Blue Devil News - April 3, 2020Posted by Melina Barbuto on 4/3/2020
SPRING BREAK RUNS FROM 4/6/20 TO 4/10/20. VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION RESUMES 4/13/20.
Stay safe and healthy and enjoy your Spring Break!
WE MISS YOU!
We wanted to share some Resources to help with Student Success and Coping through these strange times. Here you'll find some ANXIETY RELIEF tools, LIFE SKILLS advice, SOCIAL ideas, UPLIFTING ideas, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (including FOOD AID), and some BRAIN BREAK ideas.
Feel free to scroll down to whatever it is that you need:
1. Pressure Point: Gently massage the pressure point between your thumb and pointer finger for one minute. Switch hands and do it again. This will calm anxiety and relieve pain, especially headache pain.
2. Just Breathe: Practice deep breathing for six full breaths. Model for students by breathing in slowly for 4-counts, hold for 4-seconds, and breathe out slowly for 4-counts. Repeat. May also be used for a Brain Break activity.
Use these links for other deep breathing techniques for students. They can practice a technique as a brain break or to learn emotion regulation. Try a new technique each day.
3. Lyrical Genius: Create a song or poem to express how you are feeling about the current state of affairs. It can be related to COVID-19, virtual learning or other topics.
4. Just Journal It: Keep a journal (personal or virtual) of your adventures during your time away from school. You may also use your journal to track your emotions. Record how you feel, why you feel this way, and any needs that you may have as a result of these feelings. Encourage students to share their needs with you (the teacher), a parent, or an accountability buddy. Use these links to explore different types of feelings: Elementary– and Secondary - (or https://thechalkboardmag.com/the-feelings-circle-chart-emotional-communication#sl=2)
5. Visualization (breathe it out): Imagine what stress looks like and feels like. Do not imagine the situation that creates stress for you, but imagine the stress itself. Locate it in your body. Once you have it, release it. Keep breathing slowly and deeply until you feel you have released all of it.
6. Visualization (breathe it in): Imagine a place, person, or activity that makes you calm and will create a sense of relaxation. Picture this relaxing scene to calm the mind and body. Use this link for additional visualization scripts. Scroll to the middle to select a visualization. Please preview it before you lead a guided visualization practice with students. Use a soft, calming voice.
7. Noise Isolation: Use the link to play sounds from nature. There will be a variety of sounds. Have students focus on one sound and describe it to themselves. Ask them to think about if they have ever heard the sound before and if so, when and where were they? Remind them to isolate just that sound and focus only on that one sound (3-minutes). Later, they can share out.
Let it Go: What is something you are dealing with right now that could be causing intense feelings or stress? Without sharing it out, write it down. Once it is on paper, rip it up, and throw it away. Let it go. Maybe they are dealing with something that is causing feelings of joy or elation. Once they write it down, share it, and post it either online or in their home.
1. Prioritize Activities- Create 2 lists ->MUSTS and OPTIONS “Musts list” might include: home learning, household jobs, family commitments, eating, sleeping and “Options list” might include: relaxation, socializing, TV, video games, social media
Prioritize the lists reflecting on what is best for you. Remain goal-oriented with your MUSTS, while also taking time for enjoyment.
2. Set Learning Sessions- Create a schedule of everything that has to get done with times to learn in each subject. Reflect on, start and stop times for work day, how long each learning session will lasts, and when you will take breaks, such as once every 30 minutes.
3. Determine Learning Space- Choose a comfortable place to work with the least distractions. Consider what items are needed in this space and how it should be set up.
4. Plan Learning – Consider "will I complete 30 minutes of learning and then a 10 minute break for each work session", if the use of a time on your phone will be helpful, and are there any time wasters that can be shifted to the break time?
5. Reflect & Adjust- Think about what priorities need to be moved, did learning work well today, and did today’s schedule allow for everything to be completed with adequate break time.
Online school and friends social life
- Use Schoology to connect with teachers, classmates, and administrators.
- Use Skype and Facetime and other apps to collaborate with classmates on schoolwork
- Call a friend or group of friends to chat
- Text friends to check on them
- Send encouragement to others via text or email
Time with family
- Have family talk time with no technology
- Prepare meals together
- Use technology to learn a new skill
- Do one thing per day to help the family
- Share a compliment each day
- Plan a scavenger hunt
- Do a puzzle together
- Play board games
- Go for a walk
- Go for a drive to see spring blooming all around
- Play outdoor games
- Host a movie night with invitations and snacks
Now more than ever we need time to find the light in our day, whether it's something silly and corny, or something more encouraging, finding a way to lighten up our time is very important.
