06 June 2017

iPad Pick-Up Date

Students will turn in their iPads during the week of June 12, 2017, during a core class that has been determined by their team.
Angela Boccuzzi-Reichert, Librarian


05 June 2017

Attention 8th Grade Parents - Newsletter from the High School


Greetings parents.

The last month of school is upon us and there is a great deal happening at HHS.  Please review this entire newsletter for important end-of-the year dates and information.  As always, please contact high school staff members directly if you have any questions.

Please check the exam schedule (included in this newsletter) and discuss study and review plans with your son/daughter to make sure he/she is as organized and prepared as possible.  Our final exam schedule starts Monday, June 12th and runs through June 20th.  Students will not have classes on those days and should only report to school when they have an exam.  As in previous years, bus transportation will be available and students should be signing up for busses in Assistant Principals’ offices on each floor.  Also, our food service does not serve breakfast or lunch during exam days, so students should plan accordingly.  Commons 2 will have limited vending available and students will be allowed to use that area to gather and eat food that they’ve brought in from home. 

I also want to remind parents of the importance of students being in attendance this time of year, including our seniors.  In most cases (full-year classes), 40% of a student’s grade for a course occurs in the 4th quarter.  With the last marking period and final exam counting 20% each, this is an important time to be in school and concentrating on academics.  Thank you parents for making sure your son/daughter comes to school each day prepared and ready to learn new information and review for finals.

June brings about many important and exciting activities and events; with final exams, banquets, and concerts to highlight a few.  However, none is as significant as our commencement ceremony for our graduating seniors on Saturday, June 24th at the SERC on the campus of SUNY Brockport.  Graduation is an entire district and community celebration, not just a high school event.  Commencement provides a time for us all to reflect on all that has gone into the thirteen years of school for each student.  To the parents of our graduating class of 2017, I say congratulations and thank you.  Your support, encouragement, and of course unconditional love has been the consistent element through all these years of schooling.  You deserve to be honored too!  

I would also like to offer my greetings to the parents of our current eighth graders; soon to be high school freshmen (Class of 2021).  We look forward to having your child at the high school and to meeting you very soon.  I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education throughout the high school years and to visit our school often.  The school will be open all summer, please stop in and see us.  July and August will be busy months filled with preparations and plans to get ready to start another great year at Hilton High School in September.  Hilton HS will be the host of the 2017 BOCES Regional Summer School, so we will have students and staff in our school most of the summer.**

Thanks for supporting Hilton HS all year.  Have a great summer!

Brian Bartalo; Hilton HS Principal

**PLEASE NOTE:  9th Grade New Student Orientation is August 23rd, not the 24th as noted on the District Calendar. 

Last Day of School for 8th Grade - Wednesday June 21, 2017

8th Grade Celebration Day is on June 21st.   This is the last full day of school for 8th graders at Merton Williams.  

The purpose of 8th Grade Celebration Day:
  • ·         Provide students and staff one last day to enjoy each other’s company outside the formal classroom setting.
  • ·         Celebrate student accomplishments and bring closure to their middle school years by looking back and reflecting on their time at Merton Williams.
  • ·         Provide staff an opportunity to say goodbye and symbolically transition our students to the High School.

Students will come to school on their regular bus in the morning at the normal time.  The morning will be spent in our traditional field day activities that include classroom competition games, a talent show and viewing activity, and various outside activities. Students will have the opportunity to purchase frozen custard from Abbott's.  Ice cream tickets will be $2 and will be sold prior to this day.  

The next part of the day is team-based reflection on the students' two years at Merton Williams, school and team awards ceremony, and normal school lunch or bring your own. 

The final event of the day is a staff and student walk to LeBeau Field at the high school for a formal farewell message from me coupled with a welcome message from High School Principal Brian Bartalo.  Yes, we are literally taking your child from middle school to high school! (The walk will be well organized and your child will be supervised closely to ensure their safety.) 

After Mr. Bartalo speaks we will line up the entire class in a 2021 formation on the football field and take a picture which will be displayed at Merton Williams to commemorate their middle school years.   We will also give a copy to the high school so they can have a “before and after” 2021 picture for their senior year when the class will again have this picture taken.

