I would like to congratulate our Star Students for the month of January: Tshilobo Kadima, Sean Farren, Rachel Tenaglia, Alyssa Sarno ,Anthony Zullo, Reetika Bhagadia , Evan Dilisio, Mckenzi Manchester, Salvatore Ales, Katrina Haddad, Stella DePaula , Sofia Cavuto, Kaylee Griffin,Tommy Ciulla , Chloe Lin, and Laney Grafton
Star Students are nominated by any staff member who recognizes a student performing an act of kindness toward another student or staff member.
*** REPORT CARDS WERE DISTRIBUTED IN SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31st.
Grade 5 News
Last month 5th grade students traveled to 4 different science stations. The stations were set up by Ms. Swanson, Mrs. Allen, Ms. Levi, and Mrs. Fratus and students were able to experience hands-on science activities related to winter. Students discovered the strongest shape for creating structures with Ms. Swanson, designed snowball catapults with Ms. Levi, got their hands cold making fake snow with Mrs. Allen, and mixed up a batch of Snowman Snot (slime) with Mrs. Fratus.
All the students in Mrs. Fennelly's Reading Skills classes showed their true holiday spirit of kindness and giving before winter break by sending holiday cards to Ruby Mae Millea, a four year old girl battling cancer at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. She has been there since the fall and wanted cards to cheer her up. The students drew pictures, sent words of encouragement and even created acrostic poems using Ruby's name. Mrs. Fennelly delivered an envelope with over 140 cards to the post office.
Student ID”s were distributed to students on Wednesday, January 31st. The expectation is that all students wear their student ID’s while in school. Moving forward to the future the hope is that the student ID will become an integral tool to the student as far as using it to swipe when buying their lunch or to checkout books in the library. In addition, wearing an ID promotes school safety and security.
Eighth Grade Student Tshilobo Kadima represented Stoneham Central Middle School at the annual Launch Day for Project 351.
Project 351 is an innovative statewide youth-driven service organization that unites an eighth grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a transformative year of leadership development, enrichment, and impact. Through unique service opportunities, Ambassadors gain valuable skills, create positive change in communities, build a statewide network of values-aligned peers, and unite the Commonwealth in common purpose.
Math Team Competes in Lynnfield
Congratulations to the Math Team, which placed third this month at its meet in Lynnfield with a season-high score of 122! Leading the scoring were Vivian Wong, Chloe Costa, Fateme Mottaghian, Dante Illanes, Matthew Alarcon, Judah Nossoughi,Thomas Fung, Vera Bowerman, Jake Haggerty, GracieO’Connell, Adriana Zagami, Beliz Baloglu, and Nihal Berrad,followed closely by Matthew Palumbo, Adam Berrad, Bree Lakeman, Grace Frontiero, Mia Gerges and Anubhav Thapaliya. Vivian Wong also received an award as the meet’s highest scoring 8th grader, and Grace Frontiero received recognition as the meet’s highest scoring 5th grader. In addition, the team achieved its best score yet in the Team Round, with 24 points! Nice job, everyone!
BAND AND CHORUS NEWS
Congratulations to the Middle School instrumentalists for their exceptional performance on the evening of Thursday January 18th. Our annual Winter concert featured the Middle School Flute Ensemble, led by Ms. Stephanie Sousa. The “After Hours Jazz Band” and the SCMS Concert Band, were both directed by Mr. Len Simboski. Mark your calendars! Future performances of our groups will include The All Town Concert at Stoneham High School on March 29th, “An Afternoon of Jazz” Coffee House at the Stoneham High School Library, date TBA , and the SCMS Spring Concert held in June.
At the Winter Concert on January 18, the Chorus performed songs from the stage and screen musical Grease. Requested by some of the Chorus members at the end of last year’s Spring Concert, it proved to be a popular theme with both current Chorus members and their families (some of the parents indicated growing up with the 1978 film). Songs included those written especially for Grease, such as the title song, Hopelessly Devoted To You, and We Go Together, and those included in the film version, such as Love Is a Many Splendored Thing and Blue Moon. The Chorus was especially energetic in their performance, and they were given a rousing reception by the standing-room-only audience. The theme at the Spring Concert (on an as-yet unconfirmed date in either May or June) is Reuben And Rachel – Love In Time Of War. Come hear songs made popular during the wars of America, from the Revolutionary War down to the present!
