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Year in Review

Click HERE to see and read the highlights and accomplishments at MMS in 2013-2014.

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PTSA News

Parent Center

This Friday we have a special guest joining us at the Mendenhall Parent Center.
Paula Orrell is going to discuss Measure G and answer any questions you may have.
The Parent Center is open every Friday from 8:30 to 10:00.
The Parent Center is drop in. You don’t have to be there at exactly 8:30 and you don’t have to stay until 10:00.
Drop by and say ‘hi’.
Please pass the word and bring a friend with you this Friday.
 
What can you do to help?
Mendenhall is manning the phone banks on April 23 and May 22 from 5:30 to 8:30.
Please consider taking a shift.
You can sign up here: http://www.jooners.com/guest?l=e9078962-85c9-444c-8a9b-ac741625fe43 .
The Measure G website is: http://www.voteyesongforlivermorekids.org/

The Parent Center is open from 8:30 to 10:00 am on Fridays. Stop by if you can. If you have any questions, please contact Jean O’Neil Opipari, MMS PTSA President at 784-0282 or vinnyop@comcast.net.

District Updates

 
For more information on these and other events and opportunities go to the LVJUSD website, and visit it often.

Read the District Newsletter, The Grapevine, click here.

Click HERE for the "Community Connections" newsletter, which is published three times per year and is representative of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's commitment to connect with our community as we work to INFORM, INCLUDE, INNOVATE AND INSPIRE in all we do on behalf of our 12,803 students. Click HERE for the newsletter in Spanish.

Parents, now you can receive email updates automatically from the school district to keep informed.  Click on the link below to set it up. 
 
DELAC website launched: http://elaclivermore.blogspot.com/

LVJUSD 2012-13 Report

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is a public school district proudly serving over 12,500 students, pre-Kindergarten through 12th. For further information in English please click HERE.Click AQUI por espanol.

Community

To recognize your child for an academic, athletic, civic or any other type of accomplishment, click here: www.livermore.patch.com to post it on line at Livermore Patch.

ATHLETICS 2013-14

Middle School athletics are completely self-funded.  There are suggested donation amounts associated which would cover the athletic expenses for each sport.  Unfortunately, if the target amount is not reached through donations, the sport may be cancelled.  Click HERE for the 2013-14 donation flyer. 

All students planning on trying out for a sports team at Mendenhall must have a current athletic physical on file before tryouts.  Sports physicals are valid for 1 calendar year.  Click HERE to download of copy of the physical form.  Students must have and maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to tryout and participate in athletics.

Forms

Volunteer #1

Volunteer #2

Volunteer #3

Driver's Form

3rd Party Driver Release and Waiver

TVAL Participation Contract

Concussion Awareness

Mustang Motto

Sports Dates

 

 

Sports Seasons for 2013-14

Fall Sports 

Cross Country - click HERE  for schedule

Boys Volleyball - click HERE for schedule

Boys Basketball - tryouts will be on Monday, October 21

Winter Sports

Girls Basketball - tryouts will be Monday, January 6

Wrestling - practice will begin on Monday, February 3

Spring Sports

Girls volleyball - tryouts will be on Monday, March 12

Golf - tryouts will be on Monday, March 12

Track - practice begins Monday, March 24

Career Center

Help middle school and high school students explore their options and plan their next steps toward productive careers.
http://www.calcareercenter.org/

-- Character Trait for the Month of April is Responsibility -- 1-4 (Tu-F) Spring Break -- 7- 9 (M-W) SBAC Testing 7th grade -- 7 (M) Incoming 6th Grade Talk @ Sunset (7:00) -- 10 (Th) Incoming 6th Grade Talk @ Smith (7:00) -- 14-16 (M-W) SBAC Testing 6th Grade -- 14 (M) PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8p, Library) -- 17-18 (Th-F) SBAC Testing 8th Grade -- 21 (M) Non-Attendance Day (No School) -- 22 (T) SBAC Testing 8th Grade -- 25 (F) NHD State Competition Riverside, CA (Mrs. See) -- (TBA) LVEF Reach for the Stars (2:00 Bankhead) -- 29 (Tu) 6th Grade Orientation (7:00 Gym) -- (TBA) Make Time for Music (7:00 Granada) --

Wm. Mendenhall Middle School is a community of high performing students with professional teachers and staff committed to learning and academic excellence.

8th Grade Promotion Info

Please review the attached newsletter for important dates and information related to your 8th grade student.  You will need to complete, sign and return the 3rd page of the newsletter to the office by March 28 (April 18 for Discovery Kingdom trip only).  Please call the office at 606-4731 if you have questions about the newsletter. Attached is also the Promotion PowerPoint presented 1-29-14.

Promotion Newsletter

Promotion PowerPoint

Thank you Cedar Grove!

