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If you are unable to find your child's team on the schedule, please open the attached link for the team teachers
Dear Mahopac Middle School Families,
I hope that your July has been off to a great start and you have been enjoying the beautiful weather. After completing a great 2017-2018 school year we already have begun planning and preparation for the upcoming year. The summer is a good time to relax and spend time with family and loved ones. Along with the summer activities that give us plenty of exercise, we are hoping our students continue to exercise their most important muscle by reading during their time off.
For all of you interested in getting a head start with shopping for school supplies, you can find a general supply list on our website under announcements. You will be able to get a more specific supply list when they receive their assigned teams and schedules in mid-August.
As we look towards the 2018-2019 school year we are making some changes to the school over the summer to ensure a safer, more welcoming environment for our students and staff. Some of these changes include updating the doors in the front of the building, an electronic sign at the MS entrance and updating some of our bathrooms to name a few.
We ask that all 6th grade parents please save the following dates now for Orientation. We will offer two sessions of orientation:
Wednesday, August 22nd 9:00-11:00 AM Last names ending A-L
12:00-2:00 PM Last names ending M-Z
Wednesday, August 29th 9:00-11:00 AM Last names ending M-Z
12:00-2:00 PM Last names ending A-L
Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the building and follow their schedules as well as ask any questions that they may have.
Please keep on the lookout for upcoming emails about the exciting new changes coming to the middle school now that we will be having a nine period day. We are looking forward to all of the new electives and options that we are able to offer our students. This will begin allowing access for our students to take a World Language starting in 7th grade!
I am honored to be your principal and am excited for the upcoming school year. Many of our staff are attending professional development and workshops throughout the summer to continue to find innovative an collaborative ways to work with our students. Our counselors and administrators have been working to create our master schedule. The custodial staff and secretaries continue to do all of the important behind the scenes things to make sure we are prepared to open in September.
I wish you the best this summer and hope you all get a chance to relax and enjoy the summer months. We look forward to welcoming all of our students back to MMS in September!
Please click on the attached letter from Superintendent DiCarlo regarding important changes to the middle and high school schedules for the 2018-2019 school year.
There is no better way to learn about a career than by talking to someone working in the field. Students at Mahopac Middle School had that opportunity recently during Career Day, where more than 20 professionals from all walks of life set up booths in the school gym to discuss their careers.
“We have been doing this event for 18 years, and it has grown so much over the years,” said Mahopac Middle School’s Mary Thorne, who coordinates the event. A few of the professionals presenting were former Mahopac students, who returned to give something back to their school.
Representatives from the fields of medicine, law, computer design, engineering, architecture, education, law enforcement, and more, piqued students’ interest in a variety of career choices.
Chiropractor Dr. Chris Perrone has been coming to Career Day at MMS for 15 years. “I love working with students and having the opportunity to help guide them with career choices,” he said.
Student Alexis Leblanc said the day was both fun and informative. “We got to see the different types of work that people do, like psychiatrists and police officers,” she said.
Fellow student Ariana Canariato agreed. “I liked learning about all the jobs people do.”
The Mahopac Central School District rolled out its initiative to provide students in grades five through twelve with their own Chromebook laptops this week. The initiative is in keeping with Mahopac’s commitment to provide students with cutting-edge technology to make them 21st century leaders. Students in the lower grades will share one Chromebook for every two students.
Training sessions were held recently for students, who were excited about using the laptops. John Resanovich, senior facilitator for instructional technology at Southern Westchester BOCES, was one of the experts on hand to help students in the middle school. His demonstration of how they could move apps and use Google Drive for sharing documents was met by cries of “wow” and “awesome” by students, who were fascinated with the technology.
The Chromebooks allow students to easily check homework assignments, film videos for projects, and share information with each other.
The district also hosted an informational evening for parents, to familiarize them with the technology.
“This initiative will really enable our students to be college and career ready,” said Mahopac Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo. “There has been a lot of time and energy put into professional development and technology training, and we are very fortunate to have the community’s support.”
Mahoapc Middle School recently held their Annual School STEAM Fair. The event showcased experiments, machines and displays focused around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Hover boards, 3-D printers and chemical reactions were just a few of the things students explored at the fair, where creative innovation was in abundance.
Falcons hunt high up in the open sky, but Mahopac Middle School sixth graders didn’t have to take anyone’s word for that. They saw it for themselves when Brian Bradley released a falcon on the field outside the school and watched as it soared up high beyond view in search of food.
“Unlike owls, who fly low, silently and hunt in the dark, falcons need a wide open space and fly high above other birds, which are their prey,” Bradley, of Skyhunters in Flight in Ulster Park, NY, told students.
Earlier Bradley explained the differences between hawks, which have excellent vision, and owls, which rely on their hearing more than their vision for hunting. Bradley brought a barn owl, spectacled owl, red-tailed hawk and a Harris’s hawk, among other birds, to show the sixth graders.
But it was the falcon, with its fierce velocity, that got to demonstrate the breadth of its flight outdoors. “Falcons continuously flap their wings in order to fly and don’t ever coast the way other birds do,” Bradley said. “This field may seem huge, but to a falcon, with its incredible speed, it is tiny.”
To promote inclusion, kindness, empathy and teamwork, Mahopac Middle School kicked off its Wingman program for the second year this week, with guest speaker and program creator Ian Hockley. Hockley, who lost his son, Dylan, in the Sandy Hook shootings, created the program in his son’s memory to train teachers and student leaders on ways to provide a more inclusive school environment. He brought with him co-speaker Eddie Slowikowski, who motivated students through stories and activities.
Hockley spoke of six-year-old Dylan, who was autistic and who benefited greatly when friends were empathetic to his differences. “Dylan was shy,” he said, “and couldn’t get involved in things easily at school. But when people took the time to explain things to him, he would get it, and he would get involved. Those types of people who step in and help—they are wingmen.”
Currently the program is in the tristate area with plans to expand throughout the country. While Hockley trains teachers in the program, he says it is the students who really are the leaders.
“The program really belongs to the them,” said Hockley. “The student leaders are the ones that set the direction for the program and decide on activities and topics.”
Five MMS teachers trained in the Wingman philosophy. Christine McNeill, Melissa Nyikos, Jenifer Maloney, Ginny Gertling and Carol Polimino are working with a number of student leaders to get the program firmly established in the school.
Slowikowski’s presentation, which motivated students with dance moves, sound effects and music, had a profound message: “Each one of you has something that makes you uniquely who you are,” he said. “And you have the opportunity each day to use those talents to do something good for someone else.”