Mooresville Middle School
Community Newsletter -- November 17th, 2023
A Message from Mr. Kosal:
MMS is All Heart!
Greetings, Red Imp families! This is Mr. Patrick Kosal, your proud Mooresville Middle School principal. This will be the last Community Newsletter until December 1st -- even principals need some time to digest after a tasty Turkey Day meal! So I've *stuffed* this newsletter with information that Red Imp families will need for both this coming week AND the week after break. Again, the next MMS Community Newsletter will be sent on Friday, December 1st. Thanks in advance for reading!
Here are some of the topics in this week's newsletter:
- Early Release information - next Tuesday, 11/21
- PTSO teacher appreciation lunch (Monday, 11/20)
- MMS Tardy Policy reminder
- Food Drive for The Christian Mission Food Pantry
- Progress Reports sent home on Friday, 12/01/23
- Toy Drive @ MMS (student-led)
- EC parents night for MGSD - 11/28/23
- Athletic events @ MMS for next two weeks
- Science Club & Field Trip info - limited spots
- Yearbook order form (QR code)
- 6th grade Butter Braid fundraiser
- Request for trees + garland for MMS events club
- Charlotte Hornets night, sponsored by MMS PTSO
- Staff Celebrations for November!
- Order school pictures from LifeTouch
- most recent episode of ImpTV News
- and more!
I hope truly hope all our Red Imp families have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday weekend!
Mr. Kosal, MMS principal / 6th grade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Browning, assistant principal / 7th grade (email@example.com)
Ms. Richardson, assistant principal / 8th grade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Miller, athletic director (email@example.com)
No School from November 22nd - 24th (Thanksgiving holiday break)
Parents: here is the latest edition of the ImpTV news!!
Tuesday, November 21st is an early-release day (11:55am)
MMS celebrate our staff in November!
Reminder: MMS tardy policy -- help your Red Imp get to school on time!
1st Tardy- Verbal warning from Teacher and document minor in Ed Handbook
2nd Tardy - Verbal warning from Teacher and document minor in Ed Handbook
3rd Tardy- Teacher-Student Conference with Teacher call to parent
4th Tardy- Lunch Detention with Teacher call to parent
5th Tardy and Beyond- Office Referral
(Tardies to class reset to zero at the beginning of each quarter.)
Students tardy to school, since they are late to class, will be subject to this tardy policy also. After 7:55am, student tardies will be logged and parents will be contacted for warnings. Parents will be notified by Ms. Joy Miller, behavior interventionist, via Parent Square message when their child is late to school. Consequences will likely follow after the fact.
* Note: bus-riders on late buses are exempt from these consequences; that tardiness is an MGSD issue. If you need a bus route set up for your student, please click here to get more info about the MGSD Transportation department.
** Note #2: please use mature etiquette in the car-rider line -- we've seen a recent uptick in parents switching lanes suddenly and opening car doors into traffic. We need to keep everybody safe so please respect your fellow Red Imp drivers.
Parents: please be mindful of our 7:55am start time and help our Red Imps get to school on time each day so we can take advantage of every moment for learning!
Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday, December 1st
Food Drive, sponsored by MMS Student Government
The Student Government will be holding a Food Drive October 30 - November 30 to help replenish the Christian Mission Food Pantry supply. Donations should be brought to student’s period 1 class and will be collected weekly by our Student Government. Please help the residents of our community!
Items needed include nonperishable items such as:
Peanut Butter, Condiments, Tuna Fish, Lunchbox Items, Canned meat, Macaroni & cheese, Pasta, Raisins, etc.
The winning core 1 class with the most donations will receive an ice cream celebration sponosored by the Student Government. Please see Ms. Durham (Room 222) with any questions. Thank you for your help & support! We couldn’t do this without you!
Student-Led Toy Drive
Starting next Monday, November 20th, through December 19th, MMS is holding a student-led toy drive by having students bring in new/unused toys to their period 1 class. On Tuesday and Thursdays, select WEB leaders will come and count and collect them from period 1 classes. Parents, please help support this awesome cause so MMS students can donate toys to children in need this holiday season.
The period 1 class with the most toy donations in each grade will get an ice cream treat, while the overall period 1 champion class will get a pizza party. Thank you for helping children in need this holiday season, Red Imps!
