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Thank you for understanding. Vision: Mason Public Schools will be an exemplary learning community that enables each student to flourish as a responsible citizen in a complex, changing world.

Mission: Mason Public Schools is committed to academic excellence in a safe environment where students develop critical thinking skills, are empowered to succeed, and are encouraged to serve their community.

Operating as usual

Mason High School
11/24/2020

Mason High School

MHS Families,

Important information was recently sent to all MHS families by Skylert email notification. Please check your emails for more detailed information in regards to second trimester.

Thank you.

Mason High School
11/24/2020

Mason High School

Congratulations goes out to Emma Barnum! Emma was recently nominated for the 2020-2021 DAR Good Citizens Award and will be the representative from Mason High School. The Lansing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honor outstanding senior students in the area who exemplify the attributes of a good citizen such as dependability, leadership, patriotism, and service. The faculty at Mason High School nominated Emma as she has all of these qualities to an outstanding degree. Congratulations to Emma! Thank you for demonstrating such good citizenship.

Erica Sollid, Teacher, Steele Elementary“I had the pleasure to join Erica Sollid’s class for math. This was another exam...
11/23/2020

Erica Sollid, Teacher, Steele Elementary

“I had the pleasure to join Erica Sollid’s class for math. This was another example of masterful teaching. Based on formative assessment (exit ticket responses the previous day) Erica strategically placed students in breakout rooms for re-teaching and extension. The net result, all students grew in their understanding of mathematical expressions and left the session feeling empowered. This was a marvelous example of blending cognitive and social emotional learning. When
students acquire a feeling of accomplishment, their sense of self-concept and self-esteem go up and over time they achieve at higher levels. Erica Sollid is another of our Mason treasures.” - Dr. Janet Alleman

#MasonTeachersChallengeAccepted

Katie Falck, Music Teacher, Steele & NorthAurelius Elementary“A peek into Katie Falck’s music class found her teachingwi...
11/19/2020

Katie Falck, Music Teacher, Steele & North
Aurelius Elementary

“A peek into Katie Falck’s music class found her teaching
with gusto - providing lots of task variety including
students using ‘tools available’ to create a host of
rhythmic patterns and modeling using her very own
personal piano.” - Dr. Janet Alleman

#masonteacherschallengeaccepted

Mason Public Schools continues to be gifted with donations from the community. Former student, Nathan Russel, Founder an...
11/18/2020

Mason Public Schools continues to be gifted with donations from the community. Former student, Nathan Russel, Founder and CEO of PMC Supply Chain Solutions donated 1,000 adult masks and 1,000 child masks to the District!

Additionally, Meijer and manager Pete Vandenbussche donated 35,000 KN95 masks to the District! These donations have been instrumental in allowing the District to stay safe when students and staff are in the buildings. We are so grateful!

Sarrah Gani, Teacher, Alaiedon Elementary“Sarrah Gani is doing some amazing strategic moves usingsmall groups for differ...
11/17/2020

Sarrah Gani, Teacher, Alaiedon Elementary

“Sarrah Gani is doing some amazing strategic moves using
small groups for differentiating literacy instruction at first
grade. In the true spirit of studying our practices as we
go, she’s excited as she’s observing incremental growth in
some remarkable ways.” - Dr. Janet Alleman

#MasonTeachersChallengeAccepted

11/15/2020

Good afternoon Mason Families and Staff,

Student and staff safety is the top priority for Mason Public Schools. We have seen an increase in COVID-19 exposure and positive cases in the past week. If a student is exposed, they cannot attend in-person but they have the ability to learn remotely. However, if a staff member has been exposed and is in quarantine it puts a strain on our ability to offer in-person instruction. In addition, we have a significant shortage of substitutes to step in for our teachers and aides when they cannot be in the classroom.

Due to these factors, we are moving to fully remote instruction for all grades for the week of November 16. This includes special education programs and learning labs with the status to be re-evaluated for potential return to in-person learning in the following weeks. The Harvey Education Center will remain closed through November 30 as originally communicated to families and staff members in that building. This timeframe, or potentially longer, will be discussed at a special Board of Education meeting on Monday. More details will be shared with all staff and families on Tuesday.

We urge all families and staff to continue with safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support as we work through this together.

