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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 2/22/2019

Week 25 - Short Yet Sweet!

While this week seemed to go by quickly, we still had many exciting things happening at the middle school! Mr. and Mrs. Sieloff welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Evan Matthew Sieloff, to their family on Tuesday! Everyone is doing fantastic and big brother, Dylan, is excited to have a sibling. Congrats to the Sieloff Family of 4!

Next week, we have four finalists competing for our MPMS top spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! Congrats go out to Alia Marzyie, Ashley Gyawali, Leah Hill and Leila Kalinichenko. We wish them all luck!

Lastly, the 8th grade writing SOL is right around the corner! The test(s) will take place on March 7th and March 12th. If your child is taking the test(s), please help ensure they are well rested and on time to school.

A reminder about the importance of school attendance: As I have written in the newsletter once per month, school attendance is not only critical to success in school, but is also now part of the accreditation evaluation for all public schools in Virginia. Students should minimize their absences, or if they need to miss school for a doctor/dentist appointment, should be in school for as much of the school day as possible.

A good rule of thumb is to miss no more than 2 days in a month. Truancy begins when a child misses 10 days of school, and the label of "chronically absent student" is added when a student has missed more than 10% of the school year. This week we passed the 100 day mark, so if you child has more than 8 absences, please push to ensure you child is in school the remainder of the school year.

If you have any attendance questions, please call the school and ask! We will be happy to help!

Upcoming Big Things!

Monday, February 25th: Boys Basketball versus Parkside 5p (Rescheduled from 2/20)

Monday, February 25th: School Board Meeting 6:59pm at School Board Office

Tuesday, February 26th: Boys Basketball versus Stonewall 5p

Tuesday, February 26th: Wrestling Match AT Stonewall 5p

Thursday, February 28th: Boys Basketball versus Gainesville 5p

Thursday, February 28th: Wrestling Match AT Gainesville 5p

Thursday, March 7th: 8th Grade Writing SOL Multiple Choice

Tuesday, March 12th: 8th Grade Writing SOL Short Paper

Meet a new face @ MPMS! Ms. Sarich!

Introducing Ms. Sarich!

Ms. Sarich is our District Math Specialist and will be assisting Mrs. Tickle, a couple of days a week, while Mr. Sieloff is enjoying his family time. Prior to becoming the math specialist, Ms. Sarich was a math teacher at MPMS, Athletic Director for the middle school and a coach.

Quick Facts about Ms. Sarich:

-Went to SUNY New Paltz and George Mason University!

-Majored in Elementary Education in undergrad!

-Received a Master's in Educational Leadership!

-LOVES the NY Yankees!

When you see her in the school or at a school sporting event, please say hello and introduce yourself to Ms. Sarichl!

What Happened in School this Week? Check out these Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)

Check out our MPMS School Counselor's Newsletter!

Check out our school counselors’ newsletter for more information about rising 9th grade course selection!

Need Winter Clothing? Jackets? See Ms. Salas in the counseling office!

If you are in need of winter clothing, Ms. Salas also has a supply of donated items for students as well. Get in touch if you have any questions!

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!

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If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade

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