Everything in the Middle School that matters

Volume 3

November 4, 2019


November Happenings!

We are one quarter into the school year already. Wow! How time flies. We continue to have a great start and are excited about what is coming up in November.

In this issue...

  • Veterans Day Program
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • MMS Parent/Caregiver Survey
  • Students of the Month
  • Community Book Read
  • Chemical Health Awareness Month
  • Parent Involvement Meeting
  • And much more...

Veterans Day - November 11th

On Monday, November 11th, we will be honoring our veterans and those currently serving in our military in a school-wide program. We will have both the VFW and American Legion Post be part of our program. Students were asked to bring in a photo of family members who have or are currently serving our country. Their pictures will be shown on the screen as part of the program.


Social/Emotional Learning at the Middle School:

As noted in October's newsletter, our district adopted a curriculum to help students learn about how to handle emotions and conflicts, while maintaining a positive, resilient attitude. Sixth grade is using The Second Step and 7th/8th grades are using The 7 Mindsets curriculums. These lessons are delivered during their M&M (advisory time).

Look for the monthly theme in this corner.


6th Grade = Mindsets

7th and 8th grade = Everything is possible


6th Grade = Setting Goals

7th and 8th grade =Passion First



The Zone - After School Program

The Zone meets in the Media Center immediately after school and will meet throughout the school year through May.

Students will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of each week from 2:40-4:10 pm.

Students will be supported by qualified staff to meet goals as specified by their individual Continual Learning Plan through academic, social, and recreational activities. Students attending "The Zone" are expected to vacate the school premises by 4:30 pm.

Those interested in The Zone should see Mr. Bautch for further information or any questions.

Book Fair

Come visit the Media Center for our annual Scholastic book fair during conferences. Due to your support, the media center is able to add more than 200 new, popular, and free (Yipee!) books to our collection every year.

Thank you, Walmart!

The MMS Media Center was the grateful recipient of a $1,000 grant from our local Walmart to bolster the non-fiction section with high-interest choices for our diverse readers. Students were very excited to check out these new books; they didn’t last long on the shelf!

Thank you, Walmart, for supporting our middle school readers!


MMS Parent-Caregiver Survey

Monticello Middle School is conducting a needs assessment survey to collect data on equity practices. Survey results will remain anonymous and will be combined with other data to inform programming and opportunities for all families. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked below. We appreciate your time and feedback.

Parent Caregiver Survey

Fall Conferences Nov. 21 and 25

Fall Student-led conferences, are November 21st and 25th. At the August “Back to School Day” we asked parents to sign up for a fall conference time using the MyConferenceTime website.

If we don’t have a time set up for you, we will be calling you asking you to pick a conference time.

When school started in September, we challenged each student to prepare themselves for the upcoming school year. We asked them to envision a very successful school year and to identify specific progress that they would be proud of come the end of the year. At conferences, your child should be able to share the progress they've made so far this school year. They should be able to identify goals they would like to accomplish by spring.

Report Cards available November 7th

On Thursday, November 7th you will be able to access your child's first-quarter report card online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. You will need to access from a computer and select "Reports" under your student's name.

Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day is on Thursday, November 14, this year. Parents and community members who care to contribute to Monticello Middle School's partnership with PeaceMaker MN, please click on the link to support our Stand Up Program, Wellness Day, and other positive activities for students. These donations will be matched as part of Give to the Max Day, so thank you for supporting our students and programs!


Students who want/wish to ride home on a friend's bus.

Hoglund Transportation has an electronic submittable form on the District Website under Services/Transportation. A parent must complete the Temporary Change form and Submit this electronically. If after 1:00 p.m., Hoglund prefers the parent can call Hoglund Transportation to make sure the temporary request is not missed. Hoglund's would prefer a 24-hour notice, but understand that always does not work out. Admin does not need to sign off or authorize this temporary change.