Students will be dismissed from LeBeau Field at 2:00 p.m. where they will board their regular buses for the ride home.  If you are transporting your child that day, you can pick them up in the high school main parking lot near LeBeau Field.  If your child walks home from school and the walk is too far from the high school, please call or email Mrs. Greif and we will make arrangements for them to ride a bus.  Likewise, if your child is unable to walk to the high school because of injury or other special circumstance, please let us know and arrangements will be made to transport to the high school.

I know the temptation is there to allow your child to stay home on the last day because their academic responsibilities are complete, but I urge you to have your child attend school on 8th Grade Celebration Day so they can take part in one last day of middle school where the focus will be on the team and school community that they have been a part of the past two years!


The Class of 2021 has been a WONDERFUL class and I can speak for the entire staff when I say they will be greatly missed!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life the past two years and for all the support you have given Merton Williams as we helped your child on their journey from elementary to high school.

25 May 2017

STEM Summer Camp Opportunity for Middle School Girls (GRADES 5-8)



Greetings,

We are a female team of former Corporate Engineers finishing up our 5th year as NYS certified, STEM teachers at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester. 

In our efforts to encourage more young ladies to pursue the STEM disciplines, we are continuing to provide scholarships for some of the different robotics courses we teach each summer. For girls in the middle school grades (Fall 2017), we are offering scholarships for our VEX IQ Robotics, Navigation Engineering Camps. (Full course description and video provided on course link.)

While all interested students are required to apply for admission into this Summer STEM camp (as posted on the course webpage), we have a different application form specific to our girls' scholarship awards. A teacher recommendation is also required as part of this scholarship application process.

We have attached an INFORMATIONAL FLYER as well as our Summer 2017 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM and would appreciate it if you would kindly post and/or forward this information on to middle school girls interested in the STEM disciplines.

As an aside, we also select (female) Mechanical Engineering students, from several different universities, to receive college credit for interning with us throughout the summer months.

Many thanks!

Enthusiastically,

Mrs. Sorrentino and Ms. Chaback, STEM Teachers


Sue Sorrentino, M.S. Computer Education
Executive Director, STEM / Engineering Education, K-8+

Donna Chaback, M.S. Education
Managerial Director, STEM / Engineering Education, K-8+

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23 May 2017

Hilton High School Orientation


Attention Parents of Students Entering Hilton High School in September, 2017

New Student Orientation will be held on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd, FROM 8:00-11:00


*The District Calendar has it listed on 8/24. We apologize for the change.

Algebra Students/Parents End of Year Information


  • MOCK Exam available on May 31st:  2:15 - 5:00 (MIR).  Parent pick up by 5:00 required at pool entrance.
  • Students should refer to the teacher-provided calendar for the after school review sessions times/dates/place.  
  • All students are expected to attend the breakfast and review sessions the morning of the Algebra Regents Exam on June 13th.
  • Algebra Regents Exam - June 13, 2017 (12-3 pm) at the High School.

25 April 2017

Health Class Presentations this Friday

In seventh grade health class, your student is completing a unit on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug use. During this unit, content focused on prevention, refusal skills, and current drug trends.

As you are aware, being a teenager and navigating through the pressures of growing up is not easy. Our kids need all the help they can get. To support that notion we are bringing in a guest speaker from our community to talk to our students about drug use. Prevention research suggests that when students hear similar messages from multiple sources, they are much less likely to engage in risky behaviors, including drug use. Scott Gibbs a beloved father, husband and Hilton community member has volunteered to come in to speak with our students here at Merton Williams. This year Scott tragically lost his son Marcus to a drug related incident. Scott will use his personal experience and story to address prescription drug use and abuse, and its connection to heroin use. Scott is, in his words, “committed to openly, and honestly honoring Marcus, in all his greatness and his flaws.” He will address the notion that addiction does not discriminate and will support students in finding their power to make positive, healthy choices that help them to avoid drug use.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to talk to your children about the content and the guest speakers’ visit on April 28th, 2017.  Should your child need additional support our counselors will be available. 


We look forward to an informative and thought-provoking visit with Scott and are encouraged that this will positively support our students in their personal decision-making process.  Please feel free to contact us with any further questions or concerns at 392-1000.

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: