Middle School News – January 17, 2020

Good Evening – here’s some news from the middle school!

January 22nd 6:30 – 7:30 pm Parent Informational Night: Queen Bees, Wanabees, Masterminds and Wingmen: This presentation will discuss  the issues of adolescents and the way they behave towards others in their gender group. This will explore both the feminine and masculine dynamics that occur in schools such as cliques, popularity and bullying.. Teasing, gossip, power plays as well as appearance are analyzed. How girls/boys interact with boys/girls, dating, relationships and promiscuous behaviors are discussed. This will occur in the Middle School North Library, presented by Assistant Principals Russo and Fleming.

Best Buddies We are excited to announce that the middle school will be starting a chapter of Best Buddies. We are looking for ‘buddies’ in grades 6-8…Application for Best Buddies ; Kick off Event for Buddies

January 28th – all 2nd quarter work due! The new semester ( quarter 3) will be starting on Wednesday January 29th.This also means that your child’s IA schedule will be changing a bit.  Below is how the switches will happen, classes paired here indicate first and second half of the year in either order:

5th grade Communication/Wellness; Study Skills/Exploration in Technology; Project Lead the Way (PLTW)/STEM; World Culture (WC)/General Music (GM)

6th Grade: Communication/Wellness; Study Skills/Exploration in Technology; Project Lead the Way (PLTW)/STEM/General Music (GM);

7th grade and 8th grade: PLTW/Wellness

Social Media Heads up: https://www.khou.com/mobile/article/tech/15-apps-you-should-look-out-for/285-5ee3b9f5-0fac-4ee6-ac92-097c82090013

News from the Health Office: Just a reminder that it is cold and flu season. There have already been several diagnosed cases of the Flu in our district!  In order to reduce the spread of illness, please remember your child must stay home from school for the following reasons:

  • Fever of 100 F or higher – Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.  Fever-reducing medicine may cover-up a fever, and the fever could return when the medicine wears off.  Your child should remain home for 24 hours after the fever has passed. If your child has a fever today, they should not be at school tomorrow. Also, please do not  give them Tylenol or Motrin in the morning before school “to get them through the day,”  Please just keep them home!
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea – Student may return to school 12-24 hours after the last episode at the School Nurse’s discretion. If your child has vomiting and/or diarrhea today. They should not be at school tomorrow!
  • Uncontrollable Cough
  • Contagious Bacterial Infection (such as strep throat, conjunctivitis, impetigo, etc.) – Students need to be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Suspicious Rash – Student may return to school with written documentation from healthcare provider certifying that the rash is not contagious.
  • Serious Illness or Injury

Flu season is rampant.  Please do not send your sick, still recovering from illness, feverish child to school to infect the healthy students and staff!  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us keep the Middle School healthy!

Laura Gray, RN (978) 448-6155 Ext 3116 and Pam Fleming, RN (978) 448-6155 Ext 2180

Kathi McCollumn, Principal

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