Screenagers Survey

For those of you who were able to attend the Screenagers event – Thank You!  We’d love your feedback!  Please complete the brief survey so we can improve future events.
For those of you who couldn’t attend – please feel free to complete the brief survey where you can still offer topic suggestions for future events or provide feedback on why the date/time/location was not convenient.

Marshall Simonds Middle School Newsletter

November 3, 2017



Report Cards
First-term Report Cards will be distributed to all students on next Monday, November 6th.


imagesParent Conferences

Parent conferences will be held on next Tuesday evening November 7th and throughout the day on Thursday, November 9th.  Please return your conference appointment forms to homeroom teachers.

elementary school students with smartphonesScreenagers is coming!

Please reserve the evening of Wednesday, November 15 to attend the showing of the movie Screenagers in the MSMS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  After a 45 minute film that highlights internet safety, online connections and tips and insights on how parents can offer guidance to students about social media, a panel of educators including Superintendent of School Eric Conti and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Patrick Larkin will respond to parent questions. This free event is brought to you by Burlington Education Foundation and the Marshall Simonds Middle School P.T.O. and sponsored by Lahey Health.

Shawsheen – Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

100 Cook Street, Billerica MA is holding its Community Open House on Sunday, November 5th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information call 878.671.3611.


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There will be no school for students on Thursday, November 9 and on Veterans Day, Friday, November 10.


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School Pictures
November 28 and 29.









Screenagers Screening & Panel Discussion Wednesday 11/15 in MSMS Auditorium, 7:00-8:30pm

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If this sounds like the conversation in your house, we have a solution:

Come and see Screenagers, a film about the challenges of parenting in the digital world. After the movie, we’ll have a lively panel discussion with:

Colleen Jenkins, M.S.CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist for BHS

Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent of BPS

Kim Lynch, Grade 5 Teacher, Francis Wyman Elementary School

Barbara Oliver, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Dr. Eric Conti,
Superintendent of BPS

This FREE EVENT is brought to you by the Burlington Education Foundation and the Marshall Simonds Middle School PTO.

Join us, Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00-8:30pm in the MSMS Auditorium. 


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Shawsheen Tech Application Info, Events and Deadlines



On Monday, October 16, 2017, Marshall Simonds’ 8th Grade students attended an informative assembly presented by Shawsheen Valley Technical High School. They learned what kind of programs were offered, how to apply, and what Shawsheen Valley look for in its applicants. Important dates for any interested MSMS students are listed below:

Community Open House in November (11/5/20172:00pm-4:00pm

8th Grade Career Night in January (1/17/2018) Snow date January 18, 2018


Shawsheen Tech Community Open House

Marshall Simonds Middle School Newsletter

October 20, 2017
Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm the middle school PTO and the Burlington Education Foundation will sponsor the showing of the movie “Screenagers”.  The movie dives deeply into how technology impacts students development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world.  Following the movie, a panel of educators will respond to questions.  All parents of students in the Burlington Public Schools are invited to this free presentation in the MSMS auditorium.

Parent conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 7th in the evening and Thursday, November 9th during the day.  You will receive notification from your student’s teacher regarding a time.

Reminder: Students need a note from home to take a different bus. We can only put three extra students on any bus.  No additional students on Buses # 5 and 12, they are full.


Message from the nurse:

If your child has a documented Life Threatening Allergy, please send in your child’s EpiPen and doctor’s order now.  We require an EpiPen 2-Pak and MD signed allergy action plan.  Doctor orders may be faxed to 781-505-4980. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 781-270-1779. Thank you for your cooperation.

MSMS Nurse,
Tracy Nicholas, MSN, RN


Message from MSMS PTO:

Just a friendly reminder that you can pay your annual MSMS PTO family dues online at

Message from the Burlington Library

Friends of the Burlington Library Book Sale (22 Sears Street) will be held on November 3rd (10:15am – 5:30pm), November 4th (10:15am – 4:30pm) and November 5th (1:15am – 3:30pm)

Sincerely yours,
Noreen Abati

October 20, 2017

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Eagar A-17) Mrs. Shea and I were so impressed at the outcome of our Science and World Geography combined project. Nice job! Our next area of focus in World Geography will be Physical Features of the Earth. We will be examining “landforms” and “waterforms”. Students will be completing physical map activities, taking two-column notes and creating top-down webs as they study physical features.

