Principal Message

Virtual Office

Dear MMS Families,

The administrative team would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!  This year has been a challenging year for all of us in one way or another, but we can still find things in our life to be truly thankful for. The administrative team took a few minutes to reflect on what we are thankful for here in District 19 and we would like to share those with you.

  1. Resilient learners - MMS students have been wonderful during these times of transition between in-person learning to remote/hybrid. 

  2. Supportive families - our families have been patient and kind as we, as educators, navigate the impacts of this global pandemic on the learning environment.

  3. Brilliant staff - we are continuously impressed with how much our teachers continue to grow and meet the demands of teaching remote and in-person learners.

  4. Strong district level leadership - complex plans are developed to guide our building leaders, teachers, and support staff in a K-12 district of over 4,000 students

  5. Proud community members - our community continuously shows their pride for the many accomplishments all of our students have achieved and continue to achieve.

  6. Dedicated custodial staff- these hard working human beings have worked tirelessly to be sure our buildings are clean and safe for our students and staff on a daily basis.

Take time over this short break to reflect on the many things your family is thankful for. Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

December Word of the Month

Service: Extending time and  effort to help others

MMS Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Break- November 25-27

Board Of Education Meeting - December 16 @ 7PM

*Dismissal on December 18 for MMS is 10:50am - Lunches will NOT be distributed 

Winter Break - December 21- January 1

3rd Quarter begins - January 4

Office News

If you have not paid your instructional fees, please do so at this time. Instructional fees are in Skyward.  Reminders have been sent to the families that have not paid.

School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled for December 3 and December 4, 2020 in the main gym.

In-person students will be photographed between 7:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. both days, and remote students will be photographed between 1-3 p.m. both days.

Absences

We will continue to be using Zoom or in-person attendance to take hourly attendance.

For a student to be counted as present they must physically be present in their classroom at school on their A (A-K) or B (L-Z) days. 

OR

Students who are on their remote day or remote-only days MUST Zoom for attendance and instruction. That is, students who are attending school remotely and remote-only are to attend school in their classroom Zoom each period. Teachers have one classroom, some students are geographically and physically in their classroom and others are present electronically.

Please contact the office beckerl@msd19.org or call 618-566-2305 if your child will be absent from in-person or remote instruction. Please call by 9 AM.

MMS Library 

The MMS library is open! Students may request print books and the librarian will pull them and deliver the books to them in class. Remote students may also request books, and the books will be pulled and placed in the MMS office for pick up!

Click on the heading above to go to the MMS Library web page where you can find instructions on how to request books. 

PE Opportunities

As mentioned in our Plan, PE will be asynchronously taught this quarter. This is to assist staffing matters as we are faced with the current COVID situation. However, when available, our very dedicated and excellent PE teachers are officering PE opportunities at school for in-person students. The course work is still offered online asynchronously but opportunities for some activity are happening when staffing allows it. If students want to participate in these opportunities it is important to wear PE friendly shoes each day. 

Health/Wellness

In-Person Students will self-certify their health daily by wearing their self-certified lanyard as they enter the building. Please remember masks covering the nose and mouth are required when in the building. Wash your hands frequently.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

The world as we know it has changed. COVID-19 affects us all everyday. Please review the precautions listed on the MSD Health Center and prepare to follow the guidelines. 

Clubs and Activities

Click Here for the activities fair!

If you are looking for ways to get involved or interact more with your peers in our remote environment, take a tour with the MMS Virtual Activity Fair. Some of the sponsors and activities have changed for this year so we have provided updated information.  

Sports

Mascoutah Middle School Athletic Information 

Technical Support

We are offering training videos and additional troubleshooting information for parents and students to learn more about products and procedures during Remote Learning. 

For Chromebook issues, please visit the District Help Desk.

https://sites.google.com/msd19.org/e-learning-portal/help-desk 

Cafeteria: Lunch and Breakfast

*Dismissal on December 18 for MMS is 10:50am - Lunches will NOT be distributed

Students who are in-person as a Hybrid student can order lunch each day they are in the building during their first hour class. They will get lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day in their grab-n-go at dismissal. Hybrid students on their remote day AND remote only students will continue to order their meal through Skyward as we have done since the beginning of the year. Meals for remote day and remote only students will be picked up at the Elementary Schools only from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

 

PTO

 Wear your PURPLE every Friday to show your spirit!!!


Engaging every student, every day, in quality learning opportunities.

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