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    November 2017, Edition No. 1 (PDF)

    Looking Ahead

    Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Spirit Week

    • Mon: Pajama Day
    • Tues: Costume Day
    • Wed: Dress Alike Day
    • Thurs: Sports Day
    • Friday: Formal Day

    Nov. 2: LGBT Families Dinner

    Nov. 3: Harvest Dance

    Nov. 9: PTSA board mtg, 6:30-8:30

    Nov. 10: Veterans Day – NO school

    Nov. 18: Garden work party 9-12

    Nov. 21: Parent-teacher conferences 6:30-8

    Nov 23 – 24: Thanksgiving break

    Nov. 28: PTSA general meeting, 6:30-8

    Dec. 5: Winter ensemble concert and reception 6-8

    Dec. 15: 1-hr early dismissal, then winter break until Jan 2, 2018

    Letter from Principal Oatis

    I would like to open my first principal’s note by saying thank you again for all of your kind words, smiles, and simple waves as you are dropping off or picking up your students.

    Welcome to our first Meany ROAR newsletter! The ROAR will be published monthly and will highlight recent events and look ahead to happenings at Meany Middle School. I am overjoyed at the beginning of this new journey with the Meany Middle School Community. Change is hard for all of us, so to be welcomed in such a special way makes me feel at home in my new community. I look forward to my continued work with you.

    September was filled with so many amazing instructional opportunities for our students and our staff. We began this school year with a new Science curriculum called Amplify. To enable our teachers to become proficient in implementing this instructional strategy, the teachers were involved with a variety of professional development.

    Thank you for attending our Curriculum Night. The evening was an opportunity to get a snapshot of the learning experiences in your student’s day. It was also a great opportunity for families to ask questions and get to know our Meany staff members and PTSA members. I hope that you had a nice opportunity to socialize with other Meany parents! I want to give an early thank you to everyone who was able to participate and attend this important opportunity to be involved with your child’s education.

    I would like to give a special thank you to our Art classes for creating a beautiful display in our Commons Hallway. The student work is such a nice way to welcome our new mascot. As you know, we went through a suggestion, selection and voting process to choose our new mascot. Previous Meany mascots were the Shamrocks and the Jaguars;we are now the Mountain Lions. Let’s go Meany Mountain Lions!

    This month we will be having family conferenceson November 21st. Family conferences are extremely important to your child’s success. Teachers want the time to be productive and student-focused. During the meeting, you and the teacher will discuss your child’s academic and social progress in school. This is a great time to ask questions and share information about your child. Time is very limited, so we ask that you please be mindful of your start and finish times. More information will come soon. There will be no school November 23-26th due to Thanksgiving Break.

    We have a new after-school program – the Meany Big World Breaks Drumline team. Do you love hard beats, rhythm, percussion and drums? Now it is time to put your style, passion and talents on stage! Drumline will be the crossroads of many music styles including hip-hop, southern, Caribbean, Latin, and Funk! Drumline will launch on Monday, October 30 and will meet weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. Applications are available in the main office.

    Spirit week is coming up: October 30 – November 3. Please see the ‘Looking Ahead’ section on page 1 for details. Guidelines for Costume Day: Costumes cannot cover faces and should be an appropriate length. No masks, no excessive make-up, no weapons of any sort, and no blood or gore.

    This week Meany participated in Discover U, a week devoted to college and career exploration in our schools. Students participated in fun activities and conversations that help them explore their career interests and learn about the education and skills needed to get there. The goal was to engage our community to help build a “beyond high school” culture and support students in planning for their future.

    On Sunday, October 29th, the 2017-2018 UNCF Black College Fair will be held from 12:30-4:00PM at Garfield High School. This event is free for students and gives them, parents, and guardians the opportunity to meet with recruiters and alumni groups from historically black colleges and universities, Pacific Northwest colleges and universities, and local community educational organizations. For more information and registration please visit the UNCF Black College Fair Seattle website at: https://www.uncf.org/events/event/2017-uncf-black-college-fair-seattle.

    The Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 2 from 6-8PM at Meany Middle School. All Seattle Public Schools students, families and staff are welcome to attend. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your part to Lisa Love at 206-252-0982 or email her at llove@seattleschools.org.

    Have a great day and remember the Meany ROAR!

    Message from the PTSA

    It has been an exciting start to the school year, and we are thrilled to be all together in our beautiful new school building as a community for the first time. We are all part of history together!

    Our mission as a PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association) is that we are an inclusive, responsive, and energized community dedicated to supporting and enriching the experience of every Meany Middle School student and empowering them with the knowledge, skills, empathy, and agency they need to make a positive impact in their lives and in the world.

