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Week 5 - 9/27/2019

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Can you Believe we are Halfway Through First Quarter?

Amazing how time flies! In the above photo, Ms. Traynor's 7th Grade Life Science class is taking their first major test of the school year. Many of our classes took their first major test this week or are taking it next week. Ask your student about how they prepared for the test, and how they did! We want every child to be successful in school, in every way.

This week also saw our Football team earn their first win of the season, winning Thursday night against Parkside MS. Congratulations to the football team!

Volleyball continued playing well, splitting their matches this week, and bringing their record to 3-1 on the season.

Soccer played hard in defeat this week, with our boys never giving up and working to improve.

Our cheer team is improving so much from week to week - check out one of their cheers in the teacher tweets section!

And lastly, this week our Family and Consumer Science classes had a special guest presentation from the 2019 Honey Queen - who tours the country to present the incredible things bees and honey can do, including making some delicious treats featuring local honey! (See Ms. Behanna's tweet below for photos of her visit!)

Make sure to keep asking your student about school. Our students are amazing and most will try to downplay the great things they are doing in school. Please check PowerSchool to see what grades they have - using the next month to make sure they have the best grades possible. A target for each student to strive for: Principal's Honor Roll is a 3.5 GPA, which means more A's than B's, and No C's. Superintendent's Honor roll is a 4.0 GPA, which means all A's.

I would love to hand honor roll certificates to every student in November! Let's see if we can make that a reality together.

Thank you for a great September!

Important Dates and Events Coming Up!

September 30: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ MPMS

October 1: Girls Track home meet @ 5 pm

October 2: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Stonewall Jackson MS

October 3: MS Football @ Marstellar MS

October 4: MPMS Hosts the Special Olympics!

October 7: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Gainesville MS

October 8: Girls Track Meet @ MPMS

October 10: MS Football vs Gainesville MS @ MPMS

October 11: Girls Track Meet @ Gainesville MS

October 16: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball vs Metz MS @ MPMS

October 17: Family Market @ MPHS

MS Football vs Gainesville MS @ MPMS

****Note: All MPMS Athletic Events require the purchase of a ticket at the door.****

****$3 for adults, $1 for students****

Meet a New Teacher @ MP Middle School!

Welcome Ms. Foley!

Ms. Foley is our new 7th Grade Life Science teacher, coming to Manassas Park from her hometown in Stuart, VA! She can be found in room 2235, or hard at work planning in the 7th grade pod. She is on twitter as @MissDFoley.

Quick Facts about Ms. Foley:

-Attended James Madison University (Go Dukes!)

-Majored in Biology and Teaching!

-Likes chocolate and all things pumpkin!

-Enjoys all kinds of music!

-Loves spending time with friends, getting Starbucks, and having Starbucks with friends!

When you see her in the building or at a school sporting event, please welcome Ms. Foley to Manassas Park!

Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!

A Note From The Clinic

All students and parents are reminded of the following:

School personnel cannot administer any medication until a form, signed by the parent is on file in the clinic.

All medications, prescriptions and/or over-the-counter (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) must be in the original sealed container and kept in the clinic. It should be in small amounts as storage space is limited.

Prescription medication: Must have physician's signature on the medication form before administration.

Students may keep in their possession certain medications, as warranted with a Health Treatment Plan on file signed by the physician (Inhalers & Epi-Pens). New plans and medication forms are required at the beginning of each school year.

Under no other circumstances will students be permitted to carry medication without appropriate documentation.

The Elizabeth Krafsig Memorial Fund has been established by United Bank.

The MPCS community, with the assistance of our bookkeepers at each school, can now make donations (cash or check) to the fund to support the family of Cougar Elementary Teacher Elizabeth Krafsig. The campaign for donations will run until October 1, culminating with a recognition event at the Special Olympics Meet in the Middle at Cougar Stadium on Friday, October 4. This Meet in the Middle will be dedicated to Elizabeth’s memory and will ensure her legacy at MPCS is remembered for years to come.

Members of the community are welcome to contribute to the Memorial Fund as well. Please feel free to share this information with those you feel would like to further support the Krasfig Family. Contributions can also be made at United Bank, 9872 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, c/o Talya Conroy, Branch Manager. Ms. Conroy serves MPCS as President of BELL, the education foundation of our school division.

