News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- Mid-Summer Update

Mid-Summer Update, August 7, 2019


We hope that you are enjoying the summer with family and friends.  We have been busy preparing for when our students return on Tuesday, September 3, 2019; the first day of school.  Our amazing custodial staff has been hard at work making sure our building is ready to welcome faculty and student back.  The administrative team has focused on creating the new master schedule and planning for another great year of learning! Mrs. Chen Fein, Mr. Murphy, and I are excited to see the school come alive on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 3, 2019!


The following communication is meant to provide you with important information about the upcoming school year.  You can expect similar updates about every two weeks and more frequently in the beginning and end of the school year.


Schedule Update

We are excited by the progress we have made with our new master schedule.  At this point, the schedule is complete and we will be sending home students’ team placements and teacher assignments via U.S. Mail at the end of this week.  While there may be some small tweaks necessary, especially when it comes to scheduling additional educational services, schedules are complete. We will be providing students with individual printed schedules during homeroom on the first day of school.  We feel it is important for our teachers to support students with navigating the new schedule structure.  


In our next newsletter, we will be sharing additional resources to assist students with understanding the new master schedule.  


Teacher Teams

Marshall Simonds Middle School uses the middle school philosophy to create an organizational structure to meet the diverse needs of the adolescent learner.  This includes the establishment of interdisciplinary teams that work together to support a cohort of students. Traditionally at Marshall Simonds Middle School, each of the three teams at a grade level were named “A”, “B”, or “C”.  This year, we have reassigned teachers to different teams and have renamed them “Red”, “White”, and “Blue”. Here are the teaching teams for the 2019-2020 school year.

Grade 6



Guidance Counselor- Dianna Wyllie


6 Blue

6 White

6 Red


Lynch, Kim - A3

MacCurtain - A14

Crowley - A18


Conley - A2

Hewitt - A15

Sullivan - A19

Social Studies

Sturtevant - A4

Ellis - A13

Eager - A17


Shea - D101

Lynch, Jane - D102

Richardson - D103

Spec. Ed.

Murphy - A16

Brosnan - A16

Torchio - A5

Grade 7


Guidance Counselor- Bobby Conceison


7 Blue

7 White

7 Red


Miley - A9

Vitale - C11

Fryman - A6


D’Arcangelo - A8

Carroll - C12

Larkin - A12

Social Studies

Kingston - A7

Bedrossian - C10

Evans - A11


Scelsi - C8

Pratt - C7

Cerretani - D104

Spec. Ed.

Huckstepp - C13

Kramer - C13

Kalra - C15

Grade 8


Guidance Counselor- Trish Gibbons


8 Blue

8 White

8 Red


Mantia - B17

Peterson - B2

Wilkes - B14


Nelson-Boyd - B15

Kotarakos - B4

Bergeron - B13

Social Studies

Nelson - B16

DiSipio - B3

Volpe - B12


Byrne - D203

Gorham - D201

Marino - D202

Spec. Ed.

Murray - B1

Sampson - B18

Miksenas - B18


Warm Welcome

Please join us in welcoming the newest members faculty members to the Marshall Simonds Middle School!


New to the District

Mrs. Jennifer Chen Fein, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Ashley Parent, Speech-Language Pathologist


New to Marshall Simonds (previously served in a role in BPS)

Ms. Jaclyn Vigneau, Special Education Team Chair

Mrs. Kim Lynch, Grade 6 Math Teacher

Ms. Diana Marcus, Information Technology Specialist/Computer Science Teacher

Mrs. Olive Schulz, School Nurse


WEB Orientation Day, Thursday, August 22, 2019

The transition to middle school can be an exciting time for children; however, many children experience some anxiety about the transition.  We are excited for hosting our first annual WEB Orientation Day. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) is a program with the sole purpose of helping incoming students feel more comfortable as they transition to middle school.  We are confident that this program will assist students transition successfully! The WEB Program consists of an activity based orientation day that welcomes incoming 6th grade students to the middle school, while providing them with important information about the school.  Incoming 6th grade students are assigned an 8th grade WEB Leader who will continue to support sixth grade students throughout the year.  This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was selected from a large pool of applicants, has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader in our school, and participated in training.


