Thursday, May 24, 2018

ELEMENTARY NEWS



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UPCOMING ITEMS:

May 25 - FULL LENGTH SCHOOL DAY due to snow makeup hours- Last day of school for K-5 - remediation checkout day for 6-12

May 29, 30, 31 and June 1 - Certified staff have professional development.

June 2 - SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER FOR EVERYONE! Enjoy your Summer 2018!

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END OF YEAR SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO LAST SNOW DAY

Rather than add another day to the school calendar and require all students to return to school after Memorial Day, the district is eliminating our Professional Development Early Out Wednesdays in the month of May. This will allow us to get our required hours of instruction completed with all students in the district. Teachers will make up the professional development time after Memorial Day when students are finished up for the year.

Please mark your calendars: All Wednesdays in the month of May will be full school days: May 2, 9, 16, 23 Our last full day with students will be Friday, May 25, there is no early out on this day as originaly planned. This is the LAST DAY for elementary students. Middle-high school students will have Remediation Days on May 29 all day and May 30th until noon.

Elementary teachers will have professional development on May 29, 30, 31 and June 1.

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL RULEY

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you about issues that are coming to school from students being on Snap Chat and other social media apps outside of school hours. The school is not going to monitor the student's usage of social media at home, but I am seeing an increase in social media issues between students that are starting to cross into the area of bullying and harassment. These situations are coming to school and causing issues on the bus, at recess, and in the classroom. Students are creating group chats and talking about other students in their class, having disagreements, using profane language, and not being responsible digital citizens online. I am not only writing this letter as the principal, but as a parent of a 5th grade child. Social media can be SCARY and FRUSTRATING as a parent. When I was growing up, we had bag phones that would only get reception on a large hill outside Monmouth. Now we have small high tech computers available at our fingertips.

I encourage you to have a conversation with your child about the responsibilities of using social media apps to connect with friends. Many of the students that come to my office will not read their typed conversations out loud and say they would never say what they typed to another person because it is too hard to say the words out loud. The phone gives them power to communicate with several people at one time and not have to face the person they are talking about so it is easy to say what they want to say and not have to see who they are hurting. These conversations can sometimes be read and accessible between large groups of students so the problem between two people may start involving several students at once and the conversation is available all day and night.

Social media is a BIG responsibility that requires the user to be able to think before they type. Many times when I ask the students if their parents know what they are saying online they respond, No. Do you know what your child is doing online? Do you know who your child is talking to online and what they are saying? Some of our students have mentioned talking to older people online they don't even know. Some are playing role play games, making Musical.ly videos, and creating secret group chats with friends. It scares me kids have access to the world online and with each other 24/7 through social media. It scares me we live in a day and age where we wouldn't let elementary age kids wander around the mall alone for fear of strangers, but with these apps and internet access, strangers can access your kid's information while they are in their own home. Some of these apps can access your child's actual location while using the app and shows a map to your front door step.

Our kids are growing and changing every day and I challenge you as parents to ask questions about your child's online usage and what they are doing on social media and other apps they are using. We can all help guide them to be responsible digital citizens and to keep them safe. If we as parents don't know what our kids are doing online and if we as parents don't know how to use the apps they are using, should we be allowing them full access to the world unattended 24/7? I know as a parent myself we worry about invading the privacy of our children. The bottom line is that if my child was talking to adults through apps online, their privacy goes out the door and safety becomes my highest concern. If my child was involved in online conversations at 9 pm at night and is only 9 years old, I would be asking why my kid needs to be accessible to friends at 9 pm. What is so important is can't wait until morning? There are growing studies about young people actually being addicted to their phones because of the endorphins released in their brains while using them from instant gratification. It is crazy what research is saying about our digitally wired kids and the effects of technology on the brain.

There is no textbook to parenting and I am in the trenches with you all trying to figure out how to raise kids to be the best they can be. Parenting digital learners is tough. Finding the balance with social media access will continue to be an area we will all have to keep learning about and educating our children to be safe and smart online.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Ruley, Elementary Principal

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ELEMENTARY STUDENTS RECEIVED DENTAL CHECKUPS

Thank you to Nurse Gent who organized our Annual Free Dental Clinic in April for students in Preschool-5th grade. All services were FREE and provided by dental hygienists from St. Luke's Dental Health Center/HACAP. What a difference this can make to a child's life. Thanks again Christine!

