Mooresville MS Family Newsletter

September 4, 2019

A Message from Mrs. Robinson

Greetings Mooresville Middle School Families,


We are off to a strong start at MMS! Our seventh graders are settling in and our eighth graders have stepped up as the “seniors”of our school. This month I would like to take the time to bring the MMS Attendance policy to your attention.


Attendance

Regular attendance is important throughout the year. Frequent absences interfere with your child’s progress toward meeting minimum standards for promotion. A student must be present until 11:00am in order to be recorded present for that day. Notification of absences by report card will be given at the end of each grading period. Students who miss more than 12 days in a course for the year will not receive a passing grade in that course. All absences (excused and unexcused) count towards this 12-day limit. Violation of the attendance policy may result in a student failing to meet local promotion standards. Opportunities to make-up excessive absences will only be offered during summer school. Making-up excessive absences does not guarantee a passing grade in a course.


Unexcused Absences

In accordance with the NC Compulsory Attendance Law, students who accumulate 10 unexcused absences are considered truant. These students and/or their parents or guardians may be referred to the district attorney.


For absences in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law, notification will be sent by letter for the 3rd, 6th, and 10th unexcused violation.


Excused Absences

Students who are absent must submit a note signed by the parent within three days of the absence. If the note is received within three days and meets state-identified criteria, the student’s absence will be coded as excused.


**The following reasons have been identified by the state of the North Carolina as Excused Absences:


  • Illness or injury (physically unable to attend school)
  • Quarantine ordered by board of health
  • Death in immediate family (grandparent, parent, brother, sister)
  • Medical or dental appointment (note from physician/dentist)
  • Court or administrative proceedings
  • Religious observance
  • Educational opportunity (prior approval from principal required)


Absences not meeting on the state-identified criteria will be coded as Unexcused Absences.


Absences and Course Credit

Students who miss more than 12 days in a course for the year will not receive a passing grade in that course. All absences (excused and unexcused) count towards this 12-day limit. Violation of the attendance policy may result in a student failing to meet local promotion standards. Opportunities to make-up excessive absences will only be offered during summer school. Making-up excessive absences does not guarantee a passing grade in a course.


Absences and Summer School

Students who miss more than 12 days during the school year and who do not qualify for or are denied a waiver of the attendance requirement must make up each excessive absence in order to receive a passing grade. In order to make up excessive absences students must attend summer school. Students choosing to complete make-up time in summer school must serve the entire term of summer school regardless of the amount of time to be made up.


Appeal Process for Excessive Absences

Students who do not receive a passing grade due to excessive absences have the right to appeal their case to the school-based Attendance Committee. In documented cases of extreme hardship (extended hospitalization, serious extended illness) the principal or Attendance Committee may decide to award a passing grade. Students seeking an appeal must submit a formal request for an appeal to the committee by the published deadline date in May in order to have their request reviewed by the Attendance Committee. Supporting documentation must also be included with the request for a waiver.


If you are interested in seeing a day in the life of a MMS student please sign up for our next parent tour on October 22 from 8am to 9am. You can reserve your spot by calling the front office. Our Instructional Coach and I will give you a tour of our school and you will have an opportunity to visit classrooms to see what goes on everyday at MMS from 7:30am-2:30pm!


If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call.


Sincerely,

Ayana Robinson, Principal

Mooresville Middle School

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MMS Spirit Rock!

The MMS Spirit Rock is a fun and creative way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite Student of the Month, wish a student Happy Birthday or show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member.


Rent the Spirit Rock for only $10 for a week (Saturday to Friday). Submit the rental form along with your payment to the MMS PTSO. Proceeds support the MMS students and staff.

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Canvas Help for MMS Parents

Thursday, Sep. 12th, 9:45-11am

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

Parents who need help getting a parent observer account or have questions about understanding what you are seeing in Canvas can sign up for a parent help session being offered on Thursday Sept 12 from 9:45 - 11:00am.


