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 14, 2019
Important Note for Monday, Jan. 14
Since students do not report to school on Friday, 1/18, Monday (1/14) will be a "Friday". The following week (1/21-1/25) will run normally.
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.


Elise W.

Elise always has a smile on her face when she walks into the room and it is contagious. Her happiness and enthusiasm radiate throughout the classroom and make every class enjoyable. Along with her positive energy, Elise is a student-athlete that excels in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. Finding that balance between being an excellent student and an athlete makes Elise the perfect candidate for Warrior of the Month.

Elise works hard on what she needs to do. She is well-prepared, conscientious, and willing to help others. Elise is not afraid to ask for help when she needs it. She is a great mentor and role model for her peers.

Elise is one of those students that you just love to see come through the door. She is willing to work, puts in amazing effort, helps others and does it all with a smile on her face. She asks questions when she needs help, and works hard to improve herself. She is a student-athlete who has found that great balance between school and sports.

Elise is a delight to have in the classroom. She engages in the tasks presented before her, helps others around her, participates in class, and completes her work in a timely fashion. She does all this while also participating in athletics.

Other nominees for Warrior of the Month included:

Kennedy C.
Madison B.
Maggie R.
Sarah L.



Warrior 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 
Kennedy C.
Kennedy is a true Warrior in the classroom, both literally and metaphorically. She is always ready to accept a challenge and take on her assignments with a smile. She is also ready to help her fellow Warriors when they get stuck on a difficult task. Kennedy can be relied on by her teachers whenever called upon. Kennedy understands that winter is here and is ready to take the throne as the ultimate Warrior.

7th
Cole J.
Cole consistently comes to class with a positive attitude and great work ethic. He can work with anyone and strives to include all. Cole is always polite - he walks into class with a smile on his face every day! His determination to improve in all his classes is evident. Great job, Cole! Looking forward to seeing you progress the rest of the year!

8th
Samela X.
Samela joined the Warrior Community in the middle of October and has shown nothing but a positive attitude and amazing work ethic. Samela is very intelligent and her willingness to help fellow classmates she just met with content-related issues exemplifies the type of person she is makes her deserving of Warrior of the Week.
Community Forum on Strategic Planning 
Your input is needed - and greatly valued - to help shape the school district's strategic goals. We hope you will attend the Community Forum on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary. A short presentation will be followed by interactive group sessions on developing priorities for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, school board, and administration to implement over the next several years. Take a look at the most recent strategic plan here.
Revised School Year Calendar
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. The revised calendar has been updated here
Writing Team
The MMS Writing Team is gearing up for their first two writing tournaments of the season. On February 2nd, the team will be traveling to Columbia Middle School to participate in the Power of the Pen Northern Division District Tournament. Students who place in the top 50% will qualify for the regional tournament that will be held at Villa Angelo - St. Joe HS on April 6th. Those that finish in the top 25% at Regionals will qualify for the state competition that is held at Wooster College annually.

The team will be traveling to Shaker Heights Middle School on February 23rd to participate in  PenOhio's North Eastern District Tournament. Students who perform will qualify for the State Tournament which will be held March 29th in Akron. Last year, the team sent 8 students to state competition.
Book Club
The Middle School Book Club met on January 8 to discuss York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby, a mystery fantasy set in New York City. The members are reading Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt for our next meeting on Tuesday, February 12.
6th Grade Coffee Chat
6th grade parents are invited to a Coffee & Conversation on January 24 at 9 a.m. at the Gemini Center. You are invited to share your questions, concerns, ideas, etc. 
FPCS Partners with Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Builder's Club will host an outdoor book collection bin for gently-used children's books to be distributed to disadvantaged children in Greater Cleveland.

Gently-used children's books that might have gone in the trash will now have a second life thanks to Fairview Park's new partnership with the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.
The Kids' Book Bank has provided Gilles-Sweet Elementary with a large steel bin for the collection of children's books. "We are so grateful to Builder's Club who jumped on board with this idea without hesitation. We know there are great kids' books in the suburbs looking for a second life, and we're excited to partner with Fairview Park Schools to get them to kids who need them," said Judy Payne, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.

The idea of the partnership is that Gilles-Sweet hosts the bin, the community donates gently-used children's books, and the Lewis F. Mayer Builder's Club will box the books and deliver them to the Kids' Book Bank, who then gets them to disadvantaged kids through their network of partner organizations.

Why Books Matter
·      Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success.
·      Two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children's book.
·      Early access to books is critical, and the Kids' Book Bank gets books into the hands of children through:
  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children) where mothers of 16,000 children ages 5 and younger receive books when they meet with WIC nutrition counselors.
  • 60,000 students in grades K-8 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and nine other districts, and
  • pediatricians, schools, tutors, churches, libraries, food pantries, and more
 
About the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Founded in late 2015 as an outgrowth of the Little Free Library movement in Cleveland, the Kids' Book Bank opened its doors in February 2016 to receive, manage, and distribute truckloads of books every month from online bookseller Discover Books-books that otherwise would go into the landfill.

