15 November 2017

We are looking for 1-2 parents or guardians to sit on our budget committee.  If you are interested in participating, please email me tczebatol@hilton.k12.ny.us.

Our committee meets after school at 2:25 pm. 

Thank you


14 November 2017

From the MW Nurse



Per state regulations, a physical dated within a year for 7th graders and new students must be on file with the health office.  If you have not done so already, please drop current physicals off to Merton Williams or fax to 392-1054.  If a current physical is not on file by December, health assessments will be done by the school doctor.  Health assessments for boys are scheduled for  December 7th and girls are scheduled for  December 14th.

13 November 2017

First Quarter Report Cards

Our first quarter report cards will be available online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal beginning this Friday, November 17, 2017. 

For support or assistance in logging into the Parent Portal, please click here


07 November 2017

Dear Parents,

Our District is dedicated to creating students that are caring individuals. One way to achieve this goal is to get every student involved in service learning. Through the Ugandan Water Project, students will be selling water bottles to raise money for the victims in Puerto Rico caused by the damage from Hurricane Maria.

Many of us think that the worst is over for the people of Puerto Rico after they were struck by Hurricane Maria. But the truth is that the residents of this island have a long road ahead of them on their way back to normalcy. The biggest need on the island right now is access to safe water. That’s where our service learning steps in. We will raise money to buy water filters that will be shipped to Puerto Rico for survivors to get clean water. 

Students will be selling water bottles for $5 and $7 a piece. They will bring the order form home on Monday, November 20, 2017.  The fundraiser will run until Friday, December 22, 2017.  Please collect money upfront. Make checks payable to Merton Williams Middle School. Donations will also be accepted. 

Our efforts with service learning will continue to focus on the issue of water.  As our students continue to learn about the issues around lack of clean water, water scarcity, too much water, and water conservation, our awareness raising and fundraising efforts will continue.  

Thank you for your support.  

Sincerely,
Service Learning Team






What: Fundraiser 
Why: To raise funds to send water filters to those in need of clean water 
Cost: $5 / $7 per water bottle
Goal: 100 Water filters through the sale of 1,500 water bottles
Fundraiser Start Date: Monday, 11/20/17
Fundraiser End Date: Friday,  December 22, 2017 




01 November 2017

MW Picture Re-Take Date


Please be advised that the date listed on the district calendar for Merton Williams school picture re-take is incorrect. The date of picture re-take is Wednesday, November 8th.

26 October 2017

Half Day Schedule for Tuesday, October 31st

Students will follow an "I Day" schedule on Tuesday, October 31st. Please refer to the modified schedule below for set times and dismissal.

Tuesday, October 31 (I Day)

1st Set- 7:25-8:01 (36 min)
2nd Set- 8:04-8:40 (36 min)
3rd set- 8:43-9:19 (36 min)
4th Set- 9:22-9:58 (36 min)
SOTM- 10:00-10:20 (20 min)


10:20- Dismissal 

19 October 2017

Would you like to read with our students?

Mrs. Pizzo and Ms. McCormick are looking for parent volunteers to read one-on-one with 7th and 8th grade struggling readers during the school week, beginning November 13.  Volunteers are needed for 15-60 minutes a day, any day of the week. You do not have to volunteer for a particular team and any assistance is welcome!  If you have additional questions, please contact Ms. McCormick at mmccormick@hilton.k12.ny.us

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05 October 2017

Please Tell Us what You Think

Thank you for attending the open house last night!  It was a great evening filled with connections, conversations, information gathering, and excitement.  Please leave feedback in the comment space below so we can continue to grow and meet the needs of our families during the open house.  

Feel free to share what worked, what you enjoyed, what was helpful, and any other comments or questions that will help guide us as we continue our future open house evenings.  



If you were not able to attend the open house, and have questions, please contact your child's team leader or specific teacher directly by email.  


02 October 2017

8th Grade Trip Update


Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all who made their 1st deposit for the Washington, DC trip of $250 last week.  We would like to remind you that the next payment of $250 is due November 17th.   You child needs to have $500 in payments OR fundraising credits in their account by November 17th in order for us to make a reservation.  If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please let us know so that we can work with you.

