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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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District Announcements
Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's September Letter

Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,

The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start! It is hard to believe that we are already done with our first month of school. During the first few days of school, I was able to visit every school in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). Great things are going on in our classrooms – thank you all for a positive start to the new school year. Additionally, members of my Leadership Team visited campuses to help ensure an excellent beginning. It is great to see everyone working together on behalf of students. 
See the September Letter.
ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles

ADE Label
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for a fourth consecutive year with a score of 144, our highest score ever. Nineteen schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received a D. See Grades
Mountainside Middle School Announcements
Applications Now Being Accepted for "Cougar" Mascots

Mountainside Student Government is now accepting applications for students who would like to help spread Mountainside Spirit as a "Cougar" mascot.  Applicants must show enthusiasm and the desire to interact with people of all ages at athletic events. Click here for the application.  Return the completed application to Mrs. Butler.
Photo Make Up Day Friday, Sept. 19

Students who were not at school for photos during the first week of school are invited to Picture Make-Up day this Friday, Sept. 19. This photo will appear in the 2014-15 Mountainside yearbook.  If a parent is unhappy with the quality of their student’s photo a student may have their photo re-taken, but they MUST return their photo packet for credit.  Students without a returned photo packet are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR RE-TAKES.
KUGR News! Daily Announcements

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Naviance High School, College and Career Planning Information

Fall, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,
For the past 4 years, the high schools and middle schools have been using Naviance and Family Connection to perform numerous activities that help students prepare for high school and take their next steps after high school. As a part of a state mandated ECAP (Education Career Action Plan) requirement, school districts are introducing career exploration, college investigation, and introspective analysis of student’s personal strengths at earlier grade levels.  For the past few years Scottsdale Unified School District has implemented the use of Naviance and Family Connection as a tool at the middle school level to begin this process of exploration.
Naviance is designed especially for students and families to complete the ECAP. The student profile generated through Naviance will be used during the course of the student’s middle school/high school years and will be a valuable tool in assisting students in their future goals. The Family Connection component of Naviance is a comprehensive website that you and your child can utilize while discussing and planning for future courses, college selection, exploring personal strengths, setting personal and academic goals, and career choices. Family Connection is linked with Naviance Succeed™ and is a service that is used by staff to track and analyze data about college and career plans.  It provides up-to-date site specific information pertinent to each individual school. There is an annual $5.00 ECAP fee per student.
Family Connection will allow you and your child to:
  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers 
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our schools for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments like the Do What You Are® test
  • Create plans for the future – Build course plans, create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned to you by the school to better prepare yourself for your future college and career goals
  • Additional Lessons – Free SAT prep, note taking, study strategies and more
Family Connection also allows us to share information with you and your child about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.
To visit your school’s Family Connection site, use your browser to connect to:

Click Here for a direct link.
The email login is your student’s SUSD ID# and the password is your student’s 8-digit birthdate.
For additional information, please contact Robin Stieglitz or Joyce Sawyer at 480-484-5500 
Homework Club, Successmaker Lab to begin Sept. 9

Students who may need help with homework are invited to Homework Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 9 at 7 AM. No registration is necessary, and students must sign in at the Mountainside office. Homework Club is facilitated by Mrs. Goodman-Herman.  Homework club students will learn study skills in addition to help with homework.  

A free Successmaker Lab will begin Thursday, Sept. 11 for students who would like some time or assistance completing Successmaker lessons.  Successmaker Lab will be every Thursday for one hour before school.  Again, no registration is necessary, but students will need to enter and sign in at the Mountainside office. 
A Few Reminders From Principal Terri Kellen

Dear Mountainside Families,
I want to thank you again for your support in getting 2014-2015 off to such a great start.  Our teachers have spent an inordinate amount of time preparing and we thank you for preparing your child from home.  The only way to continue our incredible A success is to continue the partnership between home and school. 
Please remember the east parking lot off of 128th street is not for drop off or pick up.  All students must be dropped off and picked up from the west parking lot.  Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Safety is always our number one priority.  Students are not to be dropped off before 7:45.  We do not provide supervision prior to 7:45.  Students dropped off will be waiting outside the student center unsupervised.  Please work with us to ensure safety for all our students.
Students who continue to be dress coded (mostly due to short shorts) will be given a “green slip” to keep a record of the clothing borrowed from the office.  These office clothes need to be returned the following day.  If students do not return the clothes given to them by the office, a $10 fee will be added.  Please support dressing for success each and every day. When resources are spent on holding students accountable for dress, resources are lost in the classroom.  
I invite you to attend “Coffee with the Principal” on Friday, August 29th at 8:50.  This is an informal time to share what is new and happening on campus with time always allowed for questions.  Please join us!
Thank you for being a partner with us in the education of your child.
Terri Kellen
Successmaker News for 2014-15

Thank you for your continued support of Successmaker.  As you know, continued use of SM can significantly close the gap on any skills that need more time and support as well as challenge students to achieve beyond their respective grade level.  Each session is individualized to meet the needs of your student.
We are working closely with Successmaker (Pearson) to make it more user friendly for home use.  Please use the ‘Parents’ tab at the top of our website and under this tab you will find ‘Successmaker Access.’  Please use the link provided to access Successmaker as well as any updates needed. 

Before beginning SUCCESSMAKER, download the latest version of JAVA (It’s FREE!) only by going to a search engine such as Google or FireFox, put in JAVA then go to ‘latest update.’  It takes just a minute or two to update JAVA.   Successmaker is dependent on JAVA and will now run on your computer.
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Apply to be a Mountainside Volunteer

You never know when that field trip or classroom event will come along and you will want to be an approved chaperone.  Please apply online under the "Parents" tab at the top of this page.  Once you have applied, please contact the Mountainside office at 480-484-5500 to notify the school that you have applied. 
2014-15 Parent- Student Handbook, Code of Conduct are Available Now
The new 2014-15 edition of the Mountainside Parent-Student Handbook is available here, and the 2014-15 Code of Conduct, here.  The Handbook has useful information regarding discipline, grading, office procedures, athletics and MORE!   Please review each and retain for reference.
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