We are excited to welcome you back face-to-face. Please join us on Wednesday, August 19th for our open house. Students will be able to meet their teachers and get their class schedules. K-6th grade will be from 5:30-6:30 at the elementary; 7th-8th grade will be from 3:30-4:30 at the high school (on the track); 9th-12th grade will be from 4:30-5:30 (on the track). We will be glad to discuss our back to school plan and answer any questions you may have. We will be practicing social distancing during this event.
Middle school football will begin Monday, August 24th at 6 PM. Bring a water bottle and the MHSAA Health Questionnaire. If your athlete did not have a physical last year, he/she will need a completed one before practicing. GO EAGLES!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Here's a link to our Reopening Plan: https://5il.co/jgz8 It should also appear at the top of our district website in a few moments. Stay tuned for even more in depth information about how our virtual only platforms will operate. I am hopeful I can get those posted and supported with an automated text to all parents by the end of tomorrow afternoon. Thank You, Chris Arrington
Calling all JUNIORS of 20/21!! MPACT is a student led group that drives a lot in our school. The junior class is currently unrepresented. Who amongst you is willing and passionate about deciding what goes on at MHS. Please email Ms. Baker, Mrs. Deighton or Mrs. Louwers ASAP! We believe in the leader in YOU!
Ladies and Gentlemen: I am hoping to get our Reopening Plan Posted later today and some other crucial communications as well. In the meantime check out this AMAZING SEEDS STORY!!!! MARION IN THE HOUSE!!! https://www.learningtogive.org/news/seeds-students-learning-about-water-testing
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please be advised tomorrow evening's Board of Education Meeting will be held virtually. Here's a link for those who want to attend: meet.google.com/way-omjr-nye
High school football, volleyball, cross country and sideline cheer begin next week! Football--Monday, August 10th from 5-8 PM. Volleyball--Thursday, August 14th at 3:30 PM at the park. Cross Country --Wednesday, August 12th at 8 AM. Sideline cheer--Wednesday, August 12th at 10 AM. In order to participate ALL athletes must have a physical on file in the high school office (last year's will suffice) AND a MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire. This is a new form for 2020-2021 athletes. All forms are available in the high school office. More information to come regarding the start of middle school sports. GO EAGLES!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Our district reopening plan is done in draft form. Pending board approval on August 11th, we fully expect to back the starting date of this school year to SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2020. This will allow our entire staff to be highly trained on all safety protocols as well as our new virtual instruction programs. WE WILL HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR NO MATTER WHAT! The plan must be posted on the our website by August 17th, however we will post it sooner if conditions allow. Feel free to email me directly if you have questions: email@example.com Thank You, Chris Arrington
Time for Tech upgrades!! To the students who currently have a district Chromebooks at home: Our tech department is preparing to do a maintenance check/update and sanitize your Chromebook for use this school year. Please return this device on Tuesday, Aug 11 between the hours of 9:00 to 3:00 OR on Wednesday Aug. 12 between 3:30-7:00 PM. All devices (k-12 grade levels) should be returned to the elementary office at the elementary school. If these times do not work with your schedule, please call 743-2836 and press extension 1 (central office). DON'T forget your charger (and your headphones and mouse, elementary students)!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Here's a link to tonight's Board of Education meeting. Due to government restrictions, the Board will meet face to face, but all others will have to join virtually. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Thank You. meet.google.com/wiq-iyrn-jwy
Worried about daycare for your child this fall? Don't worry! Marion Public Schools is partnering with a Marion grad and resident, Amber Gauge to host a daycare option for parents this fall. Right now, licensing with the state of Michigan is being wrapped up. Contact information, programming options, and pricing details to come soon. Please share this out! Stay Tuned!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen: I just wanted to provide an update to our students, families, and stakeholders on our return to school on August 24th. The district received news today that will allow us to offer EVERY KIND OF LEARNING for your children by the first day of school! You want a virtual experience only for child? WE WILL HAVE THAT! Virtual learning not your cup of tea? WE WILL HAVE COURSES AND CURRICULUM PLATFORMS THAT CAN BE TAUGHT FACE TO FACE! Do you find value in both of those platforms during this pandemic? OUR COURSES AND CURRICULUM ARE DESIGNED TO BE DELIVERED IN PERSON WHEN YOU WANT, AND VIRTUALLY WHEN YOU DON'T!!!!!!!!!! Our technical plan is not done yet, and frankly so many things are moving so fast, things change daily. Today's news is definitely going to drive our official plan. Thank you for your patience, but in the meantime know that Marion Public Schools will offer parents choices and peace of mind. Please know our teachers are awesome! They are helping choose the best platforms and are willing to get training between now and the first day of school to be skilled using the tools! Thank You, Chris Arrington
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please be advised the Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting at 6 p.m. Due to restrictions, all who wish to attend mist do so virtually. Here is a link for those interested: https://meet.google.com/ewx-piws-hqp
Please visit us at our website www.cmdhd.org Main Office 2012 E Preston Ave. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 Administration 989-773-5921 FAX: Dear Parent/Guardian, July 24, 2020 An attendee of the Marion High School Graduation Friday, July 17th was likely contagious with COVID-19. We are recommending that everyone that attended the graduation monitor themselves for COVID-19 and follow COVID-19 prevention methods very closely until July 31st. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread most commonly from person to person, through respiratory droplets made when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. It spreads easiest when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet for at least 15 minutes). You can also get COVID-19 by having direct physical contact with someone that is infected, like touching, hugging, or kissing, as well as sharing eating or drinking utensils. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Once infected, illness begins within 2 to 14 days. We ask that you help protect your family and your community from this disease by taking the following steps: • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 illness, which are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. o It is recommended you get tested for COVID-19 if you do get symptoms. You can 211 or go to www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest for testing locations. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially before eating, after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. o If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick. • Avoid gathering in groups, stay at least 2 arms’ length (about 6 feet) apart from others, and stay out of crowded areas. • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often at least once a day. It is important to continue to do all of these things until COVID-19 is out of our communities for good. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Coronavirus message center at 989-773-5921, ext. 1444. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. More information can also be found at: www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Just want to make sure everyone knows our first day with students is August 24th! We miss our kids! Also, Administration and Teachers will be working with the Board of Education to put together several modes of instruction: In Person, Remote, and a Hybrid Model (a combination of In Person and Remote). We can't wait to see you on August 24th!
Volleyball conditioning will take place at the park on Thursday, July 16th at 6 PM.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Due to Government restrictions, tomorrow evening's Board of Education Meeting will occur virtually. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Here's the link for those who are interested: meet.google.com/pdj-jybr-pbm
Happy graduation week to the Class of 2020!!! Here are three important dates: Wednesday, July 15th at 7 PM: Practice Thursday, July 16th at 7 PM: Awards Assembly Friday, July 17th at 7 PM: Graduation Both the awards assembly and graduation will be by invite only; you must have a ticket in order to be admitted. Each senior will be given ten tickets for the awards assembly and graduation. We will be encouraging social distancing and following the governor's limit on gatherings. More specific information was emailed to each senior this morning (July 13th).
Dear Staff and BOE: There's a calendar invite for a finance meeting today at 2 pm for those who may want to attend virtually.
Ladies and Gentlemen; There will be a Board Workshop Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Due to the Governor's restrictions, The Board will meet at Marion Elementary. All others who wish to attend are invited to attend virtually. Here's the link: meet.google.com/gka-teop-qfs
Due to the holiday weekend and the heat, there will be no official conditioning for volleyball tonight (July 2).
