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The community has fun together at this annual Twain event. Some 8th grade students visited the United States Botanic Garden in DC before visiting the United States Capitol. Go team Hay and team Jones!! Students practice yoga in ELT. These two AVID students are enjoying time spent with their mentor.

Announcements

MTMS Course Guide (pdf) 2014-2015 School Year

MTMS Supply List 2014-2015 (pdf)

MTMS Summer Office Hours 9:00am-2:00pm

Jump Start Registration form August 11th -14th

Want to practice your history and math skills over the summer?  Download these free apps for your Apple or Android device:

The Department of Education’s Virginia Mobile Learning Apps Development Challenges developed two apps, which are available for Apple’s iOS devices  at http://www.apple.com/ as well as Android devices at https://play.google.com/store at no charge to students, families, and educators everywhere. These apps enable students to take advantage of summer break to refresh their mathematics, history, and social studies knowledge. These applications are intended to use handheld technologies to encourage student-directed learning and enrichment beyond the classroom.

Master the Math is an educational game that features over 800 questions from 19 released Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to help students prepare for SOL examinations with a focus on the mathematics curriculum from grades three to eight.

Pass the Past helps students prepare for the SOL exams with a focus on World, United States, and Virginia history, civics, and geography.

Summer Reading Assignments

Are you looking for help with your Summer Reading Assignment? And/Or Were you invited to join Mark Twain's Summer Book Club? Join us at the John Marshall Public Library on Saturday August 9th or Saturday August 23rd, from 10:00am-12:00pm! Ms. Thompson and Mrs. Ullmann would love to meet with you to discuss your books, help you with your summer reading assignment, and enjoy a morning of book talks! Transportation can be provided, if needed. Contact Sarah Thompson at smthompson1@fcps.edu for information. Be sure to send us an email (smthompson1@fcps.edu or ajullmann@fcps.edu) if you plan to attend. We have a special surprise for all who join us! :-)  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Rising 7th Grade Assignment

You will choose a book from the attached list. Not sure what to read?? To see super awesome descriptions and booktalks of the books, check out this link!
*Students taking AAP English next year should not choose any of the following books from the list: Red Scarf Girl, Tom Sawyer, Night, Touching Spirit Bear, and Out of the Dust.* You may choose either a fiction or nonfiction book.The book cannot be a graphic novel, and it cannot have been turned into a movie, television show, or video game. You will also complete these two assignments. These assignments are due the first day of school.

Questions? If you have any questions about this assignment, feel free to contact Sarah Thompson.

Rising 8th Grade Assignment

Book Requirements
Students will be reading a non-fiction book of their choosing for this assignment. They may choose any book that is labeled as non-fiction, including, biography, autobiography, self-help, and non-fiction graphic novels.  Students must also complete the attached assignment and turn it in to their English teacher on the first day of school. Books must be of a level and length that is appropriate for 8th grade.

Options for finding a book:
You do not have to purchase a book. You can borrow a book through Fairfax County Public Libraries.
If you are having trouble choosing a book, please refer to the Fairfax County website for recommended books or the Fairfax Reads website: This assignment may be hand written or typed.

Summer Reading Opportunities

Summer vacation is fast approaching and with it the opportunity for summer reading. Take your brain on a vacation this year by reading something new and different or share a classic as a family.

Every summer, our friends at the public library offer a great summer reading program. This year the program runs from June 20 – August 30. Find out more at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/srp/ 
There are always exciting, family friendly events happening at Fairfax County Public Libraries.   To find out what is happening at a branch near you, visit the FCPL Family Fun newsletter at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/news/newsletter/familyfun.htm.

Also, don’t forget that students have access to thousands of e-books through myON (www.myON.com) using their username and password.  TumbleBooks, TumbleBook Cloud and TumbleBook Cloud Jr. can be accessed through the library database (http://www.fcps.edu/is/libraryservices/onlinedatabases.shtml) page without having to enter a username or password.

Summer Math Assignments

Rising Math 7 Summer Assignment

This assignment must be completed by ALL Twain students who are enrolled in Math 7 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you need help with this assignment there will be two help sessions offered to students. These sessions are open to all rising 7th grade Twain students. Students do not need to stay for the entire session and these sessions are not mandatory. Twain math teachers will be available from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the following locations to assist students on this assignment:
August 13, 2014 at Cameron Elementary School, 5pm-8pm (3434 Campbell Dr, Alexandria)

Rising Math 7 Honors Summer Assignment

This assignment must be completed by ALL Twain students who are enrolled in Math 7 Honors for the 2014-2015 school year. If you need help with this assignment there will be two help sessions offered to students. These sessions are open to all rising 7th grade Twain students. Students do not need to stay for the entire session and these sessions are not mandatory. Twain math teachers will be available from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the following locations to assist students on this assignment:
August 13, 2014 at Cameron Elementary School, 5pm-8pm (3434 Campbell Dr, Alexandria)

