Mustang Memo

Maple Grove Middle School: Week of January 18-22

In This Issue....

  • Calendar of Weekly Events & Upcoming Dates
  • Trimester 2 Conferences
  • 2016-17 - 6th Grade Parent Orientation
  • Our Students' Reality: We Can't Ignore It
  • MN Student Survey
  • Movie Trivia


  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School
  • January 21 - Parent Conferences Arena Style for families with the student's last name of L-Z - 3:15-7:45 PM
  • January 26 - 7th Grade Boys Choir Concert - 7 PM
  • February 1 - Licensed Staff Workshop
  • February 2 - Parent Orientation Meeting for Incoming 6th Graders. Students with the Last Name A-K Attend 6-7 PM, Students with the Last Name L-Z Attend 7:15-8:15 PM
  • February 3 - 8th Grade Band Field Trip 8:30-3:00
  • February 3 - Non Licensed Staff Meeting 9:30 & 1:30 in the Main Office Conference Room.
  • February 3 - Licensed Staff Building Professional Development 2:50-4:00 in the Media Center.
  • February 4 - 7th Grade Girls Choir Concert 7 PM
  • February 11 - 8th Grade takes the MN Student Survey
  • February 11 - District Middle School Honor Choir 3-5 PM

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Trimester 2 conferences are again on Thursday, January 21 from 3:15-7:45 for families that have student's with the last name L-Z or those that were unable to attend on January 14. There will be a light meal served in the main office conference room at 2:50.

2016-2017 6th Grade Parent Orientation Meeting

There is going to be a "Parent Orientation Night" for the 2016-17 6th grade students. Information will be going home in the Wednesday envelopes along with an email and phone message to families. The meeting is going to be on Tuesday, February 2 and families of student's with the last name A-K are asked to attend the 6:00-7:00 PM session and families with student's with the last name L-K are asked to attend the 7:15-8:15 PM session. The presentation will be an overview of the middle school structure, a review of the registration process and a question and answer time.

Our Students' Reality: We Can't Ignore It

With one of our priority results around educational equity, I found this article to be incredibly relevant. This article will have you thinking,"Do your students regard your classroom as a safe space? How do you acknowledge their realities and experiences as a part of your teaching practice?" It will then offer some meaningful self-reflection questions and ways to act to bring our students' realities into our teaching and our classrooms in meaningful ways.

8th Grade Band Field Trip

On Wednesday, February 3rd, most of the 8th grade band members will be heading to the U of MN to rehearse with Professors Tim Diem and Jerry Luckhardt, in addition to touring the TCF Bank Stadium music facilities and observing a dress rehearsal at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The field trip will be most of the school day leaving at 8:30 AM and returning approximately 3:00 PM.

MN State Survey

This year, our 8th grade students will be participating in the Minnesota Student Survey. Maple Grove Middle School will be administering the survey to our 8th grade students during advisory on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Following is a brief excerpt from the survey website:

The MINNESOTA STUDENT SURVEY (MSS) provides youth, parents and their communities a dynamic vehicle for on-going communication about issues vital to the health, safety and academic success of youth. Since the survey was first offered in 1989, it has gained a solid reputation as a reflection of the needs and strengths of adolescents. It is a valuable tool for school districts, county agencies and state agencies in planning meaningful and effective ways of supporting students and families.

The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous on the part of students. It is designed to be given to 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th graders and asks students questions about their activities, opinions and behaviors. The broad array of issues addressed include substance abuse (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), school climate and safety, nutrition, academics, connections with school, family and community and many other topics”.

The students will be using their school-issued iPad. The survey should take between 35-50 minutes to complete. Notification will be sent to parents prior to the survey date.

Movie Trivia

In the movie, Finding Nemo, what was the name of Nemo's teacher?

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Last week's answer: In the movie, Dumb and Dumber, what is the name of the parakeet that Harry and Lloyd own? Petey

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