Friday, April 10 is Good Friday, Therefore, the breakfasts and lunches will be delivered on Thursday for both Thursday and Friday. Again, no meals will be delivered on Friday but your child will receive two days worth of each meal on Thursday.
Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and academically will be important in the next weeks. MPS is pleased to see students accessing Suite360 (aka marion360.org )to learn self-care. The following middle school and high school students have mastered these lessons! WAY TO GO!
Gabby D. and Shawntay V.: Dangers of Self Injury
Emily C. and Dawson T.: You Can Make an Impact on Your World
Elizabeth F.: My Gifts, My Passions
Ethan R.: Respectful Conversations about Tough Topics
Jennifer F.: Stress Strategies You Can Use
And...1st grader, Mia D.: It Takes Your WHOLE Body to Listen Well
Loving all the Levels of Learning!! Giving a "hear-hear" to the following achievements!
Mrs. McCrimmon's kindergarten class has outstanding completion of 15,000 IXL math questions so far this year!
Gunner M., 7th grader, has completed ALL 3 study paths for 7th grade math using EdReady!
Bonnie K., completed her Algebra I assignment from Mrs. Grimm AND finished the first 8th grade math study path in EdReady!
WHO'S practicing math? Kindergarten kids!!
Brantley E.achieved excellence in 50 Kindergarten math skills! Devon S.spent 10 hours practicing math, achieved excellence in 50 kindergarten math skills and answered 2,000 math questions! Annabelle E.achieved excellence in 20 kindergarten math skills! Way to grow and way to learn using IXL!!
IXL is used for math practice in grades K-6. During our distance learning, IXL has also opened science and social studies for our students. Way to go, sixth graders in Mrs. Deighton’s science classes for taking advantage of this opportunity! ♥️🦅🔬🧪🌱
Mrs. Baker has some new progress to announce from her students in Spanish and English!
Bonnie K. turned in her Spanish 1 Review Packet Worksheets and her Verb Project.
Elizabeth B. turned in her Spanish 1 Review Packet Worksheets. Liz has also read about 18 new books cover-to-cover as she found a new series or two.
Riley K. and Alivia E. completed all the English IV Exit Target Tasks from our novel, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Thank you all for your learning efforts!!
Marion Public Schools is continuing to provide breakfast and lunch for children during this difficult time. We have stations at the Winterifleld Township Hall, Redding Township Hall, Middle Branch Township Hall, the Dighton Store and the Elementary School Parking Lot. We are asking adults to not vacate their vehicle when picking up meals. If you are able, please pull your vehicle up next to the bus and pop your trunk where the meals will be deposited.
There is another Personal Finance student that deserves recognition. Congratulations to junior, Morgan Wetherford, for completing this course before we left school in March! Outstanding dedication, Morgan!
Some high school students have an online Personal Finance class, that is part of their regular class schedule, monitored by Mr. Baldwin. Congratulations to junior, Riley Moggo, for completing this course! Outstanding dedication, Riley!
A few more First Grade Feats...
Mia D., Kinley E., Isaiah M., Brady M., and Preston T. have read themselves to Accelerated Reader Excellence by passing AR Quizzes. Way to go, we love your reading progress!
Accomplishment announcements in the math world:
Emily C, eighth grader, has reached a milestone in her math practice/review resources. She's worked hard to get here and is moving on to the next phase. Yay, Emily!
1st graders, Mia D. completed Addition Facts A to Z in Rocket Math. and Braelynn D., Isaiah M., Brady M., Lilianne R. and Preston T.e have all received Certificates of Achievement in IXL for answering the 100 questions needed to complete a math skill(s)
Please check out this information from our friends at Central Michigan Community Mental Heath...
Here are a few more knowledge-gaining accomplishments! Keep it up!!
Alyssa C. and Collin M., sixth graders, also completed their packets on 5 themes of geography; as well as Mackenzie S. in eighth grade.
Mackenzie isn't just tackling geography because she also finished all 8 ReadWorks articles for her English teacher, Mrs. Louwers. That means she's read 2,500 words recently and you know what happens when you read...
Our friends at Osceola County Emergency Management have condensed a list of resources many might need to access. We are just trying to help them get this important information out. The following link should take you to the resources: https://local.nixle.com/alert/7910734/?sub_id=5196255
We hope everyone is safe and well!
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I just received this official statement from Governor Whitmer's office: Please know we are working behind the scenes with the staff to help maintain the best school experience we can provide for our students during these troubled times. - Chris Arrington
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for Remainder of School Year
Executive Order sets guidelines for remote learning, ensures teachers, school employees will be paid for remainder of school year
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.
“My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year,” Governor Whitmer said. “As a parent, I understand the challenge closing schools creates for parents and guardians across the state, which is why we are setting guidelines for schools to continue remote learning and ensuring parents have resources to continue their children’s education from the safety of their homes. There is no video chat or homework packet that can replace the value of a highly trained, experienced teacher working with students in a classroom, but we must continue to provide equitable educational opportunities for students during this public health crisis.”
The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers are currently developing a Continuity of Learning Plan template application for schools to utilize in order to create their localized plan. The application will be made available by April 3. District plans will need to detail how districts will provide opportunities for students to learn remotely and how schools will manage and monitor their progress. It will also provide information on how parents and guardians can learn more about the local plan. Each district must have its plan approved by their regional intermediate school district before being implemented. Public school academies must have their plans approved by their authorizer. Districts can also partner with one another to create joint plans.
Every district’s plan will be different and will reflect what’s best and feasible for their community. A plan can include learning by any number of modes of instruction delivery, including a hybrid approach. However they are designed, districts must ensure their plans are appropriate, equitable and accessible for students and families.
If the plan relies on some online instruction, the district should ensure every student who needs it has access to an appropriate device with an ability to connect to the internet. Students and families will not be penalized if they are unable to participate in their alternate learning plan.
Schools should continue to provide mental health care services for students, to the extent possible, and should be ready and willing to help efforts to establish disaster relief childcare centers. School districts will also continue to provide meals for families who need them during the COVID-19 crisis. If any schools have unused personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies or other materials, they are allowed and encouraged to donate them to organizations that could put them to use.
School districts will have the flexibility to adopt a balanced calendar for the 2019-2020 school year and/or to begin the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day without having to seek additional approval. Teachers and school employees will be paid for the remainder of the school year. Student teachers will still be able to get a temporary certification and current teachers will still be able to get their certifications renewed, even if they can’t meet all the requirements due to COVID-19.
All Michigan high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year so that they may make a successful postsecondary transition. Additionally, all standardized tests previously scheduled for the remainder of the school year, including the M-STEP and the SAT, will be canceled. There will be a date in October for rising high school seniors to take the SAT and for other high school students to take the PSAT.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
The Governor is releasing a press release tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. I am sure it will be widely known by then, but I did want to share with you "in real time." It is anticipated she will not only cancel school for this year (June 30th), but a "plan" for how schools are to move forward. I hope you and your loved ones are well.
Some of Mr. Henderson’s second grade students were able to catch up today using Google Hangout to discuss what they have been up to and share their thoughts about the current environment. It was great for them to see friends but not a substitute for being with them in person. Stay positive Marion!
A correction: The last post indicated an incorrect date for the next Board of Education Meeting. The meeting will take place April 14th @ 6:00 p.m. More information will follow as the date approaches. Thank you.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Please be advised the special board meeting scheduled for April 7th has been canceled. At this time, the meeting scheduled for April 15 will be taking place. The district will take appropriate steps to make sure public comment and attendance can take place virtually. Stay Safe and well!