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ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

April, 2012

 

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION

IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE LIFELONG LEARNERS.

 

LION’S CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

     The April Lion’s Club “Good Award” winner is Christian Patrick.  Christian is an eighth grade student.  He is an honor roll student and is described by his teachers as conscientious, polite, and responsible.  Christian was honored at the April Rootstown Board of Education meeting where he received a certificate and the “Good Award” t-shirt.

 

OTEEA SPRING SHOW

      The Ohio Technology Education and Engineering Association held their spring show in Granville, Ohio, at the end of March.  Mr. Edward Bose, technology education teacher, took several eighth grade students’ projects to enter in the show.  Our students competed against other schools from all over the state.  The following students should be congratulated:  First Place and Best of Show was awarded to Seth Hayes – Materials and Processes – Woods Manufacturing.  Earning second places were Tony Paolucci – Materials and Processes – Woods Manufacturing, Jessy Wilson – Materials and Processes – Plastics Manufacturing and Hannah Shirey – Graphic Arts, Technical Drawing.

 

P.T.S. NEWS

     8th graders are getting ready for their trip to Washington, DC, May 4-6.  PTS is preparing for 8th Grade Recognition which will be held Friday, May 18 at 7:00 P.M.  Eighth graders should be bringing home information requesting pictures that should be submitted by May 9 for the program.  If you would like to help with 8th Grade Recognition, please contact the office.  The PTS is rewarding five students from each grade level who were on the honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period.  The following students’ names were drawn and will receive a $10 gift card:  6th grade: Shaye Birkett, Thomas Carpenter, Caleb Fogleman, Kennedy Gibson and Timothy Shackelford; 7th grade: Adam Baird, Tyler Bender, Chandler England, Casey Gayelit and Jordyn Hilliard; 8th grade: Chloe Batsch, Sarah Fisher, Andrew Long, Ankush Sangar and Dominic Testa.

 

OHIO ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENTS UPCOMING

     Teachers and students are preparing for the upcoming Ohio Achievement Assessments to be administered the week of April 23.  Grades 6, 7 and 8 will be assessed in reading on April 23 and math on April 25.  Grade 8 will be assessed in science on April 27.  Please make sure students get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast before assessments.  Thank you to PTS for providing a snack and drink for each student.

 

SOAP BOX DERBY CHALLENGE

    Middle school students have been assembling a car for entry in the Soap Box Derby Challenge which will be May 19 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Derby Downs in Akron.  The driver will be Zack Eackelbary and the alternate is Evan Chapple.  Other students involved in the project designing

t-shirts, banners, etc. are Morgan Allman, Charlie Egli, Nick Fullen, Jaret Golgosky, Devin Knoch, Ankush Sangar, Dominic Testa, and Kenny Zhang.  Mr. Bose advises donations are still needed to cover expenses.  Please contact the school if you can support the team.

 

 

NETBOOK WINNER

     Sixth grader, Maelynn Allstead, won a $100 gift card in the Accelerated Reader drawing at the middle school for the 3rd  nine weeks grading period.  Other top readers were Molly Green, Samuel DiTirro, Jessica Franks, Kimberly Grabski and Jordyn Hilliard.

 

BOOK-IT REWARDS

    “Knowing is Growing” was the theme for this year’s Book-It Program sponsored by Pizza Hut.  The following sixth graders participated and were rewarded for their efforts:  Chanelle Waligura, Francesca Mammone, Michaela Barb and Jordan Scott.

 

ARTS

     Mrs. Noelle Eibler’s art students and Mr. Bose’s technology students will be presenting their work at the middle school show to be held in conjunction with the middle school choir concert May 3.  The show will start at 6:00 P.M. and the choir concert will begin at 7:00 P.M.  The Portage County Art Show will be held May 16-17 at Hiram College.  The artist reception will be May 17 at 6:30 P.M. with an awards ceremony following at 7:00 P.M.  Mr. Richardson’s musicians are preparing for the middle school band concert to be held May 15 at 7:00 P.M.

 

SPORTS NOTES

     Our track teams are off to a great start.  They competed against 11 teams at the Champion Invitational.  Our girls placed 4th and the boys placed 6th.  First place finishers were Courtney Brown in high jump and Tawnie Vair in 200 M hurdles where she set a new meet record of 33.1 seconds. At the NEO Classic, the boys placed 8th and the girls placed 6th out of 14 teams.  Molly Green won the MVP award for field events and Conner Hluch placed first in the high jump.  Congratulations and keep up the great effort!

 

CALENDAR

April                23        Ohio Achievement Assessment Reading Grades 6-8

                                    Track @ Crestwood (with Springfield also) 4:15 P.M.

                        25        Ohio Achievement Assessment Math Grades 6-8

                                    Track @ Woodridge (with Southeast also) 4:15 P.M.

27        Ohio Achievement Assessment Science Grade 8

4th Interim ends

                        28        Track @ Western Reserve Invitational 10:00 A.M.

May                 1         5th to 6th Grade Orientation 6:00 P.M.

