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Embrace * Educate * Empower
Dear Community Parents and Members,
Winter has arrived, and with it many athletic and musical events. We also have begun to see snow and icey weather. In order to keep students and parents informed of any delays or cancelations, we are utilizing K12 Alerts. This system uses the phone number which you have designated as the first number the school should call when trying to reach a parent or guardian. The first number of both the primary and secondary contacts is now being used. This will help keep both parents/guardians informed whether they are living in the same household or not. When you see a call from the school early in the morning, please make sure you say “hello” or give some other vocal response. This will activate the message from K12 Alerts. In most cases, calls will be made before 6 AM. If you find that you have not been notified of a closure or dismissal, contact Sue Light at the elementary (849-3281) or Tina Gallagher at the high school (849-3229) to add in correct phone numbers to our student management system. K12 Alerts is updated daily to make sure we have the most current information. In addition, local radio stations and TV stations will be alerted, and our website will be updated to keep everyone informed.
The district is beginning to roll out our student 1 to 1 computer program. In December, 11th and 12th graders will bring home a Surface Pro 4 handbook and agreement to sign. Students that have parent permission to bring the Surface Pro 4 home, will be allowed to use the Surface at both school and at home. All other 11th and 12th graders will be issued a Surface Pro 4 to use here at school. All Surface computers will have internet filtering software installed as well as tracking software. A meeting for 11th and 12th grade students and parents will be held December 7th at 5:00 PM in the high school library. In this meeting, we will go over the Surface Pro 4 handbook and agreement, answer any questions about the agreement parents and students may have and let those that come work with the device so they have a better understanding of what the computer can do. This is a voluntary meeting designed to keep parents and students informed. In February, 7th and 8th grade classrooms will receive new lap top carts. 7th and 8th grade students will be assigned a lap top to use while here at school. In April, we will finish the Junior/Senior High School roll out by providing 9th and 10th grade students with a computer to be used here at school. At this time, we are anticipating providing a Surface Pro 4 for all 9th and 10th graders.
The district is working on prioritizing items for our next capital project. A building condition survey was done last spring, identifying areas which should be addressed over the next 10 years. Our building project will include items from that list as well as additional updates. If you are interested in learning more about the items for consideration or the process the Board is using to determine what should be included in the next capital project, I encourage you to attend one of our upcoming board meetings. Beginning in January, the Board will also be discussing next year’s budget and what will be included in that budget for the 2017-2018 school year.
I look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming events and hope you and your family have an enjoyable holiday season.
Rebecca Stone - District Superintendent
Phone: (607) 849-3117
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.