Call the main office - 704-658-2720 - to sign up for the help session.


Please bring your child's student id # and laptop password especially if you have kids at another school and need to add more than one child to your account. Parents should bring your cellphone, if you plan to use it primarily to check the grades, or a laptop if you use one at home.

CANVAS - Online Gradebook

Canvas is the new learning management system that is used to delivery much of the content that your students use in classes as well as an online grade book for students and parents to keep up with assignments.


Have your student sign in to Canvas and show you their grades, assignments and materials. If you have a parent observer account, you can follow the grades by signing in online or using the Canvas Parent App.


Interim reports will be sent home with students Thursday afternoon, Sept 5. The report is 2 pages and includes all classes and quarter grade in each. Homeroom/IMPtime will not have a grade. If you have questions about any of the grades, contact the teacher for that class. You need to sign the report and return to school with your child on Friday Sept 6.


The interim reports were printed Sept 4 so there may be some grades that are in the Canvas gradebook but not on the printed report.


CATEGORIES

All grades will be distributed among 2 categories, Formal and Informal. Formal grades are 60% of the quarter grade and Informal grades are 40% of the quarter grade. In your child's Canvas gradebook you will be able to see the average of each of these categories in addition to the quarter grade.

MMS Assistance Form

At Mooresville Middle School we are fortunate to have many community resources available to provide assistance to families in need. Below is a list of some of the assistance programs we are able to offer at MMS because of generous community support. If you have questions about these programs, please contact a school counselor. Our school counselors are Michael Hamilton-Genson (mhamiltongenson@mgsd.k12.nc.us) and Kathryn Buff (kbuff@mgsd.k12.nc.us).


Several of these programs require additional parent information and/or permission forms to be completed prior to your child being able to receive assistance or participate. If you indicate an interest in one of these areas, more information will be sent home once the programs are ready to begin.


MMS Assistance Form

Early College Information Session for Parents of 8th Graders

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 6-7pm

233 Kistler Farm Road

Mooresville, NC

On Thursday, November 14 a representative from Iredell-Statesville Schools will be at MMS to discuss Early College options with any interested 8th grade student from 7:45am-8:30am in the cafeteria.


Any 8th grade student who is interested in attending this information session will need to complete an on-line survey located here by Tuesday, November 12.


An information session for parents will be held Thursday, November 14 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at MMS in the Staff Development Room.

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If you don't have social media accounts, you can still follow MMS social media.

The MMS Facebook and Instagram accounts are embedded in the MMS Website.


You can follow the social media posts from the website!

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Deadline for early yearbook order is September 13! Only $35 and free personalization!

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Math

7th grade math has been working on finding the constant of proportionality from graphs, tables, and word problems. We have solved proportions and determined the better buy.


In September we will solve proportions containing percents. We will continue to learn how to be good consumers by learning about tax, tip, discounts, and how to apply them in real life situations. We will be doing a consumer math project to help the students see how this affects them in real life.

Science

7th Science spent the first 2 weeks on Scientific Inquiry, with the vocabulary that students need to understand science. This gave us a few weeks to get to know our students and to teach them our procedures and expectations. So far, so good!

We have moved on to our Atmosphere & Weather unit - we began with the layers of the atmosphere and will continue on to the water cycle, air masses, forecasting, global winds, and being a good steward of the atmosphere/air quality.


We use many teaching activities to allow the students the choices to learn and master the material. We might be using QR codes, matching task cards, cut and paste activities, foldables, classroom games, online simulations just to name a few. We do keep the students interested and involved in their learning- and accountable!

ELA

Seventh Grade Language Arts is off and running on our adventure We are busy reviewing literary elements in order to evaluate and analyze literature. Short stories are first on our agenda this year. Students have shared treasures and taken a trip to the Veldt. VR goggles and a little bit of imagination make stories come to life.
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Social Studies

Students began the year by understanding the "5 Strands of Social Studies" which are geography, economy, culture, government, and history. Students practiced their map skills by showing they understood geography. Students also gained a better understanding on what makes us all different by learning what culture is and how it applies to our daily lives.


