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What we all need is an open mind to new abilities and possibilities as they are presented to us.  Not knowing how long it will take or expecting a “fast food” result in acquiring new skills is often a recipe for never getting there.  In addition, if we notice some of those around us who are “getting it” faster than we are, we can become discouraged instead of persevering and understanding that needing more time does not mean someone is “smarter” than me.  Having a true growth mindset means you don’t have all the answers and you are willing to hang in there over the long haul.  This can be difficult for adults and at times, even tougher for our children to go through and for us to watch them go through.  The growth mindset means we don’t have to keep up with others, but continue to look at the best each of us can be and focus on our acquisition of new skills, vocabulary, concepts, and processes.  The light bulb will click on for our students at different times – that is the nature of growing up and learning.  One of the things that is good about the Madeira community is the support we have at the middle school to allow that process to take time as our staff works with whole classes of students, but also sees the individual within the class and works with individual students to help the light bulb turn on. 

When I went to school (and maybe you too), “smart” was the common term applied to students who were fast learners.  Yes, being a fast learner may show a strong aptitude in a given area, but it doesn’t mean those who need more time are not “smart” – they just need more time.  Continue to encourage your sons and daughters to look for possibilities, ask great questions in class, participate, and have an inquisitive mind.  Over time you and they will see them grow and change in ways they might have not thought possible.  For us, this is an exciting part of working with your children and we thank you for the opportunity!

AIR Assessments Coming Soon

Just a reminder the AIR tests (mandated by the Ohio Department of Education) will begin right after our spring break.  We return to school on Tuesday, April 4th and will be testing that Thursday and Friday per the schedule below.  If you can, please move any well doctor visits or orthodontist appointments off of the testing days so your child can be here with his or her peers.  Studies show students perform at their best when they are in the same environment as the other students rather than having to make up the assessment at a later time.  Please give the office a call (561-5555) if you have any questions about this or anything else. 

Our schedule is as follows:

  • Reading – Grades 5, 6, 7, & 8 – April 6th and 7th
  • Math – Grades 5, 6, 7, & 8 – April 24th and 25th
  • Science – Grades 5 and 8 – April 26th
  • Social Studies – Grade 6 – April 26th

Father-Daughter Dance – Mark Your Calendar!

Register for Madeira's 4th Annual Father Daughter Dance!

Madeira's National Honor Society would like to invite daughters and their fathers, stepfathers, grandpas, or uncles to attend this special event being held on April 7, 2017 in the Madeira High School Gymnasium from 7:00-9:00p.m.  *Semi Formal Attire

Cost is $25 per couple  $5 each additional daughter.  The deadline to register is April 6th.  Space is limited! Click here to register or visit the Madeira High School Webpage - National Honor Society.

Upcoming Events/Other Things to Note:

March 27th – Spring break begins

April 4th – School resumes

April 7th – Father-Daughter Dance – MHS gym

April 13th9:15 a.m. – PTO Meeting

April 14th – No School

April 19th – Early Release – MMS dismisses at 1:30 p.m.

April 26th – Walk to School Day

For other important community announcements for our students don’t forget to visit the “Student Opportunities” on our district web page.  

Please continue to check Progress Book and monitor your student’s academic work.  If you have any questions for us regarding an assignment or grade, feel free to contact a teacher via email or a phone call (561-5555) and we will be happy to talk with you.  Thank you for all you do to support our students and make MMS an awesome place to be!

Tom 





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