Technology Tip

If you are having issues connecting to Zoom classes, please follow these steps:

1. Restart the chromebook – logging your child into the chromebook again will log your child into Zoom. If your child was successful in attending a morning meeting, you still may have to restart the chromebook to log back in to Zoom for an afternoon meeting. 

2. If you are still unsuccessful connecting to a Zoom class after restarting, please contact your teacher to confirm that the link for the meeting is correct.

(from the Darien Public Schools IT Dept.)

We’d Love You To Join Us in Middlesex Parents Association!

The MPA is seeking volunteers for next year’s slate to help support the many great initiatives offered to our students, teachers and MMS community.  

There are many ways to give back to your child’s school that do not require a significant time commitment and it’s a wonderful way to meet new parents and enhance your child’s MMS experience.  

If you are interested in any of the below positions, please contact the Nominating Co-Chairs  Liz Ezbiansky (, Heather Walsh ( or Jen Hagen ( and they will be happy to discuss these open positions more with you!


Directory (2 Chairs) 

  • Compiles and prints MMS address and phone directory using an on-line database. (Most of this work is done in the spring and the week preceding and following the opening of school in the fall.) 

Staff Appreciation (Seeking 3 committee members – we already have chairs in place for each event) 

  • Plans and provides food, beverages and paper products for Back-to-School Faculty Luncheon which is held in August before students return to school. Must be available to attend the luncheon.
  • Organizes and staffs Staff Holiday Luncheon in December
  • Organizes and staffs Teacher Appreciation Lunch or Breakfast in May

Open House Committee (Seeking 3 committee members – Chair Alex Eising confirmed)

  • Purchases refreshments including cups, water lemonade, tablecloths and napkins for Fall Open Houses
  • Available to help serve/staff the open house reception on a different night than their child’s open house
  • Coordinate food donations via signup genius before/beginning of school year or contact MPA regarding buying food.

Eighth Grade Promotion/Graduation (Seeking 1 committee member with 6th or 7th grade children – Co-Chairs Luli Burke and Adrienne Kelly confirmed)

  • Plans & organizes the events, held on the last day of school, surrounding the promotion ceremony
  • Recruits committee members
  • Works closely with the Assistant Principal

Eighth Grade Party Committee ( Seeking 5-6 committee members – Chairs Natalie Alini and Julie McCormick confirmed)

  • Oversees the party in June, working closely with the Assistant Principal and Student Council

Career Day (Seeking 3 committee members/ Cara Gately and Adrienne Kelly confirmed as Co-Chairs)  

  • Organizes the spring Eighth Grade Career Day, including obtaining speakers that represent a cross-section of industries

All About E-Learning at MMS

A parent’s guide to E-Learning Tips & Tricks

  1. Steps to find a DOC

Team homework websites (linked below) are now new and improved! They now include classwork and homework, broken down by day and subject. Hint: most teachers will put “  “ around the exact name of the doc/slide/form/video in google classroom. 

Orange Team

Red Team 

Silver Team

Yellow Team 

Aqua Team 

Blue Team 

Gold Team 

Purple Team 

Green Team 

Maroon Team 

Navy Team 

Teal Team 

Teachers are posting in their google classrooms daily. If the missed assignment was from a previous day it will be attached under that specific date. 

If for some reason you still cannot locate the document needed, please have your student reach out to the teacher via email for help. 

2. How to email a teacher:

Start with your greeting:

(Dear/Hello/Hi)  Mr. or Mrs. _________,


This is where you would explain the problem you are having or ask a question. (If you are asking them for help remember your please and thank you) 

End with a closing:

(Thank you/sincerely/ hope you are well), 

Add your name

Check your email!

It’s important that you check your email daily, no matter what grade your in. Sometimes, things can get lost in your inbox – here are some ways to keep track of it. 

Click here for how to use Focused/Other Tabs in your Outlook for the Web email.

When should I contact my counselors? 

~ You feel overwhelmed with your workload.

~ You need some help with time management/study skills.

~ You are looking for some ideas about how to unwind/de-stress.

~ You have a question/concern and you do not know who to ask/talk with about it..

Resources for Parents and Students


204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road Ms. Shelley Somers, Principal

Darien, Connecticut 06820 Ms. Mary Scalise, Assistant Principal

Telephone (203) 655-2518 Ms. Dana Giannattasio,  Assistant Principal

FAX             (203) 655-1627  

Web Site

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

We understand that this period of uncertainty could cause your child to feel particularly stressed. Since school will not be in session for the next two weeks, we want to make you aware of some resources that you could access if you feel your child may require mental health support when school is not in session. Below are contacts that could be of help during this period. 

