Principal's Post
Newsletters and additional information will be sent home with your child's interims and report cards.  In addition, please refer to the middle school website for additional information.
 
Ms. Michelle Hiser
Principal
 
 
 
Spring Field Trips
All middle school students will be attending field trips on the following dates:
 
Monday, May 18 - 7th grade to Canton Football Hall of Fame to participate in the Get Fit Program
Tuesday, May 19 - 8th grade to Canton McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Wednesday, May 20 - 6th grade to Canton Football Hall of Fame to participate in the Get Fit Program
 
There are no costs to attend any of these trips, and ALL students are encouraged to attend.
 
Field trip permission slips, emergency medical authorization forms, and lunch forms will be sent home with students on Friday, April 17th.  All forms are due by Friday, May 1, 2015....no exceptions.  Due to the reservations that need to be made, please complete and return the necessary forms no later than Friday, May 1st.
 
Additional forms are available at the office and links are provided below to print from home, if needed.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.
 
 
 
Dance - May 1

Our next school dance will be held on Friday, May 1st, from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Admission is $3, and tickets are sold during the lunch periods Monday through Thursday only, prior to the Friday dance date. No tickets are sold on Fridays because a list is created for teachers, so they know which students to release to the gym at the time of the dance.

Concessions are available at the dance for an additional cost and consist of pizza and pop.

To help with the safety of the students, dismissal times and locations are as follows: 6th grade—4:20 by 8th grade doors (west end of building/bus lot), 7th grade—4:40 at café doors (similar to daily pick up/drop off), 8th grade—4:50 by 8th grade doors (west end of building/bus lot). If you have children in more than one grade level, you may use the later time/location. If a student is not picked up at the appropriate time, he/she may be excluded from future after school activities.

Chaperones are always welcome. For more information on chaperoning, contact Ms. Hiser (mhiser@sepirates.org) or Mrs. Greenlief (agreenlief@sepirates.org).

The dates of the remaining 2014-2015 dances are:

Friday, May 1, 2015 (Tickets sold April 27-30 only)

A permission slip/letter will be sent home with students prior April 24th and must be returned with admission, in order to attend the dance.  Below is a link to the permission slip.

http://filecabinet.eschoolview.com/53FC09BB-C588-4362-92FC-15D1E8CC341E/Dance Permission Slip.pdf
 
 
 
 
 
 
8th Grade Dates to Remember
March 27 - Letter sent home with students regarding Promotion Night, Powerpoint, and DVD orders.
 
April 15th - Powerpoints MUST be saved to the server.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Backo (mbacko@sepirates.org)
 
April 23rd - Last day to purchase 8th grade DVD's (fliers will be sent home 3/2)
 
May 15th - All fees due, or you student may not participation at Promotion Night.
 
May 29th - Promotion Night, 7 p.m., HS Cafe / Dance to follow at MS Cafe until 10 p.m.
         
         Students should arrive at the HS Gym between 6:30-6:45 p.m. to line up alphabetically; parents should report to cafe to be seated.  Students should follow the regular dress code rules.  This is NOT a formal, and parents should not go to great expense (no limos, corsages, or formal dress required).  Parents are encouraged to bring one dozen of cookies to share.
 
 
Dates to Remember
2014 - 2015 Important Dates (*Additional dates TBA)

May 1 - Field Trip Permission Slips due (no exceptions due to reservations to be made)

May 1 - Dance, 2:30-5:00 p.m. (pick up times - 6th gr, 4:20p; 7th gr, 4:40p; 8th gr, 4:50p)

May 1 – End of interim grading period (grades due by May 5)

May 5 – Band Concert, 7 p.m., HS Café

May 8 – Interims sent home

May 18 - 7th grade field trip to Canton Football Hall of Fame

May 19 - 8th grade field trip to Canton McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

May 19 – 5th grade visit/orientation (more info TBA)

May 19 – Choir Concert, 7 p.m., HS Café

May 20 - 6th grade field trip to Canton Football Hall of Fame

May 20 – 5th grade visit/orientation (more info TBA)

May 27 - Fall athletic assembly (a.m.), for all students considering participating in fall athletics

May 28 – Spring Concert, In School, 1:00 p.m.

May 29 - 8th grade Promotion Night, 7 p.m. at High School, dance follows at Middle School until 10 p.m.