- Read and/or share some jokes (Joke of the Day list below)
- Reflect on an inspiring quote (See quote of the day list/image)
- Listen to fun or relaxing music (See list with links below)
- Encourage a family member or friend
What kind of key can never unlock a door?
Why couldn’t Cinderella play soccer?
She kept running away from the ball.
What’s a crocodile’s favorite game?
Why was the Math book sad?
It had too many problems.
What do you get when you cross an elephant and a potato?
Why did the chicken cross the playground?
To get to the other slide.
What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back?
Why did the pirate learn the alphabet?
Because he was always lost at C.
What do you call a kangaroo crossed with a sheep?
A woolly jumper.
What kind of tree fits into your hand?
A palm tree.
What do you call a fly with no wings?
Why don’t sharks eat clowns?
Because they taste funny.
What has one eye, but can’t see?
Why can’t you give Elsa a balloon?
Because she will let it go.
Why did the boy bring a ladder to school?
Because he went to high school.
What kind of hair does the ocean have?
What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A gummy bear.
What do you call a pig that knows karate?
What is 47+82+11+161+99+5?
What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
Why was the picture sent to jail?
It was framed.
WRITTEN BY BRON MAXABELLA
Morning Music - Happy Ukulele Songs Instrumental
Ancient Arabian Music - Arabian Nights
Chinese Music - Imperial Dynasty
Tribal Jungle Music - Aztec Jungle
Most Epic Music Of All Time - African Skies
Disney Classics (Instrumental Philharmonic Orchestra Versions)
Happily Ever After (Disney Fireworks Show)
Disney Piano Collection (With animated scenes compilation)
HAPPY Music - Cheerful Morning Music to Wake UP and Happiness
Allows the brain to restore calm focus and improves mood, attention, and memory:
Recommendation: 20 to 30 minutes for middle and high school students calls for a three- to five-minute break
STRETCH: Reach for the sky, touch toes, circular arm or neck rotations
TWO-MINUTE DANCE PARTY
TOSS A BALL: Soft or Paper
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS/FOOD AID
United Way 211- 211 is here to help
For those seeking resources/services during this time – the easiest and quickest way to access is text 211od to 898-211. Follow the prompts and it is immediate. The online database is also another quick resource – http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org
Talking to Children About COVID-19- https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
Families can text findfood (all one word, no spaces) to 888-976-2232. They will enter their zip code and it will generate a list in their area from the Atlanta Food Bank. Below are some other good websites for resources as well:
Acworth Emergency Food Pantry - Mars Hill Presbyterian Church MUST Marietta and Smyrna - Ministries United for Service and Training
Location of pantry is - 460 Pat Mell Rd.
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Call (770) 436-9514
CALL SALLY PRICE AT NUMBER ABOVE
3385 Mars Hill Rd.
Acworth, Georgia 30101
Offers free food to people in an emergency situation. Meals, counseling, and referrals to charities may also be provided if needed. (Tuesdays/Fridays - CALL TO SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS 9:30am-10am)
Christian Aid Mission Partnership/CAMP
Location of facility - 6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy. #12-A, Bldg. 12
Austell, Georgia 30168
Phone - (770) 819-0662
People of all backgrounds and religion can receive assistance. Whether financial, free holiday food, baby formula, or more, help is offered. More on Christian Aid Mission assistance programs.
My Brother's Keeper
Address: 3230 Meadowlark Ln.
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Telephone: (678) 719-1093
Family Life Restoration Center, Inc.
6105 Mableton Pkwy.
Mableton, GA 30126
Call (770) 944-1066 for hours of food distribution. The center can also refer Cobb County Georgia families to other financial assistance and food programs. (MON-FRI)
First Baptist of Mableton - Lighthouse Community Ministries, Inc.
Location - 5385 Church St.
Mableton, GA 30126
Phone number - (770) 944-1719
Perishable items. Baby supplies, formula, and holiday meals are all distributed.
Center for Family Resources
995 Roswell St., NE Ste. 100, Mansour Center
Marietta, Georgia 30060
Call (770) 428-2601
Case managers can direct clients to local pantries. They also have applications on government programs such as USDA Commodities, SNAP food stamps, summer meals for students and much more. More on food programs at the Center for Family Resources.
Greater Community Mission Center
406 Roswell St.
Marietta, GA 30060
Call for information on thrift stores, clothing, groceries, and social services.
MUST Marietta - Ministries United for Service and Training
Address - 1407 Cobb Pkwy.
