I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break and are off to a great start in 2017! I am certain that not only will MSMS have a great year, but Mona Shores, collectively, will have a year that our students, families, and staff will remember. At MSMS, know that we will continue to focus on being the best educators, students, families, and middle school that we can be; we will work towards success for every student in our building.
As we move into the month of January, our focus will be on respect. Respect, by definition, is “esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability.” Daily, for a variety of reasons, we give and expect respect from a multitude of individuals: a peer, a friend, a boss, a parent, a teacher, a professional, a driver, or any person we come across in our daily lives. I wonder how we might model, teach, and expect that respect for our students. I wonder how we might talk about respect in our actions, our words, our tone, and our behaviors. This is what we want our students to understand, experience, and learn. As we move through January, please discuss, recognize, and support respect at home, talking with your child about what respect looks like, sounds like, and feels like; how they can give and receive respect. I believe that if we all continue to grow and improve in how we handle respect, we will be better people, a better school, and have a positive impact on our community.
Here are just a few announcements as we begin a new week...a new month...and a new year:
DROP OFF and PICK-UP REMINDER -- Please remember that we have our DROP LANE on both sides of the building. We want to remind you to use the entire lane, pull as far forward as possible, drop your student off on the curb, and then merge back into the exit lane. We MUST use the entire lane, be courteous drivers, and work together in order for this to continue to be effective as possible. During pick-up, please stack cars as tight as possible and maximize the entire lane.
P-R-I-D-E -- As we move into a new year, please continue to talk with your students about demonstrating Sailor PRIDE (Personal responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Disciplined, Engagement) in all that they do! The more we can talk about it with our students (as we will the first week back), the more effective the message will be.
GET ONE WORD -- While many set resolutions for the new year, Jon Gordon offers a different approach. He and his co-authors challenge us to choose one word that will simplify and focus our life. What might you, your family, or your students one word be for 2017? http://getoneword.com/ My guiding and focusing word this year will be “LISTEN.” I wonder what yours and/or your student’s might be.
NO LATE START -- We DO NOT have late start this week Wednesday, January 4. Please be sure your student is in class, ready to learn prior to our 7:40 start.
TWITTER and FACEBOOK -- 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!
US DEPT. of EDUCATION’S TIPS FOR JANUARY -- 1) Make a winter-weather plan for sick and/or snow days in advance. 2) Be a meteorologist, introducing the science, weather patterns, and predicting them to your student. 3) Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16 by having your student complete and share the sentence “I have a dream that…” It might provide a great opportunity to talk about the incredible impact he had on our country.
I hope you and your family have the best year ever, that 2017 is one that you will always remember. At MSMS, we will continue our focus on success for every student and on partnering with parents to build character within our students.
Doug Ammeraal | Principal
Phone: 231-759-8506, ext. 8599
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