Middle School Office News
(ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFORMATION)
Principal Bob Haugse,
Secretary Chiara Burke, Secretary Patty Mote
(for your convenience: at a glance daily calendar towards the bottom of the page) Community page link to the left has several opportunities.
Auditions for the HS spring musical, Tuck Everlasting, are next week, and 8th graders are encouraged to audition for all roles (both acting and technical). Be a part of the first show in the new performing arts center! See Mr. Stephens for more information. Auditions are Tuesday evening and Wednesday after school in the HS choir room. The audition packet and excerpts are online at:
MS Lost and Found will get packed up and donated after Friday, 01/24. This is being announced to the students daily. Lots of items in lost and found! Coats, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, water bottles, etc.
The 6th grade field trip to the Putnam Museum has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24th.
The Sweatpants Dance”! The MVMS Stampede and the Post-Prom Planning committee are sponsoring a fun middle school dance event on Friday January 24th after school until 5:30pm for all grades 5th-8th. Students will learn how to do awesome dance moves from top-notch dance videos then put their new moves to the test. There will also be lots of time to hang out with friends with snacks, candy, popcorn, pizza and drinks available for sale. Admission is $5 for the event. Send extra cash if they want to purchase food and/or fun glow items.
Dress up days for the week of 01/20
Tuesday, 01/21 "80's vs. 70's"
Wednesday, 01/22 "Country vs. City"
Thursday, 01/23 "VSCO vs. e-People"
Friday, 01/24 "Come are you are!" Sweats/PJ's
remember: the dance on Friday is "come are you are", sweatpants and all!
MV Post Prom fundraiser. The high school post prom committee is selling Mustang Pressed Steel yard signs as a fundraiser. Click here for a flyer/order form.
Can you help out in the MS Concession stand? It's actually kind of fun! We have some openings in the upcoming events.
Sign ups for Boys basketball concessions. Please consider helping out! Thank you.
The MVMS Stampede "Yellow Embassy" is kicking off next month! The Yellow Embassy will be a team of people YOUR AGE, in YOUR SCHOOL, who help other students just like YOU, be connected with help anytime it is needed. If you want to learn more about becoming a Yellow Embassy Ambassador, please carefully read the information on the Google form you can find in your email inbox, and see Mrs. Tischer with questions. Applications are due no later than 3:15 pm on January 28th, 2020. Late applications will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade students are welcome to apply.
MVMS PTO Fundraiser: We will be auctioning off decorated wooden mustang cutouts again this year as a fundraiser for the PTO. Stay tuned for more information on how that works. See below for an opportunity for students to help out.
Mustang Spirit Spectacular is February 1
PK through 8th grade students have an awesome opportunity to dance with our MVHS cheer team with an afternoon practice and an evening performance. Please click here on Spirit Spectacular to sign your child up by January 15. Forms in WE and MS offices too.
7th & 8th Grade Sports - boys basketball
athletes must a currents physical on file and a concussion form in order to start practice.
7th Boys basketball - Schedule
Coach: Lance Pedersen
practice starts after school on Monday, 01/06
8th Boys Basketball - Schedule
Coach: Rob Hanson
Practice starts Monday 01/06 before school
Whooping Cough) Pertussis in our District
Please click here for information on Pertussis from our nurses.
ONLINE MOUNT VERNON APPAREL ORDERS
Looking for some MV clothing items? They make great presents!
School attendance is one of the most important aspects of school success. Research confirms that regular attendance enhances student achievement and learning. Parents partner with MVCSD staff to encourage regular school attendance for all MVCSD students. Did you know that students who miss 18 or more days in a school year for any reason – just 10% – are considered chronically absent, which can hurt their academic achievement and put them at-risk of dropping out? The school day begins at 8:15 AM. Teachers take attendance at that time. To eliminate disruption and minimize the repetition of class instruction, please have your child in the classroom by 8:15.
News from your School Nurses:
Visit the School Nurse Page for new information on the flu season, vaping and the Kids in Need Program. While you are there explore the site for lots of great health information and local resources.
Monthly District Newsletter
Please click here on November for the latest district newsletter. During the school year, from September through May, the Mount Vernon School District newsletter is distributed to Mount Vernon and Martelle residents through The Sun newspaper or The Sunlight flyer one time per month. This newsletter serves as a snapshot of events that have occurred within the district and upcoming events. It is always available online. Please click HERE for archived newsletters.
Sports photos for the MS Yearbook. If you have any photos from middle school sporting events that you would be willing to share, please email them to Mark Benesh at firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTHLY DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
During the school year, from September through May, the Mount Vernon School District newsletter is distributed to Mount Vernon and Martelle residents through The Sun newspaper or The Sunlight flyer one time per month. This newsletter serves as a snapshot of events that have occurred within the district and upcoming events. It is always available online. Please click HERE to view the November Newsletter
Success Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the middle school library from 3:15 - 4:30, starting Tuesday, September 10th. Success Lab is an opportunity to do homework in a quiet environment with people that can provide assistance. This is also a great opportunity for students who need some additional organization to become more successful.
