Principal's Message‚Äč


DECEMBER 4, 2022

Middle School Parents,

It was another great week at MSMS!  Sunday, while cool, was a beautiful day with some much needed and appreciated sunshine!

Moving into December, it’s hard to believe that we have finished the first three months of the school year and are looking towards the two-and-a-half weeks before Christmas break!  The first third of the school year has really been outstanding!  In classrooms, teaching and learning has been exceptional - high levels of engagement, high expectations, and an intentional focus on learning.  Discipline referrals remain steady but lower in intensity - the vast majority of our students continue to make positive choices.  We have intentionally focused on building ownership, responsibility, respect, and gratitude with our students.  Now, we finish 2022 off strong!

As we kick off a new month, we will begin a focus on self-control with our students. Our challenge to the students of MSMS, will be to think about those times that we have to guard our feelings, emotions, and reactions.  To examine ourselves and our lives and identify where we might need more, or to even start, exhibiting self-control.  I might lean towards the perspective by W. K. Hope, “Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.” Throughout the month, we will remind our students and challenge them to consider those times in our lives where outside influences, or even perhaps our own thoughts, get the best of us and lead us into spaces, actions, behaviors, or words that we might later regret. We will remind them that deep down they know the difference between right and wrong, but not self-control to sometimes make the right decision/choice.  Please do the same with your students at home, talking about and recognizing self-control within your family, selves, and circumstances.

Here are a few reminders for the week:

MSMS NOVEMBER VIDEO  ||  HERE is a video that we have made and will share via social media.  Feel free to watch it as you find time.  It has some pictures of our students involved in a variety of learning and social activities from the month of November.  It is also linked into our CREW slides for our students to watch.

SAILOR CELEBRATION   ||  We are very excited for our first Sailor Celebration of the year! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 9 from 5:00- 7:00. While the main event of the night is our school dance, students can also enjoy karaoke, basketball/volleyball, games, crafts, wii room as well as pizza, candy and beverages for sale. The theme of the night is "Olaf in Summer" combining Frozen with a tropical theme (no need to dress in any way, but feel free to dress to the theme). In order for our dance to be successful, we need lots of parent chaperones! If you are willing to work one or both shifts, please use this sign up genius. We appreciate your support and look forward to a fun night! 

TOYS FOR TOTS  ||  Middle school students will have an opportunity to serve our community through our annual Toys for Tots campaign starting tomorrow, Monday, December 5th.  MSMS donations will directly impact families and children in our community, helping to provide a very special holiday.  Please send new, unwrapped toys with your student between Monday, December 5th and Wednesday,  December 14th.  For each toy that a student donates, they will be entered for a chance to attend a pizza/movie party before Winter Break.  All donations will be turned into crew teachers.  If you are unable to purchase a new toy, monetary donations are appreciated!  Our goal this year is to bring in 500 toys!  We appreciate your support of our local families in need this holiday season!  


8th GRADE LOCKERS COMMONS  ||  We continue to wait on a few details that need to be completed before we can fully move our students into that space.  This includes tops / sides on the lockers, shelves, sound boards, and locker numbers.  Our plan/hope is to get students into this space when we return from the Holiday break.  This will mean adjusting all of our 8th grader’s lockers and combinations.

CAD ROOM & UNISEX BATHROOM  ||  The CAD Lab is currently under construction, updating all of the electrical, plumbing, carpets, technology, etc.  We are also updating one of our unisex bathrooms in the front foyer.  These should be completed by the end of December.

BATHROOMS BY CAFE  ||  These will be taken over at the beginning of Christmas break and will not be available until Spring Break.

ART ROOM   ||  This space will be taken over at the beginning of our break.  Mrs. Helsen’s art classes will move to the current (updated) Home ‘Ec room.  The new art room will include updated flooring, lighting storage, technology, plumbing, and kiln space!  It will certain be beautiful for our students following Spring Break.

DETAIL WORK  ||  Some of our completed rooms still have some final detail work being done.  For example: trim, missing phones, new clocks, window coverings, etc.  We are excited for this phase to get completely done.


Doug Ammeraal
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