On Saturday April 12, 2014, many volunteers from Cedar Grove Community Church joined by staff, PTSA members, and students cleaned up our planter boxes and created a new herb garden. Thank you so much for your efforts to make MMS a beautiful place to learn!

Incoming Parent Orientation

Mrs. Sambuceti and Mr. Bernal had the privilege of meeting with many of the incoming 6th grade parents this week at Sunset and Smith Elementary schools. For any interested parent who might have missed the program, the link to the PowerPoint used for the presentation is HERE. Also attached HERE is the flyer inviting incoming 6th graders to our orientation on April 29.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF "LONG SHOT, THE KEVIN LAUE STORY" ON APRIL 26, 2014

Join LHS PSTA, LHS Boosters, and Solar Universe for a special screening of Long Shot on Saturday, April 26th at 2PM or 6PM at the Livermore High School theater located at 600 Maple; followed by a Q&A Session with Kevin Laue.
Click HERE to purchase tickets for $5 each or visit www.livermorehighschoolptsa.com/webstore/.

Kevin was born with one arm and became a starting basketball player for coach McKnight’s, a Livermore High School basketball coach, travel team and a starting varsity player for Amador High School. Come see the film and then meet Kevin after for a private Q&A, photos, and autographs. Meet Chad Crittenden, CBS Survivor and amputee, as he moderates these two limited engagement screenings!

The story of Kevin Laue is about having a dream and working hard to make the dream come true. Mr. Laue's story of dedication, perseverance, and hard work is an example to all athletes that they should never let anyone or anything stop them from their dream. Regardless of your dream - the next great artist, athlete, inventor, etc. -  life will present challenges, but don't let the challenges and/or naysayers limit you or take your dream away. There is always a way to live your dream!

Mrs. See Nationally Recognized!

Robbie See, 8th grade Honors Core teacher from Mendenhall Middle School, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of twenty-one NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.  The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines. This is the second NEH seminar Robbie has been invited to attend. Click HERE for the Press Release.

Mendenhall Community Events Update

On Thursday May 8th, Mendenhall will team up with Texas Roadhouse for a Drive Thru fundraiser.  This event will be held in the Mendenhall Parking Lot from 5pm-7pm.  Pre-purchase a delicious BBQ meal for $12.00 each, then on May 8th come to the Mendenhall Parking Lot and drive thru to pick up your dinner!  It's that easy!  All meals include your choice of either BBQ Pulled Pork or BBQ Chicken Breast, beans, coleslaw and roll.  All meals must be preordered!  We will also be looking for a few volunteers to help at the event that night.  To order your meals, please fill out the attached flyer and return it to the office no later than May 2nd along with your payment.  

Thank you everyone for your support of our Community Events this year!

Mustangs at WeDay

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For the first time ever WeDay came to California.WeDay is a conference with inspirational speeches and performances. Our very own Leadership class was part of this event. Marc and Craig Keilburger founded Free the Children. Their mission was to make a world where all children were free. Craig began this when he was only 12 years old. To this day, Free the children encourages others to help people in need. Tickets for WeDay can't be bought, they are earned with community service. Mendenhall packaged food with Kids Against Hunger for starving people in the Philippines. Eighty  students packaged 7,000 meals! During the holidays, the class adopted 3 families. We collected $1800 in coins and purchased items from the families wish lists, including kitchen supplies, bedding, warm clothes and backpacks. Leadership also hosted a coat drive for the Tri-Valley Haven coat drive during the cold month of January. We gathered 200 coats. It was an inspiring  experience!
Chloe Stanford
Leadership

History Day State Competitors

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Congratulations to all of Mendenhall’s Alameda County History Day participants!  This year’s competition was 50% larger than ever before, with more than 90 students attending from the region's top public and private schools.  Ten Mendenhall students are advancing to State competition in April.  Those students are: Nathan Swartz, for Individual Exhibits; Kaylie DiPaola, Junior Documentary; Mannu Singhal, Individual Website; Andrew Divita, Weston Everett, and Connor Razma, Group Website; Ashley Cole, Individual Performance; Laila Elmashni and Olivia Howe, Group Performance; and Brian Cuy, Historical Paper.

Go Mustangs!

LVJUSD STUDENTS WIN 1ST & 4TH PLACE AT COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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Congratulations to Mendenhall Middle School students Meenakshi Singhal, who tied for 1st place, and Sarah Morgan, who won 4th place in the Alameda County Spelling Bee. Meenakshi will represent Alameda County at the State Junior High Spelling Bee on Saturday, May 3rd.

