The latest News from Marshall Simonds Middle School!
October 2, 2018
It is hard to believe that September is over! Students have settled back into the routine of school and learning is in full swing. Mr. Murphy and I are continuing to get to know our students and continue to be impressed with their positive attitude, energy, and enthusiasm. Last week, Mr. Carrol and Mrs. Floyd welcomed students to the Learning Commons to learn about Banned Books. This week, we began the more traditional Activity Block offerings and students were excited to resume the more familiar activity block structure.
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At Marshall Simonds Middle School, the safety and wellbeing of our students is our number one priority. Throughout the year, we will communicate the emergency procedures for different situations and will provide students opportunities to practice these procedures. Last week, we completed our first evacuation drill with the assistance of Burlington Fire Department. While students exited the building quickly, we identified opportunities to improve our evacuation procedures. Early next week, we will be holding grade level meetings with our students to review the adjustments to our procedure and discuss our expectations during an evacuation. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to communicate our expectations to students and conduct emergency response drills. Our intention in sharing our procedures for different situations and practicing drills with students is to reduce the worry that some students may have and help students be prepared for different situations.
Student and Parent Presentation- October 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
The Burlington Education Foundation and Marshall Simonds Middle School PTO is partnering to bring A Project Safe Childhood presentation to Burlington. During the day of October 17, 2018, students in grades 6 through 8 will attend the presentation titled, Keeping Children Safe & Secure Online. That evening, families are invited to participate in an evening presentation by the same presenter geared for them. Please mark your calendars. More details will follow soon.
We are excited to continue to offer students a late bus two days a week. The late bus can be used by students who have stayed for after school activities, such as staying for extra help with a teacher or participating in an extracurricular program or club. This year, late buses will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The buses will leave the middle school between 3:10 pm and 3:15 pm and depending on the number of students riding the bus, they may take up to an hour to complete their respective routes. Just a reminder that students should be staying with a teacher or participating in an organized after school activity when staying at school after dismissal.
First PTO Meeting, Thursday October 4, 2018
The first meeting of the Marshall Simonds Middle School PTO. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the Learning Commons in the middle school.
School Council- Call for Volunteers
The Marshall Simonds Middle School Council is composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members and serves to improve our school. The council is responsible for formulating a school improvement plan that addresses the needs of students and acts as an advisory group to support the change process. We are currently looking for volunteers who are willing to serve on this committee. The meetings will take place about once a month and will start at 3:45 pm. If you are interested in learning more about the School Council or would like to be considered for this role, please email Cari Perchase at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, October 5, 2018.
Grade 6 Health Classes
Our School Resource Officer, Keith Sheppard, has been working in Ms. Eovine's 6th grade health classes. Students are learning about communities, decision making, goals setting, and refusal skills. Students have a workbook with activities for each lesson. The program is engaging and gives students an opportunity to practice what they learn by being involved in role-play situations with Office Sheppard.
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School- Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
A representative from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Guidance Office will be at Marshall Simonds Middle School on Wednesday, October 10th at 8:30 AM to deliver the “Road Show” presentation. The purpose of the Road Show is to inform 8th graders about their option to attend Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. Students will receive a preview about the admissions process that includes the five (5) criteria point system, as well as important dates and deadlines. Most importantly, the presentation features an overview of a “day in the life of a Shawsheen student” at Ram Country. The presentation highlights everything from extracurricular activities and athletics to academic/vocational programs that we offer our students, with a particular focus on the freshman year experience. In addition to talking points, the students will watch a brief video that highlights all aspects of Shawsheen Tech, including student experiences.
The Spectrum club held its first meeting on Tuesday. The goal of the Spectrum club is to create a safer environment for all students, with an emphasis on the diverse community here at MSMS. It is a place where MSMS students can meet to support each other, talk about issues related to LGBTQ+, and work to help end bullying and homophobia in our school and community. Spectrum club is for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+, for anyone who does not identify but would like to act as an ally, and for anyone who is interested in making MSMS a safe and welcoming place.