February/March 2020 Newsletter
Maybe things are warming up!
Engaging every student...every day!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
It has been wet and cold but it is time for things to start warming up. This includes testing! The Middle School Science Test (ISA: Illinois Science Assessment) will take place in mid-March. Then near the end of April we will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness test. Students will find themselves heading into the final stretch before they know it.
Parents, continue to monitor and encourage your student to study and complete homework (and turn it in). Be proactive, if you have a concern with a class or subject, please contact your child’s teacher. We are here to be of assistance. We are a team, home and school working together to educate the whole child. Remind your student as well (we also remind them) that it is their education and they need to be proactive. If a student is absent they need to seek out their teacher for the work. If they did poorly on a test or quiz, they need to seek out the teacher for assistance. If they did not understand something in class or from the homework, they need to speak with their teacher about it. We do constantly reach out to students but as they grow in responsibility it is important for them to take on more of their education as the learner.
Please note, there is a PTO meeting on March 5th in the Library. Parents have asked for years to have a PTO here at MMS and we finally have one. Please come out and support your PTO. We want to build stronger bridges between school and home. Come on out to support your PTO and let’s keep moving forward as a school and as a community.
We are not completely out of the cold and flu season. Please keep your child home if they are truly sick or contagious. At the same time, if students are not contagious and can be at school, please strongly encourage them to push through so as not to miss any instruction. Please encourage your child to wash their hands frequently and to perhaps use hand sanitizer. It might be a good idea for students to consider carrying their own personal hand sanitizer. We work to wipe down surfaces at school but all of us need to be vigilant during this season.
Lastly, the Jabali African Acrobats we had invited as a part of our celebration of Black History Month had to be postponed until March 2nd due to an accident the presenters had traveling to another performance.
Mr. Paolo Dulcamara
8th Grade Recognition Ceremony:
The 8th-grade Recognition Ceremony will take place at MHS on May 21st, at 6:00 pm, in the main gym. The purpose of the Recognition Ceremony is to celebrate student growth and success through the middle school experience.
Doors will open and seating will begin at 5:30 pm. Students should arrive at this time to be readied for the ceremony. School appropriate clothing is required. That said, as a rule, when attire is questionable...it is questionable and hence generally not approved. If students have any questions, please contact administration.
Students who are retained due to failing two or more core classes, or who are suspended or expelled on the day of the Recognition Ceremony will not be able to participate. Students must be present at school on the day of the ceremony to participate. Additionally, all fees must be paid prior to this time to be eligible to participate.
8th-grade students are exempt from attendance, on the last half-day of school.
*Note: Attendance is expected on any possible snow day attached to the end of the academic year, prior to the last half-day. The Recognition Ceremony will be held on May 21st regardless of the last day of school.
As we move toward the end of the year, 8th grade Day Trip and Field Day
All fees must be paid in order for students to attend these functions, as well as, participation by 8th graders in the 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony.
PARKING: There have been less issues with some parents on occasion parking in the bus zone before dismissal and buses having their access or parking blocked. THANK YOU, as this has made dismissal much safer. After 2:45pm, there can be no parent parking in the bus zone. If you came for a meeting but it has not yet finished by 2:45, you will need to please move your car at 2:45.
I have added this map. Again, buses can start arriving anytime after 2:45. Cars parked in the bus zone makes for a hazardous area for children. Please note the parent parking area will be utilized starting Feb 3rd, Monday.
All yearbooks must be ordered online by 3/15/20. Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com
Use code 1422920
Yearbooks ordered 10/1/19-3/1/20 are $22.00.
Yearbooks ordered 3/2/20-3/15/20 are $25.00.
No yearbooks may be ordered after 3/15/20.
Some important dates:
March 3 - Dental Safari program
March 13 - SIP day (½ day student attendance)
March 13 - End of 3rd quarter
March 20 - Electronic Report Card
ILLNESS AND ATTENDANCE
Now that the flu and cold season has arrived, please review and refer to the information below when determining if you should send your child to school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mrs. Henson, MMS school nurse.
Children who are ill or show signs of becoming ill should not be sent to school. Please follow these guidelines:
Fever 100° or Above: Student must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: No further incidence for 24 hours.
Strep Throat: 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Antibiotic treatment for 24 hours and no drainage from the eye.
If any concern of contagious illness, please contact your healthcare provider for further guidance before returning to school.
If it’s determined that your child needs to go home due to illness or injury, a parent or guardian will be notified and shall provide or arrange immediate transportation. Please check Skyward to make sure that the emergency contact information for your child or children is up-to-date.
If interested in some opportunities with the Illinois Math and Science Academy Programs:
The MMS PTO has formed two committees, Teacher Appreciation and Fundraising.
Both committees met this month to start planning for the rest of the year.
The PTO will be sponsoring our first “Donut Day” on Wednesday, March 4th. We will be selling donuts for $1 each to students on the blacktop before school. We will also be selling to parents in the drop-off line. Don’t forget to bring your money and enjoy a donut on March 4th!
The next PTO meeting is scheduled for March 5th at 6pm in the MMS library.
We will be holding elections for new officers at our May meeting. If you are interested in volunteering with the PTO, please join us at our March and May meetings.
Pre-registration forms will be heading home with your 6th and 7th graders on March 4. Please look for this information and return it to school no later than March 13. If you have any questions, call the Counseling Office for more details.
Nurse News - SMILE PRETTY!
Change, on March 11, 2020, Mascoutah Middle School will host a dental program for all students to provide dental exams at no cost to families who would like to participate. In order for your child(ren) to participate, an online parental consent form must be submitted. Students with or without private dental insurance will receive an exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants if needed. Licensed, experienced dentists, hygienists, and assistants provide all services.
This exam will fulfill the state’s dental exam requirement for 6th grade students. For those students who will be in 9th grade next school year, this exam will also fulfill the Illinois state requirement for 9th grade students to submit a completed dental exam during their 9th grade year.
If you are interested in participating, please go to http://www.dentalsafaricompany.com and click on the “Forms/Downloads” tab to complete an online parental consent form or for more information about the Dental Safari program. If you do not have access to a computer or internet access, contact Mrs. Henson, school nurse, for a paper copy of the parental consent form.
2019-2020 Mascoutah Middle School Athletics
Please see the calendar for sporting and other school events: https://mms.msd19.org/o/mascoutah-middle-school/events
Cafeteria Menusfor March
Mascoutah Middle School.
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