Principal's Message‚Äč



March 5, 2017


MSMS Families,


With the days getting longer and more sunshine coming through, Mona Shores Middle School continues to demonstrate their BEST!   Our Math-Counts Team placed in the top of the county and will now travel to the State competition.  With March being Reading Month, all of our students will be involved in special happenings.  6th graders will compete in Battle of the Books and there will also be specific competitions for our 7th and 8th graders to compete in throughout the month.  Our Student Leadership teams (Student Council, CAC, Green Team, and the Student Advisory Team) continue to impact our school, community and the lives of others. Our teachers continue to deliver lessons that challenge all of our students, incorporate high levels of literacy and technology, and connect student learning to life outside of school.  Our parents are showing support and encouraging their students to reach high levels of academic and behavioral success, as well as discussing our monthly character traits. It has, without question, been a phenomenal month for our students, staff, and families!  Additionally, our entire building, along with families and community members, have supported the Month of Caring in an incredible way!  Thus far, we have raised over $3,000 for our local charities, donated hundreds of pairs of socks, sent decorated bags to the Kids Food Basket, given monetary support to local families, and will be collecting hundreds of books for local elementary schools.  I am extremely proud to be a part of such an inspired, caring team!  It is, without doubt, great to be a SAILOR!

As we begin the month of March, our focus will move to the monthly character trait of Positivity.  The Dalai Lama says that, “In order to carry positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” Throughout our lives, tough, challenging situations will arise.  Perhaps it is in our learning, athletics, families, friendships, or work, but our ability to choose a positive attitude will carry a huge impact for us in dealing with these times and in moving forward.  Charles Swindoll said, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”  This month at MSMS, we will challenge our students to stay positive and to continue to see their cups as half-full instead of half-empty.  We want them to know that their positivity can impact their life and those whom they encounter.   Please have conversations with your students about staying positive, with themselves and with others.  Ask them what positivity might look like, sound like, or feel like.  Discuss the impact positivity can have on their relationships, grades, or self-perception.  With the sunshine and warmer temperatures around the corner, let’s all work to bring some more positivity into our lives and into the lives around us.


I know there are a number of items below, but PLEASE take the time to read through them.


MONTH OF CARING -- As mentioned above, the  Month of Caring has been a huge success, impacting our school and our community.  We will conclude the Month of Caring later this week by wrapping up our Book Drive.  The Student vs Staff basketball game was a huge success last week!  Thank you to everyone that attended and supported our efforts.  We will have some final numbers and community impact data next week.

DISCIPLINE -- In the month of February, we had 107 referrals for discipline.  This is our lowest February in the past 5 years! We are proud of our student’s behavior and the choices they are making.  We are also proud of our teachers holding students accountable, teaching them the expectations, and being consistent in their classes. Please continue to encourage your students to make good choices!

PSAT8/9 -- Our 8th grade students will be participating the PSAT in the upcoming weeks. This test will be given in the morning and will provide valuable information to the Middle School, High School, parents, and students.  Results will be informational and establish a starting point for parents and students as they work towards the SAT in High School.  Here is a quick link that will offer insight for the PSAT8/9.    

END OF TRIMESTER -- As we approach the end of the trimester, we will be sending reminders of Spring School for students who fail any subject during 2nd trimester. Our goal is to hold students accountable, as well as support their learning. Please continue to encourage your student to stay on top of their academics!  The end of the trimester is Friday, March 17.

HIDDEN APPS -- With so many of our students engaging in social media outlets, I believe it is valuable for parents to stay as informed as possible.  This article shares secret apps that are exploding in popularity among middle/high schoolers.  12 Apps Parents Should Know About


I continue to be encouraged by the partnership between MSMS, our parents, and community!   Together, we will continue to focus on academic and behavioral successes, along with building positive character traits, for every student.  I hope you all have a positive month of March!


Doug Ammeraal



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