Supply Lists for 2015-2016
Supply lists for the 2015-16 school year are now available.
Advice for 8th Graders and All of Us - From Mrs. Wells and the 8th Grade Teachers
Mrs. Wells’ WORDS OF WISDOM 2015
Somehow I got nominated or volunteered to speak a few words of wisdom today. I’m not sure why . . . I don’t have a cool accent; I’m not a gifted actor whose improv comedy makes you laugh so hard you cry; and I don’t have the ability to turn more than a hundred 13 and 14 year olds into tree huggers, but I am the oldest 8th grade teacher with just enough dementia that I think I’m the boss.
So . . . I started thinking about it . . . What do I say that makes a difference? Is there anything?
I asked my husband, a retired teacher and coach from Capital. He said:
Don’t tick anybody off.
Work as hard as you can.
I just don’t think that’s enough . . . too short, too sweet.
So . . . with the help of my friend with an accent, the best actor in town, and our resident Lorax, I came up with 12 things I think you need to know before you go off to high school.
- Life is not fair; get used to it.
- You are in charge of your own self-esteem. Your teachers care but the rest of the world doesn’t. You can’t base your self-worth on the number of likes on your instagram, twitter book, or facechat acct.
- Before you were born your parents were really cool. They’ve changed because they are providing the roof over your heads, feeding you, paying for your cell phones, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you think you are. So before you go out to save the earth from the evil corporations, go home and clean your own room starting with your backpack.
- If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, it’s not your teachers’ fault, so don’t make excuses for your mistakes, learn from them.
- If you want to earn $60,000 or more a year and drive a BMW, you have at least 8 more years of school. You need to get started on the first day of ninth grade. If you wait until you are a senior. It’ll be too late.
- We may use standards based grading, but life does not. We may give you opportunities to retake every test, redo every assignment, get every answer right, but this does not bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life. Neither does High School Musical. In real life, students actually have go to class, take notes, do homework, study for tests, and meet due dates and deadlines. There is no MMS time in high school.
- If you think we’ve been tough, you’re right. We’ve provided you with a foundation for a life that’s even tougher, now use it. Check your work; double-check your work; triple-check your work, and finally quadruple check your work. When you’re finished, read a book.
- Reading is everything. Continue to read a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Read more than the one book you’ve been assigned.
- Plant a tree, give it clean water and feed it fresh air, protect it from axes that hack, and maybe one the Lorax and his friends will come back.
- Remove the following phrase from your vocabulary: “This is sooo boring.” Boredom is the sign of a boring mind and an excuse for lack of creativity.
- Choose to be an individual, not a sheep. Sheep are so dumb, even dogs tell them what to do.
- Remember, you cannot control everything life throws at you, but you can control how you respond.
Good luck. Enjoy your summer. Be ready to go in September.
Interested in WA's Learning Standards? Learn More Aug. 4 Noon to 1 p.m.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Ready Washington invite you to join a telephone town hall meeting about Washington’s K-12 learning standards and assessments. This is your opportunity to learn more and ask any questions you may have about learning standards and assessments in our state.
Ingersoll Stadium Closed for Turf Replacement
Ingersoll Stadium is closed through late August for installation of new field turf. During the closure there is no public access to Ingersoll, including key card access, due to the work that is ongoing across the entire turf area and staging of the work in the area along the track. The new turf will replace an 11-year-old surface that has exceeded its eight-year life span. Thanks to everyone for their patience as the district undertakes this important safety project!
2015-16 School Calendar Finalized
The 2015-16 school year calendar has been finalized. Here are some of the significant changes:
- A recent survey showed elementary and middle school families preferred early releases to late starts for teacher collaboration time. The new calendar honors that request by ending late starts and moving to early releases for elementary and middle schools.
- There will be fewer of these early releases than there were late starts this year. This will present fewer disruptions to learning time and provide larger time blocks for teacher collaboration in elementary and middle schools.
- There will be more consistency in that all early releases will be a half day.
- High schools will not have early releases except for Friday, Nov. 13, Friday, Jan. 29 and Friday, June 17 (for grading).
- The spring elementary conference week has been moved to be right before spring break, much like our neighboring districts.
Click the link below to view the 2015-16 calendar.
- Monday, August 3
- School Board Meeting
- Monday, August 17
- School Board Meeting
- Tuesday, August 18
- MMS Office Opens
- Monday, August 31
- Orientation Day
- Wednesday, September 2
- MMS Professional Development