MSK Weekly Bulletin - March 15, 2018

MEA TESTING TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK FOR ALL STUDENTS
MEA testing at the middle school will take place beginning Monday, March 19th and go through Tuesday, March 27th.  Testing will take place from 7:40-9:00 am each day with the exception of late start Wednesday, March 21st (no testing on Wednesday). If your child is absent on any of the testing days, make up sessions will be provided. 

It is important that students get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast each morning, and arrive to school on time (by 7:25 am). Please encourage your child to do their best when testing and feel free to contact principal, Jeff Rodman at 467-8004 if you have any general questions regarding the MEA.

INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL
Intramural Volleyball takes place after school and ends in time for students to take the late bus home. Next week’s schedule is as follows: Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22 only.

Any questions regarding intramural volleyball, please contact Debbie Johnson at wasternist@gmail.com or Maureen Fulford at mfulford@rsu21.net

HARLEM SUPERSTARS COME TO KHS - MARCH 19TH
The Harlem Superstars will be at Kennebunk High School on Monday, March 19th for a game to be held at 6:00 pm in the KHS Gym. The tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. This is a fundraiser to benefit the KHS Student Council. A few of the “Superstars” will be visiting MSK during lunch to talk to our students as well. 

COMMUNITY NEWS:
8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience at MSK.  Students are allowed to select groups and work to identify a need in the community that matches a personal area of interest.  During this year long, self-directed undertaking, students work to plan and implement a project that will impact the area of need they have identified.  Listed below are some current projects we would like to share.

BLOOD DRIVE-MARCH 19TH
As their community service project, Maura Ragnarsson and Lola Cook are hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, March 19th from 2:00-7:00 pm in the MSK gym. If you or a family member can donate blood please spread the world and donate! Thank you for supporting our eighth grade community project.  
Please see the flyer: Middle School of the Kennebunks Blood Drive Newsletter

SPECIAL SURFERS ORGANIZATION
Ashley LaRoche, Ashley Medina and Juliauna Tadlock are having a bake sale at the blood drive on March 19th from 2-7pm. They are raising money for the special surfers organization and are trying to reach a goal of $750.  Please stop by if you are able and help them support kids with special needs who would like to get out and learn to surf! You can learn more about the organization by going to http://www.specialsurfer.org/

ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
Lizzy Howard and Arianna Fourtzialas-Price are collecting items for A.W.S. If you would like to help out our furry friends, there is a box outside of the main office for your donations.

PROJECT SOCKS
Brier Phipps, Ian Huguley and Hans Ruediger are collecting hats, gloves and socks for the homeless community in Portland. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. There is a box in the MSK lobby for your new or gently used donations.

SAFE HAVEN ANIMAL SHELTER
Emilie Santerre and Maiea Naber are collecting donations for Safe Haven Animal Shelter. Their goal is to collect 200 cans of cat food and 5 lbs. of dry cat food by March 30th. If they can reach their goal, Mr. Steer has agreed to dress up as the Easter Bunny for the day on April 2nd. Please bring in some cat food and drop it off in the big purple and blue box by the front door of MSK.

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES:
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - April 10 - Maine Indoor Karting - A waiver form must be completed.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at Kennebunk Youth Center
TIMES: Bus leaves Kennebunk Youth Center at 4:15 pm & will return approx. 7:30 pm
COST: $60/participant

Epic Night Out - May 1 - Sea Dogs Baseball
WHEN: Tuesday, May 1
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 10:00 pm
COST: $40/participant

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help typically takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. Power Snack Packs are only $1.00 and include student choice of 3 items from a selection of foods. Options are available for students who qualify for free and reduced meals.

SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
The MSK cafe offers 2nd chance breakfast between 1st and 2nd blocks in the main lobby for any student who would like to purchase a breakfast meal or snack.  We offer grab and go meals with cereal or breakfast items for $1.75 or free if you qualify for free or reduced meals.

CLYNK
CLYNK bags are available at the office with tags already applied. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP MSK RAISE FUNDS BY RETURNING YOUR BOTTLES AND CANS USING THE CLYNK PROGRAM. To redeem bottles and cans: Fill the CLYNK bags, take your bags to any Hannaford, then scan each bag with the hand scanner and place your bags inside the unlocked door at any Hannaford/CLYNK bottle return location. Your bottles and cans will be sent to CLYNK to be counted and a credit will be applied to our MSK CLYNK account to be used for student support. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO CLYNK BAGS ANY TIME YOU VISIT MSK!

MSK CLUBS - 3rd QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

Mondays:
6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
6th grade math team practice is held every Monday after school until 3:45 p.m. This takes place in room 806. Mrs. Neale is the advisor and can be reached at eneale@rsu21.net with questions.

YEARBOOK CLUB
Everyone is welcome!  All Yearbook Club meetings take place in the library and will be on Mondays after school, ending in time for students to catch the late bus.  Advisors are:  Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net  & Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net  Here is a list of the next scheduled meetings: March 26th, April 9th.

Tuesdays:
7TH & 8TH GRADE MATH TEAMS
Practices for SMML math team meets every other Tuesday through early May after school until 3:45 p.m. in room 612. The teams will attend three after-school meets and one day meet in Portland. The next after-school meet is scheduled for Mar. 6.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

MATH COUNTS (GRADES 7 & 8)
MathCounts is a more intense and advanced math team experience that meets after school with Mrs. McGlashan in room 612 until 3:45 p.m. every other Tuesday. MathCounts students will have a full practice and engage with MC concepts and problems during SMML math team practice.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

Wednesdays:
ART OPEN STUDIO
NO ART STUDIO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST. This club typically takes place every Wednesday after school until 3:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students so we ask that you sign up prior to participating each week.  Open Studio takes place in room 506 with Art Teacher Brendan Roddy as the advisor. Mr Roddy can be reached at broddy@rsu21.net for questions.

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, Pandemic and others. Students are encouraged to bring any non-electronic board game or cards they would like to share as well. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members.  Meetings are typically held on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in room 705. Dates to be announced. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net 

Thursdays:
CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
This team typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. in room 612 with Mrs. McGlashan as the advisor. The Civil Rights Team is a club that will engage our school community in thinking and talking about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center throughout the year. The coach is Jennifer Maher and the advisor is Jae Allain jallain@rsu21.net 

IMPROVISATION (IMPROV) CLUB
This club is open to all students and is for those interested in learning more about the basics of improv. No experience required, just have fun while learning a specialized form of acting without scripts in a group setting. The 1st meeting will take place on February 8th and continue on Thursdays each week thru April 6th. Please sign up outside of the chorus room if interested. Contact advisor Tom Macisso at tmacisso@rsu21.net if you have any questions.