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 November 19, 2018
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
Christian J.
Christian comes to class/school/mentoring EVERY DAY with a smile on his face. He does what is asked and is such a sweetheart! He is polite and kind to his peers. Christian came to his mentoring session this week with a clear plan for how he was going to catch up on work without even being asked. Way to go Christian!

7th
Ben S.
In addition to being a leader among his peers, Ben is a dedicated student athlete. He always looks to improve in his work and reflects on what he can do to understand the material more deeply. He collaborates well in groups and is always an active member of class discussions and activities. Ben's bright smile is a positive part of any class.

8th
Sofyan D.
Sofyan is "rockin' it" in his classes right now! He has shown how dedicated he is to his school work and that has really paid off. Sofyan contributes to class in such a positive and fulfilling way.
Conferences
If you haven't already and need to, you can sign up for parent / teacher conferences HERE
Phase 1 of the construction project is near completion, and staff spent the day on Friday, November 16 moving into their Phase 2 locations. 

Families and community members are welcome to tour the newly renovated areas of the building during Parent-Teacher conference times on Monday, November 19 from noon to 7:45 PM and on Tuesday, November 20 from 7:45 AM - 3:15 PM. Please enter through the front doors of Fairview High School. 
From the Math Department
Talent Show
Varsity Boys Basketball will take their talents to Quicken Loans Arena as part of the Cavs Elite High School Hoops Series. The game will take place on January 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM against the Panthers of Elyria Catholic. Following the Fairview game, fans are invited to attend the Cavs vs. Miami Heat game that evening at 7pm.

Tickets are $30 and include admission to both the Fairview vs. Elyria Catholic game as well as the Cavs game to follow.

To get tickets -
  1. Create a FlashSeats Account (or if you already have one, write down the associated email address)
  2. Bring a check to the high school main office made out to Fairview High School with 'Cavs Tickets' in the memo line. Checks should be $30 times the number of tickets desired.
  3. Check your FlashSeats account later that day and the tickets should be in your account, delivered from Mr. Dianetti

Fans will sit in the lower bowl area for the Fairview game in the afternoon. Cavs seats will be in Loudville. Seats purchased at the same time will be together for the night game. Teams/Players - see your coaches for details on purchasing seats together.
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!
Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
Each week we will highlight a different word associated with the Platform. For a full glossary of terms you may need defined, look for the link below in our Useful Links section.

Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Time
The time that students learn the content they need to be college-ready. They plan and prioritize their learning based on their individual goals. Students move at their own pace and receive support from their teachers, mentor, and peers.


DID YOU KNOW? 
Your Student Snapshot

You should be receiving SMS text messages about your child's academic coursework and progress in the Summit Learning Platform. With this feature, we hope to keep you more up to date on what your child is working on in school and how they are doing academically. Specifically, you'll learn about your child's projects, power focus areas progress, grades, and tips on how to support them academically.

How often will I get messages?
You'll receive, on average, 2 text messages per week per child, and the texts will be personalized to your child's own academic calendar and performance. The text messages will include notifications about: upcoming projects and whether your child completed the project or not, progress on passing focus area content assessments, growth in cognitive skills, course grades, and suggested tips and conversations starters to support your child's academic

What does "Msg & data rates apply" mean?
There is no cost to receive Your Student Snapshot, but standard message rates and data charges from your carrier apply when sending or receiving Student Snapshot text messages, just as they would for any text. Check with your carrier if you have questions about your plan and costs.

How do I opt out?
To opt out, reply "STOP" to any Student Snapshot SMS message you received. You will receive no further Student Snapshot messages for any of your students in the Summit Learning Platform from that point onwards. Reply with "START" at any time to opt back in.

How will these messages help my student and I?
We hope the text messages will:
  • Help you keep more up to date on what your child is learning and how they are doing in school
  • Help you better support your child's academics by being informed about your child's academic progress and by providing suggested tips
  • Foster constructive conversations between you and your child about their academics through the suggested conversation starters   
  • Create a common understanding and language among families, students, and faculty to talk about your child's school experience and performance

How do I change the phone number or language for the messages?
Please contact your school to change your phone number or language preference. The messages are currently available in English and Spanish.

How do I add another parent to these alerts?
Please contact your school to add additional parents or legal guardians to your child's Student Snapshot.

What if I have a question about the messages?
If you have additional questions or need more help, please reach out to your child's mentor or teachers. For a full picture of your child's academic coursework, progress, and grades, we recommend logging into the Summit Learning Platform .
Testing
MAP benchmark testing round one is complete! Two more administrations will take place throughout the school year. Grade level Math and ELA teachers will be happy to provide you with specific dates and information.

Ohio State Testing will take place in the spring. These tests are extremely important for your child's long term success. It is never too early to begin getting ready!

See some ODE preparatory resources here and general test prep resources here.

Important Dates
Monday, November 19 - Tuesday, November 20
Parent / Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 23
Welcome Back!


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

As we prepare for Parent-Teacher conferences, here are a few questions you may consider asking your child's teacher(s). 

  1. May I Tell You About My Child? 
  2. May I Tell You About What's Going on at Home? 
  3. How Is My Child Doing Socially? 
  4. How Is My Child Doing Emotionally? 
  5. In What Areas Does My Child Need Improvement? 
  6. What Do You Think My Child Is Particularly Good at?
  7. Is My Child Performing on Grade Level?
  8. What Do These Assessment Results Really Mean?
  9. Is My Child Doing His/Her Best?
  10. Does My Child Need Extra Help in Any Areas?
  11. What Can We Do to Provide That Extra Help?
  12. May I Share a Concern?
  13. Can You Fill Me in on This Situation?
  14. Can You Tell Me About Your Teaching Method?
  15. Do You Have Any Advice?
Please email me anytime at csullivan@fairview.k12.oh.us with questions. 
Community Film Screening of "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" Set for Nov. 28
The struggle with depression and anxiety is very real for today's teenagers. 
 
The Fairview Park City School District Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is inviting parents to a series of events on the topics of Depression and Anxiety.
  • Families are welcome to attend "Depression, Anxiety, and Teens Community Forum" on Tuesday, November 13 from 7-8:30p.m. at Lakewood High School located at 14100 Franklin Blvd. in Lakewood.
     
  • On November 28, the Fairview Park City Schools will screen the IndieFlix film "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. Angst is a lighthearted and honest look at anxiety through the eyes of students, parents, educators and experts. This movie is for everyone and sends the message that anxiety is treatable and prevention is key. The film is approximately 55 minutes long and is appropriate for those ages 10 and up.
     
  • On December 5 from 7-8 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary, families are invited to the first "Parent University" sessions which will be a continued discussion around depression and anxiety. A special guest speaker will join from Fit Mind Cleveland, a local counseling firm.
If you have questions, please contact  Carrie Sullivan, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator at csullivan@fairview.k12.oh.us
Administration
Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100
Mr. Jordan McHugh
Associate Principal
440-356-3510 ext. 3100
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Drive | Fairview Park, OH 44126