Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Ave., Fairview Park, OH 44126 | Ph: (440) 356-3510
Mr. Chris Vicha, Principal | Mr. Jordan McHugh, Associate Principal
Week of January 21, 2019
Reminder! No School Monday, Jan. 21
Warriors of the Week
Each week through this year we will recognize several of our students through our "Warrior of the Week" award. Students receive this award for displaying effort that goes above-and-beyond our expectations - reflecting their drive to achieve personal and academic growth.

This week's Warriors of the Week are:




6th 
Paige and Madison B.
The two mighty Warriors came to MMS in the middle of the school year. They have both worked extremely hard to gain ground and are now caught up with their peers. They welcome challenges and work hard until those challenges are completed. Both Warriors have a great attitude and always have a smile on their face.



7th
McKenzie B.
McKenzie has shown the extreme drive and dedication to catch up in her core classes. Her determination allowed her to succeed academically, gaining all completed grades on her platform before the end of the 2nd quarter. We are excited to see the progress she will continue to have if she continues to follow through on the smart goals she sets.



Scott B.
Scott is doing such an awesome job managing and regulating his strong emotions during the school day. He is making mature and responsible decisions more and more. He is open to and seeking feedback and making different choices. :)




8th
Grace M.
Grace is a hard-working student who is dedicated to success in all her classes. Most recently she finished ALL the focus areas for math for the YEAR! She is someone who can always be counted on in groups to be focused, helpful, and all with a smile. Her positive attitude, dedication to her work, and overall sweet personality make her the 8th grade teams selection for Warrior of the Week.

Community Forum on Strategic Planning 
Your input is needed - and greatly valued - to help shape the school district's strategic goals. We hope you will attend the Community Forum on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary. A short presentation will be followed by interactive group sessions on developing priorities for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, school board, and administration to implement over the next several years. Take a look at the most recent strategic plan here.
Kindness Week
Across the country in our schools next week students will be participating in No Name-Calling Week .  Fairview Park Middle and High School students will be participating in this too!! The purpose is to help us all remember that bullying and name-calling are very hurtful and can cause a negative impact on a person't academic achievement, educational aspirations and psychological well-being.  We want students, teachers, families and our community of FP to be aware of the damage bullying and name-calling can be to a person and put a stop to it!!  Find kind words to inspire all of us to be the best we can be!  Each day students will have an opportunity to participate in various activities like wear a red ribbon to show you support this movement, wear colorful clothing to show your support and do a random act of kindness.

Tuesday:
  • Students sign board outside of 250
  • Students pick up ribbons

Wednesday:
  • Show your support for no name calling week by wearing a colorful outfit
  • Share a picture of yourself in your colorful outfit with #kindness

Thursday:
  • Photo booth outside of room 250

Friday:
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

Revised School Year Calendar
At the January 9, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved a revised school calendar for the current school year.  
 
There will be no school for students K-12 on Friday, March 15, 2019. This will be a Staff Professional Development Day. 
 
There will be no school for students K-12 on Thursday, April 18. This will be a middle/high school Phase 2 to Phase 3 construction moving day, and a K-5 Professional Development Day. 

Please mark your calendars accordingly. The revised calendar has been updated here
From the Counseling Office
From Mrs. Walsh -- Attention 8th Grade Parents/Students: 

 We wanted to provide you with some information regarding our transition activities for your child.  Mrs. Cory and I have planned monthly activities to help aid in the move to FHS.  This month, we will focus on steps to graduation including course requirements, importance of grade point averages and end of course exams.  On January 22 and 23, presentations will be given in OA classes reviewing this academic information for 9th grade.  We will also hand out the Course Selection sheets and discuss the class offerings.  These forms need to be returned to their OA teacher by Friday, February1st.  The powerpoint presentation will be posted to the Fairview website by the end of next week.

