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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 10/12/2018

Holiday Shortened Week 7 Complete!

After an enjoyable four day weekend, the 7th week of school was a fast three days long. Students were focused on their course work, in addition to a new project many of the middle school home rooms have taken on: In honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, students at Cougar Elementary School and MP Middle are engaging in video conversations to discuss treating others well, being kind, and not being a bully.

It has been amazing to see our young leaders at the middle school focus on conveying the right message of how to be a good person to younger students. The videos I have seen have been fabulous and I cannot wait to hear how they are received from our friends at Cougar Elementary school. For an example, Ms. Cottoms' tweet below is showing her class when they were video chatting with other students.

What a wonderful opportunity for peer support and modeling - thank you to our Student Assistant Program Specialist - Ms. Ida Lorence - for the great idea!

Upcoming Big Things!

Monday, 10/15: 12 pm BELL Education Foundation Golf Tournament @ Old Hickory Golf Course

Monday, 10/15: 5 pm Boy's Soccer and Girl's Volleyball vs Gainesville MS @ MPMS!

Monday, 10/15: 6:59 pm School Board Meeting @ School Board Office

Tuesday, 10/16: 5 pm Girl's Track vs Stonewall MS @ MPMS!

Tuesday, 10/16: 7 pm 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert!

Thursday, 10/18: 4 pm October Family Market @ MPHS

Thursday, 10/18: 5 pm Football @ Gainesville MS

Friday, 10/19: MPCS Hosts the Special Olympics @ Cougar Stadium!

Meet a new face @ MPMS! Ms. Jernigan!

Welcome Ms. Jernigan!

Ms. Jernigan is our new 6th and 7th grade Science teacher, coming Manassas Park Middle School from Akron, Ohio. Prior to working for Manassas Park City Schools, Ms. Jernigan was a sports star, playing lacrosse and soccer for Lake Erie College. Ms. Jernigan can be found in room 2235. She is on twitter as @ms_jernigan.

Quick Facts about Ms. Jernigan:

-Attended Lake Erie College

-Majored in Adolescent/Young Adult Education

-Likes living with Ms. Roesch!

-Enjoys coaching volleyball!

-Loves playing sports!

When you see her in the building or at a school sporting event, please say hello and welcome Ms. Jernigan to Manassas Park Middle School!

Teacher Tweets!

VDOE Presents “Critical Decision Point” Training for Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering training to parents of students with disabilities on critical decision points that can affect a child’s ability to earn a diploma and be ready for higher education or a career.

The free, four-hour sessions — offered in eight locations, beginning this month through February — are available to parents of children with disabilities who are currently eligible or being considered for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973.

“There are decisions that parents of students with disabilities make as early as elementary school that can impact the ability of a student to earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma,” Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services John Eisenberg said. “Parents need to know about these critical decision points and their potential consequences.”

The training dates and locations are as follows:

· October 17 in Bristol

· October 18 in Roanoke

· November 8 in Manassas

· November 15 in Staunton

· December 10 in Richmond

· January 16 in Suffolk

· January 16 in Fredericksburg

· February 5 in Appomattox

The training sessions are being offered in partnership with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

The registration deadline is October 10 for the sessions in Bristol and Roanoke. Additional information and links to register for any of the Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities training is available on the VDOE website.

Click on button below for link to VDOE website.

Need School Supplies? See Ms. Salas!

Our school was selected to be the recipient of the 2018/2019 school supply give away. We would like to give a big thank you to Cathy Vetal & Novant Health Prince William Medical Center for their incredible generosity. If your child is in need of school supplies, tell them to stop by Ms. Salas’s office.

Lost and Found This Week!

The lost and found has gotten to the point where we are now storing unclaimed items. If your child is missing an item, please have them check with the main office or get a pass to see Ms. Stone's class in room 1300 during 4th block.

If these items below are yours, please claim it in the main office!

If items go two weeks without being claimed they will be donated or discarded.

Connect with us on Twitter!

Weekly newsletters are great, but if you would like daily updates and pictures of the great things happening at Manassas Park Middle School, follow @MpMiddle on Twitter!

There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter.

Check us out!