Marinette Middle School News

December 2017


From the Principal’s Desk

Marinette Middle School: Anchored in the Journey of the Whole Student

Believe it or not, Winter Break is fast approaching. With that time of year, I am reminded of all of the celebrations, cheer, and fun that is had, not only at home, but also in the school community. However, I am also quick to reflect that this time of the school year, also brings some very stressful times for our young people.

In looking to find information to share with you, I came across an oldie but goodie, previously published by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). In her article, Holidays are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too, Judith Baenen provides a handful of strategies that parents/guardians and educators can use with middle school youth to help them through this potentially stressful time.

  1. Acknowledge that it [stress] exists. Let your student know that the holidays can be a hard time; even for you. This allows your student not to be so hard on herself.

  2. Teach stress reduction techniques. Make some time to show your student breathing techniques or other ways to reduce stress. How about some yoga!

  3. Don’t let your stress get in the way. Likely there will be additional unwanted behaviors. This is going to happen. Do your best to keep yourself and the environment (classroom or home) calm.

  4. Get students to think beyond themselves. Find a service project that your student and you can participate in together. Help someone and spread the holiday cheer.

Most importantly, take care of yourself! Without you, your student will struggle even more. Parents and guardians are the most influential individual in a student’s life.

If you are looking for additional suggestions for working through any holiday stress, or your student would like to help others, please feel free to contact the Marinette Middle School Student Services department or administration at (715)735-1500.

The full article Holidays are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too by Judith Baenen can be found by clicking on the link.


Overall, behavior referrals are down approximately 13% as compared to this time last year. Kudos to students, parents, and staff for working to provide a safe learning environment in which disruptions are minimized for all. If you have not already, please talk to your child about his/her Trusted Adult at MMS. It is our goal to ensure that every student can identify an adult that he or she can report to, discuss concerns with, and receive support from. If you would like more information on establishing a Trusted Adult with your child at school please call me at 735-1500 for more information.

Happy Holidays!

Matt Hanson

MMS After School Clubs

In an effort to keep parents and guardians connected to all of the various opportunities that MMS students have available to them, various MMS Before School and After School offerings will be listed. Please look for information in the daily announcements as well as with your student as information about school clubs may be sent home.

Current MMS Club Offerings

Game Club

MinecraftEdu STEAM Club

Art Club

World Drumming

Be On the Lookout For…


Do you like to laugh? Do you like to perform? Do you want to gain confidence in your public speaking skills? MMS will be offering a Forensics team this year for students in grades 5 - 8, but we need to know the number of students that are interested before we can set practice and meeting times. Students interested in joining the MMS Forensics team, please see Mr. Schwaba or inquire in the main office.

Forensics letter

Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) and Booster Club

The MMS PTO and Booster Club had their first meeting Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm in the MMS LMC. We will be meeting again on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30pm in the Marinette Middle School LMC. We are in the beginning stages of organization, as MMS has not had a formal PTO for a number of years. Therefore, if you would like to be part of positively effecting your middle school student’s educational experience and supporting the staff that regularly interact with your student, join us!

Social Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an evidence based process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. - Casel

Why is it important?

Socially and emotionally competent children and youth are skilled in five core areas: they are self-aware, they are able to regulate their emotions, they are socially aware, they have good relationship skills, and they demonstrate responsible decision-making at school, at home, and in the community.

How do can I teach SEL at home?

Arguably, one of the most significant ways parents can contribute daily to school performance is by ensuring that children have a routine. Children thrive when there is a routine and know what to expect. Start your SEL journey by providing daily bedtime routines that have a specific bedtime and wake time. Adding other routines like dinner times and tv schedules will also help.

For more information go to


December 11, 2017

Community Education Class

Creative Writing

MMS Office Conference Room

December 13, 2017

PTO-Booster Club Meeting

6:30pm-7:30pm in LMC

December 25-January 1

Winter Break

January 2, 2018

Return from Winter Break

Printable December 2017 calendar

Please find below a link to Middle School November Calendar! We hope that this will help you to know when important events are happening at the Middle School! Please refer to Middle School website for daily updates.

Calendar of events

7th grade Marine Salute Recipients

Marine salute 1st quarter were entered into a drawing for several different prizes.

Back row (left to right): Landyn L., Alyssa G., Lilly T., Cale D., Ethan B., Glenn W., Cody L., & Drew S.

Front row: Tanner F., Wes P., Harrison C., Heather H., Elliot F., Aston T., & Breely R.

Not pictured Austin B., Kloe S., Bri R., Alyssa D,, & Noah G. (absent the day of drawing)

National Junior Honor Society

Several National Junior Honor Society members shopped for winter boots, snow pants, hats and mittens. Others purchased household cleaners and toiletries. All items were donated to help children within our school district.

​(shown above: Top: Charli N. and Ava D.. Bottom left to right: Kailyn C., Gwyn H., Shayla D., Lindsay W., and Dalanie L.)​

CPM Presentation

7th grade students with their math teachers shared how our new Math curriculum (CPM) was going at the Nov 20, 2017 Board meeting.


Congratulations to Mrs. Noel's homebase class for receiving the best attendance for October. She had the most students in attendance for the month.
Mrs. Petrich class received 2nd place just .04% behind Mrs. Noel's class.

Keep up the good work!!!


Congratulations to Ms. Glaser's Homebase! Ms. Glaser's 8th grade Homebase class won the coveted "Best Attendance" Trophy and free donuts. Ms. Cheney's 6th grade class came in second. I continue to be impressed by your efforts to ensure that your child is at school on a daily basis.

Water Treatment Plant Field Trip

Mrs. Hanson's 8th grade science classes took a walking field trip to the waste water treatment plant. Students got an overview of the plant and some city statistics, like on an average day 2 millions gallons of water come to the plant. They finished with a guided tour of plant which showed how dirty the water was coming in to how clean it got before returning to the bay.

Student Council in grades 5-6

Student council members attended a WASC Leadership conference in Oshkosh last month and brought back many exciting ideas for increased involvement at school. Some of the upcoming activities include ringing the bells for the Salvation Army and making holiday cards for the Marinette County’s Meals on Wheels program. At school, they are making hot chocolate and cookies for their teachers and will pass our treats to their classmates. Door decorating ideas are being organized by some of the classroom members. Plans of seasonal theme dress-up days are December 18-22. The next dance will be on February 2, 2018.

Inclement Weather tune in...

When inclement weather strikes during the school day, and it is necessary to cancel school either for the entire day, early, or have a late start, we may notify you using our rapid communication system, but you may also tune to the following radio and television stations for information

TV and Radio stations

Click below for memo from Superintendent

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Middle Years

Check out this month’s edition of Middle Years. Topics covered include: Relaxing, Productivity, Friendship Changes, and much more.

Middle Years - December 2017