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Greetings Samuel P. Massie Academy Family,


            I would like to thank the students, staff, and parents for their hard work, diligence, and dedication to effective teaching and learning. Lesson plans with outcomes and indicators are based on the College and Career Ready Standards. The staff has been teaching the pupils the importance of Accountable Talk during classroom discussions, Cooperative Learning, effective and descriptive writing related to answering questions, usage of mathematical terminology, higher order questioning, reading and math strategies, and real world connections in all academic areas inclusive of science and social studies. Our focus in all academic areas is through the lens of “Literacy”.

            Our Conference Days were very successful on Thursday evening, November 9th and Friday,  November 10th. We are hoping to meet with all parents this year. If you did not meet with your child’s teacher as of yet, please call and make an appointment to schedule a conference this quarter. It is essential to meet and discuss your child’s progress. Our students are successful because of the support we get from our parents. We are always trying to make that connection stronger!

In order for students to be successful, they must be in school on a regular basis. Please make sure that your child comes to school on time. Classroom instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am. Even though student tardies have improved, there are too many pupils arriving late therefore interfering with student achievement. If your child is late for some reason, you must bring him/her into the main office, complete the tardy log on the computer, and get an admittance to class slip for your child. Proper policies and procedures must be followed and your assistance in this legal matter will be greatly appreciated. Accurate records must be kept. Be advised that attendance records are audited by the State of Maryland.

            Ensure that your child is ready to learn and achieve at school with these eight tips on what you can do at home to prepare for their success:

  1. Create a routine.
  2. Prepare for the morning the night before.
  3. Help your child get organized.
  4. Provide a quiet place for your child to complete homework.
  5. Sign agenda books daily.
  6. Limit distractions.
  7. Encourage intellectual curiosity.
  8. Allow free time.
  9. Build relationships with teachers.


            One of our goals is to maintain a safe and orderly environment for our students at all times. Parents, it is important that you follow the school’s policies for visitation and during dismissal. Please be aware that no one is allowed to go through the building without signing in on the computer, scanning your license and obtaining a visitor’s pass.

            Please be reminded that the Winter break is from December 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.  I hope that you have a joyous and peaceful break.



                                                                                                Yours in education,

                                                                                                Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram



Thought: Life is an attitude. Have a good one.

                  (Eric Lungard)








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