There will be conditioning and chant practice for 9-12 grade girls interested in sideline and competitive cheer on Thursday, July 2 from 12:00-1:30. This will take place on the practice football field. Please bring a water bottle.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The special Board of Education meeting will follow the Truth In Taxation meeting and will begin at 6 p.m. The same link will work for those interested in attending one or both virtually: meet.google.com/zrn-zgun-oyr
Ladies and Gentlemen: Marion Public Schools is hosting the annual Truth in Taxation meeting on Monday, June 29th, at 5:30 p.m. The Board members will attend the meeting as a group at Marion Elementary. Others who would like to attend may attend virtually due to the Governor's continued orders. Here is the link for those who are interested: meet.google.com/zrn-zgun-oyr
Attention basketball players: practice has been cancelled tonight (June 22) due to inclement weather.
Folks, If you have a preschooler or know anyone who does, help our friends at NEMSCA by getting the word out! https://5il.co/hakg
Ladies and Gentlemen: Covid-19 sure did put a damper on our ability to honor Marion Elementary Students for winning the NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD, but you can bet the staff will cook up something special for our kids in the fall! Here's a clip from Atlanta from February: https://5il.co/h29h. PS - Here's a link to our Schools of Choice Information which will always be on our website under "Parent Resources": https://wmisd.org/2020/06/15/schools-of-choice-open-for-the-2020-21-school-year-first-semester/
Congratulations to Mackenzie S!! This ninth grader, in the fall, applied for the grant scholarship through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, MiSTEM Network Region 9, and Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. She got it and will be attending the Art of Aerospace Virtual Camp in July! Enjoy Mackenzie!! 🌟💫🦅
Ladies and Gentlemen: You should listen to 96.7 "The Bull!" The are featuring an add for our Virtual Kindergarten Round Up slated for Thursday evening! Here's a link for your convenience: https://5il.co/h29h Make sure to tell everyone you know with a kindergartner to give us a look when it comes to enrolling their child! Here's the link to Thursday's meeting and the registration form: https://5il.co/gwiw https://5il.co/gql5
Not only is Mr. Henderson a Rock-Star of a teacher, but did you know he could be a real Rock-Star, too? Check out his song "Eagle Shuffle". EVERYONE wants to be a Marion Eagle these days! https://5il.co/gyhh
Fantastic Friday accomplishments from the final weeks of learning: Mr. Keeler has Aiden H, Ashton M, Kollin L, Malley R, and Zach F. who completed their Engineering Design projects to which they were challenged to design and test an edible glue of their own design that was capable of holding together a graham cracker tower and supporting a spoon or fork to show some magnitude of strength. Here are some photos of their results. Congratulations to Cayden M., sixth grader, who completed his second and final study path for 6th grade math in EdReady this week! (Side note: this program is open all summer to keep the math skills sharp for 4th-12th grade students. If you need a new goal key for a study path, you may email Mrs. Deighton.) Congratulations to Elaina C., sixth grader, for winning the third and final leg of the Great Reading Race of 2020. It was fantastic to have this during our distance learning quarter; great job to all the sixth graders who participated!
This crew is a little tired and dusty but if you look at the smiles, they’re still wishing all a safe and enjoyable summer!! Thank you to the people and families who waved, made signs, and smiles back on our last day of school. We loved it! If you have pictures of this event, please feel free to post on the comments of any of the posts. ❤️🦅
We will be hosting a virtual kindergarten roundup on June 11th at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! https://5il.co/gx24
We are hosting a virtual kindergarten roundup / question and answer session on June 11th at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there! https://5il.co/gx11
Calling students in grades 7-12th: You can sign up to become a member of Students Leading Students (SLS) for school year 2020-2021. Here is the SLS Mission Statement: The Marion Chapter of Students Leading Students (SLS) is a youth-lead program. SLS members strive to promote a positive school and community climate that helps youth make informed and positive choices to remain safe, healthy, and alcohol and drug free. “Real teens. Real issues.” This group plans and leads awareness, prevention, and education events/projects throughout the entire year. Their main goal is to help their peers NOT get involved with risky behaviors (i.e. using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, bullying, school violence, unhealthy relationships, distracted and/or impaired driving, etc.). Students may complete the SLS Google Form application right away using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfm1r2idBOvv4vzCzdASIb8Mwh8Om1lCAy_nAst9pI4cfu9Ig/viewform If any student would like more information about SLS, please contact Ms. Baker by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are hosting a virtual Kindergarten Roundup / Question and answer session on June 11th at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there! https://5il.co/gwiw
Last day of school tradition bus route MPS staff from buildings will board buses tomorrow and drive a route through our district to wave, cheer, and beep our students into a “berry” great summer!🍓 We’ll update you on Facebook and the MPS app as we travel so you may connect with us. Here is a description and pictures of our route: Leave the high school at 1:00 PM East to Lowry, west on 1st, north on 30th East on main, north on Broadway, west on 6th, south on 30th, West on Water, north on Lakeshore, south on Case, west on 20 Mile north on 40th, west on 21 Mile, north on 50th, west on Appleby, south on 60th, west on 20 mile, south 120th, east on 19 Mile SE on M-115, east on Sunrise Lk, south on 20th, east on 14 Mile south on Kirkby, taking Huckleberry to M-61, east on Davis through Temple, north on Cook Ave. east on Thornapple, north on Strawberry, east on Fir, north on Lake Station, Long Lake Rd, north on Cook Ave, west on Strawberry, west on Co. Line, south on Garfield Ave, west on Keehn, south on Kirkby, east on 22 Mile, south on 20th back to the high school. Share this post and help spread the word! ❤️🦅
If you’re in 6th through 12th grades next year, Coach Keeler wants to know if you’re interested in running for the cross country team in the fall. This link will allow you to fill out a google form so you will be in the know when practice times come. If you have questions, please email email@example.com https://forms.gle/QvqRGSMVEFcyYPVf6
Remember our last day of school tradition? Staff lines the fence and sidewalk of schools and waves as the buses pull out to summer vacation. Fun for all! THIS YEAR WE ARE COMING TO YOU!! June 4 is our official last day of school. So our MPS staff will be leaving schools at 12:30 to come and wish you well for the summer break. (Although we hope you still get some reading, writing and skill practice in these months too.) We'll be traveling in buses, of course, out towards Dighton route, back through town, out through Bontekoe area route, to Strawberry Ave. route, to Temple area, back along Middle Branch routes. Watch FB and Marion app updates to know when we'll be in your area. Then come out and wave and cheer for a great summer!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please be advised there is no public meeting (Board Workshop) this evening. The regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting will still be held June 9th at 6 p.m. Thank You. - Chris Arrington
Folks, My apologies! I so was excited to share the good news about the "Mifi" Boxes located throughout the district, I forgot to mention the most important part: HOW TO CONNECT! From your device, choose the "Marion" Connection. When prompted, the password is GoEagles. (No space, capital "G," and capital "E". Thanks to those who let us know about my error. Enjoy!
There are some students who need a shout out this Friday: Mrs. Mort would like to congratulate Rebecca S. and Emily C. for completing their work this week and Alekz R. for finishing an AimsWeb measurement assessment! Mr. Keeler is celebrating with Malley R., Zach F. and Micheal H. as they just completed the "Edible Glue Design Challenge" for science. You can see Micheal's house in the photo. It must have been a delicious demolition! Mrs. Deighton thanks sixth grader scientists, Mason C., Collin M., Jennifer F., and Cayden M. for sharing their species projects via Google Meet this week. Also, thank you to Mrs. Prielipp for attending too! Nice job, students! We're on the home stretch. Thanks for you efforts in the final hour!