 2         Track @ Mogadore (with Norton also) 4:15 P.M.

                         3         Middle School Art & Tech Show 6:00 P.M.

Middle School Choir Concert 7 P.M.

                       4-6        8th grade trip to Washington, DC

  5        Track @ Mineral Ridge Invitational 10:00 A.M.

10        PTC Track Championship @ Woodridge TBA

PTS meeting 7:00 P.M.

15          Middle school band concert 7:00 P.M.

18          PTS 8th Grade Recognition 7:00 P.M.

19        Soap Box Derby Challenge 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Derby Downs, Akron

21        Board of Education Meeting 6:00 P.M.

28        Memorial Day – No school

June                   1        Exams and Last Day for Students

 

 

ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

March, 2012

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION

IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE LIFELONG LEARNERS

 

LIONS’ CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

            The March Lions’ Club “Good Award” winner is 6th grade student, Michaela Barb.  She is an honor roll student that is described by her teachers as hard working, friendly, and helpful.  Michaela will be honored at the March Rootstown Board of Education meeting where she will receive a certificate and the “Good Award” t-shirt.

SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION

            Summer School classes will not be offered at the Maplewood Career Center this summer.  Instead, the Portage County Education Service Center in collaboration with Virtual Community School of Ohio will provide on-line summer school classes.  Middle School courses include: language arts, math, science, and social studies and all instructors are highly qualified.  The cost is $149 each.  Students must have access to a computer with internet capabilities.  

Additional information is available at portagevcs.com or by calling 330-297-1436. 

 

INTERNET SAFETY GUIDE AVAILABLE

            The United States Department of Justice has developed “A parent’s Guide to Internet Safety”.  While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for students by expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, it can also expose them to dangers as they explore the information highway.  The guide can be accessed at www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm.

 

STUDENTS SHARE TO HELP OTHERS

            Thanks to the unselfish efforts of students and staff $150.34 was collected during the “Pennies for Patients” campaign coordinated by Mrs. Knopick.  The money was donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to aid individuals with blood cancers.  Mrs. Obert’s homeroom was the winner of a bronze banner award  and they were treated to a pancake breakfast for being the top contributors.

 

P.T.S. NEWS

            Thanks to the parents who provided food for the staff during parent/teacher conferences and to Mrs. Waligara for coordinating this effort.

The P.T.S. 6th grade “Spring Fling” will be held Friday, March 16th, from 7:00-9:00 P.M.

On April 12th, the P.T.S. meeting will begin at 5:30 P.M. followed by an orientation program for 5th grade students who will be entering the Middle School next fall.  All current 5th grade students and their parents are cordially invited to attend the orientation at 7:00 P.M. in the Middle School. The P.T.S. 6/7/8 grade dance will be held on April 20th, from 2:15-4:00 P.M.  Thanks to Mrs. Brown for coordinating the upcoming “8th Grade Recognition Program” that will be held on May 18th, at 7:00 P.M.

 

TEST TAKING TIPS

            Some students say that taking tests is easy, “It’s just the questions that are hard.”  As a general rule when answering true/false questions, a question should be answered false if any part of the statement is untrue.  Look for words like all, none, and always. These may be clues that the answer is false.  For example: “All of the soldiers in the Revolutionary War were American.” Also, words like often and may usually signal that a statement is true.

            With multiple choice questions, it’s important to read every choice before choosing an answer.  By ruling out answers that are obviously wrong there are less options to choose from.

            When responding to an essay question, read the question at least twice before beginning to answer.  One way to organize thoughts is to form an outline.  When completed, proofread for errors in mechanics, word usage, grammar, and spelling.

            The Ohio Achievement Assessments will be administered April 23rd, 25th, & 27th.  All students will take the reading test on the 23rd & all students will take the math test on the 25th.

8th grade students will take the science test on the 27th.

 

SPORTS NOTES

Warmer weather is enabling the girls’ and boys’ track teams to get outside to begin conditioning and preparing for the upcoming season.  Coaches Stackpole and Kavali report that all of the sore and aching muscles need to be hardened prior to the first meet at the Champion Invitational scheduled for Saturday, March 24th, at 10:00 A.M.  Members of the track team include: Jorgen Bauch, Steven Boyce, Courtney Brown, Stephanie Burkey, Audrey Burns,

Emma Burns, Sarah Chambers, Michael-Anne Chapman, Mira Clavecilla, Nick Connelly, Dominic DeSalvo, Luke Durbak, Holly Gordon, Sarah Graham,  Molly Green, Jacob Hamilton, Nick Harris, Gracie Hilbruner, Conner Hluch, Natalie Hopp, Jared Johnson, Josh Kaut, Paige Knoch, Zandra Kvacek, Elysha Lowell, Alex Lynch, Ariana Marva, Jordan Miller, Nathan Murdock, A. J. Myers, Autumn Nedley, Jared Owens, Christian Reddick, Brandon Rhodes, David Rimar, Devin Shipp, Padraig Stack,  Lukus Stricker, Jenna Sturm-Moulton, Ashley Taylor, Nicole Trescott, Tawnie Vair, Kenny Zhang, and Nathan Zurzolo.

