Here is a link to the public notice regarding the proposed adoption of a developer fee justification study and an increase in the statutory school facility fee on new residential and commercial/industrial developments. https://5il.co/isoj
Now more than ever, we want to know how best to support one another in working together to ensure this is a successful year for everyone. Parent feedback is vital in this process. The link below takes you to a parent/caregiver survey that has questions that were provided by our parent leadership team members as well as staff to give us information to guide our efforts as we plan the startup for this school year. We really appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. Next week, this survery will be available in hard-copy form and translation services will be available. https://forms.gle/m24AQ2c4oN8AQGTdA
At last night's board meeting, the board voted to approve the 4-step reopening plan that we posted here recently and also to start in Step 2 as long as the state or local public health officials don't move all schools in the county to full distance learning. While we all want to be back with students in-person as soon as possible, the board's action puts safety at the very center of our efforts. The link to the recording of the board meeting can be found here: https://www.mountshastausd.com/o/mount-shasta-union-school-district/page/school-board-meeting-recordings--2
If you'd like to attend tomorrow night's board meeting where the board considers the reopening plan, the link to the meeting is here: https://meet.google.com/xdu-vhoa-vmn
The school board will consider adopting the final draft of our four-step reopening plan at Tuesday night's board meeting. The meeting starts at 7:00 tomorrow (July 21). The final draft is here for you to view: https://5il.co/ify5
We have been working tirelessly since July 6 on our plans for coming back to school in August. The superintendent has met on multiple occasions with staff members, union leaders, parent leaders elected to the schools' site councils (in addition to those who volunteered to be part of the conversation), and once with the school board. Today, the governor made some significant announcements about reopening schools that we are taking into consideration. The superintendent will present a one-page phased opening matrix to the board for approval this coming Tuesday evening, July 21, at the board meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. You can expect to begin seeing regular updates through these channels as the August 24 start date approaches. We hope you are staying well, and we will keep sending out updates as they arise.
Click this link for a flyer regarding supportive services for which you may qualify: https://5il.co/i6h6
P-EBT benefit is for students that would usually receive free or reduced price meals. Mount Shasta Farmers’ Market (Mondays, 3:30-6:00 pm on E.Castle street in downtown Mt. Shasta) offers Market Match where you can use these funds. The deadline to apply for P-EBT is July 15, and you can apply here: https://ca.p-ebt.org/en/info. Here is the flyer for the farmers' market: https://5il.co/hmyw
https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/1_d1qomwa1 This link takes you to a 50-minute video that was produced through the Oregon Parenting Education Consortium that a parent shared with me and thought it might be of interest to our families. The video focuses on self-care strategies in the context of this virus and this uniquely stressful time in which we find ourselves.
It has come to our attention that an event is being planned in the downtown Mt. Shasta city area, at the same time as our parade and because of this, we have decided to move our parade to Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm. Our route will not change. Please help pass the message along and we hope to see you on Wednesday!
The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages. For more information, please visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/
Here's a link to the video recording of last night's Google Meet Q & A with the superintendent: https://youtu.be/gyB0hmMbyWE
One last post for today - We are excited to share information about a new way of thinking about the school experience that our teachers are embracing for next year. It's called the flipped classroom, and we feel it fits perfectly into a distance learning or blended learning model. The video at this link will give you more information about this concept. Please check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojiebVw8O0g&feature=youtu.be
Please take this one-question survey about how you envision your child returning to learn in the new school year. Your input is vital to our planning! Thank you. https://forms.gle/9sB9frXLU7MeP3uq5
The online Google Meet with the superintendent starts at 7:00 tonight. https://meet.google.com/wib-fzwa-ino
Tonight the superintendent invites you to another online information session and Q & A opportunity. He will share the latest news from the state, some thoughts regarding next school year, and will let you know how you can become involved in planning. We hope you will be able to attend. Here is the link to the Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/wib-fzwa-ino
This week we celebrate our classified employees and their vital contribution to student learning and well being. We have classified members who are feeding our students, cleaning and sanitizing our schools to keep our staff safe, keeping vital office and library services going, delivering meals and learning packets, and assisting our teachers with lesson preparation and student contact during distance learning. We are grateful and celebrate the efforts of our classified employees!
Mark your calendars now for the next session of Q & A with the Superintendent - Thursday, May 21, starting at 7:00 via Google Meet. Mr. Barnhart will share information received from today's May Revise of the governor's budget as well as information regarding the status of planning for next school year. We will issue reminders as the event draws closer; here is the link to the Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/wib-fzwa-ino
We miss you all and want to share this video message with you. Kudos to Kristen Riccomini for all her work on this project! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE9mghuiok8&feature=youtu.be
At last night's board meeting (5/13/2020), the trustees adopted the following grading policy, which differs slightly from the first reading a month ago. If you have any questions, please check with your child's teacher or your school's principal. The policy is pasted here for your convenience: Grade TK-3 teachers will continue their report cards as best as they can given the limitations with distance learning. Grade 4-5 teachers will use credit, no credit, and credit + in recording student grades. Grade 6-8 teachers will continue using A-F while taking into account the special circumstances and effects of the COVID-19 virus on student progress.