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone number - (770) 427-9862
Cobb County Georgia Salvation Army
Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church - Light of Hope Community Outreach
The main address is 566 Whitlock Ave.
Marietta, GA 30064
Phone - (770) 428-3681
A soup kitchen can also help the homeless or people in poverty.
Address - 202 Waterman St.
Marietta, Georgia 30060
Main phone number - (770) 724-1640
Get information on a number of programs for you and your family. They range from free food and groceries up through social services, clothing and financial assistance. Get help apply for food stamps, WIC, and other aid too.
Schaffer Road Church of Christ
554 Schaffer Rd.
Marietta, GA 30060
Dial (770) 437-9047 to reach a representative at the church.
Location - 933 Roswell St.
Marietta, Georgia 30060
Phone number - (770) 792-0097
Some clients can be referred to a Meals on Wheels service.
Storehouse Ministries of Noonday Baptist Association
Marietta, Georgia 30066
Emergency bags of groceries, items such as personal hygiene supplies or paper goods, and support is for low income families and seniors.
Turner Chapel AME Church
Church location is 492 N. Marietta Pkwy.
Marietta, Georgia 30060
Phone: (770) 422-6791
Greater True Vine Church of God in Christ, Inc.
4122 Austell Powder Springs Rd.
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Phone - (404) 397-7914
Call to make an appointment for meals and free food.
MYP: DID YOU KNOW
In the IB, it is stated, “In our highly interconnected and rapidly changing world, IB programmes aim to develop international mindedness in a global context.” The IB Learner Profile attributes of Communicator, Thinker, Caring, Reflective, and Inquirer all come into play as we respond to the threat of this virus around the globe. Also, IB Approaches to Learning in IB programmes, helps “students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum” and in life.
In thinking about IB global contexts’, the IB learner profile’s, and IB approaches to learning skills’ relevance to current events, Did you know…
- in MYP, the global context, Globalization & Sustainability, is focused on interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities…
- and, the relationship between local and global processes?
- that most of the IB learner profile traits have been engaged or will be needed to navigate COVID-19 events, like learning at home and sharing resources and information such as these attributes: COMMUNICATOR: We collaborate effectively.; THINKER: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems.; INQUIRER: We know how to learn independently and with others. CARING: We show empathy, compassion, and respect.
- the approaches to learning skills that come to the forefront at a time like this are SELF-MANAGEMENT: Manage tasks and time effectively; SOCIAL- COLLABORATION SKILLS: Take responsibility for one’s own actions; and COMMUNICATION: Exchanging thoughts, messages and information effectively through interaction
A virus that started 7,806 miles away has affected the school closing that we are faced with for the next few weeks. It has been suspected that some supplies are going to be in shortage as well due to lack of imports. Processes and safety procedures are being shared and put into place around the world. Communication about how to navigate posting lessons for students are being delivered by schools. I received an email from the International Baccalaureate (IB) that contained recommendations and a plan that a school halfway around the world shared. Because IB strives to create global citizens with the philosophy and framework such as the points listed in the above bullets, the MYP is a very relevant and significant program obvious now more than ever.
How does what is going on in the world with COVID-19 relate to the IB MYP? (Part 2) is the topic. A virus that began getting people sick halfway across the world has spread around the globe affecting businesses, the stock market, travel, healthcare, the entertainment and sporting worlds, schools, families, and students. The realities of distance learning, the digital divide, unemployment surges, social distancing, self-care, sharing resources, creative ways of communication, and care for local, national, and global neighbors is at the forefront of everyone’s thinking. The state of affairs pushes us to evaluate what our students need learning and teaching to look like in education. An international education is designed to help students to be those CARING, REFLECTIVE, and PRINCIPLED THINKERS which influences how they direct their knowledge and skills as they live and work now and into the future.
In thinking about what our students need from education and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) philosophy and design, Did you know the MYP develops students that understand …
- how people are connected.
- how to work independently.
- how to collaborate.
- how one’s actions affect others.
- how to think critically and creatively to solve problems.
- how to anticipate and plan for problems on the rise.
As our students are faced with new challenges, having these understandings will help them live better in a very connected and complex world.
*For more information about IB or the MYP, please contact Jill Sims, MYP coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've already ordered a yearbook, conversations are being had to deliver these products to you in a timely matter. If you desire to buy a yearbook, purchases can be made here: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01466930
Message from the PrincipalPosted by Dayton Hibbs on 3/23/2020 2:00:00 PM
Greetings MMS Families,
As we enter the second week of the school closure, I wanted to reach out and thank our wonderful families for your patience during this unprecedented time. The MMS teaching staff has been working very hard to ensure students can continue learning, and your support of this effort is very much appreciated.