 

CALENDAR:

March             11,       Daylight savings time begins

                        16,       P.T.S. 6th grade “Spring Fling” 7:00-9:00 P.M.

                        19,       Rootstown Board of Education mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. in the H. S. cafeteria

                        20,       Spring begins

                        23,       3rd nine weeks grading period ends

                        24,       Champion Track Invitational @ 10:00 A.M.

                        30,       3rd nine weeks grades distributed

                                    Youth wrestling tournament banquet @ 6:00 P.M.

April                2-9,      Spring break (No School)

                          4,       Track vs. Mogadore & Streetsboro @ Mogadore  4:15 P.M.

                        11,       Track vs. Crestwood & Akron Springfield @ Crestwood 4:15 P.M.

                        14,       N.E.O. Track Classic @ Lakeview 9:30

                        12,       P.T.S. meeting @ 5:30 P.M.

                                    5th grade orientation to R.M.S. @ 7:00 P.M.

                        16,       Rootstown Board of Education mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. in the H.S. cafeteria

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ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

February, 2012

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION

IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE LIFELONG LEARNERS

 

LIONS’ CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

            The February Lions’ Club “Good Award’ winner is Grace Gretz.  Grace is a sixth grade student.  Grace is an honor roll student and is described by her teachers as kind, respectful, patient, and hard working.  She will be honored at the February Rootstown Board of Education meeting where she will receive a certificate and the “Good Award” t-shirt. 

STUDENTS ACHIEVE ACCELERATED READER GOALS

            Reading literacy coordinator, Ms. Paula Hluch, reports that 224 Middle School students participated in the AR Program during the second nine weeks grading period.  The top five readers achieving or exceeding their reading goal include: Miriam Batsch, Kyle Borbely, Autumn Buckosh, Ankush Sangar, and Elizabeth Spurling.  The winner of the drawing for a $100 gift certificate was Kyle Borbely. The web address for parents to access the AR Parent Viewer is https://hosted195.renlearn.com/107994/HomeConnect.  The password is abc

 

DIGITAL LEARNING MONTH PROCLAIMED

The Ohio Department of Education has designated February as Digital Learning Month.  There will be daily tips posted on using technology, links to digital resources, and features on some Ohio school districts that are having success in the digital world.  The information can be accessed at www.ode.state.oh.us.

 

8TH GRADE STUDENTS PREPARING FOR HIGH SCHOOL

            There will be a meeting for all 8th grade students and their parents regarding scheduling for 9th grade classes on Wednesday, February 29th, at 6:30 P.M. in the High School cafeteria.  High School principal, Mr. Ferguson, and guidance counselor, Mrs. Rion, will be at the meeting to distribute scheduling packets and to share information and answer questions.

 

8TH GRADE WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP MEETING

            There will be a mandatory meeting for students, parents, and chaperones going on the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. on Thursday, March 1st, at 7:00 P.M. in the Middle School cafeteria.  Final payment is due at that time.

YEARBOOK ORDERS BEING TAKEN

            Yearbook order forms have been distributed to all students.  The cost of a full-color

36 page yearbook is $18.00.  Pre-sale payment may be made by check or by credit card online.  Checks are to be made out to Ripcho Studios.  The deadline to order a yearbook is Feb.  29th.

*Anyone with photos of events to be considered for inclusion in the yearbook can contact

Mrs. Wright. 

FOOD PANTRY CREATED

            The Community Bible Church located at 3671 Tallmadge Road has created a food pantry.  Information regarding the program can be obtained by calling the church @ 330-325-9449.

SPORTS NOTES

            The Middle School Portage Trail Conference basketball season has ended with the

girls’ 7th grade team posting a record of 5 wins and 10 losses.  The 8th grade girls finished regular season play with 8 wins and 8 losses and advanced to the semi- final round of the PTC tournament before losing to Mogadore.

            The 7th grade boys posted a league record of 9 wins and 7 losses and won the first round of the PTC tournament by defeating East Canton before bowing out of the tournament by losing to Mogadore.   The 8th grade boys were 7 and 9 in league play and defeated Garfield in tournament play before also losing to Mogadore in the semi-final round.

            The wrestling team ended its season with a 3rd place finish at the PTC wrestling tournament held recently.  Placing first in their respective weight classes were: Seth Hayes, Tony Paolucci, and Luke Sorboro. Placing fourth was Dillon Wingard.

P.T. S. NEWS

The P.T.S. Valentine’s Dance for 7th & 8th grade students will be held Friday, Feb. 10th, from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. Admission is $2.00.

            The P.T.S. Rock-a-thon to raise money for the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. will be held Friday, February 17th, from 10:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.

