Mooresville Middle School

Community Newsletter

A message from Ms. Robinson...

October 22, 2021

Together we make a family!

Greetings Red Imp families, this is Ayana Robinson, your middle school principal.


Please review this week's newsletter for more information about:


* upcoming student surveys, *PTSO meeting minutes, *PTSO fundraiser, *North Carolina Check-Ins, *Mask mandate, *Powder Puff Game, *Virtual Mooresville Middle School *Here Comes the Bus app, *Winter sports, *MMS Chick fil A spirit night, *EL Program Night, *MAWI lessons, *Ordering student pictures, *MMS Parent University, and *Quarantine content support schedule


If you have any questions feel free to email me at: arobinson@mgsd.k12.nc.us.

It’s ALWAYS a great day to be a Red Imp!


Sincerely,

Ayana Robinson

Proud MMS Principal


Ms. Robinson (Principal): arobinson@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Ms. Graham (7th Grade Assistant Principal): sgraham@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Mr. Kosal (8th Grade Assistant Principal): pkosal@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Mr. Akelman (Assistant Principal of Instruction): dakelman@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Mr. Bustle (MMS Principal Intern): brentbustle@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Ms. Ann Clark (Athletic Director) annclark@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Dear Mooresville Middle School Families,


We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. As you may already be aware, building our practices based on student feedback is an important goal for our school this year. Over the next several weeks, students and teachers will participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves.


We will be asking for your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completing at Mooresville Middle School during class. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to complete.


The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on General School and Teacher Rigor and Relationships (considered one survey) to include student perceptions of teaching and learning, culture and climate, and student experiences in the classroom and be given between November 9 - November 19, 2021. Schedules and times are school-specific. You can see a copy of the survey below:


7-12 R2 Survey Nov. 2021 and March 2022 (Part 1- General School).pdf

7-12 R2 Survey Nov. 2021 and March 2022 (Part 2- Classroom Teacher).pdf

7-12 R2 November Part 3 (7-12 only)


We are asking that all of our students in grades 3-12 participate in the survey, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are using Panorama to support us in administering these surveys.


If you do not want your child to take part in this survey, please fill out the Opt-Out Form. If you have more than one child in the district in grades 3-12, please fill out a new survey for each child you would like to remove from THIS survey list.


We thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact your school at (704) 658-2720.


Sincerely,

Ayana Robinson


Minutes from PTSO Meeting

Here are the minutes from our October PTSO meeting.

Our next PTSO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3 at 8am. We will send out the virtual link to the meeting the night before. We hope to see you at the meeting!

PTSO FUNDRAISER

Help us raise money for MMS PTSO. Every purchase sends 40% to our cause, so be sure to share it with everyone you can.


SHOP THIS CAUSE CLICK HERE

North Carolina Check-Ins

MMS NC Check-In #1s are coming up the week of October 25th. Please read for more information about the NC Check-Ins.

NC Check-Ins are interim assessments that are aligned ot the NC grade-level content standards (for reading and mathematics) and North Carolina Essential Standards (for science).

The main purpose of NC CHeck-Ins is to provide students, teachers, and parents with immediate in-depth action data and a reliable estimate of students’ current performance on selected subsets of content standards. The end-of-grade (EOG) tests share a common question bank with the NC Check-Ins, which then exposes NC Check-In students to similar question types and rigor found on the EOGs.

The NC Check-In administration dates are as follows:
ELA - Tuesday, October 26th
Math - Wednesday, October 27th
Science 8 - Thursday, October 28th

If you have any questions or concerns about the NC Check-Ins, please contact Damien Akelman (dakelman@mgsd.k12.nc.us)

Mask Mandate

Attention MMS Parents: the district mask mandate for MGSD buildings has now been in effect for nine weeks. Most students are doing a tremendous job of wearing face coverings which shield the nose and mouth each day. A few students are still having trouble, however. Beginning October 18th (second quarter), MMS is instituting a new policy for students who are not wearing their face masks properly while on school grounds:


On 3rd warning to correct improper mask-wearing: lunch detention

On 5th warning to correct improper mask-wearing: office referral / student sent home for the day

These consequences are assigned per teacher, per week so it is very important that all students wear masks which fit them properly while indoors at MMS. Our goal is always to keep students in school and out of quarantine in case of potential exposures during the school day. Students not wearing masks correctly work against that goal and MMS will be working with these students & families to ensure all Red Imps are meeting the district expectation for health & safety protocols. If you have any questions, please contact your child's grade-level administrator.

