Now Available - May 2016 Issue of Each and Every Child Newsletter - A Department of Education Publication
The May 2016 Newsletter is now available. The Department of Education provides a monthly publication, Each and Every Child. Issues of this newsletter can be found on the Department of Education website at https://www.educateiowa.gov/each-and-every-child-newsletter.
In the May 2016 issue, learn about Planting ideas: Hands-on gardening sprouts fruitful lessons for today, tomorrow in an article about CAM Community School Districts environmental class and the greenhouse on the middle school's campus, as well as a great article, Minimizing the 'summer slide': asking the expert: Tips for summer to make a happy fall and an inspiring feature article on Maria Horn, an eighth grade athlete from Ottumwa with spina bifida.
Reading Assessments and Early Literacy
Reading - Universal Screening and Substantial Deficiency
The ability to read is necessary for students to be successful, and early intervention for struggling readers is critical. Problems identified early are easier to remediate. Iowa's education system, including the Mason City Community School District, has responded to the early literacy progression law with a focus on prevention and early intervention. Universal screening assessments for reading are administered to PK-6 students three times during the school year - fall, winter and spring. The purpose of this screening is to identify and intervene with students who are struggling to read so they can receive the help they need to get back on track. Schools use the screening results to determine whether each student is "adequately progressing," "at risk," or has a "substantial deficiency" in reading.
Office 365 Now Available Free of Charge for Every Mason City Student
Mason City Schools is now providing Microsoft Office to students free of charge. With Office 365, students will have access to the latest version of Word, for writing; Excel, for spreadsheets; PowerPoint, for presentations; OneNote, for organization and note taking; and much more.
- Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)
- Use with One Drive for automatic device syncing
- Gain valuable skills on the world's most popular productivity software
- Office subscription lasts for as long as your child is a student here and the program continues
Students just need follow these simple steps to get Office:
Parents/Guardians - Update of Communication Preferences Needed
The Mason City Community School District has updated our communication system and it requires that you update your preferences in Powerschool. The new system is an updated version of our current communication software that we use (Power Announcement) and is now called/named Alert Solutions 2. Unfortunately, the preferences you had set up previously do not carry over to Alert Solutions 2 and so you will need to update them.
With the new system, by default, phone call alerts will go to your home phone, work phone(s), and cell phone(s).
Follow the directions in the attached document link at the bottom of this announcement to update your preferences. You will need to log into the Powerschool Parent Portal to make the updates.
IMPORTANT - Preferences can only be updated by logging into Powerschool using either Chrome or Firefox. Internet Explorer will NOT work for this purpose.
Iowa School Report Card
Dear Families and Community:
Knowing where you are and where you want to go is a key part of growth and improvement. Our district regularly uses education data to tell us how our students are progressing and to adjust instruction for better results.
The state is now providing an additional source of information with the release of the Iowa School Report Card. This is a new web-based tool that provides a snapshot of every Iowa public school’s performance on certain educational measures, such as student attendance and proficiency rates.
The goal of the Iowa School Report Card is to present certain education data in a way that makes it easier for the public to find and understand. The Iowa Department of Education developed this tool in response to a 2013 legislative requirement (House File 215).
- Mason City High School
- Ga-Ga Court New to Mason City Alternative School
- Public Notice - School In Need of Assistance 2015-2016 Notice
- Public Notice - Level I Investigators
- Public Notice - Open Enrollment
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services Available
- New Student Registration
- Iowa Reading Corps Members Recruitment for 2015-2016
- Student Directory Information Annual Public Notice
- Transportation Annual Notice - Video Cameras on School District Buses