MMS Principal Newsletter

January 2, 2018 @MMSCougarPride

The 5 Keys to Middle School Child Resilience and Success

The 5 Keys to Middle School Child Resilience and Success


The MMS faculty and staff ask that you support our work with your child in the following ways:


1) Encourage a Growth Mindset-Having a growth mindset fosters resilience. Use the language of yet. I don’t understand this “yet.” Emphasize the importance of hard work as opposed to innate intelligence. “I did well because of my effort. I’ll do better next time.”


2) Encourage 1-2 Good Peer Relationships-Friends should be a source of support. Often our middle schoolers try to maintain large groups of close friends and that is challenging for anyone of any age! Encourage your child to have 1-2 solid and supportive peer friendships and keep it light and simple with the larger groups.


3) Ensure 9-11 Hours of Sleep Please! Sleep is the best way to foster resilience. Research shows that kiddos this age need 9-11 hours to be at their best. When your child is well-rested, everything is better. Technology is the #1 enemy of sleep! As a school community, we recommend that you keep technology out of your child’s bedroom at night to encourage healthy and consistent sleep.


4) Encourage Coping Strategies-Coping is personal. Everyone does it differently. Encourage your child to think about healthy ways to relax and give them permission to do it!


5) Facilitate Time/Connection with a non-familial adult-Good connections with non-familial adults are very important for your child. They hear things differently from non-familial adults. Encourage your child to participate in a club or activity. Children need our perspective. They are always changing and growing. As adults we can attach a growth mindset to their personality development and their peer interactions.


Source-Dr. Lisa Damour

Greetings and Updates from MMS Principal Dara Gronau

We hope that you and your family had a wonderful and restful break. A few updates are below!


Student Voice

The MMS leadership team is seeking ways to increase opportunities for student voice at MMS. We want to hear from students about their ideas to continually foster a joyous and kind community at our school. If you have resources, ideas or suggestions, please pass them on!


Personnel updates

-Our community outreach liaison Ms. Exil began her work with MMS right before the break. She is a wonderful presence and will assist us with community outreach and home visits to engage MMS families. This is a shared position with Seth Boyden Elementary School.

-We aim to have recommended candidate for January board approval for our 7th grade Math teacher Leave Replacement for Ms. Schwartz. This leave replacement is not slated to begin until the early Spring.


Warm Regards,


Ms. Gronau

Maplewood Middle School Remind App Code @k92d29

This year, the MMS Principal has added a school-wide "Remind App" as another way to communicate with families. Many of your child's teachers will share Remind class codes for you and your child to stay up to date about class events and assignments. As needed, the MMS Principal will periodically use the Remind App to share important info with our school community. Our Maplewood Middle School school-wide code Remind code is listed above (@k92d29). The link below explains how to begin getting notifications. It's a simple way to stay in touch. Join us!

https://help.remind.com/hc/en-us/articles/203179887-How-do-I-join-a-class-