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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 5/17/2019

Week 37 - The Final Push to SOLs!

This week featured lots of review, as our Reading and Math SOL testing is NEXT WEEK! Please help your student prepare for their test by ensuring they get the following:

1. Plenty of sleep the night before their test

2. A good breakfast on the day of their test

3. Lots of love and support!


We have been working together all year in each of our classes toward showing off everything we have learned on these SOL tests. While a single test is not the only measure of academic success, it is a very important one that we want each and every student to start with confidence in the work they have done all year under the guidance of the awesome teachers here at MPMS.


Secondly, this week featured the final choir concerts of the school year. All performers were AMAZING! We are so proud of their efforts - and the band and choir are travelling this weekend for their final performances.


Lastly, the next two weeks include the final games of our Spring sports season. If you have not yet come out for our softball, baseball, boys track, or girls soccer teams - come see them! They have all improved SO MUCH this season, and we are very proud of their efforts and hard work.

SOL Testing is Coming up! Math and Reading are NEXT WEEK!

Please put the following SOL Testing dates into your calendar:


  • Math 6 and Geometry: May 21
  • Math 7, 8, and Algebra 1: May 22
  • Reading (all grades): May 24
  • Civics/Science 8: June 4
  • Math Reading Expedited Retakes: June 5-7
  • Civics/Science 8 Expedited Retakes: June 7

Need a Sports Physical for Next year? Take care of it early this year!!

We will be offering sports physicals at the middle school for next year on Monday, May, 20, after school in the clinic. The cost is $25, checks made payable to MPMS. Athletes MUST sign up with Mrs. Webb and pay in advance.

Upcoming Big Things!

Monday May 20: Baseball/Soccer/Softball @ Parkside MS

Monday, May 20: Sports Physicals for 2019-20 School Year @ MPMS!


Wednesday, May 22: Boys Regional Track Championships!


Thursday, May 23: Baseball/Soccer/Softball vs Stonewall MS at MPMS!


Thursday, May 30: 5th Grade Parent Orientation - 7:00 pm @ MPMS Auditorium

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

Save the Date! Device Deployment next AUGUST!

Save the Date - Deployment is at MPMS


Deployment dates for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Monday, August 12 4:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 14 4:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 21 4:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, August 22 4:00-7:00 PM

For Next Year's 6th Graders!

On May 30th at 7 pm, the Middle School will be hosting an evening focused on the transition from 5th to 6th grade. Topics to be addressed will include:


-Vaccinations required before 7th Grade (This is a change!!)

-Social media

-Cell Phones - Are they needed? How to set parental controls.

-Lockers

-Middle School Sports

-And General Middle School life.


Parents - Feel free to come on your own or with your student - we are happy to show you the building!

Important Reminder as we approach the end of the school year:

Please pay and settle all outstanding fines (technology obligations, library fines, etc.) as soon as possible. Payments can be made by cash or check or online at myschoolbucks.com. If you are paying for a technology obligation by check, please make checks payable to MPCS.



We are requesting that all payments be made by June 3, 2019.


If you have any questions or need to know what your student owes, please contact Mrs. Wence, the Bookkeeper, in the front office. 703-361-1510, x17102 or via email at kim.wence@mpark.net.


For library fines, please contact Mrs. O’Connell via email at beth.oconnell@mpark.net.


Thank you for your assistance.

Elective Schedule Realignment for 2019-20 School Year

In our ongoing efforts to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities at MPMS, we are excited to share a realignment in our elective schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Now, all elective classes will be 90 minutes on A and B days.


Students will only be taking 5 classes per quarter (instead of the current maximum of 7) and students will change their elective classes each quarter or semester. In addition, this allows our electives teachers more teaching time (as it removes a transition each school day) without compromising the plethora of elective offerings currently available to our students at MPMS.


In order to keep the same number of instructional minutes, different classes will be offered for different lengths of time:

Full Year Electives: Band, Choir, ESOL, Spanish I

Semester (1/2) Year Electives: PE

Quarterly Electives: All Art, Business, STEM, Family & Consumer Science, Guitar, Journalism, and Spanish 6 & 7 classes


See the two example schedules below for a possible 7th grade elective student schedule to gain an idea of how the year would work.


Students who have met with their school counselor have a worksheet that breaks down electives, and if you or your child have any questions please reach out to their school counselor or elective teachers (specifically band and choir.)

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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!

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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