Mooresville Middle School
Community Newsletter -- September 16, 2022
A Message from Mr. Kosal:
Together we make a family!
Greetings, Red Imp families! This is Mr. Patrick Kosal, your proud interim principal. After a bumpy last week in terms of student behaviors at MMS, I want to take a brief moment to thank all the parents and students that called or emailed about school safety. Our school resource officer, administration team, district officials, and teachers have banded together to ensure that fighting and threats to others at Mooresville Middle School will receive the appropriate discipline and consequences. Quite frankly, that behavior will not ever be tolerated at our school. Red Imp students cannot learn and grow in our building when constant disruptions of threats or fighting are preoccupying their attention. In the coming weeks, our leadership team will be reviewing many school policies (such as dress code and cell phone policies) in the hopes of eliminating as many distractions as possible from the school day so students can focus on their learning. The fact that North Carolina has labeled us a 'low-performing school' means we need to make changes -- the status quo isn't working and our kids deserve better. Be ready, Red Imp families, for some changes as we approach quarter #2 of the school year.
Here's a brief overview of what's to come in today's newsletter. If you have questions, always feel free to call the MMS main office or email the administrators listed below.
In this newsletter, you'll read about:
- How to be a MMS Motivator
- School Picture make up day & ordering info
- invitation to second MGSD Picnic at the Park event on 9/22/22
- Upcoming Panorama student survey days
- PTSO Spirit Store is selling MGSD tervis mugs
- Canvas support for MMS parents
- Upcoming home Red Imp athletic events
- Book & Diaper drive, courtesy of Junior Excel club
- invitation to MGSD Hispanic Heritage Event on 10/3/22
- Progress reports coming next Friday
- Coffee with Kosal date / time for September
Thanks for reading, and I wish every Red Imp family an awesome weekend!
Mr. Kosal, interim principal (email@example.com)
Ms. Brown, 7th grade assistant principal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Richardson, 8th grade assistant principal (email@example.com)
Mr. Akelman, Assistant Principal of Instruction (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Clark, MMS Athletic Director (email@example.com)
*new* Click on Academics to learn more about MMS teachers & staff members! Also, use the "Parents & Students" tab to find information about Lunch Prepay, Canvas help, etc.
Make-Up School Picture Day + Ordering MMS School Pictures
Mark your calendars: MMS school picture make-up day is planned for Wednesday, September 28th.
The first round of picture days happened this past week at MMS. If you'd like to see / order pictures of your student, please follow these directions:
Go to terrypardew.com (our school photographer) -> Order online -> click on ‘MMS’ -> pick ‘Fall Pictures.' If your child's pictures aren't uploaded, check back in around a week -- they'll be posted soon! Parents will put in their student’s school ID number to find your child's photos available for purchase. Pictures will get shipped directly to your home.
Again, make-up picture day is scheduled for September 28th.
MMS Motivator volunteers:
Progress Reports emailed home next Friday
How to alert MMS of a student absence:
The email address for parents to alert MMS about student absences is: MMSAttendance@MGSD.k12.nc.us
Parents can upload doctor's notes as well. We hope this process will be easier on everyone instead of always sending a note with the student that gets lost so easily!
This week's message from the MMS PTSO:
PTSO is happy to announce the launch of MMS PTSO spirit gear site!!! Here you'll find customized red imp items to show off your school spirit. Please note that items are delivered to the school for
distribution to students in their IMP time class so please be sure to enter your student's name and IMP teacher for delivery. NEW to the line up is Mooresville M tervis tumblers in 16oz or 24oz and a 24oz water bottle!!! We have a limited supply so order yours today at the MMS PTSO spirit store -- click on the shop now button to see all the items we have available. To make a purchase with cash or check please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got dinner plans this coming Tuesday night?? Please come out to Barcelona Burger on September 20th from 5-8:30pm for MMS PTSO spirit night. Enjoy a great dinner while supporting our school.
Start saving your spare change for the upcoming "Change Wars". The last week of September PTSO will be collecting money to help support our students. PTSO would like to sponsor programs and provide much needed supplies in the classrooms but we can't do that without your help! The lunch time group that collects the most money will get ice cream!!! We will also have a challenge between school staff that whichever staff member's collection jar has the most money will have to perform a consequence task. Stay tuned for which staff are participating and what they will have to do when we reach our goals!
Want to rent the spirit rock? The MMS Spirit Rock is a fun and creative way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite Student of the Month, wish a student a Happy Birthday, show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member. Rent the Spirit Rock for only $12 for a week (Saturday to Friday). Click here for more information and to reserve.
A Notice About Winter Sports
All students trying out for basketball or wrestling MUST be enrolled in Final Forms and have a valid athletic physical before tryouts. Information for Final Forms is on the school website. 7th grade girls basketball tryouts will be at a later time.
BASKETBALL TRYOUTS for 8th grade boys, 7th grade boys and 8th grade girls will be as follows:
Monday, October 3rd - 8th grade girls tryouts from 2:30 - 4:30
7th grade boys from 6:00 - 8:00pm (you must go home and come back)
Tuesday, October 4th - 8th grade girls tryouts from 2:30 - 4:30
Wednesday, October 5th - 7th grade boys tryouts from 2:30 - 4:30
8th grade boys tryouts from 4:30 - 6:00
Thursday, October 6th - 8th grade boys tryouts from 2:30 - 4:00
WRESTLING TRYOUTS: Wednesday, October 5th from 2:30 - 4:30.
Thursday, October 6th from 2:30 - 4:30
Coffee with Mr. Kosal - Friday, September 30
Mr. Kosal is excited to meet you all and hear your questions and voice your concerns about #RedImpNation!
Canvas Assistance for MMS Parents
MMS is excited to host several Canvas Parent Nights to assist our families in learning more about our learning management system. Our first two nights will be Monday, October 17th, and Monday, November 14th. We will meet from 5-6pm in our media center.
MMS Spirit Photos Wanted!
Send photos to email@example.com and they may make it onto our daily newscast! We will happily give credit to our photographers. Thanks for your help & your photos!
Upcoming Red Imp Athletics:
We hope to see parents & community members coming out to support our Red Imp athletes next week! Scheduled home events (4:00pm is standard start time) at Mooresville Middle School are:
- Tennis vs. China Grove -- Thursday, September 22
- Tennis vs. West Rowan -- Monday, September 26
- Tennis vs. North Rowan -- Tuesday, September 27
- JV Football vs. West Rowan -- Wednesday, September 28
- Softball vs. West Rowan -- Thursday, September 29
Newspapers needed for Imp Time project
Ms. Hamilton's crafting students (Imp Time) have decided to do a paper mache project next month and we need newspapers! If you have access to newspapers and are willing to donate them, please bring them to the MMS main office and we'll gladly take them off of your hands. Thanks for considering!
Panorama school feedback surveys
- Monday, September 19th (in Imp Time) - Survey about the sense of belonging at MMS and the Safety and Support given at MMS [5-10 minutes]
- Monday 9/19 thru Friday 9/23 (core classes) - rigorous Expectations and Student/Teacher Relationships and Learning Environment, Strategies & Engagement [15-20 minutes each]
More details about the purpose of Panorama student surveys can be found on this information letter. Thanks for your support!
Please review the school policies & procedures of Mooresville Middle School ASAP. Thank you!
This button links you to the MGSD Student Code of Conduct, where you can reference behavior infractions and consequences outlined by our district.