MMS Family Newsletter

Principal’s Message 

Dear MMS Families,

As this very unusual school year draws to a close, I would like to take a moment to share a few thoughts on behalf of the leadership team here at Mascoutah Middle School. None of us could have imagined how challenging it was going to be to lead a school community through a pandemic. Now we find ourselves reflecting on this unprecedented year that is ending and hoping that we will all be back together in a normal school environment next year.  We want to extend a very heart-felt THANK YOU to our families for doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school.  

Our productive school experiences could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Mascoutah Middle School staff.  THANK YOU and well done to a resilient, adaptive group of professionals. We all look forward to celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with you all on May 3-7!

Students:  THANK YOU for all your hard work throughout this challenging school year.  I am proud to be your principal.  I am grateful for the laughs, the warm smiles followed by kind greetings, and the thoughtful conversations.  You guys are our WHY (our purpose).

This communication will be followed by updates regarding report cards, 8th grade promotion, schedules for 21-22, and other details regarding plans for school in the fall. Please be sure to take time as a family this summer to talk, play and laugh together.

 

Sincerely,

Travis Klein, MMS Principal

Remember, it’s always a good day to be a BRAVE!

ISA Testing for 8th graders only

The testing days are May 3rd, 4th and 5th. In-person students will be testing at 7:45am and Remote students will be testing from 1:30pm to 3:10pm (8th grade remote students will test in the same rooms they used for the IAR). Remote students need to remember to bring their fully charged Chromebook and headphone/earbuds.

Star Testing

The following week, May 11th, 12th and 13th, all students will be participating in Star testing in their classes. Remote students will be able to do the Star from home during their regular scheduled Zoom meetings. Teachers will inform students in Google Classroom as to when Star testing is happening.

Chromebook and Charger Turn In

On May 21st, our 6th grade and our 7th grade (Alpha Team)  will turn in Chrome books and their charger. Remote 6th graders and remote Alpha students will come in between 1:30pm and 3pm to turn their Chromebook and charger in. 

On May 24th, our 8th grade and our 7th grade (Victor Team)  will turn in Chrome books and their charger. Remote 8h graders and remote Alpha students will come in between 1:30pm and 3pm to turn their Chromebook and charger in.

Any students who do not turn in their Chromebook and charger will be charged for the cost of the device and charger.

May Word of the Month

Self-Esteem:  Having and demonstrating a positive belief in yourself

MMS Upcoming Events 

May 3 - 5, ISA Testing for 8th Grade Only

May 7, in-school broadcast of MMS talent show

May 11 - 13, ISA Testing for 8th Grade Only

May 21st (Friday), 6th Grade and 7th Grade Alpha Team will turn in Chromebook and charger

May 24th (Monday), 8th Grade and 7th Grade Victor Team will turn in Chromebook and charger

May 25th, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (10:45 Am Dismissal)

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.

School Supplies

Counselor’s Corner

Happy Summer!  Here are 4 tips to help stay mentally healthy during summertime!

  1. Get Outside - Exposure to natural sunlight increases levels of vitamin D and serotonin, which are known to boost your mood.

  2. Vacation/Staycation - Do some fun things that you don’t get to do during the school year!

  3. Sleep Schedule - It is recommended that we obtain 8-10 (WOW that sounds like a lot!) uninterrupted hours of sleep, as sleep hygiene is an essential component of our mental health.

  4. Stay Active - Whether it is going to the gym, signing up for a yoga class or taking a walk outside, physical activity is known to boost your mood.

If your current 8th grader will not be returning to the Mascoutah School District next year, please contact the MMS Counseling Office to let us know.  This will allow us to prepare your child’s records for your move.  618-566-2305 ext 6612 or email knowlesj@msd19.org.

Just a reminder the Counseling Staff is here if you or your child needs us. Here is a link to our MMS Counseling Website.  There are great resources if you need them.

A big THANK YOU to Ms. Elyse Rench, School Counseling Intern, for all of her work with the MMS students this semester.  She will be finishing up her Masters in School Counseling at the end of April and will be leaving us.  Congratulations and Best of Luck in Jerseyville!

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

All library items that are checked out will be due back by May 17. Please also take this opportunity to search for any library materials that you took home last year before school closed and return those as well, or make arrangements to pay for them. If you have books from an elementary school at home, you may bring them to MMS and they will be returned to the appropriate school.

Base News

Students can get a $5 gift card at the Base exchange (BX) as part of the “You Made the Grade” program for maintaining a B average or above.

First- through 12th-graders who maintain a B average or higher are eligible for a $5 Exchange gift card every grading period during the 2021 school year. To receive the $5 Exchange gift card, students can visit the Exchange, present a valid military ID, and show their report card at customer service.  Additionally, the Exchange is hosting a Vietnam Memorial Pin Day on March 29 at 11 a.m.  Lapel pins will be available for pick up at the store.

 The expanded eligibility for the Tutor. com for U.S. Military Families™ program will continue!  The Department of Defense MC&FP will continue expanded coverage of Tutor.com services to all Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Wounded Warrior service members; DoD civilian personnel; and ALL of their dependent children and spouses! They originally expanded the eligibility in response to COVID in April of 2020 and it was on a temporary basis. Given the popularity and need of the program, they have chosen to continue expanded coverage. Everyone eligible can get started by creating their own free account at www.tutor.com/military. I have included a PDF file with the subjects list of the 100+ subjects we offer from Kindergarten- College.

Our new mobile app is finally out and is pretty awesome! It is far more user friendly than the old version of our app AND it allows students to have all the functionality through the mobile app that they would have using Tutor.com through their web browser.

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

 McKendree Women’s Basketball Camps 

Register Online at  http://wbasketball.mckendreecamps.com

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.

Leu Civic Center

This summer the Lieu Civic Center has opportunities and they are very excited about bringing NBA star Tyrone Nesby back and having Michaela Schmitz, one of Mascoutah's own, to run the soccer camp.

Summer Offerings at LCC Basketball Camp

PTO

PTO is looking for an individual or group to help with Box Tops.  If you are interested, please call the office at 618-566-2305.

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

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

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