Thanks so much and we look forward to working with your family!
Mary Cory, LFM School Counselor and Nora Walsh, FHS School Counselor - gr. 9/10




Upcoming Parent University Workshops

Special Parent Presentation by the NOPE 
(Narcotic Overdose Prevention Education) Task Force

Wednesday, January 23 
6:30 p.m.
FHS Auditorium 

As a follow-up to the student presentation on January 7, in this presentation, parents/caregivers will receive information on:
   - Prescription drugs - safe ways to store them or dispose them
   - How to tell if your child is using drugs
   - What to do if you think your child is using drugs. 

VERY Important information! PLEASE plan on attending... it will be worth your time!  
We will also have information from area agencies on how and where to get help.


Growth Mindset and Gifted Students 
January 28, 6:30 PM 
Gilles-Sweet Cafeteria

Presentation/discussion surrounding the ways in which mindset affects our gifted students academically, socially, and emotionally, including underachievement and perfectionism. Brief Q & A to follow.


Additional Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Events and Resources
On Jan. 7 the MS and HS students had a separate assembly from the NOPE Task Force (Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention, and Education). Their mission is to diminish the frequency and impact of drug overdoes death through community education, family support and purposeful advocacy. While the presentation is at times blunt and evokes powerful emotions, all students were told at the assembly that staff is around to help in any way. Your child should have left with a lot of information. The highlight points:
    * If your friend passes out or is acting weird - GET HELP - parents or 911.  They explained the Good Samaritan Law to the students.
   * Sharing prescription drugs is illegal.
   *Carrying around prescription drugs in their bottle or loose in a pocket or purse is illegal.
   * If you or someone you know is using drugs -GET HELP - ASK!!

We hope you will attend the special parent presentation on January 23 (more info above).

Two Area Districts Showing the Film "Screenagers"

January 22, 7 p.m., Avon Lake Performing Arts Center
175 Avon Belden Road

Please join the Avon Lake City School district and the Avon Lake PTA Council for a presentation to learn and discuss more about the effects of the increased screen time of our kids/students. The viewing of the movie followed by a panel of our district social worker, mental health professional, district school faculty members and high school students will take place. Parents of all ages can benefit from this program along with students ages 10 & up. 


January 31, 6 p.m., Westlake Performing Arts Center

6th Grade Coffee Chat
6th grade parents are invited to a Coffee & Conversation on January 24 at 9 a.m. at the Gemini Center Birch Room. You are invited to share your questions, concerns, ideas, etc. 
Spring Fundraiser 
There is a little less than a week until the fundraiser is over! Order forms are due on Tuesday, January 22. Visit the website  to purchase coffee, a custom Fairview Park Warriors tumbler, and Tervis Tumblers, or order from your favorite student(s)! All students were given a paper order form, but if they need additional flyers/order forms, they are available in the office.

Yearbook Order Forms
Yearbook order forms were given to all students in Mentoring on Wednesday, January 9. There are more copies in the office. The cost of the yearbook is $16 and order forms are due January 25.
Stagecrafters Spring Performance:
Bye Bye Birdie
Stagecrafters will be presenting the musical Bye Bye Birdie this April. Any student in grades 7-12 is invited to auditions. Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM in the auditorium. You must come prepared to sing at least 16 bars of a song and you MUST bring sheet music. No acapella singing will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, Stagecrafters will be offering audition prep clinics on Monday, January 14 from 3:15 - 5 PM and Tuesday, January 22 from 3:30 - 5 PM in the choir room. These clinics are not part of the audition but will help you prepare. Please email or see Mrs. Atwood with any questions.
Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
At the heart of learning at FPCS, we emphasize a personalized approach that caters to several factors of a student's skill profile.  These skills aim to best equip our graduates for education and careers in a world that may look very different in the next five or ten years that it does right now.  We call this the Fairview Advantage
DID YOU KNOW?
You can make an appointment to come in and observe a class(es) in action. Call Mr. McHugh, the Associate Principal, at (440) 331-3510 x 3100.

You can make an appointment with Melanie Wightman, the Director of Teaching and Learning, for a one-on-one lesson on the Platform and interpretation of your student's progress.  Call her at (440) 331-5500.

