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Letter to Incoming Sixth Grade Students and Parents

posted Aug 30, 2012, 7:57 AM by Matthew Campbell

August 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians and Members of the Class of 2015:

Welcome to MSAP! We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer. The staff
and faculty of MSAP are excited for this coming school year. We’d like to give you some
important information to help in your child’s transition to the start of their middle school

I. Uniforms
MSAP is a uniform school. Our uniform consists of white polo shirts (short or
long sleeve) and navy blue pants or skirts at the knee for young ladies. Students
can only wear a solid white or navy blue cardigan sweater that is either button-up
or has a zipper. Hooded sweaters and sweatshirts are not permitted at MSAP. We
prefer students wear shoes but sneakers are acceptable (and required for gym).

II. Initial supplies
Students should come prepared with a notebook and folder for each class, ELA,
math, social studies, science and philosophy. They also need to have pens, pencils
and loose-leaf. Additional supplies for art will be articulated to students during
their first session with their teacher.

III. 1st Day of School: Thursday, September 6th
Students should arrive to MSAP no later than 8:00 am. They may enter the school
through the main entrance (the one on your right when facing the front of the
building) and proceed directly to the auditorium. Staff will be present to assist
students. Students will continue this procedure until they begin to line up with the
rest of the student body in the school yard.

IV. School Hours
Our school hours are from 8:10-2:30 M-F. Students who are selected for extended
day will receive notices and will be required to attend sessions on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays from 2:30-3:20.

V. School Website Please acquaint yourself with the school’s website. All school
wide memos that are sent home with your children are posted to the website in the
event your child loses the memo or selectively forgets to bring it to you. It is
important to our school community that we have the lines of communication open
and that parents are well informed about what is happening in our school.

Change through collaboration, communication and commitment to consistency.

VI. Dismissal
Sixth grade students will be released out of the two entrance/exits in the front of
the building between 2:25 and 2:30. Every year there are rumors about “Freshman
Friday”. Please know that there is no such thing and to alleviate students’ fears,
we release them a few minutes early during the first few days of school. Students
are expected to go directly home after school and should not hang out or play ball
in the yard.

Our school went through a tremendous change last year. We have had many successes
that we look forward to sharing with you. As we come to know your children and you, it
is important that we continue to build on those successes during the 2012-2013 school

We ask that you maintain contact with the school and speak with us first about concerns
that you may have so that we are given the opportunity to resolve them for you. Middle
school is an exciting and often difficult time for students as they seek to find themselves
as young adults. Make no mistake – they are not independent and still need a tremendous
amount of support and supervision from you. Speak with your children about their day.
Encourage them to begin to handle issues that they are having by speaking to the adults in
the building all of whom are there to support them.

We need your support to continue to affect positive change in our school community.
We strongly encourage you to support and become involved with our PTA, as we
continue to create change in our school community through collaboration,
communication and commitment to consistency.

Please mark Monday, September 10th on your calendars. It will be our 6th grade Meet the
Staff evening, starting at 6:30 pm in our auditorium. We hope you can come out and
support your children and our school. We look forward to another successful year at


Mr. McNeill, Principal and the MSAP Staff and Faculty
Matthew Campbell,
Aug 30, 2012, 7:57 AM