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Mark Your Calendars:
THURS - SUN           DEC 8-11MHS LIBRARY BARNES & NOBLE BOOKFAIR FUNDRAISER -
                **SEE FLYER BELOW**
FRI    DEC 9 ASB "JAMMIE JAM" DANCE - 8:00-11:30 PM - TALLMAN GYM
TUES        DEC 13    MUSD WINTER CONCERT - 7:00 PM - MIDDLETOWN MULTI-USE
TUES- FRIDEC 13-16TUES-FRI MHS OUT @ 12:25
WEDSDEC 14MUSD BOARD MEETING - MIDDLETOWN MULTI-USE - 7:00 PM
MON - MONDEC 19 - JAN 2WINTER BREAK

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FALL TERM FINALS

Fall term final exams will be administered to students December 13-16, 2016. Tuesday through Friday will be minimum days with school ending at 12:25 pm.  Busses will pick up students at approximately 12:45 pm.  Monday, December 12th, will be a full day with dismissal at 3:20 pm. 

FINAL EXAMS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS PRIOR TO DECEMBER 13th.

Any student missing a final in any class, must make arrangements with their respective teacher(s) to take the final AFTER Winter Break, at the convenience of the teacher's schedule. Late finals must be completed by Friday, January 6th.   Fall term report cards will be mailed out the week following Winter Break, and will reflect grades as of December 16th. Grade changes resulting in taking a final exam after Winter Break will be submitted by the teacher to the MHS office as soon as possible.  

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Attention Parents & Families of Seniors.....

A link has been added under the Navigation Task Bar to the Senior Dedication Ad Information page for the 2016/17 MHS yearbook.  If you would like to honor your senior's last year of high school by including a dedication page in the yearbook, please use this link to download the form.  More information can be found at the link provided.

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Campus News


The Bookfair is coming.......save the date and help the MHS Library.  You can shop online or in the Santa Rosa Barnes & Noble store
 December 8-11, 2016.  
By using the ID #12036166 a portion of the sale of books will be donated back to our Library!


COMMUNITY NEWS

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SCENES FROM THE CAMPUS..................

   CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTRICT CERTIFICATED  & CLASSIFED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR!







Bill Roderick presents Karen Jones with the Middletown Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2016 Award. Mrs. Jones teaches 9th – 12th grades at Middletown High School.

“Karen Jones has made a profound impact on the life of thousands of students. What put her over the top for this award was her service to the community of Middletown during and after the Valley Fire. She teaches the students some of the most valuable lessons they will ever learn without opening a textbook.” – Bill Roderick, Middletown High School Principal

Bill Roderick presents Salvador Pimentel with the Middletown Unified School District Classified Employee of the Year 2016 Award.  Mr. Pimentel is a Custodian at Middletown High School




"Sal Pimentel is one of the most upstanding employees of the District. He is kind, honest, smart, reliable, an incredible worker and an incredible human being. He looks out for everything and everyone. It is with extreme        pleasure and honor that we recognize him."                  ~ Catherine Stone, Middletown District Superintendent


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Inspiration from the Ag Department.........


From MendoLake Family Life Magazine...

By Melissa Chianta

Sixteen-year-old Paul Shafer was an introverted eighth grader when he first found out about Future Farmers of America (FFA). Some FFA students came to his science class to talk about what it was like to study agriculture, and it piqued his interest.

Over the next couple of years, he found himself raising and selling livestock, and even speaking about agriculture in front of groups of people. Now an incoming senior, Shafer has shed his shyness and is the president of his local school's chapter of FFA.

"FFA really forced me out of my shell. I never really thought it would have such a great impact...on my life. It is such a big and important part of myself," he reflects.

A state- and district-funded national program formed in the 1920s, FFA has a three-pronged approach to agricultural--or "ag"--education: classroom lessons, supervised agricultural experiences (SAE), and leadership activities, including public speaking and skills competitions.

At Middletown High School in Middletown, students can take classes in a variety of areas--from agricultural science and floral design to viticulture, landscaping, and welding--and still earn a high school diploma.

"I teach them science from an ag perspective, so if we are doing biology, it's ag biology. We still meet the same standards; we just do it from a different perspective. But we are just as rigorous," says Patsy Pachie, a longtime agricultural instructor at Middletown High School.

Like many agricultural educators, Pachie's approach to teaching is decidedly hands-on.

"The first day of science this year we were cutting open a goat who died with four babies inside of her. I just put the goat in front of them and said, 'Hey this is real world. We've got to figure out what happened,'" she explains.

Pachie finds her approach captures students' attention and helps them retain information. "I've got kids who...say, 'Oh my God, I remember when...!' and we get a real good chuckle about it. But they remember stuff that we do. To me that's worth its weight in gold," she says.

Besides taking classes, one of the most important ways FFA students learn is through their SAE projects, which can involve anything from growing plants to starting a small business. Kids can raise hogs, cows, goats, and ewes on the school's farm, cultivate flowers and vegetables in the campus greenhouse, or tend to grapevines in the school's vineyard.

Whatever they choose to pursue, FFA encourages kids to make money from their work.

