All-school Musical Auditions have changed

Attention all 7th and 8th grade Parents: The Audition date for the musical this year has changed. Music Man Jr. Auditions will take place Wednesday December 13th and Thursday December 14th. More information is forthcoming.

If your child is interested in being a Stage Manager for the play, they may pick up an application form from Ms. Huchital or Ms. Day.

After-School Cooking Classes Now at MMS!

Does your teen love to watch cooking shows? Does your child show an interest for being in the kitchen at home? Now they can explore their culinary genius easily after school!

Figlia Kitchen is excited to now offer this weekly fun and educational after-school culinary program for kids at MMS. Students will extend their math, science and other problem-solving skills into the kitchen through this educational and engaging outlet that’s a great fit for all kids! The program will promote life-long skills such as learning about kitchen safety, knife skills, cooking and baking techniques and more. But most of all, what we love to see is how kids’ confidence and self-esteem soar from this independent experience, as well as kids’ exposure and interest in trying new foods! It’s an all-around great experience for teens!

MMS Spelling Bee

We are looking for parent volunteers to lead our MMS Spelling Bee! School spelling bees must be completed by January 13 for winners to move up in competition. Interested? Please email Kerri Kenne mmseaglespta@gmail.com

Reflections

The Reflections Contest is a national program that encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts.

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “Within Reach”. Thousands of students will create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. The judged contest beginsat the school level and winners advance to the district level. Those that advance from the district level have the honor of representing themselves and MMS at the state and possibly the national level.

Entries are due November 17th.

Visit our 2016-2017 Reflections Gallery to see examples of entries that were awarded by Texas PTA in past years.

For additional information, please contact Isabel Asander at salemic@hotmail.com

Student Entry Form

Reflections Information

Rules

Bring Those Boxtops!

Please send those pink Box Tops for Education up to school! We’ll be collecting them in activity class through December! The activity class in 6th and 7th grade that collects the most over $50 will win a special surprise! The 8th grade class that collects the most over $75 will win special recognition at the dance! Proceeds will help the 8th grade with their graduation dance. It’s okay to ask neighbors and friends to collect too!Thank you.

Math Mondays

American Mathematics and MathCounts Competitions

Are you interested in participating in math competitions?

Do you like solving challenging math problems?

Then you are invited to join Math Mondays. Monday after school, 3:30 to 4:25, in Library Room. Our first meeting will be Monday, October 16th

Math Mondays will be the Memorial Middle School sponsored and parents volunteered program to prepare students for the AMC 8 and MATHCOUNTS Competition, which are the math competitions held for students in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade. We will meet on Mondays after school from 3:30 to 4:25 and will focus on math problem solving. Students will work together to solve problems and improve math skill.

The AMC 8 contest will be held at Memorial Middle School on November 14th 2017 after school. The MATHCOUNTS Competition will be held in February 2018. Further details will be provided during the Math Mondays meetings.

The Math Mondays is the volunteer parent organized program. The parents of the participating students are expected to take turns to help running the Monday’s meeting. If you are interested and your parents are able to volunteer, ask your parents to send email to daliu@yahoo.com to register or ask questions.

The AMC 8

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills,. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

The MATHCOUNTS

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MATHCOUNTS program. MATHCOUNTS competitions are provided at four levels: school, chapter, state and national. Top individual students and teams in a level will advance to next level. Each level of competition is comprised of 4 rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round.

No Homework Family Nights

On November 7, February 7 and April 3,  we are having No Homework Family nights at MMS. There will not be any assigned homework, and no tests should be scheduled for the following day.

We would like all our families to take the opportunity to spend some quality time together – perhaps to sit down to dinner or take a family walk outside in the cooler weather or maybe even go watch a game and hang out with other MMS families.

We strongly believe in trying to balance academic progress with students’ emotional and social well-being.

 

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Odyssey of the Mind

Creativity, Teamwork, Problem Solving, Drama, Art: How can you get it all on ONE extracurricular activity? Odyssey of the Mind does it all, plus more!

Odyssey of The Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Each team of 7 kids is parent coached, so parental involvement is essential too. It’s an incredible experience for both the kids and the coaches. Come to the Odyssey of the Mind Awareness meeting on Tuesday October 3rd, at 4:00pm in the Library. Come to the meeting to find out all about this exciting, enriching experience, or email Beth Otillar at botillar@gmail.com. Parents and kids are both welcome.

Gifted & Talented Referral Information

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who would like to participate in the GT Referral Process must submit a GT Parent/Student Referral Form to the main office by October 23rd.

Paper copies are available in the main office.

Please review the GT Brochure for information regarding the Secondary GT Referral Process. Questions?  Please email Michelle Perkins at Yvette.perkins@springbranchisd.com.