Parents interested in CHAPERONING-  You must attend ONE parent chaperone meeting in order to receive an application and be considered.  The meetings will be held in the MW library on the following dates:

October 24th at 7pm
October 25th at 2:15pm
October 26th at 7:25am

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mrs. Boccuzzi-Reichert at aboccuzzi@hilton.k12.ny.us
Mrs. Grego at cgrego@hilton.k12.ny.us

28 September 2017

School Pictures

This is a reminder that school pictures will be taken on Friday, September 29th for students with  physical education classes on an "I" day and anyone who did not have their picture taken last Friday.
Flyers have been distributed to students.  Extra order forms are available in the main office.  If you would like to order on-line, you may do so until Monday.  Please see the information below.


Here are some clothing suggestions for your son or daughter's school pictures;
·  Because we are photographing Green Screen, we don't recommend that your child wears green clothing.
·  Help your child select colors that look great on them. 
·  Select colors that compliment the background that you have selected.
·  Avoid busy patterns, large text or large logos on the clothing.
·  Long sleeves and neutral tones work best.
·  Choose accessories that enhance, not distract.

Online ordering will be available for photos taken on 9/22 and 9/29 until midnight 10/2



Please feel free to contact the studio with any questions you may have Christine@keepsakephotography.com

11 September 2017

Change in School Picture Dates

School pictures will be taken on Friday, September 22nd and Friday, September 29 during physical education classes.  Flyers will be distributed to students today.  These dates are different than what is on the school calendar. Please contact the main office with any questions.

07 September 2017

At Merton Williams Middle School, we believe that homework holds educational value and benefits students as they further explore concepts and classroom learning.  The HCSD Board of Education recently updated the Homework Policy.  Please take a moment to review it.  If you have questions about the policy or practices at Merton Williams, please reach out to your child's teacher, counseor or administration.  We are happy to work with you to explain how we aim to meet the best practices for our students.  


Adoption Date: 2/24/2004, Revised: 6/27/2017 
8000 - Instruction

8441 Homework

SUBJECT:    HOMEWORK
The Board of Education of the Hilton Central School District acknowledges the educational value of homework as an adjunct to and the extension of the instructional program of our schools. High quality homework provides the opportunity for students to receive feedback and for teachers to inform their instruction.  This allows for ongoing assessment of student progress towards meeting learning standards.
Homework benefits students by reinforcing concepts, extending learning, and reflecting learning. Regular completion of homework assignments by students influences the development of habits of mind, time management, and organization skills.  When creating homework assignment teachers plan opportunities for students to be successful through equal access to resources, appropriate modifications, and flexibility as needed.
The following principles are to be observed:
PURPOSE
  • Homework is important to learning and to developing good work habits.
  • Homework is a reflection of the student's learning.
  • Homework should primarily focus on the practice or extension of skills already learned.
GUIDELINES
  • Homework is relevant to the learning objectives.
  • Homework is differentiated so that the student can do it independently.
  • Homework feedback is timely so that it can inform instruction and assist the student in his/her next step.
  • Homework should never be used as a punishment.
  • The instructional purpose of each homework assignment is defined by the teacher.
  • Materials that support the acquisition of new skills or information must be at a level that students are able to comprehend independently.
 TIME
  • Homework is not a daily expectation and is considered carefully by the teacher when assigned.
  • Considerations include:
o    Age/grade level
o    Developmental ability
o    Subject/course
o    Product/process
o    Long-term assignments
  • In general, homework should not exceed in total ten minutes per grade level per night. For example, a fifth grade student should have no more than 50 minutes nightly; a tenth grade student should have no more than 100 minutes.
  • The benefits gained from reading outside of the school are compelling. Reading for pleasure outside of school should be encouraged. Assigned reading outside of school is considered homework.
 ROLES

  • Teachers assign homework that students can complete independently.
  • Student are able work on the homework independently and complete homework in a timely manner.
  • Parents/Guardians assume the role of the facilitator. 
  • Parents/Guardians provide a place at home for students to do homework.
  • Parents/Guardians and/or students communicate to teacher(s) when students need additional homework support.

06 September 2017

Welcome Back

Our students are having an awesome first day of seventh and eighth grade!  Thank you for all you have done to make sure your child was prepared, organized, and ready for school today.  

Thank you to all the families who were able to attend our First Annual Back to School Celebration!  What a great way to start the day!  I hope you had time to mingle with parents while you cheered on the students.  

Check out our coverage from WHAM 13! 




