January 2020
Important Dates
December
  • 23-31 Winter Break
January
  • 1 Winter Break
  • 2 Return back from Winter Break
  • 14 PTO Meeting
  • 17 End of Quarter 2-Semester 1
  • 20 No School-Professional Development Day
  • 21-24 Red Ribbon Week
Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year- from our Marinette Middle School family to yours.
Project Give

MMS National Junior Honor Society members recently spent time volunteering with Project Give. Students helped by hauling in 475 gifts and organizing them. They also helped by bagging all the gifts too. We are proud to be able to help our own community. 
Dear Edwina Jr. - the Middle School Musical
The musical is the day in the life of Edwina, a young girl from Paw Paw, MI. She is no ordinary girl and this is no ordinary day. Edwina produces a talk show from the garage of her home. Young people from Paw Paw write into her show asking for help and she gives them advice. On this day a group of people from the “Advicea-pa-looza” conference are here to watch the show and hopefully invite them to the conference. Everyone is on their best behavior as they try to put on a great show. A wonderful comedy with fun music and acting opportunities for everyone!

The drama club rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday before school, at 7am. We meet in the Choir Room. Rehearsals for the musical will be starting January 7 at 7:00am in choir room. Enter the building through playground door.

Click HERE for more information.
Crossing Guard Week

January 13-17 is Crossing Guard Appreciation week

Please stop and show your appreciation for April Haubert who is keeping our children safe!
Thank you April!!!
Red Ribbon Week

Thank you to Resolute Forest Products for donating $500.00 to be used during Red Ribbon Week. Patti Swille presented Mrs. Klein and Isaac H. the check.

If you would like more information on how you can donate please call Student Services office at 715-735-1501.

BROWN COUNTY HOME BUILDERS PROJECT

Students are working hard on their work bench project for the Brown County Home Builders Expo. Look for future postings on how to vote on their project.
National Honor Society project
MMS National Junior Honor Society members spent time making tie blankets as part of a service project. The blankets were then donated to Project Give and became part of gifts for students in our area that are in need.  
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: managing homework; appreciating differences; setting rules with a middle schooler; and collaboration in middle school.



Happy Holiday's from Ms. Maddox's class.
Please click on the Peach Jar link where you will find all the latest and greatest flyers from Marinette Middle School.
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.
The Benefits of Being Hooked on a Series
A Message from Mrs. Martin, Literacy Specialist QAS

There are several reasons to encourage a developing reader to read books from a series. If your child finds one book to be enjoyable, reading other books in the same series is beneficial to their reading development. Here are some reasons why:
  • Background knowledge builds as the series progresses.
  • Predictable plot patterns promote fluency as the child senses the language patterns.
  • Reduces the anxiety of wondering “Will I like it?”
  • Familiarity of characters and setting reduces the cognitive effort needed and allows for deeper comprehension.
  • Provides a sense of accomplishment in finishing something “big.”

To find great ideas for ages 11-13, check out these recommendations by Scholastic .
5th grade Science, STEM Pringles Challenge
Ms. Francour's 6th grade Science
Mrs. Lynn Francour's sixth grade science students concluded their unit of electricity. Mr. Bill Harris, an electrical engineer from Renewable World Foundation, brought in a Jacobs Ladder, Van der Graff Generator, Tessla Coil and more. The students generated a variety of electrical currents and magnetic forces through many engaging activities.  
Thank you to the MMS PTO

The middle school staff and students would like to thank the Marinette Middle School PTO for their support throughout the school year. 

A couple of highlights are:

  • At the December 7th craft fair at the Marinette Rec Center, the PTO raised a total of $356.00. This will be put toward special student and staff events throughout the school year.
  • On December 20th, the MMS PTO provided a special holiday luncheon for the MMS staff. Thank you very much for the soups, breads, and desserts!
Attendance Awards
Ms. Lynn Francour's class received first place attendance award for November
Mr. Dorsch's class received second
place for attendance for November
7th grade Science Class
All 7th grade science classes completed their frog dissection on Tuesday, December 17th. This is part of the new TCI curriculum and the students really enjoyed learning about the human body by dissecting a leopard frog.
Message from Mr. Whisler

New Goals for a New Year and a New Decade
This morning when my son and I were getting ready to leave for school, he simply stated to me, “Geez, I don’t have to go to school until the next decade.” I thought, “Hmmmm?” Well he’s right, and it got me thinking...

Not only are we coming upon a new year, but also a new decade. So that brings up thoughts about a whole lot of new things! At the front of my mind was how important the relationship is between our students and their parents/guardians. Going into the new school year, I would like to ask all of us, as parents and guardians of middle school students, to think about goals that might assist with our middle school student’s educational experience.

Here are of 5 of my own thoughts about possible goals related to your relationship with your middle school student for the upcoming 2020:
  • Spend a dedicated 2 hours a week with just your middle school student;
  • Attend a school-sponsored event (i.e. basketball game, concert, open house, etc.) with your middle school student;
  • Volunteer in your middle school student’s classroom;
  • Send a thank you note or gift (with your middle school student) to his/her Trusted Adult at the middle school - or his/her favorite principal ;) or 
  • Make questions about your students school experience a regular topic of discussion at the dinner table.

Cheers to you and your family! I wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! I thank you for making my experience as your student’s middle school principal a fantastic one. And as always...I f 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

Happy New Year MMS Parents and Guardians!

We continue to have a great first half of the school year. Students and staff have celebrated positive acts through our Moola drawings, Marine Salute postcards, Attendance trophy, School-wide Celebrations, and individualized acknowledgements. It’s been great to see so many of our kids grow socially, emotionally, and academically thus far. On the other hand, we continue to challenge our student body to reduce classroom disruptions to ensure an optimal learning experience for all students. Once again I thank those of you that I have worked with for helping me to provide after school consequences when students make mistakes. Your support is very much appreciated. Student success is a result of school, home, and students all being on the same page and all working together.

Our staff has been learning about using logical consequences for minor behaviors. Logical consequences connect negative behaviors directly to the consequence that is provided. They offer an opportunity to hold the individual accountable, and teach lessons about that specific behavior. Below I have shared an article on how logical consequences may work in your home for you. Logical Consequences and Parenting

If you’d like any more information on logical consequences, or would like to learn about how we are using this concept at MMS, please feel free to contact me at mhanson@marinette.k12.wi.us or (715) 735-1500.

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