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  • Olympics Take Over the Ridge

    During the month of February, the students at Marvin Ridge Middle school took part in a Global Event in honor of this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Each Related Art class selected a country they wanted to explore. A team from each class studied many different aspects of that country, and created a presentation to share with the other Related Arts classes as the first event of the Olympics.

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  • MRMS Drama Club

    The Marvin Ridge Middle School Drama Club always has a great time working on productions! To make each production successful, actors and crew members work together, putting in long hours of tech and rehearsal to make each show come to life. With every production, students learn new skills, such as teamwork, public speaking, leadership, and the ability to improvise.

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  • Parent Volunteers Make the Ridge A Great Place to Work and Learn

    The Marvin Ridge Middle School PTSO is a charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the education experience for all students, supporting the school staff, and administration, and improving communication between the school and our parents. The PTSO is run by a group of dedicated parent volunteers who give their time and talents to serve our Marvin Ridge Middle School community. The PTSO has been able to do some incredible things to enhance the safety, education, and well-being of students and staff over the past several years.

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  • Science Fun at Camp Thunderbird!

    The sixth grade at MRMS had an adventurous Halloween this school year, as it was spent at Camp Thunderbird! Students went to this outdoor learning center to discover ecosystems of various fauna and flora, and participated in group dynamic activities. These activities allowed students to interact with nature in an outdoor setting and gain a better appreciation for the world around them.

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  • Student Council Helps Local Charity

    The MRMS Student Council led by Lisa Hansen (7th grade Math teacher) not only works to make our school a better place but they also go beyond the school campus to do important work in our community. Victory Junction, located in Randleman, NC, is the state charity for the North Carolina Association of Student Councils. Victory Junction allows children with medical conditions the opportunity to attend summer camp free of charge and try things they never imagined possible.

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  • Medieval Times

    In 6th grade AIG Language Arts, Students completed a cross curriculum Social Studies unit. They read one or more independent medieval novels of their choice from the 5th to the 15th century time period.

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  • Proportional Relationships

    As a math department 7th grade has been working through proportional relationships. Here the students engage in examining, defining, interpreting, converting and calculating proportional relationships as they make connections, that are fundamental concepts, for future connections in middle and high school math and science courses.

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  • MRMS Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee!

    Congratulations to Eva Vega who won the 64th annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee. The regional bee was held at Imaginon in Charlotte on February 19 and Marvin Ridge Middle School student Eva Vega was the winner!

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  • Beta club convention

    Fourteen delegates from eighth grade represented MRMS at the NC Junior Beta Club state convention on February 5, 2018. Club sponsors, Tracy Wimbush (8th grade Language Arts teacher), and Amy Cass (Spanish teacher) accompanied the group to Greensboro, North Carolina to compete with schools all around the state.

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  • Butterfly Memorial

    After a year of planning, our new Holocaust memorial is underway on the front patio of the library. The plans for an outdoor classroom in the same area are in the works and we hope to have that completed by the end of the year. This has been a lot of hard work, planning, and hustling, but it was worth it!

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  • Science Fair Club Initiated by MRHS students

    Jainith Patel and Daniel Haller got the idea to start a science mentoring program for middle school students while on trips in Boston and LA competing with their high school science club. At these competitions, they met many student researchers from across the U.S., and learned that some of the most successful student researchers began doing science fair projects in middle school.

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  • All-District Honor Band

    MRMS was well represented at the South Central All-District Honor Band Clinic last week! In order to be considered for selection, students were required to audition alongside band members from Union County, Gaston County, Charlotte Mecklenburg, and Cabarrus County.

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  • Language Arts and the Victorian Era

    In the month of December, seventh grade students read the classic story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The unit began with a study of the Victorian Era of England. Students familiarized themselves with the culture and customs of London England during the 1800s. They shared their research in groups and learned about social classes, entertainment, jobs, food, clothing and more.

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  • Chinese Zodiac Clock

    During the first week of November, students in the 8th grade Chinese classes collaborated to create Chinese Zodiac Clocks. Working in groups of three and four, students used their knowledge of Chinese traditional culture and calligraphy to create the clocks.

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  • No Textbooks, No Problem

    When we first shifted away from traditional textbooks, to one-to-one laptops, it was a big adjustment for students, teachers, and parents. With the change, has come a positive outcome on student engagement. Traditionally, we followed the order of the textbook, the teacher taught and then that section of problems was assigned for HW. Now, the class Canvas page functions as the textbook and students are presented with various ways to interact with problems.

