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(517) 676-6514 (MMS Office)
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New Assistant Principal and Teachers Hired for the 2021-2022 School Year at MMS
Ms. Mary Hilker has been hired to be Mason Middle School's new Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Mary graduated from Mason High School in 2000. After she graduated from Michigan State University in 2004, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to teach middle school for 13 years. Her last three years in Chicago were spent working as the Dean of Culture for Perspectives Charter School - Joslin Campus. In 2018, Mary decided to move back home and joined the faculty at Alaiedon Elementary School. She spent the last three years of her career teaching 5th grade at Alaiedon.
Mary enjoys spending time with her dog, Harriet, being outdoors, running, anything MSU, and spending time with her family!
MMS is excited about the wealth of experiences and knowledge that Ms. Hilker will bring to our school. We look forward to seeing all the great things that Mary will accomplish in her new leadership role here at Mason Middle School.
Ms. Richelle Conine has been hired to be one of Mason Middle School's 7th Grade ELA Teachers. Richelle is native to the Lansing area who graduated from Western Michigan University in 2007. She then relocated to Denver, Colorado where she taught 6th grade ELA at Aurora Public schools. Although Richelle loved Colorado and her students she decided to return to Michigan to be close to her family. Upon her return, she taught 7th grade ELA at a Detroit charter school. She has since taught at 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA at a private school and a charter school. She earned a Masters degree in Masters of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University in 2017.
Richelle enjoys spending time with her daughter camping, hiking, and playing board games. She also enjoys traveling and reading.
Ms. Sherry Cislo has been hired to be Mason Middle School's 7th Grade Special Education Resource Teacher. Sherry is native to the Detroit area, growing up in Ferndale. Before beginning her teaching career she had the opportunity to live in Boston, Hawaii, Oklahoma City, and Dallas. She returned to Michigan to study education and graduated from Madonna University in 2006. After graduation she relocated once again to Texas where she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Special Education Resource at Lewisville Independent School District. In 2019 she and her husband decided to return to Michigan to be closer to family.
Sherry enjoys training her three dogs, Cooper, Charlie, and Colton in agility and scent work. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
After 13 years of teaching kindergarten through 6th grade for Mason Public Schools, Marty Frew has been hired to be a part of our art department full time at MMS. Mrs. Frew is excited to be a part of the middle school team! She looks forward to building relatioinships with students and teaching them that art is about the process, not the outcome.
Children need to explore, take risks, and make their own choices. This is the richness of creativity and the groundwork for future problem solvers.
Marty lives in Jackson, MI with her husband, Jeremy and two big dogs, Eleanor & Rigby. She is a proud parent to her son, Ethan, an MSU graduate and daughter, Abbey, an RN at Henry Ford Hospital.
Mrs. Frew's favorite pastimes is spending the day in my studio making pottery or in the kitchen cooking for her family. She is looking forward to an exciting year. Go Bulldogs!
Mrs. Carla Richards has been hired to join Mason Middle School’s 6th grade teaching team. Carla attended Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Curriculum and Development from Spring Arbor University.
Carla has been a part of the Mason community since 2004. She has three children who attend Mason Public Schools, and this is her twelfth year teaching in Mason. She taught both second and third grade at North Aurelius Elementary.
Carla loves animals, especially pugs. She is active and loves boating, biking, hiking, and triathlon!
|Mr. Robby McKay has been hired to be Mason Middle School's computer science and robotics teacher. Robby grew up in Grand Rapids and then attended Michigan State University where he studied physical science, secondary education and Spanish. Last year he student taught at East Kentwood Freshman Campus in Grand Rapids. He recently got married and moved to Lansing. He enjoys taking walks outside, running, and playing games with his cat Franklin (named after Rosalind Franklin!).|
MMS Traffic Flow Guidelines for Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Bus Drop Off and Pick Up: The front (west) traffic circle will be for school bus traffic only from 7:00 - 9:00 am and 2:00 - 3:00 pm every day. Visitors and parents may use the front traffic circle from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
North Parking Lot: Students may be dropped off and picked up in the north parking lot near the gym doors. Students dropped off in the north parking lot near the gym doors should use the sidewalk to proceed to the cafeteria in the morning. Students that would like to be picked up in the afternoon using the north parking lot should gather near the gym doors to be picked up. All drivers should use the full traffic circle in the north parking lot as indicated with the blue arrows on the map above.
South Parking Lot: Students may be dropped off and picked up in the south parking lot along the sidewalk (north side of the parking lot). Students dropped off in the south parking lot should use the sidewalks to proceed to the cafeteria or main entrance to enter the school. Reminder - 8th graders are the only grade level allowed to gather in the courtyard near the main entrance prior to the first bell (7:25 am). Students from any grade may choose to walk to the cafeteria to wait for the first bell. All drivers should use the full traffic circle in the south parking lot as indicated with the blue arrows on the map above.
Visitor Parking: Visitors may use the traffic circle between the hours of 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Otherwise, they should use the north or south parking lots to park and then walk to the main entrance to use the buzzer system to gain entry to the MMS Office. Any visitors that park in the traffic circle after 2:00 pm will be stuck in that lot until 2:45 pm due to bus traffic.
Thanks for helping us keep our school campus safe for our students!
Generic School Supplies Lists for MMS Students and Families
Please click on the link below to access the generic school supplies lists for school. We provide all required materials for school but it would be helpful for students to have some of their own supplies.
NWEA Benchmark Assessments at MMS
Mason Middle School uses NWEA for its benchmark asssessments in the fall, winter, and spring. The data collected during the benchmark periods allow teachers to make adjustments to their instruction in class based on what the students are ready to learn in their perspective grades. Additionally, it allows for teachers to provide interventions, enrichments, and support for students at the appropriate level. Individual student progess reports are going to be made available once students have completed the assessments. Click on the links below for more information about the NWEA.
PAWS Classes Provide MMS Students with an Opportunity for Enrichment/Intervention During the School Day
Students working on their Traveling Around the World Research Project during PAWS.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, students at MMS participate in PAWS classes to receive enrichment or interventions based on individual need. Students receiving interventions meet in smaller classes (typically 15 or smaller) with a highly qualified instructor to receive a research-based intervention in an area of need for the student. Students receiving an enrichment during 1st Trimester have been working with instructors to work on ELA related enrichment projects. Example enrichment projects: National Parks Research Project, Travel Around the World Research Project, debate, career exploration, hip hop writing/rap song creation, experiment design/science lab writing, grant proposal writing, argumentative research, persuasive writing, game creation, Mason historical building research, and Michigan Road Trip projects.
Mr. Haney's Forensics Class are Busy Solving "Crimes"
Mr. Haney’s Forensic students have been involved in collecting evidence at simulated crime scenes. In addition, students have practiced analyzing, classifying, and making conclusions about the evidence. Students have studied Dactyloscopy which is the analysis and classification of patterns observed in individual fingerprints, and they have practiced dusting and lifting prints with different brushes and powders. Mr. Haney's students also had a chance to investigate how easily lip prints, ear prints, and shoe print castings can be used to identify someone at a crime scene.