Friday, May 13, 2022

Mandarino Minutes for 5-13-22

 Dear Parents/Guardians,


The Concert Series Begins-

Our choir, band, and orchestra concerts start next week. All at 7pm at the John & Dede Auditorium at St. Joseph High School


Choir:  May 17th

Band:  May 23rd

Orchestra:  May 25th



Ren Baldwin Technology Festival Winners-

Please take a few moments to look at the winning technology entries from this year's Ren Baldwin Technology Festival.  We are especially happy for Liam Shell for winning the middle school grand prize for his Hydrogen Electric Turbine!  

https://sites.google.com/stjoebears.com/2022-rb-tech-fest/festival-winners?authuser=0





Last NHS Tutoring at Upton-


The last NHS tutoring of the 2021-2022 school year is this Wednesday, May 18th from 3:00-4:00pm in the Upton Media Center.





8th Grade Farewell Dance-

The 8th Grade Farewell Dance Committee is excited to share the following opportunities to either donate food/supplies/decorations or to volunteer for the dance.  We are looking for 6/7 grade parents to chaperone the dance.

The dance is open to only 8th graders and will be held in the Upton cafeteria on Friday, June 3rd, from 7:30-9:30pm.  


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4FAAAD28A5F94-upton






Upton Student Credit Union-

Upton Bears Student CU is open every Tuesday during all lunch periods, outside the cafeteria. All new members will receive $15 if they open their membership with at least $1 (membership forms are available at the Upton Bears Student CU table or in the school office). All existing members will receive $5 for making their first deposit at Upton Bears Student CU. Every deposit is entered into a monthly drawing to win a gift basket with a $25 Visa gift card. Every deposit is also entered into an annual drawing to win an iPad Mini at the end of the school year!


April winner - Julia Grossman




Washington D.C. 2023 trip date change-

See updated Washington D.C. 2023  flyer below for date change and sign up today with only a $49 deposit.  Receive a $100 Early Registration Discount through 5/13/22!

 

Please note that the travel dates have changed, in anticipation of school ending on June 9, 2023.  New trip dates are June 11-14, 2023.   See updated flyer below.   This does conflict with the packet you have already received.  The possibility of this happening was discussed at the parent meeting in April.   If you have any questions, please email jcatania@stjoebears.com.





Volleyball Camp-

Here is a link for more information to the summer volleyball camp that starts the Monday after the school year ends:


https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B600nIyhqz8jYzRDNV9OVlBLWDFtcEFEblVMM011cXZaQTB3/edit?filetype=msword&resourcekey=0-TCF3wnS8P4LxrZ-OKqDKcA


Boys Basketball Camp-



Moving this summer?

Are moving this summer and not returning to SJPS in the fall?  If so, please contact the Upton office at 269-926-3400. 




Late Start Next Wednesday-
The district will have a late start next Wednesday, May 18th. School begins at 8:45 AM with breakfast available at 8:15 AM.




5th to 6th Grade Parent Meeting-


The Parent Only meeting is this Thursday, May 19th beginning at 6:30pm in the Upton Auditorium.  This is for all 5th grade parents ONLY for students planning to attend 6th grade at Upton in the fall. 






Lunch Next Week-

5/16/2022 – MINI CORN DOGS, HASHBROWN, FRUIT

5/17/2022 – MAC & CHEESE, STEAMED VEGETABLE, BREADSTICK, FRUIT

5/18/2022 – BONELESS CHICKEN WINGS, RICE, FRUIT

5/19/2022 – CHICKEN CLUB SANDWICH, TATER TOTS, FRUIT

5/20/2022 – PEPPERONI CHEESE BREAD, SALAD CUP, VEGGIE STICKS, FRUIT


Quote of the week-



Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Mandarino













Friday, May 6, 2022

Mandarino Minutes for 5-6-22

 Dear Parents/Guardians,


Salmon in the Classroom-

Our 8th graders this week headed to Watervliet to release their salmon that have been with them since an egg earlier this school year. An article featured this in the Wednesday Herald Palladium. I know that because of the elements the Tuesday group had their experience cut short, but overall it is a great project with many benefits. Thanks to our science department, parent volunteers, Dr. St. Amand and her wonderful staff!




Ren Baldwin Technology Festival Tonight-





Your Guidance Team -







Thanks Parents, UPTO, and School Board -

Thanks so much to the UPTO and parents that made this week special for the staff at Upton Middle School! The treats and wellness bar were very appreciated and was a big hit! We feel so supported by you! We also appreciate all the nice emails and notes that have been sent this week! The school board also provided the staff with a cake and some nice notes!



Visiting 5th graders -

The 5th graders from across the three elementary schools visited this week and had a great experience! They heard about the school day, club/sport opportunities, had lunch, toured, tried opening a locker, and asked many questions!