2014 Science Odyssey


12 MMS students participated in this year’s Science Odyssey, held February 20.   Congratulations to 6th grader, Ryan Van Bladel, who won Best in Show for the Middle School category with his project, “Will a magnet get weaker or stronger as the temperature decreases?”.  First place ribbons were awarded to the team of Sean Griffin, Calvin Jue and Adam Lagodzinski, all 7th graders, for their project “The ‘Whey’ to Make Cheese”.  Receiving 2nd place awards were Jason Van Bladel and Erika Yang, both 8th graders.  3rd place awards were given to Anilyssa Quindipan, 6th grade, Kristina Mena, 8th grade, and the team of Kira Karter & Morgan Laughlin, also 8th graders.  The team of Alexander Bass & Connor Razma received an Honorable Mention for their project.  Well done, all of you!

Tdap Required!

For the 2014-15 school year, a State law now requires that all incoming 7th graders get a whooping cough booster shot, called Tdap, before entering school. Students who have not received this booster shot prior to the beginning of the school year will not be allowed to start school.
 
We encourage you to contact your child’s doctor now to schedule an immunization appointment, and provide proof to the school office as soon as possible.
 
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is widespread throughout California. This vaccine will help keep your child and family protected.
 
Please contact your school nurse if you have further questions.

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Congratulations to all our History Day participants!  Competition was stiff this year, and the judges were very impressed with your work.  Two projects in each category may advance to the Alameda County competition on Saturday, March 15:  For Individual Exhibits, Nathan Schwartz and Lindsey Philips are moving on.  In the Group Exhibit category, Tegan Borg and Shannon Yan will advance, as well as Chris Gonzalez and Mauricio Murillo.  Representing Mendenhall with Individual Websites are Mannu Singhal and Tommy Reeves.  Sarah Ng and Leah Vengely will advance with their Group Website, and so will Andrew Divita, Weston Everett, and Connor Razma.  Both Kaylie diPaola and Tami Lee are taking Individual Documentaries to County.  Advancing in the Group Documentary category are Quinn Loach and Nathan Kamm, along with Julia Cleric and Jenna Jorgensen.  Ashley Cole and Connor Livingston each have an Individual Performance, and Olivia Howe and Laila Elmashni will represent Mendenhall with a Group Performance.  Finally, Brian Cuy and Ariyana Walling will each present a Historical Paper at the County competition.  Congratulations, students!

State Honor Band

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Congratulations to Jessica Shaver and Sebastian Franco who were selected to be in the 2014 CALIFORNIA BAND DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE JR. HIGH HONOR BAND. This honor band selects the top students from all California counties.

 

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Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place finishers at the District Spelling Bee on Feb. 12, 2014 -- Audrey Kane (2nd), Manu Singhal (3rd) and Sarah Morgan (4th).  All three will progress to the County Competition on March 8th.

Smarter Balanced Test Video

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES STUDY

Mendenhall is a part of a new national study called the Healthy Communities Study! The survey is trying to find out how community programs and local policies help children be healthy.  A Study Interest Form will be sent home with each student on Thursday, February 6.  Please return these forms by Wednesday, February 12.  All students who return the interest form will receive a small prize - even if the family chooses not to participate in the study itself. Contact Cheryl Clark at 606-4731 or cclark@lvjusd.k12.ca.us if you have any questions about the Healthy Communities Study.

Attention alumni of M.M.S.!!!!

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!

We are going to be collecting any previously worn 8th grade promotion robes for this year’s ceremony.

The largest part of the PTSA budget for the promotion ceremony goes towards robes.

We are hoping to help to conserve financial resources and reduce waste by reusing robes that are in good shape.  If you have any questions please contact either-

Denise Glasco- glasco4@comcast.net

Or

Lisa Stanford-lisastanford68@gmail.com

If you have a robe that you would like to contribute to the cause please just bring it to the office.

Thank you very much!

Flu Season!

Flu season is here.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or  talk. Click HERE for further notes from our LVJUSD Nurses.

MMS Recycling Needs You

Do you have a pickup truck?  Are you tired of people asking you to help them move?  Don’t want to waste a whole Saturday, but still want to give back? The Mendenhall Recycling Program needs you! Click HERE for more details.

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Smarter Balanced Testing

Smarter Balanced is the system of academic tests that is expected to replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests in English–language arts and math beginning in the 2014–15 school year. The Smarter Balanced tests are based on the Common Core State Standards adopted by California in August 2010.   Click HERE for your copy of Mrs. Bowers letter to our parent community in English and HERE in Spanish. Click HERE for a copy of the practice test information.

Your Donation Needed

Our PTSA is accepting donations that are needed to ensure the continuation of many programs at Mendenhall.  For a complete list of these programs and information on how you can donate, please click HERE to view the letter.

P.E. Clothes

For the remainder of the school year P.E. clothes can be purchased from the P.E. Department. Order forms are can be downloaded from the website and are available in the office.
Please see the PTSA section of the website in order to purchase PTSA membership or P.E. clothes or to access the volunteer form.
Thank you.