A reminder that K-5 parents can pick up their child’s Summer Packet today at the elementary from 11-6. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if alternative plans need to be made. Hope to see you there!😃👍🏼
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tomorrow, May 28th, our teachers will be supplying our students with summer enrichment activities. Parents of 6-12 students can receive materials from any of our district lunch distribution centers. Our K-5 teachers will be on campus from 11am-6 pm. As a note of good news, students may keep their chromebook at home throughout the summer. In fact, all K-12 students will be getting a new chromebook to keep at school in the fall. No more lugging them back and forth! Finally, our district purchased mobile "Mifi" boxes and they work great! In addition to the Elementary and High School parking lots, community members can access free wifi at: Dighton Store, Redding Township Hall, Middle Branch Township Hall, Middle Branch store, Highland Township Hall, Wesleyan Church on 70th Avenue. See You Tomorrow!
Set your alarms or DVRs! This broadcast will feature MHS valedictorians: Teagan Cox, Alivia England, Riley Kischnick, Alexis Salisbury, and Alex Sutten. Thank you to 9&10 for expanding their “Best of the Class” this year to help recognize and honor the area’s graduates! ♥️🦅 🎓 Join 9&10 News in congratulating the graduating Class of 2020 this Saturday, May 30th, at Noon! Watch the special 2020 Graduation - Celebrating Our Northern Michigan Seniors on 9&10 News or on demand with SBTV: 9&10News Plus. The momentous special, sponsored by Mercantile Bank of Michigan and dedicated to this unique graduating class, features speeches from valedictorians across Northern Michigan, farewells from educators, and a sendoff from 9&10 News anchors. These students have worked hard to get here; let’s celebrate the Class of 2020 together on May 30th.
Senior Spotlight: Joe F. Joe is planning on attending NMC in the fall where he will be working on an associate's degree in fresh water studies. Upon completion he intends to further his studies at Lake Superior State University where he will work on a BS in Environmental Biology. Congratulations Joe!!!
Today all of Marion Public Schools and Eagle Nation push the Class of 2020 on to their next phase of life. We hope you discover your wings, we wish you to be free from fear, we know you've learned how to soar. Take care and thank you for the gifts and memories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ap8u-xD8xc&pbjreload=10&scrlybrkr
Some would say math and science are all about problems. Using IXL.com there are some kids tackling them! Mrs. Clark's fourth grade class has answered 25,000 math questions for this school year. Mrs. Quist's third graders have answered 500 science questions during our distance learning session. Great job using technology to your advantage to further your learning!!
Junior high teachers are giving recognition to some students who are ALL IN for finishing this school year strong, virus or no virus! We are proud of you! Mr. Ingleright says that Alekz R. and Bryce C.i are doing great in shop! Mrs. McCrimmon is giving kudos to Alekz R. and Ethan T. for working super hard in all subjects! Carrierose and Keirston have been rocking as paper/pencil learners, Micheal H. has been doing all his online assignments for math, and Emily C. for completing English work. Mrs. Deighton has some 6th grade marvelous mathematicians: Elaina, Mason, Jennifer, Molly, Jaden, Cayden, Ava, Collin, Reagan, Cannon and Aaliyah. In The Great Reading Race of 2020, Cayden M. won the 2nd leg with Elaina following and Collin in 3rd place! There is one more leg to go! Super Scientists from Mrs. Flemming and Mrs. Deighton are Ava, Carrierose, Keirston, Jaden, Cayden, Mackenzie, Kaylee, Bryce, Mara, Maddie S, Emily C, Madison H, Emily H. Alexz R, McKayla C, Sye, Emilee R. Bonnie K, Ashlyn H, Dawson T, Alora, Jacelyn, Lila K, Daniel F, Brandon F, Ellie P, and Karma L. Mrs. Louwers is giving shout outs to Bryce, Marissa H., Mara, Mackenzie S, and Brandon F. in English class! Thank you to the families who've supported these kids, too!
Marion athletes: The MHSAA has released information regarding athletic physicals for the 2020-2021 school year. If an athlete has an athletic physical for the 2019-2020 school year it WILL carry over to the 2020-2021 school year, however, they will be asked to fill out a Health Questionnaire form. These forms can be picked up in the high school office.
MHS would like to honor some high school students who are rising above the obstacles of our times. Learning without a school building, person-to-person communication, and sometimes a less than stellar internet connection is a challenge! These students are connecting to teachers and completing assignments to the best of their abilities! Their resolve deserves recognition. From Mr. Ingleright: Shop 1: Daniel G. and Justice G.--make contact, do all work, and have done several home remodel projects. Advanced shop: Keegan B., Cameron S., Chase S. have completed all work and done extra home projects. Art 1: Paige B., Marlaina N., Kimberly W., Natalie S. all completed work. From Mrs. LaLone: --English I students sharpening their reading/writing skills: Daniel, Aadin, Weston, Selena, Tabby --English II students putting in some extra effort: Kim, Calvin, Stewart, Stella, Jersey, Emily, Jordan --English III students meeting with success: Sara, Chloe, Riley, Kameron, McKenzie, Andrea, Payton, Lyly, Keegan, Hope, Bree, Marlaina, Natalie, Aarin, Chase, Nicolette --Sociology Star: Emily From Mrs. Flemming: HS Students Striving for Success in Science: Tabitha, Katelyn W., Elizabeth F., Aidan T., Reno L., Alexis E., Georgia M., Jordan W., Colton B., Robert C., Kim W., Darrah T., Aadin Y., Daniel G, Harley B. Nicolette M., Emily E., Emillee B., Selena Q. Your efforts are appreciated!
Here's some kids gaining more knowledge power: Fourth graders, Macy M. is working on her 2nd study path at the 5th grade level in Edready and Chase M. is working on the 1st study path for 5th grade. Way to power through! Yay, for fifth grader, Isiah P., who finished the first study path in Ed Ready for 5th grade. A shout out to Kohen T, third grader, for completing another topic using System 44! MES is very grateful to all the families and parents learning and returning the packets from your teachers. Keep up the good work; we're on the home stretch!
Senior Spotlight: Alexis S. “I plan on first attending Mid Michigan Community College for one year and then transferring to Ferris State University to study psychology or another science related field. I will attend the ROTC program at Ferris. Once I get my degree I plan on joining the National Guard or Army Reserves while continuing my career in psychology or science. What I miss about high school is seeing my friends and favorite teachers everyday and playing sports. ”
Attention students of next year’s 6-12 grades: MPACT is looking for members! Founded by MHS students in 2014, MPACT is Marion's Peer Advisory Council of Teens. Our purpose is to positively influence our community by creating a safe positive environment, giving students an influential voice, solving problems through student leadership, and supporting other student groups. So if you’re at all interested in leadership opportunities, having a voice about events and procedures at MHS and you care about making our school and our community more awesome than it is already, send an email to Mrs. Baker, Mr Baldwin or Mrs. Deighton to request an electronic application. If you're unable to email please call the high school or one of the advisors’ Google Voice numbers and they will help you. We look forward to hearing from you.
A reminder that Marion Elementary will be passing out packets today for K-5 students from 11-6. If you are not able to pick up the packets, please notify your child's teacher to make alternative arrangements. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Dear Marion Elementary Parents: Thursday, May 14th, is our third “round” of instructional materials being sent home. Teachers will be taking shifts from 11 a.m - 6 p.m, to help distribute learning materials and chromebooks. We are hoping as many parents as possible can visit campus to pick up materials on Thursday. We are proud of our teachers for sending home the most meaningful and creative learning opportunities possible. Likewise, we have GREAT PARENTS...THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! After Thursday, if you still need to pick up materials, please email your child's teacher directly. Please explain how we can best serve you in terms of getting you the materials. Your options include: (1) setting up a pickup time and date to come to campus for pick-up, (2) indicating that you will pick materials up from one of our other four lunch distribution sites: (Redding Township Hall, Dighton Store, Middlebranch Township Hall, and Winterfield Township Hall - just tell us which one, please). If this is not possible, please let us know, and we can (3) arrange for a bus to deliver things to your driveway. Again, please let us know the address and the days you need delivery. Here is a link to staff email: https://www.marion.k12.mi.us/o/mps/staff. If you require immediate help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The main district line is (231) 743-2486 extension 1. We miss our kiddos! We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well!