            The P.T.S. has provided a $10.00 gift certificate to 15 students (5 from each grade level) that earned a 3.0 or above grade point average and had no D’s or F’s on their report card the second nine weeks grading period.  The following is a list of the winning names drawn:

6th grade- Miriam Batsch, Owen Conroy, Toriana Harris, Marcia Postlethwait, & Ryan Taylor;   7th grade- Samantha Galambos, Reno Giulitto, Ariana Marva, Padraig Stack, & Brad Trescott:

8th grade- Maddie Buskey, Nick Fullen, Nick Harris, Aaron Hluch, & Christian Patrick.

            There will be a mandatory meeting for 8th grade students, parents, and chaperones going on the spring trip to Washington D.C. on Thursday, March 1st, at 7:00 P.M. in the M. S. cafeteria.

            A reminder to help us raise money by recycling your paper and cardboard products.

Anyone interested in assisting with the spring drama production can contact Shalon Shackelford

at 330-325-9445.

CALENDAR

FEB.     10,       3rd nine weeks interim grading period ends

                        7/8th grade Valentine’s Dance 7:00- 9:00 P.M.

            13,       Rootstown Bd. of Educa. mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. in the H.S. cafeteria

            17,       3rd nine weeks interim grades distributed

                        8th grade Rock-a-thon 10:00 P.M. – 7:00 A.M.

            20,       No school (Presidents’ Day)

            22,       8th grade students visit the Maplewood Career Center in A.M.

            23.       Parent/teacher conferences 4:00-7:00 P.M.

            28,       Parent/teacher conferences 4:00-7:00 P.M.

29,       8th grade student & parent mtg. @ 6:30 P.M. in the H.S. cafeteria

MARCH  1,      Mandatory 8th grade trip to D.C. mtg. @ 7:00 P.M.

               5,      Rootstown Foundation & Alumni Association mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. H.S. cafeteria

               8,      P.T.S. meeting @ 7:00 P.M.

                        Music Boosters’ mtg. @ 7:00 P.M. in the H.S. band room

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ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

January, 2012

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION

IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE LIFELONG LEARNERS

 

LIONS’ CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

            The Lions’ Club “Good Award” winner is Jacob Dudley.  Jacob is an 8th grade honor roll student that is described by his teachers as hard working, polite, helpful, and respectful.  He was honored at the January Rootstown Board of Education meeting where he received a certificate and the “Good Award” t-shirt.  Congratulations!

 

SPELLING BEE HELD

            The Middle School spelling contest was held on Wednesday, January 11th, with 17 students earning the honor of participating.  Participants included: 6th grade – Autumn Buckosh, Emily Drago, Jackson Ingram, Zachary Jackson, Kyleigh Slagle, & Chanelle Waligura;

7th grade – Stephanie Burkey, Molly Green, Austin Haviland, Brandon Rhodes, & Brandon Tasker

8th grade – Chloe Batsch, Nick Harris, Aaron Hluch, Aubree Montie, Anthony Paolucci, &

Dominic Testa.  The 1st place winner was Jackson Ingram and placing 2nd was Autumn Buckosh. Both have earned the honor of representing Rootstown Local Schools at the county spelling contest to be held at the Maplewood Career Center on January 31st, at 7:00 P.M.  Alternate winners include: Zachary Jackson and Brandon Tasker.

Mrs. Russomanno coordinated the spelling bee with assistance from Mrs. McFee, Ms. Leben, and Mrs. Dulaney.

MID-YEAR GRADES TO BE ISSUED

            The second nine weeks grading period ended on Friday, January 13th, and student progress reports will be issued on Friday, January 20th.  Please take time to review and discuss your child’s progress.  Also, please note that grade cards are withheld from those students whose parents have not yet paid school fees, owe fines for lost or damaged books, or other items.

SCHOOL SAFETY POLICY

            When entering during the school day please report directly to the office.  If staying, a “visitor pass” will be issued.  This enables staff members to maintain a safe environment and keep classroom interruptions to a minimum.

 

LOST AND NOT YET FOUND

            We have accumulated a large quantity of clothing and other miscellaneous lost items.

If your child is missing one or more items please have him or her check the lost and found areas in the locker rooms or check with office personnel.  

 

GOLDEN RULE AWARD WINNERS RECOGNIZED

Middle School guidance counselor, Mrs. Knopick, has awarded five students certificates for displaying exemplary behaviors.  The award is given to students for honorable behavior that personifies kindness, courtesy, and respect of self and others.  Award winners include:

Maleigha Cooper, Sam Elswick, Christian Hayes, Paige Knoch, and Gary Miller

NOTIFICATION OF SCHOOL CLOSING

            Parents will be notified through the “Alert Now” telephone notification system when conditions are such that Rootstown Local Schools are closed.  Local radio and television stations will also be notified.

SPORTS NOTES

            The Middle School 7th grade girls’ team finished 3rd and the 8th grade girls finished runner-up in their respective Rover Holiday Basketball Tournaments.  With the regular season half completed the 7th grade girls have tasted the thrill of victory once and the 8th grade girls are 4 and 6.  Both the 7th and 8th grade boys’ teams have a record of 5 wins and 5 losses.