PTSA SpiritWear

Great news!  Our online apparel shop is open for business.  Customize your favorite gear on screen and have it shipped directly to your door.  There are hundreds of products to choose from and we earn money on every single purchase!!  As an added bonus, we can save $9.00 on every order by using the promo code BT445 at checkout.  Happy shopping everyone!

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Dress Code

LVJUSD is renewing its pledge to adhere to Board Policy 5332 and to that aim is asking all schools to strictly enforce the dress code.  To help us in that process, the district has changed some of its procedures.  They are as follows:

1st offense:  referral, required to change clothes*, and parent contact;
2nd offense:  referral, required to change clothes, parent contact, and possible detention;
3rd offense:  referral, required to change clothes, detention, parent contact, and conference required; suspension and school/community service may also be required.

Students will be required to change into clothing provided by the district.  While these changes are not significantly different from our typical practice, there are a few differences.  Previously we have not required boys to change out of sagging pants and have allowed students to change into PE clothes. They often have not received detentions or phone calls home.  We will step up enforcement, and parents, your support of this policy is requested.  Please help your children to dress appropriately for school. Click HERE for examples of appropriate and inappropriate guidelines.
 

Traffic Safety Reminders at MMS


By Car:  25 MPH Speed Limit
Red Curb:  No Stopping, waiting or parking
Yellow Curb:  Drop off only
Green Curb:  Timed parking
 
By Bicycle:  Must wear helmet
Ride on right side of road (same direction as traffic)
Stop at Stop signs
One rider per bike
 
Walking:  Cross only at signals and marked cross walks

News

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INFORMATION ABOUT MEASURE G

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Measure G will generate more than $3.5 million each year for 7 years for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.  This money will be used to provide quality educational programs for the students such as reducing class sizes at elementary, middle and high school levels.  Learn more...

Principal's Letter

Today: 4/18/14

Mark Your Calendar

APRIL

1-4 (Tu-F) Spring Break

7- 9 (M-W) SBAC Testing 7th grade

7 (M)   Incoming 6th Grade Talk @ Sunset (7:00)

10 (Th) Incoming 6th Grade Talk @ Smith (7:00)

14-16 (M-W) SBAC Testing 6th Grade

14 (M)  PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8p, Library)

17-18 (Th-F) SBAC Testing 8th Grade

21 (M) Non-Attendance Day (No School)

22 (Tu) SBAC Testing 8th Grade

25 (F)  NHD State Competition Riverside, CA (Mrs. See)

(TBA)  LVEF Reach for the Stars (2:00 Bankhead)

29 (Tu)  6th Grade Orientation (7:00 Gym)

(TBA) Make Time for Music (7:00 Granada)

2013 - 2014 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Click the link below for 2013 - 2014 School Year Calendar.

2013 - 2014 School Year Calendar

 

2014-2015 & 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDARS

At the February 18th School Board Meeting both the 2014 - 2015 and the 2015 - 2016 School Year Calendars were approved. Spanish versions will be posted soon.

2014 - 2015 School Year Calendar
2015 - 2016 School Year Calendar

School Facility Planning

Common Core

Click HERE get to know our Common Core Curriculum!

Why We Need Common Core- "I Choose C"

What is Bullying?

 


 

Library News!

Our AR reading competition is back in full force and classes are climbing Mt. Olympus.  The top 4 classes reap the benefits of their time spent reading in an attempt to Save Percy Jackson from the Wrath of the Gods on Mt. Olympus.  Encourage your student to support their team by reading.  This is a fun event for the whole school.
The Library hours for the 2013-2014 school year are-
7:50-3:30   Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
7:50-2:40   Wednesday (except on staff days, the library will close at 2:20)
To access our online circulation catalog, go to lib.livermore.k12.ca.us and for your student’s progress on AR go to hosted283.renlearn.com/280958/HomeConnect.
 
Ms. Kubiak
Library Media Specialist

Connect with Leadership

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New Parents Presentation, Click HERE

6th grader Webpage, Click HERE

MATHCOUNTS

MathCounts is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships.  The purpose is to encourage interest and develop ability in mathematics among all middle school students.  Click HERE for the new Mendenhall MathCounts Website for more information.

Click HERE for forms including registration and HERE for a 2013-14 Calendar.

Math Help on Website!

 

Math_Symbol_Clipart.jpgWith the wonderful District support given by former Mendenhall teacher Mrs. Schlichter, we are happy to offer some video help to our students now on the website. Click on the Resources tab above for Math is not just joy.

Resources for Parents

Are you concerned about the organizational skills of your child? Are you concerned about the grades of your child? Lack of progress? What should you do if your child is struggling? Click HERE to download a Family Road Map for helpful first steps.

Digital Safety

Much of the material presented to our community by the Livermore Police Department on Thursday, October 25, 2012, is now available for parents on our Website. Go to the PTSA tab and click on Resources.

 

 

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