Dear Marion Jr./Sr. High School Parents: Our school plan is to send the third “supply” of schoolwork on May 14, 2020. This will include internet and virtual learning opportunities as well as traditional paper & pencil forms. Teachers will send instructional resources again on May 28th. Parents can pick up traditional paper and pencil work at any of our lunch distribution centers (on May 14th from 11:30-1:00 ), or by making other arrangements. Please explain how we can best serve you in terms of getting you the materials. Your options include: (1) setting up a pickup time and date to come to campus for pick-up, (2) indicating that you will pick materials up from one of our other four lunch distribution sites: (Redding Township Hall, Dighton Store, Middlebranch Township Hall, and Winterfield Township Hall - just tell us which one, please). If this is not possible, please let us know, and we can (3) arrange for a bus to deliver things to your driveway. Completed work can be shared with teachers electronically (Google Classroom, email, etc) or can be returned to a lunch drop off station submitted to a bus driver. After Thursday, if your student currently attends Marion Jr./Sr. High School, please email your child's teacher directly with class specific questions. Here is a link to staff email: https://www.marion.k12.mi.us/o/mps/staff. If you require immediate help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. The MS/HS Phone number is (231) 743-2846 extension 2. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Our regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting will be held virtually tonight, May 12th at 6 pm. Any device capable of internet connectivity will allow you to attend the meeting if you desire. Both the elementary and high school parking lots have free wifi available. Here's the link you will need to attend: meet.google.com/zep-zfar-kpn
Senior Spotlight: Alex S. Plans for the fall: "I will be attending Ferris State University in the Secondary Education Program. I am double majoring in Social Studies and Physical Education." What I miss most about high school: "I miss hanging out with my friends and finishing my senior year of sports." Congratulations Alex!
Ladies and Gentlemen: The staff here desperately wants life to get back to normal for many reasons, but since we are human, we must admit we have selfish reasons, too. We LOVE AND MISS OUR STUDENTS! At the end of this message will be a video shared by some of our educator friends. Please take three minutes of your time to check it out, you wont be sorry! We at MPS realize if you can watch the video, you obviously have internet access. Not everyone does. We know that many educational opportunities are best served in "hard copy" form. Unfortunately, others could be boosted by methods that require our students (& Parents) having access to high speed internet. We realize about half of our student's have access to quality internet. Our district can't "fix everything" for folks, but we are trying to help. Here's how: We are writing grants to help us finance the purchase of 6 commercial grade "Mifi" boxes from Verizon. These boxes can handle up to 18 simultaneous high speed connections before they slow down for the user. By early next week, these boxes will be configured and installed at the following locations: 1. Marion Elementary 2. Marion HS 3. Winterfield township 4. Middle Branch Hall 5. Middle Branch gas station 6. Redding Hall 7. Dighton Store 8. Highland Township Hall 9. Pisgah Church Users would have to be in the parking lots of the locations to connect. They will be left on 24 hours a day. We know this doesn't "fix the internet problem" but we are proud to work hard to make things better for our kids and families. We hope the connections are used frequently. Here's the video. Please let your friends and families know about the Mifi boxes so they can watch the video early next week! Here's the video as promised: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7qJvxXdaOps&feature=youtu.be#dialog
Senior Spotlight: Isabell B. "I plan to attend Ferris state university in the fall. I am going to miss all of my teammates and coaches and sporting events. I am also going to miss our lovely lunch ladies (Mrs. Lisa and Mrs. BB). Thank you for feeding me. I'm going to miss my friends more than anything." Congrats Isabell!
Marion Elementary is looking for a special education teacher to begin for the '20-'21 school year! https://5il.co/fybv
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please know that our events calendar currently lists a Board Workshop Meeting tomorrow night, (May 5th). This meeting is canceled. We fully expect to have our regularly scheduled meeting on May 12th at 6 pm. We will make arrangements for those who wish to attend virtually. Thank you.
Senior Spotlight: Teagan C. "I will be attending Central Michigan University in the fall, where I will be part of the Leadership Advancement Scholar Cohort of 2020. I will Major in Environmental Engineering and Minor in Leadership. I will miss making memories and playing sports with my friends. Most importantly, I will miss being challenged to be the best person I can be." Congratulations Teagan!!!
Senior Spotlight: Featuring Rylie R. "I plan to attend Ferris State University with a major in accounting and a minor in pre-optometry. What I miss most about school is seeing all my friends and the staff that made everything possible for all of us. Sports, I really, really miss sports and my team. My second family, my softball sisters. I miss walking down the halls, laughing with all my best friends, and simply just making all the memories that I look back on now. Honestly, I miss everything about high school." Congratulations Rylie!!!
A reminder that the elementary teachers will be handing out the new packets at the school from 11-6. Please bring the finished work back in the envelope or bag that was sent with it last time. Report cards from 3rd marking period will also be sent. Please let your child's teacher know if there are other arrangements that need to be made. Thank you.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT 2020 Presenting Alyssa T. Plans after graduation: Alyssa will attend Central Michigan University in the fall to gain a degree in athletic training . What she misses most about high school: "I miss how close our community is and how supportive the faculty are. When you join a sports team it turns into a family and everyone continues to build each other up. I am really going to miss everyone and I thank them for helping me grow into the person I am today." Congratulations, Alyssa!
Middle School English class accomplishments...coming up: 8th grade: Bonnie K., Lila K.,and Mackenzie S. have completed their informative papers complete with works cited. 😁 Maddie S. has read 1253 words on Readworks Bonnie K. and Lila K. have completed 3 paths out of 5 on EdReady! 7th Grade: Shawntay V., Gabby D. and Malley R. have all become graphic novelists (by completing their comics project). Gabby has also read 345 words on Readworks. Honorary Mentions to Josh B. and Ethan J., as they have almost finished their comics. 6th grade: The Great Reading Race has several contenders right now: Collin R. currently holds the lead with Molly H., Kylie A, Jennifer F. and Cayden M. working to pass him! Mason C. and Jaden K. have also completed our DLR interactive.
Young Investors Group: Attention 6th-12th grade students! Are you missing the thrill of competition? Like to learn how using social studies (economics), your life, and current events can be used to make money over a long period of time? Become owners of companies such as Apple, Snapchat, Taco Bell (Yum Brands) and Disney through the power of investing. Join Mr. Henderson this Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 pm online to learn about the stock market and how it works. You will be in charge of your own paper money account to buy and sell stocks over the next month. Parents are invited to work as a team with their child to research and make investment decisions. A friendly investing competition will be held among participants until June 5. The group will meet online Tuesdays and Thursdays for a brief amount of time. Attendance to all meetings is not necessary. However, the first meeting this Tuesday will be important to learn the platform we will be using. If interested, please contact Mr. Henderson through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be sent to your school email. Can’t wait to see all the future investors!
Math is challenging for everyone at times; practice and determination increase your understanding, experience, and ability. Here's some proof: Bridgett M.B., 2nd grader, completed Rocket Math Addition to 20; this is the second level for addition and she's moving on to subtraction level 2 now! 3rd grader, Christopher G. recently completed his division rocket math track! In jr. high EdReady math, Aiden M.S. finished his first study path of 3 for 7th grade and Alekz R. finished the second study path of 3 for 8th grade! Keep it coming, young mathematicians!!
