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 March 4, 2019
Warrior of the Month
Each month a student will be recognized  as Warrior of the Month. These students are nominated by their teachers and exemplify what it means to go above-and-beyond our expectations - reflecting their drive to achieve personal and academic growth.

Izzy K.
Izzy is involved in a lot of extracurriculars, such as Student Council and Builder's Club. In those groups she tends to take a leadership role. She collaborates and communicates effectively with peers and adults. She challenges herself with rigorous classwork and excels in her packed honor's schedule. She is extremely mature for her age and seeks to help others whenever possible. She is a true asset to the Fairview Park Community.

Other nominees for Warrior of the Month included:

Madison B.
Claire L.
Lucy L.
Sarah W.
From the Office
Remember that there will be NO SUMMER SCHOOL this summer. Students will need to complete all their work by the end of the 4th quarter. The last day of school is May 23, 2019.

Please send in your pull tabs from soda and soup cans - we are collecting them for Ronald McDonald House - they will use the funds raised for families staying at the House while their child(ren) is in the hospital.

Call for BOX TOPS! Please cut out and send in your Box Tops! It's an easy fundraiser for the school. Turn them in to Mrs. Ristagno in the Middle School office!

Parent University: Special Internet Safety Presentation by FBI Citizens Academy
Families and community members are encouraged to attend a "Parent University" informational presentation on social media and internet safety on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary (4320 W. 220th St.).

Randy Kimbro, a member of the FBI Citizens Academy, will be the presenter.

Topics covered will include how social media posts can affect future jobs, inappropriate searches and their effects, Apps to avoid, how the "bad guys" operate, and other important issues faced by internet users of all ages.

Come learn important information about how you can keep your children (and yourself) safe online.

Students are welcome to attend if parents feel it appropriate. Babysitting will be available for young children.
March 5 - District Band Concert
The Concert will be on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00.  Students should arrive by 6:30 to tune and warm-up. We will be having the students sit together in the auditorium to make the transitions from one band to the next smoother.  

This concert will feature the 5th Grade Band, the 6th Grade Band, the 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band, the FHS Symphonic Band, and the FHS Jazz Band.  We are also planning a selection by the Trash Can Band. I am working to make sure the concert lasts only about an hour and 15 minutes. I would like the students to stay for the entire concert to hear the the High School group and to see what they will be doing in the future years.

Reminder about concert attire:
Boys should wear Dress shoes, dress pants, button down dress shirt and tie. Girls should wear a long dress or a long skirt and blouse and dress shoes. No sweaters, jeans, or flip-flops. Spring is here (or so we hope)!  Dress with spring colors.
Testing Information
APRIL

April 11            OST Math (6/7/8)
April 12            OST ELA (6/7/8)
April 15             Makeup Day
April 16             Science (8) / Makeup Day (6/7)
April 17             Makeup Day     
Drill Team Tryouts
Attention all 8th grade girls interested in trying out for 2019-2020 FHS Drill Team - the informational meeting will be held in Ms. Keener's room (Room 222) on Monday, March 4 right after school. See Ms. Keener if you have questions or cannot make it to the meeting.
Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
From a student who has been using the Platform, here are 8 tips and tricks she has found to help be successful on Summit Learning. To see the article on the Summit Learning Blog, go HERE .

1. Believe You Are Prepared.
At my first few parent-teacher conferences during the year, the teacher showed my parents that I was behind in certain subjects.
This was mostly because I didn't believe I was prepared to take my Social Studies tests at the time recommended by the by the Summit Learning Curriculum  and encouraged by my teacher. Over the course of the year, I learned that I really was prepared to take those tests at the time Summit Learning suggested; I just had to gain confidence in myself.

2. Study When You Need To.
This is just what it sounds like - study when you need to. If you're rocking it in all of your classes and have been doing your studying in class, then there may be no need to study at home. Take those nights to relax. On the other hand, if you have trouble in some classes because you've mastered the material, then study.
You should learn the information you need for the test and review the notes you took. I found that by taking the time to study at home, I was more prepared than if I reviewed only in class. This made it easier to pass tests and stay on track.

3. Use Your Class Time.
Teachers give time in class to study for your next test. Use that time to practice study strategies that your teacher or mentor have shown you throughout the year. They could just hand you a book and say, "Write an essay on Chapter 10," but they don't. Instead, they give you an opportunity to study with the tools that are most effective for how you like to learn. That means you can write an essay or do some simple notes. Use it or lose it.
Last year, I saw other students who didn't use their time in class end up in summer school; since I value my summers, I have learned to use the time in class that I'm given.

4. Pay Attention.
Paying attention in class does pay off in the end. I found that even when it was tough to focus, pushing myself to pay attention helped me to understand the teacher's lessons more thoroughly.
Last year, if I lost my focus I would miss key ideas, which sometimes made me fall behind. One time in math, I was distracted and missed an explanation of ratios. When I reached the test, I was not able to pass and fell behind. I spoke to my teacher and learned the information I missed, but it took me more time and work to pass than if I had been paying attention the first time.

5. Let Your Teacher Know When You're Having Trouble.
Sometimes, learning a new topic can be confusing. If you don't understand part of a project or topic, ask your teacher to explain. In Social Studies, I was having trouble understanding the lesson on ancient Rome. I let my teacher know that I was struggling and he held a workshop with me. Workshops are small group lessons with the teacher, who explains the details of the topic more deeply. Without speaking up, teachers didn't know that I was having difficulties; when I did tell them, they really helped me.

