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School Announcements
Upcoming Schedule

School hours are 8:10 to 2:50. 

Students should not arrive at the school before 7:30 A. M. 
Before 8:10, they should report directly to the cafeteria and remain there until the bell rings at 7:55.  


14 APRIL

Monday

SPRING
BREAK -
NO SCHOOL

15 APRIL

Tuesday

SPRING
BREAK -
NO SCHOOL
16 APRIL

Wednesday

SPRING
BREAK -
NO SCHOOL
17 APRIL

Thursday

SPRING
BREAK -
NO SCHOOL
18 APRIL

Friday

SPRING
BREAK -
NO SCHOOL


21 APRIL

Monday

MAROON
DAY

SNOW MAKE
UP DAY -
SCHOOL IS
IN SESSION


22 APRIL

Tuesday

BLUE
DAY
23 APRIL

Wednesday


MAROON
DAY
24 APRIL

Thursday

BLUE
DAY
25 APRIL

Friday

MAROON
DAY


28 APRIL

Monday

BLUE
DAY

29 APRIL

Tuesday

MAROON
DAY
30 APRIL

Wednesday


BLUE
DAY
1 MAY

Thursday

MAROON
DAY
2 MAY

Friday

BLUE
DAY


During the school year, in the event of a school closure, the maroon day/blue day rotation will not change.  For example, if school closed on a Monday, and it was supposed to be a maroon day, Tuesday will become the maroon day. We will continue to alternate blue and maroon from that point on.

Please see the Prince William County Public Schools site for bus schedules.

If you need to register your student, please call for an appointment (703)393.7608.




Marsteller is a School of Excellence (2012-13) and a School to Watch





March Bulldogs of the Month
Congratulations to the following students for being selected Bulldogs of the Month:
Chris Skibinski, Anabelle Begeron, Cody Yoon, Faith Miller, Danielle Cerniuk , Paige Platz, Megan Mastropaolo, Christopher Little, Michayla McIntyre, Shelby Kennedy, Kate Ramirez, Rahman Khan, Kailin Frye, Will Patrick, Zeta Atoigue, Kris Ivanov, Kelsey Luther, Jaqueline Campos, Morgan Swindall, Christopher Morales, Mana Badoui, and William Heltibridle.  Great job!
 

After School SOL Prep Classes Offered
We are fortunate to be able to offer SOL preparation sessions after regular school hours this year.  The after school sessions will be scheduled from 3 P.M. until 5 P.M.  Four sessions each are scheduled for mathematics and reading.

Although the SOL prep week is voluntary, students are encouraged to attend because we will focus on test taking skills, practice SOL tests, and grade level curriculum in order to prepare for the upcoming tests in May and June.

Students may ride the activity bus home or a parent may transport them at 5 P. M.  The session dates are listed below.

Tuesday, April 29 – Friday, May 2

     Reading Grade 6, 7, 8

Monday, May 5 – Thursday, May 8

     Math Grade 6, 7, 8,

     Algebra

We are pleased to invite your child to participate in this program.  Click to see the flier and registration form.  Please indicate the preference that you have for your child and return to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, April 11, 2014.


April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and today is "Light It Up Blue" Day to shine a light on Autism.  Please wear blue today to celebrate Autism Awareness Month!










The 'Super Bowl' of Science
The 'Super Bowl' of Science: Don’t Miss the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

Saturday, 26 April and Sunday, 27 April at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – FREE OF CHARGE!

Imagine chatting with Marie Curie and Ben Franklin, flying a simulated jet fighter, creating your own inventions using the latest in DIY and 3D printing technology, building an underwater robot, learning from science advisers of such hit TV shows as Breaking Bad and The Big Bang Theory, hanging out with basketball great and science motivator Kareem Abdul Jabbar, exploring the science behind extreme sports and Hollywood movie stunts, and being wowed by planetary science heroes, best-selling authors, science celebrities, magicians and comedians.

These are just a few of the over 3,000 interactive exhibits and live performances planned for the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.  Visit the web site to learn more - www.usasciencefestival.org/ 

The Expo, often called the ¨Super Bowl¨ of Science, is the culmination of the year-ling Festival, sponsored by founding and presenting host Lockheed Martin, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Marsteller Middle School is actively participating in the Festival Expo by hosting Lockheed Martin on Friday, 28 March.   It’s all part of the Festival's effort to educate and motivate young learners and the public in the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Bring your entire family to the Festival’s Finale Expo and give them the experience of a lifetime!  Click to read the letter with more details.
Summer Art Enrichment Program Applications
Summer Art Enrichment Program applications are available online at arts.departments.pwcs.edu and are also located outside of Ms. Sykes' Art Room #1421.  Applications and payment are due by Friday, 2 May at 3 P. M.  Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come basis.


