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Marsteller is a School of Excellence (2012-13) and a School to Watch

New student Orientation Wednesday, August 27
Welcome Back Bulldogs!
A newsletter will be mailed home to all students the last week of August which will contain important information that you will need prior to the start of school on September 2, 2014. Please make sure to look on the mailing label of the newsletter where you will find the Room number for your child's first period classStudents will receive their complete class schedules the first day of school in their first period class.
Marsteller will be open for New Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00. This orientation session is for students new to Marsteller who were unable to attend the Sixth Grade Orientation session in the Spring. Students and families will be able to participate in a self-guided tour of the building from 7:00-7:30 where they will be able to locate their first period classes, followed by a meeting at 7:30 in the Gym for an overview of life at Marsteller.

If you do not receive your letter by the afternoon of Wednesday, August 27, please call Marsteller at 703-393-7608. 

We look forward to seeing you!

TDAP vaccination for rising 6th graders
Parents are reminded that students entering sixth grade in Prince William County Public Schools this fall must present proof that they have had a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years. 

Se les recuerda a padres de estudiantes que van a entrar al sexto grado este otoño a las escuelas del Condado de Prince William, que tienen que presentar prueba de la vacuna de refuerzo (llamado Tdap) contra el tétano, difteria y tos ferina administrada dentro de los últimos cinco años.

More information

Student Accident Insurance
Markel Student Accident Insurance is available for families who may need it. Please click here for more information including directions on how to sign up.

Eighth Grade Creative Writing
Marsteller Middle School will be incorporating a Creative Writing course into the eighth grade schedule beginning this fall. This course will provide the opportunity to apply reading and writing skills essential to continued academic success and allow students to meet rigorous academic standards across the curriculum. Our Creative Writing teachers will work collaboratively with the Language Arts teachers to enhance and enrich critical thinking and written response proficiency to prepare our eighth grade students for high school and beyond. This course will be part of the eighth grade schedule for students not participating in the World Language program at Marsteller.

Supply List for the 2014-15 School Year
To see a list of suggested school supplies please click here.

Each team may require specific supplies.  Teachers will inform students of any additions during the first few days of school.

Please also note that lockers are 10 inches deep and 8 inches wide.  3-inch zippered binders DO NOT easily fit in the lockers.

Free TenMarks Summer Math Program
Do you want to keep up with math this summer for free?  Please visit the TenMarks website to signup for a 3-month personalized math program at no cost that reviews previously learned topics and introduces future topics.  For more information, please view their flyer in English or Spanish.  The access code is S14PWC6173

New Secured-Entrance Procedures
Beginning Tuesday, May 27th Marsteller will implement the new secured entrance system. This system will enable us to safely identify visitors who are requesting access to the building.  Please read the attached letter for more information.
Summer Reading List
Looking for a good book this summer?  Check out the summer reading list and feel free to check out the media center's homepage for additional book ideas.

Updated Activity Bus Schedule
Click here to see the Activity Bus schedule.  The buses leave Marsteller at 5:00.  Arrival time at the various stops may vary according to student load, and the schedule is subject to change.

"Be There Prince William"
The School Board signed a resolution designating November as "Be There Prince William" Month.  This suggests a simple way parents can play an active role in preparing their children for success every day.  “Be There Prince William” inspires parents to make ordinary moments extraordinary by connecting with their children during the daily routines of life. Visit to read stories submitted from other school divisions and for inspiration.
Here is the tip:

It's not an April Fool's joke.  The benefits of connecting with your child every day will last a lifetime.

No es una broma del Dia de April Fool.  Los beneficios de conectarse con su hijo cada dia duraran toda la vida.
Important Directions for Parent Portal and SchoolFusion
Parents - Click here for directions on how to make sure you receive your school web site's daily email notification.

Parents and students - Click here to learn how to change your email address for Parent Portal and SchoolFusion or to change your web password.

Concussion Training for 2014-15 School Year
Below are the dates for the face-to-face concussion trainings for the 2014-2015 school year.  They will each begin at 6:30 PM.

August 20, September 3, November 6, January 14, March 12, June 1

Click here to go to the Prince William County page for information on mandatory concussion training.  

Parents and students who have already attended a face-to-face training may take this year’s mandatory concussion training online.  Rising 6th grade and 9th grade students and students new to Prince William County Public Schools are not eligible for the Online Training.

Technology Supports Learning
We encourage the use of technology in the classroom to enhance student learning.  In such situations, the teacher will issue a technology pass to students.  However, at other times, to preserve the instructional environment at Marsteller, we ask that students store their cell phones in their lockers.

Students are reminded that all personal electronic devices are only to be used in the classroom with teacher permission.  Taking photos, posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and checking text messages and emails violate the PWCS Code of Behavior Acceptable Use Policy.  

Box Tops for Education
Have you ever noticed the Box Tops for Education coupon on a food package?  If not, please look for them and start saving them.  We can use them for our school.  There is a drop off container in the front office.   We will continue to collect them for next school year.  Marsteller can redeem them for supplies and equipment.  Thanks very much for supporting our school.

Link to Interactive Achievement Test Site
If students do not see the "iTest7 Middle School" icon in their NAL, have them CLICK HERE.

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