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MMS Monthy NEWS!!!
October 2016
"From the Den"

MMS Families,

Please stay current with MMS News through our new on-line Cub Chronicles.  You may access school resources, teacher websites, join our social media family, and remain up-to-date with our postings and school calendar.
 By using this technology our Cub Chronicles information is more frequent, reaches more viewers, is more accessible, and much more user friendly.  If you have other suggestions or ideas about what you would like to see on this page, please let us know.  

Greg Keith and Allison Hine

Cross Country Trail Ribbon Cutting:

On Tuesday, September 27th, at 3:15, MMS had a ribbon cutting for the new Cross Country trail at MMS.  Last spring, we submitted a proposal to Aquarion water company and were selected as the recipient of their Earth Day grant.  Employees from Aquarion spent a few days here at MMS clearing the trails and building two bridges to cross the wet areas.  

Internet Safety

SPS Youth Officer, Tom Paige, presented to the MMS families on Back-to-School Night and to our students during the month of October.  This is the second year we have continued this worthwhile internet safety informational session. We feel this proactive measure helped MMS decrease cyber-bullying and improper social media usage at MMS. It also opened lines of communication between our families, students, and our SPS Youth Officer.

October Events at MMS!!!

    10/3-10/7 - Book Fair
      10/7 - Internet Safety Presentation from Officer Paige to Students
        10/17 - 6:30pm, PTO Meeting
          10/21 - 2pm, Alternate HS Fair
            10/28 - 7-9pm, MMS and PMS Dance @ MMS

            Friday, October 7, 2016 Email Blast

            MMS Families,

            We have had a great week here at MMS and enjoyed the friendly competition of the Penny Wars, which was coordinated by our Student Council.  Eighth Grade came out the winners, followed closely by Seventh Grade.  We will have an official tally from this competition on Tuesday morning.  Please remember that there is no school on Monday due to Columbus Day.  We hope you enjoy the long weekend!

            Allison Hine and Greg Keith

            Book Fair:

            MMS Book Fair was a success thanks to all the volunteers and families who participated!  Any students or families who didn't get a chance to shop, or who want to shop more, please know you can buy any of the Book Fair books online at this link through next Tuesday the 11th. Books will be shipped to school and shipping is free!

            Free/Reduced Meal Applications:

            A message from Becky Fowler:

            Carry over meal benefits from the 2015-2016 school year will be expiring on Wednesday, October 12.  In order for your student(s) to continue receiving free or reduced meals, please send in a new meal application for the 2016-2017 school year.  Any student who does not have a new application will revert to full price meals on October 13.  Please contact me with any questions you may have at becky.fowler@stoningtonschools.orgor (860) 599-0766.

            Applications are available in the MMS office.

            CHORUS NEWS - Mrs. Gilbert
            8th Grade NYC
            Thank you to the students for getting their slips and money in for the NYC Trip to go to a Broadway workshop followed by sight-seeing and the Broadway Show "Aladdin". The next payment of $100 is due on October 28. Our next step is to make our chaperone groups. Once the groups are made I will be contacting you personally to verify that you are still able to chaperone. Parents, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions should you have any.

            ACDA Honors Choir
            Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Honors Choir:
            Anna Bates, Jeff Danko, Chase DiBona, Megan Detwiler, Chloe Kolbenheyer, Ava Harris, Lucas Huesman, Ellie Korinek, Hailee Langenbach, Olivia Monte, Jenny Paoloni, and Alex Tobiassen.

            They have been chosen for their outstanding musicianship and work ethic to will travel to Manchester High School to work with the nationally acclaimed conductor, Anthony King, conductor of the Boston Children's Chorus. One hundred and fifty students were chosen from across the state to sing at this event.

            Eastern Region
            Eastern Region commitment forms are now due. Please return the form along with $7.00 for the audition to reserve your slot for this amazing experience.

            Stonington Singers as Guest Artists "Ecce Cor Meum"
            The Stonington Singers have been asked to sing in an upcoming performance with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Chorus. The group was chosen from all the children's choirs in the area to sing Paul McCartney's "Ecce Cor Meum" on November 12, 2017. This major work was written by Sir McCarthy in memory of his wife, Linda, and will be the Connecticut Premier of this piece. Details will be found in next month's CUBS Chronicles.

            Tono Dolce
            The Stonington singers were asked this summer to be a part of Tono Dolce's Fall Concert onNovember 19, 2017. Tono Dolce is a premier adult choir in eastern Connecticut and we have been asked to be the "guest artists" for this concert. We will combine to sing the 8-part piece Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" recorded and performed by the world-renowned group Chanticleer. Further information will appear in the November CUBS Chronicles.

            From the Band Room - Mr. Hilbie

            Welcome Back!  I hope everyone is well-rested after the summer vacation.  This should be another exciting musical school year 2016 – 2017.  Here are some important dates to put on your family calendar:

             Winter Band Concert

            Wednesday, December 7, 2016

            5:30 PM Concert 5th, 7th Bands/Jazz Band

            7:30 PM Concert 6th, 8th Bands/Jazz Band

            8th Grade Band Combine Concert w/SHS and PMS at SHS

            Thurs., Feb. 2, 2017. 6:30-9:00 PM

            Spring Band Concert

            Wednesday, May 10, 2017

            5:30 PM Concert 5th, 7th Bands/Jazz Band

            7:30 PM Concert 6th, 8th Bands/Jazz Band

            Six Flags Music Festival

            Friday, May 12, 2017

            This music festival is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands and Jazz Band.

