Embrace * Educate * Empower
Math: a. (7-12) Increase mastery (85% or higher/college credit) in each math course and regents by 10% within the given cohort. b. (UPK-6th) Increase mastery (85%) of math facts at each grade level by 10%.
As parents and guardians, you play an important role in helping our children reach these goals. Student attendance is an essential part of student learning. Looking at past data, we have been able to link students who are absent more than 10% of the school year (or 18 days or more) with higher course failures. Students that reach beyond the 10% also find it much more challenging to graduate with their peers in June. If you have a child, young or old, that has a difficult time getting to school, contact your school principal and they will work with you to get your child to school. If you are contemplating a family vacation, we urge you to consider taking them during times when school is not in session.
If you have a child that is failing a course, either at 5 weeks or at the quarter, have them seek their teacher out for extra help. Students who fail classes are given time to learn more during AIS and should be encouraged to stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for after school study tables (for grades 4-12). After school transportation is available for students that stay after for study tables.
Parents and guardians can help younger students to improve their reading by reading with their child or having them read to you (or an older sibling). Have them read signage or grocery items while at the store. The more they read outside of school, the faster their reading level will improve throughout the year.
Math is another area where parents can help their students. Younger students in grades K-6th are working on their math facts. Quiz them on their facts or have them show you how fast they can do their facts. At the upper levels, most students are using Khan Academy to help them master their topics. Encourage them to sign in to Khan Academy at home and work on learning more with math.
I would like to thank you for all you do to support your child and our district. Together, we can really make a difference and help our students soar. As always, if you have questions, feel free to call me at 849-3117 or email me at email@example.com.
Rebecca Stone - District Superintendent
Phone: (607) 849-3117
Torchlight October 2018
Dear Parents and Community Members,
We have had a great opening this school year and are working diligently to Embrace, Educate, and Empower our students. In the realm of Educate, our 2018-2019 focus is as follows:
Graduation Rates: (7-12) Continue to have a building graduation rate that exceeds 90%.
Attendance: (UPK-12) No more than 10% of the student body will be chronically absent within each building.
Course Failure: (4-12) Decrease the percentage of students who are failing one or more courses building wide by 10%.
Reading: (K-6) Increase the number of students within a cohort who are reading at grade level or have made a year’s worth of growth by 10% by the end of the school year (K-6)
The Marathon Central School District has always strived to provide our students with the best education possible. We realize that it is harder and harder for our children to remain competitive in the work force and in the field of continued education. We also recognize that we have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the world around us right here in our own backyard. Keeping those two thoughts in mind, it was time to re-engineer our district mission and vision and create a strategic plan that will help focus and guide us as we educate our students. The purpose of this plan is to help all students graduate from Marathon Central School District with the skills and knowledge that they will need to be successful with any career path they choose and to provide them with unlimited possibilities.
Strategic Planning Process
The Marathon Central School District decided to establish a long range plan that would guide the decision making process of the school. The district chose to embark on a process that was open, transparent and inclusive so that the voices of all interested stakeholders could be heard. Becoming a great school requires planning and focus with 5-year targets in selected areas that include built-in yearly monitoring to ensure that the work being done has the desired impact. The process in this district was rigorous, interactive and challenging with students always being the top priority as it challenged administrators, parents and community members to think in new ways about what is best for the students in the district. To achieve the goals of this plan, it will require collaboration, perseverance and commitment by all stakeholders.
Embrace * Educate * Empower
The Marathon Central School District will excel at graduating citizens who are college and career ready and able to pursue unlimited possibilities locally and globally.
Task Force 1 – Embrace
Strategic Intent #1:By June 2019, 100% of students will indicate that they feel valued and are engaged in positive mutual relationships.
Key Initiative 1-1: We will develop practices and procedures that engage all students through building positive relationships with all students.
Task Force 2 – Educate
Strategic Intent #2: By June 2019, 100% of students will meet or exceed proficiency levels that reflect increased expectations and rigor in the area of critical thinking.
Key Initiative 2-1: We will identify and measure critical thinking skills PK-12 and define grade level expectations.
Task Force 3 – Empower
Strategic Intent #3: By June 2019, 100% of students will demonstrate leadership and/or civic engagement by holding leadership positions and collecting hours of community service as measured at the end of the senior year.
Key Initiative 3-1: We will have students engaged in leadership roles and community service to build confidence as they serve their community.
Strategic Intent #4: By June 2019, 100% of students will demonstrate the skills and strategies needed to advocate for themselves and others.
Key Initiative 4-1: We will identify strategies and educate the students with the essential skills necessary to advocate for themselves and others.
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