Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation McGary Middle School NewsletterJanuary 2013 Home of the Pioneers! Principal’s CornerMcGary School Contacts Dear McGary Parents, Families, and Friends,Tammy Dexter, PrincipalTammy.email@example.com Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and that you and your student are ready to embrace another semester of learning at McGary.Dale Naylor, Asst. Principal As of this week, we have less than 30 days until we take the first part of firstname.lastname@example.org ISTEP+ test (the applied skills section), so we are ready to jump in and work hard! Starting this week, all of our students have access to the Achieve 3000 programShannon Strieter, Professional which will help with English and language arts skills. Students will utilize theDevelopment Specialist program in their classes, but can log on at home as well. This program is email@example.com to increase reading comprehension scores and build skills to improve overall reading levels. Additionally, we are piloting another program, SuccessMaker, which alsoMark Simon, Counselor works on reading skills. Forty of our sixth graders will be working on this program during the day; we will track their success to determine if we will purchase firstname.lastname@example.org program for the rest of the school. Finally, we will also have Study Island available to all students beginning next week. This program helps with science, socialTheresa Schneider, Social Worker studies, math and English. Students will be given access codes, and they email@example.com work on this program at home as well. We are excited to offer these extra resources to our students and hope they take advantage of the programs.Dianna Augustine, Principal’s After school programming began the first week back. If your student hasSecretary/Treasurer not participated in our after school programs, I encourage you to take a look firstname.lastname@example.org the offerings! Research shows that students who are involved in after school programming have better overall attendance and increased grades!Valerie Deutsch, Secretaryvalerie.email@example.com Thank you for working with us to increase achievement at McGary. We are always interested in ways to improve. Please let me know if you have suggestions, comments or concerns.Sheree Edwardson, Nursesheree.firstname.lastname@example.org Best Regards,Terri Goldman, Cafeteria Manager Tammy Dexterterri.email@example.comJulie Mullen, Community and Evansville Male InitiativeFamily Outreach Coordinator Congratulations to the members of The Evansville Male Initiative at McGaryjulie.firstname.lastname@example.org Middle School. The purpose of this organization is to fight for ownership of loyalty,www.evscschools.com respect, pride, and responsibility. The 2012-2013 officers include: President - Isiahwww.evscschools.com/mcgary Baker; Vice President - Brandon Duncan; Chief of Communications - Blake Chism; and Sergeant of Arms - Luis Rodriguez. Their sponsor is Mr. Tim Ferguson. Attendance Procedure If your child is ill, going out of town, or will be late to school, please call the school office at 476-3035 by 9 a.m.
JANUARY 2013 M C G A R Y MI D D LE S CH O O L NE W SLE T TE R News From Your Social Worker Strengthening Families Program Sign-Ups Now Being Accepted McGary Middle School and Youth First invite you and your family to participate in the Strengthening Familiesprogram. This is a great program for great families like yours. The program is open to families with children ages10-14 and begins on Tuesday, February 5th and ends on Tuesday, April 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a veryrewarding program that over 90% of parents who have participated would recommend to other parents!!! A dinneris included for everyone in attendance, as well as a program, childcare, homework club and weekly prizes. If you areinterested in participating, or have questions, contact Theresa Schneider, Youth First Social Worker at 476-3035 email@example.com. FREE Children’s Vitamins IGA Hometown Pharmacies are proud to announce their FREE Children’s Vitamin Program. Children’shealth and nutrition are as important as ever these days, so IGA would like to help the parents of youths ages2 to 12 with an offer for FREE vitamins for them. EACH month, any child between the ages of 2 and 12 canreceive a FREE 30 count bottle of chewable multivitamins. All you have to do is go to any IGA HometownPharmacy, sign your child up, and receive the vitamins at NO COST to you. After signing up for the programyou can either call, stop in, go through the drive thru window, or if you already have existing prescriptionsdelivered from IGA, they will send the vitamins along as well. Buehler’s IGA has 6 convenient locations toserve you, the closest in the McGary school district being located at 1550 Vann Avenue. If you have anyquestions, please contact Buehler’s IGA Pharmacy at 469-7435. St. Mary’s Medical Center Presents Fee Family Fun at cMoe St. Mary’s in partnership with the Koch family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe), is offering Free FamilyFun Night at the museum for children and families. The public is admitted FREE to explore the museum on sixoccasion during 2013. In addition to access to the exhibits in the museum, information regarding “BuildingHealthy Kids” will be offered and a new theme will be introduced at each of the six sessions to educate andencourage healthy lifestyles for children. The dates and themes are: February 7 - Children’s Dental Health;April 4 - Stress Awareness; June 6 - Safety ( i.e. bicycle safety, sun safety, seat belts); August 1 - Children’s EyeHealth; October 3rd - Children’s Environmental Health; December 5 - Germs! Disease Prevention (hand washingawareness & Vitamin D). The Free Family Nights will occur on these dates from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the lastadmittance being at 7:30 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or over. Mark your calendarsnow and plan to attend!!
