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Principal Message 

Hello MMS Families!

I want to send you all a brief message to introduce myself.  My name is Mr. Travis Klein, and I have served for the past two school years as the Assistant Principal here at Mascoutah Middle School.  As Dr. Fiegel has previously announced, I have agreed to assume the duties of Principal for at least the remainder of this school year. In my past leadership experience I have proven myself to be very capable of fulfilling this role. I am also extremely excited for this opportunity!

Prior to coming to Mascoutah, I started my work in education at Grant CCSD 110 in Fairview Heights, IL as a 7-8 grade science teacher for nine years. I then took a position in the same district as the Principal for the elementary building for ten years. Although I love and value my experience at the elementary level, coming to Mascoutah and returning to my middle school roots is where I want to be. With these two years in Mascoutah, I will have a total of twenty-one years in education. I am a kid centered, dedicated educator who loves his work.

My past leadership experience prior to coming to Mascoutah, in addition to my time here at MMS, has demonstrated my ability to nourish a positive learning environment in which all students grow academically as well as socially/emotionally. This requires a commitment to motivating teachers to work collaboratively with each other and all levels of administration, using quality data and research, to focus on student learning. This wonderful community of supportive parents is also a huge part of the equation for student success.

Thank you for your time and for allowing me to be a part of this awesome community of parents and students. It’s a great day to be a Brave!!!

Sincerely,

Travis Klein

 5 Essentials Parent Survey 

To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of Mascoutah Middle School. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted February 3, 2021 through April 2, 2021. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

March Word of the Month

Honesty: Stating openly what is known to be true

MMS Upcoming Events

March 12 - School Improvement Day (½ day student attendance) 

March 12 - End of 3rd Quarter

March 19 - Electronic report cards available

July 26-30 Summer Stemkamp 

This 5-day summer camp includes fun, hands-on immersive activities to help students explore a wide range of STEM careers! Students entering 3rd-8th grades in Fall 2021 are eligible to attend. Registration begins February 15th and spaces are limited. Click here for more information!

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.

A reminder that masks will still be required in the second semester and that social distance of six feet, when and wherever possible, will be observed. Frequent handwashing will be encouraged along with personal or classroom hand sanitizer use. Students need to come with a certification lanyard showing that they are symptom free and have not had recent exposure.

Counselor’s Corner

6th and 7th grade Registration for next year will be taking place in early March!  Watch for a registration sheet to be shared with your student soon.  If you are planning to move over the summer, complete the registration sheet so we can prepare for your move.

School Pictures

Spring pictures have been scheduled for March 16.  In-person students will be called to the library during their flex period.  Remote students are welcome to come to our school library from 1-3PM after school.

 The deadline for ordering the 2020-2021 MMS Yearbook is March 1st.  Place your order now!

Place your order now at ybpay.lifetouch.com  Yearbook ID Code: 1422921

Absences

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

For an in-person student to be counted as present they must physically be present in their classroom at school on their days. 

OR

Students who are remote-only 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! Remote students may 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 continue to be asynchronously taught in the second semester unless conditions improve to indicate the change. 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 offering 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

Current Menu

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. We have tried to improve the lunch pick-up process by handing out lunch tickets to those that signed up for lunch.  This is working very well.  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.

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program Letter

The State of Illinois is approved to provide new Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) benefits to all eligible Illinois students. Eligible families do not need to complete a P-EBT application. However, families are encouraged to complete a Household Eligibility Application to determine eligibility for free or reduced meal status if they have not already for School Year 2020-21. It is also essential to ensure your mailing address on file at your enrolling school is current. Please note that citizenship status does not affect eligibility. 

PTO

Thank you for your support with our Spring Fundraiser!  All sales will end Tuesday, March 2nd.

 

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

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

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