6th Grade Butter Braid fundraiser
Don't know any 6th graders but would like to purchase ButterBraids? You can purchase from this link and any profit will be applied as scholarships for students to attend the field trip. Thank you for your support!
Trees & garland request - MMS event planning club
Parents: the MMS event planning club is already in the holiday spirit! We are in need of some used artificial pine garlands and Christmas trees. If you have an old tree that you no longer need, please consider donating it to our club. We can use trees from 2 ft. to 10 ft. -- no tree is too large or too small. We can use pre-lit trees or trees with no lights, we plan to cut up some branches for greenery. Please contact Ms. Hamilton (social studies 7 teacher) if you have any questions. Thanks for considering!
PTSO-sponsored Teacher Appreciation Lunch (11/20/23)
The PTSO Teacher Appreciation Lunch is scheduled for next Monday, November 20th. The theme is "italian feast." Please use the below link to sign up to help!
Also, if you don't have the time or energy to supply the food directly, no problem! Parents can always Venmo the MMS PTSO (@MMSPTSO) to support MMS in other ways.
Thanks so much for your support of MMS teachers around the holidays!
MMS Science Club & Field Trip Opportunity
This year, our Science Club field trip is to the Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program held at Trinity Center and the NC Aquarium. Both facilities are located in Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina. This barrier island is located south of Atlantic Beach.
We will be staying at the camp from February 7-9 and will stop at the Aquarium on the way home on Feb. 9th. The cost of the trip is $300. This includes food, housing and transportation. Please visit the camp website for more information regarding this program: http://www.trinityctr.com/soundtosea/
** Only the first 24 boys and 24 girls will be able to attend this trip. First payment is due by Friday, November 3rd or your seat may be vacated.
Click here to view the interest letter sent home with students last week for more information. Because of limitations on spots available, it's important that permission slips and first deposits are submitted ASAP. Contact Ms. Pendleton, 7th grade science teacher, with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upcoming MMS Winter Sports Events:
Monday, November 20 - Varsity Basketball (girls + boys) vs. West Rowan
Monday, November 27 - Varsity Basketball (girls + boys) vs. North Davie
Wednesday, November 30 - Wrestling vs. South Davie
Thank you for your support of Red Imp athletics!
PTSO event - Red Imps go see the Hornets play!
Our next MMS PTSO fundraising event for families is a Red Imp & Charlotte Hornets collaboration! On Saturday, January 27th, the Charlotte Hornets welcome all students, faculty, and families of Mooresville Middle School as we take on the Utah Jazz! Game time is 7:00pm. Discounted tickets are exclusively available through the link below for all members of the Mooresville Middle School community. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit MMS with every purchase!
*All MMS attendees will receive one Hornets' T-shirt per person at the game to picked up outside of Section 112 in the Lower Level at our Designated Group Sales table. Pickup window to receive your shirt is from Doors Open - End of the 3rd Quarter. Smaller sizes tend to be popular, so please arrive early if needed.
**Everyone who purchases through this link will be included in a V.I.P experience to watch warmups from the Lower Bowl prior too doors opening once we reach 50 attendees! Instructions for participation will be sent via email used in purchase once secured.
You must purchase through this link to be considered part of any MMS group benefits. We hope to see our Red Imps at the Spectrum Center in CLT on January 27th!
Iredell County support for staff & families
The Iredell County Partnership for Young Children continues to provide support and training for our staff & families. Please see a list of training available in November & December 2023 below. See more information and sign up (if interested) using the links below.
Creativity in the Classroom
November 28, 2023 *Online*
December 7, 2023*Online*
Yuletide Yoga and Meditative Breathing
December 12, 2023 *ICPYC Statesville*
First Aid & CPR
December 13, 2023*ICPYC Mooresville*
How to alert MMS of a student absence:
The email address for parents to alert MMS about student absences is: MMSAttendance@MGSD.k12.nc.us
Parents can upload doctor's notes as well. We hope this process will be easier on everyone instead of sending a note with the student that can get lost easily!
#AllHeart gratitude to our Red Imp community:
I'm thankful for an amazing Red Imp community that shows continued support of MMS and all that we do each day to help students grow and learn. We are all fortunate to live in such a terrific district - thank you, Mooresville!