June 1 - In School Talent Show (more info TBA)

June 2 - 8th Grade "Bonus" Field Trip (more info TBA; students must meet criteria to attend)

June 3 - Recognition Assemblies (more info TBA)

June 4 - Activity Day (field day, movies, yearbook signing - students must meet criteria to participate) {Rain Date - June 5}

June 5 - Last day of school for students (extended due to number of calamity days used this school year)

June 19 – Report cards mailed home

 
Athletic Announcements
Please refer to this page for cancellations or other important middle school athletic announcements.

SUMMER PHYSICALS
Physical forms will be available in May.  If your 7th/8th grade student is interested in participating in sports for the 2015-2016 school year, now is the time to schedule your June/July appointments with your family physician or pediatrican.  Physicals are good for one year from the date of the exam.
 
 
Track information - Parents can join the "remindme" app by texting to 81010, and adding @piraterun in the message section.  By doing so, you will receive text messages from Coach Kiskadden.  Also, feel free to check out http://sepiratesathletics.com to see schedules and directions to each meet.  Go to the middle school drop down menu.
 
Help Your School
BOX TOPS & CAMPBELL'S LABELS
ALERT - Any parent/student that turned in Box Tops in a baggie, the office has a zip drive and two memory cards that were in the baggies with the Box Tops.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Witkosky, MS Secretary, if these may be yours.
 
At the middle school, we collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Labels throughout the school year.  Several contests will be held throughout the year (October, December, February, May).
 
Collection sheets are always available outside of the office. Box Tops should be taped or glued to the forms; no staples please.  In addition, BONUS coupons should be sent in separately, NOT attached to the sheets.
 
Congratulations to Mrs. Hahlen's 1st period class, who collected a total of 777 Box Tops for our February contest.  Our next contest is beginning soon and will be an individual contest.  Students that complete a sheet of 50 Box Tops will receive a prize. 

**The High School also collects ink cartridges and old cell phones. Feel free to send them in with your middle school student and we will send them to the High School.
 
 
SUBWAY MONDAYS
Once again, Subway in Edinburg will be sponsoring Subway Mondays on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, starting September 22nd through May 11th. If you make a purchase, and state that you are there to support Middle School Mondays, we will receive 10% of your sales. This fundraiser supports student awards, student incentives, end of the year inflatables, and more.
NEEDED SUPPLIES
Supplies are always needed for students and larger projects. Our wish list currently includes the following items:
Pencils, pencils, pencils
Tissues
Hand Sanitizers
Wipes
1-2" binders
Drawstring back packs
*This is not an all inclusive list and items will be added/deleted as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Activity / After School Policy
   

If your child is staying after school for tutoring and/or activities (Student Government, Power of the Pen, Art Club, Science Club, Choir, etc), a shuttle bus is available to transport them to the elementary building to ride the late bus home.
 
If you would prefer to pick up your child, he/she must be have a ride available by 3:10 p.m.  Otherwise, he/she will be required to ride the shuttle/late bus home.
 
For the safety of your child, if you are picking up him/her at anytime during/after the school day (other than athletics), please send in a note.  A note confirms that a parent will pick up their child.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
NEW Dismissal Policies
For the safety of our students and your convenience, the end of the day/dismissal policy is slightly changing (similar to the elementary procedures). 
 
If your child is being picked up anytime before 2:25 p.m., you must continue to follow the policy of coming into the building to sign out your child.
 
Any parent picking up their child(ren) at the dismissal time of 2:25 p.m. will need to pull along the front curb (same as morning drop off).  You will need to pull completely to the end of the sidewalk. 
 
At the dismissal bell, students being picked up by a parent will report to the cafeteria.  One of our staff members will be at the curb with a clipboard for you to sign out your child(ren).  Please have ID available. 
 
If your child will be picked up on a daily or regular basis, please complete the attached form and return it to school ASAP (additional forms are available in the main office).  Only those names listed on this form will be permitted to pick up the student listed during the 2014-2015 school year.  A new form will need to be completed yearly.
 
If your child will be picked up randomly, you will need to send in a note with your child that morning, so that he/she can be added to the sign out sheet.  The note should state the child's full name, grade, and the name of the person picking up your child. 
 
Emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
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