The girls and boys P.T.C. basketball tournaments begin on February 4th.  

            The wrestling team has competed in three league matches and two invitationals and will compete in the P.T.C. wrestling tournament on January 27th, & 28th, at Waterloo.

P.T.S. NEWS

            The 8th grade Rock-a-thon to raise money for the trip to Washington D.C. will be held on January 20th, from 10:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. in the Middle School.  The P.T.S. Valentine Dance for 7th & 8th grade students will be held from 7:00-9:00 P.M. on Feb. 10th.  Admission is $2.00.

Carnations and pop will be available for purchase.   Mrs. Dulaney will have Candy Grams for sale during each lunch period during the week of February 6th, and they will be delivered during lunch on Valentine’s Day.  Anyone interested in assisting with the spring drama production can contact Shalon Shackelford @ 330-325-9445

            The next P.T.S. meeting will be held Thursday, February 9th, at 7:00 P.M.

CALENDAR:

JAN.     13,       2nd nine weeks grading period ends

            16,       Martin Luther King Day observed (No School)

            17,       Girls’ basketball vs. East Canton @ home 4:30 P.M. (Make-up date)

            19,       Girls’ basketball @ East Canton 4:30 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball vs. East Canton @ home 4:30 P.M.

            20,       2nd nine weeks grade cards distributed

                        P.T.S. Rock-a-thon 10:00 P.M. – 7:00 A.M.

            23,       Girls’ basketball @ Mogadore 5:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball vs. Mogadore @ home 4:00 P.M.

            26,       Girls’ basketball vs. Waterloo @ home 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball @ Waterloo 4:00 P.M.

            27,       Group pictures taken for the yearbook beginning @ 10:00 A.M.

       27-28,       P.T.C. wrestling tournament @ Waterloo

            30,       Girls’ basketball vs. Field @ home 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball @ Field 4:00 P.M.

            31,       Portage County Spelling Bee @ Maplewood Career Center 7:00 P.M.

FEB.       4,       Girls’ P.T.C. basketball tournament begins @ Garfield

                        Boys’ P.T.C. basketball tournament begins @ Windham

              6,       Rootstown Foundation & Alumni Association mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. H.S. cafeteria

              9,       P.T.S. meeting @ 7:00 P.M.

                        Music Boosters meeting @ 7:00 P.M. in the H.S. band room

            10,       3rd nine weeks interim grading period ends

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ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

December, 2011

 

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION

IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE, LIFELONG LEARNERS

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

            The Rootstown Middle School staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  Enjoy the season and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

LIONS’ CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

            The December Lions’ Club “Good Award” winner is Jesse Vanaman.  Jesse is a 7th grade student.  His teachers describe him as a great leader and an excellent student.  He will be recognized at the December board of education meeting where he will receive a certificate and “Good Award” t-shirt.

 

NOTIFICATION OF SCHOOL CLOSING

            Parents and students will be notified thru the “Alert Now” telephone notification system when conditions are such that Rootstown Schools are closed.  Local television and radio stations will also be notified. 

REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE

            When your child is going to be absent from school please call the school office at

330-325-9956 between 7:00 and 8:00 A.M. to report the absence.  A message can also be left on voice mail prior to 7:00 A.M.

 

2ND NINE WEEKS INTERIM PROGRESS REPORTS ISSUED

            Students were given their 2nd nine weeks interim progress reports last Friday.  In order to assure that parents have seen the report, we require students to return them to their teacher signed by a parent/guardian. 

SATETY DRILLS CONDUCTED

            Middle School staff and students recently conducted two safety drills in compliance with ORC. 3313.536 (HB 422).  Staff and students have practiced and participated in a combination lockdown/evacuation procedure called A.L.I.C.E. The procedure involves Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and/or Evacuate.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOLAR ATHLETES RECOGNIZED

            The Portage Trail Athletic Conference recognizes middle school students who achieve a 3.4 or better grade point average while participating in athletics.  Each of the following students has been presented a certificate and is to be congratulated for earning this honor.  Cheerleaders – Stephanie Burkey, Mira Clavecilla, & Jenna Parker; Cross Country – Natalie Hopp & Lukus Stricker; Golf – Brandon Bennett, Jared Butcher, Jacob Dudley, Brandon Tasker, Dominic Testa, & Joseph Weingart; Football – Jonathan Ballou, Joshua Kaut, Anthony Paolucci, & Mason Radike; Volleyball – Emma Burns, Maddie Buskey, Samantha Galambos, Holly Gordon, Ashley Kozma, & Ariana Marva.

TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS TO ENTER NATIONAL COMPETITION

            The National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM School, in association with the All American Soap Box Derby, is a hosting Soap Box Derby competition between high schools and middle schools on May 25, 2012.  Mr. Bose and the 8th grade technology classes at Rootstown Middle School will be participating in this event, which is a STEM challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

            The car kit to be purchased is the Super Stock Kit which is designed specifically for middle school age students to race.  The kit can be assembled, taken apart, and reassembled which will enable all 8th grade students to take part in the building of the car.

