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Monroe Middle School Library: 2016-2017 4th Quarter Newsletter

Monroe Middle School 2016-2017:

Fourth Quarter Newsletter


 

Letter from the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that we are about a month away from the last day of school. The next few weeks are very important. Teachers currently are administering the state tests in math, reading, and science. Please assist us by speaking with your student and encourage them to do their very best. We want to make sure that Monroe Middle School reaches our goal of “Adequate Yearly Progress.” Together we can assist all of our students to reaching their academic goals.

A reminder to all sixth and seventh grade parents, summer school applications were included in the report card mailings that were sent out recently. If your student needs extra academic assistance or just needs academic enrichment, summer school will give them more academic practice in the areas of math, reading and science. Classes will be held the first half of the day until 11:00am. We hope each student will stay and participate in the Monroe Activity Center for the second half of the day and enjoy a variety of fun activities. Students participating in both summer programs will receive breakfast and lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jordan at 531-299-8585.

Please remember for the safety student safety, all students must be under the direct supervision of staff members during and after school hours. If students are not under adult supervision such as the MAC program or another school sponsored activity, students are expected to leave school grounds immediately. Being under adult supervision is the only way to insure the safety of all of our students.

As you may know a few weeks ago we had a student by the name of Emilio injured in a hit and run accident. Please see the message below from the family. If you would like to help the family a Go Fund Me page has been setup by their church at gofundme.com/3ley67k.

“I first want to thank everyone in the Monroe family, the students, and parents for all the love and support that you have shown for Emilio and us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Amanda DeMateo-Juan.

Thank you for choosing Monroe!

Sincerely,

Boris Moore

Principal

8th Grade News

8A - Aviators


The 8A Aviators are ready to soar into success for the end of the school year! Students are working on a variety of topics throughout all of their classes.

In Science, we have just finished our unit over Physics and Newtons three Laws. Please discuss these topics with your child to further submit the information into long-term memory. We have now begun studying the topics of Sound and Light. We will be covering Sound and Light Waves, Mirrors and Lenses, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. We have also been preparing for our Science State NESA testing that will take place during April 13th-April 19th.

In Pre-Algebra, students just recently finished their NeSA (Nebraska Mathematics State Assessment) and are on to reviewing topics to be prepared for next year. Algebra students also just finished their NeSA test and are now working on simplifying expressions with exponents.

In Social Studies, Mr. Rowan's US. History students are currently studying immigration and its effects upon America. Next, the students will turn their attention to the study of the progressive period. Students in Reading are focusing on cultural awareness, peace, and achieving their reading improvement goals.

Language Arts has been covering grammar and been preparing students to write analytically as well as cite specific text evidence to support claims that they may make in your writing.

All of the 8A teachers hope to see this success continue through the remainder of the year for all of our students! Students please remain organized and put forth all of your effort to finish out the year. Parents please continue to check on your students’ homework and make sure that they have the appropriate school supplies to assist in their academic success.

8B - Bees


The 8B Bees are rounding the corners on our Middle School careers!

Math has just finished with their NeSA testing. Ms. Williams’ Pre-Algebra is starting a new unit, covering Congruence and Similarity. They’ll begin working on Transformations in the coming weeks, such as translations, reflections, rotations, and dilation. Algebra will begin a new unit soon as well, covering Polynomials.

Mrs. Oxley’s English classes are reading they’re final novel, Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin. They will begin studying the Holocaust in the short time we have left, beginning with The Diary of Anne Frank.

Mr. Strum’s Science classes are working on learning the physics of sound and sight- waves, vibrations, frequencies, etc.

Social Studies started the second semester dissecting the causes of the Civil War, its key players, and important lessons about what happens when political leaders do not get along. We also took time to celebrate black history month with lessons about Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and the 54th Massachusetts regiment. We continued the celebration with guest speakers from Union Pacific Railroad, they discussed careers, the railroad, and the impact/inventions of African Americans on the nation's largest railroad system west of the Mississippi River. We started fourth quarter by breaking down Civil war battles, and discussed the importance key figures, outcomes, and what it meant for the outcome of the war. As we voyage through the rest of the year, we will learn how the United States rebuilt itself after the war.

