Dear Mason City Schools Family,
We are all weathering so many storms – figurative and literal. Despite this COVID-19 pandemic and so many neighbors dealing with power outages yesterday, we are proud of all that our students, staff, families and community are doing to care for each other, establish routines, and learn. Here are a few statistics from the last month:
- Meals served by our MCS Child Nutrition staff: 5,628
- Active Schoology Users: 8,580
- Google Meets in last 7 days: 8,611
- Chromebooks distributed: 1,517
- Funds donated to the #CometCarryout: $12,185
- Masks made by MCS community and donated to staff: 280
- Scheduled Comet Connector bus visits: 94
- Staff missing our Mason Students:1,166 – 100%!
Watch this video of Superintendent Jonathan Cooper sharing his appreciation for how Comet Culture values shape our actions and decisions.
We’ve started the phase of remote learning where students are learning new material, and assignments are graded. How are you taking into account all the unique situations and circumstances of this time?
MCS is committed to living out our Culture Guide through this time and to reflect a Comet Cares approach to teaching and learning. Our Comet Cares approach will allow us to be compassionate, responsive, and equitable to our students’ and families’ unique situations and circumstances. Students and their families are having a wide range of experiences during this worldwide crisis. Recognizing the challenges they may be facing, and that they are out of their control, our grading policies must do no harm to any child. During this time of remote learning, our focus is first and foremost on student learning and ensuring our students’ well being.
Graded RLE learning assignments/activities during remote learning can only maintain or raise a K-5 student’s final standards-based score or a 6-12 student’s final semester grade.
In grades 6-12, students who do not engage in Remote Learning Experiences, or who do not show basic levels of understanding, will receive an “Incomplete.” Our school teams will make every effort to support each student. If students are unable to engage in remote learning even with those supports from the school team, the school team will collaborate with students and/or family to determine future steps for the student’s learning.
Learn more about our approach to grading on the MCScovid19.com website.
My child is having conflicts with the teachers’ Office Hours. What should we do?
We have tried to schedule office hours to avoid conflicts as much as we can. If you are having a consistent conflict, please reach out to your child’s teachers or principal.
Where do we take fabric masks that we are making for Mason staff?
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our crafty Comet commUNITY! Your generosity is making it possible for our staff to assist with item reunification, food support, and other essential work during this time when our buildings are closed.
If you have completed masks to donate, simply email [email protected] and she will schedule a time for a member of our team to pick up the masks from your porch.
How can we support our commUNITY?
#CometCarryout: This is a very crucial time for our local businesses, especially those in hospitality. Consider supporting our local businesses on this list.
Participate in the Chamber’s MADE to Eat Takeout Blitz and see how many local restaurants you can support. In addition, donate to Joshua’s Place and choose “Comet Carryout” and you can bless a family in need with a meal from one of our local businesses.
Personal Care Items for Seniors: The Council on Aging has partnered with FilltheTruck.org to collect items to be distributed to seniors in our region in need. Seniors will be given a four-pack of toilet paper and household and personal items to help them through the crisis. Consider adding a friendly note or having your child(ren) color a picture that can be included in the boxes they deliver to seniors. Donations will be accepted through April 30, 2020.
Needed items include: Toilet Paper (4pk, preferred – no single, unwrapped rolls), Hand Sanitizer, Bar Soap, Liquid Soap, Antibacterial Wipes, Denture Care Items, Toothpaste, Lysol Spray, Dish Detergent, Laundry Detergent, Tissues, Cat and Dog Food
Drop off items at Lakota Hills Baptist Church, 6300 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH 45069
Mondays and Fridays: 9am-Noon and 1-3pm.
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Have a safe weekend.
Public Information Officer