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Mowat Middle School

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Principal Office 850-767-4040

Cynthia Walker



Principal’s Corner by Ed Sheffield

Assistant Principal

Angela Reese Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Swedlund Administrative Assistant

Mowat Guidance 767-4041 Crystal Wicker A-K Nancy Smith L-Z

Dates to Remember

May 12– Mowat Writes May 16-PBS Reward Day/ Pep Rally May 26– Memorial Day (No School)

The school year is winding to an end, but our activities seem to be revving up to a fevered pitch. Students are taking a variety of field trips as rewards for good behavior, good grades, and great performance in reading. It is definitely appropriate to recognize those things that we value as a school community, and I am proud to say that a large number of students have earned the privilege to participate in all of the activities. Our School Leadership Team is currently planning our Summer Reading program. Reading Camp will meet in the Mowat Media Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Mondays this summer. Any student who will be attending Mowat next year is encouraged to use the Media Center this summer. Don’t forget that while summer is a break from school, it’s best if it isn’t a total break from learning, Mowat’s reading lists will be posted on our school website and in this newsletter. We will be holding award ceremonies for athletics and academics the first week of June to celebrate our students accomplishments. The athletics awards ceremony will be June 2nd. The 6th grade awards ceremony will be June 3th. The 7th grade awards ceremony will be June 4th. The 8th grade awards will be presented on June 5th. I encourage all parents to attend and remember to bring your camera.



Go Mustangs!

School Lunch Breakfast: $1.50

“Knowledge will bring you the

Please be kind...some noses are sensitive to certain perfumes, cologne, and/or body sprays. Remember to keep to a minimum.

opportunity to make a difference.” ― Claire Fagin

Lunch:$2.50 For free and reduced meals contact the school for an application. For paying online go to You will need your student’s 10digit school identification number.

7th graders….Make certain your shot records are up to date!


May 23

Yearbooks are on sale for $50 BOOKS ARE LIMITED!!!

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Bring cash or check to Mrs. Vaughn in room 505 Make checks payable to Mowat Yearbook


This newsletter is provided by Bay District Schools for parents of ESE students. Please visit the link to access the newsletter. If you would like a paper copy, please stop by the guidance office.







Mustangs RACE!

Class Rotation

PBS, Positive Behavior Supports, is in it’s third year at Mowat. Each month, Mustangs learn a new character trait that exemplifies the acronym RACE (Respect, Act responsibly, Care for others, Engaged). As Mustangs prepare for high school and beyond, they are becoming responsible and building character. Students are able to earn RACE tickets randomly when caught following school rules or being a good citizen. Caught Reading tickets are earned by students caught reading during less structured time such as lunch or before school. Weekly drawings are held for prizes such as $10 Itunes cards, restaurant gift cards, candy ,trinkets, etc. A selection of novels is available to those names drawn for Caught Reading. If you would like to donate prizes or funds to assist with this ongoing program, please contact Angela Reese, Administrative Assistant, 767-4040.

Rotation 1: 1,2,3,4,5,6 Rotation 2: 3,4,5,6,1,2 Rotation 3: 5,6,1,2,3,4

Dress Code

Mustang’s RACE

There have been comments in the News Herald that the dress code is confusing, so I wanted to clarify things for Mowat families. The only change in our dress code is that students no longer are required to tuck in their shirts. They still have to wear belts. They still must wear a collared shirt in Mowat colors: navy blue, yellow or white, or Mowat spirit t-shirts. The district dress code policy allows for black pants at the discretion of the principal; however,

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Mowat will NOT BE ALLOWING BLACK PANTS. Like always, bottoms must be khaki, denim (indigo blue) or navy blue. If students wear hoodies (tops with hoods that must be pulled over their heads), they MUST be either a Mowat hoodie or plain navy blue, yellow or white. Students will be required to remove any non-dress code hoodie. If your student gets cold in the classroom now, or

as you are purchasing clothing for the fall, be sure they have a jacket that fastens in the front with a zipper or buttons (must unzip all the way, not partial zipper). If your student has holes in his or her pants, even the decorative variety, they will be required to change into another pair of pants--which parents will be called to bring--regardless of where the holes are located.

