Principal's Message‚Äč


October 4, 2020

MSMS Families,


The month of September has closed and we are now moving forward into October.  September has provided a strong start, all things considered,  to what I believe is going to be a year filled with newness, uncertainty, and opportunity.  I am confident that we are on our way to a year of Sailor excellence, a year in which we focus on being the best version of ourselves and giving our best effort in all situations and circumstances!  This is exactly what will pull us through the 2020 school year.  


Moving into October, our monthly character trait is Responsibility.  This past Friday students heard Mr. Burrel and Mr. Nummerdor talk about taking responsibility, ownership, in their actions, thoughts, and attitude.   As we move through the month, our students will hear their administrators  and educators challenge them to take responsibility for their words, actions, education, behavior, mindset, and choices.  Our TrueSuccess lessons will continue with this focus every Friday, challenging us all to reflect on responsibility, see how it impacts others, and how we can grow in this space.  As we move forward, please find a few moments to discuss responsibility and ask about our TrueSuccess lessons at home - what might responsibility look like, sound like, and feel like.  Look for those teachable moments around responsibility present themselves.  Together, we can have a greater impact on our students, our building, and our community..  

Here are a few updates and reminders as we head into the new school year:


NO SCHOOL  ||  As a reminder and per the district master calendar, there is NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY.  This day is an in-service/SEL day for staff.   Students will not need to report to school and may utilize the time to complete work, reach out to teachers, or simply recharge after the busy start to the school year.


STUDENT COUNT DAY -- Please make every effort for your students to be in school on Wednesday, October 7.  The official student count is vitally important for us as a school and as a district! This count day period is what the state looks at for 90% of our per pupil funding.  It is imperative that our virtual students check in (morning and afternoon ) as well.

Inspiring excellence, building character, and impacting the future through academics, arts, and athletics….Mona Shores!


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES  ||  We are working to update the PTC schedule for the year.  This schedule will provide a number of options for teachers and families to connect and discuss student success and challenges.   Please watch for an update and process in the upcoming Weekly Events.  

DATES  --  These are scheduled for October 21 and 22 (currently).   We are working with Central Office to make them more conducive to the current situation regarding COVID and social distancing; we anticipate the days being the same.  As soon as we have confirmed changes, we will communicate those out.

CREW STUDENT TIMES  --  We will have specific / scheduled times with each CREW teacher who will be communicating pertinent information from your child’s teachers.  These will be virtually or via phone.

ADDITIONAL PTCs  --  There will be open times and a process communicated later this week as we solidify these details.

 NOTE: All PTCs will be done virtually OR via phone.


STUDENT SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES  ||  Since our after school Sailor Ownership Sessions (SOS) cannot run as they typically have and class structure is different, we have been / are working to find other ways to support students.  One of these solutions  include 30 minute sessions throughout the week.  Students will be able to join a Google Meet and get content specific support from one of our MSMS educators.  Here is the link for this fluid support.  Please check it frequently as it will add dates, times, and supports.  This is a starting point but we wanted you to have access as you start your week.  These opportunities begin THIS week.  Please encourage your student (face-2-face OR virtual) to take advantage of these opportunities.


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, from a couple years ago.  This will provide some great insight into this incredible opportunity for our students!  


NEW STUDENT MEETINGS -- Beginning this month, I will again be meeting one-on-one with all of the new students to Mona Shores Middle School. We have over 30 new students to MSMS and nearly 20 that are returning.  I look forward to connecting, listening, and learning from our newest Sailors!


FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and INSTAGRAM  ||  You can follow MSMS on all three Social Media outlets (msms_sailors). We will continue to use  these to send updates, reminders, and to share all of the great things happening at MSMS.




ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS -- We are solidifying a list of support opportunities for our virtual students.  We should have that plan solidified and ready to communicate out by midweek.  Please watch for a separate communication.


6th & 7th GRADE CONTENT SUPPORT | REMINDER  --  We will be adding a layer of support at both 6th and 7th grade that will be rolled out this week and should be fully implemented the week of October 5.

6th Grade -- Aimee Madden will be joining the team to support ELA and Social Studies during the mornings.  We will be communicating out the Google Meet link for students to join between 10:00am-12:00pm each morning if they need help or support.

7th Grade -- To support our virtual students in Mr. Mosley and Mr. Nimtz’s CREW, we are teaming each of them up with another certified teacher to support success, answer questions, clarify learning, and be that first point of contact during the school day.   This provides support throughout the morning since core content teachers are delivering instruction and are with their respective CREWs.   Mrs. Steward (Mr. Nimtz) and Mrs. Schout (Mr. Mosley) will meet students Monday morning during the CREW check ins with Mr. Nimtz and Mr. Mosley. .

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Please see all of the reminders, previously shared items, in our Weekly Events.


Be well.  Have a great week!




Doug Ammeraal  | Principal
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