MHS is proud to participate in Friday Night Lights on May 1, 2020! Please read the information in the attached photo. Marion Community & Eagle Nation: You are welcome and encouraged participate by lining both sides of Main St. from the RR tracks to the VFW area. However, you must remain in your cars. Please make noise for our seniors by honking your horns as they drive past. You may choose to follow the senior vehicles to the high school parking lot for the 20 min. and 20 sec. of lights viewing from our vehicle with your household. If you choose not to participate this way, show your honor and support of the Class of 2020 by leaving your porch lights on from 8:20 for 20 min. and 20 sec. Thank you for your small town community support! Eagle Pride! 🦅❤
Our photo today is in honor of first grader, RaeLynn E.B. and her math milestone! Joining her in achievements are third graders, Xavier G., Chris G., Marshall L., and Aliyah S. for answering over 200 IXL math questions in the past two weeks! Kohen T. has also passed 7 AR quizzes. Chase M., fourth grader, has completed his first study path for math in EdReady and his classmate, Macy M. has completed her second and is moving on to fifth grade study paths! AND Collin M., sixth grader, has scored excellent on 5 new math skills! Cheers to all!
6-12 grade students: We are pumped that you are completing assignments and sending them back via bus. Please help our office out by clearly labeling the following on the top page: your name, teacher's name for that class, class name. Thank you for taking charge of your learning this way and keep in touch! 😎 ✏
Here are a few more champions proving they have the courage to continue learning without their usual learning "crowd". Mrs. Whittaker is pleased to announce Kohen T., 3rd grader, passed a challenging topic with consonant patterns on System 44. He is now 2 topics away from reaching a new series! 2nd graders are reaching new heights with IXL math with continued use from this year. Akeelah T. has accumulated 20 hrs of practice recently and Alexis R. has answered 8,500 math questions! There is a Great Reading Race of 2020 occurring in 6th grade. Collin M, and Cayden M. have completed the first challenge! The sixth grade as a whole have also answered 200 social studies questions with IXL since we've kicked off distance learning! Keep up the courageous effort!! Go Eagle learners!
Today is National High Five Day if you didn't know! A big high five to these 8th grade learners!! Jacelyn M. has completed her informational essay AND mastered ALL 5 study paths in 8th grade English for EdReady. Mackenzie S. has finished ALL 5 study paths for high school Algebra. Nice work, ladies! High-five!
Remember that Take Home Learning Packets can be picked up for all elementary k-5 students today from 11-6 at the elementary school.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Our friends at Rose Lake asked us to alert our families to their summer programs. Let's hope life returns to normal by then! Here's the information if you are interested. https://5il.co/f4vf
Ethan T., 7th grader, has achieved an excellent rating on 25 skills he's been practicing online! Two 8th graders are making progress with math in EdReady! Bonnie K. has finished her 2nd study path and Alekz R. has completed his 1st study path. Mrs. Horstman's 2nd grade class is rocking math skills as you can see by the photo. In her class, Donovan F. has mastered 25 math skills himself to add to the contribution. Keep up the awesome efforts Eagle learners!
Dear Marion Elementary Parents: After reflecting on some parent and teacher communications, our district is making some changes to our plan to distribute learning "packets" and/or chromebooks that remain on campus. We are asking for your help, if you are able. On Thursday, from 11 a.m - 6 p.m, a handful of staff will be present at the elementary to help distribute learning materials and chromebooks. We are hoping as many parents as possible can visit campus to pick up materials on Thursday. Some of our staff feel it will be more efficient to pass out materials in this manner. Likewise, they will be able to provide information that will be helpful to parents in terms of using the materials at home. After Thursday, if you still need to pick up materials, please email your child's teacher directly. Please explain how we can best serve you in terms of getting you the materials. Your options include: (1) setting up a pickup time and date to come to campus for pick-up, (2) indicating that you will pick materials up from one of our other four lunch distribution sites: (Redding Township Hall, Dighton Store, Middlebranch Township Hall, and Winterfield Township Hall - just tell us which one, please). If this is not possible, please let us know, and we can (3) arrange for a bus to deliver things to your driveway. Again, please let us know the address and the days you need delivery. Here is a link to staff email: https://www.marion.k12.mi.us/o/mps/staff. If you require immediate help, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The main district line is (231) 743-2486 extension 1. Thank you for your help in this important manner. After this disbursement of materials, the district will be providing future communication regarding how to submit returned student work and outlining the process for future "batches" of work being sent home. All homework questions should be emailed to your child's teacher. Please indicate a good phone number to reach you back. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Our Board of Education meeting is slated for tomorrow evening (April 14th) at 6:00 p.m. To honor the Governor's Orders, we will be meeting remotely. If you would like to participate, there will be regularly scheduled points of public comment. If you have a smartphone or device with internet connectivity, simply click on the link below at 6:00 p.m. If you are in need of a device and/or internet, please come to the Elementary parking lot a little before six. We have a small number of chromebooks we could loan to community members for those who want to attend the meeting using a district chromebook and wifi (the wifi reaches into the parking lot. This is our first attempt at a virtual public meeting. I appreciate the cooperation in advance. Thank You, meet.google.com/bpt-iafc-dds
Good Morning! Marion Public Schools is dedicated to keeping our employees and our students and their families safe. If you are picking up breakfast/lunch for your children PLEASE do not exit your vehicle. The drivers will hand you the meals through the student entry door of the bus into your vehicle window or your trunk/hatch.
Official news on Continued Learning Plan will be coming from MPS soon. For now, here some accomplishments to celebrate! Give a shout out to teachers and students if you know them! From Mr. Mayer: Jacelyn M, Kaylee B, Alekz R, and Mackenzie S have all completed a variety of American History. Nicholas N. and and Mason S. submitted their persuasion presentation. From Ms. Baker: Alivia E. completed chapter #11-21 English IV novel reading organizers and the character quotes activity. Darian T. and Rylie R. have completed their 10 required Senior Volunteer hours. Jacelyn M. completed her Spanish 1 Verb conjugation worksheet packet, Verb Slideshow project, and the grammar and reading workbook pages. The 6th graders have answered 100 social studies questions on IXL. Mrs. Quist's 3rd graders have answered 100 science questions on IXL.
If you have not picked up your child's chrome book, classroom supplies or the contents of their locker, please call, send a facebook message, or email to school and arrangements will be made for those items to get home.
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!!
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.
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)
Folks, Please check out this information from our friends at Central Michigan Community Mental Heath... https://5il.co/em4x
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...
Folks, 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.
Dear Staff, 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. Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MichStatePolice Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice
Folks, 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!
Guess what? It's the students! For many of the posts you've seen congratulating students on recent accomplishments, you may be wondering: is it the parents? Is it the teachers? Where does their motivation come from? Two seventh graders, Hannah B. and Josh B., have been using Suite360 (aka marion360.org) to continue to learn about themselves and for themselves. They know the resource and they're using it, ACEING 3 lessons connected to social emotional learning called: Ways to Nurture My Creativity, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and My Parents Don't Like My Friends--Now What? We are so proud of students taking charge of their learning and showing nothing can stop them! Way to go Hannah and Josh!!
Here's some more learning going on in the world of MPS! Three sixth graders, Jennifer F., Jaden K., and Cayden M., have finished their 5 themes of Geography/Corona virus presentations! As well as eighth graders, Mackenzie S., and Alekz R., who have completed their American History packets in Mr. Mayer's classes.
K-6 students, IXL.com is now offering free access to science and social studies, as well as our subscription to math. Also, instead of playing video games why not learn how to create them using block coding. Check out hourofcode.com/us/ learn for some fun online activities.🖥👊
Just a reminder that Marion Public Schools will still be providing breakfast and lunch for all children 0-18. You do not have to attend Marion Public Schools to receive this benefit. The buses are still transporting the meals to the various locations, the Winterfield Township Hall, Redding Township Hall, Middle Branch Township Hall, Dighton Store and the Elementary parking lot between the hours of 11:30 until 1 p.m.