Respect Act Responsibly Care for Others Engaged

Beta Club will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 1st at 8:15 in room 606.



will be hosting a wear your favorite shirt day and a volleyball

game on Friday, May 23, 2014, at approximately 1:45. Students must pay $2 to be able to participate on both. We will not sell armbands just for one event or the other. Students will need to participate in both events that day. The Girls' Champion Volleyball team will be facing the faculty that day in one intense game of volleyball. There will also be the Pie in the Face winner announced and "creamed" that afternoon. We will need some volunteers to help sell armbands in the morning. Please contact Denise Hinson at if you can help us out.

Seventh Grade

The seventh grade still has SONIC discount cards available for $5. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Denise Hinson at

Our final meeting for the year will be on Thursday, May 15th, at 3:45 in the media center. We will be holding nominations for officers next year. Please let me know if you are interested in running for an office.

Washington DC Trip News There will be a mandatory parent and student meeting held on May 22 starting at 5:30 in the Mowat Middle School Media Center. Each student must have one parent attend. We will be distributing flight, trip, and safety information and it is imperative that each participant is present along with a guardian. Students must have their medical release forms turned in to Mrs. Piotrowski ASAP. If these are not turned in by May 2, the student will not be able to travel. Copies can be found in room 503. If you are a parent attending the trip, you MUST be fingerprinted by the district at least 3 weeks prior to departure (May 27). This is nonnegotiable. The cost is $43 and forms can be obtained by contacting Mrs.

Piotrowski: piotrl@bay,

Prevent Cyberbullying *Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online *Establish Rules about Technology Use *Understand School Rules Library Hours The media center is open before school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is open after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students who stay after school to work in the media center must have a ride and be picked up by 4:30.








Upcoming EOC schedule:

Media memos 5/5-5/9

May is celebration time in the media center. We will be enjoying all of the activities that students earned through reading with the Sunshine State Young Readers program this year. This will include a Battle of the Books, an ice cream party and a pizza party.

7th grade Civics EOC

5/12-5/15 Algebra I Honors EOC 5/20

Geometry Honors EOC

All EOCs are one day, computer-based. This information is also available on the district website under the "parent" tab.

Be on the lookout for our summer reading list and summer reading activity days.

Band Notes High School Charms Folders Each High School Band Program has a folder on Charms. Any information I receive is put it into the folder and also students are given a paper copy. You’ll notice the addition of HS events on our Calendar of Events. This is to keep you informed and ease the transition.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal schedule coming soon…

Spring Concert and Art Show Thursday, May 15th - 7 PM Mowat Gym

Onions Fundraiser Delivery The Band Annual Vidalia Onion Fundraiser delivery is May 10th. Help is needed with picking up all of our onions at Tommy Oliver Stadium and bringing them back to the Mowat Bandroom for pickups! All potential officer candidates must assist. We will meet at Tommy Oliver Stadium at 7:30 AM to load and drop off at the Bandroom by 8 AM. Onion Pick Up at the Mowat Bandroom is from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM.

SGA will be ending the year with a trip to Tallahassee. Members who have attended meetings all year and have been actively involved with SGA will be touring the old and new Capitol buildings and learning about our state government.



Balloons or Flowers Delivered to School: We know that , as parents, we like to let our children know that they are very special. We encourage you to continue to recognize your children on special occasions, but we ask that you consider whether school is the appropriate place to do so. Students are NOT allowed to receive flowers and balloons during school hours due to disruptions they may cause in classrooms, around school, and on the buses.


Attendance Line before and after school: 850-767-4042 If your student is absent for ANY reason, you must contact the school.

Menus, nutrition information, and prices can be found @ Textbook Collection Dates Friday May 23- All Library books due. Textbooks collected from students going on the DC trip

Tuesday, May 27- Language Arts and BK Grammar books collected

Chick-fil-a sandwiches are now on sale in the cafeteria for $3.75 as an a la carte item.

BYOD Bay District Schools is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. Students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal mobile devices ( laptops, netbooks,

Wednesday, May 28-World History, Civics and

tablets, smartphones, etc) during the school day. With

American History books collected

classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. Students may NOT have their devices out between classes, before school, or in the classroom without teacher permission. All devices are the

Thursday, May 29-Math books collected We are looking for books that are overdue. If your student has materials from last school year or first semester of this year, they will NOT be permitted to attend any field trip, pep rally or other fun activity that is planned for the end of the school year. These

students have been notified, so please ask

your student if they are on the list.

responsibility of the student; the school will not be held responsible for lost or damaged devices.





