson:
-Attended George Mason University and NOVA!
-Majored in Integrated studies, concentration in Elementary Education!
-Likes sports (Go DC Sports,) and to be around people!
-Enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends!
-Loves making people happy!
When you see her in the building, at a school sporting event, or in the community, please welcome Ms. Johnson to Manassas Park!
Reminder for Walkers/Bike Riders In the Morning!
Crossing Guards are an integral part of the team that gets your children to school safely each day. Please note that crossing guards are at their posts beginning at 6:30 am each school morning. As the mornings are dark and many motorists utilize the Bloom Quarry intersection, please help ensure your children are not crossing intersections before crossing guards are in place. Crossing Guards are prohibited from directing traffic, but their presence will assist in safe road crossing for all pedestrians.
Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!
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 grade levels): 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
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 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 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!
Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!
Connect with us 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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