Folks, Please let us know if you are requesting a chromebook be assigned home to your currently enrolled student. As you know, there are not many folks able to work during shutdown, but all requests will be processed ASAP. Chromebooks can be picked up at Lunch drop-off locations, or with a specific request, we can even have one of our awesome drivers deliver one to your driveway! Please call the Elementary: 231-743-2486 ext.. 3, the MS/HS: 231-743-2486 ext. 2, or central office at 231-743-2486 ext. 1. Likewise, today we actually had a higher demand for lunches today than we had food to give out. Please call central office or email us at email@example.com if you desire lunch and were not able to access it. We have the ability to order more, but we really need your help so we can order ethically. Hang in there, Eagle Nation! Together we will prevail! - Chris Arrington, Superintendent
Ladies and Gentlemen, Today Governor Whitmer released an Executive Order entitled, Stay Home, Stay Safe. For our school, this order basically means we will extend our current operating plan at least one more week, which is now April 13th. We will continue with our current level of food delivery through at least April 13th. Our teachers and administrators have been pleased to hear from so many parents who want instructional resources sent home! Thank You! We fully realize many of our resources provided are electronic. We also realize not all students have a viable device at home. In the next few days, if your child needs a chromebook to access instructional resources, please call your child’s school to make arrangements for one to be sent home. We also realize internet access is a problem for a significant portion of our families. Therefore, it is uncertain if sending a chromebook home is helpful or not. If enough parents let us know a chromebook is helpful, this might give the district reason to consider assigning a school-owned chromebook to all currently enrolled students. Please let us know! Elementary: 231-743-6251 MS/HS: 231-743-2836 Stay Safe and Well, Chris Arrington
Marion Public Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to any child 0-18 years of age AT NO COST. We have 5 stations for pick-up. Winterfield Township Hall, Middle Branch Township Hall, Redding Township Hall, Dighton Store and the Elementary School parking lot. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday. You do not have to live in the Marion School District to take advantage of this opportunity.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The purpose of today's update is two-fold. First, yesterday we indicated the MS/HS staff would be releasing teacher specific learning resources. These are included below. Secondly, the district is working internally to figure out ways to help with the limited internet access in the community and a potential roll-out plan to put chromebooks in the hands of currently enrolled students. The chromebook plan takes a good deal of planning and technological trouble-shooting before we can make them available. By mid next week, the district will know if making the chromebooks available is realistic, and if so, we will have a plan for dispersal and use. We apologize in advance for the poor formatting, but here are the secondary resources: Marion Jr/Sr High Long Distance Learning Opportunities Dear families, In our time away from school, we would like to provide you with an opportunity to still connect with your teachers and allow your learning to continue to make progress. Please see the following list of resources that you may access. If you have specific questions on materials and learning concepts; please feel free to email teachers directly. Our new app and school website, along with PowerSchool, have a list of email addresses for staff. Baker: classzone.com Google Classroom Baldwin: EdReady: https://michiganvirtual.edready.org/home Practice Math Login: Your school email Password: You set this XtraMath: https://xtramath.org/#/signin/student_other Practice Math Facts Login: click Sign in with Google (Red Button) Password: Typing.com: https://www.typing.com/student/login Practice Typing Login: Login with Google Password: No Red Ink: https://www.noredink.com/ Practice with grammar Login: On your cards Password: One your cards PowerSchool: https://psmar.wmisd.org/public/home.html Check your grades Login: On your cards Password: One your cards Prodigy: play.prodigygame.com Math Practice Login with Google Code: code.org CS Discoveries classes Login: school email Password: school password Cannell: Everything will be posted on Google Classroom and MM website: YouTube Noteflight Spotify MakeMusicFun MusicK8 Kahoot Chrome Music Lab Deighton: Keep reading!!! Use Booksnap Google Classroom (code: qi24u2hi) YOU are in a position that NO students in history have ever been; complete charge of your learning, your pace, technology options-- I’m here to help! Just consider yourself on choice learning for a couple weeks. Here is a link to a google doc to use Also shared on seminar google classroom, here’s the code if needed: r3gr3t7 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nEDyI7DxUFDGpIKLTKc5S-_9AKzmRmYN9xJot1cUaHI/edit?usp=sharing Ingleright: Flemming: Anatomy : Google classroom Look for activities and articles related to current unit Respiratory System and reinforcement of previous systems we have covered. Biology: Google classroom Science 8 : Check your school email for Google classroom invite Grimm: EdReady Juniors - Practice Edready SAT https://michiganvirtual.edready.org/ Login is your school email Password - you already created this - If you can’t remember, then reset it. My eighth graders in Algebra I - Work on 8th grade Edready https://michiganvirtual.edready.org/ Login is your school email Password - you already created this. If you can’t remember, then reset it Pearsonrealize - etext, sample lessons, video examples, vocab, quiz for every lesson - plus more For all Subjects Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II www.pearsonrealize.com Username is your school email. Password is Eagles with a capital E followed by 2 numbers I gave to students, no spaces. For Example: Eagles## Email me if you forgot your 2 numbers - firstname.lastname@example.org Grundy: Schoology and Khan Academy US History -- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/rise-to-world-power/1920s-america/a/jazz-and-the-lost-generation World History-- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/1600s-1800s/imperialism/v/industrialization-and-imperialism Economics -- https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/microeconomics/supply-demand-equilibrium Ancient History -- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/world-history-beginnings/ancient-india/e/ancient-indus-valley-and-shang-civilizations Jenema: Keeler: Fun Science Simulations for all grade levels and all fields of science: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations Kahn Academy links to understand infectious disease, pandemics and a little about the health care system. https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/infectious-diseases https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/current-issues-in-health-and-medicine https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/health-care-system-unit Specific class links: Chemistry resources from Kahn Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/electronic-structure-of-atoms#history-of-atomic-structure https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/atomic-structure-and-properties Physical Science: energy diagraming resource https://www.khanacademy.org/science/ap-physics-1/ap-work-and-energy/conservation-of-energy-ap/v/lol-diagrams Earth science: Flint and Michigan Water quality video links https://www.pbs.org/video/poisoned-water-jhhegn/ https://www.pbs.org/video/flints-deadly-water-pwsj3m/ https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/08/michigan-has-more-pfas-sites-than-other-states-theres-a-reason.html Science 7: Link to video shorts about engineering and the design process since we can’t quite start to design our solutions to the dog crate challenge. https://start-engineering.com/start-engineering-now/2019/4/3/8-great-videos-to-teach-the-engineering-design-process LaLone: Google Classroom Khan Academy Suite360 Louwers: English Google Classroom, 8th grade classroom code: qluccud; 7th grade classroom code: v63xpov Ed Ready for English-which will be google classroom Make sure to keep reading your bookshare books :) Mayer: Google Classroom Suite360 MIOpenBook: http://textbooks.wmisd.org/projectbacon.html McCrimmon: EdReady - all math classes (email me when you complete a key) Xtramath - Applied Math class Google Classroom for English - grammar practice and reading options Google classroom for Math classes - links to EdReady (all) and Desmos (Math 7&8) Mort: EdReady Suite360 Google Classroom Sutten: Dual students-check your email Michigan Virtual students-continue with your online classes Ingleright: Seminar: Xtramath, Suite 360, Typing.com Art 1: Rapid Fire Art Tutorials Draw some amazing things. Advance Shop, Shop 1, Middle school shop: Do some handcrafted projects at home or do some hands on work around the house with a family member, friend or neighbor. Examples: painting, refinish a table or dresser, fix some fencing, repair something. Make sure to use safety measures when working i.e. safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection. Email me and say Hi, let me know how you are doing. I miss you all and hope to see you soon!!
