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 October 8, 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 - Casey H.
Casey is always excited about the material and is enthusiastic about what is going on in class -
which has been contagious in ELA. He makes us all laugh but understands  when it is the right time and place.

7th - Nolan R.
Nolan is our Warrior of the Week because he is a dedicated student who has been working hard  to stay on track this year. He has gone above and beyond to be successful in his academic work.  Nolan is always kind a respectful and is a positive member of his classes.

8th - Mohammed S.
Mohammed is really working hard to do his best. He is putting forth great effort and participating  in class discussions. Mohammed comes to class prepared, is willing to work, is completing  assignments and is staying focused on the task placed before him.

Tessa and Jack K.
A new student started several weeks into the year and was assigned to their table. They have totally taken it upon themselves to help him catch up, clarify instructions, etc. They were never asked to do so, but they definitely are "starting with Hello" and running with it all on their own. It's fun to watch!
Student Progress Text Messages
You will soon begin to receive automated text messages that summarize your student's academic progress.  The messages give you tips on how best to speak with your child when it comes to the nitty-gritty of their learning tasks here at school, so that you can best support your student in their learning at home.

Parents will receive, on average, 2 messages per week that are triggered by their own child's academic calendar and performance.  Messages are available in English and Spanish.

Here's an in-depth overview of what you can expect from the messages.

If you do not wish to receive updates on your child's academic progress via text messages, please email support@fairview.k12.oh.us by October 15.

You may also check your student's academic progress through the Parent Portal at any time. If you do not know your login information, contact your child's mentor teacher, or email support@fairview.k12.oh.us to request it.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions .

Thank you.
Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
Below are some commonly used terms within the PLP, defined. For more information, look HERE .

Additional Focus Area
A Focus Area that has been identified as helpful Content Knowledge but is not central to the course standards, college and career readiness, and/or the course Projects or Math Units. Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete this Focus Area's content assessment. These add up to a full nine points to a student's grade in a course, and therefore, can make a difference of nearly a full letter grade. Note that unlike Power Focus Areas, students can receive "partial credit" for completing Additionals. So, if a student only completed half of her Additionals, they would still receive half of the possible points (~4.5) added to their grade.

Challenge Focus Area
An opportunity for a student to learn more content related to the course beyond what is located in Power and Additional Focus Areas. A student might complete a Challenge Focus Area in order to prepare for the AP test associated with that course, experience more academic rigor, and/or further develop their individual academic interests.

A checkpoint...
  1. Is a formative assessment.
  2. Clearly contributes to the completion of the Final Product(s).
  3. Supports Cognitive Skill development or conceptual understanding.
  4. Is an important opportunity for the student to receive feedback.
In addition to providing other forms of formative feedback, teachers may mark checkpoints in the platform as:
  • Red = checkpoint needs extensive revision, students should not move forward without significant re-work
  • Yellow = student must incorporate teacher feedback in order to be on-track
  • Green = student is on-track, no revision needed
Within a Math Unit, checkpoints operate more like exit tickets; they occur after some instruction has occurred, and are used to gauge students' understanding of the unit's enduring understandings. Math Units are designed to have ~1 checkpoint per week of instruction.

Cognitive Skills Rubric
The single rubric used to assess Projects across all subjects and grade levels. Every Project assesses a set of the Cognitive Skills. The rubric details nine different levels of each Cognitive Skill, spanning from "no evidence" (level 0) to "college level" (level 8).

Content Assessment
The ten-question assessment that a student requests when ready to show their learning of the content objectives of a specific Focus Area. Content Assessments are computer-scored immediately upon completion; the passing score is 8/10 for non-AP courses and 7/10 for AP courses. A student must get approval from a teacher before attempting the assessment. If the student does not pass, the student may take the Content Assessment again.

Focus Area
A chunk of content within a course that is broken down into 2-5 content objectives. Students should learn this content through the use of materials on the playlists. To demonstrate their learning of the objectives, students must pass a Content Assessment.  This is typically at the Know, Understand, Apply levels on Bloom's hierarchy of learning.

A Project...
  1. Is a prolonged inquiry into an open-ended question(s) relevant to the discipline.
  2. Aims to develop a set of Cognitive Skills through experiences authentic to the discipline.
  3. Is aligned with key content from one or more Focus Areas.
  4. Includes Final Product(s), checkpoints, activities, and resources.
  5. Results in a Final Product(s) which demonstrates a student's ability to apply their Cognitive Skills and deepen their understanding.
PLP Workshop Open Office Hours
Evening Office Hours are being offered for parents who would like custom-tailored and hands-on assistance with navigating the personalized learning platform. Up to three families can sign up per timeslot. This is intentional so the workshop can be focused on more specific needs. 
Once signing up, please email Mrs. Melanie Wightman at mwightman@fairview.k12.oh.us with specific questions or concerns. 

