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A BIG Congratulations for our staff and kids is in order!!!
On Monday, April 23, 2018 the South Orange Maplewood School District Board of Education will formally recognize Maplewood Middle School for exiting the status as a "Target" (formerly "Focus List") with the New Jersey Department of Education. MMS received a letter of recognition from the Acting CommissionerDr. Lamont Repollet for work closing achievement gaps between sub-groups of students. This is a collective effort with support from MMS families, the school district, and most of all MMS teachers. Also to be recognized at Monday’s BOE meeting is MMS student, Ben Schwartz. It is a great honor to be recognized at the board meeting. Please consider attending and showing your support!
PARCC begins this week for 6th graders.
It is allergy time and that means tissues and hand sanitizer are in high demand. Please consider sending your student in with a box or package of hand sanitizer wipes! The teachers would certainly appreciate it.
Additionally, the teacher luncheon on May 10 needs immediate help, click here if you want to contribute.
DATES TO REMEMBER
4/23 Board of Ed Meeting 7:30 PM
4/24 SPED - PTO IEP Workshop
4/28 Achieve Maker Madness
4/30 Math Registration
6th GRADE PARENTS
4/23-4/26 PARCC TESTING
7th GRADE PARENTS
4/30-5/3 PARCC TESTING
8th GRADE PARENTS
5/8- 5/11 PARCC TESTING
5/22- 5/23 NJSLA TESTING
6/13 Trip to Frog Bridge
6/19 8th grade Dinner Dance at Maplewood Country Club
6/21 Moving Up Ceremony at MMS (AM ceremony)
Reminder, the final date to select a math course is April 30, 2018. Click here
Achieve’s 4th Annual Maker Madness is Saturday, April 28th at CHS. Maker Madness is a free, hands-on event for students and their families offering activity stations such as animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, Popsicle stick bridges, pop-up books, origami, sewing and more! Over 1,400 students and adults participate every year. Adult and teen volunteers are needed and will receive t-shirts and free refreshments! Please click here for more information and to sign up to help!
Do you have a Green Thumb? Have you ever noticed how beautiful the Maplewood Garden is? We could use your help this spring. MMS 6th grade teacher Debra SIlva received a $1300 Achieve Grant to continue to help grow our garden along with a separate grant for a program called “Maplewood Rocks” (painted rocks with words of kindness). She is looking for volunteers to help with either or both projects which will take place late April, early May. If interested, please email Deb Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring YouthNet has begun! Some classes may have started last week. There may still be openings if you forgot to sign up.
If you have any questions, contact Diane Malloy at: email@example.com or Colleen Miller at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOE STUDENT RECOGNITION
We know there are more students to recognize, don’t be shy! Each month the Board of Education recognizes students at board meetings. If you know a student who deserves recognition - in or out of school - please contact Principal Gronau.
Our school store is always on the lookout for donations! If you’re making a Costco run, please consider picking up some extra items and donating them. The School Store is run by our wonderful Student Council and uses Cougar Cash for purchases. You can even help without leaving home! Click to order from the school store Amazon wish list!
MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC
See attached flyer on a spring field hockey clinic for middle schoolers! Coming soon in June! Click here for details.
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - MAY 7-11
We are putting the finishing touches on the schedule for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks to all of the parents who stepped up to make this a great week for our teachers! If you can’t get to the school but would like to donate an item or some $$, please contact Deb Holt DebCatHolt@gmail.com or Sara Knutsen at: email@example.com.
The schedule of events:
Monday - Massage Monday
Tuesday - “We are Lucky to Have You!”
Wednesday - “Salty & Sweet”
Thursday - Staff Luncheon - Click here to help
Friday - “Flower Friday”
MMS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The Media Center needs parent volunteers to shelve books, organize sections, check in/out books and help students throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to be at MMS beyond Back to School and School in Action Nights! Volunteer for as much or as little as you would like. Check out the Media Center Class Schedule and signup directly on the Google Sheet Click here! Feel free to contact Tracey Clarke (HSA Special Projects) with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check here for more information on what is happening in the MLC.
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt