News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- November 21, 2019


November 21, 2019

As we approach the Thanksgiving break, we wanted to take a moment and share how grateful to be part of the Burlington Community. We appreciate your continued trust and support and we are grateful to be part of your child’s life.


On behalf of the entire Marshall Simonds Middle School faculty, staff, and administration, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.


Early Release Day- November 27, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 is an early release day for all students in the Burlington Public Schools.   Marshall Simonds Middle School will dismiss at 10:15 am on early release days.


Thanksgiving Assembly, Grade 8 

As we did last year, students in grade 8 will have their first Assembly the day before Thanksgiving.  The Thanksgiving Assembly takes place in the gym, includes different events, and is about twice as long as the assemblies students will participate in this week.  The feedback from last year’s 8th grade students was positive and we are looking forward to another great event in November!


Lunch/Outside Time

As you know, we extended our lunch periods from 20 minutes to 25 minutes this year.  We felt that this was important in order to give students more time to eat a healthy lunch and provide additional unstructured time for them to socialize with their friends. Now that the cold weather has arrived, we still try to take students out as much as possible, especially when the sun helps warm things up.  We continue to communicate our expectations for students in the cafeteria and while outside. This week and next, our students are working towards earning the privilege of having music during lunch. Overall we are pleased with the improvements that we are seeing in our students’ behavior in the lunchroom and will continue to work with each grade level demonstrate our core values, PRIDE, in the cafeteria and outside during lunch!


First Marking Period Coming to an End

This year, we have adjusted our reporting periods from quarters (four times a year) to trimesters (three times a year).  We feel that this change will provide students with additional opportunities for academic success, while decreasing the level of stress that can come with shorter marking periods.  We are also in the process of working with our educators to develop more consistent practices with how we use the parent portal to more regularly communicate student progress with families throughout the term.  Once we establish what the minimum expectations about using the portal are, we will communicate this with families.


The first report card will be distributed on Monday, December 9, 2019.  The report card will include the end of Trimester 1 grades for our full-year courses.  Some of our courses are scheduled on a semester cycle. Semester courses which are Computer Science, Health, Family Consumer Sciences, Art (grades 7 & 8) will get one, final grade at the end of the semester (mid January for Semester 1 courses and the end of the year for Semester 2 courses).  On December 9th the semester classes will issue a progress report to provide students and families an update on the progress in those classes thus far.  


Lost and Found

Marshall Simonds Middle School’s Lost and Found is overflowing!  We have relocated all found items to our lobby. Please encourage your child to look through the items on the table and racks in the lobby for any items that they may be missing. You are also welcome to stop by before or after school.  Items left past Wednesday will be donated to a local charity.

Afternoon Pick-up, and Late Bus Reminders

In the afternoon, whether at regular dismissal or after after school activities,  we ask that you form a single lane around the perimeter of the back parking lot. If you are picking up your child after school, please follow the regular student pick-up procedure on Peach Orchard Street.  Families are not allowed to enter the bus loop at the front of the building to pick-up until 3:30 pm, after the late buses have left.  


Please always exercise caution, patience, and model respectful behavior for our students.  Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe.


Coffee Hour, December 12, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mrs. Chen Fein, Mr. Murphy, and I are excited to host the first Coffee Hour of the year!  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 at 6:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


News from the MSMS Deveilbotz 

The MSMS Devilbotz Lego robotics team will be competing in a regional competition at Newton North High School on Saturday November 23. The event begins at 8:00 am and runs all day. All members of the MSMS community are invited and encouraged to come cheer on the team as they move towards advancing to the state competition. 


News from our Nurses

Just a friendly reminder that it is the time of year that you should be checking your child’s head for lice.  It is not uncommon to see lice at this time of year, and parental head checks are strongly encouraged. Our District’s Lice Procedures/Protocol is attached here and please refer to the bottom of the policy for plenty of education on lice. If you have any questions, concerns, or need support, please feel free to contact the Nurse’s Office.  


Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Online Student Application

Below is some information regarding the application for admission to Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. Each applicant will receive an admission score based on (a) grades, attendance, and discipline from September through June of grade 7; (b) grades, attendance, and discipline from the first two marking periods of grade 8; (c) teacher/counselor recommendations, and (d) a personal interview. Shawsheen Valley Technical High School accepts applications for 9th-grade admission beginning in September of the student’s 8th grade school year. Upperclass students can apply for fall admission in the spring. The application deadline is February 1st 2020.


Shawsheen Valley Technical High School admits students and makes available to them its advantages, privileges, and course of study, without regard to race, color, gender, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness status.


Click here to download a hard copy of the application or apply online by following this link:


News from the BEF

Please check out the Burlington Education Foundation’s annual raffle here.



Please see the attached flyer for information about an upcoming Adopt-a-Class event.


Save the Dates

This year, Marshall Simonds Middle School will host two Winter Concerts, one for instrumental groups and one for choral groups.  These concerts will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd and Thursday, January 23rd. More information will be communicated as the date approaches.