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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 5/10/2019
Week 36 - Course Selection and Teacher Appreciation Week!
This week was Teacher Appreciation week... and our teachers feel Super Appreciated! Each day this week was a different surprise for our teachers, including an amazing dessert spread on Friday from our families. Thank you all so much for your support of MPMS - it was very appreciated!
This week counselors met with most students to discuss course selection for next school year (2019-20.) This included a discussion of core classes as well as explaining a change in our elective schedule that will start next year.
Elective Schedule Change
In our ongoing efforts to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities at MPMS, we are excited to share a realignment in our elective schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Now, all elective classes will be 90 minutes on A and B days.
Students will only be taking 5 classes per quarter (instead of the current maximum of 7) and students will change their elective classes each quarter or semester. In addition, this allows our electives teachers more teaching time (as it removes a transition each school day) without compromising the plethora of elective offerings currently available to our students at MPMS.
In order to keep the same number of instructional minutes, different classes will be offered for different lengths of time:
Full Year Electives: Band, Choir, ESOL, Spanish I
Semester (1/2) Year Electives: PE
Quarterly Electives: All Art, Business, STEM, Family & Consumer Science, Guitar, Journalism, and Spanish 6 & 7 classes
See the two example schedules below for a possible 7th grade elective student schedule to gain an idea of how the year would work.
Students who have met with their school counselor have a worksheet that breaks down electives, and if you or your child have any questions please reach out to their school counselor or elective teachers (specifically band and choir.)
Thank you to our families and Brown's Subaru for supporting our Teacher Appreciation!
Upcoming Big Things!
Monday, May 13: Baseball/Soccer/Softball away @ Gainesville MS
Monday, May 13: Parent Presentation regarding Substance Use Prevention (see flyer below)
Tuesday, May 14: Boys Track @ Stonewall MS
Wednesday, May 15: Baseball/Soccer/Softball vs Parkside MS at MPMS!
Thursday, May 16: No games
Friday, May 17: Baseball/Soccer/Softball vs Metz MS at MPMS!
Monday May 20: Baseball/Soccer/Softball @ Parkside MS
Monday, May 20: Sports Physicals for 2019-20 School Year @ MPMS!
Wednesday, May 22: Boys Regional Track Championships!
Thursday, May 23: Baseball/Soccer/Softball vs Stonewall MS at MPMS!
Thursday, May 30: 5th Grade Parent Orientation - 7:00 pm @ MPMS Auditorium
May 13 - A Presentation for Parents
Parents, if you are not familiar with the term juuling, I highly recommend attending the substance use prevention night on May 13th. (See flyer below) MPCS and MPPD will be discussing the most common substances students experiment in middle and high school. Recently there has been a major increase in the number of students who are experimenting with vaping and juuling, thinking it is a harmless way to have fun, when in fact they are taking in nicotine in similiar/greater quantities to smoking cigarettes. Come and learn the facts from the experts, then use that information to have important conversations about health and addiction with your children.
Need a Sports Physical for Next year? Take care of it early this year!!
We will be offering sports physicals at the middle school for next year on Monday, May, 20, after school in the clinic. The cost is $25, checks made payable to MPMS. Athletes MUST sign up with Mrs. Webb and pay in advance.
What Happened in School this Week? Check out these Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)
Important Reminder as we approach the end of the school year:
Please pay and settle all outstanding fines (technology obligations, library fines, etc.) as soon as possible. Payments can be made by cash or check or online at myschoolbucks.com. If you are paying for a technology obligation by check, please make checks payable to MPCS.
We are requesting that all payments be made by June 3, 2019.
If you have any questions or need to know what your student owes, please contact Mrs. Wence, the Bookkeeper, in the front office. 703-361-1510, x17102 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For library fines, please contact Mrs. O’Connell via email at email@example.com.
Thank you for your assistance.
SOL Testing is Coming up!
Please put the following SOL Testing dates into your calendar:
- Math 6 and Geometry: May 21
- Math 7, 8, and Algebra 1: May 22
- Reading (all grades): May 24
- Civics/Science 8: June 4
- Math Reading Expedited Retakes: June 5-7
- Civics/Science 8 Expedited Retakes: June 7
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