Online Concussion Training
Click here to go to the Prince William County page for information on mandatory concussion training.  

Parents and students who have already attended a face-to-face training may take this year’s mandatory concussion training online.  Rising 6th grade and 9th grade students and students new to Prince William County Public Schools are not eligible for the Online Training.



"Be There Prince William"
The School Board signed a resolution designating November as "Be There Prince William" Month.  This suggests a simple way parents can play an active role in preparing their children for success every day.  “Be There Prince William” inspires parents to make ordinary moments extraordinary by connecting with their children during the daily routines of life. Visit bethere.org to read stories submitted from other school divisions and for inspiration.
 
Here is the tip:

It's not an April Fool's joke.  The benefits of connecting with your child every day will last a lifetime.

No es una broma del Dia de April Fool.  Los beneficios de conectarse con su hijo cada dia duraran toda la vida.
Important Directions for Parent Portal and SchoolFusion
Parents - Click here for directions on how to make sure you receive your school web site's daily email notification.

Parents and students - Click here to learn how to change your email address for Parent Portal and SchoolFusion or to change your web password.


Updated Activity Bus Schedule
Click here to see the Activity Bus schedule.  The buses leave Marsteller at 5:00.  Arrival time at the various stops may vary according to student load, and the schedule is subject to change.







Technology Supports Learning
We encourage the use of technology in the classroom to enhance student learning.  In such situations, the teacher will issue a technology pass to students.  However, at other times, to preserve the instructional environment at Marsteller, we ask that students store their cell phones in their lockers.

Students are reminded that all personal electronic devices are only to be used in the classroom with teacher permission.  Taking photos, posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and checking text messages and emails violate the PWCS Code of Behavior Acceptable Use Policy.  



Order your 2013-2014 Marsteller Middle School Yearbook Today!!
The yearbook is now on sale.  Click HERE to order online today!




 
Box Tops for Education
Have you ever noticed the Box Tops for Education coupon on a food package?  If not, please look for them and start saving them.  We can use them for our school.  There is a drop off container in the front office.   We will continue to collect them for next school year.  Marsteller can redeem them for supplies and equipment.  Thanks very much for supporting our school.




Food Allergies and Sharing Snacks
We would like to remind students about snacking and sharing food. You are encouraged to bring healthy snacks to eat at appropriate times, but discouraged from sharing your food because of concerns about other students' allergies.




How to Get Your Non-School, After Hours Event Scheduled
Hundreds of cultural, educational, religious, and civic groups use school facilities each year in compliance with the School Division’s policy and Community Use of School Facilities Manual.

Representatives of outside groups, excluding recreational and sports leagues, can reserve space through the School Division Office of Risk Management and Security Services. To reserve a room in a school for an event, organizers can go to the Web site for community use of schools and facilities and follow the detailed instructions for registering. The Risk Management Web site includes a fee schedule and a link to “Frequently Asked Questions.” Use by outside groups does require adequate insurance and registrations can take a while to process; so groups should plan ahead.

For recreational and athletic use of school facilities, event organizers should contact the Prince William County Park Authority.

The Office of Risk Management and Security Services has prepared a document of “Frequently Asked Community Use Questions with Answers,” or FAQ. The FAQ addresses questions such as what type of activities are allowed, how long it takes a request to be processed and approved, and what fees are charged.


Forget Your Password for Parent Portal?

If parents and students attempt to login to Parent Portal and cannot remember their password, they can click on "Forgot your Password?" at the bottom of the login screen and fill in the requested information.  The system will email parents/students a temporary password which can be used to access the system.  Once they have logged in, they can go to "Settings" and change their password to something they will remember.

Also note that the Parent Portal passwords for students and parents must be changed via the Parent Portal and not in SchoolFusion.  When a parent or student changes his/her password in Parent Portal, it will be immediately available in SchoolFusion.

This changed item plus other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s can be found here


Link to Interactive Achievement Test Site
If students do not see the "iTest7 Middle School" icon in their NAL, have them CLICK HERE.









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