Photo Use Authorization

If you DO NOT WANT your child's photo/video/podcast used, please contact Chris at chris.schyma@monticello.k12.mn.us

November Calendar

Monday, 4

No Students - E-Learning Day

Tuesday, 5

1st Day of 2nd Quarter

Election Day

Thursday, 7

Grades Posted

Monday, 11

Veterans Day

Parent Involvement Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Mon. - Fri., 11-15

Kindness Appreciation Week

Monday, 18

6th Grade Choir 6:30 p.m. @ MHS

8th Grade Band 7:30 p.m. @ MMS

Tuesday, 19

7th Grade Choir 6:30 p.m. @ MMS

Thursday, 21

Fall Conferences

Monday, 25

Fall Conferences

Wed. 27 - Fri. 29

No School, Thanksgiving Break

MMS District Calendar

Community Book Read - Fire in the Village by Anne M. Dunn (Author will be present). All are welcome to attend!

WHEN: Monday, November 4th, 6:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Monticello High School Media Center

Ann Dunn is a native American Minnesota Author

*This is a FREE event sponsored by the Monticello Diversity Committee.

Books will be available for purchase.

Ann Dunn is an Anishinabeg-Ojibwe grandmother story-teller and elder on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, and the 75 stories in this collection include creation myths, fables, and legends of survival that represent a lifetime of master story-telling and offer keen, loving insights into the mythic origins of the natural and supernatural worlds around and within the reader.

The Minneapolis Tribune, The 50 best books for holiday giving"--November 27th, 2016

Her other books include: "When Beaver Was Very Great," "Grandmother's Gift" and Winter Thunder".


Monica Schwickerath, RN, LSN

Dear Parents/Guardians of Sixth Grade Students

Upon entry into the 7th grade, the following immunizations are required by law:

An adult dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) after age 11, The second dose of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Three doses of Hepatitis B (HBV), Two doses of Varicella, one dose of Menactra (meningococcal).

If your child has already had these immunizations, they do not need to repeat them. If you wish to declare a conscientious objection or a medical exemption, the necessary form is available at the health office or can be found on the MMS website under the student center tab and then form.

Clinics do not automatically fax over your child's immunization record. Please, either have an updated immunization record faxed over to the Middle School Health Office or have your child drop off a copy of their record as they get their required 7th-grade immunizations. Please call the health office with any questions or concerns.

Middle School Health Office Phone: (763) 272-2120 or Fax (763)272-2109


November is Chemical Health Awareness Month

T.A.C. (Teens Against Chemicals) is a club students can join here at the middle school. The only criteria they have to meet is to sign a pledge stating they will not cave in to the pressures of using or abusing chemical substances such as alcohol, tobacco or any other drugs.

The purpose of the club is to help educate their classmates regarding the dangers related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. October 23-31 was Red Ribbon Week. The theme this year was about showing yourself and others, by staying drug-free, how much value you put in yourself, including your physical and mental health.

Students can still join this club by signing the pledge, which they can pick up and return to the student center.

As parents, it’s always important to have a conversation with your child about the dangers of chemical use. Here are a couple of websites to access talking points on how to start a conversation with your child about chemical use.



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  • Girls Dance is a 7-12 program, contact Tija Balsiimo for program details @ 763.272.2972 or tija.balsimo@monticello.k12.mn.us

  • Boy Swim/Dive & Girls Gymnastics registration & information meeting is Monday, Nov. 4th at 6:00 @ Monticello High School

    • These are 7-12 programs run through the high school

    • Practice for both programs will start on Nov. 11.

  • Boys 7/8 Wrestling practice starts Monday, Nov. 18th from 2:45 - 4:30

Middle School wrestling meet schedule can be found online at www.mississippi8.org


  • MMS offers many extracurricular opportunities for 6th-7th-8th grade students beyond sports like: Speech, Knowledge Bowl, music groups, reading & math clubs.

  • Details on Middle School Website ~ https://www.monticello.k12.mn.us/domain/171

Weight Lifting Program for 6-8th grade:

  • Starts Monday, Nov. 11 and runs Monday - Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30

  • Complete an emergency form for registration

    • Pick up a form in the Student Center

  • No fee to participate in this program


You're Invited!

The Parent involvement group would like to invite you to the next monthly meeting which will be happening on November 11th at 6:00 pm in the conference room of the middle school main office. At this meeting, we will discuss upcoming events as well as receive a " what's happening" at the middle school from our principal! It's a great time to get all the school news that you might not hear about from your middle school student! We also have some amazing volunteer opportunities!

The parent involvement group will be in need to fill two positions next year. They are, the chair position as well as the treasurer position if you are interested please come to a meeting or contact: Jessica Bechtold at 612-490-4069

We look forward to seeing you!