JANUARY 2013 M C G A R Y MI D D LE S CH O O L NE W SLE T TE R Your McGary Cheer and Dance Connection 2012-2013 Dance Team Members 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade Ma’Kyre Angevine-Dow Ma’Nya Adams Kaira Bauer Keona Brown Alysha Hooks Nykia Collins Bianca Collins Shataya Hostzclaw Meredith Hodges-Scarborough Meraiah Johnson I’Marianna Northington Haley Miller Coach: Ms. Repuelo 2012-2013 McGary Cheer Team Micayla Momon Shataya Hostzclaw Destiny Lerche Avyona Phillips I’Naya Brock Alysha Hooks Ma’Naya Adams Diamond Turner Shayna Murray I’Marianna Northington Coach: Ms. Henderson Can You Help? McGary Middle School is collecting toothbrushes for the Area Council PTA Clothing Bank. We have set a goal of250 toothbrushes to be collected. The drive will continue through January 31st. If we meet or exceed our goal, wewill have a school-wide free dress day!!! We have also begun to collect plastic lids that will be recycled and turned into benches and picnic tables for ourschool. ANY plastic lid is accepted (i.e. butter dishes, detergent, soft drink, deodorant, etc.) Please send us all ofyour plastic lids and help us beautify our school!!!
JANUARY 2013 M C G A R Y MI D D LE S CH O O L NE W SLE T TE R Classroom Helpers NeededWe are currently looking for a volunteer to help out in one of our classrooms 1-2 days a week from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. If this fits into your schedule and sounds like something you would be willing to do, please call Julie Mullen at 476-3035. Super Citizen of the Month Congratulations to our Super Citizen of the month for the months of November and December. The NovemberSuper Citizen of the Month was De’Ante Booker. De’Ante is an 8th grade student at McGary. He is an exceptionalstudent and involved in many extracurricular activities. Courtney Skinner was our December Super Citizen. Courtney is also an 8th grader at McGary. She is also agreat student who is involved in Orchestra and will be a part of the Spring play here at McGary.Congratulations to both of our Super Citizens!! Keep up the good work; we are proud of you!! And the Winner is….. Congratulations to Mr. Morrison’s homeroom who made a last minute push ahead and collected over 8,500pennies for our Penny Wars. They will be treated to an ice cream party for their efforts. All the proceeds of thePenny Wars will benefit the Tri-State Food Bank and aid them in their efforts to feed families during the holidayseason. McGary Middle School raised over $300 for this worthwhile charity!! Did You Know?? Have you heard talk of the Community Health Center at Glenwood Leadership Academy (GLA)? You’re not theonly one. The USI Community Health Center opened on 1/9/2012 and provides primary health care services by afamily nurse practitioner. Their mission is to provide comprehensive health services to students, school staff,the neighborhood and to the community that they serve. They accept Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insuranceplans, and offer a sliding fee when applicable for uninsured patients. Some of the services that are offered arepreventative care, immunizations, acute care services, physicals, health screenings, chronic disease management,and well child care. They also provide women’s and men’s health care services. Appointments are preferred;however, they do accept walk-ins when the schedule allows. On January 9, 2013, a new location will be added atCedar Hall Elementary School. The hours of operation are: Glenwood Community Health Center- Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed for lunch dailyfrom noon to 1 p.m. Cedar Hall Community Health Center-Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (starting on January9th) closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For questions and/or more information call (812) 435-0977. Health Tip of the Month Researchers at Tufts University in Boston have come up with a way to calculate the antioxidant propertiesof fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are believed to protect against heart disease and slow the aging process.Seven “super” foods have been named for their health benefits, and consumers are urged not only to eat therecommended five servings of fruit and vegetables a day but to choose these nutrient rich sources as well.They are prunes, blackberries, blueberries, raisins, kale, strawberries, and spinach.
