February 2020
Important Dates
February
7- Middle School Dance
5th-6th grade 3:05pm-5:00pm
7th-8th grade 6:00pm-8:00pm
13- No School (Professional Development Day)
14- No School
20- Creative Careers Night 5:30pm-7:30pm
March
9-13- Spring Break
Student Cellphone Use at MMS
Please take a moment to revisit the MMS expectations around student cell phone (and electronic device) use at school. It can be found on page 10 of the 2019-2020 Marinette Middle School Handbook link is below.


Way to Go
Marinette Middle School Students and Staff!!!!
Marinette Middle School students built a work station for this year’s BCHBA competition. They competed against 5 other districts in Brown and Marinette counties. Brown County Home Builders Association purchased our work station for $500.00 and will be auctioning off at a future benefit.
National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter All-State Honor Band 
Congratulations to Anton F, Savanah L., and Henry B.! They did a phenomenal job in Oshkosh this weekend at the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter All-State Honor Band. These three had to work extremely hard on preparing music for a couple months ahead of time with me, and then put on a concert with other talented hard working musicians from around our state in one day! 

Not only did they perform an exemplary concert, they represented Marinette Middle School very well. Class acts! We are super proud of them.
A Note from Ms. Socha (Art teacher at MMS)

This marks my 5th year utilizing Artsonia Online Art Gallery in my classes and we just surpassed 25,000 visits to our page! It is an awesome site that allows me to create a digital folder of each student to store their work, students can write and reflect about their work, I can provide feedback and their artwork is instantly live on our gallery page to be viewed worldwide. Parents can be active participants with their child's account and are notified of new artwork submitted, teacher feedback and approve comments. Currently we have 87% of MMS parents connected with their students and giving permission for their child's art to be visible in the online gallery which is worldwide. I'm not the best at keeping up hallway displays because I think my time is better spent making our artwork viewable online for more family members to see. First semester I had 259 students create at least one or more works of art, 226 of those students have active parent accounts and are live on the gallery for a total of 1,178 pieces of art uploaded. I think the students have done some excellent work this semester and I would hope you take a minute to visit our page  MMS Artsonia Gallery Page  ,view artwork and take a minute to leave a compliment or comment for some of our students. I think they would appreciate it.  
Thanks! - Brenda 
Creative Careers Night
Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 pm
The Marinette Middle School Career and Life teachers will highlight what each of their programs offer to students and families as well as showcase 2 career paths outside of education in their subject area. Featuring the Art, World Language, Physical Education, Music, and Technical Education departments. Bring the family and come for a night of learning and fun! Visit each department for demonstrations, performances, information as well as snacks and prizes. Hope to see you there!
5th grade performance

5th grade social studies students performed interviews. They explained why settlers came and the hardships they faced at Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth.
Check out some of our awesome door decorations from Red Ribbon Week in the link below.

The Marinette 7th grade Girls Basketball Hoops Club team took 1st place in the Crivitz Tournament. 
Bottom row left to right Madison K., Riley K., Nat P., Bry T., and Kaya B.

Top left to right Kennedy P., Kenzie B., Chloe S., Liv H., and Hannah A.

Girls are coached by Sara Hanson and Stacie Torkko
The Marinette 7th grade Girls Basketball Hoops Club team took 2nd place out of 8 teams in the Menominee Basketball Tourney.

Bottom row left to right: Bry T., Riley K., Madison K., Kenzie B., and Kennedy P.

Top left to right: Kaya B., Liv H., Chole S., Nat P., and Hannah A.
Team coached by Sara Hanson and Stacie Torkko
Congratulations to the Marinette Hoops Club sixth-grade team! They took first place in the Fox Valley Lutheran basketball tournament in Appleton on Saturday, January 4th!
Front row, from left: Dylan D., Hunter S., Logan B. and Cooper S.. Back row: Coach Bryan Polzin, Braxton P., Max J., Chase M., Dominik B., AJ B. and Coach Nate Anderson.
PARENTING THE LOVE & LOGIC WAY
As kids grow and enter the teenage years parents often times face new challenges. Join us to learn nine time tested techniques to:
• Avoid un-winnable power struggles and arguments • Stay calm when kids do incredibly upsetting things
• Set enforceable limits
• Avoid enabling and begin empowering
• Help kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them
• Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators
• Set limits and boundaries in a way that will cause kids to pay attention
• And much more!

