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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!!!

From the Library and Innovation Lab
'Tis the season for new electronics. The Innovation Lab recently received a grant to purchase a 3D Panoramic camera for creating virtual reality videos. We are looking for any 4.5"-6" phones to use in the VR headsets. If you happened to upgrade your phone this holiday season, and are looking for something to do with the old one, we are looking for donations of used phones that are still in working order. If you would like to donate one, please reset it to factory settings, and remove any SD or SIM cards. Thank you so much, Sue Prince (library media specialist)

Ms. Dow's enrichment group has been collecting water bottles for various charities.  Students in 8th-grade vote on a charity of the month.  Students chose local animal shelters for their September donations, local Breast Cancer agencies for October, and Make-a-Wish for November.  As of this submission, $30.90 of water bottles have been saved from landfills, just in the month of November!  When visiting MMS, look out for the colorfully decorated water bottle boxes to recycle your bottles!

The Nutcracker Ballet Field Trip
On Friday, December 10 our 5th-grade students viewed the Nutcracker Ballet as the culminating activity for the Nutcracker interdisciplinary unit.  Here they are getting settled in before the performance at the Garde Theatre in New London. 

Has your child had a recent physical exam? It is recommended that school-aged children receive a wellness exam every year,especially if they play sports. Wellness exams are covered by insurance. If your child does not have insurance,or if you need information about local pediatricians, please contact your school nurse for assistance. Every year, when your child receives their yearly wellness exam, please remember to turn in a copy of the assessment form, including the immunization record, to the school nurse to keep in your child's medical record here at school. The information on these assessment forms helps the nurse have a better understanding of your child's health and any medical needs they may require.
A Concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump,blow or jolt to the head. Sports related concussions are most common in school-aged children,although they can occur at other times. Symptoms of a concussion can include the following:
Balance problems/Dizziness, 
Blurred vision, 
Sensitivity to light and noise, 
Difficulty remembering the event that caused the concussion, 
Difficulty concentrating, and 
Sadness/ Anxiety.

If your child has an injury to the head and you notice ANY of these symptoms mentioned, call your doctor right away for an appointment. Most people will only experience short-term symptoms from a concussion, but sometimes a severe concussion can lead to long-lasting problems. The best way to protect your child from a concussion is try to prevent them. Ways to prevent a concussion include: 
Wear a seatbelt every time you ride in a vehicle, 
Wear a helmet whenever you or your child ride a bicycle or scooter, ski/snowboard, go sledding,horseback riding, ice skating, ride a       skateboard, or play a sport such as baseball, football, hockey, and 

Please join MMS's Twitter feed (above to the right), Facebook Group, and Remind101!!!

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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GRADE 8 &The Hour of Code

During the week of December 5, 8th grade students participated in the National Hour of Code. They wrote code to help Anna and Elsa draw snowflakes, sailed with Moana, moved zombies through a Minecraft town, and created Flappy Bird games. 
Thank you Team 8 amd Mrs. Welles for offering this to our students every year!!!
"Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, the Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network, and many more." https://code.org/learn

Winter Band Concert

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mystic Middle School Jazz Band Performances

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

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

Eastern Region Music Festival

What is the Eastern Region Middle School Music Festival? The Eastern Region Music Festival's Concert Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Band are made up of the best middle school musicians from the eastern part of CT.  The student musicians rehearse under guest conductors on Friday evening and Saturday morning, March 3 and March 4, 2017 followed by an afternoon performance at RHAM High School in Hebron, CT.  Selection for this music festival is by audition, which was held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. A special thank you to Mrs. Simons and the private music instructors for helping prepare the students for this audition,

Congratulations to all the students selected to represent Mystic Middle School in this year's festival. MMS has representation in the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra.

Nutcracker Ballet

Each year the fifth graders at MMS receive an early present – a memory that will last a lifetime.  They will attend the Nutcracker Ballet presented by the very talented dancers from the Eastern CT Ballet.  It is performed at the beautiful Garde Arts Center in New London, CT on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM.  The beautiful sets, marvelous choreography and high level of energy bring this fairy tale to life each year.  

Special thanks to the MMS PTO for once again this year providing funds for transportation – your support is TRULY appreciated!

Special Guest

On Friday, December 2, 2016, the fifth graders will once again were treated to a special harp performance by Mrs. Faith Leitner, whose children attended MMS and SHS. Mrs. Leitner has been performing selections on her harp from the Nutcracker and other holiday favorites for our fifth graders for over 12 years.  Thank you so much for bringing live music to our students and connecting it to our special Nutcracker Ballet unit of study.

Noticias de la clase de español

8th Grade Spanish students celebrated the Day of the Dead by making traditional altars to honor famous Spanish speaking people.  They also made whimsical skeletons by writing and cutting out their own names!  

Grade 5 Oil Spill Written Assignment

Please check out some of our grade 5 student writing samples for the assignment below by clicking here. The students did a great job with this great lesson.

Assignment - Option 1

Write a letter thanking an oil spill animal rescue worker or volunteer involved in one of the oil spill animal rescue organizations. Include the following:

  • A statement thanking the oil spill rescue worker

  • A description of the activity you did to clean up an oil spill and what you learned

  • 2 ways oil spills affect the health and survival of organisms

  • What concerns you most about oil spills

  • A request for how kids can help support cleanup efforts or prevent oil spills (Ask them to send information to your teacher at Mystic Middle School- 204 Mistuxet Avenue- Mystic, CT 06355

Option 2

Write a letter to a US Senator asking them to support legislation that would help prevent oil spills. You would need to do further research to know which laws you would like added or enforced. This should include:

  • A statement of what you want

  • A description of the activity you did to clean up an oil spill and what you learned

  • 2 ways oil spills affect the health and survival of organisms

  • What concerns you most about oil spills

  • A summing up of what you want the senator to do and why it would help