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A BRIEF MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT RON DRZEWICKI REGARDING THE MOST RECENT PARENT ADVISORY FORUM

Friends,

For those of you who were able to attend Monday’s Parent Advisory Forum (PAF), thank you for your participation. The discussion was enlightening and I appreciated the positive comments made about our school district.  Be assured that your work will be shared with the Board of Education and the Strategic Planning Task Force that will meet in May.  It will take a community effort to address the technology and building needs of the district and I encourage you to remain involved in the process.

The minutes of the meeting and the answers to the focus questions and solutions are attached.  I also attached a comparison of capital improvement millage rates of Lansing area school districts for you to review.  The information will be posted on our website.

The next Parent Advisory Forum (PAF) will be on Monday, April 20th, at 7 pm at Mason Middle School.  Please plan to attend.

Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S.
Superintendent
Mason Public Schools

Related Documents:
PAF Meeting Minutes 2-23-15
PAF Focus Questions-Solutions 2-23-15
Millage Rate Comparison

SHERIDAN REALTY & AUCTION CO. AWARDED TOP DOG AWARD

The Mason Public Schools Foundation recently honored Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. with its Top Dog award to recognize their support for Mason Schools and the Schools Foundation. The full news story from the Lansing State Journal is here.

KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP

It’s time to register all Mason children who will be five years of age by September 1, 2015 for Kindergarten!  Parents please contact your resident school to register your child for a round-up session

Monday, March 16th
Alaiedon School
(517) 676-6499

Tuesday, March 17th
N. Aurelius School
(517) 676-6506

Wednesday, March 18th
Steele School
(517) 676-6510

For Kindergarten Round-Up Registration Click Here
For MPS Elementary School Registration Forms Click Here

THE NEXT PARENT ADVISORY FORUM IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, APRIL 20TH AT 7 PM. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES, AND THREATS (SWOT) ANALYSIS SURVEY
Parents, Staff Members, Community Members and Students are invited to participate in the districtís SWOT Analysis Survey. Your feedback will be shared with the District Task Force and Core Team as it develops the district strategic plan. Your input is appreciated and will help greatly in achieving this goal. Please click here to complete the survey.
MASON HIGH SCHOOL NAMED TO AP HONOR ROLL

Mason High School has been named to the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that have increased access to AP course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. http://bit.ly/1thjbQB

SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES “PARENT ADVISORY FORUM”
The purpose of the Mason Parent Advisory Forum is to develop a strong connection between the school district and the parents that we serve. The goal of the forum is to provide parents an organized voice in the district and keep them involved in the decision-making process.

All meetings will be held in the Mason Middle School media center at 7:00 p.m.

The dates are as follows:
Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, February 23, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015

All parents are encouraged to attend! Please click HERE for a printable flyer.

ENTEROVIRUS INFORMATION
2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
FAMILY ACCESS 2.0

New Family Access Preview: Inspired by popular social media platforms, Skyward's Family Access will be receiving a fresh, new look in July of 2014. This new look will include major advancements in improving communication between parents and teachers, and will feature a new message-driven approach. Though the new version of Family Access will not be officially released until July of 2014, you can take a sneek peek prior to July's official release by logging into Family Access and clicking on the "Preview Family Access" link on the left side of the screen. For additional information regarding the new Family Access, as well as a quick walk-through of the product, please watch this short video:

Skyward Family Access 2.0 Video

2013-2014 Alaiedon AER - Letter
2013-2014 Alaiedon AER
2014-2015 AL School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 North Aurelius AER - Letter
2013-2014 North Aurelius AER
2014-2015 NA School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 Steele AER - Letter
2013-2014 Steele AER
2014-2015 ST School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 Middle School AER - Letter
2013-2014 Middle School AER
2014-2015 MS School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 High School AER - Letter
2013-2014 High School AER
2014-2015 HS School Improvement Plan

SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
In the event of inclement weather or other emergency school closing situations, notice will be posted on this website. This information will also be broadcast on local radio and television stations, and parents and staff members will receive notice via Honeywell Instant Alert.
2014-15 ATHLETIC PASS PRICES
Beginning August 18, athletic passes for the 2014-15 school year will be available in the High School Athletic Office, 1001 S. Barnes Street. If you need additional information, please call 676-6535. .

$150.00 Family Pass (2 adults plus K-12 student family members)
$  60.00 Individual Adult Pass
$  30.00 Individual Student Pass

LIMITED TAX PLEDGE NOTICE

PUPIL TRANSPORTATION HANDBOOK
For a copy of the district's Pupil Transportation Handbook, please click here.  If you have any questions regarding the content of this handbook, contact the Transportation Department at 676-6496.

UPCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015. The meeting will be held in the Board of Education Room at the James C. Harvey Education Center, 400 South Cedar Street. Please see the Affidavit of Posting for more information.

The next regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015. The meeting will be held at the Middle School, 235 Temple Street.

Mason Public Schools • 400 S. Cedar St. • Mason, MI 48854
Ph: 517.676.2484 • FAX: 517.676.6058