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.


Ayana Robinson

Principal

Mooresville Middle School

All Pro Dads Meeting

Friday, Jan. 25th 2019 at 7am

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

Meeting will be held in the Staff Development room. Parent guests will receive a visitor pass when you arrive. Breakfast is provided.
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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!


Highlights:


  • 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!

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MMS 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 Happy Birthday or show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member.


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

Mooresville, NC

10% of proceeds go to support MMS students and staff!
Mooresville MS PTSO Facebook Page

Get the latest information about MMS PTSO on their Facebook page!

Getting a Parent Account for Blackboard Learn

https://youtu.be/KPtEyoJ_BRg

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.


If you have questions, feel free to email Julie Blocker, jblocker@mgsd.k12.nc.us, or visit the NAF.org website to learn more about NAF academies.

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
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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.

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Contact Information

Crossroads: 704-978-0034

Principal Mrs. Eller aeller@iss.k12.nc.us;
Counselor Dr. Riley jriley@iss.k12.nc.us


CCTL: 704-978-5450
Principal Ms. Hutchens teri_hutchens@iss.k12.nc.us;
Counselor Mrs. Culbreth bculbreth@iss.k12.nc.us


ASEC: 704-876-4056
Principal Mr. Wells bwells@iss.k12.nc.us;
Counselor Ms. Kilby-Cates tennille_cates@iss.k12.nc.us
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From Nurse Dana

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CLASSES AT MMS

8 Math

Pre-Algebra students just successfully finished their unit on Systems of Equations. We are now beginning to solve multi-step equations that include using distributive property and having variables on both sides.


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.

8 ELA

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

In 8th grade Social Studies, students have been hard at work learning about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the creation of the United States Constitution. Students started their study of Unit 4, by exploring a mock i-phone to learn about the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Students learned about the Great Compromise, the 3/5 Compromise, and the creation of Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Students have also learned why the United States has three branches of government and the functions of those branches. In the next few weeks, students will learn about the Bill of Rights and the 27 Amendments to the Constitution. Also topics of study in the next few weeks will be Alexander Hamilton's contribution to our current banking system and the key concepts of North Carolina's first Constitution.


Please remind your child to be studying the Unit 4 vocabulary terms & definitions.

7 Science

7th-grade science has finished studying protists and we are moving into a review of plant and animal cells, building on what the students learned in 5th-grade science. The students enjoyed looking at pond water under the microscopes and seeing what is happening in our own neighborhoods and in Ms. Stowell's critter tanks! We will begin our study of body systems before the winter break. We organize the body systems by how they work together, as Systems for Support and Movement, Structures for Energy, and Structures for Control.
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7 Math

In 7th grade math, we are working on integers. We are learning the rules of integers and how to do all operations with integers without a calculator. We will begin writing equations from word problems to get prepared to solve equations following winter break.


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 ELA

Seventh Grade Language Arts is busy working on connotation and denotation. All classes have incorporated weekly vocabulary lessons into class. While some classes are reading And Then Their Were None other classes are reading Brian's Song and The Willows. All our students are working hard on reading skills.

7 Social Studies

In the 2nd quarter, your child will continue to learn about the Renaissance (1300-1700). There are a number of concepts which take place within the Renaissance. The 2nd quarter will be based on the Protestant Reformation (1500's), Age of Exploration (1500's-1600's), Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment (1600-1700's) and Revolutions. The Enlightenment is probably one of the more challenging concepts to learn, because it's teachings are the foundation of Western Democracy and IF a society can govern themselves. It's a concept unheard of before the 18th century.
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Careers

In Exploring Careers students are working in modules to investigate different careers with readings and hands-on activities.

  • 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

Mooresville, NC

Life Skills

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.

Physical Education

For 2nd quarter we have started our ultimate ball and boomer ball units along with our alcohol and drug unit in health.


During December, we will be playing Jail break, spider ball, and capture the pin. In Health, we are starting CPR.

Reading Enhancement

While we continue reading self-selected novels, we are learning nonfiction strategies including mini-research. Our weekly nonfiction group discussions involve a wide variety of topics. Students select their articles, read, research, write and share within their small topic centered groups.
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IMPtime Group of McComas & Lindsey

The IMPtime homerooms of McComas & Lindsey are collecting items for Alina's Angels now through December 14. Small toiletries, snacks and gift cards will be distributed to families in the hospital on Christmas Day as part of the Alina's Angels program. Thanks for your donation this holiday season.
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Vision:

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.

Mission:

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.

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