Parent Pick-up/ Parking



Please be mindful of those picking up/dropping off students in front of the gym. If you are parked in the traffic pattern, you are impeding progress of those whose students are already in the pickup zone. Parent parking is available in our sand lot in front of the gym. Please utilize this area if you know your child may be running a little late in the afternoon.

Please avoid pick up and drop off in our bus loading zone. **Note: Teacher parking is the lot directly in front of the gym.

2014 Math Program for Families Research shows that most students lose 2-3 months of grade level math equivalency over the summer. We’re delighted to inform you about a free program offered by TenMarks Education that will provide your child with access to a powerful, personalized summer math program designed to help them reverse summer learning loss. An hour a day is all it takes for your child to strengthen his/her math skills, and prepare for the year ahead. The TenMarks Summer Math Program will guide your child through their personalized program, one topic at a time, helping them refresh what they know, and learn what they don’t. Each assignment contains embedded instruction (hints, video lessons, and interventions) to help your child refresh concepts from the past year and prepare for the ones ahead. The 3-month program starts in the first week of June. To start, visit the URL to register. Please remember to type in your Access Code.

Visit and sign up using Summer Access Code: 20467

Upcoming Band Events 5/3/2014 Bay HS Drumline Mini Camp (2 of 3) Bay HS Bandroom 9 AM - 12 Noon 5/8/2014 ALL Spring Concert Music Pass Offs DUE 5/9/2014 Officer Applications Packets DUE Pep Rally - Marching Band 5/10/2014 Onion Delivery Bay HS Drumline Mini Camp (3 of 3) Bay HS Bandroom 9 AM - 12 Noon 5/15/2014 Spring Concert & Art Show

7 PM Mowat Gym

5/16/2014 Officer Elections 5/19/2014 School Owned Instruments DUE 5/22/2014 Mosley Band Icebreaker 7 - 8 PM MHS Cafeteria 5/27/2014 Bay HS Band 7:00 PM 1st meeting for the 2014-2015 School Year 6/3/2014 6th Grade Awards Ceremony Performance 6/4/2014 7th Grade Awards Ceremony Performance 6/5/2014 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Performance





Summer Reading 2014 *Almost Home by Joan Bauer When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.

*Wildlife By Cynthia DeFelice Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that's been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can't keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can't bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie. In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 By Richard Evans Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them and, after Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others.

Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer Holm Life isn't like the movies, and 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935, and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. But when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle is forced to head off to Key West, Florida, to stay with relatives she's never met. Florida is like nothing Turtle has ever seen: hot, strange, and full of wild, ragtag boy cousins...and even secret treasure. Before she knows what's happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she has spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways.

**Ungifted By Gordon Korman From #1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel in which one middle-school troublemaker accidentally moves into the gifted and talented program—and changes everything. For fans of Louis Sachar and Jack Gantos, this funny and touching underdog story is a lovable and goofy adventure with robot fights, middle-school dances, live experiments, and statue-toppling pranks! When Donovan Curtis pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he's finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students. Although it wasn't exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn't be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him. But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

**The Lions of Little Rock By Kristen Levine Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.

**The Apothecary By Maile Meloy It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.



*The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.

Shooting Kabul, by N. H. Senzai Fadi never imagined he’d start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles away from home in Kabul. But, here he was, half a world apart from his missing six year old sister who’d been lost because of him, as they'd fled Afghanistan. Adjusting to life in the United States isn’t easy for Fadi’s family and as the events of September 11th unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim -impossible. Desperate, Fadi tries every hare-brained scheme he can think of to find her. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home?

Storm Runners By Roland Smith Chase Masters and his father are "storm runners," racing across the country in pursuit of hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Anywhere bad weather strikes, they are not far behind. Chase is learning more on the road than he ever would just sitting in a classroom. But when the hurricane of the century hits, he will be tested in ways he never could have imagined.

*Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael Tunnell -Nonfiction After World War II the United States and Britain airlifted food and supplies into Russian-blockaded West Berlin. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail S. Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. To lift their spirits, he began dropping chocolate and gum by parachute. Michael O. Tunnell tells an inspiring tale of candy and courage, illustrated with Lt. Halvorsen's personal photographs, as well as letters and drawings from the children of Berlin to their beloved "Uncle Wiggly Wings."

*The Running Dream By Wendelin Van Draanen Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself--she wants to take Rosa with her.

* Available now or will be available on Overdrive digital library

** Sunshine State Young Reader for 2014-2015

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