February 12, 2019
February Break is next week, Monday, February 18th through Friday, February 25th. We hope that our students and families have a safe and restful break.
Burlington High School Transition Update
Due to inclement weather, the activities planned for the families of 8th grade students have been postponed. Please see the new dates below.
8th Grade Family Night at Burlington High School:
February 12, 2019 February 13, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Burlington High School’s administrative team will be hosting a family information evening at Burlington High School in the auditorium.
Guidance Breakfast at Marshall Simonds Middle School:
February 13, 2019 February 14, 2019 at 8:30am
As a follow-up to the Family Night, MSMS & BHS Administration will be hosting a breakfast for family members. Families are welcome to attend this meeting to discuss the transition to high school and the course selection process. This is an ideal setting for you to ask questions that you may have regarding the high school transition.
Burlington High School course recommendations (from teachers) become viewable to families/students on Aspen on February 19, 2019. An email will be set out with instructions and will be communicated on the blog. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor with questions regarding the process. Eighth grade students are asked to return their pink course selection sheets to homeroom teachers no later than March 8, 2019.
News from the School Nurse, Mrs. McGillivary
We are in the height of cold, flu, and bug season! Please review the Illness Guidelines that are meant to help families to determine when a child is too ill to attend school.
Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Congratulations to the following MSMS students who have received individual Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions at the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. We are extremely proud of our hard work and dedication!
Art (Photography Club/Camp/Activity Block/Art Class)
Zara Ahmed, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Clean Up! (photography)
Navya Garg, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Morning Chores (photography)
Michela Giordano, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Nomad (painting)
Courtney Magnarelli, gr. 8*, Gold Key, Portrait of Mara (photography)
Madison Bairos, gr. 8, Silver Key, Portrait of Jane (photography)
Caroline Sciarratta, gr. 8, Silver Key, Window Man (photography)
Kathryn Campbell, gr. 8, Honorable Mention, Davis Square Dogs (photography)
Navya Garg, gr. 8*, Honorable Mention, Selling Maan Kochu (photography)
Courtney Magnarelli, gr. 8*, Honorable Mention, Portrait of an Elder (photography)
*denotes students who created their work as 8th graders but are currently in 9th grade
Alexis Emerson, SciFi/Fantasy, Gold Key
Julia Griffin, SciFi/Fantasy, Silver Key, Glowing Screens and Glass Hearts
Anna Johnson, Poetry, Gold Key, Lab Rats; Grey Streets and Grey Skies; An Imaginary Sanctuary; Dust; Once Upon a Time
Layla Ahmed, SciFi/Fantasy, Silver Key, She Will Rise Jaclyn Brand, Flash Fiction, Silver Key, Rain.
Jaclyn Brand, Short Story, Honorable Mention, A Bad Gray
Emma Naddaff, Short Story, Honorable Mention, Out of the Dark
Valerie Kin, Short Story, Honorable Mention, The Last Note
Patrick Gray, Poetry, Honorable Mention, Tomorrow; Today
Dina Paul, Flash Fiction, Honorable Mention, Yellow
Recently, a number of MSMS students auditioned for the Junior District Festival, a regional performance group. Congratulations to all of our students who auditioned and to those who will be participating in this year’s Junior District Festival (indicated in bold).
Vivaan Pandey, Emerson Waisnor, Nate Carey, Theo Dewar, Steven Noonan
Elijah Wolinski, Henry Morin
MCAS, Spring 2019
Each year, all students in grades 6 through 8 participate in the state mandated MCAS testing. All students are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Students in grade 8 also participate in the Science, Technology, and Engineering assessment. Again, this year, all students in grades 6 through 8 will be taking the computer-based MCAS. We will be working with teachers to make sure that students are familiar with the technology used to navigate the computer-based assessment and are confident that the use of technology will not get in the way of students being able to demonstrate the skills the MCAS is meant to assess.
The assessment window is determined by the state and individual schools have the ability to schedule within each window of time. There are a number of factors that go into determining the testing dates and we do our best to provide a testing schedule that best meets the needs of students. Below, please find the 2019 MCAS testing schedule for Marshall Simonds Middle School. Please keep these dates in mind as student absences during this time are particularly disruptive.
English Language Arts, grades 6-8
Tuesday, April 9th and Wednesday, April 10th
Mathematics, grades 6-8
Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th
Science, Technology, and Engineering, grade 8
Monday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 21st