The mission of the Kids' Book Bank is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. The goal is to break the poverty cycle by exposing disadvantaged children to language and reading from birth-fostering literacy skills, opening their minds to the world beyond their neighborhood, and fueling their imaginations.
In its first two and a half years, the Kids' Book Bank has distributed more than 1.5 million high-quality children's books to 95,000 children and families in need in Greater Cleveland through 900+ partner agencies that deliver the books directly to the children they serve.
Volunteers fuel their operation and more than 5,000 people have sorted, packed, and boxed books at their MidTown Cleveland warehouse.

To learn more about the Kids' Book Bank, visit www.kidsbookbank.org
Spring Fundraiser 
Visit the website to purchase coffee, a custom Fairview Park Warriors tumbler, and Tervis Tumblers, or order from your favorite student(s)! All students were given a paper order form, but if they need additional flyers/order forms, they are available in the office.
Applebee's Dine-to-Donate for the Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools
Yearbook Order Forms
Yearbook order forms were given to all students in Mentoring on Wednesday, January 9. There are more copies in the office. The cost of the yearbook is $16 and order forms are due January 25.
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
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.  

Diagnostic Assessment
An opportunity for a student to check what they know already or a way to gauge if they are prepared for the Content Assessment. Diagnostic Assessments are aligned to the Focus Area objectives and presented in the same format as the Content Assessments. A student can take Diagnostics without the approval of a teacher and at any time.  Some students like to use Diagnostics as practice. This is a choice they can make but not a requirement. Parents can do Diagnostics with their students or supervise them to prepare for the real thing. A Diagnostic is a good way to determine readiness for the real thing.

DID YOU KNOW?
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.
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!
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!
Important Dates
Monday, January 14 - C Day!
3:15 - 5:00 PM - Stagecrafters Audition Prep Clinic, choir room

Tuesday, January 15
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Friends of FPCS Dine to Donate @ Applebee's
5:00 PM - Girls Basketball @ Wellington, McCormick MS

Thursday, January 17
Last Day of the 2nd Quarter
1:00 - 3:00 PM - 8th Grade 2nd Quarter Reward at the Rec Center
5:00 PM - Girls Basketball @ Langston MS

Friday, January 18
NO SCHOOL - Staff Records Day

Monday, January 21
NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Friday, January 25
Yearbook order forms DUE

Tuesday, January 22
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Stagecrafters Audition Prep Clinic, choir room

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

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

Tuesday, February 12
Book Club Meeting

Saturday, February 23
PenOhio's Northeastern District Tournament @ Shaker Heights MS


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



Upcoming Parent University Workshops

Special Parent Presentation by the NOPE 
(Narcotic Overdose Prevention Education) Task Force

Wednesday, January 23 
6:30 p.m.
FHS Auditorium 

As a follow-up to the student presentation on January 7, in this presentation, parents/caregivers will receive information on:
   - Prescription drugs - safe ways to store them or dispose them
   - How to tell if your child is using drugs
   - What to do if you think your child is using drugs. 

VERY Important information! PLEASE plan on attending... it will be worth your time!  
We will also have information from area agencies on how and where to get help.


Growth Mindset and Gifted Students 
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.


Additional Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Events and Resources
On Jan. 7 the MS and HS students had a separate assembly from the NOPE Task Force (Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention, and Education). Their mission is to diminish the frequency and impact of drug overdoes death through community education, family support and purposeful advocacy. While the presentation is at times blunt and evokes powerful emotions, all students were told at the assembly that staff is around to help in any way. Your child should have left with a lot of information. The highlight points:
    * If your friend passes out or is acting weird - GET HELP - parents or 911.  They explained the Good Samaritan Law to the students.
   * Sharing prescription drugs is illegal.
   *Carrying around prescription drugs in their bottle or loose in a pocket or purse is illegal.
   * If you or someone you know is using drugs -GET HELP - ASK!!

We hope you will attend the special parent presentation on January 23 (more info above).

Two Area Districts Showing the Film "Screenagers"

January 22, 7 p.m., Avon Lake Performing Arts Center
175 Avon Belden Road

Please join the Avon Lake City School district and the Avon Lake PTA Council for a presentation to learn and discuss more about the effects of the increased screen time of our kids/students. The viewing of the movie followed by a panel of our district social worker, mental health professional, district school faculty members and high school students will take place. Parents of all ages can benefit from this program along with students ages 10 & up. 


January 31, 6 p.m., Westlake Performing Arts Center

Administration
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