Sincerely,
Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S.
Superintendent

11/13/2020

With many staff currently under quarantine and with the increasing infection rate in Ingham County, we have made the tough decision to temporarily shift all Harvey Education Center classrooms to virtual instruction effective Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 29. Kindergarten classrooms will remain fully remote and all Child Development Services (CDS) and childcare programs will be closed. We know that this will cause significant concerns for you and your family and understand the challenges an extended closure may present.

Our temporary shift to virtual instruction will take place from November 16 through November 29 with a tentative return date to in-person instruction and CDS and childcare services of November 30.

Our focus at this time is to ensure that our children, their family members and our staff stay as healthy as possible so we can return on November 30. Please help us by doing what you can to self-isolate at home, wash hands frequently, clean hard surfaces regularly and wear a mask and socially distance when outside of your home.

Thank you for your understanding.

Lynn Goddert, Teacher, Alaiedon Elementary“Lynn Goddert has generated lots of interest among her students by asking them...
11/13/2020

Lynn Goddert, Teacher, Alaiedon Elementary

“Lynn Goddert has generated lots of interest among her students by asking them to dig deeply into information regarding a natural disaster and share with their peers
some of the big ideas. Wow! Did those students feel empowered!” - Dr. Janet Alleman
#masonteacherschallengeaccepted

Congratulations on this accomplishment, Becca!
11/13/2020

Congratulations on this accomplishment, Becca!

We have a World Record winner at the WTC! Congratulations to Becca Burch, a senior from Mason High School. Becca is a second year student in our Business & Risk Management program. Our second year students are attempting to earn their Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation by completing five classes and taking five exams. They recently took their Personal Auto certification exam, which allots one hour and thirty minutes to complete, and Becca finished in 30 minutes and PASSED! According to the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research who administers the exams, this is a WORLD RECORD completion time for a high school student to complete and pass this exam! Congratulations, Becca!

We also want to congratulate the other seven second-year Business & Risk Management students that passed the exam. What an accomplishment for these high school students:

Maddie Mays: Danville HS
Alli Hills: Dansville HS
Adia Smith: East Lansing HS
Jupiter Charles: Holt HS
Tony Casali: Mason HS
Taviana Shakoor: Waverly HS
Jordan Fritz: Waverly HS

The CISR high school program is new this year. It was piloted last year at a district in Texas. There are currently 7 other districts across the nation participating. The WTC students are the first in the nation to make it through the Personal Auto portion.

Lastly, we must congratulate Business & Risk Management instructor, Monique Colizzi on the success of her students! #InghamImpact

11/13/2020

The message below was sent to all district families and staff this evening.
*****

Good evening,
Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to move to remote learning for tomorrow at the Harvey Education Center. We have also closed our tuition-based programs and child development center for tomorrow. All HEC families and staff have been notified of this change.

We are working with the health department to contact trace a positive COVID-19 case reported this evening. We wanted you all to be aware of what is happening at the HEC.

Thank you.

Matt Slezak, Teacher, Mason High School“Matt Slezak’s Math lesson focusing on Rise and Runinvolved lots of modeling, wor...
11/11/2020

Matt Slezak, Teacher, Mason High School

“Matt Slezak’s Math lesson focusing on Rise and Run
involved lots of modeling, work in small groups, and
stage setting for the following day’s lesson focusing on
angle relationships with mirrors - a lesson not to miss.” Dr. Janet Alleman
#masonteacherschallengeaccepted

Tiffany Henfling, Teacher, Mason MiddleSchool“I witnessed another “home run” when I observed Tiffany’s seventh grade sci...
11/09/2020

Tiffany Henfling, Teacher, Mason Middle
School

“I witnessed another “home run” when I observed Tiffany’s seventh grade science class. Tiffany personalized Amplify in amazing ways by referencing her dad, a geologist, showing artifacts and alerting the students that the paleontologist in the video was from Ann Arbor. She brought the art of teaching into the experience by having students ‘popcorn’ read, write in their science journals as she also wrote, discuss the big ideas in break out rooms, listen as each group shared during large group - the powerful strategic moves go on and on!! From the moment class started, there was no question about what was expected of every student! Engagement was remarkable and
attendance was impressive!!” - Dr. Janet Alleman #masonteacherschallengeaccepted

Krista Sherman, Teacher, Mason High School“Mason teachers are creating terrific learning opportunities for our students ...
11/06/2020

Krista Sherman, Teacher, Mason High School

“Mason teachers are creating terrific learning opportunities for our students even from afar!