Marion Jr/Sr High Long Distance Learning Opportunities Dear families, In our time away from school, we would like to provide you with an opportunity to still connect with your teachers and allow your learning to continue to make progress. Please see the following list of resources that you may access. If you have specific questions on materials and learning concepts; please feel free to email teachers directly. Our new app and school website, along with PowerSchool, have a list of email addresses for staff. Baker: classzone.com Google Classroom Baldwin: EdReady: https://michiganvirtual.edready.org/home Practice Math Login: Your school email Password: You set this XtraMath: https://xtramath.org/#/signin/student_other Practice Math Facts Login: click Sign in with Google (Red Button) Password: Typing.com: https://www.typing.com/student/login Practice Typing Login: Login with Google Password: No Red Ink: https://www.noredink.com/ Practice with grammar Login: On your cards Password: One your cards PowerSchool: https://psmar.wmisd.org/public/home.html Check your grades Login: On your cards Password: One your cards Suite 360: https://marion360.org/ Social Emotional Learning Login: Password: Prodigy: play.prodigygame.com Math Practice Login with Google Code: code.org CS Discoveries classes Login: school email Password: school password Cannell: Everything will be posted on Google Classroom and MM website: YouTube Noteflight Spotify MakeMusicFun MusicK8 Kahoot Chrome Music Lab Deighton: Keep reading!!! Use Booksnap Google Classroom (code: qi24u2hi) YOU are in a position that NO students in history have ever been; complete charge of your learning, your pace, technology options-- I’m here to help! Just consider yourself on choice learning for a couple weeks. Here is a link to a google doc to use Also shared on seminar google classroom, here’s the code if needed: r3gr3t7 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nEDyI7DxUFDGpIKLTKc5S-_9AKzmRmYN9xJot1cUaHI/edit?usp=sharing Ingleright: Flemming: Anatomy : Google classroom Look for activities and articles related to current unit Respiratory System and reinforcement of previous systems we have covered. Biology: Google classroom Science 8 : Check your school email for Google classroom invite Grimm: EdReady Juniors - Practice Edready SAT https://michiganvirtual.edready.org/ Login is your school email Password - you already created this - If you can’t remember, then reset it. My eighth graders in Algebra I - Work on 8th grade Edready https://michiganvirtual.edready.org/ Login is your school email Password - you already created this. If you can’t remember, then reset it Pearsonrealize - etext, sample lessons, video examples, vocab, quiz for every lesson - plus more For all Subjects Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II www.pearsonrealize.com Username is your school email. Password is Eagles with a capital E followed by 2 numbers I gave to students, no spaces. For Example: Eagles## Email me if you forgot your 2 numbers - email@example.com Grundy: Schoology and Khan Academy US History -- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/rise-to-world-power/1920s-america/a/jazz-and-the-lost-generation World History-- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/1600s-1800s/imperialism/v/industrialization-and-imperialism Economics -- https://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/microeconomics/supply-demand-equilibrium Ancient History -- https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/world-history-beginnings/ancient-india/e/ancient-indus-valley-and-shang-civilizations Jenema: Keeler: Fun Science Simulations for all grade levels and all fields of science: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations Kahn Academy links to understand infectious disease, pandemics and a little about the health care system. https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/infectious-diseases https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/current-issues-in-health-and-medicine https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/health-care-system-unit Specific class links: Chemistry resources from Kahn Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/electronic-structure-of-atoms#history-of-atomic-structure https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/atomic-structure-and-properties Physical Science: energy diagraming resource https://www.khanacademy.org/science/ap-physics-1/ap-work-and-energy/conservation-of-energy-ap/v/lol-diagrams Earth science: Flint and Michigan Water quality video links https://www.pbs.org/video/poisoned-water-jhhegn/ https://www.pbs.org/video/flints-deadly-water-pwsj3m/ https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/08/michigan-has-more-pfas-sites-than-other-states-theres-a-reason.html Science 7: Link to video shorts about engineering and the design process since we can’t quite start to design our solutions to the dog crate challenge. https://start-engineering.com/start-engineering-now/2019/4/3/8-great-videos-to-teach-the-engineering-design-process LaLone: Google Classroom Khan Academy Suite360 Louwers: English Google Classroom, 8th grade classroom code: qluccud; 7th grade classroom code: v63xpov Ed Ready for English-which will be google classroom Make sure to keep reading your bookshare books :) Mayer: Google Classroom Suite360 MIOpenBook: http://textbooks.wmisd.org/projectbacon.html McCrimmon: EdReady - all math classes (email me when you complete a key) Xtramath - Applied Math class Google Classroom for English - grammar practice and reading options Google classroom for Math classes - links to EdReady (all) and Desmos (Math 7&8) Mort: EdReady Suite360 Google Classroom Sutten: Dual students-check your email Michigan Virtual students-continue with your online classes Ingleright: Seminar: Xtramath, Suite 360, Typing.com Art 1: Rapid Fire Art Tutorials Draw some amazing things. Advance Shop, Shop 1, Middle school shop: Do some handcrafted projects at home or do some hands on work around the house with a family member, friend or neighbor. Examples: painting, refinish a table or dresser, fix some fencing, repair something. Make sure to use safety measures when working i.e. safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection. Email me and say Hi, let me know how you are doing. I miss you all and hope to see you soon!!
The secondary teachers have created a robust list of electronic resources for students. The list is so robust, it will come in a SEPARATE MESSAGE, which will be sent tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th. The secondary resources are electronic, and we realize not all secondary students have made arrangements to take their chromebook home. Parents who want their children to have access to the school chromebook and instructional resources simply need to call the MS/HS office at (231) 743-2836. Arrangements can be easily made to sign out a chromebook and the district could even get it to your home if transportation is an issue. Ladies and Gentlemen, PLEASE help us get the word out about the new district app. It will make parent and student access to this type of information and resources so much more convenient and timely. Please tell everyone with a vested interest in Marion Public Schools to download our free App!
Parents and Guardians, Our K-12 instruction team met yesterday to refine our plan to provide students with quality learning resources during the school shutdown. The plan included in this message could change completely if the shutdown extends beyond April 6th. Instructional resources at all levels will be available beginning Thursday, March 19th. At the elementary, two plans exist: Kindergarten - Second grade teachers have created practice packets for your children to use at home. If you choose to participate, packets can be picked up at our elementary school front door tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th, from 11:00 - 6:00. If these hours do not work for you, please let us know. Grades 3-5 Teachers encourage your child to access the digital resources on our Marion app/website under Elementary resources. These include IXL, RAZ kids, Spellingcity, Typing.com. In addition, your child can log onto their own Rocket Math account, go to PBSkids, ABCYA, Prodigy, take an AR quiz (during school hours only), etc. If your child cannot remember their username and password please email your child’s teacher. Also, have your child read a book, play a game, go for a walk, do a chore, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org The secondary teachers have created a robust list of electronic resources for students. The list is so robust, it will come in a SEPARATE MESSAGE, which will be sent tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th. The secondary resources are electronic, and we realize not all secondary students have made arrangements to take their chromebook home. Parents who want their children to have access to the school chromebook and instructional resources simply need to call the MS/HS office at (231) 743-2836. Arrangements can be easily made to sign out a chromebook and the district could even get it to your home if transportation is an issue. Ladies and Gentlemen, PLEASE help us get the word out about the new district app. It will make parent and student access to this type of information and resources so much more convenient and timely. Please tell everyone with a vested interest in Marion Public Schools to download our free App! I am proud of our staff's commitment to serving our community the best we can during this difficult time! Best wishes of health and wellness to your entire families.