    There has been a lot of work happening since the spring to create a strong PTSA at our school. Like any startup, we are creating the PTSA infrastructure from scratch and looking towards a wide-open frontier of all we can accomplish together. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far! We welcome family and community involvement to help create an inspiring and beneficial school experience for all students and families. Please reach out if you would like to jump in and volunteer, as every volunteer makes a huge difference in what we can take on as a PTSA this year. (meanyvolunteers@gmail.com, meanymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com)

    Make sure to check out the Meany PTSA Website www.meanyptsa.org, subscribe on the PTSA website to receive PTSA emails, and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MeanyPTSA/ for information on all things PTSA.

    It is a great pleasure to be part of this school community, and we look forward to the year ahead.

    Anna Davison
    PTSA Co-President

    Department Spotlight: History

    Welcome to History at Meany! Here are a few things about our History department teachers that inspire them, satisfy them, and make them tick!

    Anna Howell

    • Who inspired you to become a teacher? My 12th grade Language Arts teacher was amazing, she had us read so many amazing texts that were “outside the box” for 1995 really focusing on women authors
    • What other jobs have you had besides being a teacher? Have any of those jobs helped you become a better teacher? I have had tons of jobs everything from working at a horse farm in Kentucky to waiting tables in Aspen, Colorado. What really impacted me as a teacher is I spent a year traveling around the world in my early 20’s. My favorite spots were South Africa, Namibia and Botswana
    • What is your favorite food and restaurant? I know I should say something really classy but I LOVE cheeseburgers!

    Jerome Hunter

    • What are your favorite topics to teach, and why? I love to teach Ancient Rome because it helps students come to understand power structures, world geography, and Rome’s contributions to the society with regard to civil law.
    • What other jobs have you had besides being a teacher? Have any of those jobs helped you become a better teacher? I used to work at a community center as a child supervisor when I was in high school. I worked as a team facilitator for children with autism. I also was in sales and marketing for a while before becoming a teacher.
    • What are your favorite books and movies? My favorite books are Between the World and Me, The Martian, Ready Player One, and Outliers. My favorite movies are Do the Right Thing, It, and You’ve Got Mail.

    Maggie Fish

    • Who inspired you to become a teacher? I loved history, and I wanted to share that with others. Plus, every day is different, so the work is always interesting.
    • Where did you grow up? I grew up in Santa Rosa, CA. The house I lived in during middle and high school is one of the houses that was burned in the recent fires.
    • What is your favorite food and restaurant? I love all food except seafood. My favorites are Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican. And pizza. And dessert.
    • What is your favorite book or movie? My favorite YA author is Diana Wynne Jones. My favorite movie is the original Star Wars trilogy.

    School Psychology Month

    Did you know that Meany has a School Psychologist? Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Annemarie Hutson (anhutson@seattleschools.org), and I am the School Psychologist for Meany Middle School. I am here to support the needs of all students. The week of November 13-17 is officially School Psychologist awareness week.

    What do School Psychologists do? School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students; consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals,i.e. school counselors, school social workers, to improve support strategies; work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. For more information, please visit click on the following links:

    Call for Arts Class Volunteers

    Our fabulous art teacher, Ms. Hall, needs classroom volunteers. Activities would include taking down and hanging up art, handing out and collecting class supplies, circulating around the class, and helping students one-on-one as needed. Requested times are 3rd and 5th period (11:50-12:45 and 1:50-2:45) every day except Wednesdays. If you can help or have questions, please contact nehall@seattleschools.org.

    Annual Fund Appeal

    Be on the lookout for the Meany Annual Fund appeal coming soon to a mailbox (and e-mail in box and Facebook account) near you! This appeal is our first chance as a school community to make a tax-deductible financial gift to the PTSA in support of the school’s top priorities, and we ask everyone to consider giving as generously as they feel they can. Our goal is 100% participation and we want the Annual Fund to be yet another demonstration of how strong the Meany Middle School community is and how we’re all coming together for a great start to this new chapter in the school’s life – and in our students’ academic careers. Please send any questions to Jill Chelimer and Dan Johnson (Annual Fund Co-Chairs) at johnimer@comcast.net, and thank you for your support!

    Seattle Public Safety Survey

    Parents and guardians, please visit publicsafetysurvey.org to take part in Seattle University’s 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is available now through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the survey. Public safety and security are community concerns.

    Feedback

    This monthly Meany Roar newsletter will be distributed to all Meany MS students. Please contact caroltroup@live.com with any feedback or suggestions.

    Important Links

    Meany Middle School PTSA Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeanyPTSA/

    Meany Middle School PTSA website: https://www.meanyptsa.org/

    Meany Middle School website: http://meanyms.seattleschools.org/