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 December 10, 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:

Ryan R.
Ryan is an amazing 6th grader! He is always looking ahead to see what he does next, and even comes in for office hours when he technically doesn't need to. Ryan is very thorough in his work and takes pride in doing well.

Caty W.
Caty comes to class every day prepared and with so much positivity! She is able to brighten the mood of every classroom she walks into. She leads by example and thinks of the rights and feelings of others; rather than her own. Caty has volunteered to help her community twice this week. She helped set up the Santa Workshop on Monday and volunteered again to work the Santa Shop on Thursday.

Josie and Addie W.
Whether it is prepping materials or directly working with students, Josie is happy to help. She recently came visited one of our special needs classrooms to help out with a science experiment. She worked one-on-one with a particular student and demonstrated patience and leadership. She is so sweet to all the students and embraces their differences.

Addie assisted in one of our special needs classrooms one day. She helped out with a social skills group. She demonstrated appropriate manners through modeling and role play. Addie also contributed to the confidence the students gained through the practice by encouraging them. Her kindness was so endearing.

Payton K.
She has been doing a great job in all classes, putting effort into her work, as well as helping others. She especially did a great job researching and completing her social studies Mythbusters project by going above and beyond finding information out about her topic. She has shared future plans and seems to be working hard towards them! Great job, Payton!!
Fairview's Got Talent
Fairviews Got Talent

When : 12:20 - 3:15 PM on Friday, December 21st
Where : FHS Auditorium
Who: Families of the contestants are invited!

Prizes : 1 st place - $50 gift card, 2 nd place - $25 gift card, 3 rd place - $10 gift card

Spirit-Theme Day:  Both students and staff are encouraged to wear an ugly Christmas sweater!

: We will have signs to help everyone understand where they are seated.  

Food Drive - We will be collecting cans again this year to donate to Fairview Hunger Center. We made signs for each mentoring group to place onto your box. We are asking each student to bring in one canned good to gain admission to the show.

VIP status is achieved when a mentoring group collects the most cans per student. We will be counting the number of cans and comparing it with the amount of students within the class. All canned goods will be due Wednesday, December 19 th . Student Council will be counting and delivering them.

VIPs will receive:
-   Special seating up front
-   Donuts during mentoring class on 12/21
-   Recognition at the show and shout out on social media
From the Library
Thanks to e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie and co-founder of Never Counted Out , an organization that seeks to empower at-risk youth through writing and the arts, 48 new teen novels have been donated to the MMS/FHS library.  Diverse characters and situations are a part of these added titles as it is important for all teens to be able to see themselves in the books they read.  Please encourage students to stop by the library and check out our display, or better yet - a book!
Letters about Literature Contest
A librarian from Cleveland Public Library, Timothy Phillips, is coordinating this national reflective writing contest.  Funding comes from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Students are asked to write a heartfelt letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre-fiction (poem, short story, novel) or nonfiction (biography, memoir, autobiography)-that is contemporary or classic.  They are to describe what the author's word meant to them and how they came to view themselves and their environment differently. Rather than a book report or fan letter, letters are to be considered a more private conversation with the author, and should be no more than 500 words.

Letters are encouraged to be completed and saved in MS Word, and can be uploaded online at www.read.gov/letters .  This is a great opportunity to refine your child's digital literacy. Video guidance for online submission can be found here  .

Prizes at state level:
1st - $100
2nd - $75
3rd - $50

At all levels, and along with Honorable Finalists, entrants will receive age-appropriate books, as well as having their work published in a commemorative booklet and be invited to a special awards ceremony on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at the Main Branch of Cleveland Public Library (downtown).

FULL DETAILS of the contest format and regulations.
Student Leadership Academy
Student Mental Health Survey
A group of 11th grade students have been selected to participate in the First Ring Superintendents' Student Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership program for high school juniors in the sixteen districts that surround Cleveland Municipal School District. 

These student leaders will build the skills and form the relationships to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The student leaders have chosen their year-long project on: "Mental health awareness, treatment, and acceptance."