            To learn more about the benefits of the Soap Box Derby as a problem-solving based learning activity and to see all of the hard work that goes into preparing for the event go to http://www.aasbd.org/learning-compass/stem-challenge.aspx to watch a 9 minute video.

 

ROOTSTOWN SPIRIT WEAR AVAILABLE

            Rootstown spirit wear is now able to be ordered online through a link contained on the Rootstown School website.  Other items as well as sizes can be viewed and ordered online at www.primetimesportinggoods.net/rootstown.

 

SPORTS NOTES

            The winter sports season has begun with both the 7th and 8th grade boys’ teams winning exciting contests against Windham, Garfield, and Ravenna. 

            The 7th grade girls’ team includes: Becca Brunswick, Sarah Chambers, Brianna Edwards, Molly Green, Zandra Kvacek, Elysha Lowell, Klara McKee, Zoe Thornton, Tawnie Vair, and Coach Dillon. 

The 8th grade girls’ team includes: Maddie Buskey, Monique Jackson, Marissa McGurk, Alexis Moneypenny, Iris Murphy, Autumn Nedley, Briana Ryan, Madison Schlagel, Ashley Taylor, and Coach Bailey.

            The 7th grade boys’ team includes: Kyle Brewster, Dominic DeSalvo, Chandler England, Jacob Hamilton, Conner Hluch, Collin Kays, Christian Laney, Alex Lynch, Connor McHugh, A. J. Myers, Brandon Tasker, Chris Wasielewski, and Coach Costanzo.

            The 8th grade boys’ team includes: Evan Chapple, Ryan Custer, A.J. Diggs, Zach Eackelbary, Tristan Fletcher, Aaron Hluch, Josh Kaut, Devin Knoch, Jason Robinson, Brandon Schneckenburger, Devin Shipp, Anthony Tincher, Tim Weaver, and Coach Hindman.

            The wrestling team includes: Steven Calaway, Nick Connelly, Tommy Dehner, Austin Haviland, Seth Hayes, Bryan Jones, Anthony Paolucci, David Rimar, Luke Sorboro, Dillon Wingard, Nathan Zurzolo, and Coach Hamilton.

 

P.T.S. NEWS

            The P.T.S. 7th and 8th grade Holiday Dance will be held Friday, December 9th, from

2:15-4:00 P.M.  Admission is $2.00.  Congratulations to Mrs. Becky Ballou for winning the P.T.S. membership drive drawing.  Thanks to Mrs. Tracy Giulitto for decorating the school cafeteria during the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons.  The next P.T.S. meeting will be held Jan. 12th, at 7:00 P.M.  The all- night Rock-a-thon to raise money for the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. will be held January 15th.     

LEARNING TO SHARE

            Students are being encouraged to donate new items such as gloves, mittens, stocking caps, and scarves to be shared with the less fortunate in our community this Christmas season.

 

LOST AND NOT YET FOUND

            We have accumulated a large quantity of clothing and other miscellaneous lost items.  If you are missing an item please check the lost & found areas in the home ec. room and the locker rooms.

CALENDAR

DEC.     9,        P.T.S. 7th/ 8th grade Holiday Dance 2:15-4:00 P.M.

           12,        Girls’ basketball @ Southeast 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball vs. Southeast @ home 4:00 P.M.

           14,        Middle School Holiday Choir Concert @ 7:00 P.M.

           15,        Girls’ basketball vs. East Canton @ home 4:30 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball @ East Canton 4:30 P.M.

                        Wrestling @ Mogadore

           17,        7th/8th grade girls’ Rover Holiday Tournament 10:00 A.M.

           19,        Girls’ basketball vs. Mogadore @ home 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball @ Mogadore 5:00 P.M.

                        Rootstown Board of Education mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. in the H.S. cafeteria
           22,        7th/8th grade boys’ Rover Holiday Tournament 4:30 P.M.

22-Jan.2,         Holiday Recess

           28,        7th/8th grade girls’ Rover Holiday Tournament 4:00 P.M.

           29,        7th/8th grade boys’ Rover Holiday Tournament 4:30 P.M.

JAN.     3,         School resumes

             5,        Girls’ basketball @ Waterloo 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball vs. Waterloo @ home 4:00 P.M.

                        Wrestling vs. Garfield & Southeast @ Garfield

             7,        Girls’ basketball vs. Lake Center Christian @ home 2:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball @ Lake Center Christian 11:00 A.M.

                        Wrestling Innes Duals @ Innes Middle School

             9,        Girls’ basketball @ Field 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball vs. Field @ home 4:00 P.M.

                        Rootstown Foundation & Alumni Association mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. in H.S. cafeteria

           11,        Middle School Spelling Bee @ 2:15 P.M.

