The middle years are exciting and full of challenges, changes, and opportunities for children to grow. It is critical for students to get involved in the middle years. Students at Maryvale Middle are afforded other opportunities to grow through extra-curricular activities, and we believe academic success is complimented by involvement in such activities. Such activities include, but are not limited to Flyers on the Run, Student Government and the Young Actors Guild (YAG). Please remember that parents must attend the Parent Awareness Forum once every four (4) years in order for your child to participate in such activities.
We have made some changes to our schedule this year that has increased the amount of Academic Intervention Services (AIS) sections available for students that are struggling in their classes. This will include newly added sections for science and social studies. We have also increased the meeting times for 7th and 8th grade chorus, band and orchestra and added a third concert in March. This will better prepare our students for their three (3) concerts and help build a more comprehensive and sustainable music program as the students move to the high school. We also plan to partner with WNY United to teach a health unit in 6th grade. These changes and others have reduced the amount of time that students will be in studyhalls and will hopefully lead to more student engagement in extracurricular activities.
As the instructional leader of Maryvale Middle School, I am committed to providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to transition from the Intermediate School and eventually to the high school. In order to do this, we need to ensure that all of our students feel welcome and safe in our Maryvale community. Creating an environment that is welcoming and safe will mean that we as parents and educators work together inside the school and outside in the community. One of the largest factors in our students graduating is good attendance and parental support. In order to provide our children with an excellent education and develop the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be successful in high school, students should be in school at least 95% of the time. We rely heavily on parents to get their children to school. Most students are provided transportation and many students qualify for free or reduced lunch and breakfast. Please try to avoid taking vacations and other days off while school is in session. If your child does miss school due to illness or legal obligations, please be sure they check with their teachers to get missed assignments. Most of our teachers are available from 2:00- 2:45 to assist students and there are buses to transport students home at 2:50 pm every day.
Please feel free to email or call me if you have ideas or concerns about your child’s experience here in Maryvale.
Below are some important details regarding the start of school and the overall school day.
- Students entering 6th and 7th grade are required to have certain immunizations prior to the start of school. Students entering 6th grade and are age 11 or older must receive a Tdap immunization and all 7th (and 12th) grade students must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Please submit proof of immunization to the main office prior to the start of school.
- The first day of school for students will be September 5th.
- 7th and 8th grade students will not have access to their lockers prior to the start of school. Students will have ample time to set up their lockers and are not required to bring in all their supplies the first day of school.
- Students may enter the building at 7:00 a.m. and homeroom will begin at 7:20 am.
- The school day ends at 2:00 p.m. Students that are walkers must be picked up in the back of the school at 2:00 p.m.
- There will be two late buses for after school programs this year: the Middle School Late bus departs at 2:50 p.m.; the High School/Alternate Bus departs at 3:00 p.m. Both buses require a pass which you will receive from the faculty member you stayed with.
- Walker drop off/pickup is located in the back of the middle school.
- If your child does not ride the bus please drop them off in the back of the middle school between 7:00- 7:15 a.m. There is NOT supervision of students prior to 7:00 am.
- Students must have a signed pass from a teacher or administrator in order to enter the building early.
- Students arriving later than 7:20 a.m. must enter through the main entrance with their parent or guardian and sign in at the office.
Please encourage your child to do their best, and emphasize the importance of getting off to a strong start and seeking help as soon as possible. With a few exceptions, all teachers are available after school from 2:00-2:45 pm, Monday through Friday. Please have your student make arrangements to stay to get help as needed. Please be proactive and contact teachers and/or Student Services any time you have a concern or question!
A brief reminder of appropriate school attire as you shop for clothes for the upcoming school year. Please be sure your child’s wardrobe adheres to the following Dress Code as approved by the Board of Education: Undergarments, including bra straps and underwear shall not be visible. See through garments, that expose cleavage and bare shoulders, backs and midriffs are not permitted. Shorts, skirts, dresses in any variation should be within two inches of the student’s longest finger when extended and relaxed at their side; messages/symbols/pictures on shirts should not contain violent, profane, suggestive or otherwise inappropriate content. Please review our Student Code of Conduct on our website for more specific information on our dress code policy.