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READ ACROSS AMERICA - MARCH 2, 2018

Thanks to those who came to the elementary building today to help us celebrate Read Across America by reading to our kids. They all had fun dressing up and getting in some extra reading time.

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MIDLAND ELEMENTARY SHOWCASED ON GRANT WOOD DIGITAL LEARNING PAGE

Congratulations to the staff and students at Midland Elementary School as they were recently showcased on the Grant Wood Area Education Agency's Digital Learning Page.

Midland Elementary creates the ultimate combination of story writing with making. They write, they create, they code, they use visual effects - watch this episode to check out their amazing work!

http://www.dlgwaea.org/think-make-innovate.html

Great job everyone, keep up the good work!

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2018-19 Midland Preschool & Kindergarten Student Information

If you have Preschool and Kindergarten students to enroll for the 2018-19 school year and did not attend Round-Up, please contact 563-488-2292 x 3270 or email: dlarkey@midland.k12.ia.us

Please pass this info on to other parents.

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READING AT HOME

It's no secret that electronic games and devises are part of our lives. Here are some ways, with and without technology, to encourage reading at home.

1. Unplug - Turn off the television, computers, iPads, phones, gaming systems, etc. for 15 minutes while EVERYONE in the house reads.

2. Variety - Read fiction, non-fiction, picture books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, cookbooks, comics, baseball/football cards, etc.

3. Mix It Up - Read aloud or independently, read to your pets, Facetime or Skype with a family member and read to them.

4. Share - Do a shared reading and read together. Talk about the story, characters, setting, illustrations or pattern in the words. Reread, what did you notice the second time you read the story or article? Make a personal connection to what you are reading, "That picture reminds me of the time..."

5. Flexibility - Kids should have some choice in what they want to read; easy books, just right books, and sometimes books that are too hard for them to read. Someone should be available to help them get through the too hard to read books, or make those the read aloud books - which are great for vocabulary development and fluency.

6. Comedy Night - Read joke books aloud to everyone.

7. Visit the library together - We have excellent public libraries in our district!

8. Plug Back In - Read online news articles, read the school webpage, read from your favorite sports team's page.

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CHEER CAMP WELL ATTENDED

Eagle Spirit was more than evident at the September 29 home football game when the Midland Eagles took on the Baxter Bolts. With the help of Midland Alum Karla Bowen, the cheerleaders learned the dance to the Midland School Song earlier in the week and taught the dance to the third, fourth and fifth grade cheer clinic participants. Mrs. Wright kept the band at the field a little longer than usual and played the School Song for the big performance! Participants performed an additional 4 cheers and worked by grade levels to design and carry out pyramids and stunts. The cheer participants made friends with 12 high school cheerleaders as they learned cheers, played on the playground, got their cheerleader hairdos and performed together.

Special thanks to Karla, Mrs. Wright, Jim Bicknese for the transportation and The Athletic Boosters for helping feed the girls! It was a great night to be a Midland Eagle!

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PATS MEETING

Midland as a group Parents And Teachers for Students - PATS for short - all parents are welcome to join. For more information on the next meeting contact the elementary office.

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CYBER CIVICS - VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS TO TEACH STUDENTS FOR SAFE TECHNOLOGY USE

By Angela Ruley, Elementary Principal

Technology shapes our lives everyday. I remember back in the late 90's when the internet became part of my life. It was a huge deal! I remember waiting for that magical sound of the dial up to complete so I could ICQ my friends or check my email. That was a time when checking your e-mail was the Facebook Messenger of the day! We also had to be strategic in planning your internet time around incoming calls because your landline phone would be busy for incoming calls if you were dialed in to the internet. Who would have ever imagined that in 2017 the internet would be accessible at your fingertips on a smartphone. You can text, call, snap, Facebook, e-mail, or Instagram your friends anytime you want. But how much time do we spend prepping our kids to this much access to the real world at the tip of their fingers or the responsibilities that go along with it?

In 2017, roughly 80 percent of children ages 13-17 own a smartphone. The average age parents decide to purchase a cell phone for their child is 10. Unlimited data, unlimited apps, unlimited contacts and unlimited free choice. As a parent and an administrator, I think it is important to really dive into the topic of "Cyber Civics" with any parent of a child with a cell phone. When we give kids a license to drive a car, they earn that license by getting a permit to drive, taking driver's education, and spending time behind the wheel with a more experienced driver. Why? Because giving kids such a big responsibility without guidance would be dangerous.

