14 April 2017

NYS Math Assessment

On Tuesday, May 2nd, Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th we will administer the NYS Mathematics Assessment to all students in grades 3-8. 

It is important to encourage your child to concentrate on during the assessment; however, it is just as important to assure him/her that promotion to the next grade level does not depend on the result of this assessment.  The NYS ELA and Mathematics Assessments are tools that help us assess how well students are achieving compared to other students of their age and grade level. In addition, it also assists us in identifying who may be in need of support services.

Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time and in school during the NYS Assessments. Families can support their children by:
  • ·         Ensuring the student is well rested on the night prior to the assessments.
  • ·         Ensuring the student has access to a healthy breakfast either at home or at school on the days of the assessment.
  • ·         Ensuring the student’s everyday routines are normal and predictable at home.  The best thing that you can say or do is simply to remind your child to do his/her best.



Thank you for your support.  Results from the assessments will be mailed to families next fall.  

07 April 2017

Local Trips for 8th Graders in May

Information letters on local trips for 8th graders were mailed home last week.  Please return permission slips, behavior contract and money by April 13th to reserve your spot.


Thank you, Sally Littlefield, Local Trip Coordinator

30 March 2017

Cyber Safety for Your Middle School Child

Merton Williams Middle School has a strong commitment to supporting youth with technology and preparing them for the ever changing world that they will someday work in.  We continue to provide students with engaging, interactive technology resources which facilitate learning and communication.  We expect our students to follow safety rules when using technology and will continue to enforce those rules. Ultimately, our combined efforts will help students to be better prepared for the digital world they encounter every day. 

Raising a “wired child” is often a challenge as they experience different forms of social interactions.  At Merton Williams, we occasionally see instances of bullying, taunting and other socially unacceptable behaviors emerge through the use of technology.  While most of these occurrences happen outside the school day, they transfer into the school day with residual feelings and/or stress building up among children.  We work with students every day who have been made to feel sad, hurt or neglected by technological bullying. As your child has learned through various programs and resources in elementary and middle school, kindness and compassion are central to a happy life. 

Social networking includes social websites, instant messaging, gaming, blogging, web surfing, email, cell phone conversations and texting (through cell phones or free services on iPod Touch).  You can access a great deal of family friendly information and videos on www.netsmartz.org.  Once there, you can “Choose an Issue” by clicking on one of the above mentioned forms of social networking.  There, you will find statistics, tips, discussion starters, activities, videos and more. 

Working through these activities alongside your child, you will benefit from conversation around sometimes challenging topics.  Hopefully, this will allow you to understand your child's beliefs about social networking while also supporting an ongoing dialogue.  


We find Netsmartz to be a family friendly, up to date website sponsored by one of the most reputable organizations committed to keeping our children safe; The National Center for Missing andExploited Children. 






Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is just what it sounds like - bullying through Internet applications and technologies such as instant messaging (IM), social networking sites, and cell phones. It can start easily—with a rumor, a photo, or a forwarded message—and just as easily spiral out of control. An embarrassing video posted to a social networking site by someone in Kansas tonight may be watched by someone in Japan tomorrow. Cyberbullying victims may be targeted anywhere, at any time.
Common Forms of Cyberbullying
  • Flaming and Trolling – sending or posting hostile messages intended to “inflame” the emotions of others
  • Happy-Slapping – recording someone being harassed or bullied in a way that usually involves physical abuse, then posting the video online for public viewing
  • Identity Theft/Impersonation – stealing someone’s password and/or hijacking their online accounts to send or post incriminating or humiliating pictures, videos, or information
  • Photoshopping – doctoring digital images so that the main subject is placed in a compromising or embarrassing situation
  • Physical Threats – sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety
  • Rumor Spreading – spreading gossip through e-mail, text messaging, or social networking sites
Signs Your Child May Be a Victim of Cyberbullying
  • Avoids the computer, cell phone, and other technological devices or appears stressed when receiving an e-mail, instant message, or text
  • Withdraws from family and friends or acts reluctant to attend school and social events
  • Avoids conversations about computer use
  • Exhibits signs of low self-esteem including depression and/or fear
  • Has declining grades
  • Has poor eating or sleeping habits

Music Options at Merton Williams

20 March 2017

International Hour

International Hour was celebrated during Foreign Language Week.  The event was designed to help students learn about other cultures from around the world. Teachers paired together to present these cultural activities to our middle level students.  Examples of the activities celebrated included: Greek dancing, henna art, cultural games, foreign exchange students, mancala, turkish culture presentation, bruchetta bread making, chips and salsa making, history of pinatas, etc.

Check out these awesome pictures taken by Nancy Pickering during the event!

Password: MW_InternationalDay17


13 March 2017

Parent Information Night has been rescheduled....

Who: Parents of Current Sixth Grade Students 
Where: Merton Williams 
What: Sixth Grade Parent Night
Date: Wednesday, March 22nd
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.


If you are unable to attend, please call extension 3097 and request a 
packet be sent home with your child through their 6th grade teacher.

10 March 2017

Week of March 13



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We will have a modified schedule for Monday, March 13 for SOTM and International Hour. 

(A day) - Monday, March 13th

Schedule:

SOTM
7:25 – 7:45
Set 1
7:48 – 8:30
Set 2
8:35 – 9:15
Set 3
9:18 – 9:58
Set 6
10:01-10:41
Set 5

First Lunch
10:44-11:14
Second Lunch
11:17-11:47
Third Lunch
11:50-12:20
Set 7
12:22-1:00
International Hour
1:03-2:15


International Hour Rotations

Rotation 1
1:03-1:24
Rotation 2
1:27-1:48
Rotation 3
1:50-2:15


09 March 2017

08 March 2017

Parent Information Night is Tonight

Who: Parents of Current Sixth Grade Students Where: Merton Williams 
What: Sixth Grade Parent Night
Date: Today - Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.