Girls Soccer -


Lady Bears vs. Lakeshore soccer game-


We have been invited to the high school soccer home games vs. Lakeshore on Monday, May 9th.  JV plays at 5:00 and Varsity plays at 6:30.  If your player wears her jersey, she can get in free.  We will sit together in the stands during the games and cheer on the Lady Bears, as we play our rivals.  Come see what soccer looks like in high school! There are a lot of other events at the high school that night, so please be aware that parking may be an issue.  Let's have some fun and enjoy a fun night of soccer!



Seussical is around the corner -




Attention 8th graders-






Late Start Next Week-

The district will have a late start next week Wednesday, May 11th. School will begin at 8:45 AM.






Lunch Next Week -

5/9/2022 – PEPPERONI CALZONE, RICE, STEAMED VEGGIE, FRUIT

5/10/2022 – FRENCH TOAST STICKS, SAUSAGE, HASH BROWNS, FRUIT

5/11/2022 – NACHOS, BEEF & CHEESE, REFRIED BEANS, FRUIT

5/12/2022 – CHICKEN TENDERS, FRENCH FRIES, FRUIT

5/13/2022 – FRENCH BREAD PIZZA, SALAD CUP, VEGGIE STICKS, FRUIT



Quote of the Week -

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!



Have a wonderful Friday and weekend,
Mr. Mandarino






Friday, April 29, 2022

Mandarino Minutes for 4-29-22

 Dear Parents/Guardians,


Testing is completed! -

With the exception of make-up testing our 6th-8th graders are done with M-Step and NWEA testing for the 2021-2022 school year. Results of the NWEA tests will be sent home later in the school year and we will alert you when they are coming home. M-Step results are returned from the Michigan Department of Education. We appreciated you encouraging your son/daughter to do their best!




Teacher Appreciation Week -

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week starting May 2 - 6.  National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 4th.  Show your teachers how much you and your child appreciates them by sending an email, writing a card, etc. We truly have a great teaching staff that loves their students!




Salmon Release Days for 8th graders-

On May 3rd and May 5th all 8th graders will be heading to Watervliet for their Salmon Release Day. This will be a day where 8th graders will also participate in various science activities & skills. The salmon have been in the science classrooms since an egg and are now ready for release. Thanks to our science teachers and Dr. St. Amand for their help in making this possible!




Moving? -

If you are planning to move within the district before the start of next school year or if you are moving out of district and not attending SJPS next year, please call the Upton office at 926-3400.




5th graders visiting -

Our 5th graders in SJPS will be visiting next Tuesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 5th to have an orientation day. It is a day of nervousness and excitement rolled into one. The students will tour the school, hear about the different electives, eat lunch, ask questions, and more. We are excited to be able to do this in person again!




Late Start next Wednesday -

The district has a late start next Wednesday, May 4th. School will begin at 8:45 AM and breakfast will be available at 8:15 AM.




School of Choice Window Opens -

The school of choice window for SJPS will open this Monday, May 2nd. The information to complete this process can be found on the SJPS webpage.




“Money for Mattox” fundraiser-


Mattox Williams is a freshman at St. Joseph High School who is currently battling cancer. Mattox has a great personality, attitude, and is all-around a wonderful young man. We are having an advisory/homeroom competition to see which class can collect the most money.  The winning class (the one who raises the most money) will receive a pizza or donut party. We are running the competition starting May 9th through May 27.  All the money collected will go to Mattox and his family.





Seussical Jr. May 14th at Upton-



Cinco de Mayo, May 5th-


In the US, Mexican-Americans started observing Cinco de Mayo during the Civil War as a way to celebrate their heritage. Although many use Cinco de Mayo as another day to celebrate today, the holiday is an opportunity to celebrate Mexican identity, promote ethnic consciousness, and build community solidarity.



Lunch Next Week -

5/2/2022 –  CHEESEBURGER, POTATO WEDGES, SALAD CUP, FRUIT 

5/3/2022 – HOT HAM & CHEESE, BAKED CHIPS, CARROT STICKS, FRUIT 

5/4/2022 – POPCORN CHICKEN, MASHED POTATOES, CORN, FRUIT 

5/5/2022 – CHICKEN PATTY SANDWICH, HASH BROWN, SALAD CUP, FRUIT 

5/6/2022 – BOSCO STICKS/DIPPING SAUCE, STEAMED VEGGIE, FRUIT


Quote of the week -



Have a wonderful Friday and weekend,
Mr. Mandarino









Mandarino Minutes for 5-13-22

  Dear Parents/Guardians, The Concert Series Begins- Our choir, band, and orchestra concerts start next week.  All at 7pm at the John & ...