Sunday, September 16, 2018

September 16 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you well.  Here are some reminders for the upcoming week:

Drop off and Arrival Process – I would like to begin by discussing a few issues pertaining to the drop off process.  The district is aware that buses – particularly two routes - have not been running as smoothly as we had hoped.  We will continue to work with the bus company to resolve the issues that we had faced during the first two weeks of school.  We thank you for your patience with this matter.

I would like to remind everyone who drives their students to school that the drop off areas are in front of the building and along the Mystic Valley Parkway.  We ask parents and guardians not to enter the parking lot and especially the circle in the back of the building to drop off their students in the morning.  Between 8:00 and 8:30 am, buses, staff vehicles, as well as walkers and students who ride their bikes to school are coming into that area.  Therefore, we ask all parents not to drive into that space in order to ensure safety and to prevent unnecessary congestion.

I am happy to see that majority of the students are wearing their helmets when biking to and from school.  However, not all students are taking this important safety precaution.  I would like to ask all parents and guardians to remind their students to please wear their helmets if they decide to ride their bicycles.

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities – I am happy to announce that once again McCall Middle School with the support of the MPA will once again offer a myriad of after school activities to enrich the learning experiences for our students.  All club activities – with exception of the Jazz Band and the Greenhouse Club - will begin during the week of September 24.  Attached here is a catalogue of the activities we will be offering this fall.  The document includes each club’s meeting day and time, the name of the club advisor, as well as a link to his or her email address in case you have any questions.  This 18-19 Club Catalogue is also posted on our school website. 

Please note that the Greenhouse Club will begin meeting this Thursday, Sept. 20 from 3:30-4:15 pm in Room DG04.  As for the Jazz Band, Ms. Snodgrass will be sending out a separate notice on the audition process.

EF Trip – Ms. Grace Tripp, one of our World Language teachers, will once again lead an EF Education First trip to Europe at the end of this school year.  Included below is brief description of this year’s trip.  An information meeting will be held September 25 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the McCall Library for any students and families who are interested in this opportunity.

“Austria, Germany & Switzerland” June 2019

Does your child ever dream about traveling abroad? Are you looking for an opportunity to accompany your son and/or daughter? Then come to the informational meeting Tuesday, September  25th at 7pm in the McCall Library.

“Austria, Germany & Switzerland” is a 10 day trip that will take place at the end of the 2018-2019 academic school year. This trip is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade McCall Middle School students and their families. McCall students may travel with or without their parent but if a non-McCall sibling would like to travel, the parent MUST also be on the trip for the non-McCall student. Please note that this is a NOT a school sponsored trip.

This trip will be led by Spanish teacher Grace Tripp. This will be Ms Tripp’s fifth international trip with EF. If you have any further questions, please contact her at or you can get more information here:

Thank you and enjoy the upcoming week.

James Lin
McCall Middle School

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