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Info for incoming 6th grade students

June 2, 2017 Ambassadors Carnival 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

August 21, 2017 - Sixth grade student orientation (new program at MBMS)
8:00 a.m. – noon. Students learn about MBMS, meet their eighth grade mentors, and team build as a class.
1:00pm - 3:30pm - The Hunt. Click here to sign up for the Hunt. 
This is a student-only day. 

August 23, 2017 - First day of school

MBMS Math Pathways, Electives, and Language Meeting

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Did you miss the meeting? Please find the power point presentation here


This meeting will be about math pathways, electives, and language, but it will be geared toward sixth grade families who have not yet experienced elective or language choices.  


Event Date: 
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00am to 3:30pm


The 6th grade Ultimate Scavenger Hunt will take place on Monday, August 21st. The Hunt will follow 6th grade orientation from 12:00-3:30pm (lunch  included)Students will complete fun scavenger activities with new friends and their chaperones throughout MBMS, Polliwog Park and Begg Pool.

MBMS Students and Emotional Wellness: How do parents fit into the puzzle?

MBMS Students and Emotional Wellness: How do parents fit into the puzzle?
Friday, June 2nd, 8:30 AM, location TBD

Based on the results of the MBMS school-wide Social Emotional Wellness survey, come hear what our students are thinking and feeling about their school experiences and life as a middle schooler. Margot Parker will present
the findings of the survey and facilitate an interactive discussion on how we can best support our students.

Click here to sign up.


Summer Reading Lists

Incoming 6th graders and students entering 7th grade are required to read three books from the list including one nonfiction book.

Students entering 8th grade are required to read three books from the list including The Outsiders.

There is no summer reading requirement for incoming 9th graders at Mira Costa.

Click here for the book lists. 

MBUSD Calendars - Please review

The Board has adopted a revised calendar for the 2016-17 school year and new calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.  I have included key information about them below. 
The new calendars are available on the District Website Calendar page.

Here are some of the changes we made to the 2016-17 calendar.  I realize these changes may cause challenges to some families, but I do believe they result in an improved calendar.  These changes were recommended by parents and teachers, and approved through the negotiations process with our teachers’ union.

The start date remains the same – Monday, August 29
We now have two non-student days in October – October 3 and October 12
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is now a non-student day
Winter Break now begins on Friday, December 23
Instead of two three-day weekends, there is now a five-day weekend
Spring Break is extended one day
The last day of school is now June 15, 2017

We also have new calendars for 2017-18 and 2018-19.  Some facts and rationale behind these new calendars:

Like the 2016-17 calendar, the first semester ends before Winter Break, so students will not have to study for finals during Winter Break
School starts two weeks before Labor Day
Both the Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter February Breaks are each a full week
School ends in the 2nd full week of June, one week earlier than in previous calendars, in order to prevent student conflicts with camps and educational opportunities

On the same Calendar Page on our website, you will see a “District Events” tab, which will contain more detailed information, such as minimum days and Open Houses and other events.  Each school’s website also contains more detailed events.

Thank you,
Mike Matthews
Michael D. Matthews, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools