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Stonington Middle School Summer Reading 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

Summer is a great time to relax, have fun, and recharge. Participating in reading

activities over the summer is crucial for students to maintain skills gained throughout the school year. The purpose of the Stonington Middle School summer activities is to encourage students to become lifelong readers; therefore, we are providing students with fun and engaging ways to practice their reading skills. We have set a goal for 100% participation by students in our summer reading program. All students who participate will receive a certificate for a free ice cream at Mel’s Downtown Creamery.

 

Research on summer learning loss suggests that: On average, students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in reading. Teachers spend the first four to six weeks of the new school year re-teaching material from the previous year. Summer learning loss is cumulative; over time it can create a gap of two and up to five years by the time students reach high school.


A good reading goal for middle school students is a set reading time of at least

20 minutes per day, and approximately one book every two weeks, depending on

their reading level and the length and difficulty of the book. We encourage

students to visit the Stonington and Westerly Public Libraries and participate in

their summer reading program. All students also have access to a free

Newsela.com account – an amazing resource of current event news articles

written at a variety of reading levels appropriate for middle school students.

Students should complete the linked (below) fiction and nonfiction choice boards using

(1), a fiction book of personal choice and (2), a Newsela article of choice.

 

Nonfiction Choice Board

Fiction Choice Board

 

Happy Reading!



TWO WELCOMED ADDITIONS TO MMS

I am pleased to announce two new positions and staff members to our Mystic Middle School Community. Ms. Deanna Brucoli will be serving as our half-time Assistant Principal and Ms. Andrea Nardone will be our PPT Facilitator/Special Services Coordinator.  

Ms. Brucoli, after graduating from UConn with a BA in Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, began teaching for New London Public Schools. She served there for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, including teaching English, 6-12 department chairperson, summer school director, and humanities coordinator.

During her teaching career, she attended SCSU graduate school for School Counseling and Sacred Heart University for School Administration. In 2016, she happily joined Stonington Public Schools as Assistant Principal at PMS. She is now very excited for the opportunity to meet and work with Mystic's students, families, and staff.

Ms. Nardone received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, as well as a Masters of Education in Special Education from Rhode Island College. She received an Intermediate Administration and Supervision Certification from Sacred Heart University.

Ms. Nardone previously spent 30 years as a Special Education teacher at Mystic Middle School before transferring to Stonington High School, where for 7 years she held the position of TLC Special Education Teacher. Additionally, for the past 3 years she has also held the position of Special Education Interdisciplinary Coordinator at SHS.

While maintaining her position as the Special Education IC at SHS, Ms. Nardone looks forward to her new position as the PPT Facilitator/Special Services Coordinator for both MMS and PMS.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Keith



The New Cub Chronicles


The MMS Journalism Club launched their new Cub Chronicles site this May. It is definitely a work in progress, but will hopefully give us a nice foundation to build on moving forward next year. The club is comprised of MMS student journalists, photographers, graphic designers, and technicians who generate school news for all to see. Here is the link: http://mmscub.blogspot.com/ (Comments are welcomed!)


                  

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Important Summer Dates

 

  • 1st week of August - Grade 8 Pre-Algebra or Geometry/Probability/Statistics placement letters sent home

  • 1st week of August - Grade 5 homerooms letters sent home

  • 2nd week of August - Welcome Back letter to everyone

  • August 31 - Meet and Greet at MMS Thursday Incoming 5th graders and parents will have the opportunity to meet their teachers, take a tour of the school, and get acclimated to their new school from 1:45-2:30 PM.