Red Ribbon Week at McKinley and Poland Middle School

Students and teachers around the country are celebrating Red Ribbon Week to learn more about making positive choices and leading a healthy drug-free life!  The last week in October was designated Red Ribbon Week by the US Congress in 1988.  Kids in both schools are having fun dressing up with the theme of the day!  Yesterday was Red day, today’s theme is Superheroes and tomorrow they will love dressing in 80’s and 90’s themed clothes.  The week rounds out with Favorite team day on Thursday because winners don’t do drugs and on Friday they will be showing their Poland pride by wearing Bulldog clothes!  It’s just a fun week but with a very serious message.  We can have fun and live our lives to the fullest without drugs.  The teachers are dressing with the themes as well to help spread the message of support for the students!  “We love the kids we spend our days with and want to help them to be happy and healthy” said fifth grade teacher Susie Capps.

News From the Middle School!

The schools year is in full swing! It’s hard to believe that we are almost seven weeks into the first nine weeks. Poland Middle School teachers are preparing for Teacher Conferences this Thursday. Even though there are 2 conferences a year, PMS teachers are always available to students and parents. Communication is key and PMS teachers can be reached by phone, email or appointment. Our teachers go above and beyond to make sure that students and parents are informed and will continue to do so. Our Scholastic Book Fair begins this Monday-Thursday. It is run by the ELA teachers who understand and emphasize the importance of reading. It takes coming in during the weekend, staying late after school or coming in early to make to book fair a success, so thank you teachers!

The teachers and students in grades 6-8 have had a very busy and productive start to the school year! In 6th Grade, we started a new mentoring program called WEB. In August, 34 8th Graders were trained for ten hours on how to mentor 6th graders. These 8th graders then led the 6th graders through their orientation before the start of the school year. It was a huge success! 8th grade WEB Leaders have invited the 6th graders to sporting events and they are currently writing letters to their 6th graders for Start With Hello Week. Start With Hello Week is brought to our students by our invaluable guidance counselors. This is a week-long event that promotes inclusiveness in our school.

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