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Week 2 - 9/6/2019

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Class Meetings (Check out those 6th Graders) and Lots of Great Instruction this Week!

The second week of school featured each grade meeting with administration, school wide discussions of digital citizenship, as well as planning for how to be safe in all different kinds of emergencies. Lockers were handed out on Thursday and Friday, so know that your student should be able to securely store their valuables during the school day.


Teachers jumped into instruction - reviewing content taught last year as well as introducing lots of new things. Students were measuring, trading, designing, creating, and taking ownership of their learning throughout the building. For a sampling of what was happening in class, check out the teacher tweets section!


Lastly, today was Picture Day! Every student had their photo taken for their school id, as well as for parents to purchase a professional photograph. If you did not fill out prior to today's photos, the online order form can be found at: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/

The MPMS Picture Day ID is: HJ259018Q0


Have a great weekend!

We Want to Hear from YOU!

In order to ensure that Manassas Park City Schools’ budget is designated in the way our community sees most fit, we are asking you to complete a short survey.


Your responses can directly affect the outcomes of the fiscal year 2021 budget and how we can best meet our goals!


English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPCSBudget2021

Spanish Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPCSBudget2021esp


Survey closes on Monday, 9/16 at midnight.

Survey results are confidential and anonymous.

Important Dates and Events Coming Up!

September 10: Bus Evacuation Drill during arrival @ MPMS (weather permitting)


September 16: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball Home Opener @ 5 pm!!


September 17: Girls Track Meet @ Reagan MS


September 18: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Metz MS


September 19: Family Market @ MPHS

September 19: MS Football Home Opener @ 6 pm!!


September 23: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball @ Reagan MS


September 24: Girls Track Home Meet @ 5 pm!!


September 25: Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball home game @ 5 pm


September 26: MS Football @ Parkside MS

Check out this week's Teacher Twitter Posts!

Meet a New Teacher @ MP Middle School!

Welcome Ms. Bacon!


Ms. Bacon is our new 6th Grade Special Education & English Language Arts teacher, coming to Manassas Park from her hometown in Fairfax, VA! She can be found in room 1162 or 1173 throughout the school day, or hard at work planning in the 6th grade pod. She is on twitter as @Ms_Bacon5.


Quick Facts about Ms. Bacon:

-Attended George Mason University!

-Majored in Upper Elementary Education and Special Education!

-Likes to try new things, go on adventures, the ocean, and the Caribbean!

-Enjoys snorkeling, kayaking, and bike riding!

-Loves God, her family, and traveling!


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

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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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.

Ever wonder what it takes to prepare a classroom? Check out Ms. Harris' video as she makes one poster for her room!!

Work. Work. Work.

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.

Missed Device Deployment? Here's what happens next...

1. Complete infosnap - updating your information.

2. If needed: Make sure all fines are paid or set up a payment plan for fines.

3. If both are completed, let us know through placing a work order for delivery and the laptop or Chromebook will be delivered to your student at school.


and that's it!


If you have any questions - please call the school at 703-361-1510.

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 grades): 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: 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!

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 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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