Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Melissa Gurreonero
Happy May Hawk Families!
This month we celebrate our amazing staff here at McNicol! There is so much that goes into the success of our students. Our teachers and paraprofessionals spend countless hours planning and preparing for engaging lessons. Our facilities team works day and night to keep our facility looking its best. Our SAFETY team works diligently daily to keep us all safe. Our support and clerical team offer superb customer service. Our cafeteria staff ensures our kiddies have full bellies daily! It truly takes a team, and we are invested in working daily in the best interest of our Hawk students. Please help me celebrate the adults on our team this month by sending an email of thanks to our Heroes!
Testing continues this month. Please ensure you review your child’s grade-level testing schedule which can be found on the main page of our website. We are full swing into Quarter 4! We continue to host our Course Recovery Night on every Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. Have your child join us if they are lacking the credits they need this school year. We are here to help! We are also hosting the Summer Experience at McNicol this Summer! Check out the registration form on our homepage. The Summer Experience is for ALL students... check it out!
Please remember I am always a phone call, email, or visit away... how can I help you and your child? Let me know 😊
Your Appreciative Principal, (Staff Appreciation in Hawkland all day, every day!)
Happy April Hawk Families!
As we soar right into April we are continuing to honor our 4 B’s which include Being Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Active Learners. Parents, if your child is not demonstrating their 4 B’s while e-learning from home, consider sending them back to the building. We are safe and secure, and we are ready to see all of our Hawks face to face! Give us a chance to impress you with our health and safety protocols!
This month our students will be participating in their FSA Writing Assessment. As you review your child’s testing schedule, keep in mind that all students must come into the building in order to take their test. These assessments will not be administered virtually. The FSA Writing portion is a part of your child’s overall ELA FSA Score and is used as a part to measure their progress throughout the school year. Testing hours are from 7:45-10:30 a.m. each day. A detailed schedule can be found on the homepage of our website.
Can you believe that we are ready to plan for next school year? Over the course of the next couple of weeks, all Hawks will complete their 2021-2022 Course Selection Card. Students will have a lot of different options in choosing their courses for next year. Take some time and help guide their path. At times we may feel that our middle school children are more independent, but they still need us to parent and guide them…I promise!
I am eager and willing to help you help our Hawks and community in any way that I can. I am always a phone call, email, or visit away!
March Updates from Mrs. G
Happy March, Hawks! We are beaming with pride on the events, activities, and research that our Hawk Families engaged in while we celebrate Black History in the month of February. Although it is a great time to laser focus our efforts to memorialize and commemorate black founders, leaders, influencers, activists etc. we do celebrate the history of our black families here in Hawk Land each and every day. As we know, Black History IS American History….we are grateful!
March is a very special month as we move to the close of Quarter 3 and push towards the opening of the final nine weeks of our school year. Within this time we measure the progress of our students through state testing. The testing window for this school year will run from April 5th- May 14th. Although the blended learning model for instruction and learning will continue for the remainder of this school year, Hawks will have to physically come into our school building in order to participate in our standardized assessments. We are currently finalizing our school’s testing schedule and will ensure that you have a copy of your child’s testing schedule in your hand no later than March 15th.
Spring Break is quickly approaching. Hawks will enjoy their Spring Break from March 19th-March 28th. We have a focused Spring Academic Camp planned for any and all students who choose to further their learning during this Spring Break. Watch our website for registration information, which will be released during the first week of March.
Although we celebrate the importance of measuring progress and the necessity of planning for all academic needs here in Hawk Land, we encourage a strong balance in home and school life. Use the season of Spring to encourage your children to play outside, take a walk to the park with you, and to celebrate life. After all, Hawk Life is the best life!
Your Honored Principal,
February Updates from Mrs. G
What fun we had in January! Our students, staff, and families celebrated Literacy Week and we welcomed new families at our Magnet Open House! It is not too late to apply for one of our Magnet seats…what are you waiting for? Check us out @mcnicolhawks and see what we are up to in Hawkland daily!
This month we will celebrate a week of service in commemoration of the 17 beautiful lives lost at MSD on 2/14/18. Our school will be honoring the lives lost through spending time loving ourselves and others. We will also be celebrating the honor and service of our SRO Officer Rios. Officer Rios is a proud Veteran and member of the Hollywood Police Department. He has been serving our school and community as our SRO for the past four school years.
