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:

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