           12,        Girls’ basketball vs. Southeast @ home 4:00 P.M.

                        Boys’ basketball @ Southeast 4:00 P.M.

                        P.T.S. meeting @ 7:00 P.M.

           13,        2nd nine weeks grading period ends 

 

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ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

November, 2011

ROOTSTOWN SCHOOLS, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY, WILL PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION

IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE LIFELONG LEARNERS

 

LIONS’ CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

            The November Lions’ Club “Good Award” winner is Jackson Ingram.  Jackson is a 6th grade honor roll student.  His teachers describe him as highly motivated, very conscientious, & responsible.  He will be recognized at the

Nov. board of education meeting where he will receive a certificate and “Good Award” t-shirt.

VETERANS’ DAY OBSERVED

            On November 11th, U.S. citizens will be observing the 58th annual Veterans’ Day.  Adults have a responsibility to educate our youth regarding the contributions and sacrifices veterans have made throughout history.  Generation after generation, Americans have stepped forward to defend our freedom and to preserve the founding principles of this great nation.  Their service and sacrifice has kept American strong and they have protected our way of life for more than two centuries. 

            Currently, there are approximately 25 million living veterans.  We honor their solemn pledge to defend our freedom as they are among our nation’s finest citizens.  We thank them for their example of sacrifice and service and we pledge to uphold their legacy by teaching younger generations about their role in securing the blessings of freedom.

            In the spring, the 8th grade students will be visiting our Nation’s Capital and Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

STUDENTS TO DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS

            Ten 8th grade students have been selected to participate in an all-day leadership seminar at the Maplewood Career Center scheduled to be held on November 22nd.  The students will experience hands-on activities and real-life simulations as they identify leadership qualities while building and enhancing their own leadership skills.  The seminar also stresses the true meaning of leadership, citizenship, and service to others.  The participants include:

Chloe Batsch, Maddie Buskey, Michael-Anne Chapman, Jacob Dudley, Charlie Egli, Aaron Hluch, Mason Radike, Hannah Shirey, Dominic Testa, and Jessica Wilson.

R.M.S. STUDENTS SELECTED TO PERFORM AT HONOR BAND CONCERT

            Band director, Mr. Richardson, indicates that four Rootstown Middle School students have been selected to perform in the 2011 OMEA District VI Junior High Honors Band Concert to be held at Barberton High School Friday, November 11th, at 7:00 P.M.  The four students include: Kira Hespenheide, Jacob Kozma, Kayla Pistawka, and Jessica Wilson.  Congratulations!!!

STUDENTS ACHIEVE ACCELERATED READER GOALS

            Seventy Middle School students achieved their accelerated reader goal and were able to use their earned Rover dollars to purchase items from the AR store recently.  In addition, the names of the top 5 readers that included Alyssa Bailey, Jordyn Hilliard, Kyle Martell, Ankush Sangar, and Evan Stalla were entered into a drawing to win a $100.00 gift certificate.  The winner was Evan Stalla.  Congratulations to all who achieved their goal.

 

P.T.S. REWARDS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

            The Middle School P.T.S. is again providing a monetary reward to five students from each of the three grade levels who made Honor Roll.  145 names were entered and five names were drawn from each grade level during last night’s P.T.S. meeting.  Each winner has received a $10.00 gift certificate. The first nine weeks winners include: 6th grade Carissa Decker, Dana Fuller, Julia Haas, Jackson Ingram, & Justin Maines; 7th grade Micaela Brown, Samuel DeMars, Zandra Kvacek, Rachel Stapin & Brandon Tasker; 8th grade Anthony Barnett, Jacob Dudley,  Jacob Klicman, Leah Kropp, & Daniel Phelps.

CAVS STRAIGHT “A” REWARD

Students who have received a straight “A” progress report for the first nine weeks grading period and wish to enter a contest to earn two free tickets to a Cavs home game must  fax or mail an entry form and a copy of their report card to the Cavs by Nov. 18th.  Straight “A” All Star entry forms will be provided to all eligible students.  300 winners will be chosen from the entries submitted.

SPORTS NOTES

            7TH & 8TH grade girls’ and boys’ basketball practice and conditioning have begun with the first regular season games scheduled to begin against Windham on Thursday, December 1st.   The wrestling team has been lifting weights and improving their skills to get ready for the upcoming season that begins against Woodridge on December 8th.

P.T.S. NEWS

            The P.T.S. 6th grade “Night Out” will be held tonight from 7:00-9:00 P.M.  Admission is $2.00.  The “Inflatable Party” for students who qualified to attend as a result of the magazine subscription sale will be held Wednesday, November 23rd, from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M.  Magazines can continue to be ordered from QSP on-line throughout the school year.  Please enter the code 1076856 for the P.T.S. to receive credit for the sale.      

            The Award Fundraiser frozen food will be delivered Tuesday, November 15th, and will be available for the sellers to pick up to distribute from 6:30-7:30 P.M. in the cafeteria.

