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aour own practice first – our beliefs, behaviors, and paradigms impact how we lead and how students see us.  If we want to improve our relationships with each other and with students, we have to look inward, make changes and then project those changes outward.  This is another way of saying “I am the variable” (Todd Whitaker) in each situation at school and in life.  In other words, I can choose my response to the different events of life and choose “how” I lead others.  

This is also an important lesson to pass along to our children.  When we meet with each class at the beginning of the year one of the things we ask students is, “Who can you control?”  They all know the right answer and say, “Yourself,” and tell us that they cannot control what someone else says and does, but can control what they, themselves say and do.  This is “inside-out” behavior and leadership to others.  We all know conflict is a part of the human experience.  We do not agree all the time and have to work out our differences as adults – same is true for our students.  “I am the variable” and I will start with myself “inside-out” challenges each of us and our students to practice growth and self-improvement in a healthy way.  If you have a discussion with your child about this topic, I would love to hear from you regarding how the discussion and in what direction the discussion went.  Thank you!

Chromebook Care and Insurance

We are now into our third year of our 1:1 chromebook program at MMS.  We want to remind everyone of some of our expectations regarding the care of the chromebook as well as the insurance plan.  Each student is responsible for: 

  •  Using only his/her chromebook.
  •  Using only his/her own Google account and school email account.
  •  Bringing the chromebook to school charged each morning.
  •  Closing the lid of the chromebook to safely carry the device from class to class.
  •  Keeping the chromebook in their backpack or bookbag when going to and from school.
  •  Letting an adult at school know if someone is trying to use their chromebook, Google account, or school email. 

If you have not purchased chromebook insurance, it is $25.00 for the year and covers any accidental breaks to the device.  The insurance does NOT cover lost or stolen devices, or any intentional damage done to the chromebook.  We have seen keys removed, re-arranged, and objects jammed into one of the chromebook ports – these are some of the examples of things the insurance does not cover.  Chromebook insurance is an excellent investment (in my opinion) for a middle school student.  The deadline for purchasing the insurance is this Friday, August 24th.  You may purchase it online through EZ Pay by accessing the “Activity Fees” tab on your screen, or you may send in cash or a check for $25.00.  If you have any questions, please call the office at 561-5555.

8th Grade Parents – Washington D. C. Meeting

We are planning our third trip to Washington D. C. with the 8th grade class.  The trip is scheduled for May 19th through the 23rd of 2019 – these are the final days of the school year.  Please plan on attending our parent meeting on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  This is a great trip for all 8th graders and follows very well with their social studies class.  We hope every 8th grader will go!

Tie-dye Shirt Day!

Once again this year we will be tie-dyeing shirts to go with our school culture theme of LIGHT!  This will happen in and around the art room on Thursday, September 6th.  We have been so grateful for parent volunteers on this day and are hopeful many of you will sign-up again to be part of the fun.  It is a great kick-off to the LIGHT theme for the year and it is always awesome to see the new t-shirt design and students in their house colors.  If you are able to volunteer, please use the link - http://signup.com/go/EqnhKWY - to sign up.  Thank you!

MES Changing Hands Sale

Summer is still in the air but MES's Fall Consignment Sale is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m for this season's Changing Hands Sale.  Anything and everything for kids (from newborn to teen) can be sold, but clothing and accessories are limited to Fall & Winter only.  Whether you're shopping or selling, you won't want to miss out!  Consignor registration is open online at www.changinghandssale.com The fee to register is $11 and can be paid online via Paypal or with a check made out to the MES PTO.  Consigning is open to the general public (Madeira and beyond), so don't delay!  Your spot will be reserved once the online form is complete and the fee has been paid.  Looking forward to another successful sale and many bargains to be found.  Interested in volunteering? Volunteer positions are posted at http://signup.com/go/WjSYBQo Questions?  Contact us at changinghandssale@gmail.com  For more up-to-date announcements, follow us on FaceBook.


Dates to Note:


  •  Friday, August 24th – Final day to pay for chromebook insurance.
  •  Saturday, August 25th – Music Boosters TAG Day.
  •  Tuesday, August 28th – 6:00 p.m. – Washington D. C. Parent Meeting.
  •  Monday, September 3rd – No School – Labor Day holiday.
  •  Thursday, September 6th – Tie-dye shirt day.
  •  Friday, September 7th – School picture day.
  •  Wednesday, September 12th – Walk to School Day.
  •  Wednesday, September 12th – 9:15 a.m. - PTO meeting – all are welcome to  attend!

For other important community announcements impacting our students don’t forget to click on this link Student Opportunities to find out more about club sports, youth and community sports, and other activities available to our middle school students. 

Finally, visit Schoology to monitor your child’s academic progress throughout the school year.  If you have a question, please email your child’s teacher or give us a call at 561-5555 and we will be glad to help you.  We appreciate the close partnership we have with Madeira parents and want this year to be the best year of your child’s school life!

Thank you,


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