McCracken Eagle News

January and February 2022

ATHLETIC ATTENDANCE POLICIES BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 27

Beginning Monday September 27 students must be accompanied by a parent to attend ANY ATHLETIC EVENT for everyone's safe enjoyment of the event. The student must sit with his/her parent. When the parent leaves the game the student must leave with the parent. Student ID's will be required. Thank you for your support with this practice and policy.

Important Dates--Mark Your Calendars

January


5 Wrestling Match @ 5 PM

5 iReady Testing

6 Basketball vs Dawkins, 4:30 PM, Home

6 iReady Testing

8 Wrestling Qualifier at Boiling Springs HS

10 Report Cards Home

10 Basketball @ Fairforest Middle, 4:30 PMd

13 Basketball VS Gable, Home, 4:30 PM

15 Clover Wresting Qualifier

17 School Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Day of Service

19 Peachtree Wrestling Tournament, 5 PM

20 Basketball @ Florence Chapel Middle School, 4:30 PM

22 Wrestling Tournament @ Lexington

24 Basketball @ Carver, 4:30 PM

27 Basketball @ Gable, 4:30 PM

31 Basketball VS Gaffney, 4:30 PM, Home


February


3 Basketball Make Up Game

7 Progress Reports Home

7 Basketball Quarter Finals, Location TBD

10 Basketball Quarter Finals, Location TBD

12 Basketball Finals BSMS

Winter Sports Practices

For information about wrestling or basketball practice, please contact:


Boys Basketball: Coach Ralph Fowler, RFowler@spart7.org

Girls Basketball: Coach Tracy Kennedy, TCKennedy@spart7.org

Wrestling: Coach Ed Purdy, ELPurdy@spart7.org

Get Your 2021-2022 Yearbook!

Remember this school year with a McCracken yearbook - it's always a phenomenal collection of memories. All yearbook sales will be online - just click the link below to purchase. Use the discount code "jolly" to save 20% now through December 31. Use the coupon code "2022" to save 20% in January.

https://yearbookforever.com/

MacBook Insurance, ID's, Drop Off

Remember to send your $50 check for the first child and $25 for each child after that. You are responsible for all damages. Repair costs start at $300 and replacement is $1500. It is worth the insurance investment.


Want to pay your MacBook Insurance Online!? Just click this link https://www.ezschoolpay.com/Login.aspx It is quick, easy and convenient.


Please send $5 with your student to school for the purchase of an ID. A new ID purchase is required this year.


Remember our first drop off is at 7:15. A staff member will invite you into school at that time.

Car Rider Information--Drop Off and Pick Up


Parents Please Read The Following Information. We will have staff members available to direct your child to the correct SOAR classroom.


Our earliest drop off time is 7:15. Students should remain in the car with parents until that time. A staff member will invite you into the building.


Bring your patience and some extra time as it always takes us longer the first 2 to 3 weeks of school for arrival and dismissal while we establish routines and procedures.


For last names A - K parents will drop off and pick up in back of the school.


  • Please use Emory Road which is the road between the church and the school.
  • Please pull all of the way around to the awning area.
  • As soon as your car arrives at the awning area your student should hop out of the car and use the sidewalk to enter the building.
  • Drivers should follow the directives of the staff on duty for a SAFE and efficient drop off and pick up line.


For last names L - Z parents will drop off and pick up in the gym loop area.


  • Please go to the athletic entrance and follow the cones to the drop off zone.
  • Please help us keep the line moving by dropping off at the sidewalk area.
  • Remember to always pull all the way forward for a SAFE and efficient drop off line.

Free Meals for All Students

Excitng News: The FDA has approved free meals for all students through the end of first semester - no application needed for students attending in person. . View our school menu at https://spartanburg7.nutrislice.com/


No need to spend time shopping and packing lunches this year! Just have your child pick up a delicious breakfast and lunch at school.

Discount Card Sales Are Back! Help our school by selling 3!