             2016-2017 Mystic Middle School Jazz Band

            Congratulations to the members of the 2016-2017 Mystic Middle School Jazz Band:

            Saxophones: Jon Clark, Phoenix Glaza, Lucas Huesman, Femke Kovoor and Mary Williams

            Trombones: Liam Haghpassand, Sean Raymond, George Rodgers and Jane Statchen

            Trumpets: Aidan Languedoc, John Limberakis, Baxter Menzies, Rhys Thornell and Ben Stamm

            Rhythm Section: Hall Crimm, William Fauerbach, Brendan Fullerton, Lily Haghpassand, Rachael Marseglia, Derek Raymond and Corinne Steeno

            Jazz Band Winter Performance Schedule:

            Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30 PM/7:30 PM Winter Band Concert at MMS

            Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:00 PM Festival of Lights at Mystic Aquarium

            Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:30 PM StoneRidge Retirement Community

            Keep the Mouthpieces Clean

            Keeping one’s mouthpiece clean is essential.  Saxophone and brass mouthpieces can be put in the dishwasher for a good cleaning.  Please make sure that the mouthpiece is secure so it does not flip out and melt on the heating coil at the bottom of the dishwasher.  Clarinet mouthpieces must be washed by hand, but do not get the cork wet. The flute head joint air hole area may be rubbed with a damp cloth.  I would also recommend that after a cold or any other sickness that you throw out all reeds that might be carrying the germs. 

            From the Nurse

            • Students may bring cough drops to school with a permission note from a parent. Cough drops will be kept in the clinic.
            • Please encourage your student to bring a water bottle to school.
            • Illness: if a student complains of illness, has a temperature of 100 degrees and over, or is judged to be ill by the school nurse, then the parent/guardian will be called. Students must remain home forat least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications. The "24-hour rule " also applies for Vomiting and Diarrhea".
            • Strep Throat: Student diagnosed with a Strep Throat are to be excluded from school until treated with one full day (24 hours) of antibiotics.
            Thank you, Mrs. Wollschlager - School Nurse

            Daily Breaking News!!!
            1. "Aquarion builds new cross-country course for Mystic Middle School" The NL Day, Sept 28. 2016 

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            2. "Running with a Champion" The New London Day, September 14, 2016 

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            3. Cross Country informational meeting - Thu, Sept 8 after school, gr 6-8. Mr. Grace,

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            4. TRY-OUTS for Select Chorus will be after school on Sept 13,14, or 15. Students should choose any one day to attend.

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            5. "We Believe in You MMS!!!" We all look forward to a great year!!! #spsmms

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            6. The MMS 2016-2017 bus routes are now available on the SPS website and through this link:  #spsmms

            7. MMS' Christian & Taylor Donovan and Eliza Gilbert are performing in the premier of Welcome to Grandpaville: 8/20,11am@Mystic Luxury Cinemas.

            8. MMS Families, Please update your registration using InfoSnap before the 2016-2017 school year begins. Thank You. 

            9. July 29, 2016 - MMS Students getting ready to perform with FOREIGNER at Foxwoods. #spsmms

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            10. The Drive for Inclusion Annual Golf Tournament registration form. Proceeds support all our SPS Unified programs.

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            11. Good luck to our MMS Singers with their performance with FOREIGNER tonight at Foxwoods. 

            12.  Greg Keith Retweeted

              Watch Purps The Penguin Get A Sweet New Boot  via @PopSci

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              Watch Purps The Penguin Get A Sweet New Boot

              It's not just humans that get 3D-printed upgrades, anymore

            13.  Greg Keith Retweeted

              Check out Purps the Penguin's new Happy Feet - boot-iful! 🐧> 

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            14. "3D Systems Partners with Mystic Aquarium, ACT Group and MMS to Help Disabled Penguin Walk Again" Click Here  #spsmms

              Photo published for 3D Systems

              3D Systems

              ROCK HILL, South Carolina, July 18, 2016 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its end-to-end digital design and manufacturing solutions

            15. #spsmms The MMS Stonington Singers will be performing with FOREIGNER on 7/29 at Foxwoods. Tickets are on sale now. 

            16. MMS Jazz Band members at the Mystic River Park for Blue Monday Concert this past Monday. #spsmms

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            17. James Howe, author of over 90 books, Skyped with our 7th graders. Themes included tolerance and justice. #spsmms

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            Cubs of the Month

            Congratulations to Kaylee, Conrad, Chloe and Brendan!!!

            From the Library and Innovation Lab:
            The Innovation Lab needs your help. We'd like to do some work with virtual reality this year and need 5" or 6" devices. They can be Android or iOS. If you'd like to donate one, please reset the device (to remove all your personal data), remove the SIM card and remove any SD cards. Contact Sue Prince ( with any questions or for any help resetting your device. October 18, 2016