posted Apr 17, 2017, 4:09 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We have finished our first week of SBAC testing.  I am very proud and appreciative of the effort the students put into the assessment.  Our teachers have worked hard in both preparing them for the exam and encouraging them to give it their best effort.  I saw a lot of “best efforts” over the past 4 days.  I’m a happy principal today.  We will do the math portion the week we return from vacation; make-ups for this week will begin on Monday.

All band and chorus members (families, too!) are invited to attend the Manchester Fisher Cats baseball game (versus the Portland Sea Dogs) on Tuesday, May 23.  A permission slip was sent home earlier.  Our students will be performing at the game, as well.  We also have two big concerts coming up; the Monster Band Concert on May 11 and the District Choral Concert on May 18.  Both are awesome events!

For our parents of 7th graders:  It is time for your child to select whether they wish to take Spanish or French next year in the 8th grade.  Students/parents can register by logging into their MMS Portal and follow the registration link for 2017-18, located at the bottom of the page.  This needs to be done by next Friday (4/21/17).

The following students qualified to compete in the regional competition of the National History Bee in Melrose, Massachusetts last Saturday:  Henry Stow, Patrick Gandini, Michael Kitto, Matthew Farah, Timmy Jagusch, Colby Smith, Peter Christensen, and Kendall Jones.  To qualify for the nationals a student had to score in the top 25% in New England on an online assessment and two rounds of “Jeopardy!” style questions.  Patrick, Michael, Matthew, and Kendall all qualified for the national event to be held in Atlanta later in June.  Congrats!

The 5th Grade DARE Graduation will take place in the high school auditorium on Tuesday at 6:00.

The deadline for the PTA’s Annual Spring Poetry Competition is next Tuesday (4/18/17).

The 5th/6th grade after-school social will take place next Wednesday (4/19/17) from 2:30-4:00 in various parts of our building.

Tip from the Middle Years*  All Kinds of Kindness - Be a model - Seeing kindness in action may encourage your tween to behave kindly, too.  Invite him to go with you when you run an errand for a neighbor, and point out why you’re helping.  Going out of your way for another person lets him see that kindness is important.

Thank you and have a joyous weekend!