"If they like small animals, they can do a dog-walking business. They can start a landscaping business. My son started being a beekeeper," says Karen Jones, another agricultural instructor at Middletown High School.

Students are responsible for funding their own projects, which, if they are raising livestock, can require a substantial investment. If children and their families don't have the resources to purchase an animal, Pachie directs them to Ukiah's American AgCredit, which offers no-interest loans.

"They will loan the kids a certain amount--like a start up--to help them purchase the animal, and [the kids] will have enough left over to pay for feed. When [the students] sell their animals at the county fair, then they pay back their loans, and whatever profit comes from that goes into their pockets," Pachie says.

Last year, her son received $6 a pound for his 1,300-pound steer. "That's over $7,000," she enthuses.
That may sound like a lot of dough for a kid, but students work many months for the money they earn, Pachie says. Shafer, for example, spent his entire summer with his animals, tending to them morning and night.

"It takes a lot," he says.

And sometimes, things don't always go as planned.

"We had...a freshman this year [who] wanted to raise a steer for the fair. Three months after he got [him], the steer got himself trapped under a panel, and we wound up having to put [him] down. And by this time, the kid had over $3,200 invested in the calf," she recalls.

Pachie didn't want the student to be discouraged, so she brainstormed ways to turn lemons into lemonade.

"We wound up processing the calf, and the kid sold it to people in the community. He actually came out ahead. He replaced his calf with another one and still had money to play with," she says.

Always looking for a teachable moment, Pachie used the student's experience to educate the rest of her kids about the highs and lows of agribusiness. "We talked about how...farming is a crapshoot. And you've got to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Sometimes it all works out and sometimes, you know, you hit a gutter ball," she explains.

As students learn through classroom and project experiences, they get opportunities to put their knowledge to the test. Competitive field days held at state and community colleges evaluate student skills in a variety of areas--from floriculture and farm business management to veterinary science and grapevine cultivation. The contests are as rigorous as the rest of the students' education. For instance, the ag mechanics team has to know the names and uses of more than 500 tools and materials while the floral design team has to know 160 plants and about 70 tools.

As part of the public speaking component of the contests, students are asked to complete a range of tasks, from giving two- to three-minute impromptu speeches on, say, the pros and cons of organic versus nonorganic farming, to preparing and giving one-hour speeches they've written and submitted for grading.

For Shafer, the field days, and public speaking contests in particular, have been an empowering experience. "Expressing myself and meeting all these new people and going to all of these conferences...is what I needed to really grow and become the person I am today," he shares.

Shafer isn't the only student who has found his voice through FFA. Many kids, especially those who don't do well in a regular classroom setting, thrive in agricultural classes.

Jones holds back tears when she talks about the transformation of one of her students.

"He had "squirrelitis"--it didn't take much to get [his] attention so [he got] sidetracked pretty easily. Grades [were] hard for him," she recalls.

But he diligently applied himself, and by his senior year was the manager of the school's vineyard. This year, he is graduating from the highly reputable welding program at Butte College in Oroville and preparing to go through a PG&E training program.

"He is just a wonderful kid, the first in his family to go to college. We're really proud of him. He beat the odds," she reflects.

Pachie remembers another student who struggled with dyslexia and a challenging family background.

"He had spent his entire life being told he couldn't do things. [But] he came into our program and just blossomed," she recalls. He loved it so much that he wanted to be an agricultural teacher himself, so he went to a local junior college to get his associate's degree. He eventually hopes to go to Chico State for his teaching credential.

"I'll tell you when he finally becomes a teacher, he's going to be phenomenal. He connects with the kids so well, and we keep telling him, 'You can do this,'" she says.

The accomplishments of both Pachie's and Jones's students exemplify what Jones hopes agricultural education provides young learners.

"My goal is to connect these kids with something they can use for the rest of their lives and maybe open up a couple of doors or windows so that they can see what is available to them," Jones asserts.

She knows students like her Butte College graduate and Pachie's up-and-coming ag teacher may have given up on themselves if they had not discovered their strengths in the FFA program. And so may have Shafer, who says he would be "lost" without FFA.

It seems that while Pachie, Jones, and their colleagues have been busy teaching their students how to be agricultural scientists, florists, welders, and vineyard managers, these teens have been learning something even more valuable: how to be more fully themselves.











                                                    

       





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IN THE EVENT OF A SCHOOL CLOSURE

 DUE TO STORMY WEATHER.......

The MUSD office will make a determination as to school closure as early as possible on a school day.  An auto-dialer phone call/text/email will go out to parents/guardians to the contact information we have on file.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS UPDATED IN OUR STUDENT DATABASE, INFINITE CAMPUS.  If you are uable to go online and update, please email or call Ginny Kniffin in the MHS office at ginny.kniffin@middletownusd.org or 987-4140, ext 4100, or send a written note with your student.  

In the event that a school closure is deemed necessary after students arrive on campus, we will also contact you via auto-dialer.  School bus transportation will be determined according to weather conditions.  If your student normally rides the bus, please be prepared to pick up your student as soon as possible if bus service is not available.
The Stormy Weather hotline is 987-4149