Important  Upcoming Dates:

May 11:  Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation.  6:30  pm to 8:00 pm at MSP.

May 10 and 24:  Shortened Days - 12:45 pm dismissal for students. Teacher PLC.

May 29:  Memorial Day - No School - MSP Band in parade 9:00 am.

June 9: 8th Grade Dance 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

June 12 -15: Shortened Days for  final exams.  12:45 pm dismissal.  No lunch served.

August 25: Incoming Student Open House 9:00 am to 11:00 am

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Daily Schedule:

Full Day: 8 am – 2:45 pm. Students should arrive by 7:50 am when the doors open.

2 hour Delay:

10:00 am – 2:45 pm
Doors open at 9:50 am

MSP Early Dismissal:

8:00 am – 12:45 pm

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May, 2017

MSP students in the Engineering in Action club worked this year to complete two "GoBabyGo" vehicles. We identified two children within the MSP community that had special needs and can use some help keeping up and playing with their peers. MSP students researched the materials needed for the project, fundraised by holding a bake sale during the winter concerts, purchased and constructed two powerwheels vehicles and then modified the vehicles to match each child's needs. This was a months long project where the MSP students learned about electricity, safety, and parent controls. They modified the electrical components to move the activation button to the steering wheel, installed a safety switch so parents can turn the vehicle off quickly. Students installed safety measures to allow for a five point harness and padded the user area with foam so the operator was protected from hard surfaces. We are very proud of the EIA club students and their efforts. 

Engineering Your Future
April, 2017

Students from the Middle School of Plainville attended the Engineering Your Future (EYF) conference for boys from underrepresented backgrounds designed to introduce them to role models in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The goal is to host students from populations underrepresented in engineering in hopes of inspiring these students to consider STEM fields.

Hands-on, inquiry-based activities—designed to educate and excite—encourage participants to pursue educational and career opportunities in STEM subjects. 

​One of the activities that the boys participated in was the Cantilever Challenge. ​They use​d ​a variety of materials to design and build cantilever​ed​ beam​s​.  They were ​challenged to design and build the longest possible overhanging structure that can support a 100-gram mass suspended at the far end of the beam.  In addition to receiving an introduction to basic engineering principles, students also learn about the physics of Newton's laws of motion.​ ​The materials used to build this beam include Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, paper clips, toothpicks, duct tape, balloons, Dixie cups, and straws.

​Teachers Laurel Schwartz and Camille Westfall accompanied the boys on the trip.​  "The UConn Engineering department really did a fantastic job ​​running this event and the students really enjoyed the experience​", said Mrs. Schwartz.​

Grade 6 Read-a-Thon
April, 2017

MSP Grade 6 English/Language Arts classes participated in a Read-a-Thon in collaboration with MSP's library. In January, students voted to support Doctors without Borders. Students asked parents and friends to sponsor them for $1.00 or more for every 50 pages they read between February 1 and April 1. Students were responsible for keeping track of their reading.

A total of $285 was raised and donated. Mrs. Baleshiski's homeroom raised the most money and was rewarded for their efforts with a pizza party. Top readers/fund raisers were: Jonah Winkleman and Jacob Schwentke who raised $50 and $25 respectively.

MSP Robotics Wins States for 3rd year in a Row
March, 2017

For the third year in a row, teams from the Middle School of Plainville have WON the State VEX IQ Competition which w

as held at the CREC Aerospace Academy in Windsor.  Teams compete in 5 areas: programming skills, driver skills, teamwork challenge, a STEM research project, and an engineering notebook.

MSP Team Brain Bots: Chris Brojek and Nate Masco earned the coveted state championship Excellence Award which meant that they scored high in all five areas of the competition.  In addition to the Excellence Award, MSP Brain Bots also won the Driver Skills Award, which meant that they had the highest combined scores in the Programming component and the Driver Skills component. 

Only ten teams of the forty eight competing, advance to the final round at the State Championship.  The Teamwork Challenge award is earned during this round by the two teams that together scored the highest amount of points.  The Brain Bots also earned this award along with MSP Salt Crew members Nick Grabowski, Jon Marfia, Jacob Molloy, and Mitchell Williams.  Both MSP teams are now qualified to attend the World VEX IQ Competition which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky this April.

As Chris Brojek commented, "The MSP Robotics program has been a great opportunity to learn about robotics and engineering".  Nate Masco added, "We have enjoyed going to many competitions over the past three years and we are thrilled to be able to compete at the World level.  Thank you to Ms. Westfall and Mrs. Schwartz for being our coaches".  

Read Across America at MSP
March, 2017

MSP's library had its annual Read Across America celebration on Thursday, March 2nd.   NEA's Read Across America is a fun, celebratory way to promote the enjoyment of reading.  It is a wonderful opportunity for students, teachers, librarians, administrators and parents to share the joys of reading aloud to each other.

Over 275 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 participated as readers or listeners. Teachers, administrators, and Plainville Public Library staff joined the celebration as well; reading aloud picture books, short stories and poetry.   Mrs. White's 8th grade FACS classes provided beautifully and colorfully decorated cupcakes using this year's diversity theme of Dr.Seuss around the world. 

The MSP library is very grateful for the generosity of Gnazzo's, which donated water and snacks for all readers and listeners.   Additional thanks go to Snyders of Hanover which generously donated pretzels for all participants.  Of course, thanks go to Mrs. Joyce Lynch, MSP Library Information Teacher, for coordinating the event each year.


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