March 2020
Important Dates
26- PTO Meeting

9-13- Spring Break

2- End of Third Quarter
9- Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:30)
10- No School
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.

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: Mondays, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6
TIME: 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)

Please let us know the names of those that will attend when you call or email
Jen Huth at 715-735-1503 or 
“Should I keep my child home or send him/her to school?” While each situation is individualized, the well-being of the student and the entire school are considered. How does your child feel? Variations from normal behavior are the best indicators of illness. You know your child best; trust your instincts.
Here are some general guidelines to help with making this decision:
A child should remain at home if he or she:
-Has a fever of 100.4 or greater
-Has been vomiting or feels nauseous
-Has diarrhea
-Has an unexplained widespread rash
-Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as: excessive tiredness or lack of appetite, frequent persistent cough, headache, body aches, earache, severe sore throat.

Keep your child home until her or she have been fever free for 24 hours without medication.  Temperatures are lower in the morning and a fever may occur again in the afternoon. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.
Keep your child home until he or she has not vomited for 24 hours.
If your child vomits during the night, do not send him or her to school the next day.

While the school nurse and office staff do their best to continue to assess a child’s medical needs at school, parents should still consult the child’s healthcare provider when the above symptoms are noted to determine if an office visit is necessary. Parents are encouraged to communicate changes in a student’s health, subtle or obvious, giving the staff a “heads up” concerning the child’s health. If a student goes to the doctor for an illness visit, sharing information concerning potentially infectious illness with the school is very important. Following the above guidelines will help assure a healthier school environment.

Please do not hesitate to contact Nurse Melissa @ (715)735-1510 with any questions or concerns.  
2020 Middle School Yearbooks
The 2020 yearbook order forms are here. If you are interested in a yearbook order form they are available in your student(s) homebase classroom or in the office. Please return order form back into the office or to Mrs.Siem in room L112 along with $18 cash, check or money order made out to M.M.S. by February 28th

After February 28th the cost for 2020 Yearbook will be $21 
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: responsibility in the teenage years; nutrition; and being an “embarrassing” parent.

Mrs. Stauss's class

During Mrs. Strauss's Live to Give Unit students made Valentines cards for the nursing home.

Please click on the Peach Jar link where you will find all the latest and greatest flyers from Marinette Middle School.
Upcoming PTO Meeting
Please join us on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:30pm for the next Marinette MIddle School PTO meeting.  We will meet in the main office Large Conference Room. This is the rescheduled meeting from February 12, 2020.

Our March PTO meeting is scheduled for March 18, 2020 at 6:30pm.

Use Movies To Teach Comprehension Skills!
A Message from Mrs. Martin, Literacy Specialist QAS

Movies and TV shows begin as a script, which is a form of literature. Discussing the literary parts of the story can help students practice skills that they need in school in a relaxed atmosphere. You can support growth of thinking comprehension skills while you watch together at home by asking questions such as:

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What is the main problem in this story?
  • How do you think that problem could be solved?
  • How is this show similar to/different than (another show?)
  • What was the climax, or most exciting point, in the story?
  • What are you wondering about at this part of the story?
  • What makes the hero a hero, and the villain a villain?
  • What do you think is motivating that character to behave that way?

These questions will push deeper thinking and analyzing skills, and it will just feel like a good conversation!
Family fun at Math Night
Message from Mr. Whisler

Modeling Your Expectations
Monkey See...Monkey Do!  You would like to think that teenagers (i.e., middle schoolers) do not live by this phrase, but the truth is, it is common for middle schoolers to act like those around them - especially the adults!

It is that time of year, where we are experiencing the cabin fever that we know all too well in Wisconsin.  With that, unfortunately, comes conflict in the relationships between people. At the middle school, one of our top priorities is to work with our students on growing as young person - this means working on relationships with our friends and our non-friends.  However, we need your help as parents and/or guardians!

In today’s social climate of cell phones, email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, it is all too easy to type something up and post it to a social media site or send it off to another person.  I call this “keyboard courage.” This behavior is modeled negatively all too often and sensationalized by local and national media, as well as the social media that our students see every day.

The Search Institute, who is well-known for their 40 Assets research, even lists an Adult Role Model as one of the most effective tools that a young person can have to overcome risky behaviors.  For more information regarding this, click here: 40 Assets - Adult Role Model .

There are other institutions that talk about the value of positive adult modeling.  It is a big topic in student well-being and mental health. For an article by a behavioral health institution, please read here: Gracepoint Wellness - Modeling .

Please take some time in the coming days and weeks to talk to your student about your expectations with social media.  Some questions to consider might be: 
  • What sites do you permit?  
  • Do you have the passwords to all of their accounts? (They are under 18 by the way). 
  • Are you linked to their account in some way so that you can see what they are posting? 
  • How often do you check their text messages and social media account posts?

And the final question to ask is…Do you live your expectations every day?

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
Message from Mr. Hanson

Hello MMS parents and guardians,

This month I’d simply like to share the MMS behavior definitions document with you. This document is often referenced by staff members as well as students when a behavioral error has taken place. I would be very appreciative if you could review these definitions with your student. I’ve included the link here: MMS Behavior Definitions

I hope you're staying warm. Spring will be here in no time!

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