Please keep your student's lunch account above zero.
Other information below kept on for reference
Attendance reminder: While we realize that your child may need to be gone during the school day for various reasons, it is very important for them to be in school as much as possible. It is also important that the school is contacted whenever your child will not be attending school for all or part of the day. Whether it be an illness, doctor appointment, or some other reason, please remember to contact the school. You can always leave a voicemail at 319.895.6254 at anytime during the day, night or weekend. Please try to notify us by 8:30am if your child will be absent or leaving during the school day. If you prefer to send an email, please send it to both Patty Mote and Chiara Burke with the date and time frame your child will be absent, leaving or returning during the school day. Sending the email to both of us will ensure that your email is received in a timely manner if one of us is not available on any given day. Thank you.
NOTE: Current physicals AND Concussion forms must be on file with the MS office prior to practicing. A new concussion form is needed each school year and good for the school year.
Sports Physicals: If your child will be participating in Middle School sports (7th & 8th graders) please make sure they have a current Physical and Heads up Concussion form on file with the school. Physicals and Concussion forms are required before a student can start practice. Fall sports (Cross Country, Football and Volleyball) start within the first week of school. Physicals are good for a year past the date of the exam. Click here for a physical form and here for a concussion form. If your child hasn't had a sports physical and will need one, summer is a great time to get that done!
The Mount Vernon School District has partnered with Tanager Place of Cedar Rapids to help support our students. Seeking support can be a challenging process and Mount Vernon School District believes this is a great opportunity for families to utilize within the walls of our schools. Please contact Jennifer Tischer, our school counselor or Linda See, our school nurse for more information. If you would prefer, you can also contact Kristin Cannon directly at email@example.com
For those parents that are using the Instagram App, Please check out our middle school instagram page at MVMSART. For those of you that are not using Instagram, We encourage you to install the app on your smart phone or visit the website on your computer at Instagram.com
Activity Passes or cash are needed to get into all Middle school and high school athletic events. State sponsored post-regular season athletic events (i.e. playoff/tournament games) always require payment for admittance for ALL students. Students with cell phones are encouraged to take a picture of their activity pass, that way they will most likely always have it handy. All students without activity passes will need to pay cash at the gate of sporting events. Reminder: Activity passes are not accepted during post season games.
What's happening at the Middle School at a Glance
Thurs. 01/23 *7th boys bball - Home 4:15
8th boys bball @ DeWitt 4:15
Fri. 01/24 *MS Lost and found packed up and donated.
Dance for 5th - 8th graders: Post Prom fundraiser
Mon. 01/27 *7th boys bball @ Vinton-Shellsburg 4:15
8th boys bball - Home 4:15
Wed. 01/29 * 1:05 dismissal
Thurs. 01/30* 7th boys bball @ Clear Creek Amana 4:15
8th boys bball -Home 4:15
Mon. 02/03 *7th boys bball - Home 4:15
8th boys bball @ Maquoketa 4:15
Thurs. 02/06 * 7th boys bball @ Williamsburg 4:15
8th boys bball -Home 4:15
Fri. 02/07 : Solo Festival 7th-8th grade
7th grade spagehetti supper 5:00-7:00
Mon. 02/10 *7th boys bball @ West Delaware 4:15
8th boys bball -Home 4:15
Tues. 02/11 *MS Parent Teacher Conferences
Wed. 02/12 *1:05 early dismissal
Thurs. 02/13 *7th boys bball - Home 4:15
8th boys bball @ Marion 4:15
Mon. 02/17 *7th boys bball -@ DeWitt 4:15
8th boys bball -Home 4:15
Tues. 02/18* MS Parent Teacher Conferences
Thurs. 02/20 *7th boys bball - Home 4:15
8th boys bball @ Vinton-Shellsburg 4:15
Fri. 02/21/* 7th boys bball @ Maquoketa 4:15
8th boys bball -Home 4:15
Mon. 02/24* 6th Grade Field trip to Putnam Museum
Wed. 02/26 * 1:05 early dismissal
Fri. 03/06 * 5th grade D.A.R.E. Graduation 1:00 -District Auditorium
Wed. 03/11* 1:05 early dismissal
Fri. 03/13 * End of 3rd Quarter
Mon. 03/16 - Fri. 03/20 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
Mon. 03/25 * Begin 4th Quarter
Fri. 04/10* NO SCHOOL
Wed. 04/15 * 1:05 early dismissal
Wed. 04/29* 1:05 early dismissal
Mon. 05/11* 5th Grade Musical 7:00 pm in the new Performing Arts Center (HS)
Wed. 05/13* 1:05 early dismissal
Fri. 05/22* 8th Grade Adventureland trip
Mon. 05/25 *NO SCHOOL -Memorial Day
Click on these links for information