December 2019
Important Dates
November
  • 27-29 Thanksgiving Break
December
  • 13 Early Release (11:30am dismissal)
  • 17 MMS Band/Choir Holiday Concert in MMS Gym 6:30pm
  • 23-31 Winter Break
January
  • 1 Winter Break
  • 2 Return back from Winter Break
  • 17 End of Quarter 2-Semester 1
  • 20 No School-Professional Development Day


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving - from our Marinette Middle School family to yours.
Spotlight on Learning

Marinette Middle School seventh grade science teacher Annette Couch  and students Aisha K. and Faith R. were featured during the  "Spotlight on Learning"  at Tuesday's board meeting. They shared their experience with the new middle school TCT science curriculum designed to guide learners to observe and understand how the world works around them.
Inclement Weather
Winter is just around the corner and the possibility we may have to close or delay school, please take a minute to verify your contact information. Click on  this letter   to help you navigate the inclement weather season.
Middle Years
Check out this month’s edition of Middle Years . Topics covered include: healthy technology habits, developing a growth mindset, and making math meaningful.

Please click on the Peach Jar link where you will find all the latest and greatest flyers from Marinette Middle School.
Parent/Guardian Involvement
It is more important than ever for you to be involved in your student’s schooling. There are many ways to get involved at Marinette Middle School. Everything from volunteering in the classroom, supporting the Parent/Teacher Organization, or reading to your student at home. Please be on the lookout for new options and ideas for parent/guardian involvement as we enter into the new school year. Click on Background Check to fill out background check.
December Art Club dates
December 2 and 8th --7/8th grade Art Club
December 3 and 16th --5/6th grade Art Club

No Art Club December 9th.
"How do I know if my child’s book is at the right level?"
A Message from Mrs. Martin, Literacy Specialist QAS

To find out if your child’s book is an appropriate reading choice, try the “5 Finger Rule.” Flip to a random page in the book. Ask your child to read and hold up a finger each time he/she comes to an unknown word. If your child has five fingers up by the end of the page, the book is likely too difficult to be read with 95% accuracy. 

A thorough explanation and more tips can be found here:

Upcoming PTO Events
Be on the lookout for an email from the Marinette Middle School PTO. There are two big events coming up where the PTO would like parent/guardian support.


  • Marinette Christmas Fair Concession Stand - Saturday, December 7th
  • MMS Staff Luncheon - Friday, December 20th

By providing your time and volunteering with the Marinette Middle School PTO, you will be benefiting the students and staff at the school. Ways that the PTO positively impacts the MMS student and staff include (but not limited to):
  • Creating a positive work environment for staff; and
  • Last year, the PTO provided two different staff luncheons, and recognized staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • Creating a safe, engaging, and positive learning environment for students;
  • Last year, the PTO provided funds for playground equipment, and the end of the year picnic which included bouncy houses, and a pizza lunch for everyone at no cost.

In addition, the PTO would like to help support the engagement of MMS parents and guardians by bringing in local speakers re: relevant topics and supporting the 4th grade to 5th grade transition to the middle school (among other events).

Be on the lookout for that email. We hope to see you on December 7th at the Marinette Christmas Fair located at the Marinette Community Recreation Center.
Breakfast served at MMS Daily

Did you know that we serve breakfast daily from 7:30-7:45?

There is a Grab ‘n Go option available in the entrance lobby. It’s a complete breakfast in a bag! A variety of your child’s favorites are offered; such as Uncrustables, Yoplait Yogurt, Muffins, Cereal Bars, and more.

In the cafeteria, we serve a hot entree and several cold items. Two favorite hot entrees are a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on an English Muffin and a Pancake and Sausage on a stick!

A full student breakfast includes a choice of entree, fruit and juice, and a choice of milk: 1% white or fat free chocolate.

If you have any questions, please call Food Service at 715-735-1319.

There is no cost for free/reduced students. Full-pay students are $1.35.
e cigarettes
E-Cigarette Letter from Gov. Tony Evers

The use of e-cigarettes by youth has skyrocketed to epidemic proportions both in Wisconsin and nationally. The attached letter from Governor Tony Evers addresses some of the actions schools and school districts can take to proactively address this issue

Lets Talk
Vaping and Other Gateway Drugs

Open to all community members! Come listen to the motivational speaker, Robb Holladay, who is known for his entertaining presentations and local panelists with expertise and real-life knowledge! Learn about vaping and gateway drug facts, health facts, and current trends. Increase your awareness and help reduce stigma around this topic.

