January 2012 Moultrie Middle School PTA Newsletter

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The Principal Perspective                                                JANUARY 2012
By Anna Dassing, MMS Principal

Dear Moultrie Families,

Welcome back to a brand new year! 2012 promises to be full of
continued success for Moultrie Middle and we are looking
forward to a productive second semester. Speaking of the new
semester, January 11 is the last day of first semester and
students will be out of school from January 12-16. Teachers
have workdays and professional development on January 12 and
13 and school is closed on January 16 for the Martin Luther King
Holiday. Students will start their third quarter schedules on          Important dates:
Tuesday, January 17th. Report cards will be sent home with
students on January 18. Please pay close attention to your
student’s progress and feel free to call or email the teachers or
grade level counselors for additional information or to set up a
                                                                         January 12-16:
Within the next month, we will be implementing a new                        No school
communication tool called Parent Portal. This will allow you to
access up-to date information on your child’s grades and
                                                                           January 18:
attendance. You will be able to simply click on your child’s
grade in a class and see the complete list of assignments and              Report cards
grades; and be able to e-mail your child’s teachers by simply
clicking on their name within the grade book. In order to               January 26 @ 6pm:
access the Parent Portal, you will need access to a computer        Invention Convention & PTA
with internet access and a working e-mail account, to which                   meeting
you alone have access
                                                                          February 10:
PowerSchool Parent Portal is:                                          2nd DC payment due
· A tool to enhance communication
· Not meant to replace face-to-face contact with teachers
· A great conversation-starter between you and your child
                                                                     Check the MMS website for
PowerSchool provides real-time, online access to your child’s        other important dates and
grades, attendance, assignments and more!                                   information.

Who May Access PowerSchool?
All parents/guardians who have students in Charleston County
School District and students will eventually have access to

How Do I Request A Username and Password?
Information will be provided on how to obtain a username and
password. No usernames/passwords will be given out via phone
in order to protect student information.
Can Anyone Else Obtain Access To My Child’s Information?
As long as you do not share your password, others will not be        Hoodies have been ordered
able to see your child’s information. Each child/parent is issued     and should be in within
a different username and password.                                          two weeks!

When Can I Access PowerSchool?                                      Don’t forget about our sale on
You may access PowerSchool at any time, day or night from any                larger sizes!
computer that is connected to the Internet (Internet Explorer,
Firefox, etc.).

Why Do My Child’s Grades Not Add Up Correctly?
Different grading scales and weightings are applied to different
types of assignments. Simply adding scores will not indicate
that a child’s grades are incorrect.

If you have not given the school your current email address,
please send it to our data clerk, Marjie Clark at                             NEEDED: and include “Email
Address” in the subject line. While you may have shared your           Liquid laundry detergent
email with teachers, we need to ensure we have it in the             donations! Please bring it t
Powerschool database managed by Mrs. Clark. We will need all          the front office or send in
of the email addresses for anyone listed as a guardian of a               with your student.
student. Stay tuned for further updates regarding Parent

Thank you as always for your continued support and we look
forward to seeing you all in the new year!

With Warmest Regards,

Anna Dassing, Principal                                                         DUE:

                                                                     The second payment for the
                                                                          8th grade trip to
                                                                        Washington DC is due
In the spotlight: Jessica Stefancin                                    Friday, February 10th.

                                                                        Please send your $200
By Jessica Stefancin, 7th grade ELA teacher                             second payment into                                   Ms. Ross by on time!

Hi there! My name is Jessie Stefancin and I teach 7th grade math
here at Moultrie Middle School. I am honored to be the tireless
teacher for this month! I am originally from a suburb of
Cleveland, OH. I went to Bowling Green State University, where
I obtained my teaching degree. I then moved out of the cold
down to sunny Florida, where I taught life science and math for
four years! In August of 2010 I moved to Mount Pleasant to
teach here at Moultrie and I am absolutely in love with it!!                RECYCLE
                                                                          RALLY MANIA
I also help coach the 8th grade girls basketball team, which
always puts a smile on my face (a big one if we win!!).                 Now through April,
I am obsessed with cats and I recently became a mommy to two          MMS is participating in a
baby kittens over Christmas break!! Some of my other hobbies          nationwide competition
include going to the beach, working out, playing sports, and       sponsored by Terracycle to BE
doing math problems (haha- not really joking though). I also                  GREEN!
work at Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island!
                                                                        We are collecting:
                                                                         EMPTY & CLEAN
                                                                        Plastic #1 bottles
                                                                        Cans (no alcohol)
                                                                            Chip bags
Christmas Parade Success                                                  Juice pouches
                                                                           Cell phones

By Paula Reavis, Christmas Parade Booth Chair                         We receive money for or                             everything we send in so
                                                                   PLEASE BRING YOUR ITEMS!
I am pleased to say the Moultrie Christmas Parade Booth was a
success. Over $700 was raised with help of volunteers prior to
and during the parade. Many parents donated yummy baked            Recycling can be dropped off
goods which were all greatly appreciated! Special THANKS to         at school anytime and left
Piggly Wiggly-Sea Island, Starbucks, and Wild Wings for donating    outside of Ms. Brooks’ class
food, drinks, and coffee for us to sell. Also, special THANKS to   window which is close to the
Buddy Roe’s for donating a $25 gift certificate which was given            carpool line.
away through a free raffle held during the parade. Mr. Don
Mitchell of Mount Pleasant was the lucky winner of the gift          Please contact Ms. Brooks
certificate.                                                              with questions.

