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Welcome to Maranacook Community Middle School!

Online Payment Center Now Available For Student Activity Payments

logo_smallSTARTING: NOVEMBER 15, 2015  For a small transaction fee, you can now have the convenience of paying student fees through an online account. 
The fee per transaction is:
-$1.00 for an ACH checking account payment; or
-95% when using Mastercard or Discover Card (minimum fee $1.95)
Useful information:
-Student’s Powerschool number needed for transaction entry
-Pay for multiple students, in multiple schools, in one transaction, for one fee
-Drop down menu for school selection
-Drop down menu for Activities/Fees
-Sign up for an account to access history reports
-Make one time payments without an account
-Payments will post to student account the following business day
-Link to payment center on the district website
-Easy to use; works like other online payment centers
-Questions – Contact Brigette Williams at the Superintendent’s Office 685-3336 ext. 5
To get started:
-Go to the RSU #38 website at: maranacook.org
-Click on the “Parent/Student” menu, select “Andropay Student Activities” to connect to the Online Payment Center
-You are now on the Welcome Page of the Online Payment Center
-Click on “Student Activities” in the upper left hand corner
-Choose “One Student” or “Two or More Students”
-Fill in required information and click on “Add to Cart”
-You will be given the option to create an account; log in to an existing account, or to make a “One Time Payment”
-Follow directions on remaining screens through checkout

What should parents know about Snapchat?

Kids and teens love using the messaging app Snapchat because it lets you send texts, pictures, and videos that you program to disappear after a few seconds. But parents should be aware that it's not actually true that Snaps disappear forever.  Learn more about Snapchat here at Common Sense Media.

What should parents know about Tumblr?

Tumblr is an unending streaming scrapbook of text, photos, videos, and audio clips. It pioneered the vibrant, graphic-rich, full-screen design that kids love (which is one reason Yahoo bought it for $1.1 billion 2013). And -- with more than a million blogs -- it remains one of the most popular places on the Web for creative types to design original pages, share cool things they discover, and follow others with similar interests. On Tumblr, the goal of many users is to be "reblogged" (as opposed to racking up likes, as with Instagram), which makes the service feel like a creative community bonded by shared interests -- and not a popularity contest.

Tumblr is unique because of the wide variety of content that users can post from their phones or computers. Not only can they text and post photos, they also can offer up quotes, links, music, voice messages, and videos. It all shows up on a member's page along with a stream of posts from people they're following. This ability to post instantaneously can be a risk for impulsive teens (or any teens, really), so if your kid likes Tumblr, it's a good idea to talk about thinking before you post.

The key concerns for parents are privacy and inappropriate content. Tumblr posts are public by default. Users also don't have to use their real names (in fact, Tumblr will assign you an interesting username if you don't create one yourself), so you can stay fairly anonymous. On the Web version, you can prevent people from finding you through your email address, but the app version doesn't offer that setting.  Read more at Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/facebook-instagram-and-social/what-should-parents-know-about-tumblr?

PowerSchool Upgrade

Parents & Students--don't forget to make your new account in PowerSchool! With the PowerSchool Upgrade OLD ACCOUNTS WON'T WORK!

We have exciting new changes in PowerSchool! Now parents can create their own usernames and passwords in PowerSchool to access their children's accounts AND have only one account for access to multiple children!   Here are the directions on how to set up your account. Directions for Parent Account Setup  Students can set up their own accounts using these directions.

Please review our school handbook:

MCMS Student Handbook 2016

Co-Curricular Information

*In order to participate in any co-curricular activity, student needs:

1. Co-curricular Contract & Emergency Card
(from the cocurricular handbook - handbooks are in the office)

2. Current physical on file in the MCMS Wellness Center
( physicals are good for 2 years from the date of the physical)

3. $50 Activity Fee payable to MCS Athletics
(please write player's name & activity in the comment section of your check)

4. Proof of accident insurance.
(AIG student accident insurance plans info available in the office if you don't have insurance)

5. Be in good academic standing.

Notice to Parents and Community Members

In an effort to continue to help us all work together for the purpose of guiding our middle school students in being safe, responsible and respectful citizens, starting in January, we are going to be putting up facts and statistics about substance use/abuse on our middle school website. We are hoping that this information will help you open up some good conversations with your students around this issue.