Cell phones provide 24/7 access to "instant feedback" from peers. How many people opened my snap, how many likes did I receive on Instagram, did anyone like my status on Facebook? It provides an empty blank screen to voice how you are feeling at the touch of a button that can be sent without voice to any audience of your choosing. You can't second guess anything you put online because it will always exist in cyberspace; even if you change your mind. Or a text picture that you sent to someone else that can be screenshot and sent to all of their friends. This year alone in our district, we have worked with students about sexting, online harassment, bullying, hacking into other student's accounts, suicide threats and more. I'm not saying that cellphones should be banned, but I am urging parents to talk with and teach your children about cell phone safety and "Cyber Civics."

Cyber Civic Basics: Digital Citizenship and Digital Footprint

Digital citizenship can be defined as responsible behavior with regard to technology use, within this is also your child's digital footprint. A digital footprint is the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity. Some basic areas to start with are as follows:

1. Do you know about the apps that are on our child's phone and who they are "friends" with? Several of the apps out there allow you to follow or be friends with people whom you might not know and the app allows that other person access to whatever your child posts within that app. Think it doesn't happen? This topic has been addressed in the elementary building on several occasions with the app musical.ly.

2. Friendship conflicts happen, but social media should not be the platform you choose to openly air your issues. I have talked with students about how some conversations should be in person and not via text messages. Emojiis do not give you insight into the "tone" of a text and sometimes these conversations become worse in times of conflict. Talk to your children about when to put the phone down and teach them to have face to face interaction with peers.

3. Digital footprints can follow you all the way into adulthood. When prospective employers search candidates, many times a google search can reveal a lot about someone. Are you aware of your child's digital footprint? Before they send that picture, remind them that anything can be screenshot and shared by someone else. You don't own anything you post online or share via text.

4. If something doesn't seem right, teach them to tell an adult. If your child receives information in a text or on an app that is violating someone's personal rights or shows someone making a threat against himself or others, please teach them to tell someone who can look into the situation. We live in a world where making a threat to harm one's self or others is real and many times it is discussed on social media before it happens.

We are raising the next generation of digital adults. Lets work together to keep our students safe online by increasing cyber civic discussions about safe cell phone usage. Parents be aware and ask questions about apps on phones and contacts with others through those apps. Safety is key and most important.

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From Mrs. Ruley's Desk

Summer is almost over and school will soon be in session. We are excited to have the kids back in the building and start our school year off on a positive note.

The school year will begin with an all school assembly and our teachers will be announcing the students in their classes. We will go over our PBIS expectations and begin our school year on a positive note.

We have a few new faces in the building. Ms. Krebs will be the long-term sub for Mrs. Ehrisman and Mrs. Till this year. She will be teaching until holiday break in December. Mr. Olson will be our new 2nd grade teacher. Mrs Marshall has moved up to third grade. Mrs. Lehrman will be teaching 5th grade this year. We have an at-risk/interventionist position this year as well and Mrs. Fitzgerald will be filling that position.

I loved having a Golden Eagle every week last year, but have decided to change it to have more kids have a special opportunity to shine. Each class will have a Golden Eagle of the month this year. They will be named at the PBIS assemblies and will get a special lunch with Mrs. Ruley during their monthly "reign."

We are excited to begin the year at Midland Elementary!

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CALENDARS

MCSD 2017-18 Master Calendar

Activity Calendar 2017-2020

SCHOOL REGISTRATION FEES

2017-18 Registration Fees. We need separate checks for each of these categories - textbook fees and laptop insurance, meal money, athletic tickets.

Preschool Scholarship Application - Preschool begins August 30

LUNCH APPLICATION INFO

2017-18 Lunch Application

2017-18 Lunch Public Release

SUPPLY LIST

Grades PS-5 School Supply List

THANKS TO PATS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS!

Our local parent teacher organization, Parents And Teachers for Students, PATS, has donated many school supplies to be used by all children in our elementary school. This reduces the number of items that parents need to purchase.

Parents who want to become involved in PATS should contact the elementary office for more information on meetings.

