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Grade 8 MMS School BookBag Project

The School BookBag project is a coordinated effort between our MMS 8th Graders, a local sewing group, and Church World Services. Our grade 8 volunteers held a fundraiser, collected school supply donations, and stayed after school this month to assemble and decorate the bookbags.  The school kits, or bookbags, 'give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.'   
Please feel free to read more about this community service project a the CWS website, http://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/school-kits/ship.  Thank you Team 8 and MMS students for making a difference. 

Grade 5 Cow Eye Dissection
Evan and Angelina are enjoying the cow eye dissection today, January 30, in science class.  This activity is part of the NGSS unit on the Organization and Development of Living Organisms. 

MATHCOUNTS 
The MMS MathCounts team participated in a competition this past Saturday, February 4 at the Coast Guard Academy. I am proud to say that we came in fifth place out of 28 schools from the region. Four of our "Mathletes" qualified for the state championship at the University of Hartford in March. Congratulations to the entire team and Mrs. Denard. The team has been meeting and practicing once a week since September. More information about MathCounts may be accessed on their website, mathcounts.org. Here are some photos from last weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                         
      


STEM INNOVATION LAB - Building a Mayan Temple
Check out this amazing video from Sue Prince and MMS students in the Innovation Lab! Ms. Prince worked with 6th graders on their Middle America projects. One group chose to research Mayan civilization. As part of this, they drew a temple on the program Cubify Invent and then exported it to the 3-D printer.

Building a Mayan Temple at MMS!!!

 

Our December and January Cubs of the Month!!
Congratulations:
December - Nathan. Connor, Michael, and Audrey (Left)
January - Austin, Ryan, Olivia, and Chase (Right)
       


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The MMS Yearbook club is working hard to bring you an amazing yearbook!  Please remember that the price of the yearbook goes up to $42 after December 17th!  You may purchase one now for only $37!  The yearbook will be distributed the last week of school.  Checks may be made out to MMS with "Yearbook" and your student's name in the memo, or you can order one at the link below.
Students in 8th grade are asked to provide a baby picture for the yearbook.  This is due December 23rd at the latest.  You may submit pictures electronically to laura.dow@stoningtonschools.org (please specify your student's name and homeroom and write "baby picture" in the subject line).  Alternatively, you may submit a hard copy of a photo in a sealed envelope with your child's name and homeroom (please address to Ms. Dow with your child's name and homeroom on the envelope.  We are hoping for 100% participation this year!
Parent ads for the yearbook are a great way to celebrate your child's successes over the last 9 years in school.  We are offering parent ads that will appear in the yearbook.  These can be designed and purchased at this link! 

          

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From: Jim Hilbie - Music Notes 


Special 8-th Grade Band Concert




On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the members of the Eighth Grade Band will participate


 in a “Combined Band Concert” with the members of the PMS Eighth Grade Band and 


SHS Wind Ensemble at SHS. The students rehearsed under SHS band director Mrs. 


Gottlieb and will personally able to experience the band program at Stonington High 


School. The students then will have the opportunity to listen to the SHS Bands perform in


 concert. The combined bands will perform the final selection of the evening, “The Race” 


onstage.




Festival of Lights


On Friday, December 9, 2017, the members of the Mystic Middle School Jazz Band


shared their musical talents with the Stonington community at the Mystic Aquarium’s


Festival of Lights. At this event, over 6,000 people visited the aquarium and donated


food for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London. Thank


you for bringing holiday cheer to our neighbors, friends, and family.


Thank You MMS PTO


Thank you to the generous members of the MMS PTO for funding the buses to send our


fifth graders to see an hour-long performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. It was presented


by the Eastern CT Ballet at the Garde Arts Center on Friday, December 9, 2016. What a


wonderful way to finish our interdisciplinary unit on the Nutcracker!



The MMS jazz band teamed up with Cutler Middle School on Tuesday, Jan. 24
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Strolling Musicians


It is a tradition at MMS is to have strolling musicians perform holiday carols in the


hallways from 7:45-8:10 AM two days before winter break, Wednesday, December 21


and Thursday, December 22, 2016. A special thank you goes out to all the musicians


who participated in this special holiday performance. Special thanks to Miss Prince for


streaming so our families were able to enjoy the music.


Six Flags


On Friday, May 12, 2017, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands will travel to


Agawam, MA to participate in the Fantastic Festivals. We will perform for and be


adjudicated by highly qualified musicians and then spend the rest of the day at Six Flags


New England. The information letter/permission slip will be sent home the week of


January 9, 2017. The letter of intent, along with a first payment, is due by Friday,


February 3, 2017.


Fifth Grade Jazz Lab Band


The Mystic Middle School Fifth Grade Jazz Lab Band is an ensemble in which students


who play any instrument may participate, giving all students a chance to play in a jazz


band setting. We will rehearse every Tuesday morning before school beginning January


24, 2017 from 7:30 - 8:00 AM. The Fifth Grade Jazz Lab Band notice/permission slip


will be distributed the week of January 9, 2017. It is not too late to sign-up.


Jazz Lab Band


The Mystic Middle School Jazz Lab Band is an ensemble in which sixth, seventh and


eighth grade students who play any instrument may participate, giving all students a


chance to play in a jazz band setting. We will rehearse every Wednesday morning before


school beginning January 25, 2017 from 7:30 - 8:00 AM. The Jazz Lab Band


notice/permission slip will be distributed the week of January 9, 2017. It is not too late to


sign-up. Parents are also welcome to participate!


Special Jazz Band Rehearsal


On Tuesday, January 10, 2017 the Stonington High School Jazz Band combined with the


MMS Jazz Band for an evening rehearsal at MMS from 7:00-8:30 PM.


Band Festival


On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the members of the Eighth Grade Concert Band


participated in the ASBDA (American Secondary Band Directors Association) band


festival at Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford, CT from 9:00 – 12:00 noon. Mr.


Tony Susi and Mr. Dave Winer guest conducted this music festival. Clark Lane Middle


School, Lyme/Old Lyme Middle School and Strong Middle School are the other


participating bands.