Invention Convention

By Millibeth Currie, 7th Grade Science Teacher

Middle School students in charge of building machines, towers,
and design, crash, and test protective devices? This is now
reality! Students today don’t just sit at a desk with pencil and
paper. Moultrie students have been solving problems to                     JOIN THE PARTY:
investigate many science principles.
                                                                             Zumba with M
The Science Department at Moultrie Middle School will be
hosting their annual Invention Convention January 26th at 6pm.                  Mondays
Students throughout the school are preparing for this exciting                 Tuesdays
event.                                                                           AND
The sixth grade will be conducting the “Tower of Power” contest
where, after studying some engineering principles, student                  4:15pm-5:15pm
teams design and build towers out of straws and straight pins
that lights up. They only have a limited time to build the             Moultrie Gym or Cafeteria
tallest, strongest structure. The seventh grade finalists will be
working their “Rube Goldberg” machines that must put a coin in                $6 a class or
a bank in seven steps. This incorporates many mechanical                 $50 for a 10-class card
engineering designed into one! The eighth grade will be
conducting their Mirror Maze testing the Law of Reflection which
each group will design a maze for a laser light to travel using the
Law of Reflection!

Come take a look and see what our communities of young
citizens are doing! School no longer takes place within the
traditional walls of the classroom. Our students dream it, design
it, and make it a reality!
                                                                               BOX TOPS:

                                                                             Clip and submit
                                                                                BOX TOPS
                                                                           to the front office!
Become a Mentor!
                                                                        It’s free money for MMS!
By Meghan Rowland, 6th Guidance Counselor                                  We’ve earned $377 so far this
January is National Mentoring month and we are working on
setting up a mentoring program at Moultrie starting with 6th
graders. Please see the attached press release from the
mentoring organization we are working with to learn more about
our efforts. We would love to have a local business partner and
have their employees work with our students to get Moultrie's
mentoring program started. Please contact me with suggestions.


                                                                       Basketball games are in full
Nurse’s Notes: MOULTRIE MOVES MORE                                             swing. Check
                                                                           for game schedules.
By Nancy Baker, RN, NCSN                                               Games will be announced on, 843-849-2819                          the Moultrie morning news
Moultrie’s Wellness Committee has been active this year in
planning many projects with community partners. We are so
excited about our partnerships with Charleston County Parks and
Recreation Commission, the Town of Mt. Pleasant, East Cooper
Regional Medical Center, the Safe Routes to School Program and
RunBuddies. With the help of our partners we’re developing a
Trail Mapping Project. We will soon be publishing information
about walking and running trail routes throughout the area
surrounding Moultrie for our school community. These routes can
be used by teachers with students and by families to explore old
Mt. Pleasant.

We’re starting a running club and a walking club called MOUL-
TRIE MOVES. The club sponsors are planning to advertise it in
January with a Grand Kick Off in February. We plan to run/ walk
on Mondays and Wednesdays after school and each session will
have a brief informational component prior to walking. There
will be ways to track miles or steps and opportunities to
participate in community runs and walks together. See Ms.
Ayala, Ms. Gilsenan, Ms. Houk or Ms. Fennell for more in-
formation. We are beginning to develop plans for a 5K Walk/
Run for March, possibly called the “Moultrie March to Wellness”
and/or a biking event called “Tour de Moultrie”. Parents who
are interested in volunteering to help with these events are
encouraged to call Ms. Baker, Ms. Dassing or the Front Office to
give your contact information.

We plan to participate in the Safe Routes to School program with
a Walk to School Day on March 7th. Families are encouraged now
to begin helping students to start walking or biking to school.
We will be looking at creating Park to Walk locations so that
parents can park a distance from the school and walk or bike
with their students the rest of the way to increase our physical
activity and well being.

Moultrie will be holding a biking safety assembly and a Bike
Rodeo with bike skills safety training soon to prepare all of our
students and staff for increasing our physical activity. Healthy
habits begin early and middle school is the perfect time to teach
your children to enjoy being healthy! Come and join us as we
start our program to MOVE MORE!
                 Thank you to our business partners:
                   Access Wellness/Rabin Chiropractic
                           Adams Properties, Inc.
            AJR Insurance Consultants, Inc.—Horowitz Family
                   Allergy & Asthma Consultants, LLP
                           Araby K. Ammons, DMD
                        Baby’s Away of Charleston
                            Blackboard Marketing
                 Captain Jeff Yates/TYJO Knot Charters
                      Charleston Ear, Nose & Throat
         Charleston Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Kevin Riker
                      Charleston Pediatric Dentistry
                                 Cuoco Pazzo
                            Cupcake & Company
                              Deepwater PI, LLC
                        East Cooper Medical Center
                     Foxworth Decorative Hardware
                    General Household Services, LLC
                             Charles & Cindy Hill
                          Howell & Christmas, LLC
                 The law offices of Richard A. Hricik, PA
                          Hudson’s Import Service
                 Jackie Kelly, Realtor-The Cassina Group
                John T. Jones Engineering and Consulting
                          Knight & Blanchard, P.A.
                         Links Wealth Management
                        Long Point Animal Hospital
                Mary Ann Lykins, Brand Name Real Estate
                              Mt. Pleasant Music
                       Old South Carriage Company
  Mount Pleasant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, Dr. Phillip Prickett
                          Blake and Aimee Pearce
                         Pinckney Carter Company
                              Premier Eye Care
                           Pritchard & Elliott, LLC
                   Professional Accounts Management
                               Sea Island Suds
                       Structures Building Company
                                 Tax Services
                                Zip’s Kar Kare

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