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MIDLAND PARENTS AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR IOWA SCHOOL ALERT SYSTEM

As of July 1, 2016 the Iowa School Alerts system that we used to inform parents of school cancellations is going away. We are putting in a new system through govdelivery that we encourage all parents and district residents to sign up for. This sight can automatically send you any information you requestduring the setup process including the district newsletter, any district wide notification, school dismissal notifications, any school specific notifications or bulletins.

To sign up for the Midland version please go to this website: Iowa School Alerts or you can click on the Iowa School Alerts logo on the right side of the school webpage.

Once you create an account you can sign up to receive different information either in the form of an email or text message. You can choose as many levels as you want or need including: District, Middle/High School and Elementary.

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AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK

American Education week is November 13-17, 2017. Please take time to make a special effort to thank the teachers or staff members at Midland who have made a positive impact on your child.

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Box Tops for Education

Earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school!

Sign up to support our school with Box Tops for Education and earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school when you subscribe to the Box Tops email newsletter. You'll receive:

- Coupons

- Exclusive free sample offers

- Bonus Box Tops offers

- Updates on your school earnings

- PLUS 5 Bonus Box Tops just for signing up!

Just go to BTFE.com/signup to get started! Make sure to enter our Box Tops ID number so our school gets credit for the Bonus Box Tops. Our school's Box Tops ID number is: 168449

Thanks for supporting our school! Our earnings goal this year is $1,000. Let's make that happen! Keep clipping Box Tops and send them to school!

Be sure to ask your student about the Box Tops contest!

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RSCHOOL:

Midland parents are encouraged to become acquainted with rSchool and use it. Sign up for the automatic notifications to your cell phone or email, then you will know instantly when a game/activity has been added, postponed or cancelled. Here is the website, as well as easy to follow directions for setting up your account and using the program.

RSchool Website

RSchool Made Easy Instructions

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HELP US, HELP KIDS

Midland Elementary is collecting the following items this year.  They can be dropped off at either Midland school office.  Thanks for helping us to help our kids! Many items can be purchased with these funds - field trips, recess toys, etc.

 LABELS FOR EDUCATION  -  PATS organization collects (now includes Post cereals)

USED PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES - PATS organization collects

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

OLD CELL PHONES- Music department

TYSON A+ FOR EDUCATION
 

Pop Tabs: The money from the tabs goes to help with transportation costs for people going to Camp Courageous that need to be transported to doctor appointments. These can be dropped off at either school location or to Cheryl Westphal.

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Elementary PBIS Info.




Contact Us
Main Phone: 563-488-2292
Elementary Extension 7
Middle/High School Extension 8
Secretary Extension 0


MIDLAND TELEPHONE EXTENSIONS LISTING

Elementary
510 3rd Avenue North
Oxford Junction, IA 52323
Fax: 563-826-2681
Grades: PreSchool-5

Middle/High School
106 West Webster St.
PO Box 109
Wyoming, IA 52362
Fax: 563-488-2253
Grades: 6-12

Contact: Webmaster

CURRENT INFO

2018 HS Football Camp - due May 25 for students entering grades 9-12.

2018 HS Football Camp - due May 25 for students entering grades 3-8.

2018 Girls Basketball Camp - due May 25 for students entering grades 3-8.

2018 Drivers Education Rules and Calendar All fees are due to the HS office by June 1.

2018 Midland Football Mom shirt order due online by July 8 will receive your order by July 23rd. Questions see Ms. Kaftan.

IMPORTANT INFO 2017-2018

MCSD 2017-18 Master Calendar

MMHS Map - Building, parking, driveway

2017-18 Bus Schedules

2017-18 Lunch Application

Activity Calendar 2017-2020

Midland Building Use Application

School Fees

IMPORTANT INFO 2018-2019

MCSD 2018-19 Master Calendar

MCSD 2018-19 High School Course Registration Book

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS INFO

2017-18 All Sports Food Stand Sign Up - to sign up contact Michelle in the HS office via email or phone call. These are assigned on a first requested, first filled basis. If not signed up, a time will be assigned to the parents of ALL athletes.

Vision Statement
The vision of the Midland School District is to prepare students to think, lead and serve.

Mission Statement

Helpful Links

Notice - Powerschool upgrades will be installed every 2nd Sunday of every month from 6:45-8:45AM so it will not be accessible during those times.







Midland Middle High School Facebook Page


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