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.
In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Mount Vernon Community School District will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020. While the plan is to resume school on Monday, April 13, 2020, reality may change based on conditions related to the nation’s response to the COVID-19 spread. Click here for a message from MVCSD Superintendent, Dr. Greg Batenhorst, regarding the current plan moving forward.
Monthly District Newsletter
Please click here 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.
MS YEARBOOK: If you haven't already purchased a 2019-2020 middle school yearbook for your student, it's time to get that taken care of now. Quantities are limited but yearbooks can still be purchased online or you can send payment of $18.00 with your student to the middle school office. Orders will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Extra yearbooks have been ordered but if demand exceeds our supply, payment will be refunded.
Performing Arts Center Grand Piano. Click here for a letter from Ben Brannaman on how you can donate. Click here for grand piano giving form. See below for another way to donate.
Hands in Harmony Raffle for Grand Piano in the new Performing Arts Center
Click here on massage raffle for your chance to win! The package is a 75-minute Ultimate Couples Massage Package that includes wine, gourmet cheese, handmade chocolates, and fresh fruit while soaking in private two-person whirlpool tub followed by a 75-minute side-by-side Customized Couples Massage. This spa experience can happen at the uptown Mount Vernon location or at the Hands in Harmony in Cedar Rapids. Retail value = $250.
7th & 8th Grade Sports - Track will start after Spring Break
Boys coach: Mike Jones
Schedule - still in the works
Boys will have a meeting at the end of the school day on Tuesday, March 24th. Practice will start the Wednesday after spring break March 25th. Boys will practice in the morning 6:15am to 7:30am.
Girls coach: Emily Stamp
Schedule - still in the works
student meeting will be Wednesday, March 25th and last about 10 minutes or so.
Practice starts on Thursday, March 26th and will be after school until 4:45.
Save the Date! MVMS PTO's 5K Fundraiser is May 13th, 2020! (raindate: 05/15)
This is the MVMS PTO's main fundraiser for the year. Students will be bringing packets home in order to raise funds through donors who sponsor their run.
We are also raising money through runner registrations so please join us for this fun 5K event. Parents, friends and community members are invited to join the kids as they run. Register with this form and submit it along with payment to the middle school office. See details on the form. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 runners in all categories. Click here for Registation form for anyone other than a student at MVMS. They do NOT need to complete or pay.
2020-21 HS Course Registrations for incoming freshman): Students in grades 9-11 had meetings on Wednesday, March 4th to learn about next year's course offerings and the registration process. Pre-registration sheets are due in the MVHS office on Friday, March 13th. Below is the 2020-21 Course Offering book as well as the grade level registration forms:
Chalk the Walk- Saturday May 2nd & Sunday May 3rd- click here for an application
PowerSchool System Update
The district has recently started updating our PowerSchool student information system in preparation for a transition to a new contact management screen. The transition will take place in June. As we work through these updates, some of the data that currently transfers from PowerSchool to our notification system School Messenger has been removed. You should not notice a difference in your School Messenger notifications. However, if you feel that you are not getting emails from us, please log in to your parent School Messenger account to verify your settings and email address(es) for notifications. The link to the School Messenger parent account login may be found on the district home page (www.mountvernon.k12.ia.us) under Log Ins, School Messenger.
School Messenger Log In Instructions
Memo from Dr. Batenhorst: Please click here for an important message from our
MONSTERS Running Club starts Wed. March 25th. Click here for registration form.
Summer Volleyball camps for 6th - 8th graders. Click here for 6th grade info/registration form. Click here for 7th & 8th grade info/registration form.
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.
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
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.
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!
Please keep your student's lunch account above zero.
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
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
Basketball: Boys Varsity Sub State Finals
Click on these links for information