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Welcome to the Reading Middle School Principal's Page! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing in our school.
Pennies for Patients
The middle school students have been bringing in their change for a friendly competition among classrooms. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society to help advance cancer research. We will continue this competition until 2/15.
To make this event more fun, we are having a spirit week so students can dress up.
Monday - Camo for Chemo
Tuesday - Super Hero
Wednesday - Have a HEART (Valentine's Day)
Thursday - Be a TEAM Player (Sports wear)
We love to see the creative ideas our students come up with!
Honor Roll and Awards Breakfast - Rescheduled
Please mark you calendars for our second quarter honor roll and awards breakfast on Tuesday, February 13. This event was originally rescheduled for February 7, but due to winter weather we needed to change the date.
Letters were sent home last week with students. This event will take place in the cafeteria. Please see the grade levels and times below:
Grade 8 - 7:30 - 8:15
Grade 7 - 8:15 - 9:00
Grade 6 - 9:00 - 9:45
Interim Reports will be sent home on Friday, February 9th. These will be sent home with the students at the end of the day. Please check your child's backpack or folder for these important reports.
Staff vs Students
The challenge has been made and the gauntlet has been set for a staff vs. students showdown in the gymnasium on February 15th. We do not move as fast as we once did, but with age comes wisdom. We will be challenging our students in a variety of fun games at the end of the day on the 15th. Hopefully, we look forward to having bragging rights for the rest of the year!
Important Upcoming Eighth Grade Scheduling Dates and Details
It is hard to believe that we are planning for the 18-19 school year, as our eighth graders begin to schedule their courses for high school. Below is the final important date that pertains to our eighth grade students.
Feb. 22-23 - HS counselors meet with students to finalize schedules during Mrs. Moster's classes.
No School February 16 and 19
Students will not be in school on Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19. Please mark your calendars!
PTO Meeting - February 20
Our next PTO meeting will be held on February 20 at 5:30. The meeting will take place in the middle school library. This month we will have some updates and sharing from middle school teachers. All are welcome!
Spring Conferences - 3/1 & 3/8
Spring conferences will take place on Thursday, March 1 and Thursday, March 8. Students will have an early release from school at 1:35 on both of these days. Letters for conferences will be mailed home on Wednesday, February 21st.
Just a reminder that during our Spring conferences we do not meet with all families. Teachers will reach out to you if they would like to hold a conference. However, if you ever have a concern and would like to speak with your child's teacher please feel free to contact them.
Sixth Graders Visit General Electric on March 2nd
Through our partnership with GE, our sixth graders will attend a trip to one of their campuses to interact with students, via digital media, from around the world. This will be a wonderful experience of learning that we are looking forward to.
According to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, more than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting enough hydration. Dehydration can have serious effects on physical health, as well as cognitive and emotional functioning. We are seeing this in our students every day.
Kids 1 to 3 years old need about 4 drinking cups of water a day.
For kids age 4-8 years old, 5 cups a day is recommended.
Boys age 9-13 need 8 cups a day, while girls 9-13 need about 7 cups.
13+, simply divide their weight by 2 to find the number of ounces needed per day.
So often we see kids at the high school and middle school who drink coffee, Mt. Dew, or an energy drink in the morning. They do not drink water. The caffeine in these drinks is actually a diuretic, which means it causes the body to make more urine and can actually make dehydration worse. Many students in all grade levels report to drinking sugary beverages as well, which do not necessarily provide any nutritional benefit. Nearly one fourth of the children and adolescents in the study mentioned above reported drinking no plain water at all.
Effective immediately, we want to encourage kids to drink water in school by bringing refillable water bottles. Students will have access to water and be encouraged to drink water throughout the day. According to Steven Gourtmaker from Harvard T.H. Chan School or Public Health, “If we can focus on helping children drink more water - a low-cost, no-calorie beverage, we can improve their hydration status, which may allow many children to feel better throughout the day and do better in school.”