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Updates from Manassas Park Middle School - 5/24/2019

Week 38 - Math and Reading SOLs Complete!

For the majority of our students, Reading and Math SOLs are complete. As a reminder, a passing score is a 400-600, with students who earned a 375-399 having the opportunity for a retake in early June. (You will receive a permission slip to retest should your student be eligible for a retake.)


For 8th grade students, the next round of testing (Civics and Science) will be on June 4th.


This weekend is a 3 day weekend for the Memorial Day Holiday. Please take some time as a family and enjoy the wonderful late Spring/early Summer weather and go outside and disconnect from the stress of the end of the school year. Monday's holiday is an opportunity to reflect of the joys of our lives and country and honor those who defended it with their lives.


Have a great weekend!

For Next Year's 6th Graders!

On May 30th at 7 pm, the Middle School will be hosting an evening focused on the transition from 5th to 6th grade. Topics to be addressed will include:


-Vaccinations required before 7th Grade (This is a change!!)

-Social media

-Cell Phones - Are they needed? How to set parental controls.

-Lockers

-Middle School Sports

-And General Middle School life.


Parents - Feel free to come on your own or with your student - we are happy to show you the building!

Upcoming Big Things!

Tuesday, May 28: 6th Grade Assembly with author Coren Allen


Thursday, May 30: 5th Grade Parent Orientation - 7:00 pm @ MPMS Auditorium


Tuesday, June 4: Science 8 and Civics SOL Testing


Monday, June 10: 8th Grade Field Day!


Tuesday, June 11: 6th Grade End of Year Assembly and Field Day


Wednesday, June 12: 7th Grade End of Year Assembly and Field Day

Wednesday, June 12: 8th Grade Picnic at Signal Hill Park


Thursday, June 13: 8th Grade End of Year Assembly

Thursday, June 13: Last day of school for students


Monday, July 8: Summer School Starts

SOL Testing is Coming up! 8th Grade and Retakes in Early June!

Please put the following SOL Testing dates into your calendar:


  • Civics/Science 8: June 4
  • Math Reading Expedited Retakes: June 5-7
  • Civics/Science 8 Expedited Retakes: June 7

8th Grade Students - Start High School Ready with the 9th Grade Summer Bridge!

Being freshman is a new and exciting experience! Students will learn more about the expectations, procedures, and student life at the high school through fun activities each day of the 9th Grade Summer Bridge. Make connections with future teachers and classmates while preparing to transition to high school. Register using the link below!


August 5-7

8AM-12PM

Transportation and a snack provided with registration

Taking AP Human Geography as a Freshman? Be sure to go to AP Summer Bridge!

Students who are signed up for any/all AP courses at MPHS should attend the AP Summer Bridge. Students will prepare for rigorous AP courses by learning how increased workload will require them to manage their time, prioritize their options, and organize their personal responsibilities. Students will experience activities related to the AP course they have selected. Register using the button above!


August 5-7

8AM-12PM

Transportation and a Snack will be provided with registration

What Happened in School this Week? Check out these Great Teacher Tweets! (Click on each to see captions or video!)

Important Reminder as we approach the end of the school year:

Please pay and settle all outstanding fines (technology obligations, library fines, etc.) as soon as possible. Payments can be made by cash or check or online at myschoolbucks.com. If you are paying for a technology obligation by check, please make checks payable to MPCS.



We are requesting that all payments be made by June 3, 2019.


If you have any questions or need to know what your student owes, please contact Mrs. Wence, the Bookkeeper, in the front office. 703-361-1510, x17102 or via email at kim.wence@mpark.net.


For library fines, please contact Mrs. O’Connell via email at beth.oconnell@mpark.net.


Thank you for your assistance.

Save the Date! Device Deployment next AUGUST!

Save the Date - Deployment is at MPMS


Deployment dates for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Monday, August 12 4:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 14 4:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 21 4:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, August 22 4:00-7:00 PM

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Elective Schedule Realignment for 2019-20 School Year

In our ongoing efforts to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities at MPMS, we are excited to share a realignment in our elective schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Now, all elective classes will be 90 minutes on A and B days.


Students will only be taking 5 classes per quarter (instead of the current maximum of 7) and students will change their elective classes each quarter or semester. In addition, this allows our electives teachers more teaching time (as it removes a transition each school day) without compromising the plethora of elective offerings currently available to our students at MPMS.


In order to keep the same number of instructional minutes, different classes will be offered for different lengths of time:

Full Year Electives: Band, Choir, ESOL, Spanish I

Semester (1/2) Year Electives: PE

Quarterly Electives: All Art, Business, STEM, Family & Consumer Science, Guitar, Journalism, and Spanish 6 & 7 classes


See the two example schedules below for a possible 7th grade elective student schedule to gain an idea of how the year would work.


Students who have met with their school counselor have a worksheet that breaks down electives, and if you or your child have any questions please reach out to their school counselor or elective teachers (specifically band and choir.)

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Can't Come to a School Board Meeting? Watch from Home!

All School Board Meetings and Work Sessions will now be taped and available for viewing the day after the meetings take place. To view, visit the Manassas Park School Board Channel on YouTube. Type “Manassas Park School Board” into the YouTube search engine or visit the channel by clicking the button below!

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!


If you want to be the first to know about any school delays or cancellations, follow our Superintendent @MPCSmcdade


There are also a number of teachers who are showing off what's going on in class on Twitter. If you like their tweets above, follow them!


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