PRESENTERS: Bill and Cindy Verschay* Independent Love & Logic Facilitators

DATES: TIME: Tuesdays, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6 5:30pm - 7:30pm LOCATION: Marinette Middle School, 1011 Water Street, Marinette
WHO: Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/Caretakers of Teens & Tweens (11 years old and up)
COST: Sessions/workbook are FREE for Marinette School District families ($1 0 for out of district families)

CONTACT INFO ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Please let us know the names of those that will attend when you call or email
Jen Huth at 715-735-1503 or jhuth@marinette.k12.wi.us 
The Marinette School District will be
offering two sessions for our 2020

Summer Learning Program:
Session 1 - June 15 - 26
Session 2 - June 29-July 2 + July 7-14
(off July 3rd and 6th)
Times: 8:00am-12:30pm
Location: Marinette High School
Registration: Opens February 17th!
Questions? Contact 715-735-2500

Students can attend both sessions
or only one. Students will get to register for 3 classes in each session. Some classes that will be offered are swimming lessons, sports camps, and junior lifeguarding.
Middle Years
Check out this month’s edition of Middle Years . Topics covered include: advertising to teens; the importance of attendance; and ways to manage stress.

Please click on the Peach Jar link where you will find all the latest and greatest flyers from Marinette Middle School.
The Importance of Reading At Home
A Message from Mrs. Martin, Literacy Specialist QAS

According to the article, “ 10 Back to School Reading Tips for Parents and Guardians ” by the group Reading Partners, one-to-one reading time at home can be an important factor for student success. 
Here are some tips from that article to make your student a successful reader:
Set a reading routine
Bring books everywhere
Read WITH your child

Check out the article online for more great tips!
Message from Mr. Whisler

The Importance of Caring!
Caring can be learned by all human beings, can be worked into the design of every life, meeting an individual need as well as a pervasive need in society.  - Mary Catherine Bateson

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day, I feel it is timely to point out the importance of caring in our students’ lives. The quote I shared above stands out to me because of the message that it sends...everyone needs to be cared for! If the feeling of being cared for by someone is met, anything else is possible.

I think of caring as occurring at three different levels. Those are: Caring for Others, Caring for the Environment, and Caring for Yourself.

Caring for Others
This linked flier from the Making Caring Common Project (Harvard Graduate School of Education) outlines 7 Tips for Raising Caring Kids . Those include:
  • Work to develop caring, loving relationships with your kids;
  • Be a strong moral role model and mentor;
  • Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations;
  • Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude;
  • Expand your child’s circle of concern;
  • Promote children’s ability to be ethical thinkers and positive change-makers in their communities; and
  • Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively.

Caring for the Environment
This one goes beyond picking up trash outside. It has been shown that students feel better and perform better in school environments that are clean and orderly. Please encourage your students to take care of their belongings, and help out with taking care of the school building. No one likes to see a mess in the bathroom, food all over the floor, lockers that are dirty, or Chromebooks that are left lying around the hallway.

Caring for Yourself
This is a really important one. Our middle schoolers deal with a lot. More than the adults around them can even comprehend. Take a moment to watch this linked YouTube video thatshows how middle school students take care of themselves.


As always, if you would like to talk about this topic further, have questions about this, or would just like to sit down and talk, please feel free to reach out to me at (715)735-1505 or mwhisler@marinette.k12.wi.us
Message from Mr. Hanson
 Hello MMS Parents and Guardians,

I hope the winter is treating you well.  I’d like to reach out to you and ask for your help in optimizing our learning environment for all learners.  I have been having discussions with students about reducing disruptions in the classroom environment. Some reminders that our students would benefit from hearing from you as well are: 

  • Using class time wisely:  Please talk about the importance of taking advantage of dedicated time for completing activities, projects, and assignments
  • Avoiding distracting behavior:  We work with students that may need movement breaks, a brief walk, a standing desk, behavior charts, and more.  Please remind your student(s) to take advantage of these supports in a responsible manner.
  • KHFOOTY- Keep Hands, Feet, and Other Objects to Yourself:  Middle school students can be impulsive as well as risk taking, and part of that is “playing” in ways that can be unsafe. Too often we see incidents that may cause ill feelings that began as just “having fun.”  Mr. Whisler and I made an award winning film (ok, not really!) on the topic of KHFOOTY that you can see here.  All credit to Hollywood writer (yes, really!), Mr. Schwaba.
  • Technology: Having Chromebooks each day, and charged, is essential to being able to access information and activities in a modern learning environment.  Please help your student(s) to find a place to charge their Chromebook each night. Also, going on their cell phones in the classroom can be a temptation too great to resist for many students.  We will be implementing a policy in which cell phones are expected to be in their lockers except for designated times.  

Thank you for working with me to provide an optimal learning environment at MMS.

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