Montevideo Middle School
Home of the Maroons
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
School Pictures February 25 and 26
February 26- B Day students
February 26- 2:30-5:30 HLA students
Yearbooks are for sale online at the MMS website and in person every morning in Mrs. Carlson’s room (314) for $25. Pre-order your yearbook before the price goes up in March! Starting in March yearbooks will be $30.
7th Grade basketball starts March 16. Please make sure you have a current VHSL Physical in the office.
Attention 6th graders who have exploratory this semester: Rotation 5 ends Monday, March 1, and Rotation 6 begins Tuesday, March 2. Please log in to PowerSchool and check your grades/attendance screen to see your Rotation 6 class. If you have any questions, please stop by the counseling office. Students in challenge and band will remain in challenge and band.
An educator, civil rights leader and adviser to five U.S. presidents, Mary McLeod Bethune, the “First Lady of the Struggle” has been synonymous with black uplift since the early 20th century. Bethune, the 15th of 17 children, grew up in rural South Carolina and started working in the fields as a young girl. She hoped to become a missionary in Africa after attending Scotia Seminary in North Carolina and Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute, but was told black missionaries were unwelcome. So, she turned to educating her people at home, founding the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904 with $1.50 and six students, including her young son. Twenty years later, her school merged with Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, Florida. In 1924, Bethune became president of the National Association of Colored Women. A decade later she founded the influential National Council of Negro Women. Bethune helped organize black advisers to serve on the Federal Council of Negro Affairs, the storied “Black Cabinet,” under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt considered Bethune one of her closest friends. Photos featuring her with the president or first lady ran prominently in black publications, helping to normalize the notion of black faces in high places. Bethune worked to end poll taxes and lynching. She organized protests against businesses that refused to hire African-Americans and demonstrated in support of the Scottsboro Boys. She lobbied for women to join the military. She organized, she wrote, she lectured, and she inspired. Perhaps her most enduring written work was her last will and testament: I LEAVE YOU LOVE … I LEAVE YOU HOPE … I LEAVE YOU THE CHALLENGE OF DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE IN ONE ANOTHER … I LEAVE YOU A THIRST FOR EDUCATION … I LEAVE YOU RESPECT FOR THE USES OF POWER … I LEAVE YOU FAITH … I LEAVE YOU RACIAL DIGNITY … I LEAVE YOU A DESIRE TO LIVE HARMONIOUSLY WITH YOUR FELLOW MEN … I LEAVE YOU FINALLY A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.