This month we are also celebrating the hard work of our School Counselors! Our counseling team which is led by Ms. Chandra Lee, Guidance Director works day and night to ensure our students know that they are heard, valued, and loved. I cannot express enough how invaluable Ms. Lee, Ms. Montrose, and Ms. Gannon are to our team…we are so blessed to have them in Hawkland! Please send them an email of thanks to help celebrate them.
BSA Testing wraps up this first week of February. We will use this data to drive our content from now until the end of the year. We are excited to see the growth of our students and to continue to plan for their success!
Parents, how is your child utilizing their iPad? Please ensure that your child takes advantage of the FREE data and accessible and innovative applications that are available to them. New applications are added to our iPads regularly. If you would like more information regarding utilizing these devices please contact our VILS Technology Coach, Ms. Behm…she is ready to help!
I wish you all a month filled with sharing and receiving lots of love!
As always, please email or call me if I can support you and/or your child in any way!
Your LOVING Principal,
Happy New Year Hawk Family!I hope this year finds you reflecting on your growth and development, reimagining what will come, and recharged to go and get everything your heart desires!As we jump into a new calendar year, I encourage you to review our county's new and revised calendar. Click here to see our updated calendar.Quarter 3 begins on January 13th. If your child has not been successful in at-home learning, I encourage you to send them back to our building. Let us help! All Hawks should be logging on to I-Ready daily for additional support in Literacy and Math. Keep in mind parents that FSA testing time is not far away. Let us give our students every opportunity to grow and be successful.Would you like to win a gift card this month? Email Mrs. Gurreonero @ email@example.com and tell me how your family is doing this new year! The first responder will win a prize. Let's stay connected Hawk Family ❤️Follow us on Twitter @McNicolHawks
Hello Hawk Game Changers!
As we approach the final month in 2020, we are surely going to wrap up this year with a deliberate focus on our growth and development! Last month we spent some time creating goals in our student data chats, and this month we are going to jump right into ensuring that we are heading in the right direction of meeting these goals. It is most definitely Game Time!
We begin this month with a school wide challenge! Our school wide challenge has only one expectation in order to succeed! Ready for the expectation? Drumroll please…… cameras on Hawks! That’s right families, we are encouraging 100% of our Hawks to turn on and leave on their cameras for the entire class period each and every school day. This is set to begin on December 7th! We have put brand new iPads into all Hawk hands and we have spent the time showing Hawks how to create cool backgrounds and edits, so it is time to show us your face and to connect with your teachers and classmates! Let’s do this!
Your dedicated Principal,
Welcome to another amazing month here at McNicol. We are well into our second quarter and we are ready to begin our Student Data Chats. This month, McNicol teachers will be meeting individually with each student in their first period class to discuss each students’ academic history and to plan their goals for this year. Parents, students will be encouraged to share their goals with you so that you can help support their progress.
During October’s SAC Meeting we were able to approve some beautification plans for our school. We are working to enhance our cafeteria with some eye appeal! We can’t wait to reveal this to our Hawks as the artwork is now in progress. We are continually looking for ways to make our Hawks proud of their learning environment, and thanks to an active community, we are able to continually make this happen. Keep in mind that parent conferences are held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, and we encourage you to schedule one to discuss your child’s progress. Remember parents, virtual classes are for our students and our teachers…. Class time is not the time to meet with your child’s teachers. Although you know we love your support and collaboration, class time is sacred to our students working with their instructors.
I can’t wait to see you on Thursday, November 19th for our Math Fall Family Night! Although this event will be held virtually, after our SAC/PTSA/SAF meeting, it will feel like we are all together again! We have some great math resources planned for you to better assist with math at home, so join us at 6 P.M. through the link which will be posted on the homepage of our website.
See you soon!
McNicol Middle School
Happy October! Fall is here and we will soon have a crisp feel in the air…I hope! As we jump right into this month we are gearing up to close out Quarter 1 and to spring into Quarter 2. Parents, please ensure that you are watching your child’s grades in Pinnacle and that they are engaging in every one of their classes, each and every day. As we continue in our journey of E-Learning we are transitioning to a slight change for a few our students. As you know, you had the opportunity to participate in a survey in September indicating if you want your child to continue their E-Learning at home or if you want them to continue their E-Learning in person.
Whichever choice suits best for your family, is perfect with us! Although we do have many of our very own teachers that are continuing their E-Teaching from home, this will not interrupt your child’s course of study…this is the beautiful thing about E-Learning! We have a solid plan to keep our students socially distanced if they chose to return to campus and we are providing safe spaces with an adult for them to engage in their on-line learning with their classes. Hawks are ready and eager to grow this school year. We are Game Changes, after-all!
