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Important Back to School Info from Principal Rose Ahrens

Welcome to the 2019–2020 school year! We have been hard at work getting the school ready for our students to return, and can’t wait until the halls at MBMS are buzzing with student voices ready for a successful year. Our Back-to-School Packet, including picture orders, registration information and other important resources, is now available online. Make sure you read it carefully, as it will answer many of your questions and contains pertinent information.

I hope you are all still enjoying the last couple weeks of summer! The highlight of my summer was spending a couple of weeks in Hawaii. We do this trip every other year, not only with my nuclear family, but also with my parents and sisters (I have four of them), making a total of 18. Trying to do dinner together each night was quite a production and getting reservations was no easy feat. We’re a lively bunch and love being together; this is a family tradition that I relish. I wish the same feeling of contentment and joy for your family as well.

This year is going to be an exciting one for all of us.  Our focus is on building a feeling of connection and belonging to MBMS for our students, staff, and families.  We know when students feel a sense of community it enhances learning, so our ASB and WEB students are already developing ideas to engage students and create an exciting start to the year. Our student handbook was updated over the summer and can be accessed here.  We are excited to share new ideas and opportunities with students in our opening week grade-level assemblies.  Teachers and staff are also looking forward to welcoming our students back!

Schedules will be released Wednesday, August 14 at 3:00 PM through the Aeries Parent Portal.  No matter their age, your reaction to your child’s schedule is very important, and your child will be watching closely to gauge what his or her reaction should be.  If you demonstrate confidence in your child’s ability to manage his or her schedule, your calmness will help your child walk into each class feeling more at ease.

Our counselors and administrative staff have been working hard this summer to ensure every child has the correct classes. Despite our best efforts, there may be an error in your child’s schedule, and you may need to request a schedule correction because your child:

  • Is missing a core class (English, Math, Science, etc.)
  • Is missing a period
  • Has two identical classes listed twice during the day
    • Example- (Science 1st period and 3rd period)
  • Was selected for an elective and it is not showing up on their schedule

Schedule change requests for teacher choice, placement with friends, or preferred class times will not be considered. Classes are full and moving one child’s schedule impacts other children. We want to minimize the effects of schedule changes on all students and maintain equity in our scheduling.

Schedule changes will be facilitated through the Student Request for Assistance Form only (available in front office). Phone calls and emails will not receive a response. Updated schedules will be available in Aeries within 2-3 days of the submitted request. Parents are advised to check Aeries after that time frame to print a new schedule for your child.

Please make note of these important dates in the first few weeks of school

  • Wed., August 21 – First Day of School, 8:10-3:00 PM
    • No Wednesday late start and no zero period
  • Wed., August 28 – First late start Wednesday
  • Thu., August 29 – Back to School Night @ 6:00 PM with PTA meeting prior
  • Fri., August 30 – Minimum Day, 8:10-12:40 PM
  • Mon., Sep. 2 – No School: Labor Day Holiday

The beginning of a new school year is always energizing and exciting. I hope you continue to experience a campus that is positive, centered on building connections to support our students, and focused on cultivating pride in each child as an individual and MBMS as a whole.  I look forward to our journey together this year and for many more to come.

Sincerely,

Rose Ahrens

Principal