MMS Teacher Office Hours
Every Friday from 7:45 am - 8:20 am ALL teachers will be available for academic assistance. Students can sign up with any teacher to get the help they need. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity!
Prepare for Winter Weather School Notifications
With winter weather upon us, families should prepare for winter school closing notifications. In order to receive these announcements quickly, it is important for families to have correct contact information in their students' PowerSchool accounts. This will allow the District's automated messaging system to quickly reach you--via phone, email, and text--with emergency weather information.

To Receive Weather/Emergency Calls, Text Messages, and Emails
Log in to your  PowerSchool account and Under  "Alerting" click on  "SwiftReach SwiftK12" in the top left corner. 

On the screen that opens, click on  "Contact Information" to make sure your phone numbers and email address is correct. Then check your  "Alert Preferences" to make sure each category is checked for what you wish to receive under "General Information."  Weather-related closures are sent under the "General Information" category. 

Social Media & Website 
Families can follow the District on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to receive instant weather notifications. Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @FPSchools 

The district will also update its website, wwww.fairviewparkschools.org with school closing information.

Local Television
FPCS will notify local TV stations WKYC (NBC), WEWS (ABC), WOIO (CBS) and Fox8 with school closing information.

Thank you!
PTA Council Fundraisers - Super Bowl Squares
PTA Council will be selling Super Bowl squares for a quick FUNdraiser. Help support PTA and all they do for us!
Important Dates
Monday, January 21
NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Stagecrafters Audition Prep Clinic, choir room
5:30 - 7:00 PM - Science Fair Open House
7:00 PM - Community Forum at Gilles-Sweet

Wednesday, January 23
6:30 - 8:00 PM - Parent University: NOPE Presentation, Auditorium

Thursday, January 24
9:00 - 10:00 AM - 6th Grade Parents Coffee & Conversation, Birch Room at the Gemini Center

Friday, January 25
Yearbook order forms DUE

Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29
3:30 - 5:30 PM - Bye Bye Birdie Auditions, auditorium

Saturday, February 2
Power of the Pen Northern Division District Tournament @ Columbia MS

Tuesday, February 5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Advanced 8th Grade ELA FT to the Book Bank

Tuesday, February 12
Book Club Meeting

Saturday, February 23
PenOhio's Northeastern District Tournament @ Shaker Heights MS
8:30 - 11:45 AM - 6th Grade Math Club Competition, St. Raphael's in Bay Village

Tuesday - Thursday, February 26 - 28
9:15 AM - 12:30 PM - GROUP 1 - 7th Grade Food Bank Service Project
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - GROUP 2 - 7th Grade Food Bank Service Project

Thursday, March 7
Junior Achievement Blitz Day

Saturday, April 13
8:30 - 11:45 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Math Club Competition



Reliable Resources
By Mrs. Dill, 6-12 Librarian 

Gale: Just the Facts
  • A global leader in education, learning and research resources online
  • Subscription databases (high school level) paid for with Fairview High School money
  • Passwords required for access
  • Databases include a general database, US History, World History, Science
  • Reference ebook collection, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), of 43 books or sets of books
  • One-step searching called PowerSearch allows user to search all databases and GVRL at once.  WARNING: many topics provide thousands of results; use "limiters" on the right to narrow results

To Access:
Go to the District webpage > click on Students > click on Core Tools > Click on FHS/MMS Library > hover over Research > click on Online Databases
You will find buttons to INFOhio, Gale and Passwords

Need help?  Email Mrs. Dill at gdill@fairview.k12.oh.us or stop by the library

Securly DOES NOT block the database information.


School Counseling
Mrs. Mary Cory
Middle School Student Counselor
440-356-3510 ext. 3135

Follow the counseling office on twitter: @FviewCounselors
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) 
Ms. Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator
440-356-3510 ext. 4117

Administration
Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100
Mr. Jordan McHugh
Associate Principal
440-356-3510 ext. 3100
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Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Drive | Fairview Park, OH 44126