4/8/19

minnetonka public schools

Principal’s Corner

Hello MMW families,

It is great to have everyone back from Spring Break. It was fun last week connecting with kids and listening to their stories of adventures over break. We are now in a busy, fast-paced, important time of our school year! Let’s do it and let’s do it well!

As you know, tomorrow is the day when we begin our testing season. Our students will take the Reading MCA this week. All the assessments we do, MCA and NWEAs, are very important to us as a school and a district. The data we receive helps us better understand the areas of growth we have made with our students and the areas where more growth and development are needed. The data also helps us look at individual students to see the growth they have made over the year. We know that our students are amazing kids and great students. We want them to do the best they can, show the growth they have made, and continue to help MMW show the community how wonderful we are as a school! We want them to feel great about the growth they have made. We want to be able to share with each student that they have grown from last year. This type of conversation is a powerful tool to help build resilience, efficacy, and an understanding that they work they do and the energy they invest does make a difference! The results on these assessments are a strong indicator of future academic success. Thank you for helping your child be prepared to do the best they can in the upcoming days!

Thanks for taking the time to read the newsletter!

Paula Hoff, EdD

MMW Principal


Testing at MMW

The assessments that our students take are an important element of our school.  We want all of our students to have every opportunity to perform at their highest possible level.  We know that a solid score on these assessments represents the hard work and significant learning that our students have experienced during their years in Minnetonka.  It is important to us that we create the best possible testing environment so each student is able to perform to their maximum potential.  We also are proud of the high results that our students achieve and how that becomes part of the story of our school community.

Tips for Having a Good Testing Experience

Parents:

  1. Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep.
  2. Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast.
  3. Do not make appointments (unless absolutely necessary) during testing dates and times.
  4. Make sure that your child’s iPad is fully charged before they get to school on testing dates.
  5. Make sure that your child brings their iPad charger to school with them.

Students:

  1. Fully charge your iPad and bring your charger to school, just in case.
  2. Bring a set of ear buds for Math and Science MCA testing (optional).
  3. Turn your cellphone off when you get to school, or leave it at home during testing dates/times.
  4. Bring a book or magazine (hard copy) with you.
  5. Bring a pen and/or pencil.
  6. Water bottles are allowed.

2019 MCA Testing – Hall Monitors Needed

The MMW PTO is looking for help during testing to help us comply with requirements for student interaction during testing time. They are hoping to have eight volunteers per day for 2-hour shifts. Please click HERE if you would like to sign up to help out.


MMW Activities

Activities Now Accepting Registrations 
Baking Club, BrightWatch, Minecraft, Unplugged Game Club

Please visit the MMW Activities Page for more detailed information! 

https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/activities/middle/mmw


Tech in Our Schools

https://www.smore.com/xyrtj-mmw-minnebytes


East Meets West for 8th Grade Students

Come to the 8th grade East Meets West Party at MHS on Friday, May 3, 7-8:30pm (please enter through the West Entrance).

Meet new and old friends from MMW and MME at the 8th grade East Meets West dance! Enjoy music, games, dodgeball, a photo booth and snacks with your friends.

-Shirt: A MHS Class of 2023 t-shirt is included in the event fee. T-shirts should be picked up at the event.

Concessions: The concession stand will be open to purchase snacks and beverages:

Popcorn $2
Soda $2
Candy $1
Chips $1
Nachos $3

Parent Chaperones: We are looking for parent chaperones for this event! Please sign-up here if interested: Parent Chaperone Sign-Up
Click HERE for advanced registration (closes at 1pm on Friday, May 3rd). Same-day registration available at the door ($15).


Bus GPS – My Stop

My Stop is a web-based application available for all Minnetonka parents whose students ride the bus to access through a smartphone, tablet or computer to view the current location of the bus and the estimated time of arrival. It allows you to see if what time the bus will be at your child’s stop. It is powered by GPS transmission from the bus every one to two minutes. This means your screen will update every one to two minutes. Click HERE to learn how to access the app using your MyMinnetonka SSO login.


Immunization Reminder

From the MMW Health Office for current 6th graders:

Minnesota law requires children enrolled in school to be immunized against certain diseases or file a legal medical or conscientious exemption.  As your child moves from 6th grade to 7th grade, there are 2 additional immunizations required for school entry in the fall.  Seventh grade students are required to have a current Tdap that has been administered on or after their 7th birthday (but are typically given near their 12th birthday).  Additionally 7th graders are also required to be immunized against meningococcal.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s immunization status please call the Health Office at (952) 401-5318.


MMW PTO

The MMW PTO has created a Facebook group specifically for parents of MMW students.

General guidelines –

– Please share and invite other MMW parents
– Our students are minors. Please be very thoughtful and cautious when posting about them. Do NOT name any child or post a picture that is in any way negative without that child’s parent(s) approval.
– All conversations should be as respectful and polite online as they would be in person
– Feel free to post questions, updates on activities, school news, etc.
– As a parent group, school administration will not be replying to posts
-Visit us at www.minnetonkawestpto.org for more calendars, updates, sign-ups, etc.

Here is the link to the Facebook group for parents to join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/618437991927677/

Click HERE to check out the MMW PTO website.


Tonka Pride Spring Store

Get your family ready for summer with new Tonka gear! Visit the Tonka Pride Spring Store to find Minnetonka branded t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts and other items available in a variety of sizes. The Tonka Pride Spring Store will be held at the District Service Center (5621 County Road 1010) on Friday, April 12 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Nutrition Services is Now Hiring!

Nutrition Services is looking for YOU to join our team in providing nutritious school meals to our students.  We are still hiring for this year and next year!  You have the advantage of being home to see your children off to school and be back in time to welcome them home! Other benefits include:  Competitive wages- $15.13/hr; Follow the school calendar – you’re home when your children are home; work in your community; fun and friendly managers and staff; uniform allowance; paid holidays; free lunch; and most importantly- NO weekends, evening hours, or SNOW days! To apply please visit the District website at: www.minnetonkaschools.org   and view the openings for Cook Helpers under Nutrition Services.  We look forward to hearing from you!


VANTAGE Summer Camps

Passionate about inventing?  Sustainability?  Journalism?  Enjoy making sense of numbers?  We have a camp for you!  We are very excited to offer Minnetonka middle school students (entering grades 7-9 in the fall) four unique summer camps from Minnetonka’s professional studies program, VANTAGEClick on the camp below for more details and registration info:

Questions?  Contact Julie Baeb, julie.baeb@minnetonkaschools.org.​​​​​​​

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