We’ve been hard at work in Reading Skills and 21st Century Literature improving our Lexile (reading) scores! Every class has improved their overall Lexile score since August. This is great news! We have stepped off the accelerator of Achieve 3000 a bit as we prepare for our final test and project. The final test over the vocabulary we have learned this semester will be on May 10th and 11th, and our Book Talk projects are due May 22nd and 23rd.

7th Grade News


 

7A - Alligators


During this fourth quarter, the students will be studying the following in their core subject areas:

  • Math- Algebra
  • Social Studies- History of Russia
  • Science- Astronomy
  • Reading- Achieve3000 and Functional Reading
  • Language Arts- The novel, IQBAL

     We encourage all students to give their very best effort each day.  Please remind them to come to class prepared and ready to learn. 

7B - Pride

In world cultures, we will be studying Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans.  We also will be doing a research project in the library with Mrs. Mulder, our librarian.  This project will be worth 65% of their grade this quarter.   
 
Ms.Goodwin’s reading classes will be working on vocabulary, functional text, and achieve 3000 for fourth quarter.  The upcoming vocabulary tests will be summative grades worth 65% of the student’s total grade.  Please encourage students to study their words at home.
 
Team 7B Language Arts is gearing up for a charity research project and one last round of MAP testing to end the year. Team 7B is also working on a student appreciation celebration for students that continually meet and exceed expectations at Monroe. We want to show our students how doing the right thing needs to be celebrated.

6th Grade News


6A - Younicorns


 

Reading: Students are working on figurative language and getting ready to start another major book report.

Math: Students are working on statistics; mean, median, mode.

Social Studies: Students are finishing up the Medieval Europe unit.  Students have learned about Medieval knights.

Science: Students are studying volcanoes and students are making paper mache volcanoes.

6B- The Mane Event


 

Math- We just finished NeSa Math. We are starting statistical display. Math Curriculum night was a success and students made geocities.

Science- We are finishing up our Life Science Unit and getting ready for Physical Science.

Reading- We have finished NeSa Reading and working on the skill of cause and effect, compare and contrast, and finally text structures. Vocabulary is always on our minds.

Social Studies- We are finishing up Rome and will be beginning the next unit after Easter.

From the busy desk of GATE and Honors Special Projects:


National History Day was March 1st at the Durham Museum. Nine Mustangs presented their research on various topics to the judges. One Monroe student placed 4th in the individual performance category. Some of the competitors included Eh Dah and Dah Htoo in a group performance on the Yang Family Female Warriors. Morgan Graham and Monroe Glazeski created a stunning board on Women in Propaganda Posters. Manal Suliman created a board on Gandhi.

Nine students competed in the Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz on April 13th. They have studied the art, music, science, history, and literature of WWII since September. I applaud them for all of the time and hard work that they put forth to prepare!

Quiz Bowl finals were held on April 4th at UNO. Students competed in 4 matches in the morning and one in the afternoon. The teams of 4 people answered trivia questions against other OPS middle schools.

Students in HSP are currently working on poems and performance techniques for an in-class poetry slam. We are focusing on word choice, literary devices, voice, and posture. Each student is writing at least 2 poems.

6th Grade GATE is researching the history of Omaha. We continue to meet every Wednesday during 8th hour. Students need to make up any work that they may miss.

A huge thank you to 8th Grade Student Council members for their work on 8th Grade Prom. This year’s theme was Into the Woods. They spent their time and shared their talents to organize and create decorations. You guys are awesome!

Desde la sala española (From the Spanish room):


We are wrapping up the year studying family vocabulary, Chile, and Cinco de Mayo. Students will be creating a mini “Árbol de Mi Familia” (family tree). They will be writing Spanish sentences describing their family and then orally presenting what they wrote…all in Español.

The students who have met all the requirements for the Worlds of Fun Trip will be heading to Kansas City on Saturday, May 20th. Students need to be at Monroe by 6:15 AM and need to be picked up at 10:00 PM SHARP. :) I will send home a reminder letter closer to the date. We are looking forward to a fun-filled day. Hasta la vista!

Sra. Foral

Composition 6, 7, & 8


Ms. Wilber's students celebrated National Poetry Month with Ms. Mulder in the library. Students participated in National Poem in My Pocket Day by reading poetry in the library. Students shared poetry with each other by copying parts of poems onto squares that could then be kept in pockets. We hope that students shared a poem with you to brighten your day! Want to get involved? Before the end of April, share a line of poetry on social media using #pocketpoem.

