MIDDLE MATTERS

Everything in the Middle School that matters

Volume 1

October 1, 2018

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

October Middle Matters

This is our first Middle Matters Newsletter of the school year. We will be sending out this newsletter the first Monday of every month. Each edition will celebrate what we accomplished in the previous month and look ahead to upcoming events and activities. We have had a great start to the school year and are looking forward to an exciting October.

Mid-term

Today marks the midpoint of the 1st quarter already. Middle school teachers will have grades updated in Parent Portal by 4 PM Wednesday. You can check the status of your child’s grade with your school view Parent Portal access code. We will send an email out at 4 PM to let parents know the grade book is published and available.


Wednesday Nights

How are Wednesday nights going? MMS teaching staff have significantly reduced the homework for this one night a week. We are asking families to spend that time together away from the screens.

Homecoming

Homecoming is next week. We have coordinated our activities and dress up days with the high school. Check out the dress up days and activities in Student Focus.

Parent Involvement Fundraiser

The MMS PI group is kicking off a schoolwide fundraiser this month. The hope is to raise enough funds to provide more enrichment opportunities for all students. Students will be asked to sell cookie dough October 23-29.

STUDENT FOCUS

Legacy Grant allows sixth-graders unique opportunity to learn outside at Bertram

Monticello Middle School students were afforded the opportunity to spend a day at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park with an environmental leadership organization, learning communication and teamwork skills, as well as outdoor survival skills. Read more HERE.

Photo Use Authorization

If you DO NOT WANT your child's photo/video/podcast used, please contact Chris at chris.schyma@monticello.k12.mn.us

MAGIC HOMECOMING

October 8-12

Dress up Days & Activities

Monday - Come As You Are/Pajama Day, 7 pm Coronation (Mainstreet), followed by Powder Puff

Tuesday - Salad Dressing Day

Wednesday - Twin/Multiples Day-Dress like one or more people.

Thursday - Class Color Day- 8th-PINK, 7th-GREEN, 6th-ORANGE, Staff-BLUE

Friday - School Spirit Day, 7 PM Homecoming Football Game

Buy your homecoming T-shirt ($15) & Button ($2) during lunch October 4-9

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Monica Schwickerath, RN, LSN

Did you know a single JUUL e-cigarette contains as much nicotine as smoking a full pack of 20 cigarettes?

Please take time to read the link below from the MN Department of Health on the rising concern of our youth & smoking electronic cigarettes.


http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/tpc/topics/nicotine_docs/2018_nicotine_addiction_advisory.pdf

STUDENT CENTER SPOTLIGHT

Prevention and Awareness

A lot of focus is put on taking care of our physical health. It is equally important to take care of our mental health. October marks National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Often used as a tool to deal with mental health issues, substance abuse in all its forms: tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs can exacerbate them. Families can be and should be good role models in their use of legal substances to help prevent their children from using substances in an abusive manner. The National Association of Mental Illness also recognizes the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week, as well as, October 10th as World Mental Health Day. Our school district has adopted district-wide curriculums to help support our children in taking care of their mental health. It is important that all the adults in the lives of our children pay attention to the signs and symptoms they may be displaying in order to help them as quickly as possible. The fast pace of life and the constant use of technology has removed the quiet time our minds need to relax. Simple things such as getting up to stretch, massaging your hands as you apply lotion, looking out the window as you ride in a vehicle to observe nature, and surrounding yourself with positivity can make a huge impact in taking care of your mental health. Follow the student center on twitter @MSStudentCenter as we share information about chemical and mental health. Please feel free to call one of us if you need more information:

Sarah Welk, School Social Worker 763-272-2108, Therese Olson, School Counselor 763-272-2105, and Annette Bieniek, School Social Worker 763-272-2107.

Grateful for Donations!

A gracious “Thank You” to the many groups and individuals who donated school supplies or funding to help our MMS students who need financial assistance to be successful at school. The Monti Effect parent group, Wright County Area United Way, and Excell Education Systems have provided financial support and donations for multiple years, all of which help many of students.

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

Activities, Clubs & School Sponsored Groups

  • MMS offers many extracurricular opportunities for 6th-7th-8th-grade students beyond sports like Speech, Music groups, reading & math clubs.

  • Details on Middle School Website ~ https://www.monticello.k12.mn.us/domain/171

Upcoming Athletic Season:

Boys Soccer Plays double-header at the Stadium on 9-18-2018 against BCMS

8th grade football opens up season at Veterans Memorial Stadium on 9-25-18

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