Reading: (A-17) We are just about halfway through Mr. Conley’s book, The Dead Man Story. We are all eager to see what happens in the end. We are on the edge of our seats! Mr. Conley will be visiting our reading class for questions and answers in early November. We can’t wait! Reminder: Library field trips will be on 10/24 and 10/27!

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) We are currently working on Chapter 2 on Fraction Operations. There will be a quiz on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers on Thursday, October 26th. Later in Chapter 2 will be  Decimal Operations. As always, students should sharpen their multiplication facts skills on a regular basis…just 5 minutes a day works wonders! Also, we’re introducing more word problems and MCAS questions in class. For more examples of each, check out and search 2011 math frameworks for 6th-grade math.

Reading: (A-18) We will continue reading Freak the Mighty and will focus on plot development and the many different relationships going on between our main and secondary characters. We will also continue with regular QuickWrites and emphasis on vocabulary.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Ms. Pezzuto  A-19) The students are learning grammar Theme 8 Subjects, Predicates, and Sentences. We will be reading in the Literature book on Dragon, Dragon on page 640. We will be doing a project on the Fiction Book (each student choose).

Reading: (A-19)  We continue to read the Dead Man story and work on comprehension. The students are enjoying the story to unfolding. Mr. Conley (the writer of the book) will join the class one day to answer any questions the students have.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea  D-101) Our first science and geography cross-curricular unit was very successful.  All of our groups worked well together to produce quality work.  We are continuing with our weather unit this week as we learn about global and local winds.  Next week we will continue our study of weather and air masses.

Reading: (D-101)  Our reading class has just finished our first novel!  We really enjoyed the exciting twist at the end of the story.  Our reading groups will be working on a concluding project for the novel, writing the “next chapter” to the story.  Our next novel will be the classic A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be learning how to read food labels.  They will be using packaged products to practice reading labels.

Box Tops for Education


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Please send your Box Tops for Education into MSMS. These are typically found on and cut off of various food and paper good items. The company allows us to submit them November 1 and March 1. MSMS receives a check twice a year for participating. Thank you all for your support!


Burlington Parents University

Attached is the link to the Burlington Parents University. There are many great sessions for parents of all age groups. You can go for one or all three. The Keynote speaker looks to be very interesting.

Follow the link to learn more!

Are Our Kids Addicted to Their Cell Phones?

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If this sounds like the conversation in your house, we have a solution.

screen-shot-2017-10-14-at-3-25-23-pm.pngWednesday, November 15th at 7:00 pm the middle school PTO and the Burlington Education Foundation will sponsor the showing of the movie “Screenagers”.

The movie dives deeply into how technology impacts students development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world. Following the movie, a panel of educators will respond to questions.

All parents of students in the Burlington Public Schools are invited to this free presentation in the MSMS auditorium.




OktoberFest 2016 by Adopt-a-Class 2022


Saturday, October 14th 7-10pm
American Legion Hall Burlington
Tickets are only $25

Please come out and enjoy an evening to support the Class of 2022.
Featuring: A Selection of Adult Beverages to Taste, Light Appetizers,
Raffles and a Silent Auction!

PowerPoint Presentation

Get your tickets here!

Sponsored by Brookline Bank & Liquor Cabinet
For more information contact via email

Reminder! MSMS PTO Meeting this Wednesday night

The MSMS PTO meeting will be held this Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00 PM Marshall Simonds Middle School Library – (2nd floor)

While details are not finalized yet, the main topic will be the “Screenagers” movie  the BEF (Burlington Education Foundation) is partnering with MSMS to show parents and kids the impact of screen time on the family.  The plan is to show on a date to be determined in November.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Also in attendance will be Principal Connors and Asst Principal Abati to cover general business – update on school activities, issues, requests.
The Board will cover membership, funds and upcoming requests for funding, future topics for PTO – what do parents want to learn about?
Please remember to send your PTO dues money in.  $25 per family.  You can pay easily with PayPal on the MSMS blog or send via check in with your child during school.   As always, 100% of the dues go towards student activities for every grade as well as supplies to supplement their learning that is not covered by the standard school budget.


PTO Board
Beth Reith – President
Adrienne Mattson – Treasurer
Rose Hatch – Membership
Joe Gaiero – Box Tops