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April 2019

School Edition

News and Updates from MESA

From the Principal's Desk

Parents:  below is a copy of an important letter physically being sent home with scholars on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  It is primarily being sent home because we realize that many families are not reading or have access to the newsletter.  The information shared in the letter doubles as my intro to this week's newsletter. Happy reading families!

It is seldom that I send home parent letters so I apologize for this method of communication in advance.  I am happy to report that an increasing number of parents are connecting with the MESA news and updates by reading the school newsletters (sent out bi-weekly).  Today, in fact this afternoon, the most updated school newsletter will be sent out to your email accounts (if we have them in our system) and I can assure you that it will contain very important information about awesome things happening here on campus.  

I am sharing this letter in physical print because while we have many families responding and receiving our updates we are worried that all parents are still not connected via the MESA newsletter, text alerts, and our school website and therefore, you might not be updated on what is going on in your child's educational experience at school.  

Please take a moment to add the following to your contacts

  1. Send a text message to 80123 and in the subject line type: EAGLES.  Doing this will automatically add you to the MESA text alerts. You will receive information immediately on unexpected school closings, events, and other news briefings related to our school.  Parents have reported this to be a very helpful tool. Recently we have had to use this information highway to report late bus arrivals.

  2. Accompanying this letter is a new EMERGENCY CONTACT CARD.  A recent audit revealed that 40% of the parent contact information including emergency contacts are outdated.  Many parents/ families change phone numbers and addresses throughout the year and forget to update the school. In the event that there is an emergency we NEED to be able to immediately contact parent/ guardians.  Please complete the updated emergency contact and its entirety for each of your MESA scholars and return it to school. We will update student records in our electronic database from the information provided.

  3. Please be sure to include your email address on the emergency contact card.  The newsletters are sent to the email addresses that you provide. If you notice that you are not receiving the school newsletter bi-weekly on Tuesdays, please contact the main office.  

  4. You can also visit our school website at https://www.theenvironmentalschool.org/  to learn more about MESA.

It is my hope that the information provided in this letter is helpful to you in our effort to increase parent communication.  Trimester 2 report cards will be mailed out tomorrow. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Michael Morgan

UPCOMING EVENTS


April 4, 2019
1st Grade Class
Trip to the Zoo
April 12, 2019
k4-2nd Grade Trip to the Movies (Dumbo)
3rd-5th Trip to Butler Skate 6-8th Grade
Incredi-Roll Skate

April 15-26, 2019
Spring Intersession
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day
No School
May 31, 2019
Last day of School
Scholars will be dismissed at 12:00PM


Download the full MESA 2018-19 Calendar

Wisconsin Forward Assessment

Dear MESA Parent:

Wisconsin scholars in Grades 3-8 will be participating in the Wisconsin Forward assessment.  Our school is scheduled to take the Forward assessment between March 18 and April 12, 2019.

The Wisconsin Forward assessment tests all scholars in 3rd-8th grade in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics while only 4th and 8th graders test in Science and Social Studies.  One or more subtests may be administered daily during the identified time frame and it is very important that your son or daughter be in school during this time. Scholars not in school on the scheduled testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window.

The Informational Brochure for Families  gives more information about the assessment including its purpose, what scores will be provided, and how the scores will be used.

The Wisconsin Forward assessment measures the knowledge and skills your scholar(s) should have acquired by the time they reach each grade level. Their performance on the assessment will not affect any of their current grades. Please encourage your son or daughter to take the test seriously and do the best they can. The results of these tests will be used to help school staff make determinations or placement in classes to best support your child(ren).

If you have any questions, please contact our academic dean, Mrs. Calloway in person during school hours or via email at cramos@mke-es.org.

Thank you,

Michael Morgan

Principal


Wisconsin Forward Assessment Information

 

Dear MESA Parent:

Wisconsin scholars in Grades 3-8 will be participating in the Wisconsin Forward assessment.  Our school is scheduled to take the Forward assessment between March 18 and April 12, 2019.

The Wisconsin Forward assessment tests all scholars in 3rd-8th grade in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics while only 4th and 8th graders test in Science and Social Studies.  One or more subtests may be administered daily during the identified time frame and it is very important that your son or daughter be in school during this time. Scholars not in school on the scheduled testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window.

The Informational Brochure for Families  gives more information about the assessment including its purpose, what scores will be provided, and how the scores will be used.

The Wisconsin Forward assessment measures the knowledge and skills your scholar(s) should have acquired by the time they reach each grade level. Their performance on the assessment will not affect any of their current grades. Please encourage your son or daughter to take the test seriously and do the best they can. The results of these tests will be used to help school staff make determinations or placement in classes to best support your child(ren).

If you have any questions, please contact our academic dean, Mrs. Calloway in person during school hours or via email at cramos@mke-es.org.

Thank you,

Michael Morgan

Principal


Wisconsin Forward Assessment Schedule

To access the Wisconsin Forward Assessment schedule, please click here. Scholars were provided with many opportunities with their classroom teacher and during their IT specials to become familiar with the online training tools, practice tests, and written responses for the ELA section of the test.  I encourage you to provide time for your child to study for the upcoming Forward Test by clicking on the following link  https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WI/portals/wi and then selecting"Item Samplers Sign In". After that, your child will click on their grade level and the content area of the test that they would like to practice (Example 3rd grade, ELA).  