05 September 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Hilton Central School District has implemented a visitor management system at all district schools as an added tool to enhance the safety of students and staff. Visitors to Hilton schools will need to show their government identification (i.e. driver’s license) before entering the buildings when school is in session. The ID will be scanned into a system that identifies sex offenders registered in all 50 states as well as custom databases set up by the district that contains custody alerts and banned visitors.
Once the ID is scanned, a label is printed out for the approved visitor with his/her name, photo, and the date/time and location of the visit. Visitors are asked to check out at the security desk and destroy their visitor badge upon leaving the building. If the visitor leaves with the badge, the ink has an expiration at which time it will bleed through making it unusable.
FAQS:
What is the system and who will be responsible for using it?
The Hilton School District is using the Raptor visitor management system, a web-based software application that is used by many school districts in the area. Youth assistants (security personnel) will be trained on the new system before school begins.
Why is Hilton CSD adding this system?
The Raptor system is another layer of added security for our students and staff. The system will track who is visiting our schools, warn us of visitors who may pose a danger and maintain a record of all visits. The visitor photo badges will further allow us to identify legitimate visitors in our buildings.
What data is scanned and saved? Is the data protected?
Raptor scans the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo only. The system uses multi-level safety systems to protect this data. Hilton CSD will only save the data scanned so as to maintain a record of visitors.
Which visitors will be scanned?
A visitor is any person who is not a Hilton CSD student or regular staff member. This includes parents of students, volunteers, alumni, contractors and delivery people. Any of these individuals wishing to enter a district building during business hours will need to be scanned and logged in as visitors. On duty police officers and emergency personnel responding to a call will not require scanning.
What if someone forgets his/her ID or refuses to have it ID scanned?
The visitor’s full name and date of birth will be entered into the system, and the visitor will need to be approved by a building administrator. On subsequent visits, the Raptor system will indicate to staff that a visitor was manually entered on a prior visit.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at 392-1000, ext. 7046 or dinzana@hilton.k12.ny.us.
Sincerely,

David Inzana
Director of Safety and Security, Hilton School District

01 September 2017

Interested in Volunteering?



Please consider volunteering at  Merton Williams.  There are many opportunities.  If you are interested contact Jodie Barber-Burns at jbarberburns@hilton.k12.ny.us or call 585-392-1000 ext. 3097.

28 August 2017

Message from the Department of Learning through Technology





Dear Parents and Families - 

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! The LTT Department has spent the summer adding inventory and preparing classrooms for student use. This year, we are going to focus our technology integration efforts on building student capacity in the ISTE Standards. The International Society for Technology in Education is a leading organization on K-12 technology integration focused on bringing relevant student skills to the forefront of instruction. For more information on ISTE and the 2016 Standards for Students please visit www.iste.org.    

If you are a parent of a student in our 1:1 initiative (grades 5-12), please go to the Cadet Webstore to enroll in our 2017-18 Protection Plan if you haven't already. The Webstore can be found on our district website in the Quick Links menu. Thank you! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Michael Zaffuts
Learning Through Technology Director

Michael Zaffuts
Learning Through Technology Director
Hilton Central School District

Twitter: @HCSDLTT

24 August 2017

Drawstring backpacks available






GET YOUR DRAWSTRING BACKPACK FOR $3.00 AT MW'S UPCOMING ORIENTATION/VISITATION DAYS!!







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18 August 2017

Welcome to Merton Williams Middle School!



Attention Merton Williams’ Parents and Guardians!


We would love for you to come to Merton Williams on the first day of school, September 6th at 7:00 AM to line the sidewalks, welcoming our students and wishing them good luck on a successful year as they enter the building. We will be serving refreshments to parents and guardians at 7:20 AM. If you are able to attend, please park across the road in the Village Elementary bus loop. 

16 August 2017

Calling all Minecrafters!


For the second year, Merton Williams students have the opportunity to take part in a Minecraft building contest sponsored by SUNY Pottsdam and the Nation Education Foundation. Teams of 3 to 4 students will participate in building challenges and compete with students from across the country. Last year, our group came in 3rd for their school spirit and state spirit build.

Please complete the following form if you are interested in being a part of a Minecraft Team.

Mrs. Boccuzzi-Reichert will reach out to students that are interested after the school year begins.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Boccuzzi-Reichert at aboccuzzi@hilton.k12.ny.us

Click Here to Access Interest Survey