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News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- January 2, 2019

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Welcome 2019!

We hope that all members of the MSMS community enjoyed the break.  The new year provides us an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments,  identify opportunities for growth, set goals, and create action plans to help us accomplish those goals. As much as a break was needed, we are looking forward to getting back to learning as we approach the second half of the 2018-2019 school year.  


A Message from the Principal

As we enter into 2019, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my first six months at Marshall Simonds Middle School.  Each day, I am grateful for the privilege to work alongside the dedicated faculty and staff of Marshall Simonds Middle School to support the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. I continue to be impressed with the faculty and staff’s commitment to educating the whole child and their willingness to do whatever it takes to support them.  As a professional community, we have collaboratively established our core values and are in the process of revising our vision and mission. As this work continues, we will be inviting members of our community to provide input and feedback into these statements that will become a guide for our future work.


Mr. Murphy and I have enjoyed getting to know the MSMS community and will continue to focus on building relationships with all members of our school community in the new year.  It is important that our students, our most important stakeholders, be given the opportunity to provide input and feedback about what they like about MSMS and potential initiatives that would help them learn and grow.  In the coming weeks, I will be inviting randomly selected students to attend Student Focus Groups during Activity Block. Students who are randomly selected will receive an email invitation on Monday to attend the Focus Group that week.  While students are not required to attend, we hope that they will! Finally, in an attempt to better understand our students’ experience from the their perspective, we are scheduling shadow a student days throughout the winter into the spring.  This will allow us to learn more about MSMS for the student’s perspective.


Wishing you all the best in 2019!  


Cari Perchase, Principal


Student Meetings

Mr. Murphy and Ms. Perchase will be holding grade level meetings with students this week.  During these meetings, we will be reviewing our core values, Perseverance Respect Integrity   Diversity Empathy, with our students. We will also take this opportunity to remind students what PRIDE looks like in our school community.  Areas of focus include digital citizenship and acceptable use of technology, expected behaviors in the hallways, cafeteria, and bus, respect for human difference, and review procedures for upcoming safety drills.  It is our hope that by regularly communicating and clarifying our expectations that students will meet and exceed our expectations.


Midterm Progress Reports

This week marks the midway point of the second quarter.  We will be sending home progress reports with students when we return from the break on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.   You are encouraged to log-on Aspen to check your child’s progress for the second term. If you have any questions regarding your child’s academic progress, please contact their teacher or guidance counselor.


Lost and Found

Marshall Simonds Middle School’s Lost and Found is overflowing!  Please encourage your child to look through the items in the lost and found in the cafeteria, gym, and music areas.  Any items left past after Wednesday, January 9th will be donated to a local charity.


Marshall Simonds Middle School has benefitted from the support of the MSMS PTO for many years.  This parent-teacher organization has historically supported programing at the middle school, including subsidizing the cost of field trips, bringing special programming to our students and families, and for supporting the end of the year activities (Final Fling) for our 8th grade students.  This has been accomplished through the generosity of our families, through an annual “membership fee” and the PTO did not have to ask families/students to fundraise.


This year, PTO membership is down and the organization may not have the funds available to support the programs that they have traditionally provided.  If you have not submitted your annual membership, please visit the MSMS PTO website and submit your tax deductible donation.  In order to ensure they are able to maintain and expand their support in the future, the PTO will also need to run additional fundraisers this winter/spring.  Please be on the lookout for how you can support our PTO. Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.


Family Workshop:

Tools to Help Monitor Your Child’s Technology/Social Media, January 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

This fall, thanks to the generosity and efforts of the Burlington Education Foundation and the MSMS PTO, we had representatives from the United States Attorney’s Office present to students in grades 5 through 8.  The presentation included information about a child’s digital footprint, the impact that their present actions can have on college and career, the negative impacts of “sexting” (the sharing of inappropriate pictures with peers), and how online predators may use social media to connect with adolescents.  As a follow-up, we have planned a hands on workshop to support families with monitoring their child’s digital presence. Please join our School Resource Officers, Officer Sheppard and Officer Costa, and Mr. Murphy on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Learning Commons. The PTO meeting is scheduled to take place immediately following this workshop.


Amazon Smile

You can now support the MSMS PTO when you make purchases on Amazon!  Please follow this link and every time you shop on Amazon, MSMS PTO and our students will benefit.


Textile Bins

You may have seen the white textile boxes located at each of the schools in Burlington.  These boxes are part of the Bay State Textiles program that focuses on spreading awareness and seeks to educate the public about the problem of unwanted textiles. There is no cost to the program and Bay State Textiles handles all of the logistics.  When you drop your unwanted textiles in any of the boxes (MSMS’s box is down the hill by the football field), that school receives a financial donation from the company. A list of textiles that will be accepted can be found here  Please make MSMS your destination for donating unwanted textiles!


Student Council

MSMS will be starting a student council after the winter break. The student council will consist of representatives from all grades and teams. Please see Mrs. Evans in C12 or Mrs. Volpe in B12 for information or an application. Meetings will held after school on Thursdays. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, January 9th.


Winter Concert- Save the Date

The Marshall Simonds Middle School music department will proudly present its Winter Concert for students in grades 6 through 8 on Wednesday, January  23, 2019. More specific details will be shared after the break.


Principal and Assistant Principal Coffee Hour- Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Mr. Murphy and I are excited to host the next Coffee Hour on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm.  The purpose of the Coffee Hour is to provide a forum for two way communication between families and the administration.  These regular informal meetings will provide us invaluable feedback about what makes Marshall Simonds great and will assist us in identifying opportunities for growth.  The Coffee Hour will take place in the Learning Commons.


Accepting Donations- Comfort Stations

Recently, two students presented a solution to a challenge that some of our female students were experiencing.  As a result, there are now “comfort stations” in two bathrooms within our building. While we do have supplies available in the nurse’s office, they are often not preferred by our students.   Please see the message from the students below and consider sending


We have recently come upon an idea to start a donation box for feminine products in the girls' bathrooms in the school. The donations will be dropped off at the main office and distributed by students to the bathrooms and nurse. The school is accepting non-opened packs of pads and liners. Any donation will be a big help and could help a girl in need. We feel as a community that everyone should feel comfortable at school and donating would help us get closer to this goal!