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 April 1, 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.

Livia K.
Livia is a dream student! She is funny, enthusiastic, and incredibly responsible. She jumps in to any situation without hesitation. Livia assists peers and truly cares about helping them to understand. Her writing is outstanding and she strives to show superior work. She IS a Warrior of the Month!

Not only is Livia a bright and talented young lady, but she is also a person who is willing to help others. In her classes, Livia is always prepared, engaged and focused. She leads others by example and is an incredible asset in any group setting. Outside of the regular classroom, Livia has been helping students in mentoring who struggle with math get caught up with checkpoints and focus areas.

I had the pleasure of teaching Livia in both sixth and seventh grade. She is an amazing student that goes above expectations in every aspect of her life. She is beyond her years both academically and emotionally. I am so happy to hear she is continuing to care deeply.

Other nominees for Warrior of the Month included:
Connor B., 6th grade
Kennedy C., 6th grade
Madison B., 6th grade
From the Office

During testing students are encouraged to bring a non-graphing calculator for their AIR math assessment. These calculators are allowed to be used on both parts 1 and 2 for 8th graders (Math 8, EOC Math 8 and Advanced Geometry). Students in 6th and 7th grade are allowed the usage of calculators on part 2. The TI30 is the recommended calculator that students have been using all school year. They can be purchased on Amazon HERE . If unable to purchase a calculator, there is an online calculator that can be used: https://www.desmos.com/fourfunction .


You can still order your YEARBOOK  online! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com to order, using the Yearbook ID Code: 11998419.



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!


Habits of Success
Habits of Success are the social and emotional skills that enable students to be successful at both academic and non-academic pursuits. This is the framework we use in our teaching / mentoring with students. In the coming weeks, we will highlight examples of each of these components so that families can promote similar habits at home.
This week we'll look at the next level of the framework: SELF AWARENESS, RELATIONSHIP SKILLS and  EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS.

Self-Awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one's emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one's strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

Relationship Skills are the ability to take the perspective of, and empathize with, others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school and community resources and supports. In addition, it's the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively and seeking and offering help when needed.

Executive Functions are the cognitive control functions needed when one has to concentrate and think, when acting on one's initial impulse would be ill-advised. Core executive functions include cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control (self-control, self-regulation) and working memory. More complex executive functions include problem-solving, reasoning and planning.


Our restorative approach with students offers the structure and support for reflection and ownership throughout their school days. We believe in and model a growth mindset philosophy, leading students to understand that the brain is like a muscle that gets stronger with use and that learning prompts neurons in the brain to grow new connections. We believe that we can all learn, change and develop needed skills!
Student Leaders Plan "Find Your Balance" Workshops at the Middle and High Schools
High school students are planning a day of special activities with the theme "Find Your Balance: How to Cope Workshops" on Monday, April 1 for their fellow students in grades 6-12. Nine Juniors in the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio's First Ring Student Leadership Academy are coordinating the event as a part of their project on mental health, specifically learning to deal with daily stressors such as school, activities, sports, family, friends, and relationships.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in four 25-minute sessions throughout the day. Topics include mindfulness and meditation, outdoor walking, art and drawing to relax, journaling, therapy dogs, board games, healthy eating, yoga, journaling, and more.
Teachers and staff will lead the sessions.

A special presentation from Jessie Funk, a nationally-recognized motivational speaker, author, and musical artist will present to the students during the day. Then that evening, she will headline an event at Gilles-Sweet Elementary at 6:30 p.m. This event is geared towards both parents and students.

About Jessie Funk
Jessie Funk holds a leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame, is a certified life-coach, holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology, as well as a M.A. in Theater- emphasizing in how to use the arts as a healing modality for teenagers. Jessie is a former leadership facilitator for Franklin Covey and has also been a professional youth speaker for fifteen years, speaking for high schools and leadership conferences all over the country.
She is a 6-time published author and her passion to help teens led her to start an international non-profit organization called "Ivy Girl Academy," a confidence and leadership training program for teen ladies.

As a professional vocalist she has released five solo albums, has toured 36 states with the Broadway musical "Footloose," has also been hired for hundreds of recording sessions as a studio vocalist including songs heard on TV's "America's Got Talent," ESPN and "The Biggest Loser." Jessie has walked away from three record deals unwilling to sell her soul for fame. She chooses to use her voice to lift and inspire in positive ways.

She also just began a life-long dream of pursuing a doctorate degree. She is earning her license as a clinical social worker and focusing on therapeutic leadership training practices for her dissertation. Jessie's favorite role in life is that of adored wife and mother to two.

Builder's Club will be running a (March Madness Themed) supply drive to benefit GiGi's Playhouse. GiGi's Playhouse is a one-of-a-kind achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. GiGi's Playhouse offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more; all of which are free of charge.

