News from the Middle School- June 10, 2019

The end of the school year is always a busy time and that is definitely the case at MSMS!  Please read below for important information about the final days of the 2018-2019 school year.  

Last Day of School
The last day of school for the 2018-2019 school year is Thursday, June 20, 2019.  Students will be dismissed at 10:15 am.

Schedule Update
As you may know, this year we completed a thorough review of our schedule.  Recently, our proposed schedule was approved by the School Committee and we will be implementing the new schedule in the 2018-2019 school year.   We will be meeting with students currently in grades 6 and 7 on Monday, June 17, 2019 to provide them with a preview of next year’s schedule. Because of the complexity of creating a new master schedule and the late approval, students will not be given their team assignments for the next school year, as they have gotten in the past.  We will send schedules to students in early August.

Change can be difficult and anytime a large scale change is being implemented, unanticipated challenges may arise.  As we enter into next year, we will be regularly assessing the new schedule to identify successes and challenges. We will use the feedback that we receive to plan possible adjustments to the schedule for the following school year.

First Annual Cow Pie Bingo and Fun Day

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1pm - 5pm

Our Student Council and the MSMS PTO has been planning an incredible end of the year community event!  All members of the Burlington community are invited to attend the event which will have games, food, and fun!  We will be continuing to sell squares for Cow Pie Bingo all week! Please see this flyer for more information!

Volunteers Still Needed
We are still in need of volunteers to help out on the day of the event!  Please consider giving an hour or two of your time to help make this event successful.   We are also in need of EZ-Up tents, coolers, and outdoor extension cords. If you would be willing to let us borrow any of these items, please clearly label them with your name and drop them off at the middle school office any time this week or after 11:00 am on the day of the event.

Textbook and Library Book Return- Assistance Needed
The middle school library is in the process of collecting all materials that students have borrowed this year.  Please assist your child in returning library books that have been borrowed this year. Students who still have outstanding books on the last day of school may not receive their report card until the book or payment for the lost book is received.

Throughout the school year, students are issued textbooks and other novels to be used in conjunction with the curriculum.  Over the next week, teachers will be collecting books. Students who still have outstanding books on the last day of school or return books that are damaged may not receive their report card until payment for the lost/damaged book is received.


Field Trips
There are a number of field trips planned for the upcoming week.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Talent Show- Wednesday, June 12, 2019
We are excited to host a talent show on the evening of Wednesday, June 12th starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $10 each and will be first offered to the families of students who are participating in the talent show.  Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis in our lobby during homeroom. All students will have the opportunity to see the talent show during the school day the week of June 10th.


Final Fling, 8th Grade Dance

Final Fling- Friday, June 14, 2019 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm
The Final Fling has been a long standing tradition at Marshall Simonds Middle School.  The dance will take place in our gym, which will be transformed into a “Night to Remember”.  In addition to dancing and fun with friends, a light dinner buffet will be provided by our food service department.  Please read below for some additional, important information. Tickets will be $15 and must be purchased in advance during homeroom (cash or check made payable to MSMS).  Permission slips will be sent home later this week and must be returned when purchasing the ticket. No tickets will be sold at the door.

  • Students must be present in school on the day of the dance.  Students who are absent or who are dismissed prior to 11:00 am will not be allowed to attend the Final Fling

  • This event has historically been considered a “semi-formal,” and students should dress accordingly

  • Students are encouraged to wear shoes that they are comfortable in for the entire evening (no bare feet will be allowed)

  • Students should enter through the glass hallway near the cafeteria (no limos please)

  • Families are invited into the courtyard for picture taking prior to the start of Final Fling

  • In order to keep students safe, we ask for your help in following the pick-up plan below.  No student will be allowed to walk home after the dance. In an attempt to keep traffic off Peach Orchard Road and Winn Street, we encourage you to carpool and pick-up in the designated spot depending on the driver’s last name

    • Students with last names beginning with A-L will be picked up at the front of the building. Please enter in front of the school via Winn Street, pull forward to the gym driveway entrance, and exit through Locust Street.

    • Students with last names beginning with M-Z will be picked up at the Peach Orchard loop. Please form a line along the back of the gym area similar to the after school pickup process.


Grade 8 Field Trip

Canobie Lake Park Field Trip- Monday, June 17, 2019 (rain date June 18th)
Once again, grade 8 teachers have planned a fun and rewarding end of the year trip to Canobie Lake Park.  This trip is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 17, 2019. Students will report to school at the beginning of school and the departure of buses will be coordinated with the opening of the park.  The permission slip will go home with students at the end of this week, and the cost for the trip is $33 (cash or check made payable to MSMS). Students should bring money to buy lunch at the park or are welcome to pack a lunch (glass containers are prohibited at Canobie Lake Park).

6th and 7th Grade Field Day
Monday, June 17, 2019

We are in the process of finalizing the events for the 6th and 7th grade field day.    Students will be outside for about two hours. Please make sure your child brings sunscreen, a water bottle, and a hat on that day!

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Promotion Ceremony- Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:30 pm

All grade 8 students and their families are invited to attend the Promotion Ceremony that is scheduled on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.  We understand that this is an important milestone in your child’s educational journey and in the past the promotion ceremony has been well attended, leaving standing room only for some families.  The gym will not be open until 6:00 pm, and we ask that you limit the number of guests that you bring so that all families are able to have a space in the gym to celebrate their child’s accomplishments.  Should you or a family member require seating accommodations, please contact the office prior to Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Handicap parking will be available in the side gym driveway near the cafeteria.

Lost and Found
Lost and found items have been in the lobby for several weeks now.  Any items that remain by Thursday, June 13, 2019 will be donated to area charities.

Summer Reading
Marshall Simonds Middle School wants you to have a wonderful summer filled with sun, fun, and reading!  Research shows that participating in summer reading boosts academic achievement and prevents a summer slump. Please click on the link below to learn more about the summer reading program for your child!  If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s ELA teacher.

Here are a couple of resources that may be helpful for you to assist your child in finding a “just right” book for them!

Common Sense Media Book Reviews

American Library Association

Students entering grade 9 at Burlington High School

Burlington High School has updated its summer reading program for the 2019-2020 school year. Each student will be assigned a book (based on their top three picks from the provided list) and be placed in a group with other students and faculty members who also read that book. At the beginning of the school year, groups will meet to have a discussion on their book.

To learn more about this program and to see the list of books, please go to the BHS Summer Reading Webpage:

Students entering grade 8 (current 7th grade students)

Students entering grade 7 (current 6th grade students)

Students entering grade 6 (current 5th grade students)