Let’s discuss where to go from here as a community

SeaPerch 2019

SeaPerch club members completed their first engineering design challenge: Designing a device that can hover in the water. By doing this, they learned about buoyancy, density, working as a team and also some of the hands on challenges that their teams will soon face with their ROVs in the near future.
Mrs. Cheney's 6th Grade Social Studies

Mrs. Cheney’s 6th Grade Social Studies classroom transformed into a prehistoric cave. Students practiced being social scientists by bringing in flashlights and working in pairs to interpret paintings and artifacts found in caves once inhabited by early humans.
Attendance Awards
Ms. Versaskas class received first place attendance award for October
Ms. Osterby's class received second
place for attendance for October
Robotics class
7th and 8th grade seminar students are working on coding their EV3 robots to complete certain tasks.
7th/8th grade Student Council
This month the 7th & 8th grade Student Council’s project was to make tie-blankets for homeless students in our district. The chair members are Isabella B., Connor W., Kennedy P. and Reagan H. All of the members helped make the blankets. Hana B. donated all of the material. The advisor is Kelly Francour.
Ms. Rocque's Class
The 8th Grade construction class was tasked with making two cribbage boards. The first was a cribbage board for themselves with the ability to put their own designs and interests on the board. The second was made and engraved with the Red Arrow Logo of the 32nd Infantry Division inside of the an outline of the state of WIsconsin. The back was laser engraved with the American Flag and the words "Marinette Middle School 2019" as well as the Marinette School DIstrict Logo. The students are wrapping up this project and the boards will be sent out around Christmas time.
Aaliyah W. drilling holes for cribbage board
Ryan G. putting the final touches on his Cribbage board
This cribbage board will be sent to 32nd Infantry in Afghanistan
Message from Mr. Whisler

A Time to Be Thankful
Being thankful should not occur just one day out of the year. The fact of the matter is that being thankful everyday is a habit that I am trying to instill in myself. Here at Marinette Middle School there is a lot to be thankful for each and every day. I’m thankful for: the hugs, handshakes, and high fives that I get from students on a daily basis; the staff (teachers and support staff) that are dedicated to our students day in and day out; the parents and guardians that are involved in our students; and the community that we live in.

There is more to being thankful than one might assume. Being thankful has a positive effect on people’s lives. Some of the benefits of being thankful include: reducing depression, having deeper relationships, becoming more likable, reaching goals faster, and increasing positive emotions. For more information on the benefits of being thankful, please see the article linked here - 17 Benefits of Thankfulness and Gratitude .

If you have questions about this or would like to get involved with the middle school, please feel free to contact me at (715)735-1500 or mwhisler@marinette.k12.wi.us .
Message from Mr. Hanson

I’ve mentioned before that ensuring a safe and productive learning environment is the primary focus of an Associate Principal. Part of that includes providing consequences when students make behavioral mistakes. The MMS staff and I have been working for over a year now on defining behavioral mistakes and building a consequence system that provides consistency, yet allows for considerations for individual students. My college football coach once said, “I will treat you all fairly, but I will not treat you all the same.” I remember hearing that and struggling with it at first. What he was getting at was that not everyone responds the same way to the same acknowledgements, motivational strategies, or consequences. As we continuously improve our systems at MMS, we are learning about Logical Consequences as a foundation for our work. I have included a link to a short article on Logical Consequences here . Logical Consequences can be considered at home as well. Kids need boundaries and opportunities to learn from mistakes. Logical Consequences allow for both, whereas the only students that respond to a traditional punishment system are those that already have the skills needed to make corrections. It is difficult sometimes to compare academic learning to behavioral learning, but they are indeed very much related. 
I’m pleased to announce that MMS students are over halfway to a Celebration! Students are submitting “Marine Moola” (that they earn for meeting expectations) into a bin in the lobby. When we have collected 2,000 Moola we will have a Celebration day. We are currently at 1,057!

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season,

Mr. Hanson
Marinette Middle School
1011 Water Street
Marinette, WI 54143
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