Principal's Message‚Äč


January 28, 2017


MSMS Families,


As we conclude the month of January later this week, I am grateful for such an outstanding month at Mona Shores Middle School! Our teachers continue to deliver engaging, quality lessons to our students, challenging them to reach their personal best in every situation.  Our students continue to achieve high levels of academic and behavioral success. I am proud of both of their efforts!  There is such value in a shared commitment to being the absolute best that we can be, every day, in every situation is evident at MSMS.  We are truly striving to build the highest level of character and success within each of our students and in ourselves!


Moving into February, MSMS will be focused on Compassion.  While there are many different definitions of compassion, the one that jumps out to me is, “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it..”  As we move into our Month of Caring at MSMS, we challenge and remind our students, and ourselves, what it means to feel concern for others...for the situations, circumstances, experiences, and challenges that they are faced with. At Mona Shores Middle School, we want our students to not only recognize this, but to truly feel that sense of compassion and to take action to alleviate or support.  I believe this quote captures that sense of compassion, “Learn to love without condition. Talk without bad intention. Give without any reason. And most of all, care for people without any expectation.”   As our students move through the month of February, our Month of Caring, please have conversations at home about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to be a compassionate, caring individual, encouraging them to positively impact their school, community, and world with a spirit of compassion.  


Here is just a reminder for the week, along with a photo I came across on Twitter that is perfect for caring and impacting.


SAILOR CELEBRATION -- This Friday, February 2, is our winter Sailor Celebration from 5:00- 7:00. Tickets are $4 before the dance (on sale Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at school in the media center) and $5 at the door.  It takes a lot of parent volunteers in order for our dance to happen. If you are interested in chaperoning, please email Meghan Schiller ( as soon as possible. Thank you for your support!

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR --  I was a bit disappointed with our December discipline numbers here at MSMS.  We had over 126 discipline referrals, which was at 70 more than either of the past two years.   However, I am optimistic as we conclude January later this week.  Currently, we have 50 discipline referrals, about half of what we’ve had the past two years..  I know there are some that need to be entered into SWISS yet and that we have three days left this week.  I’m confident our students will finish strong.  With all of that, I do know that the majority of our students are making a lot of good choices!  Additionally, MSMS staff members have recognized our students and given out over 5,300 PRIDE passes so far this year!  Know that I will challenge our students to improve their behavior and communicate some disappointment in those referral numbers.  I will also praise those that are making positive choices and showing PRIDE.  Please continue to encourage and support them in maintaining and reaching these high expectations.

TRAFFIC FLOW -- When everyone works together and is courteous, we can maximize the safety and efficiency of our parking lot.   Please be sure you are pulling forward, using signals, and NOT dropping/picking up in the middle lane.  I would also ask/remind parents not to block driveways as they park down Reneer for pick up.  Your attention to these details are greatly appreciated.

MONTH OF CARING -- February is the Month of Caring at MSMS.  MMLI, with the help of Student Congress and Calling All Colors, has fundraising activities and charity events planned for the month.  Each year, the MMLI students choose recipients of the monies raised from our Month of Caring efforts.  Over the past 5 years, we have raised over $20,000 for a variety of charities and causes within our own community. This year, the money and drive items will go to The Kids Food Basket.  Although there will be a lot of fun activities, don’t forget the reason why we are doing what we’re doing - caring and compassion.   You are challenged to serve others this month and think outside of yourselves! Make an impact on the world!


Monday, January 29 -- Fitness Day

Tuesday, January 30 -- Crazy Sock Day

Wednesday, January 31 -- Hat Day

Thursday, February 1 -- Color Day (8th: Blue-out, 7: Black-out, 6: White-out)

Friday, February 2 -- Team/College Day

Support the Month of Caring cause by wearing the listed theme on the designated day.  This is a 1st hour class competition and in order for your participation to count, a $1 donation/day is requested. The three classrooms bringing in the most average money over the course of the week will win a special treat!  Imagine the impact if every student participates!


Week 1 (Jan. 29) -- Spirit Week

Week 2 (Feb. 5) -- Lunch Fundraisers and Teacher Challenges

Week 3 (Feb. 12) -- Bake Sale

Week 4 (Feb. 19) -- Kids Food Basket Drive

Week 5 (Feb. 26) -- Student vs Staff Basketball Game TBA


I am encouraged by the partnership between MSMS, our parents, and community as we continue our focus on academic success, high quality character, and serving others. I hope you all have a great week and a wonderful month of February.


Doug Ammeraal | Principal


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