If you prefer a one-to-one meeting, please email Mrs. Wightman for an appointment. 
Location:  Board of Education Conference Room, 21620 Mastick Rd.
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!
Fall Fundraiser
On October 1st, students were given brochures for our Fall Fundraiser with Great American Opportunities . This year, we hope to have a record-breaking campaign, and are offering a wide range of goodies ahead of the festive season.  Students will win prizes based on their number of sales - including a field trip for a VIP tour of Progressive Field (see below for prize details!).

And there's more.....all purchases will be with you before Thanksgiving !!

You can start your shopping here . Orders are due October 10 .
We will sell:
  • GA Favorites catalog items
  • Gourmet Cookie Dough - school pickup only
  • Entertainment® App
Fairview Football Breast Cancer Night 10/12
Join us  Friday, October 12, 2018  for Fairview Park High School's PINK OUT  football game against Clearview! This night will be an evening of education and support for breast cancer awareness. 

If you or someone you know has been touched by breast cancer, we would like to invite you onto the track for our Circle of Hope at half-time to be recognized as a PINK WARRIOR or supporter!

Warrior Spirit Wear
Check out the official Warriors apparel store and Fairview merchandise for Warriors fans, parents and alumni. A portion of the proceeds goes towards our athletic programs. 
Fairview Park PTA Council Reflections Art Program
The Ohio PTA, through National PTA, holds an annual cultural arts program, Reflections. Children in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit original works of art in six areas: literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film production and music composition. The Reflections program allows PTAs throughout the state to recognize children for their creativity as they reflect on the yearly theme. Teachers, parents, children and community can get involved in enhancing arts education though the Reflections program. The Reflections Program is one of the best examples of the PTA's ability to bring out the best in our youth. PTA strongly supports education in the arts. It is about creating educational excitement and involvement within our schools between parents, teachers and o ur kids.

Students can enter Reflections® in the following grade divisions - Primary: preschool-grade 2, Intermediate: grades 3-5, Middle/Junior: grades 6-8 and Senior: grades 9-12. They may submit works in any of the six arts areas: Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual arts, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. Special Artists can submit entries in any category. Our Reflections program begins at the local level, advances to PTA Council level, then to State for judging. The State winners of the Award of Excellence are then advanced to National PTA.

This year's theme is " Heroes Around Me." All students that wish to participate in the Reflections Art Program need to fill out the entry form and return it along with their original artwork to their school office by November 1, 2018. All participants will be invited to an Art Show to view the masterpieces created in January. Questions can be emailed to Angie Cause at angiekleincause@yahoo.com. Good luck!

Join the Fairview Park MS / HS PTA Today! Our PTA is an active organization working to secure the best possible educational experience for our children. We look forward to your membership and support to help us accomplish things we have planned for this school year! You can join online HERE. Paper forms are available in the MS office.

Picture Retake Day
Picture day was this past Monday. If you did not get an order form (with the heat days, distribution was delayed), no worries. All students got their picture taken. Proofs will come home and orders can then be made. Picture RETAKE day is October 15, if you want to give the perfect picture another shot!
Important Dates
Monday, October 8
5:00 pm - Girls Volleyball @ Clearview, Durling MS

Tuesday, October 9
5:00 pm - Girls Volleyball v. Greenbriar MS
7:00 pm - MS / HS PTA Meeting - Room 150 in FHS

Tuesday, October 9 - Friday, October 12
6th Grade Student Trip to Mohican
If you have any questions re: the trip, please contact Mrs. Dunlap at kdunlap@fairview.k12.oh.us .

Wednesday, October 10
Fundraiser ENDS
7:00 pm - MS (Grades 7-8) Band, Orchestra, and Choir Concert, FHS Auditorium

Thursday, October 11
5:00 pm - Boys Football @ Strongsville MS

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13
"Fill the Truck" - if you're doing some decluttering, help support the FHS Class of 2019 / After Prom 2019 and donate unwanted items for their fundraiser in the FHS parking lot. Acceptable items include clothing, towels, sheets, blankets, shoes, purses, small toys/games, CDs / DVDs, and kitchen wares.

Monday, October 15
Picture Retake Day (order forms are in the office)

Wednesday, October 17 - Friday, October 19
8th Grade Student Trip to Washington D.C.

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

Do you have a question for Carrie? Ask her and the answer may be featured in this newsletter.
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Drive | Fairview Park, OH 44126