Mooresville Middle School

Community Newsletter -- January 20th, 2023

A Message from Mr. Kosal:

Together we make a family!


Greetings, MMS families! This is Mr. Patrick Kosal, your proud MMS principal. Today's newsletter has LOTS of information for families about what's going at MMS, so I won't rattle on. But I did want to celebrate the fact that our Exact Path rollout has gone very well so far: 94% of Red Imp students have completed their diagnostic test and have begun their path. As of this past Wednesday, after only 1 week of student use, 1075 lessons were passed using the program. The amount of reading trophies awarded to students, in particular, have been impressive! Parents, if you want to check on your student's progress in the Exact Path program, instructions are given below. Thanks for your support with this new learning initiative!


Here's what you'll find in this week's newsletter:


  • 1st semester Honor Roll Celebration coming next week
  • MGSD Redistricting / Grandfathering information link
  • Parent University coming on 1/31 - you're invited!
  • Exact Path Diagnostic results & how parents can view students' path
  • Tardy to school: change in school policy for tardies / consequences
  • Spring Athletics information - volleyball just updated
  • MMS Chess Club just started
  • Order MMS Yearbooks today!
  • Q3 progress reports sent home 1/20/23
  • free online tutoring for 8th grade Math / Science
  • PTSO announcements
  • Imp Time grading procedures
  • Teachers / Staff Members of the Month
  • and more!


Thanks so much for reading, and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Mr. Kosal, MMS principal (pkosal@mgsd.k12.nc.us)

Ms. Brown, 7th grade assistant principal (kbrown@mgsd.k12.nc.us)

Ms. Richardson, 8th grade assistant principal (tabitharichardson@mgsd.k12.nc.us)

Mr. Kuhn, assistant principal (gregorykuhn@mgsd.k12.nc.us)

Mr. Miller, assistant principal intern & MMS media center coordinator (justinmiller@mgsd.k12.nc.us)

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

MMS website

Use the "Parents & Students" tab to find information about Lunch Prepay, Canvas help, etc.

Semester 1 Celebration Day for Students Next Tuesday

On Tuesday, January 24th, during the school day students who were either members of A/B Honor Roll or Principal's Cabinet (i.e. all A's) will be rewarded with a certificate, a tasty treat, and a school-issued memento of their success. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful academic achievements of our Red Imp students!

Exact Path Diagnostics Sent Home

Students are off to a great start with Exact Path, the program we implemented in January, meeting students where they are and working to grow them from there in math and reading. Diagnostic Results were sent via Parent Square on Thursday, January 12th. Parents should think of diagnostic results as a "starting point" -- by using the Exact Path individualized learning tool four days each week, MMS expects that when parents see future diagnostic scores in the spring, the growth in student achievement will be clear!


Parents and students can also view these reports at any time (and ongoing student progress on their learning path) by logging in through the student account. You can view written directions for that here and a screen recording below.

Viewing Exact path Written Directions

Viewing Exact path Screen Recording


Please email Ms. Anne Allen (anneallen@mgsd.k12.nc.us) or Mr. Justin Miller (justinmiller@mgsd.k12.nc.us) if you have questions about the Exact Path diagnostic.

Q3 Progress Reports sent home on Friday, January 20th

Upcoming Parent University coming soon at MMS

The next MGSD secondary schools' Parent University Q&A event will be held on Tuesday, January 31st in the Mooresville Middle School media center from 6:30 - 8:00pm.


At these quarterly Parent University events, Ms. Samone Graham (principal, Mooresville High School), Ms. Melanie Allen (principal, MiWAYE program), and Mr. Patrick Kosal (principal, Mooresville Middle School) invite all parents of secondary level students within MGSD to learn about what is happening in each building. The event also allows parents the chance to provide their feedback to school leaders as well.


We hope to see you on Tuesday, 1/31/23 at 6:30pm in the MMS Media Center!

Change in Policy: Students Late to School

Parents: our school day begins at 7:20am each day. Please help us by either a) planning for traffic and getting your student to MMS on time via car, or b) sending students to school via MGSD school bus. Because of our bell schedule has changed for second semester, students will no longer simply be missing out on Imp Time when they arrive to school tardy.


** New: because 1st period is now a class, MMS will follow the "tardy to class" consequences found in the MMS Student Handbook (link below):


1st & 2nd tardy = verbal warning from teacher (document as a minor in Ed Handbook)

3rd tardy = teacher-student conference w/ teacher call to parent

4th tardy = lunch detention with teacher call to parent

5th tardy & beyond = Office referral


Tardies will be tallied after the car-rider line is completed each day -- if your car is in line before 7:20, your student will not be considered tardy. Please help us begin our school day smoothly by getting all students to school on time during 2nd semester. Thank you for your help!

Spring Sports Tryout Information - Volleyball details

Parents of any student who is interested in trying out for spring sports (Girls Volleyball, Baseball, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Track), please make sure of the following:


1. Must have a valid athletic physical on file. This MUST be on the State required form. A blank form is available on Final Forms or our website.


2. MUST enroll your student in Final Forms. When doing so please make sure that parent and athlete sign all forms, including the ones pertaining to the sport they are trying out for. Please put your students' school email address. Here is the link for enrolling in Final Forms.


3. Be looking for try out dates for each sport. We will begin try outs in February.

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We currently have the information for Volleyball tryouts this spring:


Tuesday, February 7th - ONLY 7th grade girls (including those girls presently playing JV Basketball) from 5:30 - 7:30. Please be at the gym hallway at 5:15 to check in.


Wednesday, February 8th - ONLY 8th grade girls from 5:30 - 7:30. Please be at the gym hallway at 5:15 to check in.