Ms. Mulder outdid herself in the library with fun and engaging poetry stations. Students were able to enjoy the library while they created individualized poems in a variety of styles. Check out these great examples from the Black Out Poetry Station!

Teaching students about poetry develops their vocabulary, their understanding of emotion, and their ability to break writing rules. We hope you encourage reading poetry at home, sharing poetry together, and maybe even spreading poetry into the world by posting on social media or attending a local poetry event.

 

Our phone number is changing! Please note the following NEW phone numbers for contacting us at Monroe!

Main Office

531-299-2460

Main Office Fax line

402-557-4609

Monroe Middle School

5105 Bedford Ave.

Omaha, NE 68104

E-Mail:

boris.moore@ops.org

School Mission Statement


Monroe Middle School strives to educate the whole person so that all students develop lifelong skills in the areas of respect, responsibility, positive self-image, critical thinking and learning.  By using a variety of teacher approaches, clear expectations, and a responsibility to the community, we will enhance all students’ potential and talents as well as their success in academic accomplishments.

Please Help

As you may know a few weeks ago we had a student by the name of Emilio injured in a hit and run accident. Please see the message below from the family. If you would like to help the family a Go Fund Me page has been setup by their church at gofundme.com/3ley67k.

“I first want to thank everyone in the Monroe family, the students, and parents for all the love and support that you have shown for Emilio and us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Amanda DeMateo-Juan.

Spring 2017 Sports Schedule

     
           

DATE

DAY

OPPONENT

SITE

SPORT

4-Apr-17

Tues

Morton

 

Benson

GSC

11-Apr-17

Tues

Beveridge

Benson

GSC

13-Apr-17

Thurs

Bryan

 

Bryan

GSC

18-Apr-17

Tues

McMillan

 

Benson

GSC

20-Apr-17

Thurs

Davis

 

Davis

GSC

27-Apr-17

Thurs

Norris

 

Benson

GSC

4-May-17

Thurs

CITY FINALS

TBD

GSC

9-May-17

Tues

CITY FINALS

TBD

GSC

           
           

DATE

DAY

OPPONENT

SITE

SPORT

4-Apr-17

Tues

Morton

 

Morton

BSC

11-Apr-17

Tues

Beveridge

Beveridge

BSC

13-Apr-17

Thurs

Bryan

 

Benson

BSC

18-Apr-17

Tues

McMillan

 

McMillan

BSC

20-Apr-17

Thurs

Davis

 

Benson

BSC

27-Apr-17

Thurs

Norris

 

Norris

BSC

4-May-17

Thurs

CITY FINALS

TBA

BSC

9-May-17

Tues

CITY FINALS

TBA

BSC

           
           

DATE

DAY

OPPONENT

SITE

SPORT

5-Apr-17

Wed

L & C

 

L & C

TRACK

12-Apr-17

Wed

Buffett

 

Benson

TRACK

19-Apr-17

Wed

Morton

 

Benson

TRACK

26-Apr-17

Wed

Hale

 

Benson

TRACK

3-May-17

Wed

McMillan/Norris

Norris

TRACK

12-May-17

Friday

 CITY

 

Bryan MS/HS

TRACK

Mustangs Earning Congratulations
​#MightyMonroeMiddle


 

Congratulations to Monroe student, Aniyah Skipper, for being a finalist for Miss Pre-Teen America at the National American Miss pageant.  She was escorted by her brother John Skipper . She won the Spirit Award, Finalist Award and Runners -up Award . She represented Omaha, NE & Monroe Middle school.

 

 

Congratulations to Carlos Chavez for winning the Varsity Math bronze medal at the AcaPenta SuperQuiz on April 13th. #MightyMonroeMiddle

Counselor's Corner

School counselors are advocates, collaborating with students, school staff, families and community resources to empower all students to reach their highest potential.  Every student will be provided the nurturing relationships and personal support needed to achieve social competence and academic success.  The counseling department has an open door policy and encourages parents or students to communicate with the counselors.