If you are unable to attend, please call extension 3097 and request a 
packet be sent home with your child through their 6th grade teacher.


03 March 2017

NYS Math and ELA Assessments

On Tuesday, March 28th, Wednesday, March 29th, and Thursday, March 30th we will administer the NYS ELA Assessment to all students in grades 3-8. 

On Tuesday, May 2nd, Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th we will administer the NYS Mathematics Assessment to all students in grades 3-8.  

It is important to encourage your child to concentrate on during the assessment; however, it is just as important to assure him/her that promotion to the next grade level does not depend on the result of this assessment.  The NYS ELA and Mathematics Assessments are tools that help us assess how well students are achieving compared to other students of their age and grade level. In addition, it also assists us in identifying who may be in need of support services.

Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time and in school during the NYS Assessments. Families can support their children by:
  • ·         Ensuring the student is well rested on the night prior to the assessments.
  • ·         Ensuring the student has access to a healthy breakfast either at home or at school on the days of the assessment.
  • ·         Ensuring the student’s everyday routines are normal and predictable at home.  The best thing that you can say or do is simply to remind your child to do his/her best.



Thank you for your support.  Results from the assessments will be mailed to families next fall.  

01 March 2017

SPRING SPORTS RECERFICATION DATES

After School in the Health Office
Boys Lacrosse - March 7
Girls Lacrosse - March 8
Baseball - March 9
Girls Softball - March 13
Field Hockey - March 14
Boys Track- March 21
Girls Track - March 22
Starting Dates for Modified Sports
March 20 - Mod A Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Baseball
March 27 - Girls Softball, all other modified B sports


All recerts will be done in the Health Office after school 2:15 - 2:45pm.  No recerts will be done during the school day.  Mrs. Schwind, R.N. 

17 February 2017

Save the date for a QUEST Reunion!

Students that graduated from QUEST Elementary School.   Save the date for a QUEST Reunion!  Saturday, May 27 the QUEST PTSO will host a reunion of ALL QUEST students, families, teachers and staff.  More details to follow.  

Spread the word and RSVP on the Sign Up Genius site:

15 February 2017

Extracurricular Activities for Middle School Students

If your child is looking to get involved in a school activity, please use this link on the District's webpage ... MW Extracurricular


10 February 2017

Re-certification Dates for Spring Sports

Spring Sports 2016-2017 School Year:

Recertification Dates:
Boys Lacrosse—March 7th
Girls Lacrosse-March 8th
Baseball—March 9th
Girls Softball—March 13th
Field Hockey—March 14th
Boys Track—March 21st
Girls Track—March 22nd

Starting Dates for Modified Sports:
March 20th---Mod A Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Baseball
March 27th—Girls softball, all other modified B sports


All recerts will be done in the health office after school 2:15-2:45 pm.  No recerts will be done during the school day.

NYS 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments

On Tuesday, March 28th, Wednesday, March 29th, and Thursday, March 30th we will administer the NYS ELA Assessment to all students in grades 3-8. 

On Tuesday, May 2nd, Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th we will administer the NYS Mathematics Assessment to all students in grades 3-8. 

It is important to encourage your child to concentrate on during the assessment; however, it is just as important to assure him/her that promotion to the next grade level does not depend on the result of this assessment.  The NYS ELA and Mathematics Assessments are tools that help us assess how well students are achieving compared to other students of their age and grade level. In addition, it also assists us in identifying who may be in need of support services.

Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time and in school during the NYS Assessments. Families can support their children by:
  • ·         Ensuring the student is well rested on the night prior to the assessments.
  • ·         Ensuring the student has access to a healthy breakfast either at home or at school on the days of the assessment.
  • ·         Ensuring the student’s everyday routines are normal and predictable at home.  The best thing that you can say or do is simply to remind your child to do his/her best.



Thank you for your support.  Results from the assessments will be mailed to families next fall.  

07 February 2017

Dear Parents,

We hope this letter finds you keeping warm and staying well!

As you may know, we are fast approaching Autism Awareness Month which will take place this April! Members of the Autism Consulting Team within the Hilton Central School District are hard at work preparing various fundraising initiatives in support of Autism Awareness, as well as other building-wide activities to involve staff and students in our community. One such project includes creating a short video that highlights the strengths and abilities of our students with Autism and how they exemplify the characteristics of our Hilton International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The “IB Learner Profile” aims for our students to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. We would love to show how some of our students who have Autism uniquely and wonderfully fit these very descriptions.

Please note that this video would be shared with district staff only. Its purpose is to raise Autism awareness, to inspire, to educate and to remind our staff of the remarkable array of talents, gifts, competencies and influences of our student population.

We look forward to celebrating Autism Awareness Month with you!

Sincerely,

The Autism Team at Hilton Central Schools


03 February 2017

Course Options in High School

High School teachers from some departments will be at MW during lunches next week, Tuesday-Friday, following Academic Planning Night at the High School next Monday.  This will allow students to stop by and ask questions if they have further interest in certain areas. Please encourage your child to stop by if they would like to learn more about high school planning.   



01 February 2017

MCC High-Tech Exploration Night

Check out this awesome opportunity for you and your child.  

The MCC High-Tech Exploration Night is coming up! Please don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about careers in Rochester’s high-tech companies and the skills required to get them.

Date:     Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time:     7:00pm – 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Place:    Warshof Conference Center
              Monroe Community College
              R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A & B)
              1000 E. Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14623

RSVP: Online at www.monroecc.edu/go/hightechexpo or by phone to Juanita Leone at 585-292-3725.

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Mayo at mmayo@monroeecc.edu or Bob Lasch at rlasch@monroecc.edu.