Krista Sherman has designed project based asynchronous opportunities for her students that allow them to choose how they showcase what they are learning - and present to their virtual classmates.

Our district is exploding with masterful moves by our gifted teachers and while it’s not the same as face to face - every day gets closer and closer!” - Dr. Janet Alleman

#masonteacherschallengeaccepted

More photos from the return of Mason Middle School Red Team hybrid students this week.
11/05/2020

More photos from the return of Mason Middle School Red Team hybrid students this week.

Ashley Glover, Teacher at Steele Elementary“There were moments when I almost forgot I wasn’t in Ashley Glover’s real cla...
11/04/2020

Ashley Glover, Teacher at Steele Elementary

“There were moments when I almost forgot I wasn’t in Ashley Glover’s real classroom. All but two of the first graders were ready to go when the bell sounded - and when those two did arrive, they were caught up in a heartbeat!

The energy Ashley expended was ‘off the charts’ beginning with The Pledge, a song and followed by a ‘heads up’ for the daily agenda. The range of meaningful and engaging strategies was exceptional - turn and talks with imaginary partners or stuffed animals, a listening game that made phonics a real hit, a competition with the teacher to figure out what sound didn’t belong (Ashley never wins, she comes close!), metacognitive talk and modeling to figure out middle sounds, mini formative assessments using physical moves, and everybody using white boards for writing, getting verbal feedback on the spot, the list goes on and on. Class members even get ‘virtual’ paws for exceptional behavior. Perhaps the best kept secret is Ashley’s big TV monitor/screen. First graders are on TV all day - a clever managerial move!

While Ashley does not have students face to face and it’s not the same - the quality of teaching and learning is close - very close!” - Dr. Janet Alleman

#MasonTeachersChallengeAccepted

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing testimonials regarding Mason teachers from our instruction team and prin...
11/03/2020

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing testimonials regarding Mason teachers from our instruction team and principals for a project we’re calling “Mason Teachers - Challenge Accepted.” To begin, we are featuring some testimonials from Dr. Janet Alleman, who has been working with our instructional team for many years to support our teaching staff in the delivery of instruction for our students. She is a Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and her work with us is critical as we continue to Inspire, Empower and Succeed. We thank Dr. Alleman for working with our team and challenging us to be the best we can be for our students. Dr. Alleman has been observing teachers in both virtual and in-person classrooms. Many of our teachers will be featured over the coming weeks so please look for those. #MasonTeachersChallengeAccepted

We are excited to be welcoming some of our Mason Middle School students back this week for hybrid learning!
11/03/2020

We are excited to be welcoming some of our Mason Middle School students back this week for hybrid learning!

Mason Public School's transportation department is in need of qualified applicants who are seeking a flexible schedule w...
10/30/2020

Mason Public School's transportation department is in need of qualified applicants who are seeking a flexible schedule with competitive wages. The bus garage is looking for drivers for open routes as well as part time sub drivers.

We offer a competitive starting wage of $16.68 with more based on experience, a fantastic benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance and school district retirement plans. Also, we offer paid holidays and a schedule that can mirror your child's schedule. Learn more and apply here: https://www.applitrack.com/IASEC/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?internaltransferform.Url=&choosedistrict=true&applitrackclient=38076&all=1&AppliTrackJobId=13402_38076&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1

There are many creative pumpkins on display at North Aurelius this week!  🎃
10/29/2020

There are many creative pumpkins on display at North Aurelius this week! 🎃

Here are the results of the 10th Annual Principal’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Thank you to all students who entered! It was very hard to judge as we had so many creative entries! Prizes will be distributed tomorrow/Friday or if online students are coming for pictures, stop in the office Thursday or Friday to pick up your prize! Pumpkins can be picked up anytime Friday. 🎃 Thanks again, Mr. Prelesnik.

We are happy to see our team getting back in action. This is a photo of Suzi West, Early Childhood Special Education tea...
10/29/2020

We are happy to see our team getting back in action. This is a photo of Suzi West, Early Childhood Special Education teacher helping one her students board the bus at the end of the day at Harvey Education Center.

#strongersmartersafertogether

Mason Public Schools Shares Design of Steele Elementary Members of the YesMason! Committee and Mason’s School Study Comm...
10/26/2020

Mason Public Schools Shares Design of Steele Elementary

Members of the YesMason! Committee and Mason’s School Study Committee joined the Board of Education Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) last Thursday to view the new design of Steele Elementary.

