Weekly Update

February 8, 2016

Mark Your Calendars

This Week...

Tuesday, February 9

  • Admin Meeting (Jennifer), 9:00 am - ??
  • At-Risk Meeting @ Central, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Eligibility Due

Friday, February 12

  • MS SE Team Meeting, 10:15 am

And Next Week...

Monday, February 15

  • BOE Meeting @ Ackerson, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, February 16

  • Eligibility Due

Thursday, February 18

  • Grade Level / Department Meeting (exciting changes here... stay tuned), 7:00 am

Friday, February 19

  • Spirit Day, Twin Day



  • Remember "Report A Bully?" That site is no longer being used by the district as they have changed their privacy policies. If you have a sign directing students to use that site, please remove it from your classroom. The school's website does have a link, however, for anonymous bully reporting. If new signs are made, we'll get those out to you.
  • Finding extra resources - Good teachers are always looking for ways to expand students' mastery of concepts as we are responsible for differentiating material to ensure that all learners reach their potential. It is so incredibly important, however, that you completely vet a resource before using it with your classroom whether it be a resource you've purchased (ie - from Teachers Pay Teachers), a downloadable worksheet, or a new website / app. Thanks for your help to guarantee the highest quality of materials for use with our students.
  • On a personal note, many of you know that I'm a transplant from Missouri via Louisiana. What you may not know is that my dad's oldest sister (Ann Burleson, 96 years old) also lived in Michigan in Romeo. She and her husband moved here in the 50s to find work. My aunt had fallen down some stairs about a week and a half ago and fractured most bones in her face. She ended up passing away this weekend. Aunt Ann only had one daughter, two grandkids, and two great-grandchildren--and has outlived most of her friends and many of her siblings. My brother's wife has driven up from Missouri and we will attend the funeral today. I've included a picture from her 93rd birthday. Doesn't she look great!?
  • I believe that we've gotten a great team assembled to look at discipline at the middle school--more information to come soon from that task force. If you have thoughts to share, you may contact Irene, Larissa, Charlene, Laura, Heidi or myself.
  • I'd like to re-establish a principal's advisory, if anyone is interested. That's an excellent way for me to stay in touch with the pulse of the building--rather than hearing about issues through the grapevine. I'm confident, too, that if you need more contribution hours that it would count--you just have to get it approved through Mrs. Vannatter. We'd likely meet 30 minutes once a month.
  • Cadet teaching is a course we are offering this semester, but it will only be successful if you help. We need more teachers to open their classrooms so that students can fulfill the requirements of the course. If you can help, please contact Janine Hawley.
  • Still looking for interested people in the Tech Talk at Mercy High School. Let me know if you're interested.
  • Matinga reports a FABULOUS session with the middle school staff this past week! I'm so glad to hear that things went much smoother.


  • Dream more, learn more, become more!
  • Critical information - phone extensions, schedules, timelines, emergency drills, etc.
  • Text alerts through Remind - text @mms5678 to the number 81010.
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Manchester Middle School

District Vision:

Educational Excellence in a Caring Community

District Purpose:

Manchester students are provided the stepping stones for success.

District Mission:

Manchester Community Schools, in partnership with parents and community, use best practices to develop the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all students to ensure they are future ready.

School Mission:

To provide a secure, challenging learning environment which will empower all students to achieve their greatest potential. The MMS team joins the parents and community to assist students in developing skills necessary to become successful, responsible, contributing citizens.