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 17, 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
Isabella H. (not pictured)
Isabella has mastered all of her ELA Power Focus Areas and Additional Power Focus Areas. She has shown a lot of determination to learning the content to being able to pass each assessment. She has put forth genuine academic effort. Bella has shown endurance, diligence, not giving in to discouragement in Language Arts. She has also shown concern for Mr. Fickel and his health due to all the pop he drinks.

Gabby H.
Gabby has really turned it around since Thanksgiving break. Prior to this, she was behind in all of her classes in both projects and PFA's. She has since caught up after a lot of hard work on her own to get work done. Keep up the good work Gabby!

7th
Hailey G.
Hailey tries her absolute best in all of her classes. She is enthusiastic to show what she learns in a creative manner. Her effort also radiates outside of the class. She independently completes assignments for homework. We are all extremely proud this year on all she as accomplished as a new Fairview Park Warrior.

8th
Kelli W.
Kelli is an exceptional student who is always on task, organized, and willing to help out a student in need. Her positive attitude, enthusiasm, energy, and smile always brighten up the room. These qualities and traits make her the perfect choice for Warrior of the Week.
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!

Seating
: 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
Giving Tree
The Middle School Builders Club will be collecting items for the Giving Tree starting on Monday, December 3. Bring in new socks, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to be placed on the Giving Tree, and donated to the Fairview Park Hunger Center. Items can be brought in through next Thursday. The mentoring group with the most collected will be announced Friday morning, and their pizza reward will be given after winter break.
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!
Tips on Staying Healthy and Symptoms to Watch for During Flu Season
It's flu season! The Fairview Park City Schools nurses offer our families these tips on staying healthy and symptoms to look for during flu season. 
 
What are Symptoms of Flu ?
  • Fever-may be high and last 3-4 days
  • Headache
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue and weakness-may last 2-3 weeks
  • Exhaustion
  • Cough/chest discomfort is common
  • Sore throat-sometimes
  • Stomach upset-sometimes
I Think I May Have the Flu-Now What??
  • Go home!
  • Stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours.
  • Treat your symptoms - fluids, medication to treat fever and headache, rest
How Can I Minimize the Possibility that I Get the Flu?
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not share personal items like drinks, food or utensils.
  • Cover your cough/sneezes with tissues or arm when tissues not available. Dispose of used tissues in trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Get the flu vaccination yearly.
Junior Achievement
Due to unforeseen circumstances the proposed Junior Achievement programming for 12/14/18 had to be postponed.  We will now welcome our partners from PwC in the new year. Updates will follow.
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.  

Resource
In the PLP, a Resource provides content and/or opportunities to interact with the content needed to learn that objective.  

A Resource can be a document or link to a relevant website or a tool that helps a student study a Focus Area, complete a class activity (like a Science lab or Socratic Seminar) or a Checkpoint, or prepare a final Project.

In Focus Areas, resources are organized by objective.  Most Resources are assigned uniformly to all class members;  however, Teachers do have the capability to customize Resources for individual students. Sometimes, the Resource will be a worksheet or other document the student needs to print, complete, and submit. Our Teachers collaborate with one another and administration as grade-level and content-area teams to determine which Resources to incorporate.  

Teachers look to the Ohio Learning Standards for expectations and to the Model Curricula for ideas.  Many Resources, such as Study Guides and Slide Shows, are created by our Teachers. Some are simply scanned pages selected from traditional textbooks. Our Edmentum assets, Plato and Study Island, function as interactive textbooks.  Databases and high quality materials are readily available through INFOHIO. Some of our favorite web-based go-to's include:  Kahn Academy, PBS and local/regional affiliates, CK-12, Mathelicious, GIZMOS, Illuminations, Illustrative Math, Scholastic StudyJams, TED TALKS and TED ED, Legends of Learning, NASA, NEWSELA, the Smithsonian, National Geographic Society, Facing History, MAX Teaching, the National Archives, various university sites such PhET at the University of Colorado Boulder, and local treasures like the Cleveland Museum of Art or Western Reserve Historical Society.  A resource some teachers are trying out is Actively Learn. 

DID YOU KNOW?
You can make an appointment to come in and observe a class(es) in action. Call the Associate Principal, Mr. Jordan McHugh, 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.
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.

Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2019.
Reliable Resources: INFOhio and Gale
by Mrs. Dill, 6-12 Librarian 

  • An Ohio organization which provides "equitable access to quality resources" for every PreK-12 student, educator and parent in Ohio
  • Free to all Ohio residents, paid for by tax dollars
  • Due to the new geolocation feature, users typically do not need passwords to access the resources when located within Ohio's borders
  • Resources cover all curriculum areas
  • Most databases provided by EBSCO or WorldBook
  • One-step searching called ISearch allows user to search ALL INFOhio databases AND the library catalog at once. WARNING: many topics provide thousands of results; use "limiters" on the left to narrow results

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
 
Securly DOES NOT block the database information.


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

Thursday, December 20
Battleball Tournament
9:15 - 11:15 AM - 8th Grade Bowling
3:15 - 5:00 PM - Talent Show Practice


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

As the holiday season is approaching, I just wanted to reflect on a few things to bring joy to your family.

1) If there is one thing that students, parents and teachers learned from watching the Angst documentary...  Talk to your kids! Let them know you are there for them! Please, if you need any resources,  click here

2) The link below is the eulogy that George W. Bush gave regarding his father along with an article that helps remind us that... 

  In the eulogy, George W didn't mention once that his parents made sure he had organic food his whole life, or had Pinterest worthy birthday parties, or the perfect monogrammed matching outfits with his siblings. He didn't mention that his parents made sure their week was planned with playdates and millions of extracurricular activities.  He reflected over and over again about how much his dad loved and was dedicated to his mother.

I worry that we get so caught up in the minor things that we forget the major thing.... which is teaching our kids what unconditional love and loyalty looks like.

Please take a few minutes to listen to his speech and read the article.  Have a great week!




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. 
Administration
Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100
Mr. Jordan McHugh
Associate Principal
440-356-3510 ext. 3100
Useful Links
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Drive | Fairview Park, OH 44126