MPS Newsletter

Vol. 2 Newsletter 5- November 6, 2020

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End of term 1

Dear MPS families-

We had so much fun seeing our students during the "Drive by in Disguise" event hosted by the PTA. Our staff was just as excited as the kids! We continue to look for ways to stay connected with families and this was a great example of how this can be done even during a pandemic! Thank you for bringing your students and allowing us to connect with them in a really fun way!

Today marks the end of the first marking period. Teachers have worked to communicate with families regarding student progress and any missing work or assignments they were still hoping to have turned in. Thank you for taking the time to check your child's Schoology account for any missing assignments. Throughout each marking period we work to evaluate how students are progressing towards understanding and/or mastery of grade level standards, per FCPS regulation 500-06. Some standards come to mastery in a single marking period and other standards span the length of several.

This is the first year that we have used an electronic grade book that provides parent facing information regarding student grades. Please know that teachers are keeping information on student progress in addition to the numeric scores you may see in Schoology. Our pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st grade students will receive report card grades to describe how they are performing in reference to grade level standard expectations. When students are doing well on standards, this would indicate they are meeting the grade level standards and expectations for the marking period, which will result in an ME on the report card. Our 2nd grade students receive traditional grades (A, B, C, etc.); however, we are always monitoring how students are progressing towards their understanding of grade level standards and content. Teachers keep track of scores on assignments, anecdotal notes on progress, as well as use observational information from their live sessions with students, similarly to how they evaluate students when instruction occurs in person. Report Card grades will reflect this combination of evaluative measures. Your continued partnership is instrumental in making virtual learning successful. We look forward to continuing to see our students grow and learn in the 2nd marking period.

We love to see your pictures of our students learning. You can share them on Twitter and tag @PrincipalMPS and include the hashtag #knightpride.


Sandy Fox


Welcome back Mr. Hench!

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Ryan Hench back to MPS as our 2nd art teacher. Mr. Hench was working temporarily in the Pyramid program at Spring Ridge Elementary for the past 7 months. We are glad to have him rejoin us as a Middletown Knight.

Welcome back Mr. Hench!

Important Dates

November 9th- Schools are closed for students- NO virtual instruction will occur. This is a teacher work day.

November 25th, 26th, and 27th - Schools and offices closed- Thanksgiving Break

2019-2020 Yearbook

We continue to work closely with the PTA and Lifetouch and are nearing completion of the yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year. We hope to have the finished product out for publishing within the next week. We will communicate the delivery date as soon as we are able to do so.

We appreciate your continued patience.

Holiday Assistance Available

Middletown Valley People Helping People (MVPHP) is offering assistance to local families this 2020 holiday season.

If you would like to sign up for holiday assistance this year or would like to donate gifts for families this holiday season please contact MVPHP at 301-371-3119.

Pre-Registration is necessary. Deadline for registration is by Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Weekend Backpack Food Program

We will be continuing our Weekend Food Program for any families who are in need. The food may be picked up between 1-3:30pm on Fridays starting September 25th at MPS. If you are interested in this program, please contact Mrs. Police our School Counselor at 240-566-0229 or e-mail for more information.

Meal Benefits Application

Click here to access the online Meals Benefit Application.

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Book Fair Invitation and Details

Click here to view book fair dates and watch a video about the book fair!

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Virtual book fair shopping link

Click here to explore and/or purchase from our virtual book fair!

PTA Member Hub

Click here to access Member Hub

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