MIDDLE MATTERS

Everything in the Middle School that matters

Volume 7

March 2, 2020

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Can you believe it's March already?

We just passed the midpoint of third-quarter and spring break is just around the corner. At our M&M grade level meetings last week I reminded students of the challenges we have to prepare them for next fall. Our eighth graders have registered for high school already. I'm very proud of the progress students have made so far. I shared if they are not satisfied with their progress they can still access help this quarter to improve their standing. They just have to ask.

PARENT INFORMATION

We “CAN” make a difference together!!!

Each year the 8th grade class participates in a service project. Participating in a service project helps people to see beyond yourself, help others in need, and give your time and energy to help others in your community. Community service can have a lot of positive effects, such as developing skills, making contacts, and allowing yourself to improve the quality of life of others. Numerous studies over the past several years have shown that volunteering isn’t just good for your mind and conscience; it’s also good for your body. By focusing on others’ problems instead of their own, people have reported reduced stress and an overall improvement in mood and health.


This year we will be participating in a food collection for our local Monticello Food Shelf and collecting toys and clothing for St. Mary’s Homeless Shelter from March 9-13. Why are we choosing this as our service project? The statistics show the real need….1 in 11 people struggle with hunger and 1 in 8 children struggle with hunger. That means we have people in our grade, our building, our community who need our help. As of January 2019, Minnesota had an estimated 7,977 experiencing homelessness on any given day. Let’s look beyond ourselves and make a difference together.


Each teacher will have a box in their classroom to collect items. We will keep track of the items donated each day. The MM with the most donated items will win donuts and juice one morning.

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MCA TESTING DATES

Reading MCA - Grades 6-8:

April 20-21, make-up date on April 22


Math MCA - Grades 6-8:

April 27 & 28, make-up date on April 29

STUDENT FOCUS

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

7th GRADE CHOIR

The MMS 7th grade choir will be singing on Wednesday, March 4th at the Timberwolves game.


Tickets are of course still available:


timberwolves.com/groupoffers

Promo Code: MonticelloMiddle

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Monica Schwickerath, RN, LSN

STUDENT CENTER SPOTLIGHT

7th Grade Wellness Day

On Friday, Feb. 21st, the 7th grade students took a break from their educational routine to explore issues surrounding adolescents at our annual Wellness Day. This year we are celebrating our 15th year of providing this powerful opportunity!

The day consisted of ten speakers from Monticello and the surrounding communities who presented on various topics such as cyber safety, healthy choices, using mindfulness to control anxiety, leadership & goal setting, legal consequences, alcohol and drug prevention, digital citizenship, suicide prevention, and healthy relationships. One session, Courage, and Resiliency, built off of the Courage Retreat students participated in earlier this fall. High school students led this session focused on using courage to be resilient as they work through conflict. Students rotated in groups to all sessions throughout the day.

Please take this opportunity to talk with your 7th grader about the impact of Wellness Day.

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

2020 Middle School Spring Sports Information

Believe it or not, spring is coming and that means spring sports will be starting at Monticello Middle School. This is a great opportunity for any student who is curious about being a first-time athlete and participating on a team, as well as for those students that have been involved in athletics for a number of years and want to continue to develop their skills.


MS Spring Sports Offered:

  • 7 & 8 Boys Baseball

  • 7 & 8 Girls Softball

  • 7/8 Boys & Girls Golf

  • 7/8 Boys Tennis

  • 7/8 Boys & Girls Track


Middle School practices Monday through Thursday from 2:40 to 4:30 pm.

  • Grades 7 & 8 Boys Baseball - Practice will begin Monday, April 6th at MHS Fields

  • Grades 7 & 8 Girls Softball - Practice will begin Monday, April 6th at MHS Fields

  • Grades 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Golf - Practice will begin Monday, April 6th at Vintage Golf Course

  • Grades 7 & 8 Boys Tennis - Practice will begin Monday, April 6th at MMS Courts

  • Grades 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Track - Practice will begin Monday, April 6th at MMS Track

Registration can be done at the MS office or online at www.monticello.feepay.com

  • Current sports-qualifying physical (physicals are good for 3 years)

  • Emergency Card and MSHSL Eligibility Form

  • $120.00 fee




Spring weather can be unpredictable in MN. This may result in postponed or canceled events for MS spring sports. Did you know Mississippi 8 website has a feature that will NOTIFY REGISTERED MEMBERS of schedule changes to events immediately?


Information on game times and locations can be accessed on the Mississippi 8 website at www.mississippi8.org


Follow these simple steps to receive notifications from Mississippi 8:

  1. Go to www.mississippi8.org

  2. Select Monticello High School

  3. Click on Notify Me from the menu on the right side of the home page (under the calendar)

  4. Complete Step 1 - enter Mississippi 8 login or create a log in

  5. Complete Step 2: Choose Activities - select school and events you wish to be notified of schedule changes and Continue to Next Step

  6. Complete Step 3: Set Up Notifications Preferences - select Reminders and or Schedule Change Notifications and Save My Settings


You will now receive notifications as they are updated on Mississippi 8!



As always, if you have questions, stop in the Middle School office or call 763.272.2111 to speak with Lori Hanson, Activities Director, or Lori Pippert, Activities Secretary.



PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent Involvement Meeting

Monday, March 9th, 6pm

800 Broadway Street East

Monticello, MN

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