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NOTICE:
The district will be performing required network maintenance on Monday, December 22.  Internet connection will be down from 10:00-11:00am.  There will be no access to internet programs including Aeries and Financial programs during this time.
 
School Announcements
Winter Break

All of us at Mesa View wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!  Students return to school on Tuesday, January 6.  See you then!
Cooking Club Makes Cookies



Cooking Club was at it again on Wednesday, December 17, filling the kitchen with the delicious sights and smells of fresh, out-of-the-oven cookies.  If you're looking to learn more about cooking while also having a great time, see Miss Julianna in the cafeteria for information on how to join the club.
Run with the Mustangs
The Run with the Mustangs 5K returns for its sixth annual race on Saturday, February 28 at 8:00 a.m.  Students are encouraged to submit a design for the t-shirt.  Designs are due to art teacher Mr. Bennett on or before Dec 16.

The 5K is a great opportunity to support the Mesa View PTSA in a healthy and enjoyable way.  Students who participate earn PE run credit.  (See your coach for details.)  All proceeds support programs at Mesa View.  Registration fees are a tax deduction.  
Click here for a Registration Form.  Forms are also available in the office or in the gym on the day of the race.  Click here for a Course Map.

Click here for a cool video of the 2012 race taken by Mesa View parent (and owner of KamEdits.com) Kam Kalanui.
Curiosity Quest



On Tuesday, December 9, students from Mesa View learned where water in Yucaipa comes from and the current state of the drought in California, thought to be the worst drought in 1,200 years.  With 60-75% of a household's water use going towards outdoor landscaping, the Mesa View group of students had to find ways to lower this percentage.  Their problem solving abilities were filmed and will be featured in a future Curiosity Quest television show.  Students pictured are (left to right): Snahin P., Quinn B., Samantha S., Nathan C., Ryan G., Olivia M., and Parker F. next to Mrs. Shook).  Also pictured are:
 

Joel Greene - Host of Curiosity Quest, PBS Television Show 

Bill Schnetz – Landscaping expert and owner of Schnetz Landscaping in San Diego 

Molly Bogh – Author of Life after Lawns: 8 Steps from Grass to a Water Wise Garden

Jennifer Ares – Yucaipa Valley Water District coordinator

County Honor Band



Congratulations to students Karena W., Cece C., and Annalise P., (pictured left to right above, with music teacher Mr. Kane in the second position) who each earned the high honor of being named to the San Bernardino County Honor Band.  The three had to audition for the honor in competition with numerous band students from all over the county.  Well-done, students!
Robotics Takes First Place in Core Values



With its best performance ever, the Mustang Robotics Team took first place in Core Values , earning the "Inspiration Award" at the First Lego League (FLL) Southern California Championships at LEGOLAND on Saturday, December 6.  Pictured, left to right, are Matthew F., Quinn B., Atalie B., Cailtin W., Trevor S., and Dustan S. as they accept their trophy (pictured at right) at dusk on the FLL champtionship stage.  Congrats to both MV teams that competed, and thank you to coaches Mrs. Pitman, Mrs. Shook, and Mrs. Pennino who mentored the teams.
Now That's A Canoe!



Aaron S. (pictured above) and other students in Mrs. Labrada's English classes built popsicle stick canoes as they read Steinbeck's novel, The Pearl.  Each canoe or raft had to float.  Those who've read the story know that a canoe plays a central part in the plot.  What a great ELA and STEM connection!
Science Fair Information

The Science Fair comes in February.  Decide on your topic soon so you can begin to collect data.  Get information and see example below.  All Mesa View students will be doing a Science Fair project.  Tri-fold board are on sale in the library for only $3 (cash only, please).  See your science teacher for additional specifics.

click the links below for details
Science Fair Information Night Presentation
Science Fair Handbook
Science Fair Example #1
Science Fair Example #2
Science Fair Example #3
Science Fair Example #4
GIS Day at Mesa View



Mesa View participated in the national GIS Day on Wednesday, November 19 by having multiple activities during science classes that showed the value and importance of maps and geography in everyday life.  Above, Sean from the Yucaipa Valley Water District explains how he uses maps when working on the sewer lines with his vactor truck.  Big thanks to Joe Zoba and Jennifer Ares from YVWD for supporting the day at Mesa View!
Sawing Away



