Manitou Springs Middle School

February 5th, 2021

Dear Manitou Springs Middle School Community,

We had another great week of teaching and learning at the Middle School. We look forward to all students returning to full in-person learning with us soon. Sixth grade returns to full in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16th. Seventh and eighth grade will return to full in-person learning on Monday, February 22nd. Please reach out to our front office if you have any questions: 719-685-2127

Upcoming Schedule

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Hybrid Attendance

Your student is expected to come to campus on their assigned cohort days. It will be counted as an unexcused absence if a student does not attend school in person on those days. Please contact Jenny Guynn (719-685-2127) if you have questions about attendance.

COVID Intake Form

If your student has been exposed to a close contact with COVID 19, diagnosed with COVID 19, or are in the process of being tested for COVID 19 and/or having symptoms, or someone in your household is being tested or suspected of having COVID 19, please fill out the attached COVID intake form and keep them home until you hear further direction from a member of the district’s COVID Response Team. The form is also available on the main page of the district website by clicking on the green box titled ‘MSSD COVID Intake Form’.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 18th (1:30 - 7:00 PM) and Friday, February 19th (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM). We will use the same format as our fall conferences (group conferences with all teachers from a grade level team and individual conferences with exploratory teachers). Conferences will be virtual. Parents and guardians can start signing up using the links below or through the school website.

Grade Level Conference Links (team conference with core teachers):

6th grade team -

7th grade team -

8th grade team -

Exploratory Teacher Conference Links (individual conference with exploratory teacher)

Mountaineering & GT (Mrs. Gordon)

Computer Science (Mrs. Mattison):

Reading Intervention (Mrs. Knapp)

Math Intervention (Ms. Cowart)

World Language (Mrs. Huntington)

Spanish (Ms. Stuart)

P.E. (Mr. Lutz)

P.E. (Mrs. Allen)

Choir (Ms. Steen)

Art (Ms. Fodrie)

Careers in Construction (Mr. Johnson)

Band & Orchestra (Mr. Weimer)

Band and Orchestra Update

In Mr. Weimer’s band and orchestra class, the students are all studying pieces rich in musical concepts and history. They have selected one piece to learn as a solo. Once the students have learned the piece, they will record it with our new Smart Music online tool, and write a well-researched paper on the history of their piece. Then, Mr. Weimer will connect the recording and paper to a QR code which is then going to be hung in the middle school hallways along with original album artwork by each student. These student performances will be updated throughout this semester.

Lasagna Love

Has your life been flipped upside down? Has the stress and challenges of the last 10 months handed you a job loss, or loss of income? Are you educating kids at home? Are you constantly dealing with changing schedules? If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, we've got a great opportunity for you.

Check out this link at Lasagna Love... individuals will be matched with a local lasagna maker (including honoring dietary restrictions) for a lasagna meal. There is also an opportunity to become a "chef" for those of you that would like to give if you don't have the need to receive.