 

Dean of Students’ Campus News

Elementary Dean
Office of the Elementary Dean

Habit Of Scholarship - HOS Focus

Our habit of scholarship focus for April is accountability, and with Spring here this HOS is extremely important. Scholars at this time know what it takes to be accountable. They know that homework should be turned in daily, that hallways are quiet zones, and respecting others and self is the MESA way. Please discuss with your scholar ways to be accountable for their actions. We are in the home stretch so let’s end this year soaring.

The video below  is a great video about accountability that should spark dialogue between parent and scholar. Ask your scholar what they could do? Have your scholar think about how teachers lead scholars part of the way, but it is up to scholars to cross the finish line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF0EoMW0J78

ClassDojo

February

There was a short list of scholars listed below earned the incentive for February. So if your scholarison this list please give them a giant hug. This incentive is walking tacos that scholars will receive on Friday, April 5th.

March

The list of scholars below have earned the bowling incentive for the month of March. These scholars have demonstrated HOS that total over 180 points in class Dojo to attend this incentive on April 11, from 11-1 at Court Lanes Mill.

Laila Jordan     Mykel McNutt   Dreme Wilson    Jiriaya Xiong    Luke Moore

Zakyrah Wise   Derek Bonner  Devonta Byrd  Erianna Grant   Makyiah Starling

Iaman Moore    Kendyl Roby   Koryion Davis  Narajii Taylor   Talia Anderson

Ajaidyn Wells    Azari Perkins  Derion Williams  Dylon Phillips   Anicia Galburth  Julian Bentley   
Aarianna Smith  Mykal Siddiqu Marques  Thomas Shamone P.

Tamarah Anderson  Tamarion Patillo-Lewis  Tequilla Johnson Kamarieona Franklin Zamir Cunningham    Jacolby Spicer Zavier Smith Amari Johnson Amia Johnson JonTereous Walton    Nyla Riser Qualayia Harris Nevaeh Fletcher Sinaya Gordan

Tristian Hicks

Parent TIP

THE VISION

MESA scholars are propelled to soar academically while demonstrating Habits of Scholarship that build strong character as they navigate towards college and career readiness with the support of professional lifelong learners.

Elementary Dean K4-5th

United We Soar

Marcus Knox


Academic Updates from Dean Calloway

Academic Dean 
Office of Clarissa Calloway

MESA's Free Book Fair 

MESA had a Free Book Fair on Monday, March 25th in which scholars were able to take three to four books home to keep. Fortunately, the books were donated from Milwaukee Public Schools. Our scholars appreciated selecting their books! Take a look at the photos below:



 

School-Wide Field Trip  

On Friday, April 12th the entire school is invited to attend the following field trips to celebrate the conclusion of Forward Testing and preparation for the Spring STAR Test after we return from Spring break. Families, please be sure that field trip slips and money are submitted by next week, Wednesday.

  • K4-2nd grades will see the movie, “Dumbo” at Mayfair’s Movie Theater (MESA will provide snacks)

  • 3rd-5th grades will go skating at Butler Skateland

  • 6th-8th grades will go skating at Incredi-Roll Skate & Family Fun Center


Better World Day

What is Better World Day? It is an EL initiative that allows students to participate in “contributing to a better world”. This year it is celebrated nationally on Friday, May 3rd. Scholars and staff will participate in projects that will help beautify our school including repainting our scholars’ bathrooms, creating art to display throughout the school, and cleaning up the courtyard and our playground. Families, we need your assistance! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me via email at cramos@mke-es.org. Thank you!


Family Engagement w/Dean Cobb

Happy April families! Our March parent meeting was sponsored by ACTS Housing and their presentation talked about of the different options they offer when looking to purchase a home. If you would like more information feel free to stop in the main office and grab a brochure. Last month our middle school girls were able to join other young women down a City Hall for “Girl’s Day at City Hall.” This was some of the girl’s first experience in the historical building where they able to listen to women from the community tell their stories about entrepreneurship, politics, other amazing work. Then a few days later our middle school boys attended the “Black Male Summit” at UWM, while there the young men had the opportunity to hear from men in the community making positive changes as impactful leaders. Spring Break is rapidly approaching which means there will be no April parent meeting but we will close the year out with a parent meeting in May to voice any concerns and take a survey on how to improve family engagement here at MESA.





 

Wondering whats for lunch this month? Download April's lunch menu and post it on your refrigerator for reference. 

Download Lunch Menu

 

Help MESA Fundraise

MESA has a fundraising goal of $40,000.00 this year. There will be opportunities to support our school.  If you want to make a donation to the school please visit our school Facebook page. If you would like to volunteer, please see Dean Cobb.

 

 

  •  Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.

  • Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.

  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.

  • Help your child with time management.

  • Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.

  • Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.

  • When your child does homework, you do homework.

  • Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.


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