Principal's Message‚Äč



October 1, 2017


MSMS Families,


It is amazing to know that we have closed out the month of September and are now moving forward into October.  September has provided 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!


Throughout the month of October, we will focus on the character trait of ENGAGEMENT!  Engagement can be defined as choosing to “participate or become involved in.”  We will be focused on challenging our students 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 and purpose. 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 4.  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!  We look forward to having a great turnout for conferences.  Know that every teacher you see will give you an opportunity to win a free dinner to Hearthstone.

Wednesday, October 11 from 4:30 to 7:30

Thursday, October 12 from 12:30 to 3:30 and 4:00 to 7:00

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 cellphones 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