October 16, 2018
It is incredibly difficult to believe that we are half way through the month of October! It just doesn’t seem possible. The fall sports season is winding down, there is less sunlight after school, and the holiday season will be upon us before we know it. There are also several annual events happening at the middle school this fall and they are identified below.
In addition to the many announcements, I will be adding a new section to this message monthly titled “Food for Thought.” Some of the “food” will be related to a structure of the middle school that families may be interested in learning more about while others may be connected to something we are hearing from or pertaining to students. If there is something specific you would like to learn more about that would be relevant to other families, please email me the topic and I will do the research and build it in.
This week’s “Food For Thought” is on the video game Fortnite, a game many students share they invest hours in each week playing. Linked is an article published in The New York Times this past April that I hope you will find informative. I encourage you to share the information in the article with your child if they play or if they are curious about the game.
Have a wonderful rest of this week and as always, please feel free to reach out at any time if I can be of assistance. Best, Pam
Events and Information:
1. Crafters Edge Dance: The next dance for grades 7 & 8 is scheduled for October 26th from 6:30-8:30pm. The advisors would greatly appreciate families picking their child up no later than 8:45pm so that they are able to get to their homes for the weekend after a very long day. Also, if you child is expected to walk home following the dance, please encourage them to do so directly after the dance ends. We received information that following the first dance that some kids (possibly from MSMS) were hanging out on the back playground after 9:00pm. Thank you in advance.
2. Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences: November 1st and November 2nd are the dates for fall conferences. We are currently developing the electronic sign-up link, which I will post as soon as it is completed this week.
3. Crafters Edge “Craft Fair”: The date is Saturday November 10th. More information will be out soon.
4. Crafters Edge Baked Products: Please use this link for ordering.
5. MSMS Opportunities, Clubs, and Activities Schedule: Please continue to see the dates and times for clubs and activities below as calendar is being finalized.
Homework Club: All students in grades 5 – 8 are welcome to attend Homework Club, which is located in the MSMS library from 3:10-4:10pm Monday through Thursday.
Jazz Band: Jazz band meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:05-3:45pm. Jazz students study a diverse repertoire of music with a strong focus on building their improvisational skills. Students are invited to join this ensemble when they have reached an appropriate level of music proficiency and when a spot is available for their specific instrument. Please contact conductor Kirk Kreitz at KirkK@mpsvt.org with specific questions.
Yearbook: Students in grades 5 – 8 interested in participating in the development and production of the annual MSMS yearbook are invited to be a part of this club. The Yearbook Club began Wednesday September 5th and will now meet from 3:10-4:10pm in Melissa Parker’s room every other Wednesday. Advisors are Melissa Parker – Melissa@mpsvt.org and
Wendy McGuiggan – WendyM@mpsvt.org
Robotics: The Montpelier Clicks is a school-based First Lego League robotics team for ages 9-14 that trains and competes in the Vermont State Robotics Tournament in December. The group meets Thursdays from 3:10-4:30pm in the chorus room on the bottom floor. The team commitment also includes some Saturdays. In addition to this competitive team, there will be a spring training session open to all interested students, no participation limits and will start in April. Please direct questions regarding the MSMS Robotics team to Eli Rosenberg at email@example.com
GSA: The Gender Sexuality Alliance is a student-led group that meets every Tuesday from
3:00-4:00pm in room 221. Anyone is welcome to attend if they are interested in LGBTQ+ topics. It is a safe place to learn more and/or to find support.
Student Ambassadors: Open to all students in grade 5 -8. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-3:30pm. starting 9/12.
Student Ambassadors contribute to our school through working on topics connected to these goals:
–Enhancing a supportive, safe, and healthy environment that advances learning and promotes overall students and educator well being.
–A democratic system of continual collaboration by all stakeholders that allows for authentic student voice and a shares vision to guide decisions.
–Ensuring the recruitment, hiring, and preparation of teachers and administrators is based on knowledge of the developmental characteristics of young adolescents, strong content knowledge, and the ability to use research-based instructional strategies and assessment practices appropriate for middle level students.
Equity Alliance: Equity Alliance is a grades 5 – 8 student discussion and social action group focused on race, bias, and identity in our school community. This group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in room 221 from 3:05-3:45pm beginning September 12th. For more information contact Hannah Barden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ashley Dubois (email@example.com)
Drama Club: More details out soon. 6th Grade teacher Sarah Evans will be the advisor.
Team Leadership: Team Leadership is started! This group is our “school spirit team” and is open to interested 5th – 8th grades students who complete the interest application. The club will begin meeting on Wednesdays from 3:00-3:45pm and I will share the start date along with a description and the interest application in next week’s message.
Zero Period (7:30-8:00am):
Math Support: Math Coach/Interventionist Amy Kimball is available on Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:00am. More times will be added as the year progresses. “Need help with foundational skills or concepts you are learning in class? Need a space for a math peer study group? Do you have some friends that like to work on challenging problems together? Room 201 is all about having fun with math – everyone is welcome!” Questions please contact Amy at amyK@mpsvt.org
Writing Workshop: Tuesday morning from 7:30-8:00am in room 221. “Do you need help editing an essay that is due soon? Need a time and space to work on that novel you’ve been writing? Come work on your creative writing! Everyone is welcome!” Questions, email Adrienne Fortune at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Popcorn Fridays: Popcorn Fridays begins this week, 9/7! The cost for a popcorn pass good for the year is $14.50. Please make checks payable to MSMS Parents’ Group. The cost of the pass decreases each week by 50 cents. Popcorn can also be purchased week to week for 50 cents a bag. Jennifer Matthews oversees this incredible fundraising program and is always looking for volunteer poppers! If you might be able to spend a Friday morning popping popcorn, please email Jen directly at email@example.com or call her at 802-505-0009.
Community Events: Please note these events may not be sponsored by Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools.
1. Food Service Assistant and Food Service Substitute Positions Available
The Montpelier Roxbury School District Food Services is looking for help. We are seeking food service assistants available from approximately 8:00-2:00 throughout the school year to help prepare and serve our student’s meals. We are hiring both staff and substitute positions in all of the district schools. Come join our team and become part of the positive change happening in school nutrition. Interested? Contact Food Service Director Jim Birmingham at 225-8016 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.