MMS News From the Den
Dear 8th Parents and Guardians,
We are pleased to inform you that our middle school counselor and health teacher are working together to deliver a series of presentations for our eighth grade students. The presentations will focus on exploring and preventing teen dating violence as well as understanding healthy/unhealthy relationships through adaptations of the Love is not Abuse: A Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Prevention Curriculum.
There will be small group presentations during health class that will include handouts, videos, and small group activities about teenage dating/abuse and developing healthy relationships. The goals of the curriculum is to:
- Increase students’ understanding of teen dating abuse
- Enable students to reach out to provide support and help to a friend or family member who may be involved in an abusive relationship
- Strengthen help-seeking behaviors among students involved in abusive or unhealthy dating relationships
- Promote healthier approaches to dating relationships and conflicts
Additionally, this program will, in part, fulfill the CT Public Act:
Public Act 14-234, An Act Concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault • Adds teen dating violence to certain provisions of the Safe School Climate requiring that: – Each local and regional school board include teen dating violence in their prevention and intervention strategies [§10-222d and §10-222g; Effective 10.1.14] – CCADV be included on the statewide safe school climate resource network to provide information, training opportunities and resources related to teen dating violence [§10-222i; Effective 10.1.14]
Please note that sensitive topics will be covered and discussed throughout the lessons. There will be follow-up opportunities for students to express their thoughts with mental health team members. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call and speak with Mrs. Selinger or Mrs. Sullivan.
AnneFay Sullivan, Assistant Principal
Nora Selinger, Guidance Counselor
We are excited to share information about our Positive Referral Race beginning next week! From December 3rd - 14th, we will be looking for students going that extra mile displaying role model behavior. Some of the things we will be looking for in students are that they are helping others, showing perseverance, going above and beyond, having integrity, accepting others, using effective leadership skills, being respectful, making safe choices, and being responsible.
When an adult in the building sees a student going that extra mile, they will complete a positive referral card, show and explain the reasoning for it to the student, and then bring it to the office. Administration will collect the positive referrals and post updated results for each grade level throughout the contest on the bulletin board by the office. Grade levels who get 100 positive referrals in 10 days will earn a reward to be given the week of December 17th. We will also put all of the positive referrals in a bucket on December 14th for a raffle. Five students from each grade level will have the opportunity to win a book from the book fair. Each grade level had a kick off meeting on Friday, November 30th. During these meetings we reviewed our expectations for receiving positive referrals, explained the contest, and reiterated some of our school-wide expectations and rules. We hope that this contest provides unity for grade levels and positivity to MMS!
Please join us for the Stonington Middle School Parent Information Night on December 11, 2018. See the SMS Parent Night Flyer.png for more information. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to the MMS Main office (860-536-9613).
We hope to see you there!
Read BOLD! A Multi-Generational Community Read!
MMS Student Council members posing with the nearly 1,000 items students brought in for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Drive. Mrs. Denard's advisory brought in the most items, while Mrs. McGowan's advisory was close behind in 2nd.
Huge thanks to Elite Performance Systems of Westerly for their recent fundraiser to benefit SPS Unified Programs! Thank you to all who came out to participate, and contributed to the $1400 that was raised! Special thanks to parent Chris Lloyd who was instrumental in organizing this event.
Unified Sports and Activities members are invited once again to a great celebration at Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford. More details to come! SAVE THE DATE!
Please join MMS in celebrating our November Cubs of the Month!
The following students have been nominated for demonstrating effective leadership in the classroom and school community.
“Great leaders harness personal courage, capture the hearts and minds of others and empower new leaders to make the world a better place.”
– Maxine Driscoll, Founder of Think Strategic
Unified Sports and Activities Update
Special thanks to The Sylvestre- Wall Group for the organization of the Drive For Inclusion Golf Tournament, held at Pequot Golf Course on September 21st. Over $10,000 in donations were submitted to support our Unified Programs district wide. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and money to this wonderful cause. Each year we've had the opportunity to expand our Unified Programs and increase participation at all levels, as a result of this very generous donation!
SMS Coffee Talk
Did you miss the MMS Principal's Coffee Talk on Tuesday? You're in luck. Mr. Smith will be hosting the same event on Wednesday, November 28th from 4:30-5:30pm in the PMS Cafeteria. All are welcome to attend! Hope to see you there!
Hearing and Vision Screenings
News from the Nurse: Hearing and Vision Screenings
Hearing and Vision Screenings for the 5th grade will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. If a vision or hearing problem is suspected, the student will be rechecked at a second screening. If further consultation is recommended then parents will be notified in writing of the findings. Parents will then be asked to seek further evaluation from their own physician. Students should bring their glasses to school on November 27th.
Any 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys or girls interested in playing basketball for the school team need to sign up with the nurse before the first day of tryouts on Nov. 26th.
At the beginning of the school year, several parts asked about a "Homework" club after school. While it's not a homework club per se, I was able to secure funding for an after-school program that we will call, "Gear Up."
The Gear Up Program at the middle school level is an after-school activity to help students improve their knowledge and skills to ensure they are ready for the next level and ultimately to maximize their readiness for high school and beyond. The program will provide additional learning time in both ELA and math skills as well as organizational and executive functioning instruction and support.
Gear Up will run every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4:00 PM. Tina Eisenbeis, the district math specialist will be working with the students in math and a variety of ELA teachers and support teachers will work with students in the other subject areas. To sign your student up for a Gear Up session please use this link to SignUpGenius or paste the following into your web browser:
We believe this is a great opportunity for all students.
After Thanksgiving, 7/8th intramurals will meet on Tuesdays and 5/6th on Wednesdays unless there is a home basketball game on those days.
8th Grade Baby Pictures
Your 8th grader should have received a request for a baby picture in advisory. Please submit your favorite baby photo of your 8th grader to Laura Dow by December 7th. You may email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a hard copy (every effort will be made to return it in original condition!) in a sealed envelope marked "Ms. Dow-Baby Photo for (Your Student's First and Last Name".
MMS 8th Grade NYC Trip
Bright Lights, Big City! Information about the 8th grade NYC Trip to be in a Broadway class, visit Times Square, and see the musical "Once on This Island" (not Wicked) went home at the end of October! Please email Mrs. Gilbert with any questions about this exciting opportunity at email@example.com. DEADLINE EXTENDED for NYC Trip to Broadway until November 30.
For information about the Citrus Sale, Box Tops for Education, the Budget and a Welcome Letter, please scroll down!
Yearbooks are now $39. Please do not send students in with the old forms. New forms with the new price reflected will be sent home the week of November 12th. You may purchase your yearbook here as well. This price will only last until December 21st.
Share Photos for Yearbook
Share Photos for Yearbook Securely!
Throughout the year, please share photos that you take at sporting events, concerts, dances, and more! The more photos we have, the more we can showcase students in our yearbook. The secure app that we use to share photos with the Yearbook Staff is called "Replay It". Our password is: mmscubs