January 2021

MMS 2nd Semester Updates

Principal's Corner: Mr. Schultz

Dear Parents,


MMS is excited to be offering a return to school with a face to face option starting Monday, January 25th. If you are planning to return face to face then you don’t have to do anything except show up Monday morning, front doors open at 7:45 AM. If you would like your child(ren) to remain virtual, you will need to complete the district form Dr. Wightman sent out: District Virtual Form. If you already completed the form, DO NOT complete it again. Teachers will send out new virtual links via student emails for second semester. Students need to keep those links, first semester links will not work! Virtual students will be following the same schedules as face to face students, just from at home- so check out schedules below.


We know there is a lot of anxiety at all levels about returning to school. We are all here to help and ease everyone into MMS. On Monday, January 25th we will be having a homeroom for all students attending face to face (see below for our first day schedule). In homeroom teachers will give out lock and locker information and other important information, please do not contact the office for lock and locker information. All teachers will be in the hallway between classes to help students find their next class. We will not be counting tardies the first week because we know there will be a transition.


We have also changed our weekly schedule to include ½ day Wednesdays. Students will attend from 8-11:10 AM either in person or virtually, whatever mode they normally do. Then in the afternoon teachers will be able to work virtually with student(s) who need extra help or support. This also gives our custodial staff a chance to deep clean the buildings mid-week. Lunches will be available to students as they leave.


We have taken many precautions to create the safest possible learning environment, but schools are not set up for social distancing, so it will not be perfect. The biggest challenge will be the proper wearing of masks. All students are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. This is the best way to prevent the spread of Covid- so Mask Up MMS!


MMS has created a Return to Learn Safely Plan. Please take a moment to look through this document. It will answer a lot of questions about how MMS will run its day!


If your child is sick and not going to be in school, please call the MMS office and report your child's absence. Please be specific on why your child will not be attending: "My child, child's full name, is vomiting and has a slight fever" don't call in and say "My child is sick." The more detailed the better. Our phone number to call is 364-6336 and then choose the attendance line option.


Please look through this newsletter for important information!


Sincerely,

Mr. Jay Schultz

MMS Principal

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Second Semester Schedules

Second semester starts on Monday, January 25th! Students have access to their second semester schedule in Skyward right now. Students MUST review their schedule to check for the following information:


-One ELA class

-One Science class

-One Math class

-One Social Studies/History class

-One FIT

-Two Electives


If there is a problem with their schedule, please contact Mrs. Mow, MMS counselor, ASAP. jmow@marysvilleschools.us

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Arrival Information

  • MMS Doors open at 7:45 AM.
  • Only the front entrance will be opened.
  • All students must have masks on and properly worn upon entering.
  • There will be temperature wrist scanners to use upon entering.
  • Students can go to their lockers or 1st class of the day after entering. They can also get breakfast or drop off their band instrument before going to their locker/1st class.
  • Grab and Go Breakfasts available at "no charge."

Lunch Information

  • Lunches will be held in three separate locations within the building: 'Large' cafeteria, 'Small' cafeteria, and 'Old' gymnasium.
  • Tables and seats are appropriately spaced.
  • Assigned seating for all students.
  • There will only be one lunch choice and all lunches are "no charge." There will be no supers or A'la carte items at this time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless student is in their assigned seat eating.
  • Chromebooks, work, reading books are all permitted.
  • There will be NO recess!
  • On Wednesdays @ 11:10, lunches will be available to students as they exit the building. There will be two locations: main exit and east bus exit.

Departure Information

  • School ends at 3:00.
  • Students are expected to exit the building immediately using any exit.
  • Please make transportation arrangements prior to the end of the day, office staff will not be able to accommodate late changes to transportation.
  • Masks must be worn until students exit the building.
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Picture Retake Information

Friday, January 29th is picture retake day. This is an opportunity if you didn’t get your school pictures during Viking Days or were not happy with your pictures to get them taken. Here is the link to Kaiser for online ordering: https://preorder.kaiserstudio.com/
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Quiz Bowl and Robotics

The MMS Quiz Bowl and Robotic’s teams are back in action. Coach Mr. Lobb is heading up the MMS Quiz Bowl Team. They are busy practicing and getting ready to defend their titles. The MMS Quiz Bowl Team has been dual meet and tournament champs for the past three years. There are quiz bowl matches scheduled, but no spectators allowed at the matches at this time. As for Robotics, Coach George is back with our students building our MMS robot getting ready for their virtual competition! Go Vikings!

Welcome Mrs. Wright

Mr. Frikken has been temporarily assigned to the high school starting Monday, January 25th as the high school Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. MMS welcomes Mrs. Wright, she will be filling in here at the MMS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. She will fulfill all duties that Mr. Frikken used to do. She can be reached by email: jwright@marysvilleschools.us or by phone 455-6106 (it might still be Mr. Frikken’s voicemail, but she will get the message and get back to you).

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Assistant Principal's Corner: Mr. Frikken

Our teachers are taking attendance each class period. If your child has remained virtual and is having a difficult time entering their teacher's Zoom or Google Meet class, make sure they are emailing their teacher to tell the teacher they had difficulties logging in. This is especially important for attendance. If your child does not attend a class it does count as an absence. It is very important for the parents to notify the school if their child was absent for that class due to difficulties logging in. For all absences it is required to call the school when your student is absent in order for the absence to be excused. Marysville Public School District places great importance on attendance in school. The State of Michigan requires all children to maintain regular attendance in school with less than 10 absences per school year. Please check your students Skyward daily to make sure he or she is attending class on a regular basis.

Athletics Update: Mr. Frikken

Middle School Sports have started back up on Monday, January 18, 2021. Coaches and athletes will be able to practice with zero contact and will have to maintain 6 feet social distance at all times during practice per MHSAA. First day of contact practice will be February 1, 2021 and the first day of contests will be February 4, 2021.


Our winter sports are off and running! We would like to welcome back our 8th grade boys coach, Coach McBride and welcome Coach Marty Cook to our Marysville Middle School coaching staff as our 7th grade boys basketball coach. Welcome Coach Cook. We look forward to this year’s season. Good luck boys!


We would like to welcome Coach Candice Bradley to our Marysville Middle School coaching staff as she takes on the 7th and 8th grade cheerleading coaching position. Welcome Coach Bradley and good luck this season!


We look forward to a great winter season.

GO VIKINGS!


Tim Frikken

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Upcoming Scheduled Sporting Events

HOME GAMES WILL RUN SIMUTANEOUSLY UTILIZING BOTH GYMS

2/3: TEAM PICTURES @ 3:15

2/4: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball @ Marine City - 4:00

2/8: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball @ Holland Woods - 4:00

2/10: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball Home vs. Ft. Gratiot - 4:00

2/11: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball Home vs. Central - 4:00

2/16: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball @ St. Clair - 4:00

2/17: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball @ Central - 4:00

2/22: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball Home vs. Marine City - 4:00

2/24: 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball Home vs. St. Clair - 4:00

GO VIKINGS!!