Mendenhall Principal's Newsletter
Another Year has almost concluded!
8th grade Reminders
2. Plans are in place to acknowledge our eighth graders' transition to high school, with the promotion dance on June 1st, the trip to Discovery Kingdom on June 4th and promotion on June 7th. A special 8th grade awards evening was held on May 21st. Awards were given to students who met the national criteria for the Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence, which were a 3.5 or higher grade point average for all three years, minus the last trimester, and a score of "Exceeds Standard" on the 7th grade CAASPP in at least one of the two assessments; to those who had maintained a 4.0 grade point average for all 8 trimesters of middle school; to those recognized by specific departments; to those who demonstrated Mustang life skills; to those who achieved perfect attendance; and to students receiving special awards, such as National History Day participation at the County level. Please note that all awards were given out at this event and will be acknowledged at promotion.
3. I hope all eighth graders take care of business so that each can participate in the activities. Field Day is Wednesday, June 7th, and will include a rally, talent show, and the Softball Championships.
4. Students who were eligible for Discovery Kingdom and the dance are expected to remain eligible through May 25th, in order to participate. So please help your child to stay focused.
National History Day Winners
Congratulations to all the students who represented Mendenhall at the state History Day competition in May! More students than ever advanced into Final Rounds. These winners were Cara Razma, Katie Fogerson, Brianna Yen, Julia Leigh, Katherine Meezan, Allison Gould, Christianna Yano, and Zainab Abbas. Special congratulations to Brianna Yen and Julia Leigh, who each won awards from the National Maritime Historical Society.
Open House May 30th
Open House is Wednesday, May 30th. There will be an opportunity to purchase dinner for your family from 5:15 to 7:30 (check the website) and enjoy it on the patio. The Mendenhall Advanced Band will perform in the quad at 5:30 and the Jazz Band outside the band room from 6:00 to 6:20. The Petting Zoo for brass and woodwind instruments will take place in room 41 from 6:20 to 7:05, followed by Karaoke from 7:10 to 7:30. Classrooms will be open from 6:00 to 7:15. There will be a silent auction in the Woodshop, with some beautiful handmade items for sale, so bring your checkbook! The roller coaster projects will be on display in 8th grade science classrooms – always entertaining. Teachers have been planning their displays of student work and are anxious for you to see them all. I hope you spend some time visiting classrooms and soaking up the energy of middle school life.
Thank you to parents/guardians
Thank you to our wonderful PTSA 2017-2018 Officers
A final thank you to our amazing PTSA Board who anticipates our school’s needs and wishes with thoughtful ideas and continuous support:
Lorria Mascari, vice president
Jennifer Sisto, auditor
Dana Cooper, secretary
Maggie Tufts, financial secretary
Stacey Xenakis, historian
Victoria Short, treasurer
Paula Campbell, parliamentarian
Jennifer, Maggie, Victoria and Paula will be moving on as their children promote to high school, and we are very grateful for their service. Kim will take on the treasurer role next year. She just can't get away from the PTSA!
We couldn't do it without our amazing Math Counts Volunteers!
And speaking of volunteers . . .
And finally . . .
It is always difficult to bid goodbye to retiring staff members, and this year is no exception as we say "adieu" to our long-time staffers and Mendenhall family members: Ann Franklin, Dennis Rashé, Linda Smith and Zulema Sison. They are leaving behind very big shoes to fill, and we wish them well on their next adventure.
I wish you and your family a happy, restful, “unplugged” vacation, and I thank you for your ongoing support of our staff. We appreciate the trust and faith you place in us. I hope we have lived up to your expectations.