Week 21 Edition/January 6, 2023
Message from Dr. Frischkorn
Good Evening Mayfield Intermediate School students and families!
Happy New Year's to all our Mayfield families. Our students did an amazing job returning from the winter break and being prepared to start the start of the second semester. Many people also look to set up New Year's resolutions. We would love to see all 847 of our students make a commitment to read 20 minutes every night for the second semester.
Dr. Donald Frischkorn
Family Life Education Classes Start Next Week
Physical Education & Health Education / Family Life Education (FLE)
Family Life Education has been taught successfully in Manassas City Public Schools since 1989. More than 99% of our student population has participated in the program since its inception. A committee of Manassas City Public Schools teachers, administrators, parents, students, healthcare professionals and representatives from the community developed the locally based curriculum to meet community needs.
Attention ALL 6th Grade and Future Metz Middle School Students!
Mayfield's Spelling Bee is January 18th at 8:45 AM
Come See the Future Osbourn Eagles Basketball Team
Student Survey Notification
All students in the 6th grade will have an opportunity to take a survey created by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The survey is intended to measure student support, student engagement, discipline, and safety conditions within the school. The survey will be administered during the week of January 9th. Below you can download an informative letter to the parents and a copy of the questions that students will be asked.
Bobcat Block: Targeted Support Block
Our Bobcat Block time (1:40 PM to 2:10 PM) is a part of the day that students are provided targeted support based on their academic needs. Our Bobcat Block interventions and supports have really started to show academic improvement for students. We want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Maldonado, and Mrs. Weyman for organizing the spelling and math lessons. Thank you to all the encore teachers who filled in at a moment's notice and helped cover classes. Our Bobcat Block success was a team effort, and so many of our students succeeded!
2nd Quarter Results:
We began the school year with 164 students identified as phonetic spellers based on the Developmental Word Knowledge Inventory. We had 79 students advance to the transitional level and beyond! 306 students were identified as transitional spellers. Out of that group, 75 students moved up to the fluent or advanced stage! Again, these are great results for the first quarter we implemented this school-wide support for our students. Our work with the students shows in our academic achievement.
3rd Quarter Focus:
As we return from Winter Break, we will make several adjustments to student placement. We have a short week when we return, so that students will stay in their homerooms during our first week back from Winter Break. We will continue focusing on the 85 students who need continued support to advance out of the phonetic stage and the 264 students in the transitional phase. The remaining 500 students will move on to receiving help in mathematics with a focus on number sense routines.
Additionally, Bobcat Block groups will take place Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, students will stay in their homeroom classes to conduct class meetings, complete missing assignments, set goals for upcoming weeks, or receive additional support that the homeroom teachers have identified.
Students considered Chronically Absent will have weekly campus meetings with an administrator or another staff member on Fridays. The Chronically Absent meetings are a new approach that we are taking. It will be similar to the first Chronically Absent meetings that Mr. Sanderson and I hosted for students a couple of weeks ago.
4th Quarter Focus:
Based on the results from the third quarter, we will make adjustments. However, we will begin focusing on 5th-grade science support as we work to prepare our students for the 5th-grade SOL and provide additional time. I'm currently collaborating with Leslie Jones, the division science content specialist, to develop a lesson that can be taught during a 20 to 25-minute time frame and review key concepts that students need to understand from the 4th and 5th grades.
Attendance is Important
As we start the second semester I want to help support all our students with improving attendance. Our goal is to have Mayfield Intermediate with the best attendance rate in the school division. We believe that it is so important for students to have great attendance by the end of the 6th grade. Improving attendance increases students academic achievement, improves their relationships with classmates, and builds healthy habits that will only help them as they continue to grow.
Students that are continuing to struggle with attendance will be provided extra support on Fridays during our Bobcat Block!
Good Evening, You are receiving this newsletter update because your child's attendance during this school year is a concern, and we want to support you and your child. Our records indicated that your child had missed enough school days to be considered chronically absent from school.
Student Code of Conduct
Principal Donald Frischkorn Ed. D.
Proud principal of Mayfield Intermediate School in Manassas, Virginia