Mooresville MS Family Newsletter
November 30, 2018
A Message from Mrs. Robinson
Greetings Mooresville Middle School Families,
Tis the season...to be a JOLLY RED IMP! We hope all of our MMS families had a restful Thanksgiving break. As we are preparing for Winter Break we want all of our families to know that we are grateful for each of you. This can be a stressful time of year for students, and we want to ensure that all of our families are aware of resources they may access. Please know our school counselors are available everyday at Mooresville Middle School. Mr. Genson or Ms. Buff can be reached by contacting the front office (704-658-2720).
Although December will be a short month at MMS, our focus will remain on students receiving rigorous instruction. During Winter Break it would be very helpful if you encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes a day. You can make this a family event by selecting a book to read together as a family then discussing the book while driving to one of your many destinations over break. Any type of encouragement from you for your child to read over break will go a long way.
If you are interested in seeing a day in the life of a MMS student please sign up for our next parent tour on January 15, 2019 from 8am to 9am. You can reserve your spot by calling the front office. Our Instructional Coach and I will give you a tour of our school, you will have an opportunity to visit classrooms to see what goes on everyday at MMS from 7:30am-2:30pm!
If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call.
Mooresville Middle School
All Pro Dads Meeting
Friday, Jan. 25th 2019 at 7am
233 Kistler Farm Road
Message from Jim Brant, All Pro Dad for MMS
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving with your families last week!
We had a great turn out for the Mooresville Christmas Parade with dads, students, and even a mom showed up!! Thanks to everyone who helped support this event from decorating the float to cleaning up afterwards – team effort!
- 3 families came together decorate the float – thank you!
- A special thank you to Mr. Doug Carrigan of Carrigan Farms who donated the wagon, tractor, and his time to support us!
- Thank you to Tom, Emily, and Justin for volunteering to clean up!
We’re already planning our next event – stay tuned!
MMS Spirit Rock!
Rent the Spirit Rock for only $10 for a week (Saturday to Friday). Submit the rental form along with your payment to the MMS PTSO. Proceeds support the MMS students and staff.
MMS SPIRIT NIGHT at KICKBACK JACK'S!
Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 5-7pm
123 Ervin Road
Getting a Parent Account for Blackboard Learn
National Academy Foundation Academy of Engineering
Mooresville High School will begin a National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Engineering during the 2019-2020 school year. A maximum of seventy-five freshmen will be accepted into the academy. This academy will only be offered to freshmen and they will be cohorted with their group in two classes per year. These will be their English and Engineering classes. During their senior year, students will be provided the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with one of our local businesses. Upon graduation, the students will be NAFTrack certified. NAFTrack Certification helps students:
Make the connection between their high school coursework and their futures
Reflect on their own learning in order to set goals for continuous improvement
Gain proficiency in taking online assessments, which are becoming more prevalent in higher education
Demonstrate the hard and soft skills they develop throughout their academy experience
Get on track to NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a commitment made by top companies to give special consideration to NAFTrack certified job applicants
More information will be provided at the rising ninth grade parent night on March 11, 2019.
From the Counseling Department
Is An Early College Program for YOU?
Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership (CCTL)
Crossroads Arts and Sciences Early College
Agriculture & Science Early College (ASEC)
- Two-years of college for FREE!!!
- Complete 6 years of education (high school diploma AND an Associate’s Degree) in 5 years
- Smaller learning environment
- Students can still play sports and participate in extracurricular activities. Fun events too -- dances, prom, lock-ins, bake-gives, homecoming, dodgeball tournament, etc. -- events vary from school to school.
- Transportation available to all Early Colleges through shuttle buses and shuttle bus stop locations throughout Iredell County.
- Honors level high school curriculum in all Early Colleges.
- All Early Colleges operate on the collegiate calendar (start in early August and finish in mid-May)
- Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, or Associate in Fine Arts transfer degrees, as well as other degrees offered by Mitchell Community College. Some differences in Early College Programs
How Do I Apply?
- Applications available online on all 3 Early College websites. One application for all 3 early colleges.
- ASEC: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/3559
- CCTL: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/3495
- Crossroads: https://www.iss.k12.nc.us/Domain/115
- Application submission window is Dec. 1, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019 by 11:59pm.
- Current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders may apply for admission.