MMS Powder Puff Game

The MMS Fall Festival/Powder Football game is scheduled for Friday, October 29th. The event will start at 3:00 and end at 5:00. Along with the powderpuff game, there will be a DJ, food and snacks, and games for all to enjoy. The cost to attend is $3.00. Students are permitted to stay afterschool on Friday if they are planning to attend the event. Families are also welcome to join the fun. On Friday, October 29th students in 8th grade are encouraged to wear black, and 7th grade students are encouraged to wear red.

Virtual MMS

Just a reminder that there are materials for students in the front office. If you did not pick them up on Friday, October 22nd, we ask that you pick them up at MMS as soon as possible. Materials may be picked up from 9 am to 1 pm during the week.


All VMMS students will be completing their ELA, Math, and Science 8 NC Check-ins next week. Please use this link for the dates and schedules. Testing will be at MMS. Students will have shortened core classes after testing.


The VMMS teachers would like to recognize students who are displaying the Heart of the Red Imp. Below are the VMMS Students of the Week for October 4-8 and October 18-22.


October 4-8

7th Grade: Zaira M.

8th Grade: Seth C.


October 18-22

7th Grade: Abigale F.

8th Grade: Carver G.

Here Comes The Bus (HCTB) is a helpful new app that MGSD is using to help all bus-riding families get more information on their child's transportation to and from school. HCTB will help parents to:

  • See the location of your child’s bus both before and after school

  • Confirm that your child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both;

  • Get information on substitute buses, or when we have important information to relay;

  • Allow for MMS to communicate any delays or changes to your child's middle school bus routes during the day;

  • Receive email notifications OR push notifications to iPhone / Android devices.

MMS is looking for ALL bus-riding families to sign up for and use HCTB before October 18th. Please use this document for account set-up assistance, or email Mr. Kosal or Ms. McGrath at MMS to get more information.

Winter Sports (Basketball and Wrestling)

Varsity (8th grade) Basketball and Wrestling starts next week. A few reminders -

  1. There is no limit to spectators this year
  2. Our fans can travel to all away games
  3. There will not be any live streams of games this year
  4. Tickets will be sold at the gate at all schools
  5. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students
  6. AND ALL FANS AND SPECTATORS MUST WEAR A MASK INSIDE.


Parents of any athlete or prospective athletes please read the information linked below and enroll your student in FinalForms please.

Link

CHICK FIL A SPIRIT NIGHT

Support MMS by eating at Chick Fil A on Monday, October 25 from 5pm-8pm. Chick fil A will donate 10% of sales to MMS. Thanks!

MAWI Lessons

During one class session the week of October 25th, the MMS Science department will facilitate the following MAWI lessons:

7th Grade: MAWI Lesson #5- Set MAD Goals

8th Grade: MAWI Lesson #5-Conflict Strategies


MMS is using the MAWI program to facilitate social and emotional lessons that are designed to help students build life-long coping skills.

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Ordering Fall Pictures

If you have not done so already, please order your child's fall pictures. All ordering is done online. Please visit www.terrypardew.com. Detailed instructions can be found at the link below.


Picture Ordering Instructions

Quarantine Content Support Schedule

Mooresville Middle School has created a Quarantine Content Support Schedule to assist students who have been quarantined for an extended period of time. You can view the schedule here. Our teachers are offering 1-3 sessions of virtual tutoring each week to help your students stay on top of their work. If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to the school or your child’s teachers. Thanks!
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Support MMS by shopping at Publix

That’s right, MMS has partnered with Publix to link accounts so that we get a slice of every grocery item you purchase at Publix. Signing up is easy. All you have to do is link your existing or new account to our school. Here are the directions for doing so!

Youtube Link
Step by Step Directions
Request to meet with a Counselor

If you are a MMS or VMMS student and would like to meet with Ms. Haynesworth or Mr. Robinson, fill out this form and they will contact you.

And remember....

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