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SCHOOL CALENDAR: School is closed Friday, May 26th and Monday, May 29th. And there’s a 2-hour delay Tuesday, May 30th (MMS starts at 10:15am). Have a great long holiday weekend!
BATTLE OF THE CLASSES COLLECTIONS: The final Battle of the Classes is coming soon and all month Student Council is collecting items that can earn your students spirit points for their grades. Please encourage your kids to bring in (1) canned and non-perishable goods (please check expiration dates!); (2) Box Tops; and (3) pennies. Thank you!
CULTURAL ARTS AT MMS THIS WEEK: Thanks to your generous financial support throughout the year, your MMS HSA is able to bring fantastic cultural arts programming to our students this month. Together with MMS team leaders, your HSA Cultural Arts Chairs Morgan Hillis and Sarah Morrison have scheduled three curriculum-based assemblies, one for each of the grades this week:
- On TUESDAY, MAY 23rd, the Mayhem Poets will perform for our 7th grade students. These "box-beating bards" combine elements of hip hop, theatre, improv, and stand up comedy to inspire our students to have an appreciation of poetry. As the New York Times has said, their performance is "an amazing ride." Check out their website for more info: http://www.mayhempoets.com
- On WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th, Shakespeare Live! will perform Midsummer Night's Dream for our 8th graders. Throughout this month the 8th graders have been studying Midsummer Night's Dream as part of our district's Language Arts curriculum, so watching the stage production will be particularly meaningful and exciting for them. We are thrilled to bring a high caliber, live performance of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays to MMS. Check out their website for more info: http://www.shakespearenj.org/Education/LIVE/live.html
- On THURSDAY, MAY 25th, Living Voices will perform "Within the Silence" for our 6th graders. Living Voices combines dynamic solo performances with archival film to turn history into a moving personal journey. "Within the Silence" covers the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the plight of one family in their fight for their rights to secure a place in the country they love. Check out their website for more info: http://www.livingvoices.org
OLYMPIAN JOETTA CLARK DIGGS TO VISIT MMS: On MONDAY, MAY 22nd our 8th graders will have an opportunity to hear from this wonderful athlete and Columbia High School graduate! Check out the flyer HERE.
BEFORE THE TREES WAS STRANGE: Before the Trees Was Strange, a film about one man's story of love, family, racism, and forgiveness, will be screened on TUESDAY, MAY 30th in the Columbia High School Auditorium from 7pm - 9:30pm. The film will be introduced by Dr. John Ramos, Superintendent of Schools, and will be followed by a “talk back” moderated by Budd Mishkin (NY1-TV) along with filmmaker Derek Burrows and historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad.
ACHIEVE HONOR YOUR TEACHER AND STAFF TRIBUTE CAMPAIGN: Attention all 8th grade families -- The Achieve Foundation is conducting its Honor Your Teacher and Staff tribute campaign. Students and families are invited to write personal thank you notes to teachers and other staff members who have made a special impact on their learning experience. The money raised is directed to next year’s educator grants. Sending these cards is a great way for parents and students to express their appreciation at graduation or moving up time. Please check out the website http://achievefoundation.org/honor-your-teacher/ or click HERE for more info on this terrific program.
COUGAR MARCHING BAND REGISTRATION: Attention 8th grade families -- Registration for the 2017-18 Cougar Marching Band is open! Click HERE to register by June. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADULT SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMMING: The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School Children’s Summer Program runs from June 26-July 21 and offers more than 100 classes in creative arts, music, science, and sports. Students in first through ninth grades get to choose their own classes (there are five periods in a day) and the day can be as long or short as you like. This summer the program will be located at South Orange Middle School. Specialty classes range from coding and a musical theater camp to TV production and wizard camp—and nearly everything in between. Sports offerings include basketball, fencing, track, soccer, girls volleyball, and gymnastics. Call 973.378.7620 or visit somadultschool.org for more information.
Thanks, everyone. Have a happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Kathleen Bailie & Alan Stephenson
your MMS HSA Co-Presidents