From the MMS Registrar…

Parents: If you’re child is a returning SBISD student, please take a moment to log onto Skyward’s Family Access and updates your child’s information. Parents can login to the Family Access Portal from their campus website or from the homepage of the SBISD District website. Parents, you are now able to change your login and password to whatever you like rather than the randomly generated login and password you received when you signed up. You can now also change the e-mail address that is stored in your Family Access account. Skyward (Family Access) is a password-protected site that provides both parents and students access to course grades, homework, attendance, and other data.

Attendance Policy

If your student is sick please make sure to call the school’s Main Office (713-251-3900) and let us know before 10:00 AM. Please indicate the student’s full legal name, grade, and reason. (There is no need to call if he/she will be coming in late with a medical note/excuse).

If your student has to leave campus for a medical appointment, please make sure to sign him/her IN and OUT through the main office and turn in any medical notes, as soon as possible. If you leave a doctor/dentist/ortho office and forgot to ask for a note, you may request them to fax the note to us (713-251-3915).

All other absences require written notification signed and dated (including student’s full legal name and reason) and are DUE no later than TWO days upon the students return to campus. Email notifications are also accepted. Please note that some absences may require a confirmation from church, like in the case of a religious observance.

Eagle Aid: GiveBig~MMS Spirit Hats

By popular demand and for a LIMITED TIME, we are offering MMS spirit hats inspired by MMS Eagle Aid.  Show your Eagle Pride for our MMS community!  Profits from the sale of spirit hats will benefit our teacher Wish List, as well as educational needs throughout the school year.
Caps are offered in MMS school colors – black with orange lettering as shown.  Embroidery reads “MMS HOU” on the front, and “Texas Strong 2017” with a hurricane symbol on the back.  Hats are adjustable.
Order yours before we sell out!  Hats will be delivered to activity classes.
  

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Donut Days 2017-2018

Dates:

September 29th – October 27tth – November 17th – December 15th 

January 26th – February 23rd – April 6th

 

Time:              7:50 am – 8:20 am

Location:        Courtyard and outside of 8th grade building

Cost:               Donuts and Water – $1

Kolaches – $2

               (please try to bring exact change)

Volunteers

Needed:         www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4EA8AE238-donut

Chairs:                        Julie Bergen, Claudia Cintora, Karen Diego, Eva Gomez, and Mariana Pinto

All proceeds benefit the 8th Grade Party!

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Thank you and welcome back from the PTA President

MMS Family,

Because of your generosity, we have been able to provide some direct, immediate relief to over 30 MMS families and counting. I’m so very proud to represent you in these efforts. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed, promoted, helped organize and delivered for our MMS Family. Please continue to notify us if you know of a family that can use some help!

We are planning on keeping the PTA meeting this week, though we will use this opportunity to come together and regroup. Please drop in if you can to ask any questions about our fall calendar, schedule changes, and to find out more about the ways we will adjust to face the challenges brought to our community. This will be a BYOL meeting – we’ll resume our catered lunch meetings in October.

Welcome back Eagles – Stay safe and stay strong!
#MMSSTRONG

Kerri Kenne
PTA President

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SBEF Pledge Cents

SBEF Campaign to support SBISD families affected by Hurricane Harvey- Please see link for information regarding this effort.

DONATION LINK: https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/yldlny/hurricane-harvey-supporting-sbisd-famili/cause

 

Hoops Basketball Training

SBEF Making Our Schools Better Fundraising Campaign

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) is a unique funding source for our school district. The Foundation provides dollars to support students and educators in all Spring Branch ISD schools, through scholarships, arts education, and grants for a variety of educational initiatives at both the district-level and individual campuses. Each year, SBEF funds impact each and every campus in some way and we hope you will make an SBEF donation part of your annual giving.

To donate to SBEF, please visit https://sbef.ejoinme.org/mosb

MMS Football Info

Washington DC 8th Grade Trip

ATTENTION UPCOMING 2017-18 8TH GRADE PARENTS:

Make an impact on their appreciation for our country and send them to Washington DC!

The Washington DC trip has become an annual tradition at Memorial Middle School with over 1500 8th grade students traveling to Washington D.C. through the years to see our Nation’s capitol. With a night in historic Williamsburg/Jamestown, students will gain first hand knowledge of our country’s history. The 4 day 3 night trip is organized by School Tours of America and is offered for a price of $1,604.00 if registered by July 1st and includes all travel, meals and board. The travel dates of the trip are May 18th – May 21st. Seats are limited and fill up fast! Interested? Just go to School Tours online and register at www.schooltoursofamerica.com
trip i.d. number is 8413

Questions? Contact Chris Thornton at 713-825-8539
Dana.thornton@springbranchisd.com

2017-2018 School Day Update

The MMS school day for the 2017-2018 school year will be 8:25am – 3:30pm.

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SBISD Athletic Forms

If your child plans on participating in athletics next year either in middle school or high school, you will need to fill out the required paperwork online. Click here for online paperwork.  There are also dates you can have your physicals done at MHS for $10! See info below.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Bree Drury

Campus Athletic Coordinator

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