I hope that you have picked up your child’s iPad and that they are off to their new Verizon Learning experiences. If you have yet to do so, please reach out to our VILS Coach Ms. Sasha Behm to schedule a time to sign out your device! You can email her through our website via our staff directory.
Have you subscribed to our Twitter page? See what we are up to @McNicolHawks. We really do love to brag about our students, staff and community…help us share the great things happenings in #Hawkland.
As always, I am an email or phone call away! I hope to see you soon…stay safe and positive!
Your Very Proud Principal
Hello Hawk Family,
This school year has certainly offered some new opportunities for our students, staff and community! Whether you are learning to navigate your child’s Canvas courses, trouble shooting TEAMS links, or dialing in to our technical center for log on assistance, we have all definitely learned the need to embrace this virtual reality! I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of our students. As I watch my own child struggle with the frustration of Wi-Fi speed, laptop issues and navigating courses I know that the struggle is real! It is real for our students, staff and parents alike, but the important part of this experience is that we continue to work as a team!
I have charged our team with becoming Game Changers this school year and I can guarantee you that they have accepted the challenge. Teachers have been dedicated to extended trainings and professional development opportunities all in the best interest of our students. But I need your help parents! Please ensure that your child has embraced our 4 B’S of E-Learning and that they are held accountable for their learning. We can do this together and we have some ideas to help! I encourage you to join us each and every Wednesday from 11 A.M.-1 P.M. in our Virtual Parent University courses! You don’t have to stay the whole time; just log in, introduce yourself to our counseling team and come prepared with any questions that we can help answer! We have tools you can use such as: online engagement strategies, community resource information, mindfulness in parenting, communication tips to talk with your child, and so much more! The link can be found on the main page of our website and we are eager to engage!
As you know McNicol Middle School is a Verizon Innovation School. This means that all of our students will be assigned a brand new iPad which comes with data for online learning. We will be rolling out these devices at the end of this month so stay tuned for important information regarding these plans. We are excited to take this e-learning experience to the next level.
Remember meals are served every Tuesday and Thursday at our school! Ensure that you have completed your free and reduced lunch forms request and visit us during the hours of 11-1 or 3-5 on either or both dates to pick up boxed meals.
I wish you a successful month and I cannot wait to see our kiddies shine in their virtual classrooms!
Your Extremely Proud Principal,
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Tracey A. Ryser
6th Grade Assistant Principal
Welcome to McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School!
I am so honored to be your 6th grade Assistant Principal! Your transition into middle school will be both challenging and exciting as you begin the next step on your journey towards high school. I’ve worked in schools as a teacher and administrator for over 12 years with five years as an Army officer before that. I place a priority on ensuring that each one of you receives a top-notch education in a safe and academically rich environment that allows you to discover your unique talents and pushes you to reach your highest potential. One of our priorities is ensuring that you have the social and emotional learning that will help mold you into a person who is ready to truly be a 21st century learner—one who has the critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills that will ensure your future success.
Our teachers and staff have the professional expertise and passion for education that will ensure you are taught at the very highest levels each day. Together, we will be there to support you as you reboot, recharge, and reset for a tremendous year! Your family plays a vital role in your success, and they are part of our educational team. If there is anything you or your family needs, my door is always open. Please feel free to call me any time at 561-600-7512.
Education: M.A. Youngstown State University, English M. S. University of Cincinnati, Educational Leadership
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Deirdre Benka-Coker
7th Grade Intern Principal
A huge WELCOME BACK to our 7th grade students and their families.
Here at McNicol, not only do we want to provide an outstanding academic experience, but we firmly believe that it should be unique and memorable. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have any recommendations or concerns. Have a great 2020 school year!
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Brisco Decembert
8th Grade Assistant Principal
Hello my name is Brisco Decembert your 8th Grade Assistant Principal. As we approach the 2020-21 school year, I am looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure your child achieves their highest potential. As your child’s Administrator, I will be dedicated to ensuring that health, safety, and high-quality instruction remains a priority. In addition, we will continue to use innovative approaches in education to grow in this digital world. As we approach these challenging times, I am optimistic that we will move in a positive direction to address the individual needs of all our students. I know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education as we move forward to a successful school year.
For questions or concerns please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
M.S. Florida Atlantic University, Educational Leadership.