Please encourage your student to complete the daily activities as listed on the MMS Digital Learning page in Schoology. As we move forward, you will receive further communication from your child’s teachers about our MMS Live Teaching Schedule that will fully go into effect on Monday, March 30th. It is incredibly important to us that our students have opportunities to experience live instruction even with the challenge of not being physically in the building together.
This is certainly a challenging time for you and our students. Please have comfort in knowing the MMS family is committed to helping in any way we can. Together, we will get through this unique event in ‘TRUE BLUE’ DEVIL STYLE!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s teachers. Our clerical staff is also working remotely and is available to answer your calls as needed. We can still be reached at the main number - (770) 422-0311.
Blue Devil News - March 6, 2020Posted by Melina Barbuto on 3/6/2020 4:00:00 PM
Please help us to congratulate the January Blue Devils of the Month!
These students were nominated by their team for displaying the Blue Devil Standards.
Marietta City Schools designates times during the year for parent-teacher conferences. Spring conference days will occur March 19-20, 2020. All MMS students are dismissed at 12:30 PM these days.
Your child’s teacher will have limited availability to schedule individual conferences. Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled on an as needed basis one of two ways –
- Your child’s teacher may contact you by March 13th to schedule a face-to-face or phone conference, to share information with you about your child’s progress.
- If your child’s teacher did not contact you by March 13th and you have concerns about your child’s progress, please email your child’s teacher to schedule a conference.
WORLD LANGUAGE REGISTRATION
Parents and Students of the Class of 2024:
It has come out our attention that there was some confusion about registering for World Language as a freshman. If you child is taking French 8 or Spanish 8, and would like to request a World Language class as a freshman, please complete this form by 4:00pm on Monday, 9 March 2020: https://form.jotform.com/meadeje/sy2021-wl-selection-class-of-2024
Padres y Estudiantes de la Clase de 2024:
Nos hemos informado que hay confusion sobre la registracion de lenguaje para el 9o grado. Si su estudiante esta tomando la clase de Frances 8 o Espanol 8 y le gustaria tomar una clase de lenguaje en su 9o grado, por favor de completar este formulario antes de las 4:00pm el lunes, 9 de marzo 2020: https://form.jotform.com/meadeje/sy2021-wl-selection-class-of-2024
MMS COURSE ELECTIVE REGISTRATION
Administrators and counselors are meeting with students during Launch to make initial elective selections. The elective window for rising eighth grade students is currently open and will remain open until Friday, March 27. Students may change any elective choices up until the window closes. Once closed, choices are final. Please see the attached document for instructions on registering for electives.
Administradores y consejeros estan reuniendose con los estudiantes durante LAUNCH para hacer las selecciones initiales de electivos. La ventana para elejir electivos para estudiantes de 7o grado esta abierto ahora hasta el viernes, 27 de marzo. Estudiantes pueden hacer qualquier cambio a sus electivos hasta que se cierra esta ventana. Cuando se cierra, todas lo que se ha elejido sera final. Por favor vea el documenta incluyido aqui para instrucciones en como registrarse para electivos.
Book fair is coming back March 23rd-27th.
The website to preorder:
Physical night will be Monday April 27th. It will be in the MHS cafeteria and will start at 6:00 pm.
Physicals will be $20.
2020 IDEA PARENT SURVEY
If your child has an IEP (for special education services), please take a few minutes to complete the short survey below.
The IDEA Parent Survey is open now through May 31, 2020. The IDEA Parent Survey helps the state to determine parents’ perception of the success of parent engagement between the local school and themselves. The information is gathered as a component of the State Performance Plan, Indicator 8: Percent of parents with a student receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving results for children with disabilities. The data collected is reported in the Annual Performance Report and on the system profile about each system. Each state is required to conduct a parent survey collection process to measure parent/family needs and perceptions.
Georgia’s parent survey is available to all families of students with disabilities. The survey will be administered through an online link and can be found on the website listed below.
Direct link to the parent survey: https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Parent-Survey.aspx
- Families who want to answer the survey by phone: Contact the Special Education Help Desk at 404-657-9968.
- The Georgia DOE has arranged for a representative from Parent to Parent to assist Spanish Speaking families by phone.