Winterfield, Redding, and Middle Branch Township Halls are the locations that will have free sack lunches available to all currently enrolled MPS students beginning this morning at 11:30 a.m. Adults can purchase sack lunches for $3. We hope to see you at one of the locations before 1:00 pm today. We intend on offering this service M-F through April 3rd. A special thanks to our entire transportation department fro volunteering to disperse the lunches! Michael, Marylou, Holly, Rusty, Sandy, Goldie and Tony have really gone ABOVE AND BEYOND this time! Thank you, DRIVERS!
Ladies and Gentlemen, To provide some clarification on sack lunch dispersal beginning tomorrow, please know currently enrolled students must be present to receive a FREE lunch. Adults may purchase a lunch for $3 each. My apologies for not including this on the original message.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, Marion Public Schools will be providing a FREE Lunch for all students currently enrolled in our district. There will be five pickup locations in the boundaries of our district. In addition to our elementary campus, lunches can also be picked up at the following parking lots: Redding Township Hall, Winterfield Township Hall, Middle Branch Township Hall, and the Dighton Store. Pickup times will range from 11:30-1:00 p.m. weekdays.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Please know we will be finalizing arrangements on Monday to provide up to two meals per day to our students through April 5th. If we can't bring meals to drop off locations (it is against rules to drop food off at individual houses)on Monday, then we will do everything in our power to make this happen beginning Tuesday. Please tell all those who are interested to stay tuned for details. Stay safe!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please be advised the State of Michigan has issued a mandatory shutdown of all K-12 Schools beginning today at 6 p.m. Schools are slated to reopen April 6, 2020. Please stay tuned for the numerous updates that are to follow.
Sixth graders are rapidly finishing a unit on how cells work and the spread of viruses, a very relevant topic currently. One of the final lessons is on evaluating designs with possible treatments for a fictitious disease. Soon they will tackle their challenge of optimizing treatment choice to be sure to select the best possible choice. Today’s lesson used pasta towers to support a marshmallow; using optimization to improve their tower design and achieve the desired result.
Ladies and Gentlemen, As a result of the guidance given by the Michigan Department of Education, tonight’s K-1 concert has been postponed. A new date will be chosen when the district is granted clearance by the State of Michigan. Please check the district website and Facebook page for other event cancellations and information. Sincerely, Chris Arrington
Ladies and Gentlemen, As a result of the guidance given by the Michigan Department of Education, tonight’s K-1 concert has been postponed. A new date will be chosen when the district is granted clearance by the State of Michigan. Please check the district website and Facebook page for other event cancellations and information. Sincerely, Chris Arrington
Ladies and Gentlemen, I will apologize in advance for the length of this post. I feel it necessary to provide an update regarding Coronavirus. Many state organizations are "shutting down" and postponing key events for the foreseeable future. These include the Michigan Mass Band competition, the statewide Robotics competition, and the Governor's strong urging to cease and desist from large organizational meetings as a whole. Perhaps the most potentially unpopular restrictions have just been handed down by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Please know the following procedures are not those of Marion Public Schools. Instead, we will comply with the following rules and compliance guidelines: From MHSAA - Host managers need to communicate with competing schools in determining facility arrival & entry protocols, pregame warm-up time and efficient postgame & departure plans. Each competing school will be allowed an ENTRY LIST of no more than fifty (50) individuals that will only include parents/legal guardians and essential administrators. This list will be generated and coordinated by each competing school’s athletic director. No admission will be charged for this list of 50 individuals. The host manager will determine whether competing schools will provide the list and have those names “checked off” upon entry or simply provide those individuals on each school’s list a ticket that will allow entry. In either case, the entry list must be provided to the host manager prior to doors opening. Doors will open to spectators no earlier than 30 minutes prior to game time, and the facility needs to be cleared of these spectators immediately following the end of the game and presentation of awards. Encourage social distancing among those spectators. Note that this entry list of no more than 50 individuals does NOT include bench personnel that consists of players, coaches and other bench staff (e.g. athletic trainer) within the published limits in the MHSAA Basketball PSTI & Tournament Managers Materials. Each team may also provide one person at the scorer’s table to handle the team’s scorebook. Host sites should only have essential game personnel onsite which includes the announcer, official scorer, timer/scoreboard operator and other essential staff/security that will coordinate the teams, officials and the limited numbers of spectators. Only credentialed MHSAA media members should be allowed admittance to your game. We are allowing credentialed media to document and tell the story of what occurs when so many individuals are not able to attend. Also know that there will be no pregame or postgame handshakes between teams/officials. There will be no cheerleaders or pep bands at any tournament site. As always, no artificial noisemakers are allowed at any indoor tournament site. Concession stands are optional and are not essential. The decision to have these available is made by the host manager. We understand that these are unprecedented times in our athletic event history. We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation and positive spirit in making this the very best experience possible for the kids involved during these incredibly challenging circumstances. Please stay tuned to the new district website, which now features real-time news and posts on the home-page. Individual cancellations will be posted on the website, facebook, and when appropriated automated texts/calls will be sent to those who are subscribed. Respectfully, Chris Arrington, Superintendent
Ladies and Gentlemen: I feel it necessary to update everyone on the Coronavirus as it relates to the immediate future here at Marion Public Schools. First, Governor Whittmer issued a "State of Emergency" here in Michigan, and our state now has two confirmed cases. Both MSU and CMU have shut down their respective campuses. Superintendents have been alerted more news is to follow today at 5 pm, to explain of what a "State of Emergency" means for a K-12 school. At this moment, MHSAA is advising schools to NOT CANCEL athletic events as a precaution. However, we just received word that this weekend's robotics competition was postponed by First Robotics. We realize there is contradiction on the state level, but this is the information we have at this time. If there are significant details from today's 5 pm press release, we will share with our staff, parents, and community. Thank you for staying tuned on this issue. Please take precaution and stay safe out there.
Ladies and Gentlemen, While there is no lack of information regarding the Coronavirus, It is appropriate to share the information from Central Michigan District Health Department. In addition to the resources packed in this website, https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, a letter will be going home with K-6 Students today.
The jv and varsity girls’ basketball teams recorded wins over Big Rapids Crossroads tonight. Great job girls!👍. The varsity will play NMC at NMC Monday at 6:00 for districts. Come out and cheer the girls on to victory!
A friendly reminder from the Marion basketball program: Per the original schedule, there is no 3rd-8th grade basketball clinic for Sat. Feb. 22. Middle school girls’ teams have an all day tournament. Go out and show your support!
Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Chris Arrington of Marion Public Schools. This text and voicemail is simply a TEST of our new Automated Messaging Application. Our district now has its own app, which is free to download at the Apple or Google Play Store! I am not sure about the Apple Store, but when it comes to Android devices, go to Google Play and type in "Marion Public Schools" or "Marion PS". Regardless of what you type in, you need to look for our traditional logo (on our letterhead). Consider the App as your "One Stop Shop" for all district news and happenings. We will also have a new website that will be packed with information! Please make sure anyone in your home who wants "Robo-Calls" (For snow days and time-sensitive communications) has corrected and updated phone information on file in our offices. Thank You
Marion Public Schools is launching a new mobile app that helps students, parents, and community members know what is happening on campus, right from their phones. We know that families are using smartphones as a primary means to communicate. That’s why we’ve created an app that is custom-built for mobile. On the app, you can find documents, contact information for staff, and event information. You can download the app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Two wins tonight for girls jv and varsity basketball! The varsity team is now 11 and 3 in conference and 14 and 4 overall. Score of their game tonight was 50-27. Way to go, Eagles!! ♥️🦅🏀
Attention MHS choir members and parents: Because of the weather forecast for tomorrow, festival has been moved to Wednesday. Please know that CHOIR FESTIVAL IS ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19. Please contact Ms. Cannell with any questions. Thank you.
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