• Advisor Training

    There were about 75 staff members at Camp Laurel who spent the day learning about resiliency, substance use, Adverse Childhood Experiences, team building activities and planning for...

  • Student Technology Conference!

    iTeam students and 2 students from Moose Island team (who presented) attended the 14th annual MLTI Student Conference on May 25, 2017.  There was an emphasis this...

  • HS/MS Mentoring Outing!

    On December 14, 2016, the High School/Middle School Mentoring Program went to the Boys/Girls Club in Waterville for a day of activities. The purpose was for our...

  • NASA Video Conference!

    On Friday, December 16, the Royal River Team was able to have a video conference with a NASA scientist from the John Glenn Space Center in Ohio. ...

  • Maine Robotics Exposition

    Two MCMS students were able to attend the Maine Robotics Exposition on Saturday, December 3. In addition to watching the 2016 First Lego League Robotics Championships, which...

Welcome to Maranacook Community Middle School!


Come celebrate Computer Science with us!

On Dec 5, 2017, the MCMS iTeam will host our first Family Code Night for parents and students in grades 3-8 from 6:30-7:30pm. Come celebrate Computer Science Education Week by learning to code with your kids! No prior coding experience is needed. Join us for an evening of fun and learning! Pre-registration is required. Sign up by Dec 3 at this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/9jZr1oV7Byc7gBLt1

 

GRAND OPENING of the MCMS Food Pantry

Thanks to the efforts of our custodial staff and the Sebago Team, our food pantry is ready to open!

Beginning Monday, October 23, 2017, families will be able to access the new food pantry at the middle school.

To access the pantry, please contact the Middle School Wellness Center to set up a time during the hours of 7 am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday.

If a family cannot get to the pantry during these times, students can also bring food home.  To do so, please contact the Wellness Center and a backpack will be filled with food for the student to take home at the end of the day.

Donations of items will be gladly accepted throughout the year.  Many thanks to everyone who brought in backpacks!


Kajeet Mobile Smart Spots

The MS had 5 Kajeet Mobile Hot Spots that are available to be signed out to students who do not have access to the internet at home.  The Kajeet Hotspots are a great way to get homework done!  They have filters for internet content and shut off at 11 pm and turn back on again at 6 am!  You can sign them out in the Media Center. Learn more about Kajeet at http://www.kajeet.net/kajeet-smartspot.


 Don't miss out on important messages!  Manage your School Messenger Account!

 
 

Parents and guardians: Click here for SchoolMessenger video

How do I sign up for SchoolMessenger?

Signing up is easy. You can use the email address that we have on file for you, and follow these three steps:

1. Click the LOG IN Button at https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/account/login, or Download the SchoolMessenger App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market.

2. Enter your email address and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token.

3. After authenticating via your email, return to SchoolMessenger and sign in using your email and password.

It's that easy!


Bus Routes for 2017-18

http://www.maranacook.org/bus-routes/


MS Athletics

Middle School athletics begin Tuesday, Sept. 5th. A signed contract will need to be signed before participating. Insurance information needs to be provided in the contract and a current physical within the past two years needs to be on file in the health center before practicing.


Reminder: Maine School Immunization Change

Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering seventh (7th) grade will need proof of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster immunization before starting school in August.

If you are unable to get an appointment for your child before the start of school, don’t panic! Just call me with the date of your child’s appointment and he/she will be all set to start school. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call and leave a voicemail at 685-3128 x1120. I will check my messages twice a week. Thank you!

Vicky Gabrion, school nurse


Awareness Around Peanut Allergies

Please be aware that we have several students who are highly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.  Here's how you can help-- MCMS Allergy Letter


5 Ways to Stop Cyberbullies

Cyberbullying is something most families hope they never have to deal with. But if your kids are texting, sharing photos, and posting comments, it’s important to talk to them about how to deal with online harassment. Learn 5 ways to stop cyberbullies.  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/5-ways-to-stop-cyberbullies-0
 
 For more information on internet safety please visit our Internet Safety page!

Please review our school handbook:

MCMS Student Handbook 2017-18


Co-Curricular Information

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

1. Co-curricular Contract & Emergency Card
(from the co-curricular 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. Proof of accident insurance.
(AIG student accident insurance plans info available in the office if you don't have insurance)

4. 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.

Educate Our Children

There is a growing misunderstanding by youth that substances such as marijuana, using e-cigarettes and vaping are low-risk activities.

"Less Harmful" does not mean "Without Harm".   

Marijuana has a significant impact on the developing adolescent brain and body as a whole that can have long-term effects.

  • Brain: Marijuana, particularly in the undeveloped brains of adolescents, causes problems with learning, memory, problem-solving, depth perception and loss of coordination.      
  • Dental: Increased risk of gum disease
  • Lungs: Marijuana smoke often is inhaled longer than cigarette smoke and produces airway injury, acute and chronic bronchitis, lung inflammation, and decreased pulmonary defenses against infection.
  • Heart: Heart rate and blood pressure increases.
  • Reproductive Organs: Males - decrease in testosterone and sperm count. Females - affects menstrual cycles.
  • Withdrawal: May include increased irritability, aggression, and anxiety; anorexia, restlessness, insomnia, muscle tremors. Find resources and information here. 

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VICKY’S BOUTIQUE

red shirtVicky’s Boutique began in the middle school many years ago and now looks just like a proper shop, with custom-built clothes racks and a dressing room. We wash and dry all donations. You are welcome to visit anytime.

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 more donations.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

• Long-sleeved and short-sleeved tee shirts
• Sweatshirts
• Jeans, sweatpants, leggings
• Gym shorts, socks, underwear
• Sneakers, boots, sandals, belts
• Winter coats, gloves, hats

You may drop off clothing donations in the middle school front office. We are also grateful for any cash donations to help with the purchase of shoe laces, shoe liners, underwear, etc. Thank you.


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!

Upcoming Events

Extended AM Learning Sessions 

• Available M, W, Th, F from 7:00-7:50

• In Ms. Cleveland's Room 156. She will supervise and help.

• Teacher, advisor or student self-referral are all ok.

• Drop-ins are welcome without prior referral.

• Quiet study format with teacher supervision for help,

• Please get a pass from the office for access to Room 156 before 7:30.


BUS PASS PROCEDURE

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

Philosophy

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.

Mission

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.