- Recommendations required from ELA teacher, Math teacher and Counselor - also submitted online. Students will be notified of acceptance in mid-March and will have 24 hours to confirm their seat in the Early College Program.
Principal Mr. Wells email@example.com;
Counselor Ms. Kilby-Cates firstname.lastname@example.org
From Nurse Dana
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASSES AT MMS
Math 1 students also completed a unit on Systems of Equations. In the next few weeks Math 1 will look more like what parents remember from traditional Algebra I class with multiplying polynomials and factoring. Math 1 students are also starting their Big Business Project.
In 8th Grade Honors ELA students are reading Pier Pauls Read's Alive. Students are working collaboratively to analyze the chapters, evaluate character choices, and explore greater themes within the text.
Mrs. Vickery's students are beginning Avi's Nothing But the Truth. They will learn about how perception shapes the various shades of the truth. They will explore perspective and characterization through their reader's responses.
Mrs. Ketchie and Ms. Cilley's students are reading S.E. Hinton's Outsiders. Students are evaluating character choices and how identity and socioeconomic status affect perception of self.
Mrs. Blanton's students are reading Wes Moore's Discovering Wes Moore. They will explore the significance of each choice we make while tracing character development and how a person’s experiences shape the way they view the world around them.
8 Social Studies
Please remind your child to be studying the Unit 4 vocabulary terms & definitions.
The week before winter break we will be making Chex Mix Muddy Buddies to review equivalent ratios and incorporate the holiday season.
If you are able to donate any items to help us with this activity, please use the link below to sign up. Any contributions you can make are greatly appreciated! Please send in any items by Friday, December 14.
7 Social Studies
- Biomedical Engineering students are making plaster casts and heart stents using music wire.
- Computer Graphics and Animation students are designing clay figures and creating stop-motion videos. They are also working on computer animation using a program called Moviestorm.
- Design and Marketing students are learning about fashion design and the essentials of marketing.
- Digital Manufacturing students are learning to size a pre-made ring and will begin creating a keychain.
- Food Science and Nutrition students are learning about the effects of caffeine on the body and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.
- Forensic Science students are learning about ink chromatography and soil analysis.
- Hospitality & Tourism Management students are learning about the different hotel accommodations and the different jobs within the hotel industry.
- Interior Design students are learning about concept walls and basic room layouts.
- Intro to Culinary Arts students are learning about food plating and are cooking eggs.
- Laser Technology students are using fiber optics to transmit music to a receiver.
- Nursing students are learning about phlebotomy and vital signs. They took blood from a fake arm and will be learning to suture.
- Pharmacology students are learning about medical math and developing sunscreen.
- Robotics students are programming a pre-built Lego Mindstorms robot along a square and through a course.
- Sports Medicine students are learning about ankle taping, spine boarding and the anatomy of the knee.
- Video Production students are developing commercials for products they researched.
- Virtual Architecture students are learning about the dimensions of a room and how to design a house using a computerized CAD program.
The students will be changing modules at least one more time this semester to allow them to explore a 3rd career pathway this year.
Chorus and Theater Arts
Join us on Tuesday, December 4 in the new Performing Arts Center at Mooresville High School for the Chorus Winter Concert! Our concert begins at 7:00 (student call time is 6:30) and we'd love to see you in the audience. 7th and 8th grade chorus ensembles will perform.
Theatre students are reading one-act plays before our winter break with hopes of performing them in our classroom for parents and family members on January 10 and 11. These performances will take place during our regular class time each day.
7th & 8th Grade Chorus Winter Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 7pm
659 East Center Avenue
8th Grade Life Skills is learning about cooking terms and measurements and proper the hand-washing technique. We will also be working on a School Lunch Project as well as a Happy Meal Project.
7th Grade Life Skills is learning about stages of child development, appropriate toys, hand-washing, baby care basics along with child nutrition and discipline.
During December, we will be playing Jail break, spider ball, and capture the pin. In Health, we are starting CPR.
IMPtime Group of McComas & Lindsey
Mooresville Middle School
Mooresville Middle School is committed to creating the conditions that bring each student to full academic potential as engaged, life-long learners and citizens by developing critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Mooresville Middle School will instill an appreciation and love for learning in our students as we help them develop the skills needed to become goal oriented, independent thinkers and leaders in an ever-changing global society. We challenge every student, every day to discover and develop a positive sense of self, as well as to respect themselves and others through meaningful collaboration with peers, teachers, and parents.