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  • 7th Graders Tackle Human and Civil Rights Unit

    During the unit on Human/Civil Rights, students discovered the contributions of our Enlightenment philosophers to the idea of equality for all men. Students then were introduced to the infringements upon these Enlightenment ideas of equality and the atrocities men committed against men. Students studied the idea of genocide and discussed the eight stages of genocide through their knowledge of the Holocaust.

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  • Literary Elements

    Eighth grade Language Arts students demonstrated their knowledge of literary elements and author’s craft during the short story unit by identifying the literary elements to create a final book project.

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  • Speed dating with a book

    Allison Malady came up with a fun, creative solution to this problem and called it "speed dating with a book." Speed dating allowed students to get acquainted with several different books before making a commitment to one. Books were piled on tables. For several minutes students read the dust jackets, looked at reviews, perused the books and jotted down notes. After a few minutes students moved on to the next table of books until they had looked at several possible choices.

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  • Red Ribbon Week

    October 23-31 is National Red Ribbon Week. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched millions around the world. The National Red Ribbon campaign is designed to ask students to pledge to be drug free. At Marvin Ridge Middle, the counselors promoted this event by doing a

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  • Jer Dunlap visits MRMS

    On October 23, 2017 MRMS had the pleasure of hosting speaker Jer Dunlap. He brought a message “that was funny yet inspiring,” said 8th grader Destiny Mai. Jeremy holds numerous accolades and endorsements and has developed and led training at top companies and four branches of the military. With two children of his own, he has recently been led back to coach and enlighten his preferred audience - young people.

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  • Scavenger Hunt

    The 6th grade students at MRMS can count on many fun activities throughout the school year to help enhance and solidify the concepts they have learned. FACEing Math, Marcy Cook Tiles, VersaTiles, IXL, and Math 24 are a few of the activities they’re most familiar with, but one of their favorite activities is embarking on a Scavenger Hunt!

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  • MRMS Wins at Disney Cross Country Classic

    MRMS cross country top 20 girls and top 20 boys went the distance at the 21st Annual Disney Cross Country Classic. The race was held at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida.

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  • The Science of Matter

    Chemistry and physics came alive for eighth grade students on September 22 when Discovery Place Outreach visited Marvin Ridge Middle. The visit was funded by a grant awarded to Dale Hutchinson and supplemented by our PTSO.

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  • Football Night Fun

    On September 21st, members of the 8th grade band attended the annual “Football Night.” This yearly tradition for 8th grade band students allows them an opportunity to pair with the high school marching band for an evening of pep band tunes in support of the varsity football team.

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  • The media center is off to a busy start

    The media center has been very busy since the beginning of the school year. All sixth graders did a scavenger hunt orientation, eighth grade Social Studies classes spent a week in the library researching North Carolina history, Math classes brought their students into the media center for team building activities, students checked out books and the Fall book fair was launched.

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  • Back to School: Bus tracking app is now available

    This school year, UCPS parents will be able to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on their smartphones, tablets or computers.

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  • Welcome Mr. Eversole

    Mr. James Eversole has been named Marvin Ridge Middle School's Principal. We are all so excited to welcome our newest Maverick!

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  • Sensory Room Improves Learning

    The Sensory Room was designed based on the diverse needs of the students’ within Mrs. Ridley’s Classroom. The Sensory Room provides an area in which students can positively work through stressors that impact their ability to fully mainstream out into the general education setting.

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  • Jump Rope for Heart has Special Meaning

    The Health and Physical Education department would like to thank all of our 6th and 7th grade families and the entire Related Arts department for their generous donations and support during our first annual Hoops and Jump Rope for Heart event for the American Heart Association.

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  • WELCOME, MR. MAPP!

    Please join us in welcoming our newest Marvin Ridge Middle School assistant principal, Mr. Dion Mapp. Mr. Mapp will serve in the role of 8th grade assistant principal and will also serve in a variety of other leadership duties which will cross grade levels.

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  • Ratios, Proportion and Art

    The 7th grade students have just completed their unit covering ratios and proportions. This unit included ratios, rates, proportions, scale models and scale drawings.

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  • Student Best Practices Communicated to Parents

    On January 26 parents were invited to join us in the pit to learn about how to help their children/child with organization, study habits, how to fit reading into any schedule.

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  • “He led a crusade to stop segregation Soon his word spread across the nation”

    “He led a crusade to stop segregation Soon his word spread across the nation” These are words from a poem by Alex Papageorge. You may have guessed that the “he” referenced in her poem is Martin Luther King.

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  • Creating a Classroom

    Students in Señora Cass’ seventh grade Spanish classes spent time learning about the classroom. The students learned how to describe common classroom items, such a pencil, desk and computer. Eventually, with practice, the students built up their knowledge and vocabulary skills to create original sentences in Spanish using classroom items.

