Embrace * Educate * Empower
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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.
Dear Community Parents and Members,
As a district, we continue to work on our mission of Embrace, Educate and Empower. At the junior/senior high school, students now have the ability to see their grades on a regular basis and take ownership of their education. They can access this information through SchoolTool, our student management system. Parents across the district were also given access to SchoolTool which displays student’s attendance, discipline and contact records. Parents of students in grades 7-12 can also view student grades. We hope this access will help parents and students stay more connected to their child’s education and prompt important conversations both at home and at school.
In the coming months, Marathon CSD will be redefining the strategic intents which align with our mission. We will be asking students, parents, community members and staff the following questions: How can we better embrace our students at Marathons CSD. How can we improve the education of our students? How can we empower our students to be able
Rebecca Stone - District Superintendent
Phone: (607) 849-3117
to advocate for themselves and feel prepared to enter the world after high school? We will send more information about the process and how you can help shape our student’s future here at Marathon in January.
It feels like winter started early this year with the use of our first snow day in early November. The district uses several radio and TV stations as well as our website and Facebook to alert parents of delays and snow days. We continue to use the K12 Alert system which calls parents based on phone numbers in our student management system. When you see a call from the school early in the morning, please make sure you say “hello” or give some other vocal response when you answer the call. 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 contact information to our student management system. K12 Alerts is updated daily to make sure we have the most current information.
As always, if you have any concerns that could not be addressed by speaking with your child’s teacher or the building principal, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
Rebecca Stone – Marathon Superintendent