New District-Wide Automated Phone Answering System
In an effort to more effectively respond to families and community, the Mason City Community School District will be implementing an automated phone answering system. Conversion to this system will begin on Friday, February 27 and is planned to be fully implemented by March 2, 2015. This system will assist callers to directly connect with the appropriate person and/or department to whom they wish to speak when dialing a building or district number. Callers will receive an automated greeting providing options that are available to reach within each building. If the party you are trying to reach is unavailable, there is the opportunity to leave a voice message. The voice message will also be automatically forwarded to the party via email. Please contact the office of Communications and Community Relations at 641-421-4401 if you have any questions. Thank you!
Education Funding FACT OF THE WEEK
"Our Northern Neighbors, Money and Achievement" is the topic for this week's Education Fact of the Week. This e-newsletter is published by the joint efforts of Iowa Association of School Boards, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa Area Education Agencies, Iowa State Education Association, the Rural Schools Advocates of Iowa, and the Urban Education Network of Iowa in support of adequate and timely school funding.
The information in this edition provides achievement and demographics comparisons with Iowa and our neighbors Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri and provides Per Pupil Expenditures and Per Pupil Rankings for 2013-2014 across the nation.
Now Available - February 2015 Issue of Each and Every Child Newsletter - A Department of Education Publication
The February 2015 Newsletter is now available. The Department of Education provides a monthly publication, Each and Every Child. This newsletter can be found on the Department of Education website at https://www.educateiowa.gov/each-and-every-child-newsletter. In the February 2015 issue, learn about Corning Elementary and how with leadership, collaboration and persistence they are closing the literacy gap.
Early Literacy Focus for Iowa - Letter from Department of Education Director Brad Buck
Reading is essential to student success in school and in life. The Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck has requested district's assistance in sharing information with families about early literacy efforts in Iowa. Click here to access the link to a letter from Director Buck about the importance of all of our combined efforts to improve literacy, especially in kindergarten, first and second grades. If you have any questions about the the current district efforts being made, please contact your student's teacher, your building principal or you may contact district offices at 641-421-4400.
Public Notice - School In Need of Assistance Designation Notification
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
In August of 2014, parents of students attending Harding Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary were notified of the schools' designation as a "School in Need of Assistance," or SINA, under federal guidelines due to a portion of our students not reaching proficiency goals on the Iowa Assessments for at least two consecutive years. As a result, our district is required by law to offer the opportunity for supplemental educational services, such as tutoring to eligible students attending those schools. The district is not required to provide transportation to off-site supplemental educational service locations. Transportation to these sites will be the responsibility of the parent.
- New Website Feature - THE VIRTUAL BACKPACK
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services Available
- School Portrait Information
- Administrative/Supervisory District Organizational Charts
- Mohawk Interim Head Football Coach Announced
- Century Club Fund Drive - Mohawk Booster Club
- Summer Math to Stimulate Your Child's Mind
- Financial Information - Board of Education Meeting - June 12, 2014
- 2014-2015 Calendar
- Public Notice - Wellness Policy