Call (531) 299-8314 and ask for your child’s counselor


School Counselors, Psychologists & Social Workers
Mr. Chaney 7th Grade Counselor 531-299-8310
Ms. Feldman 8th Grade Counselor 531-299-8302
Ms. Loder 6th Grade Counselor 531-299-8264
Ms. Casey School Social Worker 531-299-8311
Ms. Rodriguez School Psychologist 531-299-7781
Ms. Lord Community Counselor

531-299-2460

Ask for Ms. Lord

 

From the Library:


The library is having a great year with over 1,500 students visiting each month and that doesn't even account for the many classes that come in.   We have lots of new books and still expect two more big orders of new books before we close for the summer.

Part of those new books have helped us expand our Graphic Novel section of the library.  The Graphic Novel section had been squished in to several shelves but we have moved it to our main aisle and given those books more room to shine.  We have also added many new series', such as Yukarism, My Neighbor Seki, Toyko Ghoul and Star Wars

The only sad note we have is that longtime library paraprofessional, Ms. Yvonne Johnson, is planning to retire at the end of the school year.  Ms. Johnson works tirelessly to keep not only the library in its "neat as a pin" condition but plays a major roll in helping students find what they need, even if that is only someone to talk to.  We are going to miss Ms. Johnson but are extremely excited for her to be able to finally get some free time!  Good luck, Ms. Johnson!

Important Library Dates


Friday, May 5:  Star Wars Celebration

Tuesday, May 16: Last day for classes to come to the library

Friday, May 19: All library books are due back

Tuesday, May 23: Library closes for the summer.

 

Earn Carnival Shout-Outs when you participate in Spirit Week!

Just In... 

New books in the library!

Parent Portal

You can have access to your student’s attendance, missing assignments, due dates, school messages, progress reports and more.  Sign up for the Parent Portal from Infinite Campus https://campus.ops.org/campus/portal/ops.jsp?status=portalLogoff&lang=en.  Applications forms can be picked-up and filled out in the office at Monroe.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Schukei at (531) 299-8247. 

Office 365

OPS has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to provide students free access to Microsoft Office products.  For more information on this program and to see if you are eligible for a reduced internet rate from Cox Cable visit http://o365.ops.org/

Parents’ Right to Know Clause

At the beginning of each school year, any District that accepts Title I, Part A funding must notify parents that they can request information regarding their child’s teacher and his/her qualifications, including certification and endorsements. Parents can also request information about paraprofessionals working with their children.  Nebraska requires that Title I schools must also provide each parent a timely notice that their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not NCLB qualified.

Attendance Information

8.01 Omaha Public Schools Title I Parental Involvement Policy

 

PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by both school and parent/guardian. This shared responsibility requires that parent/guardians actively participate in the education of their children and that they are informed of the educational practices affecting their children.

It is the intent of the Board of Education that the district shall provide opportunities for the development of parenting skills. This will include training/information regarding appropriate types of parental involvement, which demonstrates techniques to assist parents with the child’s learning at home.

It is the further intent of the Board of Education that the district shall continue to identify and work toward the elimination of barriers that impede parent involvement.

In compliance with federal law, Section 1118(a) (2), ESEA, the Omaha Public School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

• The school district will put into operation programs, activities and

procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with

Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs,

activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful

consultation with parents of participating children.

• Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its

schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement

policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and

each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with

section 1118(d) of the ESEA.

• The school district will incorporate this district wide parental

involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of

the ESEA.

• In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements,

to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide

full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English

proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory

children, including providing information and school reports required

under section 1111 and 1112 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform

format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the

extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

Attendance Message to Parents

Under Legislative Bill 800, all school districts in Nebraska are required to report to the County Attorney all students who are absent for more than twenty days per year or the hourly equivalent.  Please provide information regarding your student’s absences so explanations for absences can be forwarded to the County Attorney.  The County Attorney will make a determination if there has been a violation of the mandatory attendance law on a case by case basis.

Bajo la Ley 800, todas las escuelas del distrito en Nebraska estàn requeridas a reporter al Fiscal del Condado a todos los estudiantes que estàn ausentes por màs de 20 dias por ano o el equivalente por hora.  Por favor provea informaciòn referente a las faltas de su estudiante para que estas pueden ser enviadas al Fiscal del Condado.  El Fiscal del Condado harà la determinaciòn de ley obligatoria de asistencia basada en caso por caso

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).