Students in sixth grade worked diligently to create their Jenga Blocks on Friday, November 7.  Thank you to Lowes, Crown Ace Hardware, and the many parents who donated miter boxes, wood, and sandpaper to make this STEM event happen.
Educator of the Year

Congratulations to art teacher Mike Bennett, who was recently named as a regional Educator of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools.  Mr. Bennett is a passionate artist and dedicated teacher.  He has painted large murals, guided students through units on clay, paper-mache, 3D paper modeling, and devoted countless hours to extra projects.  This is a well-deserved and prestigious accomplishment.  Well-done, Mr. Bennett.  We are extremely proud of you!
2014-2015 Carpool Listing

With the lack of busing and Mesa View's location, we know that getting your child to school can be a challenge.  We recommend working with friends to get your child to school.  Many families use carpools.  The Mesa View Carpool Listing below can help.

Click here to add your information to the Carpool Listing.

Click here to view the information in the Carpool Listing.

Use this information at your own discretion.  We do not coordinate carpool matches or contacts.



Car Wash, Anyone?

Calimesa Shell (at Calimesa Blvd. and Sandalwood) will be providing $1 to Mesa View for every car wash purchased.  Just enter code 8008 when you purchase a car wash.  This is a great way to support Mesa View.  Give it a try!

Take Charge of Education

Target's "Take Charge of Education" program donates 1% of all purchases to a designated school when customers use their Target REDcard.  If you would like to designate Mesa View as your school of choice, click here for more info or to sign up.  Click here to get the debit card application.  Mesa View's Target ID Number is 151972.  The REDCard links to your existing bank card, with no extra fees.  It's a painless and easy way to give to Mesa View.  You can visit the link above or get the paperwork in the school office.
Welcome to Mesa View Middle School

Welcome to Mesa View Middle School!  We look forward to the opportunity each day to work with middle school students as they prepare for high school and beyond.  Our job is to prepare our students to be productive leaders, learners, and citizens of the 21st Century. We emphasize this in our motto:  "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow."

In our mission statement, we are dedicated to:

• Focusing on student learning and rigorous standards through the use of critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, technology, and oral, visual, & written communication skills.

• Fostering academic and personal responsibility based upon respect, integrity, commitment, patience, honesty, perseverance, and tolerance.

• Providing positive leadership experiences that promote social awareness and contribute to the school and the community.

• Developing student self awareness of individual strengths, interests, and personal health so students are prepared for their future.

• Bringing a hands-on, meaningful STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) experience to every Mesa View student.

We believe that everyone – students, parents, community members, and staff – play critical roles in our school community.  Students are at the center of every decision we make.  Mesa View has the very highest academic and behavioral standards.  We teach, model, and expect students to demonstrate positive character traits such as trustworthiness, commitment, respect, and responsibility.  We have created a safe environment in which all individuals have a sense of belonging and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Our primary focus is that of offering a strong academic foundation so that Mesa View students have the tools they need to succeed in high school and what they do after high school.  We firmly believe that all adolescents can learn and that it is our duty to foster this learning.  We believe that all middle school students need to leave us with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the skills associated with the four core subject areas:  English, math, social studies, and science.  Mesa View’s staff is a highly experienced group of professional, dedicated, and knowledgeable educators and support personnel.  The staff works collaboratively to help students learn, discover, and extend their learning in and outside of the classroom.


Mesa View students will be fully prepared to participate in our technologically-advanced, 21st Century society, a society that needs students to understand the STEM fields.  Mesa View has a modern technological infrastructure that supports the most current computer, multimedia, and networked technology programs.  Our technology plan serves as a blueprint for preparing students and staff for the demands and expectations of a rapidly-changing world.

In our wish to teach the whole student, Mesa View also emphasizes the arts, community service, and going “above and beyond.”  Mesa View students have the opportunity to participate in a vibrant middle school band and choir program.  As a way of extending their learning, students may choose to participate in the challenging Honors Option program, our Mustang Robotics Team, First in Math, and other enrichment opportunities.  Students also have access to various visual and performing arts programs.  Student Council, Digital Media, and Yearbook offer leadership and community service opportunities.  In addition, Mesa View offers a rich curriculum for advanced learners.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in our unique STEM: Advanced Design and STEM: Applied Science courses.  These, and all of the elements that make up Mesa View, showcase our desire to be the best possible middle school for our students, their families, and our local community.


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