Mayfield Messenger

2/15/2019: Your Weekly Update for Mayfield Intermediate

Connecting with the Community

Last week I tried a new approach to delivering the Mayfield Messenger to our community. Along with the email feature, I used the text message feature that is available through our school division's Blackboard Connect account. The results were incredible. We have had over 850 people view our newsletter from last week. We have been averaging about 250 people viewing the newsletter per week. That is over a 200% increase in viewers! At one point, it was a top trending newsletter for the entire Smore website!

I always believe that you can learn something new each day. Last week I learned a better way to connect with our community. Please continue to read our newsletter and keep up-to-date with everything that is happening at Mayfield Intermediate School. If for some reason you have not seen the highlights from the previous Mayfield Messengers, then please access this website to view all the great things that have occurred at Mayfield this year!

New Strings Concert Date!

The inclement weather on Monday, February 11th forced us to reschedule our strings concert. The new date is now Monday, February 25 at 7 PM in the Metz auditorium. We look forward to hearing the wonderful music.

Mayfield to Metz Transition

Just a reminder that the Metz Counseling Department will be visiting Virginia Tech and VCU campuses next week. The meetings will immediately follow morning announcements and will last for about 15 minutes.

VCU Campus: Tuesday, February 19th

Virginia Tech Campus: Wednesday, February 20th.

Friendly Reminder: All Honors recommendation forms are due to me by Friday, February 22, 2019. Forms are located in front of your mailboxes. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Apple and Pear Award Winners

On Tuesday night the Manassas City School Board recognized the Apple and Pear winners throughout the school division. Mayfield's Apple winner was Dayna Broskey. Ms. Broskey is a special education teacher who works with 6th grade students and parents. Ms. Broskey brings a positive spirit to Mayfield everyday and is all about helping the students in her class achieve the success. Ms. Broskey was influential in organizing our student of the month celebration and students can find Ms. Broskey playing music and dancing in the hallways welcoming students to school every morning!

Nykea McIntyre was our Pear award winner. Mrs. McIntyre is Mayfield's greeter!. If you have every visited Mayfield then you will surely know that Mrs. McIntyre's smile can light up a room. Ms. McIntyre knows so many of our students and families and she helps set the tone for a positive Mayfield experience for all of our visitors.

Congratulations to both winners!

Instructional Focus: Escape Rooms in Mr. Stubler's Class

It's all about getting students engaged in their learning. Last week as I was walking through the halls I heard a collaborative buzz coming out of Mr. Stubler's language arts class. The students were working in groups, collaborating with one another, and fully participate in a lesson activity that focused on the different aspect of literature. The students need to solve clues and gain access to codes in order to complete the task. All the groups were fully engaged, learning, and having a great time. Awesome job students!

Instructional Focus: Travel Agents in Mr. Brungard and Mr. Hinton's STEM Classes.

I witnessed another great learning activity occurring in our STEM classes. Mr. Hinton and Mr. Brungard created a collaborative project for their students in which they had to become travel agents and create travel packages to various destinations. The students worked in groups to identify different areas to travel to. They used Google Docs and Slides to collaborate with one another. Next week they will incorporate a green screen and become tour guides for the destination that they chose to research. It was a great all around project for the students.

WIDA Access Practice

Many students at Mayfield Intermediate School will be participating in the WIDA Access Test in the coming weeks. The WIDA Access Test is an assessment that helps schools monitor a students acquisition of the English language. WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators. Below you can find information for your child to practice for the WIDA Access test at home. Your child's ESOL teacher has also provided this information to your child while they were at school.

MCPS Dinner Program

Manassas City Public Schools is entering the second week of the MCPS Dinner Program. This is a great opportunity for all the children in our community. From 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, any child can come into Osbourn High School and receive a free, healthy dinner. Parents can join as well for a small fee of $3.00.

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Round Elementary's Shamrock Run!

For the 20th year Round Elementary School will be hosting their Shamrock Run event. The event is a 5K run and/or a 1 mile fun run/walk. I know that I am training for the annual 5K hosted by Round (Check out my recent run). We all have one month left before the race. Let's try to make this a big success for the community! How many students, staff members, and families from Mayfield Intermediate will I see there?
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