Members of the Steele Elementary design committee alongside GMB, the District’s architecture partner, shared the designs with the larger group. The CIC reviewed the design plans and the next step is for the project to go out for competitive bid in December.

“The School Study Committee spent countless hours over several months helping us shape our long-term plans for facility needs. The YesMason! Committee advocated for the proposal by going door-to-door to promote the benefits of the bond proposal. We want to send a special thank you to these two groups for their commitment to Mason Public Schools and are grateful for such a supportive community,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent of Mason Public Schools.

The renovation of Steele Elementary will begin the second phase of a three phase Capital Improvement Project that was approved in November 2017. In April, $19.2M in bonds will be sold to fund the projects in Phase 2. The construction on Steele will break ground in April as well. The building is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2022.

Ingham Intermediate School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee invites you to the virtual 8th annual ...
10/26/2020
Registration: Virtual Transition Expo

Ingham Intermediate School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee invites you to the virtual 8th annual Special Education Transition Expo! The goal of the expo is to provide families and students with an IEP, vital resources for transitioning toward independence.

The expo takes place on Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The audience is students grade 6 – age 26 and Parents, Transition Coordinators, Teachers, Counselors, School Administrators

This year’s Transition Expo will feature three live-streaming webinars with a private chat for students and parents to submit questions. Resource information from Community Partners is also available for students, parents, and members of the community to access.

FREE Webinar Sessions
• “Basic Social Security” – Phil Kozachik, Disability Network Capital Area
• “Disability Network Capital Area Programs for Students” – Jean Harris
• “Know How to Go: Take Your IEP to College” – Michele Strasz, Capital Area College Access Network

Register with this link by November 6, 2020. Participants must register prior the event. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the event at 11:00 am, November 7, 2020.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 517.244.1298

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5P-aYEwiKBd40EDiox0mHWb9JUk-xQhoNb46o64CYNkD_XQ/viewform

Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

We are beyond grateful to the Eaton Rapids Medical Masks group for sewing enough reusable fabric masks for every single ...
10/26/2020

We are beyond grateful to the Eaton Rapids Medical Masks group for sewing enough reusable fabric masks for every single student and staff member of Mason Public Schools to have one. This donation will make our return to hybrid in-person instruction that much easier! The Eaton Rapids Medical Masks group has also provided masks to Eaton Rapids Public Schools and Charlotte Public Schools so far. You guys rock!

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Sure doesn't sound like you listened to parents or really looked at the survey. A lot of parents don't want the hybrid school. Online is working just fine. Leave it alone. We as parents aren't equipped to teach our kids and a lot of us work. Hybrid is not an option. If you are so concerned with our opinions then you need to actually listen to our opinions. Keep it online. I will not have my kids sit in a classroom with masks on all day. So not an option.
Has the Middle School sent out class & zoom links/codes? We haven't received any so far.
MSU has created a number of support programs and materials to help Michigan’s K–12 school districts prepare for online instruction this fall.
Are we able to listen in to the board meeting on Monday?
We are 2.5 weeks from the first day of “school” and have not seen any information on the curriculum or any information on how this “distance learning” is going to work. Are there set times that students need to be on-line? How will that work with children in day care(s)? Please!?! Can you help me understand this?
Why would you hold a school board meeting that only 100 people can attend? How are parents suppose to stay informed and have their questions answered?!
With the upcoming meeting, are you going to have it “live” so us parents can here what’s going on and maybe even ask questions that haven’t been answered or what we may be confused about?
Mason Junior Bulldogs Football is running a fundraiser. We are selling masks. 15$ each or 3 for 39$. Please pm me with orders. All order must be in by the 17th. Thank you.
Beautiful sunset tonight! #StrongerSmarterSaferTogether
Will we be get a survey for each student? Or is this just generalized again? If we have more than one student which student experience should we use?
Does Mason have basketball for elementary age (5th grade)? If so, when and where to sign up?
Hello Mason Families! The Mason Bowling team is a self funded sport. The team is able to compete thanks to the fundraising efforts from our Board and our amazing families. This year the Mason Bowling Team missed out of our biggest fundraising event due to the Stay Home order. So in its place, we decided to do a can/bottle drive to try and make up the money lost from our golf outing. If you would like to donate your cans/bottles to a great cause and help these kids out let me know and I will come get them out of your way. Thank you in advance for your support ❤