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Week 10 - 11/1/2019

Week 10 - Can you Believe it's November? Quarter 1 is complete!

Parent Conferences are TUESDAY November 5! Conferences are first come first served, but if you would like to schedule a meeting, please reach out to the individual teacher you would like to talk with! In an attempt to ensure all parents have access to all teachers, please limit your conference to no more than 10 minutes per teacher.


Grades will be finalized by teachers this weekend through Tuesday - meaning next week you can see the "report card" final grades in PowerSchool on Thursday. When you come to visit us for parent conferences on Tuesday from 2:30-6:00 pm, please check grades in advance so you can make the most of your visit with our teachers!


Rocking the end of the quarter has seen some amazing things - quarterly elective classes have held baking competitions, robot challenges, escape rooms, and other great things, while core classes have held the first round of benchmark testing and turned in major projects (like the room diagrams and dioramas posted above from Ms. Scholetzky's classes!)

Would You Like to "Treat" our Teachers?

On November 5, teachers will be conducting Parent/Teacher Conferences. The school is providing lunch for teachers, however I hope that our parent community would be willing to "treat" our teachers by providing desserts! Please fill out the google form below to let us know if and what you plan to drop off on Tuesday morning between 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.


I hope you can help provide a treat to our staff!

Ms. Blevins Ran a Hogwarts Book Tasting!

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Are You Curious about the MPCS Capital Improvement Process? Learn More on With the CIP Document!

The MPCS Proposed FY20-24 CIP document is available on the MPCS website at:

https://manassaspark.finalsite.com/uploaded/DistrictDocs/Finance/FY20-24_Proposed_CIP.pdf


The plan will be the focus of discussion at the School Board work session on November 4 at 6:59pm.


A public hearing on this proposal will be held during the regular School Board meeting on November 18 at 6:59pm. All are welcome to attend both meetings and to make comment at the hearing.

8th Grade Students Only - Do You Want to Take the PSAT?

Manassas Park High School will be offering the PSAT for 8th and 9th grade students on November 16. While completely optional, if you would like your 8th grader to test, please sign up!


The test fee is $12.00 and parents must email Ms. Watson at the high school (cindy.watson@mpark.net) in order to register before November 13.


For more information, parents can check the high school web page and read the pop-up information along with parent letter.

Important Dates and Events Coming Up!


November 5: Election Day & Parent Teacher Conferences from 2:30-6:00pm


November 6, 7, & 8: Girls Basketball Tryouts!


November 11: Veterans Day - No School!


November 13: 7th Grade Field Trip to Hylton Performing Arts Center


November 18: School Board Meeting @ 7 pm


November 22: Fall Photo Retakes


November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday - No School!


****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 Mr. Kinane!


Mr. Kinane is our new STEM and Career Explorations teacher, coming to Manassas Park from his hometown in Syracuse, NY! He can be found in room 1506 during the school day!


Quick Facts about Mr. Kinane:

-Attended Buffalo State University, Onondaga Community College, and SUNY Oswego!

-Majored in Media Communications, Graphic Arts, and Technical Education!

-Likes to visit National Parks and Presidential Museums!

-Enjoys playing Golf, Baseball, Puzzles, and Learning New Things!

-Loves his wife and some of his family!


When you see him in the building, at a school sporting event, or in the community, please welcome Mr. Kinane to Manassas Park!

Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!

Reminder for Walkers/Bike Riders In the Morning!

Crossing Guards are an integral part of the team that gets your children to school safely each day. Please note that crossing guards are at their posts beginning at 6:30 am each school morning. As the mornings are dark and many motorists utilize the Bloom Quarry intersection, please help ensure your children are not crossing intersections before crossing guards are in place. Crossing Guards are prohibited from directing traffic, but their presence will assist in safe road crossing for all pedestrians.

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

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: https://www.today.com/parents/there-s-whole-new-way-collect-box-tops-education-t159507


Shoparoo

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 https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education 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

Shutterfly is an online photo printing service. You can print photos, canvases, holiday cards and more! If you use the link: https://www.mpms.ShutterflyStorefront.com 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!

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!

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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