18 July 2016

Math Skills Lab

If your child is enrolled in Math Skills Lab with Miss Pink, please send them in with ear buds and a box of tissues in the fall.  Thank you!  

14 July 2016

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

Internet Safety Rules for Tweens and Teens


Fall Sports 2016-2017 School Year

School Physicals at MW: August 18thth  8:00 – 10:00  (Girls)
                                        August 18thth  10:00 – 12:00 (Boys)

Recertification Dates:

August 18th:           12 noon – 2 pm
August 23rd:         9:00 a.m. – 11:00 am
August 30th:           12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
August 31st:           12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Starting Dates for Modified Sports:
August 22nd:         Mod A Football
August 24th:          Mod B Football
September 1st:      Mod A & B sports


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Chorale/ Chorus Summer News

Here are some things you need to know for next year!

Chorale/ Chorus Concert Attire for Girls and Guys*
  • Solid White Dress Shirt
  • Black pants for both guys and girls
  • Tie for guys (a must)
  • Dark dress shoes (No sneakers, boots, or flip flops)

*The first choral concert is in November.

Mark Your Calendars!
November Choral Concert – November 14th & 15th @ 7 pm in the HS Auditorium
Broadway Show Night – March 16th & 17th @ 7 pm in the HS Auditorium
June Choral Concert – June 8th @ 6:30 & 8:00 pm in the HS Auditorium

Other Important Dates
MW Talent Show – January 13th (Must audition to participate!)
Darien Lake Music Festival – Saturday June 3rd (all day) - Chorale, NYM, & Treble Makers


   We are looking forward to another great year!!!

Merton Williams Middle School Instrumental Music Department

Please make-sure students have enough reeds for wood wind players, valve oil and slide cream for brass instruments, and drumsticks for percussionist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Below is a list of method books that your children will be using at Merton Williams Middle School. You are able to order the books online from either Music and Arts and Atlas Music or visit either one of those stores.  
Atlas Music: www.atlasmusic.net 585-671-2020
Music and Arts: www.musicarts.com 585-586-2766

Method Books:
Flutes: Studies and Melodious Etudes for Flute: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Oboe: Studies and Melodious Etudes for Oboe: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Clarinet:  Rubank Intermediate Method for Clarinet (J.E. Skornicka and Robert Miller)
Saxophone: Studies and Melodious Etudes for Alto Saxophone: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
French Horn: Studies and Melodious Etudes for French Horn: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Trumpet: Studies and Melodious Etudes for Cornet: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Trombone: Studies and Melodious Etudes for Tromb: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Euphonium Studies and Melodious Etudes for Euphonium: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Tuba: Studies and Melodious Etudes for Tuba: Level 2 (Intermediate) by Willis Coggins.
Percussion: Southern Special Drum Solos: By William Schinstine

Extra-Curricular Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble
The Merton Williams Jazz Ensemble is an audition-based ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of music in the jazz catalogue. The group rehearses twice week and performs in a variety of performances inside and outside of the school day. The Jazz Ensemble also performs at the Hilton Central School Districts “Evening of Jazz.” Students must be a member of the Merton Williams Instrumental Program to participate in this ensemble.

Wind Ensemble
The Merton Williams Middle School Wind Ensemble is an audition-based ensemble. The Wind Ensemble performs a variety of challenging Concert Band Literature. The Wind Ensemble rehearses after school and will perform several times a year in school performances and competitions. This group is perfect for students who are seeking that extra challenge in band. Students must be a member of the Merton Williams Instrumental Program to participate in this ensemble.

Merton Williams Instrumental Concert Dates:

December 21st- Merton Williams Winter Concert – 7pm – High School Auditorium
7th and 8th grade concert band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble
February 3rd – Evening of Jazz – 7pm – Merton Williams Middle School MIR
Merton Williams Jazz Ensemble
June 7th- Merton William Spring Band Concert – 7pm – High School Auditorium
7th and 8th grade band, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Charles Palella: Cpalella@hilton.k12.ny.us  

Incoming 7th Graders Need Vaccine


11 July 2016

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Principal's Blog: tracieczebatol.blogspot.com

Daily Announcements: MW Daily Announcements Link

Code of Conduct: Code of Conduct Link

Lunch Menu: Food Service Webpage

Athletic Department (seasons, schedules, paperwork): Athletic Department Link


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MW Kiddos - I hope you're not counting down your summer.  Go out there and make every minute count!  Sunrises, sunsets, parades, festivals, swimming, friends, neighbors, gardens, bicycles, books... There is so much to do! 


04 July 2016

MW Kiddos - You already know this.  Be sure you are making safe and responsible choices this summer!  Remember, inviting someone to join your group of friends or teammates is always a great idea! 


01 July 2016

SELFIE PROJECT

Hey Seventh and Eighth Graders!

Log in to this Google Classroom and turn in your best summer selfie!  

Turn in your best selfie from the summer. Don't have one? Take one before the due date and turn it in! 

*Photos will be on a slide show at school -be sure it is a photo you are comfortable sharing.


Class Code: lm4dtl

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27 June 2016

celebrate, support, and challenge

MW Kiddos - Remember, it may be summer, but, you are still growing and learning every day!  Be sure to surround yourself with people who will celebrate, support, and challenge you! 

13 June 2016

Calling All Travelers!!!!!!

As an IB District we LOVE to hear, learn and experience new places, cultures, and perspectives.  This starts right outside of our schools and extends ANYWHERE in the World!

So this is where YOU come in…if your family is traveling this summer and finds something that you think would be interesting to share with our students, we would LOVE for you to bring it our way.  This may be a book that could go in our library, an interesting item that represents a different culture or perspective, or even a mysterious object for us to inquire about in our classrooms.


Be creative and have fun with this challenge.  You can even put your kids in charge of this mission. We can’t wait for the learning to continue and thank you in advance for your support of IB and how it is making a difference for our students each day. 

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03 June 2016

Where to find information about school

Looking for an easy way to The following links take you to commonly asked for information.  

These links are also available at the top of this blog. Feel free to bookmark or follow the following links.  

Principal's Blog: tracieczebatol.blogspot.com

Daily Announcements: MW Daily Announcements Link

Code of Conduct: Code of Conduct Link

Lunch Menu: Food Service Webpage

Athletic Department (seasons, schedules, paperwork): Athletic Department Link