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Mabelle B. Avery Middle School#1 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071


Effective immediately all early dismissal days will also be at 11:00 a.m., including 1/2 days such as the last day of school.


2013-2014 School Calendar, approved 1/14/13CALENDAR2013-2014

Please click on this and the parent survey will appear:   A website to house the MBA parent survey has been created.

Please check out this link for a blog from one of the big 8 educational organizations in our state highlighting our MBA teacher, Erin Scholes, Somers 2014 Teacher of the Year.

NOTES from  this year's WISH Program to Washington, DC during February vacation:
Michael Szafir, Bryan Hull & Marge Porter are very pleased with how this year's WISH Program went!
Students were extremely busy throughout the week, and had a positive and rewarding
experience in DC, with programs and/or talks at the following sites:
Smithsonian's Natural History & American History Museums,

The Museum of the American Indian,

The National Air & Space Museum,

The Holocaust Museum, The National Building Museum,

The Koshland Science Museum,

Arlington National Cemetery,

Mount Vernon,

NOAA (meeting with the Education Director),

the Dept. of Labor (meeting the Director of OSHA), &

Ford's Theatre
They also visited the following monuments:
Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, & the WW II Memorial
When you get a moment, you may want to check out a few of their journals.


March 2014

Dear Parents of MBA:

The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) for 8th grade Science only will be on Friday, March 21st. The testing time is posted on the MBA district calendar on our web site. It is imperative that students arrive to school on time and remember that once a test begins, students are not allowed to leave the test site. Please schedule appointments accordingly.

As many of you may be aware, Language Arts and Math CMTs are no longer administered. They are being replaced with the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These assessments will be given from April 28th to May 16th. SBAC is aligned with the Common Core State Standard (CCSS) that have been adopted by 45 states at this time. Please join me for a Principal Coffee and Conversation on March 14 from 8:00-8:30 AM at MBA, to learn more about CCSS.

In March, ASD will be involved with a fundraiser called Heavenly Hats, which benefits children suffering from cancer. All the funds raised will go to help purchase hats for the children. We will also be working on putting together a display of the photo booth pictures taken at the Valentine’s Day Dance. Permission slips will go home for students interested in purchasing any of the photos. These funds will go towards helping to revamp our outside garden area.

Students in S.C.I.T. (Student Community Involvement Team) (formerly known as SAVE) had great fun preparing for February's Valentine's Day Project, surprising every student and staff member in the school with a Valentine Heart attached to lockers, doors, walls and windows. The school was decorated beautifully making it a festive place to be during the frosty month of February. In March, the community service group will be sponsoring a St. Patrick's Day Dinner Celebration for the Senior Citizens of Somers. The event will take place on Friday evening, March 14, 2014, at the Somers Senior Center on Battle Street. Students and their families will be preparing and serving a traditional Corned Beef dinner with all the fixings, as well as Irish Step Dancing for entertainment, choreographed and performed by our own students. Spring will be a busy time for the group with events planned to aid Champ's Place, the Somers Education Foundation, and assisting at the New England Chili Cook Off before the end of the school year.

The new rotation in the Unified Arts Program will begin Wednesday, March 19th: grade 6 to Art, grade 7 to Life Skills and grade 8 to Technology. All second trimester grades will be on the next report card.

PTA will be holding a Spring Book Fair from Tuesday, March 4, through Friday, March 6, from 9AM to 2:30PM.

An MBA Teacup Auction will be held March 13th prior to the Mid-Winter Concert. Ticket sales will be from 6:30-7:00 PM. Tickets prices are: 1 ticket for $1.00; 10 for $5.00; and 25 for $10.00. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 17th. Proceeds will benefit the Somers Education Association scholarship fund, a teacher-funded scholarship for a graduating Somers High School senior pursing a teaching degree.

Below you will find the approved 2014-2015 school calendar. You will note that February vacation has been changed. School will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, February 16
and 17, 2014, in honor of President’s Day and Teacher Work Day.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 AM. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Quarter 3 ends Friday, April 4th.

Dates to remember:
Tuesday, March 4 Spring Book Fair (March 4-6)
Sunday, March 9 Daylight Savings Time – “Spring ahead”
Thursday, March 13 Mid-Winter Concert (grades 7 & 8)
Tuesday, March 18 Evergreen (Chorus, grade 6)
Wednesday, March 19 Unified Arts 2nd trimester ends
Thursday, March 20 Unified Arts 3rd trimester begins
Friday, March 21 Gr. 8 Science Connecticut Mastery Test
March 28th No school for students
March 28th Teacher Professional Development
Friday, April 4 Quarter 3 ends


Susan D.P. Muirhead

The Somers Public Schools is committed to equal opportunity for all students, applicants and employees. The District does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. In addition, it provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Ms. Kathleen Pezza, Title IX Coordinator, 1 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071, (860) 749-2270 x2039 or Mr. William Boutwell, Section 504 Coordinator, 1 Vision Boulevard, Somers, CT 06071, (860) 749-2270 x2035.



MBA Office Hours

September - June
Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:00pm 860.749.2270 860.763.2073 (fax)

MBA Office Staff

Mrs. Susan Muirhead, Principal x2603

Mr. Robert Kapner, Assistant Principal x2606

Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh, Secretary to the Principal x2601

Mrs. Gayle Cady, Secretary to the Assistant Principal x2602

Dates to Remember

March 4 - 6

Scholastic Book Fair

Sunday, March 9

Daylight Savings Time "Spring ahead"

Thursday, March 13

MId-Winter Concert

gr. 7 & 8 in MBA gym

Tuesday, March 18

Grade 6 Chorus going to Evergreen

Wednesday, March 19

Unified Arts 2nd trimester ends

Thursday, March 20

Unified Arts 3rd trimester begins

Friday, March 21 Gr. 8 Science Connecticut Master Test

Friday, March 28

No school for students Teacher Professional Development

Friday, April 4

Quarter 3 ends