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Weekly Message for 1.24.2020

General Announcements

 

We are excited to announce that Moore Square earned Magnet School of Distinction by the Magnet Schools of America. This award recognizes the work of our staff and students throughout the year.

 

Congratulations to Kate Brewer, Rylee Muse and Ethan Underhill, as well as Ms. Bumstead, on their concert this weekend. The students performed with WCPSS All County Chorus on Saturday!

 

Also, congratulations to our Future Cities students who participated in the Future City Competition on Saturday. Mr. Hunter took three teams to the reginal Competition at NCSU and took home the award for Most Innovative Smart City. Team members are:

          Zachary Bowen    Oso Cash              Madeleine Clodfelter

          Camryn Collins    Emery Dean          Linnea Debellis

          Rocco Fox            Stella Hallberg      Cameron Johnson

          Charlie Kearse      Logan Moreau      Brady Nguyen

          Grant Kreacic

 

Our Spelling Bee was held this week and went deep in rounds. Congratulations to William Hawins, our champion, who will represent Moore Square in the County Bee. Our 1st runner-up is Rafaela Preugschat and our 2nd runner-up, Everett Tate. A special thanks to WRAL’s Brian Shrader who was our guest pronouncer.

 

The National Geographic Bee will be held during first period in the Media Center January 28, 2020. Ten contestants from three different grade levels will compete for the National Geographic School Champion title.  

 

The Moore Square “Square” Dance is right around the corner. The dance will be Friday, February 7th, with the theme of County vs City. Chaperones and concession stand volunteers will be needed. Be on the lookout for more information.

 

Attention Carpool Parents! A few reminders about morning and afternoon carpool. Students are not to be dropped off or picked up on Person, Martin or Bloodworth Streets. Students are to be picked up and dropped off on Davie Street. We have noticed since we returned from break students getting in an out of cards on Person, Martin and Bloodworth. This slows down our carpool flow and puts student safety at risk. Additionally, the leaders of the churches that surround our school have asked that parents not park in their lots to wait on afternoon dismissal. Members of their congregations are not able to access their churches due to our parents filling their lots. We ask that you assist us in being good neighbors.

 

Pennies for Pasta is around the corner!  Keep your loose change ready, as our homerooms all throughout the month of February will be competing to donate the most to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fundraise for cancer research. 

 

Parents, we are continuing to collect books for our “Honor Library” available to our students located outside the Media Center. This collection of books is available for students to take a book for a day or for forever! Mrs. Skinner would appreciate gently read donations that may be cluttering up your bookshelves.

 

 

Yearbooks are on sale now through February 16th for $40. Prices go up to $45 after February 16th. Order at jostens/yearbooks.com or call 1-877-767-5217.

 

8th grade parents, now is the time to purchase ads in the yearbook. These are a great way to celebrate your child and your child's growth over the years. 

Go to jostensadservice.com to purchase and design your advertisement. This is only available for 8th graders. Deadline for ad submissions is 2/13/20.

 

Magnet News

 

We are still collecting caps for a spring art project. Keep sending in those clean caps/lids!

 

Class and Club News

 

Basketball intramurals will begin on Wednesday January 29th from 2:20-4:00.  They will be on Wednesday the rest of the school year.

 

An update to our Mock Trial Competition last week. We learned that, due to a calculation error, our Mock Trial Team actually won the competition! Congratulations to Ms. Sweeney and all members of the team!

 

The following students will be representing Moore Square Middle School in the upcoming MathCounts competition. Please congratulate the following students:

     Noah Pinkham

     Ayden Welton

     Derean Simmons

     William Almeida

     Madison Tarbell

     Charles Kearse

     Solomon Jackson

     Meghan Henderlite

     Jordan Johnson 

     Ashton Belk

The competition will be held on February 8, 2020!

 

Attention 8th Graders: The final payment for the Washington DC trip is due of February 4th.

 

Attention Science Club Members: The dates for this semester’s meetings are as follows:

  • February 7
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • May 8

 

 

Realms of Myth, Moore Square's only trading card mythology-based club, meets this quarter during the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays after school in Mr. Anderson's room 2217 from 2:30-4:15.  Come check it out!

 

Spring CAM docents first meeting is Thursday, February 6th.  We will meet in the art room right after school. Then, we'll walk together as a group from Moore Square to CAM, which is a 15 min and about 6 blocks.  Our meeting ends at 5pm.  Parents, please remember to pick up your student at CAM and not Moore Square.  CAM meeting dates, times and other information is located on the Moore Square Visual Art web site.

 

 

Counseling and Student Services News

 

In order to help reinforce ROAR behaviors, we will select target behaviors to focus on for a week. For the week of January 27th-31st, the focus will be on Remaining Safe in all areas.  Please make sure to work on being safe this week.

As we move deep into winter please be reminded about returning to school from illness. If your student has a fever, is vomiting, or has gastric distress today, they should not be in school tomorrow. If you must give your student Tylenol or Motrin for a fever today, they should not be in school tomorrow. Giving medicine to “get through the day” means that your student should stay home. Please help us keep the flu at bay.

Parents we are hosting a Family Academy on Tuesday, February 4th from 6:00-7:30. Dinner will be served at 5:30 (slice of pizza, fruit side, and cookie). The purpose of the Family Academy program is to provide families with the necessary academic tools to support the success of their child’s education and to bring schools, parents/guardians, families, and community organizations together as equal partners. The topics are Transitioning to High School and Teaching Your Child How to Deal with Peer Pressure (2 separate topics). Please see the link for more information and to register to attend.  https://bit.ly/3ahTWwg

Also, mark your calendars for our 4th Quarter Family Academy on March 31st. The topics are helping Your Child Reduce Test Stress and Preparing Your Child for the End of Grade (EOG) Tests.

 

As a reminder, the Magnet Application window closes on January 30th so something to keep in mind as we look toward next year. I've included some relevant links for which schools are MagnetMagnet Themes, the Application Process and where to Apply. They can also be found on the Counseling Weebly. If for whatever reason you do not end up getting your desired school, the Request for School Transfer Window (NOT a Magnet or Early College) for a school other than your base is Feb 21 - Mar 6.

For any High School Application related questions, please contact Mr. Wray (mwray@wcpss.net). Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Parents please remind students to sign in in the front office upon arrival if they are arriving after the bell. Students are marked absent unless they sign in. 

 

PTSA News

Enloe High School & their PTSA invite Moore Square parents to attend their upcoming presentation: Teen Mental Health 101Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8PM.  Guest speakers, Dr. Jessica Tomasula (Wake Med) and Ms. Kelly Lister (WCPSS), will discuss some of the challenges facing today's teens.  

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-mental-health-101-tickets-89165860489.  

 

The PTSA has begun our search for 2020-21 Board Members.  Please let us know if you'd be interested in filling any of the following positions for next school year (for more information on these roles, please visit the Executive Board section of the PTSA website):

  • First Vice President
  • Spirit Wear Chair
  • VP - Hospitality
  • VP - Advocacy
  • Family Engagement Chair
  • VP - Programs
  • Reflections Chair
  • Teacher Grants Chair
  • Nominating Chair

After School Activities for the Week

Monday               Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball @ East Garner

Tuesday              Engineering Club

Wednesday          Model UN

                          Realms of Myth

                          Garden Club

                          In Battle of the Books

                          Intramural Basketball

Thursday             Intramural Soccer

                          Be the Man

                          Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball vs Carnage