Make an easy New Years’ resolution this year: talk to your kid about drugs and alcohol. Evidence shows that kids who know their parents don’t approve of using drugs or alcohol are less likely to try them.

At Maranacook Middle School: (MYIHS 2013)

* 44% of students feel like there is a low risk of harm from drinking 1-2 alcoholic drinks daily and
* 28% of students think that regular marijuana use isn’t risky.

There’s a reason why the legal drinking age for alcohol is 21; alcohol and other drugs have a significant effect on a kid’s developing brain. Because of this, risks such as becoming addicted are much greater. Opportunities to talk about this are everywhere: when you see alcohol, drugs, or tobacco in a show, commercial, or movie take the opportunity to talk to your kid about the negative consequences of alcohol or drug use. You are the biggest influence in their lives; they are listening! Help them understand the risks so they can make healthy choices! Check out www.hccame.org/asap for more information about prevention efforts in our community.


The Wellness Center is looking for donations of snack bars. We have found Nutri Grain bars work well because they contain no tree nuts or peanuts. Your donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Vicky’s Boutique began in the middle school many years ago and now looks much like a proper shop, with custom-built clothes racks and a dressing room. We wash and dry all donations.
Students have come to depend on Vicky's Boutique and it is visited several times a day. If students love the clothing or shoes they find, they may keep them.
Most items are not returned, so we’re always in need of new donations.

Here’s what we’re looking for:
Jeans, sweatpants, leggings
Winter coats, gloves, hats
Long-sleeved and short-sleeved tee shirts
Gym shorts, socks, underwear
Sneakers, boots, sandals, belts.

Reminder on Dropping off and/or Picking up students:

Parents dropping off or picking up students at Maranacook Community High School or Middle School are reminded that they should not enter the circle in front
of the schools between 7:30 and 8:00 AM and between 2:15 and 3:00 PM so that our buses can load and unload students and proceed with their routes. Thank you.

NELMS Spotlight School Assembly

On Friday, February 13th, MCMS took part in a school-wide assembly to celebrate the renewal of our Spotlight School Status by the New England League of Middle Schools. A guest representative from NELMS addressed the entire population and shared the reasons why we were recognized. Mr. Scarpone emceed the event and students and staff took part in some games that included both toilet paper and shaving cream! Above is the slideshow Mr. Scarpone shared and below is a video that the iTeam put together that showcases the characteristics of a NELMS Spotlight School. Congrats MCMS!

Spotlight School Presentation

Check out our Video!

Homework Help Sessions

1. Need teacher referral.
2. Need parent permission with arrangement for 4:30 pick up.
3. Student signs up in the Media Center by 1 PM on the day of the session .
*Homework Help is available most Tue's & Wed's from 2:30-4:30.
*Parents who need to reach their child during Homework Help Session may do so by calling the Media Center at 685-3128, ext. 1164


Students are assigned a bus number at the start of the school year based on their home address. Bus seating is at capacity.
Bus passes (to ride a different bus) are only given out for emergency reasons (such as daycare) and require Parent & Transportation Office permission.

Students are not allowed to call home to make "After School Plans" - students are expected to bring "after school plan" notes to the office in the morning when they arrive at school.

Philosophy & Mission


In order for adolescents to become caring, informed, and involved citizens, they must learn ways to: earn and show respect, develop a sense of belonging, and build a sense of personal self worth. Adolescents must also be able to solve complex problems, use technical and analytical skills, adapt to rapid changes in society, and live respectfully in an increasingly diverse culture.


The Maranacook Community Middle School will guide students to make responsible decisions and develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding which will transition them to a successful life course.

The Maranacook Community Middle School Program will support this mission by:

* offering challenging, integrated curricula that build on the basic skills needed to succeed in every day life.
* using a variety of teaching and learning approaches that meet the individual learning needs of each student.
* assessing student performance in ways that promote self-reflection and learning.
* providing for maximum flexibility in how learning opportunities are organized.
* creating policies and curricula that foster health, wellness, and safety.
*providing comprehensive guidance and support services for all students.