On Saturday, January 27th the Robotics Club at the Stoneham Central Middle School entered their first VEX Robotics Competition: In the Zone. We competed with our best robot against several regional middle and high schools and earned 52 SP points! Seeing so many robots compete was a first for many of our participants. The team is excited to bring some new strategies to the Southern New England Championship Tournament this March.
The Book fair was a huge success. Thank you Mrs. Costa for all your hard work.
STUDENT TEACHER HOCKEY GAME
This year will mark the 6th annual Teacher versus Eighth Grade Student Hockey Game. It will take place on Thursday, February 8th from 4:00-5:30 at the Stoneham rink. There will be a $5 admission cost, all proceeds go to the PTO.
Important *FLU* Information from the Nurse's Office
Even though the holidays have passed, we are still in peak flu season. Please read the following:
Signs and symptoms of FLU
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
· Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
· Sore throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Muscle or body aches
· Fatigue (very tired)
· Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that NOT everyone with flu will have a fever.
**Students must be symptom free without the help of medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school. It is important that you remind your child(ren) to wash their hands multiple times throughout the day, especially before eating.
How flu spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.
Who should get vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people.
If you have any questions, please call the nurse's office at 781-279-3840 ext. 2.
Kim Trant BSN, RN
Stoneham Central Middle School
Tel: 781-279-3840 ext.2
Ms. Bruno's Technology Coach Corner
How much screen time is OK for my kid(s)?
Kids are spending more time with screen media -- and at younger ages -- than ever before. But there really is no magic number that's "just right." What's more important is the quality of kids' media, how it fits into your family's lifestyle, and how you engage your kids with it.
The idea of screen time as a one-dimensional activity is changing -- even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), whose screen time rules had been strictly age-based, is recognizing that not all screen time is created equal. Computers, tablets, and smartphones are multipurpose devices that can be used for lots of purposes. Designating their use simply as "screen time" can miss some important variations. The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens identifies four main categories of screen time.
- Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
- Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
- Communication: video-chatting and using social media
- Content creation: using devices to make digital art or music
Clearly, there's a lot of difference among these activities. But as valuable as many of them can be, it's still important for kids' overall healthy development to balance their lives with enriching experiences found off screens. These tips can help:
· Pay attention to how your kids act during and after watching TV, playing video games, or hanging out online. If they're using high-quality, age-appropriate media; their behavior is positive; and their screen-time activities are balanced with plenty of healthy screen-free ones, there's no need to worry.
· If you're concerned about heavy media use, consider creating a schedule that works for your family. This can include weekly screen-time limits, limits on the kinds of screens kids can use, and guidelines on the types of activities they can do or programs they can watch. Make sure to get your kids' input so the plan teaches media literacy and self-regulation, and use this as an opportunity to discover what they like watching, introduce new shows and apps for them to try, or schedule a family movie night.
Patricia Bruno M.ED
Integrated Technology Coach
Stoneham Central Middle School
101 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Phone: 781-279-3840 ex:2232
Follow me on Twitter @stonehamtech
The 2017/2018 PTO meetings have been scheduled: March 14th and May 9th.
IMPORTANT DATES IN February:
Tuesday, February 6th- Noon Dismissal Early Release
Thursday, February 8th – Grade Students Versus Teacher Hockey Game 4PM
Monday, February 19th- Friday February 23rd- NO SCHOOL WINTER BREAK
Monday, February 26th –Classes resume
PLEASE VISIT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE TO ACCESS OUR MONTHLY SCHOOL CALENDAR. DAYS TWO and FIVE ARE DAYS THAT BAND AND CHORUS MEET DURING ACTIVITY PERIOD.
Mrs. Fulmer and I will continue to update you via email throughout the year. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.