Thursday, February 9th - ONLY 7th grade girls from 2:30 - 4:00 (JV Basketball girls will not be there as they have an away game). ONLY 8th grade girls from 4:00 - 5:30.


Friday, February 10th - ONLY 7th grade girls (including the present JV Basketball girls) from 2:30 - 4:00. ONLY 8th grade girls from 4:00 - 5:30.


TRYOUT INFORMATION FOR BASEBALL, SOCCER AND TRACK COMING SOON.

Chess Club is up and running

If your student currently plays chess (or is interested in learning about the game), they have the opportunity to join the MMS Chess Club! 8th grade social studies teacher, Mr. Eyer, will be holding Chess Club meetings in his class room - room 305 - every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30pm.


Because this is an after school club, NO transportation will be provided; please arrange rides for your students prior to them attending the meeting.


Email Mr. Eyer with any further questions: christophereyer@mgsd.k12.nc.us

Notice to Parents:

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2021 SESSION LAW 2021-132 SENATE BILL 693 prompted the State Board of Education Policy to revise Policy SHLT-003 to support public schools in implementation of this law.


Public schools are required to provide students in grades 6 through 12 with a document containing information about child abuse and neglect, including age appropriate information on sexual abuse at each school year. Public schools are also required to post this information in a high traffic area within the school. Click here to see the poster that will be displayed.


We wanted to make administrators and parents aware that MGSD will be posting the student handout provided by the state in Canvas in January as well as have printouts of the handout available in the main office for any student who would like to have a physical copy. Our school counselors, social workers and administration will be on hand to help support any student who needs to report abuse or neglect and will be monitoring Say Something closely.

Order your Yearbook today!

Red IMP Families -- if you have not ordered the 2022 - 2023 Red IMP yearbook for your child, we encourage you to visit Jostens Yearbooks and order your copy today. Yearbook price starts at $40.00 when you choose 'No Thanks' to Personalization. Please contact Ms. Lindsey at jenniferlindsey@mgsd.k12.nc.us for questions.

A message from the MMS PTSO:

Thanks to all for donating health supplies or money for our January staff appreciation. Staff will receive these care packages on Monday!


COMING SOON: NEW Mooresville spirit wear!!! We've had so many requests for hoodies that we've redesigned them so you can wear them next year too! Whether you'll be at MMS, MHS or the new Selma Burke MS, this spirit wear is for you! Choice of t-shirt, long sleeve or hoodie in white or gray with a blue M or red or black with a white M. Watch for a parent square post soon with a link to order.


Want to rent the spirit rock? The MMS Spirit Rock is a fun and creative way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite Student of the Month, wish a student a Happy Birthday, show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member. Rent the Spirit Rock for only $12 for a week (Saturday to Friday). Click here for more information and to reserve.


We have MMS and Mooresville items for sale in our online square store. Items will be given to your student at school. Contact us via email redimpsptso@gmail.com to purchase with cash. Thank you for supporting and showing off your red imp spirit! PTSO store


Mark your calendars for our next PTSO meeting: Wednesday, February 1st from 8:30-9:30am at MMS. We will discuss upcoming events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. We hope you can join us!


Please join our PTSO facebook group. This online community is for parents/guardians of MMS students and MMS staff. We will share information from the PTSO, MMS and MGSD. It is also a place for you to connect with other parents/guardians and the PTSO. We hope you'll join us! Follow us on Facebook! Thank you for your support! Questions for the PTSO? E-mail us at redimpsptso@gmail.com

Free Online Tutoring for Students

MGSD has partnered with North Carolina Virtual Public Schools' EDvantage program to offer Free Online Tutoring opportunities. Students enrolled in 8th grade Math, NC Math 1, or 8th grade Science can sign up for individual, 1:1 virtual sessions on Mondays-Thursdays between 4pm-7:30pm. Sessions last 30 minutes; sign up by using this link: http:bit.ly/MGSDtutoring


When they sign up, they will get an email from NCVPS with the link for their session, and a link to cancel or reschedule if needed. Please reinforce to students that they should be respectful of tutors' time and not be "no-shows" if they sign up for a time.


Students who do not have Internet access at home or need a quiet place to attend tutoring are welcome at the Selma Burke Community Center.


We hope your students will take advantage of this "EDvantage"!!

MMS Student Handbook

Please review the school policies & procedures of Mooresville Middle School ASAP. Thank you!

Are you a Motivator??

MMS is looking for Motivators for our 2022 - 2023 school year! If you are a parent, grandparent, or even community member with a heart for children, we want your help!


The Motivators are ways for family / community members to volunteer time during the school day to monitor hallways and our campus grounds while also getting to know MMS students and staff. We love to have extra adult presence in the building to support our students and help out when needed. If you have at least one hour a week, we would love to have you volunteer.


Email Ms. Brown for more information. kbrown@mgsd.k12.nc.us

How to alert MMS of a student absence:

The email address for parents to alert MMS about student absences is: MMSAttendance@MGSD.k12.nc.us


Parents can upload doctor's notes as well. We hope this process will be easier on everyone instead of always sending a note with the student that gets lost so easily!

MMS Social Media Handles - follow us!

Facebook: @mooresvillems

Instagram: mooresvillems

Twitter: @mooresvillems

Website: https://mms.mgsd.k12.nc.us/

MGSD Student Code of Conduct link

This button links you to the MGSD Student Code of Conduct, where you can reference behavior infractions and consequences outlined by our district.

Thanks for reading!

I hope everyone had a great week and has a terrific weekend. Please feel free to contact Mr. Kosal if you have questions or concerns. Have an excellent weekend and thank you for reading and for your continued support of MMS!