Resources for students and parents when school is not in session in the event of the need for mental health support.

Mobile CrisisIntervention ServicesProvides in-home behavioral or mental health crisis services for children and youthDial 2-1-1 in Connecticut  
Open Access Clinic of Child Guidance Center of Southern CTImmediate intake and triage of mental health concerns (walk-in) – M, W, F from 8:30-10:30am. Open other times by appointment.203-324-6127
Family Centers – Center for Hope (Darien Location)Individual and group counseling services203-655-4693
Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield CountyOutpatient mental health services for children and families203-299-1315
Crisis Text Line: 74174124/7 text line providing crisis support from trained counselorsText HOME to 741741
Trevor Lifeline24/7 hot line providing crisis support from LGBTQ-sensitive trained counselors1-866-488-7386
Local Emergency Rooms and/or 911Life-threatening medical emergency or imminent concerns about safety for self or others

Discount at the Sport Shop

Want to get a jump on your Holiday shopping?
The MPA is selling vouchers for the Darien Sport Shop Charity Days fundraiser.  Buy a voucher for $10 and get 15% off all items* purchased at the Sport Shop on October 23 and October 24, 2019.  You can buy multiple tickets to share with friends and family.

The $10 you spend will support MMS fundraising goals for this year and help us do everything from purchase refreshments for the Open Houses and Principal’s Coffees, host speakers for MPA meetings and provide our hardworking teachers and school administration with staff appreciation lunches and end of year gifts. Fundraising also provides funds for improvements to the school for both staff and students. 

This year we are planning to add picnic benches and umbrellas to the internal courtyard.  Please considering purchasing a voucher to support MMS and our local community stores. 

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please email us.  We hope you will participate.

*excludes gift cards and previously purchased items

From the Co-Chairs ….

MMS Parents,
We hope you are all settled into the school routine now that fall has actually started.  Please join us for our next Parent Talk, scheduled for October 23, 2019 at 9.15am in the MMS auditorium.  
The meeting will be a presentation on the Capstone Project. This is an interdisciplinary project that encourages our students to develop critical thinking and improve their research and presentation skills while studying the concept of change in an area of interest to them. The Capstone project spans all three years of Middle School and is primarily taught in FLEX periods but also integrated into core subjects.  Come to the next Parent Talk and discover what Capstone is all about.  We hope to see you there.
Your MPA Co Chairs,
Marina Carey & Kelly Scallon

Academic Center

Academic Center meets Monday through Thursday, after school, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 2:30 until 3:45.

Students will go to Room 161 to check in and set a goal for the day.

Teachers are available for extra help in all subject areas, including organizational skills. Students can choose to go either to a room in which small group instruction is offered or, if no direct help is needed, to a quiet room to complete assignments independently.

We ask that students commit to a minimum of two days, though they may choose to attend 3 or 4 days. Click here to sign your child up for the Center.

Parent Talks

The Middlesex Parent Association (also known as the MPA) represents ALL parents of Middlesex Middle School students and meets periodically to foster a strong line of communication between parents and Middlesex faculty and staff.   

We have decided to call these meetings “Parent Talks,” and as the parent of an MMS student, you are encouraged to come and be a part of them! 
Parent Talks are more than just meetings; they include timely, meaningful topics presented by school administrators and/or outside speakers. 

Our next Parent Talk is this Wednesday, 9/25 at 9:15am in MMS Auditorium (Come at 9am for coffee!)

Vaping Presentation + Meet our New School Resource Officer (SRO)

Principal Somers will introduce the new School Resource Officer (SRO) Officer Stuart Schwengerer, and Dennis Bludnicki from Liberation Programs will make a presentation on vaping and how to discuss the dangers with your child. 

This year the MPA Board is also working to include minutes from the Parent Talks and/or videos and links whenever possible on the MPA website for parents who are unable to attend the Parent Talks.

School Holidays/ No School Dates

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Enjoy this at-a-glance list of school holidays and early dismissals for your scheduling convenience ….


  • September 2  (Labor Day)
  • September 30  (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 9  (Yom Kippur)
  • November 5   (Professional Development)
  • November 27 Early Dismissal (12:25)
  • November 28-29 Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 20 Early Dismissal (12:25)
  • December 23-31 (Holiday Recess)


  • January 1 (Holiday Recess)
  • January 17 (Professional Development)
  • January 20 (MLK Jr Day)
  • February 14 (Professional Development)
  • February 17 (Presidents’ Day)
  • February 18-21 (February Recess)
  • April 6-9 (Spring Recess)
  • April 10 (Good Friday)
  • May 25 (Memorial Day)

Last Day of School (Subject to Snow Days): JUNE 15