News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- October 12, 2018

News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- October 12, 2018

News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018



Since my earliest interactions with the students, faculty, and families of Marshall Simonds Middle School, I knew that this school was a special place!  It was clear to me that our educators are passionate about middle school aged students and always placed them in the center of their work! With each passing day, their passion and professionalism is more evident and I am grateful for having the opportunity to work alongside them.  Our students are amazing! It is a privilege to be a part of their lives on a daily basis and I am honored to work in a community like Burlington, with families who are willing to partner with the us to support the social, emotional, and academic development of our students!


At the beginning of the school year and through September, our faculty and staff began a process to identify our core values; the traits that we felt important to communicate, develop, and celebrate with our students.   In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing our core values with our students and working with them to define what it means to have MSMS PRIDE!

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Later this month, we will be involving our students in choosing a mascot and creating a logo for our school that helps show our PRIDE!


Midterm Progress Reports

This week marks the midway point of the first quarter.  On Friday, October 12, 2018, progress reports will be sent home with students.   If you have any questions regarding your child’s academic progress, please contact their teacher or guidance counselor.


Aspen Family Portal Accounts

Each BPS Family has an Aspen Family Portal Account.  The accounts are automatically created when families first register their child for school.  


The URL for the Aspen Family Portal is


If you forget your password, there is an “I forgot my password” link on the login screen. If you do not know your families Login ID or are having trouble resetting your password, please email the Student Information Office at


  Family Portal Resources:

    Aspen Family Portal - First Time Users

    Aspen Family Portal Reference Sheet


Parent / Teacher Conferences...Save the Dates

Monday, November 5th, is our day Parent / Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 7th, is our evening Parent / Teacher Conferences


More information on scheduling conferences will be forthcoming.


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.  Members of Burlington High School’s National Honor Society will be providing childcare during the evening event.


Principal and Assistant Principal Coffee Hour- Thursday, October 25, 2018 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Mr. Murphy and I are excited to host our first  Coffee Hour this year! 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.


School Picture Retake Day - Friday, October 26, 2018

We are expecting that we will get student photos this coming week.  Students who were absent on the original picture day or students who were not happy with their picture packages will have the opportunity to retake pictures on October 26, 2018.  If you are having your child retake the picture, be sure your child has the original picture package with them on October 26th.


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.  As we enter into the school year, we want 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).


Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up

Now that the school year is in full swing, we wanted to remind everyone of our drop-off and pick-up procedures.  Families who are dropping their child off, should use the drop-off loop at Peach Orchard Road. Please make sure that you are pulling all the way forward in the loop before dropping off your child.  Students should not arrive to school before 7:15 am, as there is no guarantee that adequate supervision will be in place.  Students who arrive past 7:35 am, will be marked tardy and should be dropped off at the main entrance. We are noticing on “bad weather” mornings, that there is an increase in traffic volume.  In order to get to school on time and reduce the morning traffic volume, students are encouraged to ride their assigned bus, rain or shine, in the mornings.

In the afternoon, we ask that you form a single lane around the perimeter of the back parking lot.  The bus loop in the front of the school is closed to families in the morning and the afternoon for buses.  Please always exercise caution, patience, and model respectful behavior for our students.



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  Thank you for your continued support!


MSMS PTO- Next Meeting, Thursday, November 8, 2018

The  next meeting of the Marshall Simonds Middle School PTO is scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2018.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the Learning Commons in the middle school.


Textile Bins

You may have seen the white textile boxes located at each of the schools in Burlington.  These boxes are part of the Bay State Textiles program that focuses on spreading awareness and seeks to educate the public about the problem of unwanted textiles. There is no cost to the program and Bay State Textiles handles all of the logistics.  When you drop your unwanted textiles in any of the boxes (MSMS’s box is down the hill by the football field), that school receives a financial donation from the company. A list of textiles that will be accepted can be found here  Please make MSMS your destination for donating unwanted textiles!  Here is Bay State's latest newsletter.


Late Buses

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.


New Website

If you have not already done so, please visit our new website at  

We will be continuing to update our website, adding content in the form of photos, video, documentation and news. If you have questions or feedback, you can submit them via Quick Links located in the middle of the District and School Homepage.  You are able to subscribe to receive updates when a new blog is posted on the website. Check out the video that can be found under “Recent News” on the main, middle school page.


News from the Burlington Public Library

The Burlington Public Library offers a number of programs and events for middle school aged students.  Recently, we learned that there is some free math tutoring available on Monday’s.  Please check out their website to learn more about their programming.


Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School (ENSATS)- November 17, 2018

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School (ENSATS) is a regional Career Technical/Agricultural public high school spanning over 150 scenic acres on the North Shore.  All students across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are eligible to apply for admission to our Animal Science, Agricultural, and Natural Resource programs.

The rigorous academic and technical skills our students acquire integrated with our Cooperative Education Program and well established internship opportunities, prepare them for all post-secondary opportunities, including college, full time employment and/or apprenticeship programs upon graduation.  

Our Admissions staff will be visiting Marshall Simonds Middle School on November 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM to provide ENSATS application information to the Marshall Simonds student community.   We encourage all interested families to attend our Annual Open House for prospective students and families on November 17th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This event is an opportunity for students and families to tour our campus, meet our faculty and speak with our students as they showcase their experiences in their Career Technical and Agricultural Programs.  

For more information visit: or contact our Admissions Department with any questions at (978) 304-4705 or

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