Your student's SOAR teacher will have these available. Just $10 and you can use them all year long! We hope you will sell them to grandparents, neighbors, friends and loved ones. It pays for itself quickly. Some exciting businesses are returning and lots of new opportunities on our card include:


Blue Moon $5.00 off purchase of $35.00 or more

Bob’s Car Wash $3.00 off any wash

Broncos (Main St.) $2.00 off purchase of meal

Burgär 10% off

Buritto Hub 10% off purchase

Clock 10% off excluding specials (Sptbg, Gaffney, Lyman)

Dairy Queen Buy 1 Blizzard get 1 of equal or lesser value for .99

Eastside Nutrition ( E.Main St.) Half off of Loaded Tea with purchase of shake

Eggs Up Grill (E.Main St. only) 10% off

Firehouse Subs (Pine St. only) Free 22 oz. drink with purchase of any sub

Hub City Coffee 25% off any purchase

Ike’s Korner Grill Free beverage with the purchase of a meal

Krispy Kreme Buy 1 doz at regular price, get 1 doz original for $2.00 plus tax- Sptbg only

Los Mexicanos Purchase 1 combo (1-40) and 2 drinks get a second combo free

Mama Sue’s Homemade Help Buy a “Grab and Go” lunch, geta cookie free

Master’s Mark 15% off incoming dry cleaning

Monsoon Noodle House Free sweet tea per entrée per card

Mezcal Taberna Mexicana 10% off purchase

Papa John’s Buy 1 large 2 topping pizza for $14.99+ tax, get 1 large up to 2 toppings FREE Pick up only

Pelicans Hillcrest ONLY Buy any size SnoBall, receive 1 topping free

RockyMoo 50% off cookie sandwich mini ice cream or one scoop cup with purchase

Sonic Buy 1 Sonic works burger get 1 free

Star Lanes Free shoe rental with purchase of game

Staymobile 15% off your next repair

Sub Station II 10% off total purchase Asheville Hwy, John B White

Take 5 Oil Change $6.00 off any full service oil change



Fabulous Prizes for Sellers This Year Include


Sell 3 Tickets--1 Homework Pass

Sell 6 Tickets--Ice Cream Sundae Celebration and 1 Homework Pass


Top Sellers In Each Grade Level Receive Fabulous Cash Prizes!

Staying Healthy

Check out this information from the CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention-H.pdf


Just a few reminders to keep us all healthy:


  • Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the assistance of a fever reducer before returning to school. Please keep children at home until that time.
  • Social distancing whenever possible is strongly encouraged.
  • Masks are encouraged per CDC/DHEC guidelines but not required per SC Proviso.
  • For confirmed COVID-19 or flu, you will need to contact our school nurse for specific guidelines for returning to school. SBRussell@spart7.org
  • Drink lots of water, rest and wash your hands frequently.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

These illnesses are very contagious and following these simple guidelines will help keep everyone healthy.


Thank you for your help.

2 for 1 - Help MMS PTSO while you shop with Amazon and Office Depot

Amazon:

If you shop online at Amazon, please bookmark and use the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8818169
AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your purchase to McCracken each time you shop! (No fees are charged for participating.) When you click on the link the first time, you will need to enter:

1. "McCracken Middle School PTSO";

2. Then select "McCracken Middle School PTSO" as your charity of choice.

3. Each subsequent time you log in using the link, "McCracken Middle School PTSO" will show as your chosen charity.


Office Depot:

When shopping at Office Depot, just mention MMS and our PTSO receives 5% of each sale.

Social Media Tips and Sites for Parents

Parenting middle school students is an amazing journey and social media has become a big part of that parent adventure. Most of the time social media is a fun way for teens and tweens to connect and communicate with each other and you using personal devices. FaceBook and Twitter are now parent places while Instagram, Tumblr, Vine and SnapChat are the hangouts for teens now. Being aware of where your child is going on their personal devices and helping to keep them safe are all important for the parent of today's teen. I hope you will use these sites as conversation starters and tools with your student. I hope you find these helpful.


This site has a wealth of information about the meaning of music lyrics, movie content and reasons for ratings, trending social media sites and other ways to keep your child safe on the internet. Included is information on safe and unsafe social media sites for your student.


https://www.commonsensemedia.org


These sites also have a lot of information at a glance:


Super Article For Managing Social Media With Teens......

Social Media Advice for Parents!


Parent and Child Social Media Contract for Home.......SO IMPORTANT!

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/familymediacontracts1.pdf


What is SnapChat video......one of the most popular sites for students at MMS using personal devices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmT1CSBd8Ks&feature=youtu.be

McCracken Middle School Website

District 7 Website