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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 it will be 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.


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!

REGISTER TO VOTE -- Did you know that October 4 is National Register To Vote Day?  Upcoming elections will have a huge impact on our country and our community.  Please be sure that your are registered to vote and that you exercise your democratic right to do so.  I wonder how you might engage your student in this process?

SAFE SNACKS FOR NUT ALLERGIES -- Later this week, you will be receiving a flier, presented from the MAISD to our elementary and middle schools, that shares suggestions and advice on nut-free snacks.  

STUDENT ADVISORY TEAM -- This year we are starting a Student Advisory Team.  This team is comprised of three students from each grade level. They will provide leadership, open/honest feedback, and suggestions to make MSMS an even better place to learn.  Working with Mrs. Heyblom, and our students, I am really excited to watch the impact these leaders will have.

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 (60+). 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.

RIDE WITH PRIDE PLEDGE -- in conjunction with our positive behavior supports and the NSPD, we are encouraging and supporting our students to display positive behavior, make good choices, and strive for academic success.  Please be sure that both your student’s and your signature are on this pledge so that they can be eligible for our large, semester drawings! Forms are available in the front office.

HOMEWORK HELP -- here is a great link to the US Department of Education with a variety of tips to help your student with homework.


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