Rising Algebra or Algebra Honors Summer Assignment (7th and 8th grade)

This assignment must be completed by ALL Twain students who are enrolled in Algebra or Algebra Honors for the 2014-2015 school year. If you need help with this assignment there will be two help sessions offered to students. These sessions are open to all rising Algebra or Algebra honors Twain students. Students do not need to stay for the entire session and these sessions are not mandatory. Twain math teachers will be available from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the following locations to assist students on this assignment:
August 19, 2014 at Mark Twain Middle School, 5pm-8pm

High School Summer Information

EDISON HS SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: All rising 9th graders that will be attending Edison HS will read The Hunger Games. This year, English 9 teachers intend for the reading to be assessed within the first two to three weeks of the semester. All 9th grade students will take a formal assessment on the reading in their English classes, so it is important that students review their summer reading before returning to school.   Please see the document attached to the KIT message for more information. 

EDISON HS SUMMER ASSIGNMENT - HONORS EXTENSION:  In addition to reading The Hunger Games, all students enrolled in an Honors English 9 section will need to read the play Antigone by Sophocles. Students in Honors 9 are expected to come to school on the first day with their Double Entry Journal assignment completed. See attachment for detailed assignment directions. These may be typed or handwritten and will be graded by the student’s English 9 teacher and accompanied by a class discussion on the reading. Students who do not have English first semester may turn this assignment into Mrs. Heslink during the first week of school for safe keeping.

HAYFIELD SECONDARY SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: For any rising 9th graders that will be attending Hayfield Secondary School next year, please go to the following website to locate your summer assignment: http://www.fcps.edu/HayfieldSS/Academics/summer%20_index.html

HAYFIELD 9th GRADE ACTIVITIES FAIR: If you are a rising 9th grader that will be attending Hayfield Secondary School, come on out to Hayfield on Tuesday June 24th from 7:20am-8:30am to participate in the annual Hayfield Activities Fair.  This will be an opportunity to learn about all of the different extracurricular activity opportunities that are available at Hayfield. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Cope, the Assistant Director of Student Activities at MACope@fcps.edu for more information.
Note: Transportation to and from this event is NOT provided by Twain MS. Each student that desires to attend must provide their own transportation. Please contact Ann Mika at mikas@cox.net to coordinate rides to and from Hayfield. Also remember to contact the Twain Front Office to inform us that your child will be late to school that morning.  Thank you.

HIGH SCHOOL KEEP-IN-TOUCH MESSAGES: We hope that you have enjoyed receiving KIT messages from Twain throughout the past year.  If you have an 8th grader going to high school next year, now would be a good time to up for your specific high school Keep-in-Touch message (Hayfield, Edison, Lee, Jefferson, etc) to ensure that you receive important email messages over the summer.  You can self-enroll for individual schools at the following site: http://www.fcps.edu/kit/

HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS: High School Fall Sports try-outs and practices begin in August. For specific information about fall sports, please go to the following sites and contact the school that your child will be attending:

 

 

 

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Wellness Information

ARE YOU A MILER?  Come test your speed and endurance at the NOVA Running Club Mid-Distance Night on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 PM at Edison under the lights in the 800, 1600 or 3200 meters, all for just $10.  All ages and paces welcome!  Link to registration:http://www.activelifedc.com/events/nova-running-club-summer-track-mid-distance-night/113664.  For more information, please email Edison Cross Country Coach Bernadette Flynn bflynn@fcps.edu.

June Energy Zone Newsletter
Junio 'Zona de energía Newsletter' en español

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services

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Lee District Rec Center

Turn Your Trash into Cash for MTMS!!!

Before you throw it in the trash, check to see if it can be used by MTMS.  MTMS participates in several programs that use bottle tops or parts of labels as proofs of purchase.  The programs in which MTMS currently participates are:

Box Tops for Education    btfelogoforword

Box Tops for Education – clip and save Box Tops coupons and drop them in the collection box in the front office.  MTMS receives 10¢ for every Box Tops coupon submitted.  Box Tops coupons come on a variety of items you have in your classroom – Kleenex, Ziploc bags, Hefty bags and plates, Avery binders and labels.  For a list of participating products, visit www.boxtops4education.com.

 

clip_LFE-Logo     Campbell’s Labels for Education   upc_example

Submit the entire UPC (must have the whole UPC similar to the one directly above in order for it to count) from participating products in the collection box in the front office.  For a list of participating products, visit www.labelsforeducation.com.

My Coke Rewards   my coke rewards 2

My Coke Rewards - Open a My Coke Rewards account at www.mycokerewards.com, enter codes from bottle caps or flaps from can cartons from Coke products (Coke, Diet Coke, Fresca, Fanta, Minute Maid, Sprite, Mello Yello, Nestea, Segram’s, Mr. Pibb, etc.), and transfer points to MTMS through the SCHOOLS tab to help MTMS earn merchandise through this program, or drop off bottle tops and carton flaps in the front office.