Over the next few weeks moving towards Benchmarks, students will gain an understanding of economic systems, government systems, and begin to learn about the Renaissance.

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Math

8th grade Math students began the year examining transformation on a coordinate plane. This inlcuded translations (slides), rotations (turns), reflections (flips), and dilations (enlargements/reducations). Some classes have been working on transformation projects both in school and at home.


Throughout the month of September, students will be extending their 7th grade knowledge of proportionality by examining slope and how it applies to graphing linear functions.


Math 1 students began the year by reviewing equations and inequalities and applying their knowledge to advanced operational situations. These students will also be moving into linear functions by applying the slope concepts they learned as 7th graders.

ELA

8th Grade ELA Students are journeying to England to visit the land of Roald Dahl. We are exploring how reality and expectation do not always match creating a world of humour and suspense through irony. As we continue we will see how characters are more than they seem and how authors create a world of wonder in short stories using characterization, setting, point of view, and other literary devices like flashback and foreshadowing.

Social Studies

We started the quarter with learning the difference between primary & secondary sources and how perspective & bias can alter the validity of a source. We have also begun to evaluate primary sources using the SOAPSTONE strategy. We have explored the formation of the 13 Colonies and how the French & Indian War led to British taxation. We have also learned about the series of events that led to the American Revolution.


During the remainder of the quarter, students will learn about important battles of the American Revolution and how our current Constitution came to be.

Science

In science we have been learning about the history of earth- How fossils are formed, how the world is constantly changing, and of course how to have a great time!


We will continue our journey through the history of the earth as we begin to talk about the geologic timeline.

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Physical Education and Health

The 7th Physical Education classes have been busy learning how to open a lock and getting used to dressing out in the locker room. We have started our kickball unit and are getting ready to kick off tournament play!


The 8th graders have also been hard at work. The heat has kept us from playing kickball on several occasions but they have enjoyed the indoor version mat ball. We are hoping that the heat will subside and they will be able to start their tournament as well this week.

Careers

Mr. Cline's classes have been learning about themselves during the first few weeks of this year. Students learned about their interests, the difference between positive and negative value characteristics, and about the values that are important to them. In the coming weeks students will transition into career pathway modules to explore what they can become!

Business

7th grade Business classes have been busy learning about the different types of businesses and why you would open a business.


8th Grade Business classes learned about being ethical and having good etiquette in the Business world. They are now starting the Job Process and how to find a job or career.

Computer Science

Durning the month of August we have spent time getting to know each other as well started our first unit, Problem Solving and Computers. We have experimented with the Problem Solving Process by completing the Aluminum Boats challenge as well as thinking through how to solve a variety of problems through the use of specific steps.


Coming up in September we will investigate what makes a device a computer and how computers work. This unit will wrap up with students designing an app which solves a real life problem.

World Language

Exploring Language students started off learning general facts about languages. Even researching the most spoken languages in Mooresville and Iredell Co. Now we have moved on to our first language: Latin.


8th grade Spanish students have just about wrapped up their first topic and should be able to hold a short conversation and find out basic information such as name, phone number and how people are feeling.

Chorus & Theater Arts

Mrs. McComas would like to thank her students for their patience and positive efforts while she was out taking care of her father.


In the coming days, our chorus will demonstrate proper vocal health while reading & singing music and theatre students will practice the art of observation.

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Vision:

Mooresville Middle School is committed to creating the conditions that bring each student to full academic potential as engaged, life-long learners and citizens by developing critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Mission:

Mooresville Middle School will instill an appreciation and love for learning in our students as we help them develop the skills needed to become goal oriented, independent thinkers and leaders in an ever-changing global society. We challenge every student, every day to discover and develop a positive sense of self, as well as to respect themselves and others through meaningful collaboration with peers, teachers, and parents.

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