6. Care About and Put Effort into Your Work.
If you show great effort and true appreciation for what you're working on, this will prepare you to go to college and you'll also be recognized for how hard you work.
During the last year, I put effort into my school life, and now I often have people ask me if I want to go to college. It is exciting to have people recognize my effort and see me as someone that should go to college. It reminds me that the learning and work I put in now will pay off in the future.

7. Check Your Grades Often.
Checking your grades on the Summit Learning Platform will let you know what you need to work on and what you're excelling at. I learned that I always have access to my grades and to check my grades frequently. When I didn't check what I needed to improve on often enough, there was always a possibility that I could get a grade I didn't want or plan for. When I made the commitment to check regularly, I found I could work on new things that challenged me and I improved my overall grades.

8. Have Fun with Summit Learning!
I've found that I and everyone in my class has a different way of enjoying learning. Some people want to write an essay, while others want to play a game or watch a video. Personally, I love being able to be hands-on in a lesson. I remember learning about cells in Science. There were videos, diagrams, and readings - but what stood out most was using a microscope to see the cells for myself.

I hope my thoughts help students who are new to Summit Learning. When I first started Summit Learning, I found this demo of the student learning experience really helpful, and you might too. Thank you for reading this entry, and remember to have fun with Summit Learning this year!
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You can make an appointment with Melanie Wightman, Director of Teaching and Learning, to interpret and discuss individual student's achievement and progress, including grades and winter MAP benchmark. Appointments can be scheduled during the school days or selected evenings at parent convenience. You can reach Mrs. Wightman at (440) 331-5500.

You can make an appointment to come in, take a tour, and observe classes in action. Call Mr. McHugh, the Associate Principal, at (440) 331-3510 x 3100.
MMS Teacher Office Hours
Every Tuesday AND Friday from 7:45 am - 8:20 a.m. 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!
Safety Town Volunteers Needed!
Safety Town is a program held at the Gemini Center for incoming Kindergarten students and volunteers in grades 6-12 are needed! If you would like to volunteer this summer, click here for more information and to fill out an application. 
Friends of FPCS Fundraiser
Important Dates
Monday, March 4
3:00 PM - FHS Drill Team informational meeting, Room 222
6:30 - 8:00 PM - Staying Internet Safe, FBI presentation, Gilles-Sweet Cafetorium

Tuesday, March 5
7:00 - 8:30 PM - District Band Concert

Wednesday, March 6
6:00 PM - DC Parent Meeting for current 7th Grade parents, Auditorium

Thursday, March 7
Junior Achievement Blitz Day

Friday, March 8
6:00 - 8:00 PM - Student Council sponsored MS Dance, cafeteria

Monday, March 11
9:30 AM - Jim Basketball Jones Assembly
6:30 PM - Parent University, Supporting your Students Growth Mindset

Wednesday, March 13
7:00 - 8:30 PM - District Choir Concert

Friday, March 15
NO SCHOOL - STAFF RECORDS DAY
8:00 AM and 2:00 PM - Counseling Dept. hosting meetings for parents of students entering 9th grade, Gemini Center

Tuesday, March 19
6:00 - 9:00 PM - Friends of Fairview Park City Schools Fundraiser at Main Event Entertainment

Thursday, March 21
6:00 - 9:00 PM - Career Fair at FHS

Friday, March 22
LAST DAY OF 3RD QUARTER

Tuesday, March 26
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Innovation Showcase, Gilles-Sweet Gymnasium

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

Friday, April 26
Junior Achievement Field Day



Tweet of the Week
Reliable Resources
By Gayle Dill, M.S.Ed., Certified Media Specialist
Librarian Gr. 6-12
 
Gale Virtual Reference Library and INFOhio Extras - Just the Facts
 
Gale:
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) - Besides English (highlighted last week) there are multiple reference e-books in the Business, Environment, History, Law, Medicine, Religion, Science and Social Science categories.
 
INFOhio:
  • Academic Search Premier - Peer-reviewed journals covering academic disciplines covered in colleges and universities.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, Hispanica Saber, L'Encyclopedie Decouverte - Spanish and French encyclopedias for beginners and more advanced students.
  • Business Information, Career, Health Information and STEM Collections - Collections of articles specifically covering these broad topics.
 
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


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
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator 
phone:  440-356-3500 ext. 4117


There are a few Parent Universities coming up!!! Please check the FACE website or many are being communicated through social media. I hope you check them out!

On March 4th, we have Randy Kimbro coming. He is a spokesman for the FBI task force to educate us on:

  • How social media posts affect future jobs.  
  • Inappropriate searches and their effects.  
  • Apps to avoid.  
  • How the bad guys use seemingly innocuous things that we post, against us.

This event would be good for you and your child (about 10 year and older) to come and learn together the dangers on the internet. Please check the following resources for more information:

** Wait Until 8th (we are doing this campaign at GS):

**Author from Cleveland, OH, Jesse Weinberger

**Article on kids safety online


VERY Important TOPIC.....I hope you and your child will come on Monday, March 4th at 6:30pm to Gilles Sweet.There will be a raffle for some prizes!
Administration
Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100
Mr. Jordan McHugh
Associate Principal
440-356-3510 ext. 3100
Useful Links
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Drive | Fairview Park, OH 44126