Students will be distributing an anonymous electronic survey to their peers in grades 6-12 to collect some information about students who may be dealing with anxiety and/or depression either personally or through a friend or family member. The survey is anonymous and the data collected will help develop a plan to make sure the students of Fairview Park are getting the help they need to be successful.  

Parents not wanting their student to participate in the survey should speak with their student prior to survey distribution on December 12. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Leadership Academy Advisor  Mrs. Janice Frygier or FACE Coordinator  Carrie Sullivan.

6th Grade Parents: Coffee and Conversation
6th Grade Families, 

We would like to invite you to "Coffee and Conversation" on December 12 from 9-10 a.m. at the Gemini Center. This is an opportunity to ask questions, share any concerns, etc. Ms. Carrie Sullivan, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, will facilitate along with Mrs. Mary Cory, Middle School Counselor. 

We hope to see you there. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. 

If you have any specific questions or would like any particular resources, please email  Ms. Sullivan

If you can't make the meeting on the 12th, we will host another on January 24 from 9-10 a.m. at the Gemini Center. 

Thank you! 
Giving Tree
The Middle School Builders Club will be collecting items for the Giving Tree starting on Monday, December 3.

Please bring in new socks, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to be placed on the Giving Tree, and donated to the Fairview Park Hunger Center.
Reliable Resources: INFOhio and Gale
by Mrs. Dill, 6-12 Librarian 

Need information you can trust? Stop Googling and use the databases the district subscribes to.
What Is a Database?
Simply put, our subscription databases are collections of millions of articles that generally first appear in books, magazines, encyclopedias, newspapers, and many other reference sources. This means the articles have been checked thoroughly by editors and publishers. The information is reliable!
The FHS/MMS Library subscribes to two collections of databases: INFOhio and Gale.
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
Stay tuned for weekly database details.
Securly DOES NOT block the database information.
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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, click HERE .  This link will continue to be available below in our Useful Links section below.  

Playlist: The collection of learning resources dedicated to supporting students in learning the Focus Area objectives.


What to do when you see an Incomplete
Don't panic!

Potential reasons for incomplete grades:
  • Students may not have completed all Projects in a course
  • Students have Cognitive Skill averages below 70%
  • Students have Math Concept averages blow 70%
  • Students are off pace OR off track, on Power Focus Areas
Often a fix is simply catching up on a Power Focus Area. Keep in mind that students can change incomplete grades into letter grades by completing any overdue Projects and improving their Cognitive Skill scores. Remember, the classroom teacher is always your best source of details. Never hesitate to reach out.

Click HERE to see how you can support your child if they're off track or have incomplete grades.

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, December 10
5:00 PM - Boys Basketball @ Columbia MS

Tuesday, December 11
7:40 AM - Book Group in the library
5:00 PM - Boys Basketball v. Langston MS @ MMS
6:30 PM - Board of Education Meeting at the BOE

Wednesday, December 12
9:00 - 10:00 AM - 6th Grade Parent Coffee & Conversation, Birch Room at the Gemini Center

Thursday, December 13
5:00 PM - Boys Basketball @ Brooklyn MS
7:00 PM - MS / HS Holiday Choral Concert, FHS Auditorium

Friday, December 14
Junior Achievement Day

Tuesday, December 18
5:00 PM - Boys Basketball @ Clearview, Durling MS

Friday, December 21
Talent Show
Last Day Before Winter Break 

December 24 - January 2
Winter Break 

January 3
School Resumes

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

Thank you to those who attended a showing of "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety" or the first Parent University Workshop. 

I want to make sure that everyone knows there are resources available for all!

Check out the FACE page on the district website, which is accessible from the Homepage or under the Parent Resources tab. 

All the resources listed will help with any age. If you have any questions or concerns, please call your child's counselor to let them know and they will guide you on the next steps.

If you have other topics you would like to hear about at the next Parent University, please  let me know!

Please email me anytime at csullivan@fairview.k12.oh.us with questions. 
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