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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.
                                                                                                                                                 
      


Connecticut History Day - 2017

"Connecticut History Day is a program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history.
After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews.
Students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topic's significance in history, and create final projects that demonstrate their work.
These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them.
Connecticut History Day is one of 57 affiliate programs of the highly regarded National History Day program" - http://www.historydayct.org/
Congratulations Dante for placing 2nd in the "Paper" category. Lucy and Lily also had a great showing. Thank you, again, Miss Prince for coaching our MMS team.
 

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! 

      

MAKERS' CLUB

Ms. Dow is looking for 7th and 8th-grade peer helpers to come to Unified Maker's Club on Wednesdays.  Peer helpers help students in Unified Maker's to do crafts, play games and make snacks.  Please see Ms. Dow in room 219 if you'd like to help out! 

The first Makers' Club meeting is this Wednesday, March 29 after school.

Makers Club is a group of students that meets up regularly to work on their personal projects. Our goal is to connect artists, tinkerers, prototypers with the proper subject matter expertise to bring their ideas to life.


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Band News - Jim Hilbie


Manchester High School Jazz Festival

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the MMS Jazz Band performed at Manchester High School’s Jazz Festival.  The adjudicators for their performance were Mr. Doug Maher, professional guitarist, and Mr. Jeff Holmes, Director of Jazz Studies at UMASS.  The members of the trombone section received the Musicianship Award from the judges for their outstanding performance.  


        

Great East Festival/Six Flags

The Great East Festival and Six Flags field trip for 6th, 7th and 8th graders are on Friday, May 12, 2017. The final payment of $46.00 is due on Friday, March 3, 2017.  Please make checks payable to Mystic Middle School.  Thank you!

Star Spangled Banner Thank You!

This past basketball season, many students performed the Star Spangled Banner before the boys’ and girls’ basketball games.  Thank you to the following instrumental students for sharing their talent with others: Rachael Marseglia, Lily Haghpassand, Noah Bosse, Femke Koover, and Catie McWilliams.  Thanks to Coach LaChance and Coach Sartor for encouraging our student performances a special part of our school basketball games.




CHORUS NEWS

The MMS Stonington Singers performed at the Olde Mistick Village on Saturday at the 14th Annual Cabin Fever Festival & Charity Chowder Cook-Off. The event is a fundraiser for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and for the Weekender Backpack Food Program.



March Cubs of the Month
Congratulations Sofia, Sandra, Will, and Lulu!!!



     
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 school nurse
REMINDERS to parents:   

Students with FEVER of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home from school. Students must remain at home for at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Students with VOMITING AND DIARRHEA  must remain at home for at least 24 hours unless the vomiting and diarrhea are determined to be caused by a non-communicable condition.

In April, we will be doing scoliosis screenings as mandated by the State of Connecticut for 5th, 7th-grade girls, and 8th-grade boys. The purpose of this screening is to recognize the signs of spinal curvature at its earliest stages so the need for treatment can be determined.  In early years, it is painless and develops gradually, especially during the years of adolescent growth. Many cases of the curvature of the spine are mild and require only an ongoing observation by a doctor after first being diagnosed. Others get progressively more severe as the child grows and require active treatment. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity which can affect a person's appearance and health.The school nurse, who has received special training, will be doing the screenings. These trained examiners inspect the student's spine as he or she stands and then bends forward. If further consultation is recommended, parents will be notified of the findings and will be asked to seek further evaluation from their own physician.  If the screening results are negative, you will not be contacted. If you have any questions concerning the postural screening, please contact the school nurse.



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Mixed Bag Designs FUNdraiser 2017


It's time to kick off our Mixed Bag Designs FUNdraiser to support our school! The sale will run 2/27-3/10. Seller packets are coming home soon so be sure to check them out and review the attached parent letter for all the details. 

Our goal this season is to raise $3300 for Mystic Middle School. However, we can't make that happen without everyone's support! Start sharing the catalogs today with friends, neighbors, and out-of-town family members. You can also shop online at http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com/?fundraiserid=146929.  T
he MMS online ID code is 146929. 
Ordering is easy & secure and there's something for everyone!