JANUARY 2013 M C G A R Y MI D D LE S CH O O L NE W SLE T TE R Bethel Temple Beautification Day McGary Middle School was treated to a beautification/clean up day courtesy of our community partnership with Bethel Temple Church. Members of Bethel and teachers, staff, and students of McGary gathered at school on Saturday November 6th for a day of hard work and fellowship. The school grounds were cleaned and beautified. The results are AMAZING. If you have yet to see it, please stop by and look at the improvements. Thanks, Bethel Temple!! We are grateful for you!! Theatre Arts News Students from Ms. Gilbert’s Theatre Arts classes were involved in a series of architectural project discussionsduring their recent field trip. The first stop was to the EVSC main offices on Walnut Street. Their “tour guide”was Mr. Pat Tuley who is the Chief Facilities Officer of the EVSC. Mr. Tuley discussed the renovation of thewarehouse building. The conversion was instigated when the need was identified and justified by the school boardand the corporation. Our gracious guide then explained to the students how the project developed from architect’sdrawings to specifications, then bids, and finally work with contractors. He also described the “punch list” whichcould change parts of the project when problems were discovered and how the cost estimate and work time esti-mate changed because of these. He next described the move-in process.. Students toured the facility and whenasked what their favorite part was, one replied,“ I thought (it) would be boring, but there were orange and greencolored walls”. Another noted, “I was surprised at the cost of the building.” Students then traveled to CMOE for anArtitude art lesson which included watching a video about the renovation and transformation of Central Libraryinto CMOE. The students were given a diagram of CMOE and asked to locate features within the museum fromthis diagram and also created a 3D CMOE building. After a visit through historic downtown Evansville, thestudents were taken to Garvin Park for a insiders look at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center’s Fantasy ofLights. The students learned that it takes over 3,500 hours by volunteers to put up and take down the displayseach year. They were then shown the newest addition to the light display which is a hummingbird and a flower,donated by a family in memory of their daughter. What a fun-filled, exciting, and educational day!!! Nominate the Outstanding Educator of the Year The University of Evansville and the Evansville Courier and Press will once again be sponsoring theOutstanding Educator of the year Awards. This program was established to acknowledge the dedication andcontributions make by our county’s educators. One person will be selected in each of the following categories:Elementary Teacher of the Year, Middle School teacher of the Year, and High School Teacher of the Year. Formore information and to submit the nomination online, go to www.courierpress.com/educators.
JANUARY 2013 M C G A R Y MI D D LE S CH O O L NE W SLE T TE R Fabulous Family Nights and Community Partnership As we enter a new year, the Family Engagement team at McGary would like to take this opportunity to thankyou for attending our Family Night events in 2012 and look forward to bringing you more fun and educationalnights in 2013. November’s Family Night was “Operation Family Fitness.” We had many community partners onhand with important information on many different health and wellness issues. We also had lots of exerciseequipment set up for use and everyone had a great time. The night was capped off with a healthy snack of trailmix. December’s Family Night was Cookies, Cocoa, and a Concert. The orchestra, band, and choir performed, andwe had Christmas cookies and Cocoa as a snack. We also had the privilege of hosting the annual Horizon Homes Christmas Breakfast with the help of a Make aDifference grant from Youth Resources. 13 residents from Horizon Homes Retirement Community were our guestsand were treated to a Christmas concert/sing along with the choir. Afterwards, they were served a home-cookedbreakfast. We played several games of bingo with prizes given to the winners. The smiles were abundant whenthe bearded guy in red (Santa) arrived. Our guests were sent home with boxed lunches, a stocking of healthysnacks, and gifts galore. We want to thank Youth Resources and Horizon Homes for making this special daypossible. It has been our honor to serve you in 2012, and we look forward to more Family Events in 2013. Also, weencourage you to take advantage of the Strengthening Families Program being offered by Mrs. Schneider thatbegins in February. Mrs. Mullen and Mrs. Ennis News From the Cafeteria Did you know EzSchoolPay.com is an easy, convenient and secure online option available to parents of anystudent attending an EVSC school. Use EzSchoolPay.com to check your child’s meal account balance, to see if yourchild ate regular or ala carte items, and sign up for lunch account low balance email reminders. All of theseservices are free of charge. To deposit money on your child’s account using a Visa of MasterCard, there is a $2.50charge per transaction added to your credit card. Using the site is easy. Please follow these steps to use thisservice: Go to www.ezschoolpay.com and follow the prompts for “Parents Sign Up Now” to fill out the necessaryinformation. You will need your child’s 7 digit student ID number and the school zip code to set up an account. Ifyou do not have this information, please call the school cafeteria manager or the EVSC Food & Nutrition office at435-8262. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Follow the directions in the e-mail, and you will be logged in andready to manage your child’s school meal payments. If you have any questions or experience any problems settingup your account, please contact McGary Cafeteria Manager Terri Goldman @ 476-3035.
JANUARY 2013 M C G A R Y MI D D LE S CH O O L NE W SLE T TE R 2012-2013 Pioneer Basketball Varsity Junior Varsity De’Ante Booker Marcus Copeland LaShawn Williams Darnell McIntosh Jacob McLaughlin Elijah Parchman Jeremiah Thomas Isaiah Baker Roman Harrison Quenton Taylor Robin Duncan Tylan Parrish Tywan Daniels Brandon Duncan Montez Copeland Gammon Jackson Brandt Hout Remington Pate Eli Watt Jordan Marshall Isaih Fingers Luis Rodriguez Deshawndrick Lockridge Tyrik Mimms Davey Hughes Coaches: Mr. Lannan and Mr. Browning Schedule Thursday January 24-Glenwood- Home Tuesday January 29-Cedar Hall-Home Thursday January 31-Lincoln-Away Tuesday February 5-Lodge-Away Thursday February 7-Plaza Park-Away Tuesday February 12-Washington-Home Thursday February 14-Thompkins-Away Tuesday February 19-Perry Heights-Home City Tournament February 21,25,27 and 28-Locations TBA