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One of the hard things about school and life is owning our thought patterns and attitudes.  It is much easier for me to blame someone or something else, complain about circumstances that are “beyond my control,” and defend a past practice or position because it is the path of least resistance.  This is part of our human condition.  And, if this is hard for me to do at age 60, how much harder for our 10-14 year-old students whose brains are not fully developed and whose filters for decision-making are still in flux.  Not only do they struggle with seeing the correct path to take in many social situations at school, downtown, and on social media, but they also have to step up and “own” those actions, attitudes, and words coming from their thought patterns. 

As adults, we can help our children navigate this through regular conversations about peer interactions at school, downtown, and through social media to help them understand there are both positive and negative consequences for our thought patterns and attitudes as they connect to and with other people.  This takes me right back to a basic question I have asked students for years, “Who can you control?”  The answer is “yourself” and all students know it.  Getting that thought to translate to the moment is the trick and helping students see and internalize their own control over their thoughts can result in stronger relationships and more satisfaction at school, downtown, and on social media.  Mindset is important to all of us at MMS and we will have a stronger school culture and continue to build safety among our students if we each practice owning our thought patterns and attitudes.  Thank you for talking about this important topic with your child. 

Digital Safety for All Students

One of the things we continue to talk with students about is their safety in the age of social media and 1:1 chromebook use.  Digital citizenship and safety applies to both areas!  For school use of the chromebook and students own Madeira schools email account:

  • Students agree to use only their own Google account and their own chromebook. 
  • Students agree to not look at, send, copy or create material that is rude, inappropriate, or meant to hurt someone’s feelings.
  • Students agree to be respectful, responsible, and safe on the chromebook.
  • Students agree to make the device available to school officials for inspection of messages sent and received, and/or files sent and/or received.
  • Students agree to report to the building administration or teachers any misuse of the chromeook or any misuse of electronic information/sites.

One of the most difficult things for all of the adults in the digital age is to help our children understand the digital footprint lives forever.  This means the second and third bullet points above really can apply to any online or social media behavior.  Our culture in and out of school will be healthier and more beneficial to everyone if we never text or post things that have rude and/or inappropriate language in them, and treat everyone with dignity and respect when we are online or using social media.  There are many temptations to be inappropriate, rude, and hurtful using technology today and we need to continually stress the positive and negative consequences of our online and social media choices and behaviors.  Please continue to visit with your children about this very important subject – it is one of the most important ones we have in our society.  Thank you. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences Are Here!

As a reminder, Parent-Teacher conferences begin this week at the middle school and run from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on the dates below:

  • Thursday, October 18th
  • Wednesday, October 24th
  • Thursday, November 1st

Thanks to all of you who have signed up for a conference and also to those of you have already been in for a conference with a grade level team this year.  Please call the office if you have any questions (561-5555) and check with the team of teachers if the conference schedule is full and we need to find another time during the day to meet with you.

Scholastic Book Fair – Begins This Week!

Every October we host the Scholastic Book Fair at MMS.  This event is sponsored by our PTO and all proceeds from book sales come back to the school. This year’s Book Fair runs from October 17th through the 24th.  Please click on the link to find out more about the book fair and how you can help out: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/madeiramiddlesch

Thank you for supporting our school!

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, October 16th – Picture retake day – if you would like your child’s picture retaken, please send back in the original packet – all pictures need to be returned.
  • Tuesday, October 16th- 7th and 8th grade choir concert – 7:00 p.m. in Medert Auditorium
  • Thursday, October 18th – Parent-Teacher conferences – 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 24th – Parent-Teacher conferences – 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 1st – Parent-Teacher conferences – 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 2nd – No School – staff in-service day.
  • Friday, November 9th – Veteran’s Day Program – 9 a.m.

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.  Featured now are:

  • Madeira Youth Wrestling
  • Madeira Rec Basketball

Also don’t forget to log onto Schoology on a regular basis to check on your child’s progress.  Please email a teacher (please use the Madeira City Schools email address) or contact the office (561-5555) if you have any questions.  We want to partner with you to help each child be as successful as possible.  Have a great week!

Thank you,

Tom





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