GEORGIA PARENT SURVEY
All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey, which contains 24 questions. Survey responses are anonymous. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Georgia Parent Survey
Pedimos que todos padres participen en la Encuesta de Padres Georgia que tiene 24 preguntas. Las respuestas son anónima. Padres pueden completar la encuesta usando su computadora, teléfono, o tableta. La Encuesta de Padres Georgia también está disponible en español.
Georgia Parent Survey
Marietta Middle School is excited to offer Chorus to qualifying students. There are multiple levels of Chorus at the middle school (On-level and Advanced). Interested students must complete the MMS Chorus Application. Please visit www.bit.ly/FY21MMSChorus for an application. All applications are due by Wednesday, March 31st.Marietta Middle School esta exitado para ofrecer Coro para estudiantes que califican. Hay multiple niveles de Coro en MMS (en-nivel e avancado). Estudiantes interesado tienen que completar la Applicacion de Chorus MMS. Por favor visite www.bit.ly/FY21MMSChorus para una applicacion. Todas las applicaciones tienen que terminados antes del miercoles, 31 de marzo.ORCHESTRA
Congratulations to Nora Hart, violin!
Nora successfully passed both levels of auditions for district and state and will be attending All State orchestra this weekend in Athens, GA. All State orchestra is comprised of string players from around the entire state of Georgia. Nora will perform with the Richard Meyer orchestra on Saturday, March 7th at 10 AM at the Classic Center.
District 12 Honor Orchestra:
Nora Hart, Violin
Anna Lam, Violin
Amy Lunar, Viola
Grady Jenkins, Cello
Ryan Dater, Cello
Cruz Maldonado, Cello
These students were selected to participate in the District 12 Honor Orchestra on March 27th and 28th at Sprayberry High School.
STUDIO ART APPLICATIONS
The GSO will be giving a sensory friendly concert on March 7th and some of our chorus students will sing on this concert as well!
Greetings to all of our MHS parents. If you have a student who is interested in participating in our upcoming cheerleading tryouts, please continue reading for information about the 2020-21 Cheer season.
Cheer tryout packets will be available in the front office of Marietta High School and Marietta Middle School beginning Friday, March 6th. Please have your student feel free to stop by at their convenience to pick up a packet. In addition to the distribution of the cheer tryout packets, there will be a cheerleading parent meeting on Monday, March 9th at 5:30 PM in the MHS Seminar room, where information about tryouts and the season will be shared. Any students or parents are welcome to attend to ask any questions they might have.
Thanks for your interest and GO BIG BLUE!
- JV Baseball vs. N. Paulding – Monday, March 9th @5:55pm, @N. Paulding
- 8th Grade Band Pre-LGPE Concert – Tuesday, March 10th
- MMS Soccer vs. The Lovett School – Wednesday, March 11th @5:00pm (girls), 6:30pm (boys), @Home
- JV Baseball vs. N. Paulding – Monday, March 11th @5:55pm, @Home
- JV Baseball vs. Allatoona – Thursday, March 12th @5:55pm, @Home
- 7th Grade Band Pre-LGPE Concert – Thursday, March 12th
- JV Boy’s Lacrosse vs. Mt. Vernon – Saturday, March 14th @11am, @Mt. Vernon
- JV Girl’s Lacrosse vs. Etowah – Monday, March 16th @5:30, @Etowah
- JV Baseball vs. N. Cobb – Monday, March 18th @5:55pm, @N. Cobb
- MMS Soccer vs. Sutton Middle School – Wednesday, March 18th @5:00pm (girls), 6:30pm (boys); @Home
- JV Girl’s Lacrosse vs. Campbell – Thursday, March 19th @5:30, @Home
- Chorus LGPE – Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th
- Conference Week (Early Release) – Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th
- JV Girl’s Lacrosse vs. N. Cobb – Monday, March 23rd @7:00pm, @Home
- JV Baseball vs. Hillgrove – Monday, March 23rd @5:55pm, @Hillgrove
- MMS Soccer vs. Sutton Middle School – Monday, March 23rd @5:00pm (girls), 6:30pm (boys); Away
- Band LGPE (7th Grade) – Tuesday, March 24th
- JV Baseball vs. Hillgrove – Tuesday, March 24th @5:55pm, @Hillgrove
- MMS Soccer vs. St. Pius X – Wednesday, March 25th @5:30pm (girls), 7:00pm (boys); @Home
- Band LGPE (8th Grade) – Thursday, March 26th
- JV Baseball vs. McEachern – Monday, March 30th @5:55pm, @Home
- MMS Soccer vs. Westminster – Monday, March 30th @5:00pm (girls), 6:30pm (boys)
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