News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- June 10, 2020

News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020


We are approaching the final days of the 2019-2020 school year.  Thank you for your patience and support as we navigated an unprecedented time in education.  In the coming week our focus will be celebrating the end of the school year, saying good-bye to our students, and trying to provide some closure to an unforgettable school year.  


Remote Learning- Week at a Glance

The final remote learning assignment was posted on Tuesday. 6/9 and is due Monday, 6/15. 


Beginning on Tuesday, 6/16 the focus of our class meetings will be for students and teachers to say good-bye to each other.  We encourage students to “attend” classes.  The end of the year routines of celebrating, saying good-bye, and looking ahead provide students closure to a difficult school year.


iPad Return, June 22 and June 24 from 10:00am until 12:00 pm

If your child borrowed a school issued iPad to engage in remote learning, we ask that you return it on June 22 or June 24.  School personnel will be at MSMS to collect all iPads K-8 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  


Talent Show

We are excited to present our first Virtual Talent Show.  We are in the process of producing a series of short episodes that we will send out to students and families on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.


Field Day

With the help of Mr. McDonough, Mrs. McCarthy, and Mrs. Hewitt, we have planned a virtual field day for our students.  More information will be shared with specific details will be sent to students and families on Friday, June 12th.


Book Drop-off and Locker Pick-up

Thank you for your assistance in making the book drop-off and locker pick-up a success. If you were not able to come by the school this week, we will have another, final drop-off on Monday, June 15 from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm. We will hold on to personal items until Friday, June 19th.  After that date, we will donate any clothing to a local charity and discard any paper, notebooks, or other items not picked up.


The middle school office will be open from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm and we ask if you find any books, text or library, that you return them at your earliest convenience.


National History Day

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated the successes of our students who participated in National History Day.  Due to a technical error, we missed one commended project.


Congratulations to Julia Gordon (6th), Chloe Kivumbi (7th) and Saniya Sarolkar (7th) for their project on Rachel Carson.



June is LGBTQIA+ Awareness and PRIDE Month and we have been sharing information during our morning announcements.  We are also including a couple of resources for families to help their child understand gender identity and sexuality. 


COMING OUT: A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People


LGBTQ Pride Month and Education Resources


Teen Light

MSMS students are invited to participate in these two Teen LIGHT "events".  All proceeds benefit Burlington families through partnerships with Womenade and Burlington Food Pantry. Thank you!


Virtual Teen LIGHT Walk-a-thon June 12-14


When: Anytime during the weekend of Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14

What: Go for a walk anywhere (while maintaining social distancing!).  If you want, upload a selfie to @msmsteenlight2020 instagram.

Why:  To help local families impacted by coronavirus and the recession.


Venmo a donation for any amount (no amount is too small) to @Burlington-Womenade and put "Teen LIGHT" in the comment.




Walk to the Burlington Food Pantry at 10 St. Marks Road and drop off a canned good or household item.  Bins are open during daylight hours 7 days a week.


Teen LIGHT Heart Drive:


Students write and mail their own thank you cards to any essential business (police, fire, grocery, hospital, etc) in Burlington and/or write and mail "cheer" cards to any local nursing home.  Write Teen LIGHT or draw a heart somewhere on the card.  Competition ends June 15.  If students fill out the link below and send the most cards, they will win a small prize the week.


Teen LIGHT Heart Drive Competition


Healthy Habits, News from our Nurses

The warmer weather is finally looking like spring and we’ll be able to get outside more often and for longer periods of time. But with higher temperatures there will also be an increase in heat related illnesses. See here for signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses and what to do for them. Oftentimes the terms heat exhaustion and heat stroke are used interchangeably. They are in fact two different conditions and are treated very differently. See here for their differences.


News from our Guidance Counselors

This week, we are sharing a resource from Teaching Tolerance: “Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend’s skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help you teach your children to honor the differences in themselves and in others — and to reject prejudice and intolerance.


Three age-specific sections feature everyday parents sharing personal stories about the challenges and rewards of raising children in today’s diverse world. Psychologists, educators and parenting experts offer practical, age-appropriate advice to help you integrate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities. And a final section offers guidance for reflecting upon your own biases, and how those biases affect your parenting”.


Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

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