Now Available - April 2016 Issue of Each and Every Child Newsletter - A Department of Education Publication
The April 2016 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 April 2016 issue, learn about Special Education and teacher-leaders in articles about Waukee and Benton Community School Districts.
4-Year-Old Preschool Program Pre-Registration for 2016-2017 Now Open
Pre-registration for 2016-2017 is now open for the Mason City Community School District 4-year-old preschool program and openings are still available. Children who will be four years old on or before September 15, 2016 are eligible for this program which is provided to families at NO cost. This program is located in three of the district's facilities: Harding Elementary Hoover Elementary and Jefferson Elementary. Each facility has a morning session and an afternoon session, with enrollment limited to 20 students per session.
To request pre-registration materials for this program or with questions about this program, please contact Lisa Christianson at 641-421-4409. Proof of child's age (birth certificate) is required.
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
- 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
- Registration On-Line Forms for 2015-2016
- Iowa Reading Corps Members Recruitment for 2015-2016