Message from the Principal
Dear Middle School and Parents and Guardians,
We are excited to have school start on Wednesday, September 9. As so much is different this year, we would like to review the schedule for the next few weeks as well as clarify expectations:
Most students will start the year with virtual learning (with limited exceptions). Virtual Learning this year will look very different than it did last spring. In general terms, we anticipate that remote instruction for students will consist of a mixture of daily live interactions with teachers, guided assignments to complete, check ins with teachers, and independent work throughout the instructional day. To this end, all students are expected to wake up early, eat breakfast, find a comfortable work area and be ready to join their first period Google Classroom (virtually, on their chromebooks at home) to engage in learning at 7:55 AM. Please note that attendance will be taken in each class. Students should have their cameras on when attendance is taken and follow teacher direction. Your child should have begun receiving invitations in their school emails to Google Classrooms for each of their subjects. They should accept the invite to each of these Google classrooms where they will find the invite to their Google Meets. This will help them to log on to each of their classes each day.
The first three days of school (Wed. Sept. 9, Thursday Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11) students will be following a half day schedule (please see Half Day Schedule). Students will be able to take a break from their Google Classrooms during their scheduled "lunch". They will be done with virtual instruction at 11:01 AM. Wednesday will start the year as an A day. The MS runs on a 4 day cycle A B C and D days. Please disregard the colored cohorts at this time until we return in a Hybrid model.
On Monday September 14th students will have their first full day schedule. Starting that day students will follow the Daily Bell Schedule for all of their classes by logging into each of the classes Google meets through their Google Classroom.
We are expecting to switch from a virtual schedule to a hybrid schedule beginning October 5th.
There are a small number of students who will be coming in the building for live instruction each day. The families of those students have been notified.
We wish all of our students the best of luck for the 2020 -2021 school year and look forward to welcoming them back to the building in the not so distant future.
If you have any questions in regard to schedules please contact your child's Counselor
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Summer Reading Information for Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
Dear Students, Parents and Guardians:
Over the summer months all matriculated students, grades six, seven and eight, will be required to read an assigned book. The books were chosen for relevancy to the respective grade level, and they address issues and themes which will be a center of focus during the school year in English and/or other content areas. They will help facilitate verbal development, maintain literacy skills and serve to optimize student preparation from the very first day of school in September.
We strongly recommend students and their families enjoy the books together; read aloud to one another, discuss the ideas, events, characters met, and spend some pleasant moments in the worlds these authors create.
All incoming sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students should be prepared to participate in class discussions and/or group activities related to their assigned book upon return to school in September. These books serve as the focus of English instruction during the opening days of the 2020-2021 school year. Students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of these books during the first weeks of school via reading and writing assessments. This literature will also serve as a foundation for a number of assignments throughout the year. As an aid for recollection and comprehension, our English Language Arts Department has created a suggested summer reading outline ; it is strongly suggested that students have this outline completed when returning to school.
Reading is a pleasurable and life-long activity that educates, entertains and enriches the lives of all who participate; join us in making Mahopac Middle School a haven for avid readers.
The following list has been distributed to the Mahopac Public Library for your convenience. These books can also be obtained at local bookstores and through online shopping sites that sell books.
Incoming sixth graders must choose ONE of the following books:
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Counting by Sevens by Holly Sloan
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Pax by Sarah Pennypacker
Incoming seventh graders must choose ONE of the following books:
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Incoming eighth graders must choose ONE of the following books:
Snow Bound by Harry Mazer
That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton
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