Any student who has not yet signed up for the D.C. trip and wishes to do so should inform the office by November 30th.

CALENDAR

NOV.   11,  P.T.S. 6th grade “Night Out” 7:00-9:00 P.M.

                   Veteran’s Day

            21,  Rootstown Board of Education Mtg. @ 6:00 P.M. in the H.S. cafeteria

            22,  Leadership Conference @ the Maplewood Career Center

            23,  P.T.S. Inflatable Party 12:30-2:00 P.M.

                   2nd nine weeks interim grading period ends

       24-25, Thanksgiving Recess

DEC.      1, Girls’ basketball @ Windham 4:00 P.M.

      Boys’ basketball vs. Windham @ home 4:00 P.M.

  2, 2nd nine weeks interim grades distributed

              5, Girls’ basketball vs. Garfield @ home 4:00 P.M.

                  Boys’ basketball @ Garfield 4:00 P.M.

              6, Middle School Holiday Band Concert @ 7:00 P.M.

              8, Girls’ basketball @ Ravenna 4:00 P.M.

                  Boys’ basketball vs. Ravenna @ home 4:00 P.M.

                  Wrestling @ Woodridge 

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ROOTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Learners Today – Leaders Tomorrow

October, 2011

 

LIONS’ CLUB GOOD AWARD WINNER

            The October Lions’ Club “Good Award” winner is Chanelle Waligura.  Chanelle is an excellent student and is described by her teachers as respectful, kind, and strives to do well in school.  She will be honored at the October24th, Rootstown Board of Education meeting where she will receive the “Good Award” t-shirt and a certificate.  Congratulations!

 

“ALERT NOW” NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

            Rootstown School personnel will be utilizing the “Alert Now” messaging system

to inform parents of announcements, upcoming events, emergencies, and school closings. 

 

REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE

            Parents are requested to call the school (330-325-9956) between 7:00 and 8:00 A.M. to report your child’s absence from school as we are required to know your child’s whereabouts. 

A message can also be left on voice mail prior to 7:00 A.M.

 

STUDENT GUIDELINES WHEN ATTENDING SCHOOL DANCES

1.  All school rules, as listed in the student handbook, are in effect

2.  Students are not permitted to leave the school.  If a student leaves he/she cannot return

3.  Students must remain on the first floor

4.  No public display of affection is permitted

5.  Inappropriate language is not permitted

6. Hats and other head coverings are not permitted

7.  “Slam dancing”, “stage diving”, and other non-traditional dance related activities are

      not permitted.

8.  Only Rootstown Middle School students are permitted to attend

9.  Directives given by adult chaperones must be followed

     *Any violation of school rules may be cause for removal from a dance and also the denial 

      of attending future dances.

SCHOOL FEES DUE

            If you have not yet paid your child’s school fees, please do so as soon as possible.

Fees for the 2011-2012 school year are $45.00 per student.

 

EARNING DOLLARS FOR EDUCATION

            In order for the school to earn dollars from the use of Giant Eagle Advantage Cards, please enroll on the internet at www.giantgeagle.com/about/apples-for-students or by calling 1-800-474-4777. The school ID is 0928.  The Middle School office is also collecting General Mills BoxTops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education to earn money for the school.  Please send in BoxTops by October 28 to meet the first deadline for submission.

 

SPORTS NOTES

            The 7th & 8th grade Lady Rover volleyball teams are nearing the end of regular season play.  The 8th grade team has won 6 and lost 5 while the 7th grade team is 5 and 6. The P.T.C. volleyball tournament will begin Saturday, October 15th, at Windham.  The 7th grade team finished 4th and the 8th grade team finished 3rd in their respective Rover Invitational Volleyball Tournaments. 

            The combined 7th & 8th grade football team has a record of 1 and 4 and will face Kent Stanton and East Canton at home for their last two encounters. 

            The cross country runners have competed in 6 invitational meets as well as competed against several league foes.  The runners have steadily improved their times. The P.T.C. cross country meet will be held Saturday, October 15th, at 10:00 A.M. at the Randolph fairgrounds.

            7th grade cheerleaders supporting our teams this year are Stephanie Burkey, Mira Clavecilla , Maleigha Cooper, Calista Galleher, Jenna Parker, and Nicole Trescott.  The 8th grade cheerleaders are Courtney Brown, Sarah Graham, Nellie Howard, Ashley Jenior, Riley Morris, and Bailey Simons.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM WINNER

Congratulations to Joseph Weingart for winning an IPOD as a result of his name being drawn from a group of names that were the top readers in the summer reading program.

 

P.T.S. NEWS

The P.T.S. magazine subscription sale ended Oct. 6th.  If you or your child have not yet turned in your sales please do so immediately. 

The first P.T.S. student dance for 7th & 8th grade students will be held Friday, Oct. 21st,

from 2:15 to 4:00 P.M.  Admission is $2.00.  Volunteer chaperones are needed for the dance as well as for 6th grade “Night Out” scheduled to be held November 11th, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.


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