MERMS Weekly Newsletter: 9.28.15
September 28, 2015
Beach Cleanup 2015
Last Wednesday under a beautiful blue and cloudless sky, the Manchester Essex 7th-graders walked to Singing Beach to pick up garbage. Armed with 50-gallon trash bags, rubber gloves and a snack, they swept the beach clean of of cigarette filters, candy wrappers, pieces of styrofoam from coffee cups, a few glass bottles, aluminum cans and the occasional beach toy that either floated to shore or was left behind by some forgetful toddler.
Most of the garbage they find is wedged between rocks either on the seawall or at the far ends of the beach. In past years, the wooded area adjacent to the drop off circle has yielded more than its share of unwanted debris ranging from diapers to clothing and some other unmentionable things.
However, as in past years, the beach is always incredibly clean when we arrive, thanks to the departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation. The students' efforts, which this year filled 8 garbage bags, made the beach just a little bit cleaner and helped them to better understand the meaning of the term, environmental stewardship.
A big thank you to Mr. Pennoyer for organizing this event, and to the entire 7th grade team for helping our students learn from service-based learning such as this.
Please pay PTO dues!
Who you gonna call?
H Block 9/23: I AM
This activity was focused on our core value of community.
Picture Retake Day
Picture Retake Day will be on Thursday, October 29. If your child was absent on Picture Day in September, please plan for him/her to participate in Picture Retake Day (even if a package is not purchased). Additionally, if you were not pleased with your child's picture from September, please have your child participate in Picture Retake Day during the school day, and be sure to have him/her return the unwanted photos. If you have any questions about this, you can contact CoffeePond directly at: 508.907.6633 x0.
All students and parents/guardians are required to sign off that they have reviewed our middle school handbook. Please complete and return the sheet that your child brought home the first day of school.
MERMS Day Calendar
From Mrs. Whittredge, Grade 7 English Teacher
From Mrs. McWhorter, English/Social Studies Teacher
Mrs. McWhorter has some exciting news to share from her classes:
- In 6th grade Social Studies we created 5 Themes flip books, which parents can ask their kids to see and discuss!
- In 6th grade ELA students are becoming experts at plot diagraming. They can even diagram a Pixar short!
- In 7th grade ELA we are learning all about the point of view of narrators and if a narrator is reliable or unreliable. Perhaps parents can ask their child about what they’re reading and can discuss these areas?
- In 7th grade social studies, we continue to learn about the earliest humans and recently took a virtual tour of the Lascaux caves in France. Parents should ask their kids to show them!
From Mrs. Desmond, World Geography
Students have been very busy learning about the 5 Themes in Geography. They had fun making really cool 5 theme flip books to have as study guides.
Green Team Updates
Now that the school year is off and running it is time to start up the Middle School Green Team! Thanks to the commitment and dedication of the Green Team, Manchester-Essex is one of the greenest school districts in the state, and the Middle School Green Team Club is an AWESOME opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to take part in leading the school! This year the club is taking on a slightly different shape, and is also introducing new leadership. Ms. Arthur will be taking the reins for Middle School Green Team and is hoping to create a huge interest in the Green Team this year. Middle School Green Team is a great way for kids to learn about environmental issues locally, nationally and globally; it is also a great opportunity for students to take initiative and be leaders in change in our school and communities.
Middle school students will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of green maintenance tasks that keep our green school up and running. This can include management of our plants and gardens, compost and recycling, or the cafeteria waste system. In addition to these weekly tasks, kids will have an opportunity to envision, research and implement their own student-led projects to make the school greener. Students can adopt existing projects in the school such as aquaponics, wind power or managing the Green Team’s social media outlets. They can also get creative and come up with their own ideas!! One of the most exciting opportunities available to Middle School Green Team students is the chance to collaborate with high school students studying similar topics. Middle School Green Team is a great opportunity for students. Why wait until high school to start making a difference?!
In the past, Middle School Green Team has met after school. An exciting addition this year is that some meetings are going to be held during lunch in order to avoid interfering with after school activities such as sports. This way anybody who is interested can have the opportunity to be involved! This week, Ms. Arthur will be visiting tables at lunches to see who is interested and to gather contact information. If your child has an interest in gardening, hiking, sailing, going to the beach, or just appreciating the wonders of the outdoors, Green Team can give them the opportunity to explore their relationship with the natural world and develop sustainable life choices. If this sounds like something you or your child would be interested in, encourage them to reach out to Ms. Arthur to get involved. Ms. Arthur can be reached at ArthurE@mersd.org.
Middle School Journalism Club Begins: Every Friday
Manchester-Essex Mountain Biking Club
Manchester Essex Middle High School is very pleased to announce the creation of a Mountain Bike Club for all students, grades 6 - 12. The club will be led by Middle School health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn and High School science teacher Kristin Umile; both teachers are avid cyclists and possess years of mountain biking experience. Mr. Ricci-Munn and Ms. Umile are very excited about the formation of the club and look forward to sharing their passion for cycling with all club members.
The club was formed with the following objectives in mind:
- Create a positive, team oriented club that allows students to share their passion for the life-time activity of mountain biking.
- Provide students with the opportunity to increase their off-road bike handling skills and athletic confidence.
- Enhance student understanding of basic bike maintenance, safety, and training principles.
- Encourage camaraderie and positive social interaction among middle and high school students.
- And most importantly… to have fun!
The club will meet on Mondays on a weekly basis. Club rides will last approximately 1 hour (2:30 – 3:30 p.m.) and will take place in and around any of the various trails systems found throughout the towns of Manchester & Essex. Club leaders will provide participants with a list of required equipment and supplies that each student will need in order to participate in the club. If you’d like to learn more about the club, please contact Mr. Ricci-Munn and/or Mrs. Umile.
Manchester-Essex Apparel Sale
Check out our Manchester-Essex School Spirit Store. A percentage of the cost is donated back to our PTO, Parents of Manchester-Essex Middle School (PMEMS). Items ship directly to your home with a flat $8 shipping rate. To order, you can go directly to:
Middle School Open House: Feedback Survey
Please fill out this BRIEF survey so we can gather your feedback about our Open House:
Pictures from MERMS This Week
8th graders work in Mr. Simbliaris' Engineering class to design towers made of spaghetti and string to practice Engineering Design Principles.
On early release days, teachers deeply embed themselves into their own professional learning. Here, teachers learn about Chromebooks, working collaboratively to explore ways to grow their skill set as teachers.
Mrs. Petrie's 8th grade science class completed an egg osmosis lab and designed their own lab experiments.
Mrs. Krause works with 6th graders to explore the database Destiny in Library Information Skills class.
8th graders utilize critical thinking to explore the class syllabus in Mrs. Plante's class.
8th graders had their names picked as part of a culminating activity on Wednesday, after reading the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.
Websites of Interest
Rob Buyea visits 7th grade English Classes
Friday, Oct. 23rd, 7:45am-2:15pm
36 Lincoln Street
Seussical, Jr. Performances
Friday, Nov. 20th, 7pm to Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 4pm
36 Lincoln Street
Friday, November 20
Saturday, November 21
Sunday, November 22