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  • Math in the Real World

    Well the 8th grade math team aims to extend that thinking by getting students to realize that they can’t live a day without math (and not just because they have to come to class). We see math everywhere. Helping them achieve the goal of becoming efficient problem solvers means math is no longer considered a curse. Everything is a problem to solve.

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  • Power and Conflict

    Recently, the 7th Grade Social Studies Team began a new unit on Power & Conflict. In this unit they explore the various origins of power in society, the wide array of government systems and different religious, political and ideological conflicts from the 1400s to modern times. As a way to demonstrate their understanding of various government systems, students were tasked with creating skits that allowed students to apply their knowledge in a fun and creative way. At first students had to define various government systems, determine the source of power in those particular systems and research either past/present examples of those systems.

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  • First STEM Competition: Huge Success!

    On Friday, November 18, Marvin Ridge students competed in the first STEM competition at the Tyson Family Center in Monroe. This Competition included all the middle schools in Union County. There were numerous events students could participate in. The competition included VEX robotics, which involved students building their robot and acquiring points on a designated game board.

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  • Halloween Band Extravaganza

    The bands of Marvin Ridge held their 4th annual Halloween Concert on October 27th in the MRMS Cafeteria. Over 250 band students in grades 6-8 came together to perform several selections as one large band! Many of the band members were dressed in their various Halloween costumes, accompanied by several festive touches from our band parents in the form of elaborate decorations and seasonal baked goods.

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  • Letting Freedom Ring

    Eighth grade Social Studies and English/Language Arts have teamed up to bring an exciting depth of comprehension to students about our nation’s founding principles. While revisiting historic events and reading the founding documents of American Democracy can be foreign and irrelevant to adolescents, our school is committed to bringing issues of freedom and American exceptionalism to life. Our students will be prepared for a Jesse Watters (Fox News) interview at all times and on any beach in America!

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  • New Student Social Event

    The counselors at Marvin Ridge Middle held a new student donut social on October 6. New students from all three grade levels were invited to attend. The objective behind the social was twofold: to allow the opportunity for students to form a connection with other new students and to provide an event for them to build on new friendships. There are a total of 88 students, new to our cluster for the 2016/17 school year. When asked how she was transitioning to MRMS one 8th grade student stated that, “Everyone’s really nice compared to my old school.”

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  • Prestigious Staff Award!

    Congratulations to Marvin Ridge Middle School assistant principal Mrs. Vera Woolard for being named the 2016-2017 Union County Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year. This prestigious honor recognizes Mrs. Woolard’s hard work and commitment to the stakeholders of Marvin Ridge Middle School.

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  • Congratulations to Ms. Culicerto... MRMS Teacher of the Year!

    Angela Culicerto is a 15-year teaching veteran who received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Athletic Training and Health Education and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She spent 14 of her 15 years of teaching in her hometown of Beckley, WV.

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  • Enhancing Math

    The 6th grade students at MRMS can count on many fun activities throughout the school year to help enhance and solidify the concepts they have learned. FACEing Math, Marcy Cook Tiles, VersaTiles, and Math 24 are a few of the activities they’re most familiar with, but one of their favorite activities is embarking on a Scavenger Hunt!

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  • Learning North Carolina History

    Eighth Grade Social Studies didn’t waste any time getting to work. With a focus of North Carolina history within the U.S. curriculum, students began the year with a project.

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  • Media & Tech Team Have Been Working Hard!

    The media and technology team has been very busy getting the school year off to a fantastic start. During the week of September 5, we assigned computers to all our students. Our technician, Eric Afrifa-Akwamoah, better known to students as Mr. A, spent countless hours over the summer repairing and prepping the computers for an early and easy roll out.

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  • Dr. Houlihan launches Listening and Learning Tour

    As part of his 90-day entry plan, Dr. Houlihan is launching a Listening and Learning Tour. Beginning Sept. 21, the Superintendent will hold a series of meetings throughout Union County to meet with employees and community members.

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  • School Spirit At Its Best!

    To close out the first week of school Marvin Ridge Middle hosted its first back to school pep rally and it was a HUGE success! The entire school met up in the gym for cheers, games, loud-o-meter wars and to show off their school spirit. Ms. Hansen approached administration with this idea and brought it to life.

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  • Student Attendance at Marvin Ridge Middle School

    This year at Marvin Ridge Middle School, student attendance is one of the areas that we aim to improve.

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  • Student Performance Accountability Measures

    On September 1, 2016, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) released student performance accountability measures for the 2015-2016 school year.

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  • Teachers, Students and Parents Excited for the New School Year

    Friday, our school hallways were filled with many old and new faces. Students had the opportunity to walk their schedule, meet their teachers, pick up gym uniforms and school supplies!

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