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
 
 
 
8th Grade Dates to Remember
February 19th (due to possible weather) WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th - 8th Grade Parent Night, Taking the 1st step for transitioning to HS.
                  Students with last name A-L, 6:00-7:00 p.m., HS Gym
                  Students with last name M-Z, 7:00-8:00 p.m., HS Gym
This is an important meeting where students will receive informatino regarding graduation requirements, high school clubs and activities, Academic Honors requirements, College Credit Plus and Link Crew.  Ath the end of the session, students will create their 9th grade schedule request worksheet.
 
April 9th - 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)
February 13 - No School, Waiver Day
February 16 - No School, President's Day
February 19 (rescheduled for Wed, Feb 25th) - 8th Grade Parent Night, HS, 6:00-7:00p and 7:00-8:00p
February 23 - PARCC Testing begins (through March, Tuesdays-Fridays only)
March 2 - Interims sent home with students (date change)
March 5 - Conference Night, 2:30-8:30 p.m.
March 9 - Winter Pep Assembly, 1:30 p.m. (date change due to PARCC Testing)
March 20 - Dance, 2:30-5:00 p.m. (pick up times - 6th gr, 4:20p; 7th gr, 4:40p; 8th gr, 4:50p) - (date change due to PARCC Testing)
March 20 - End of 3rd grading period
March 27 - Report cards sent home with students
March 30-April 6 - No School, Spring Break (School resumes April 7)
April 8 - Spring Pictures (reschedule date due to PARCC Testing)
April 10 - Honors Assemblies
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 29 - 8th grade Promotion Night, 7 p.m. at High School, dance follows at Middle School until 10 p.m.
 
 
Athletic Announcements
Please refer to this page for cancellations or other important middle school athletic announcements.

Track season begins Monday, March 9th.  If you have questions, contact Mrs. Murphy (nmurphy@sepirates.org) or Mrs. Kiskadden (mkiskadden@sepirates.org)
 
Students participating must have completed physical on file, and a completed insurance release and EMA form with the coaches.  Students should be prepared to run indoors and outdoors; dress in layers for practices.
 
Dance - March 20th (Date changed)

Our next school dance will be held on Friday, March 20th (DATE CHANGE), 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, March 20, 2015 (Tickets sold March 16-19 only)

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

A permission slip/letter was sent home with students prior to March 13th and must be returned with admission, in order to attend the dance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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