Checks should be made payable to the Elizabeth Krafsig Memorial Fund and can be left with the bookkeepers at any one of the four schools.

Thank you for your patience as the family worked to establish this memorial fund and for all that you have done and continue to do to support the Krafsigs.

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Help your child get to school every day and on time. Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.

Just as parents should focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance and to monitor their children’s absences, so that missed days don’t add up to academic trouble. Strategies include:

  • Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority.
  • Alert schools and community agencies to any challenges that keep kids from attending class.
  • Ask for and monitor data on student absences. Maximizing the time in school means more learning happens, better instruction happens (because teachers know what students can do,) and students can complete their work during school hours, instead of worrying about making up missed assignments!
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Do You Know if You Are Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch?

All students who are eligbile for free and reduced lunch must turn in new paperwork each school year.

The application is open and available for all families to see if they qualify. The paperwork must be completed in the first 30 days of school. After this time, if the paperwork is not completed, all meals charged to start the school year will be billed at their full price.

Please submit your application as soon as possible. The link to the form is the button below.

2019-20 MPMS SOL Test Schedule!

Save the date(s)!

SOL tests are critical days for the assessment of students and the school.

Please make sure that you do not schedule any trips that would pull your student out of school on or immediately before the following SOL testing dates.

Semester 1 Grade 8 Civics and Science 8 SOL: January 15, 2020

Grade 8 Writing SOL - Multiple Choice Section: March 17, 2020

Grade 8 Writing SOL - Short Paper Section: March 19, 2020

Read Aloud Testing (only for those with this accommodation, all grade levels): Week of May 11-15, 2020

Math 6 and Geometry SOL: May 19, 2020

Reading SOL for All Grades (6-8): May 21, 2020

All 8th Grade Math SOLs (except Geometry): May 27, 2020

All 7th Grade Math SOLs: May 28, 2020

Semester 2 Grade 8 Civics and Science 8 SOL: May 29, 2020

Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!

All School Board Meetings and Work Sessions will now be taped and available for viewing the day after the meetings take place. To view, visit the Manassas Park School Board Channel on YouTube. Type “Manassas Park School Board” into the YouTube search engine or visit the channel by clicking the button below!

Help the Middle School - Here are the Many Different Fundraisers That Are Always Running!

Box Tops: Please continue to snip and send your box tops to school with your students! Or, you can now scan in your box tops using their app - Click here to see more:


Shoparoo is an app that allows you to take a picture of your receipts (from any store )and upload them. When you reach $50, they will mail a check to the school. It doesn’t cost anything and it is an easy way for us to raise some money for our school! Just make sure you choose Manassas Park MS when you set up your account to start earning!

Harris Teeter Together in Education Program

Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $28.7 million to Together In Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. All you need to do is go to and click the “Link Your School Today” button. Either log in to your “My Harris Teeter” account or create one using a valid email address and make sure your VIC Card is connected to your online account. Once you are logged in, use code 6643 to add Manassas Park MS to your account so you can start earning for your school!


Shutterfly is an online photo printing service. You can print photos, canvases, holiday cards and more! If you use the link: Shutterfly will donate 8% of your purchase to the school. Be sure to follow our specific MPMS link and purchase using a web browser, not the Shutterfly phone app.

Staples Classroom Rewards

Staples Classroom Rewards program helps parents give 5% of their Back to School purchases directly to their child’s teacher. Teachers will enroll in the program and parents can easily visit the site, select their child’s teacher and enter in their receipt number and purchase amount. This will be automatically added to the teacher’s classroom account. Sales can be donated until 9/15/19 so be sure to get your receipts entered for your students classroom account!

Connect with us on Twitter!

Weekly newsletters are great, but if you would like daily updates and pictures of the great things happening at Manassas Park Middle School, follow @MpMiddle on Twitter!

If you want to see what Mr. Sieloff is reading regarding educationally focused articles and more MPMS, MPHS, and MPCS likes and retweets, follow him @MattSieloff

If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade

There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter. If you like their tweets above, follow them!

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