This year’s WEB Orientation Day will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  


We would like to thank the Burlington Education Foundation for their generous support in bringing WEB to Marshall Simonds Middle School.


We would also like to thank the MSMS PTO for providing lunch on the Orientation Day!


Welcome Night- Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Students often have mixed feelings about returning to school in the fall.  On the one hand, they are excited to return to the structure of the school day and their friends.  On the other hand, students may feel anxious or apprehensive about the new school year. We are excited to provide all students and their families the opportunity to visit the building on Wednesday, August 28th.  The hope is that providing students the chance to see where their classrooms, the cafeteria, the learning commons, the gymnasium, and the auditorium are located will reduce some of the anxiety a student may be feeling.  I know Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Chen Fein, and I are looking forward to seeing some of our students before the first day of school! The building will be open to students and parents from 4:30 p.m until 6:00 p.m.. At 5:30 p.m., we invite families and students to the Richard J. Connors Learning Commons to meet and get to know Mrs. Chen Fein.    


Picture Day

Picture day has been scheduled for the morning of Monday, September 23, 2019.  More information about ordering will be shared with families once it is received from the photography company, Geskus.


School Calendar and School Hours

Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for school success.  While school work due to absence can be made up, it is difficult to replicate the learning experiences in the classroom  The Burlington Public Schools School Committee has established an attendance procedure policy (File #JH) that states, “The administration and faculty of Burlington Public Schools believe that attendance by students at school is vitally important to a successful education”.  


The 2019-2020 school calendar, approved by the School Committee, can be found here


The Marshall Simonds Middle School day begins at 7:35 am and ends at 1:55 pm.  Students are expected to be in homeroom by 7:35 am. Students who are not in homeroom by 7:35 am are considered tardy and must sign in at the main office to receive a pass to class. Students who are to be dismissed from school should bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to the office prior to the start of school and will receive a dismissal slip.   Students must be picked up from the main office by a parent, guardian, or other adult who has been given permission, in writing, to pick up the child. 


In the event that a student is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school of the absence.  Parents/guardians must call (781) 270-1781 ext. 1 prior to 8:00 a.m. to report a student absence. In the event that the school is not contacted by the parent/guardian about a child’s absence, the school will contact the family to confirm the child’s absence. 


News from the Nurse’s Office

Incoming 7th grade Physical Exams

Thank you to everyone that has already turned in a copy of their child’s most recent physical exam to the school nurse.  Burlington Public Schools is requesting an updated physical, with your child’s required Tdap immunization, for entry into grade 7 for the upcoming school year. This document is required of all Massachusetts children to attend public school per the Department of Public Health immunization requirements and must be dated between August 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.


We are mandated to adhere to state guidelines so that we provide a safe school environment for all students. Therefore, an updated physical exam with updated immunizations is due by September 1, 2019. Please forward this required document to your school nurse, Leigh McGillivray, at your earliest convenience prior to September 1, 2019 via email to:, fax to: 781-270-1696, or mail to: MSMS Nurse’s Office. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Medication drop off

The MSMS nurses will be available for medication drop off on Monday, August 26th, from 9am-2pm and Wednesday, August 28th from 4:30-6:30pm. The appropriate medication plan needs to be completed and all medications must be in their original medication container with the prescription label indicating the child’s name, prescription number, date filled, physician’s name, medication name, and directions for use. Non-prescription medications must be in their original containers, with directions for use. All medications must be up-to-date (Not Expired). Additionally, all Epi-Pens must have both Epi-Pens that were dispensed in the prescription box. Only the school nurse can accept medication. If your child self carries medications, this needs to have the approval from the school nurse and you must have a second set of emergency medication in the nurse's office. Below, please find the BPS district policies and regulatory requirements for nurses to administer medications to your children in a safe manner and to keep your children safe while under our care.


If you need the updated Medication plans, please refer to the Health Services section of the BPS website or see the attachments below. These plans must be dated on or after July 1, 2019. If you need to have a meeting with the nurse to discuss your child's specific medical needs, please email the school nurse, Leigh McGillivray, at


Allergy Medication Administration Plan and Consent

Medication Administration and Consent

Respiratory Action Plan

Seizure Medication Consent and Action Plan