News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- January 30, 2019

News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- January 30, 2019

Second Quarter Report Cards and Beginning of Semester 2

The second quarter has come to an end.  We will be sending report cards home with students on Monday, February 4th. We encourage you to review your child’s report card with them to celebrate their successes and to assist them in identifying areas to continue to improve on.  If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

The second semester, or half, of the 2018-2019 school year began on January 28, 2019.  Students began their 3rd quarter and/or 2nd semester classes this past Monday.


We wanted to congratulate all of our students who performed in last week’s concert.  We were so impressed with the concert and proud of our students growth. We would also like to thank Ms. Gendron, Ms. Noel, Mr. Mullen, and Ms. Schauer for supporting our musicians continued development.


National Geographic Geography Bee

Each year, students in schools across the United States participate in the National Geography Bee.  Each of our 9 teams identified one representative to participate in the school wide competition. We were impressed with all the competitors and want to congratulate the winners:


1st place: Hemish Kansara, 6C
2nd place: Matthew Shannon, 7A
3rd place: Inesh Parikh, 8B and Brennan Riley, 6A


Principal and Assistant Principal Coffee Hour- Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Mr. Murphy and I are excited to host the next Coffee Hour on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm.  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.


Life Changer of the Year Award Nominee, Ms. Cheryl Mantia

LifeChanger of the Year is a national award to acknowledge teachers, administrators, and staff in K-12 schools.  Cheryl Mantia was nominated for her work with Teen LIGHT. Teen LIGHT is the community service project at MSMS that has raised approximately $120,000 over the last ten years to support teens with issues including depression, cancer, autism, anxiety, abuse, and poverty. Children who have benefited from the proceeds of the project include two local Burlington children who had been diagnosed with cancer.  In addition to supporting important causes, Ms. Mantia has inspired and supported MSMS students to become leaders in the school and greater community.


The link below brings you to the LifeChanger of the Year profile page.  The committee considers the comments when selecting finalists for the award. If you would like to support the nomination, please post a comment.


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

Afternoon Pick-up


The safety and well-being of our students is always our number one priority.  With that in mind, we would like to clarify the afternoon pick-up procedures for families who pick their child(ren) up at the end of the school day. The loop is typically free of cars by 2:05 pm and many families report that picking up a few minutes after dismissal is quicker then arriving before dismissal and waiting in line.  


Click here for the MSMS Pick Up Traffic Map


1) Students who are walking home or are being picked up by parents should only be exiting the building via the auditorium doors on the Lusas Loop.


2) Students should only enter cars that are in the Lusas Loop and parked in the area marked in green on the map.


3) Cars should form a single file line in the Lusas Loop.  The first car in line should pull forward to area marked on the map.  As cars pull away, the line should continue to pull as far forward as possible.


4) If the Lusas Loop is full when cars are entering from Peach Orchard, they should follow the flow of traffic as indicated on the map.


5) After 2:05, once the buses have left, students should be picked-up in the front of the building. At 2:05, any students still awaiting their ride on the Peach Orchard side will be relocated to the Main Office.  


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