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Phone: 480-484-5500
Fax: 480-484-5501
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:15am - 2:50pm
Mountainside Middle School
11256 N. 128th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85259   
Terri Kellen, Principal
Mary Loehnis, Assistant Principal
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Mountainside Middle School Announcements
2015-16 Course Selection Underway
Spring 2015
Dear Mountainside Parent/Guardian:
As we begin to wrap up another year of learning, we start to look forward to the 2015–2016 school year.  We would like to first take this opportunity to commend our student body on an excellent year of academic and personal growth.  Mountainside is the only SUSD middle school to earn an A rating from the State of Arizona for two years in a row!  Mountainside is the best choice!
We have little flexibility when it comes to your child’s schedule. We are grateful for the opportunities we can provide and we will make the most of them.  Despite these challenges, our teachers will continue to work as teams in order to offer your child the quality education you have come to expect. 
We are thrilled to announce Mountainside will once again offer incoming eighth graders a choice of Mandarin, Spanish or French! These are high school classes on Mountainside’s campus and may be taken for high school credit. 
Mountainside will continue to offer “Reading” in our academic programming.  Every day, before or after lunch, students will report to a Reading class to read a book associated with their English language arts (ELA) class for approximately 20 minutes.  Students will not receive an academic grade for Reading time. Students will receive a conduct grade for Reading time.
Please fill out the “Student Information Profile” with any relevant information that will help us to create the optimal learning environment for your student.  The information you provide will help us create the best schedule for your child. All information provided will be kept confidential.  We cannot accept or honor teacher requests.   
Remember, there are two types of elective classes: year-long and semester-long.  Students will enroll in two periods of electives. This could be two year-long classes, one year-long and two semester-long classes, or four semester-long classes. For course descriptions, click here.
Keep in mind the following information when selecting your enrichment classes;
  • Course descriptions are attached and can be found on the Mountainside Website
  • If you select Band or Strings – you will get that selection.
  • StuGo and Yearbook are very popular and students will be randomly placed in the classes. Students may request Yearbook and STUGO and can be done on the course selection form.
  • It is strongly recommended that you rank ALL semester-long enrichments to aid in scheduling.
Although we will make every effort to honor your requests, we cannot guarantee that students will be placed in their top semester-long requests. Course Request forms and Student Information Profile forms must be returned by March 5, 2015. 
Please email either Terri Kellen ( or Mary Loehnis ( with questions.
Terri Kellen                                         Mary Loehnis             
Principal                                              Assistant Principal     
NJHS Applications Available February 27

 Mountainside’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence, character, service, citizenship, and leadership is accepting applications from current 7th grade students who meet the following criteria:
  • Have a minimum academic GPA of 3.75 for each of the first three quarters of 7th grade
  • Willingly commit to participate in NJHS meetings and sponsored events
  • Make a commitment to perform 15 hours of community service activities during the eighth grade school year
  • Pledge to participate in the academically rigorous National History Day Contest, working outside of school to create an NHD project
  • Commit to maintaining academic excellence
  • Display exemplary character, leadership, and citizenship
Applications will be available in the MMS office on Friday, February 27th and are due back by Friday, March 20th, together with a printout of report card grades, showing each quarter of 7th grade.

Please contact Lois Sugar, NJHS advisor, at with any questions.
Enrollment Lab Available at Cheyenne and Laguna

Families who are enrolling for the 2015-16 School year are invited to Cheyenne School Feb. 25 from 8 AM until 2 PM.  Enrollment technicians will be available to assist with enrollment in the computer lab. Please refer to the SUSD enrollment page for details and needed documents.
An additional session will be held at Laguna Elementary School computer lab March 3 from 8 AM until 2 PM.  Please call 480-484-6110 for additional information.
Upcoming Events for Future Cougars


The first parent meeting for new students was held Jan. 15.  Parents are also invited to attend the next parent meeting to be held May 7 at 6 PM.  
  • Feeder Schools (Laguna and Anasazi) Field Trip to Mountainside
                ALL new students from other schools are welcome to attend either day!  Meet in the office.
Students will tour the campus and meet MMS Principal Terri Kellen.  Course information and request forms will be distributed.  Students may ask questions and get answers. Course request forms will be distributed to students.  (Students only)
DATE AND TIME:              Tuesday, May 5th, 9:00 – 10:30 am, Anasazi Elementary students
                                                                Monday, May 4th, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Laguna Elementary students
  • Incoming 6th Grade Students Immunization Requirements
The Arizona Department of Health requires students entering the 6th grade to have a Tdap booster and meningitis vaccination.  Contact your health provider or Mountainside Nurse Lynn Hanson (480-484-5511) for more information.
  • Follow-Up Parent Night for New Students Enrolled for the 2015-2016 School Year
Meet MMS Principal Terri Kellen and learn about Mountainside’s academic programs and the nuts and bolts of your student’s middle school experience.  Hear about after school programs, get important information from the PTO, ask questions and get answers!  (Adults only, no children, please)
Yearbook PDAs on Sale Now

It’s hard to believe, but in just a few short months, your student will step up to high school and  Mountainside Middle School will be a memory.  PDA recognition ads are a tradition among 8th grade students. You know your child is amazing – why not show them in this year’s yearbook?  Your PDA recognition ad will tell them how special they are with your own pictures, in your own words.
Making your ad is simple.  Just fill out the attached form, save the pictures on a flash drive (or email to making sure the size of the pictures do not exceed 2 Mg) attach payment, and return to the front office no later than February 15th.  For order form, click here.
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