May 2020
Marinette Middle School is closed until further notice.

For assistance please call 715-735-1500 or email
mwhisler@marinette.k12.wi.us
mhanson@marinette.k12.wi.us
jhuth@marinette.k12.wi.us
All Staff are available via email at MMS staff email addresses
Learning plans can be available at Learning Plans
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATE INFORMATION

  • June 3 - Chromebook return, yearbook pick up and locker clean out 8:00am-6:00 pm
  • June 5 - 8th grade recognition video released on Facebook
How to Talk to Your Middle Schooler about COVID-19

Lately, I have been getting questions on how to talk to middle schoolers about COVID-19 and their life right now. This can be a tough job - however, a very important one. In my search for guidance, I came across the article linked below from The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds (Massachusetts General Hospital).

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Please click on the link below to view the learning plans.


FREE LUNCHES AND BREAKFAST:

Please remember to take advantage of the free bag lunch and breakfast. There is pick up at the Middle School from 11-12 also drop off locations

Click on link: Lunch drop off locations for more information

WE miss our students and you, the family members. Remember, we are only an email or phone call away. Reach out and stay connected.


Student report cards have been posted in Skyward. To view your child's academic progress, please log in to the Skyward Portal located on the District website.

Please email Ms. Hermanson at khermans@marinette.k12.wi.us. if you would like one mailled to you.
ENROLLMENT:
Parents of children who will be 4 years old by or before September 1, 2020:
Marinette School District has two 4K programs: full-day and half-day. All are welcome, however due to limited space in the full-day program, and to be fair, a lottery will take place to select the students who will be offered the 4K full-day program. The deadline to participate in the lottery is May 13 at 3:00 p.m.- this means if you want to participate in the lottery for full-day 4K you must have your child’s enrollment completed by that time. Why wait? Enroll today. Please note: The lottery does not affect 1/2 day 4K. Enrollment is ongoing.


If you have another child that attended or is attending one of our schools, log into your Family Access account to register your new child:  Skyward Family Access
If you have never had a child attend one of our schools, then use this link to get started with registering your child:  New Student Online Enrollment Portal
Other information needed is: immunization records, physical exam and proof of residency
Mrs. Couch’s Virtual Learning~Student Engagement

Students made DNA models to better understand the location of the chromosomes within the cell. Here are some of those models that students made at home:
Middle Years
Check out this month’s edition of Middle Years . This edition was written prior to the mandated school closures and the postponement of the Summer Olympics, it has lots of good information to assist with talking to your middle schooler. Check it out!

Please click on the Peach Jar link where you will find all the latest and greatest flyers from Marinette Middle School.



A Low-Hassle Way to Enjoy Family Literacy Time
A Message from Mrs. Martin, Literacy Specialist QAS

Try watching a read-aloud together! Here is just a sample of current online opportunities:
  • We Are Teachers put together the great, big list of more than 50 authors doing online read-alouds of their books and other activities. (Scroll down for middle/high school.)
  • On Monday, March 30, Kwame Alexander began a daily read-aloud (and read-along) of his novel The Crossover at 10:30 am EST, Monday through Friday, on Instagram Live
  • R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, has a read-aloud of the first chapter available on YouTube.
  • Josh Gad, the voice of “Olaf” from the Disney Frozen movies, is reading books aloud on his Twitter feed
  • Country star and Imagination Library founder Dolly Parton is hosting a “Goodnight with Dolly” story time on the Imagination Library Facebook page, Thursday nights. 
  • Publishing company Penguin Kids is providing a “live storytime read-aloud” every week day at 11 am EST on their Instagram page
  • YouTube channel Storyline Online has tons of celebrities doing read-alouds, from Betty White to Rami Malek to Oprah.  
  • Nonprofit Unite for Literacy offers read-alouds in both fiction and nonfiction in multiple languages. 
  • KidLitTV offers both video and podcast read-alouds. 
  • NASA astronauts are doing Storytime from Space


Message from Mr. Whisler

The Middle School’s Year in Review

I cannot believe it. As I sit here writing the articles for this month’s newsletter, the school year is quickly slipping away. I know...that sounds a little sad. However, I see it as a great time for reflection and a time to celebrate all the great things that our students and staff have accomplished over the course of the 2019-2020 school year.

Inevitably, the 2019-2020 school year will be remembered as the year of missed recognition ceremonies, no Spring sports season, and remote learning. Because of that, I would just like to take a brief moment to think of all the great things that happened in the Marinette Middle School school community this year.

Here are just a few things that we can celebrate at the end of this school year:
  • For the third year in a row, our students’ academic growth scores continued to increase, as shown on multiple measures including the state-wide test;
  • Our middle school staff indicated that MMS is a great place to work with a score of 4.01 - this puts us in the range of high functioning organizations according to Gallup;
  • The students that competed in the Brown County Home Builders Association workbench competition received a 2nd in the Community’s Choice category and 1st in the Home Builders Association Choice category;
  • The music program added 5th grade Band as a choice for our students during Semester 2;
  • Several of our staff have brought mini-Marines into their families and the Marinette Middle School family; and
  • Our students continue to smile and build positive relationships with trusted adults and peers, each and every day.

There is a ton more to celebrate, I am sure of it. However, please remember that during this time there is a lot that could be going better, but there is already a lot that went very well!

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
Student Goal-Setting @ Marinette Middle School
While your student is at home with you during this time, please take a moment to talk to her/him about the goals that she/he set at the beginning of the school year. Each student has a Reading goal, and Mathematics goal, and a Personal goal. Your student’s goals can be found in their Google Drive. Reflecting on these goals with you and working towards them daily will ensure that students continue to grow and thrive during this period.

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:

Let me first say how much I miss interacting with you and your kids. I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy. As we move into our final learning phase of the year I’d like to share some thoughts with you. Fitting education into your (and your student’s) daily schedule is challenging for many. Working in or out of the home, caring for younger children, and daily household duties are all obstacles. The best advice I can offer is simple, yet not always easy to implement. I suggest focusing on developing a routine. Everything from bedtime to wake up to school work. Remember that 1 to 2 hours of school work a day is plenty. Find a time that your student(s) can work consistently each day and, within the framework of your schedule, hold your learner accountable to that. I know for many this is easier said than done. We have been very thankful for the efforts that our students and their parents have made thus far.

Please reach out if you have any questions at mhanson@marintte.k12.wi.us Wishing you safety and good health.

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