News from Marshall Simonds Middl School- December 6, 2018
December 6, 2018
Computer Science Week and Hour of Code at MSMS
This week and next, students at MSMS will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of “high” and “low” tech learning activities to help introduce them to the work of coding and computer science. We want to thank Mr. Carroll and Mrs. Floyd, our Library Media Specialists, for planning engaging activities for our students.
The faculty of Marshall Simonds Middle School believes that we should recognize our students’ hard work and achievements, academic and personal growth. This year, we will continue to recognize students’ accomplishments with Student of the Month and Citizen of the Month awards. Although we are a little behind in distributing these special awards, it is our intention to be caught up and back on track by January! Each quarter, we will continue the tradition of naming students who earned a 90% average or better on their report card to the Scholars List. Students who have earned this distinction will have a letter mailed home in the coming days.
Eighth grade students at Marshall Simonds Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) later this year. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. In the coming weeks, the families of eighth grade students who have been randomly selected to participate will receive a more detailed letter about the NAEP administration.
Digital Citizenship and Social Media
Marshall Simonds Middle School is committed to partnering with families to support our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. It is important that the school and families work together to support our students’ respectful use of social media. Often times, incidents of unkind behavior through social media occurs outside of the school day and yet can have a significant impact on the school environments. Recently, we learned that a new SnapChat “game” emerged. Students would receive a message asking them to “swipe to bet” and then would be asked to answer a question, some unkind, by identifying a student. The impact of social media “games” like this, can be extremely harmful to others. We want to continue to encourage you to actively monitor your child's online life, which includes having frequent, open and honest conversations about what they are sharing through social media and what is being shared with them. It is important that students understand that what they post on social media may have consequences beyond the here and now. Below, please find some resources that we have compiled that you may find helpful to initiate these important conversations with your child(ren).
Absences and Requesting Work
Just a reminder to families to call the MSMS Absent Line (781-270-1781 ext.1) any time your student will be absent or late for school. Please call this line even if you have informed your child’s teacher of their absence, as sometimes the message does not get to the main office.
There are times when a family will make the decision to take a family vacation during regularly scheduled school days. Just a friendly reminder that teachers are not required to furnish assignments in advance for students planning to go on vacation, overstaying a vacation, or leaving prior to dismissal for holidays. Upon their return to school, students are responsible for making up the work that they miss and it should be made up in the same number of days the student is absent. If your teacher does provide work before the absence, it is expected that work be returned upon your child’s return to school.
Drinks in School
We encourage students to stay hydrated by carrying water bottles with them throughout the day. Other drinks, including iced coffee and energy drinks, are not permitted in school to school and students will not be allowed to bring them into classrooms. Thank you for your support and assistance.
MSMS PTO- Next Meeting December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm
The Marshall Simonds Middle School Parent Teacher Organization is an incredible resource that supports the students and teachers of MSMS! The MSMS PTO relies solely on the donations of our families to support programming, including transportation for field trips, in-school performances, and funding for the end of the year activities for our 8th grade students. If you have not already made your tax-deductible donation, please visit the MSMS PTO Blog at https://msmsburlpto.wordpress.com/pto-donations/. Thank you for your continued support!
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.
Box Tops Contest- The Winner is...
Thank you to all the families who sent Box Tops in during the month of November. The three homerooms that collected the most Box Tops are:
Mrs. Volpe, grade 8, room B12 = 359
Ms. Miley, grade 7, room C11 = 279
Mr. Nelson, grade 8, room B16 = 231
Mrs. Volpe’s homeroom will enjoy their pizza party prize, courtesy of the MSMS PTO!
After School Activities Pick-up- Third Bus Added!
It is exciting to see so many students participate in after school activities at MSMS! There are now three late busses on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The addition and re-alignment of the stops will all students to get home more quickly. Please review the new late bus routes with your child. The buses leave MSMS at approximately 3:15pm and, depending on how many students are riding, can take up to an hour to complete their routes. If you are picking up your child, please do not enter the front bus loop until after the late busses leave at 3:15 pm. Peach Orchard Road should be used for pick-up before 3:15pm.
Important Upcoming Dates
December 24, 2018 - January 1, 2019 Winter Break