Principal's Message‚Äč


October 1, 2018


MSMS Families,


The month of September has closed and we are now moving forward into October.  September did provide a great start to what I believe is going to be an incredible year.  I am confident that we are on our way to another year in which we focus on being our best selves and giving our best effort in every situation!  We are looking to another year of Sailor Excellence!


This month (October), we will focus on the character trait of ENGAGEMENT!  Engagement can be defined as choosing to “participate or become involved in.”  We will  challenge our students throughout the month to be engaged in their learning, engaged in their school, engaged in their relationships, and engaged in making their three years at MSMS the best they can possibly be.  In order for us to all grow and become better as learners and people, engagement is essential.  We want our students to move through life with focus, purpose, and intentionality. I believe that in order for our students to fully experience every nuance that life has to offer, they must be reminded, encouraged, and challenged to stay engaged in every moment and in every situation.


As we head through October, please take the time to have intentional conversations with your students regarding engagement. Talk to them about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like in different settings and situations.  Together, we can have a greater impact on our students.


There are a number of reminders this week.  Please take just a few moments to read through them.


STUDENT COUNT DAY -- Please make every effort for your students to be in school on Wednesday, October 3.  The official student count is vitally important for us as a school and as a district! This count day and period is what the state looks at for 90% of our per pupil funding.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES -- SAVE THE DATE!  Please see our notes below as conferences will look a bit different at MSMS this year.  While we would love to see each and every student, we know that time is valuable and that you may only need to see certain teachers due to a variety of communications.  Additionally, for those of you that want to simply meet your teachers, we will be sharing videos that EACH teacher made telling about themselves and their class.

MUSKEGON AREA PROMISE -- Want to learn more about the Muskegon Promise?  Check out this MLive piece titled, 6 Things To Know About The Muskegon Promise.  This will provide some great insight into this incredible opportunity for our students!  

NEW STUDENT MEETINGS -- Beginning this week, I will again be meeting one-on-one with all of the new students to Mona Shores Middle School (50+). I look forward to meeting, listening, and learning from our newest Sailors!

FACEBOOK and TWITTER -- You can follow MSMS on both Social Media outlets (@msms_sailors). We will be using these to send updates, reminders, and share all of the great things happening at MSMS.

DID YOU KNOW! -- When it comes to cell phones and inappropriate, sexual in nature, or nude pictures that students may take, is a CRIMINAL act!  Did you know that taking a picture and having it on your phone is actually 2 different felonies that could result in jail/prison time?  PLEASE, PLEASE have conversations with your child about making good choices if they have a cell phone and/or social media.  Here is a great resource:





Have a great PRIDE!


Doug Ammeraal -- Principal

Phone: 231-759-8506, ext. 8599


Facebook: Mona Shores Middle School

Twitter: @msms_sailors

Twitter: @dougammeraal

Hashtag: #msmspride