In order to assist Gigi's with the goal of improving motor skills, we will be collecting art supplies and cleaning supplies. We are asking students to bring NEW crayons, colored pencils, markers, chalk, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, paper towels, and wipes to Mr. Garcia's room (201) . Each item donated will go towards your mentor teacher's total for that round. The teacher with the most items each round will move on to the next round. If your mentor class gets eliminated your donations can go toward a mentor class still competing. The winning mentor class will win a pizza party!

Here is the bracket:
Round 1 will run from 3/18 to 3/22
Round 2 will run from 3/25 - 3/29
Round 3 will run from 4/1 to 4/5  
The Championship Round will match the final 3 teams against each other. This round will run from 4/8 to 4/12.

Class of 2022 Fundraiser
The Class of 2022 has partnered with  GV Art & Design  to create these awesome t-shirts featuring Fairview Park landmarks and the Fairview Schools Shield. Men's, Women's and Children's sizes available! 20% of proceeds will go back to the Freshman class! Find the Order Form Here.
April 15 & 17 Cheerleading Clinics and Tryouts
If any current 8th graders are interested or have any questions, please contact Ms. Fuerst in room 143 to get a copy of the cheer contract. This must be filled out by the first day of clinics.
Young Women's Summer Institute Shapes STEM Leaders
Each summer, the Ohio Supercomputer Center has a role in shaping Ohio's future STEM leaders through its summer programs. We are currently accepting applications from high school students and middle school girls for our two summer STEM programs, held at the Ohio Technology Consortium, on Ohio State's west campus.

Summer Institute (SI) is OSC's unique and intense two-week residential summer program for high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Participants experience the dynamic world of high performance computing as they work alongside peers and experts in the field to research complex, real-world science and engineering challenges using computational science.

Young Women's Summer Institute (YWSI) is a weeklong program for Ohio's middle school girls to gain valuable computer, math, science and engineering skills through hands-on, collaborative projects. YWSI girls develop a deeper interest in STEM as the use the latest computer technology to solve complex, real-world science and engineering challenges with a team of peers.

Applications are due April 5. Please share with your science departments and any students you feel may have an interest. For more information, go to https://www.osc.edu/education/ywsi

Questions? Please contact si-contact@osc.edu.
April 27 - Gilles-Sweet Derby Dash 
Tickets are $5 at the door. This is our annual music department fundraiser and cost of admission goes to support these talented musicians. Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to their performance time. Drinks and some snacks will be available for purchase in cafeteria throughout the day, please volunteer when your child is not performing so all parents get to hear their children perform.

12:00  Gilles-Sweet 5th Grade Band and 5th Grade Orchestra
12:30  MMS 6th Grade Band
1:00  MMS 6th Grade Orchestra
1:30  MMS Concert Band (7-8)
2:00  MMS Concert Orchestra (7-8)
2:30  FHS Symphonic Band
3:00  FHS Chamber Orchestra
3:30  FHS String Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra
4:30  Gilles-Sweet Golden Singers
5:00  MMS Glee Club (6)
5:30  MMS Concert Choir (7-8)
6:00  MMS Trash Can Band
6:30  FHS Scarlet Singers
7:00  Fairview Jazz Band
7:30  FHS Chorale

Testing Information

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     

In order to prepare your student(s) for the upcoming standardized tests, it is important that they begin their studies early. To help them prepare, families can access Student Tutorials and Tools , where each type of question on the OST is broken down in video tutorials.  

Student Practice Resources
Science (8th Graders only!)

Students can also access the Students Practice Site to familiarize themselves with the format of the assessment.  They will log in with their first name and their student ID (they use this for lunch).

Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
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!
Important Dates
Monday, April 1
6:30 - 8:00 PM - Parent University, How-to-Cope guest speaker Jessie Funk, Gilles-Sweet

Wednesday, April 3
7:00 PM - State of the Community, Gemini Center

Thursday, April 4 - Saturday, April 6
7:30 PM - Fairview Synchronettes present "Dive Into the Decades", Gemini Center

Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 14
Stagecrafters presents Bye Bye Birdie

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

Monday, April 15
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Cheerleading Clinic for current 6th and 7th grade students, MS Gym
5:00 - 5:30 PM - Incoming 6th Graders - Mohican Trip Parent Meeting, Gilles-Sweet

Wednesday, April 17
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Cheerleading Tryouts for current 6th and 7th grade students, MS Gym

Thursday, April 18 - Monday, April 22

Friday, April 26
Junior Achievement Field Day
9:00 - 10:30 AM - Snacks, Strategies and Scheduling, FHS Room 219

Saturday, April 27
Gilles-Sweet Derby Dash

Friday, May 10
7:30 - 9:30 PM - 8th Grade Dance, Bain Cabin

Saturday, May 11
12:00 - 8:00 PM - SuperPops Concert, FHS Auditorium

Thursday, May 16
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 6th Grade to Crusher's Game

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) 
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