Step Up Houston- Spring Cleaning

Step Up Houston is an nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping those in need. They serve the homeless men, women and some children who live on the streets. Step Up provides a variety of new or gently used items that are essential to everyday living needs. So since Spring is winding down, you maybe doing cleaning around your home and we could benefit from your generosity. If you have any of the following items to donate we will gladly arrange to pickup at your home or you can drop off donations at the school in care of Kim Moore (Room 224). You can email me at kimberly.moore@springbranchisd.com to arrange pickup or if you have any questions.

Our greatest needs are:

Mens shoes- tennis/dress, clothing of all sizes
Backpacks or small rolling suitcases- plastic bags from grocery stores
Womens shoes and clothing
Toiletries- sample sizes work the best, toothbrushes, deodorant
Socks- new or gently used (adult sizes)

Any help would be greatly appreciated and serving others is food for the soul.

NJHS 2018-19 Members

Congratulations to the 7th graders who were chosen as members of the E. O. Wilhelm Chapter of National Junior Honor Society at MMS for 2018-19! Our NJHS Induction Ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 10, in the MMS auditorium. We will begin promptly at 6:00 since we have over 150 members to induct! Please dress nicely! Family is most welcome to attend!

Click here for the list of new members.

There will be rehearsal Thursday during activity. Please email Meredith Pickett if your child is not able to attend the Induction Ceremony at meredith.pickett@springbranchisd.com

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Volunteers Needed for Textbook Returns

Please consider helping with the Textbook Returns on the last 3 days of school. Students will be returning books during their Activity period on Wednesday, May 30, Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. Kim Devaney, the MMS textbook clerk, has asked for 10 volunteers at each of the following time slots:

7th grade 9:50 – 10:30

8th grade 10:30-11:00

6th grade 12:00-12:40

You may volunteer at any session, even if it is not your child’s grade. Please sign in at the office and then go to the auditorium.

Please click on the following link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c45aeaa2e5-volunteers1

Athletic Physicals

If your son or daughter is going to be in 7th-12th grade next year and plans to participate in school athletics, they must have new physical dated after April 1st every year.  This must be done on the UIL form that is here.  You must also complete all of the online forms that can be found on the SBISD website under athletics.  Coaches also have a copy of these, so feel free to ask them for a copy of the form.  You can  have your physical done at any doctor’s office or redi clinic.  It must be done on the UIL form.  Once the forms are completed, please turn them in to a one of the coaches.

Texas A&M Physics & Engineering Festival

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University invite the public to an entertaining and informative event. People of all ages will find funny, puzzling, and fascinating hands-on experiments. Everyone is invited to participate. All events are free of charge and no registration is needed!

Here is a link to the event http://physicsfestival.tamu.edu/

2018 8th grade Washington DC trip update!

Attention parents! The Washington DC trip will be coming up May 18-21 and still has limited slots available for your child to travel to see our Nation’s capitol and experience history firsthand! Right now we have 85 students signed up for our annual excursion to DC. Interested in having your child join???
Contact Coach Thornton at: dana.thornton@springbranchisd.com

Quick Push for Boxtops for Education

If you have boxtops languishing around the house, we’d like them. You can affix to this Boxtops for Education sheet and send them up to school. There will be a box in the office to collect them. The deadline is very short though, we need them by this Friday, February 23. Proceeds benefit 8th grade dance. Thank you.

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Memorial Middle School Standing Rules 2017 Update

Per the Texas PTA, it is time to update our Standing Rules. Please review HERE as these will be voted upon at our next general meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 15th, 2018.

 

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

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.

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

 

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

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