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 January 28, 2019
Update from Fairview Park Police Chief Upperman and Superintendent Wagner on the Recent Safety Concern
Superintendent Wagner and Fairview Park Police Chief Upperman spoke with John Benson of Cleveland.com regarding the recent safety concern at the middle school and high school. Click here to read the article on  Cleveland.com. Also, in case you missed this video message from Dr. Wagner on 1/23/19, you can watch it  here.
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:

Trevor W.
Trevor is really kicking it into gear. He has been focusing really hard to not only get caught up but also to get his grades up.

Owen D.
Owen has been doing such a great job this year staying caught up with his work and is always participating in class. He's engaged and always willing to help his classmates. Owen goes above and beyond what is expected of him and he is always kind and courteous to all he encounters.

Quinn K.
Quinn is such a great kid to have in class. He participates in class discussions, comes prepared ready to learn an has such a great sense of humor. He even has volunteered to become Mrs. Frygier's fish trainer! Last week, Quinn did a great job with the Constitutional Convention Simulation in social studies. He is a true leader and a loyal peer to many.
Community Film Screening of 
"Most Likely To Succeed" 
Join us on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium for a community film screening of  Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely To Succeed is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. To date, MLTS has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way. 

Upcoming Parent University Workshops

Supporting Your Student's Growth Mindset 
January 28, 6:30 PM 
Gilles-Sweet Cafeteria

Presentation/discussion surrounding the ways in which mindset affects our gifted students academically, socially, and emotionally, including underachievement and perfectionism. Brief Q & A to follow.

From the Office
At the January 9, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved a revised school calendar for the current school year.

There will be no school for students K-12 on Friday, March 15, 2019. This will be a Staff Professional Development Day.

There will be no school for students K-12 on Thursday, April 18. This will be a middle/high school Phase 2 to Phase 3 construction moving day, and a K-5 Professional Development Day.

Please mark your calendars accordingly.
Cupcakes Needed for Student Appreciation Day!
The Fairview Middle/High School PTA needs your help!

To celebrate Student Appreciation Day on Valentine's Day (Thursday, February 14, 2019) every student at the middle and high school will receive a free cupcake during lunch. We usually have enough to share with teachers, staff and administrators!  Cupcake bakers are needed! To volunteer or learn more details please use the link here.
Stagecrafters Spring Performance:
Bye Bye Birdie
Stagecrafters will be presenting the musical Bye Bye Birdie this April. Any student in grades 7-12 is invited to auditions. Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM in the auditorium. You must come prepared to sing at least 16 bars of a song and you MUST bring sheet music. No acapella singing will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, Stagecrafters will be offering audition prep clinics on Monday, January 14 from 3:15 - 5 PM and Tuesday, January 22 from 3:30 - 5 PM in the choir room. These clinics are not part of the audition but will help you prepare. Please email or see Mrs. Atwood with any questions.
Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
Grades are 70% Projects, 21% Power Focus Areas, and 9% Additional Focus Areas. Please read HERE for more information on grades and how they're calculated.
You can make an appointment to come in and observe a class(es) in action. Call Mr. McHugh, the Associate Principal, at (440) 331-3510 x 3100.

You can make an appointment with Melanie Wightman, the Director of Teaching and Learning, for a one-on-one lesson on the Platform and interpretation of your student's progress.  Call her at (440) 331-5500.

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!
Prepare for Winter Weather School Notifications
With winter weather upon us, families should prepare for winter school closing notifications. In order to receive these announcements quickly, it is important for families to have correct contact information in their students' PowerSchool accounts. This will allow the District's automated messaging system to quickly reach you--via phone, email, and text--with emergency weather information.

To Receive Weather/Emergency Calls, Text Messages, and Emails
Log in to your  PowerSchool account and Under  "Alerting" click on  "SwiftReach SwiftK12" in the top left corner. 

On the screen that opens, click on  "Contact Information" to make sure your phone numbers and email address is correct. Then check your  "Alert Preferences" to make sure each category is checked for what you wish to receive under "General Information."  Weather-related closures are sent under the "General Information" category. 

Social Media & Website 
Families can follow the District on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to receive instant weather notifications. Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @FPSchools 

The district will also update its website, wwww.fairviewparkschools.org with school closing information.

Local Television
FPCS will notify local TV stations WKYC (NBC), WEWS (ABC), WOIO (CBS) and Fox8 with school closing information.

Thank you!
PTA Council Fundraisers - Super Bowl Squares
PTA Council will be selling Super Bowl squares for a quick FUNdraiser. Help support PTA and all they do for us!
Important Dates
Monday, January 28
6:30 PM - Parent University - Growth Mindset and Gifted Students, Gilles-Sweet

Monday and Tuesday, January 28 and 29
3:30 - 5:30 PM - Bye Bye Birdie Auditions, auditorium

Thursday, January 31
6:00 PM - Viewing of the film "Screenagers", Westlake Performing Arts Center

Saturday, February 2
Power of the Pen Northern Division District Tournament @ Columbia MS

Monday, February 4
Community Film Screening of "Most Likely To Succeed" 
7 p.m., FHS Auditorium

Tuesday, February 5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Advanced 8th Grade ELA FT to the Book Bank

Tuesday, February 12
Book Club Meeting

Saturday, February 23
PenOhio's Northeastern District Tournament @ Shaker Heights MS
8:30 - 11:45 AM - 6th Grade Math Club Competition, St. Raphael's in Bay Village

Tuesday - Thursday, February 26 - 28
9:15 AM - 12:30 PM - GROUP 1 - 7th Grade Food Bank Service Project
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - GROUP 2 - 7th Grade Food Bank Service Project

Thursday, March 7
Junior Achievement Blitz Day

March 15
No School 

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

April 18
No School 

April 19-22
Spring Break - No School 

Reliable Resources
By Mrs. Dill, 6-12 Librarian 

Spotlight on Individual Databases - Explora
Explora - a general INFOhio database for all subject areas
  • Contains thousands of articles from magazines, news sources and journals
  • Includes photos, videos and primary sources
  • Available at both the 6-8 and 9-12 grade levels
  • Search results can be limited by publication date, source type and lexile (reading) level
  • Individual articles can be saved to Google Drive for future reference
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 >click on INFOhio > scroll down and click on Explora
Need help?   Email Mrs. Dill at gdill@fairview.k12.oh.us or stop by the library
Securly DOES NOT block the database information.
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

A good way to get through this cold weather is to plan ahead! So thinking that we have around 85 more days til summer vacation sounds very warm! 

Now that we are in the middle of the school year, it is always a good time to do the following with your child:

1) Supplies - do they need to get some more school supplies? (new folders, pencils, paper, etc.)

2) Sleep - is your child getting enough sleep?  Do they have a good routine on getting to bed at a decent time so they get 8-10 hours of sleep?

3) Work - is your child finding a time each night (Monday-Thursday) to spend time reviewing work, finishing some work up or reading?  There is always something to do for school!

II. If you or someone you know is a Federal Employees that are affected by the government shut down, please contact me as I have some resources that can help get food on the table. 

III.  Please don't forget to check out the  FACE page (from parent tab, under F, click on FACE).  Listed are all upcoming events and many resources for all!!!  

If you missed the NOPE presentation this past week, please click on their website for valuable information for ALL PARENTS to see..... http://www.nopetaskforce.org/
Please contact me as I have some helpful information if you have any concerns about your child.

***Don't forget about the upcoming Parent University at GS on Growth Mindset at 6:30pm this coming Monday, January 28th.  Free babysitting available!

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