If there are any families looking for additional food, please take note of the following: Call St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at (530) 926-3061 and leave a message any time. Call for food. Volunteers will return your call, ask how many in the family, and ages of kids to package appropriate food items. Volunteers respond to calls on Mon, Wed, and Fri. They will arrange a time for you to come and pick up the food.
Teacher Appreciation Week is here! Please join us in thanking our teachers for all they do, especially given all the recent changes facing all of us lately.
It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends, and loved ones to complete the census, too.
Barry Barnhart, the district's superintendent, will host a Google Meet on Wednesday evening, April 29, at 7:00 to give you an update on the state's COVID-19 decisions and how they relate to our district moving forward. He'll share the latest info and take your questions. This will be the first in a series of meetings he will host, and we welcome your participation. Here is the link to the meeting. https://meet.google.com/rnf-ctka-iqu
Earlier this month, the school board had its first reading regarding the grading policies of the district in the context of our distance learning model. In line with guidance from the California Department of Education, students’ grades can only go up from where they were when we switched to distance learning; the grades cannot go down. For questions regarding your child’s specific grade level and grading, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.
We continue to refine our distance learning model, and to do that, we need your feedback too. Please take a moment to respond to the short survey at the following link. Thank you! https://forms.gle/7YuRDm9jmAcMrTSr6
Do you have a specific teacher you want to request for your child for next school year? We will be building those classes soon, and we need to hear from you if you'd like to make a selection. This year, we are accepting teacher requests via email or a simple note dropped off at your school's office. Please have your requests in by the end of April.
Parade tomorrow! Starts at MSE at 1:00pm. PLEASE KEEP SAFE AND SOCIAL DISTANCE BETWEEN YOURSELVES, YOUR NEIGHBORS, AND THE PARADE! We can't wait to see you all!
Due to Monday, April 13, being a non-school day, school lunches will be served on Tuesday, April 14 for Tuesday and Wednesday, and they will again be served on Thursday, April 16, for Thursday and Friday. Please call your school's office with any questions.
Friday's Parade Route ATTENTION ALL MSUSD FAMILIES! MSUSD Parade will depart MSE on Friday, April 10th at 1:00pm Families PLEASE remember to follow the SOCIAL DISTANCING when watching the parade from any part of the route. DO NOT form any group or crowd outside of the people living in your home. Times at certain areas are approximates. BE SAFE! WE MISS YOU ALL! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALONG THE ROUTE! Parade Route: Lynda Smith will be leading parade in our school bus. Departing from MSE at 1:00 pm Left on Alma Left on Pine, which turns into Lassen. Lassen to N. Old Stage Rd. (1:05pm) Right on N. Old Stage Rd. Left on Audobon. Right on Davis Place. (1:10pm) Left on N. Old Stage to Deetz Rd. Right on Deetz (1:25pm) Right on Summit Drive to Abrams Lake Right on Abrams Lake (1:35pm) Left on N. Old Stage Road Fish Hatchery (1:45pm) Continue south on Old Stage to Azalea Left on Azalea (1:55pm) Follow Azalea to Park and Ride and cross Highway 89 (2:00pm) Continue heading north on S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. to Glen Mar. Right on Glen Mar and make first right and make Glen Mar loop (2:05pm) Right on S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Right on Old McCloud Left on Washington (2:10pm) Left on Ida to Mt. Shasta Blvd. Right on S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (2:15pm) Left on High Street Right on Mill Right on Water (2:20pm) Left on S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Right on McCloud Avenue Left on Jefferson (2:25pm) Left on Rockefellow Right on Ski Bowl Right on Pine Ridge (2:35pm) Left on Shasta Ave. Left on Ski Bowl Right on Rockefellow (2:45pm) Right on Caroline Left on Shasta Left on Carmen Right on Rockefellow, which turns into E. Ivy Right on N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (2:50pm) Right on Ski Village Right on Everitt Memorial and merge right onto Lake. (3:00pm) Right on Pine Left on Ivy Left on Spring Left on Jessie Right on Cedar and back to MSE!! (3:10pm)
Be sure to check out the Parent Resources section under the Menu link from your school's web page for Covid-19 resources from the school and our community.
The county superintendent of schools just issued a statement saying Siskiyou County schools will not reopen to students this current school year and affirming schools' commitment to distance learning. For the full text of his press release, please see the first story in the news section of your school's web page. We remain committed to continuing students' learning within this new landscape and look forward to partnering with our families to do so.
This message is regarding school lunches. Student lunches are available for pick-up daily at both school sites from 11:00 to 12:00 for anyone 18 and younger. If you would like a lunch for your child, please call your school's office as soon as possible.
Curb-side learning materials pick-up is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 depending on who your child’s teacher is. Your child’s teacher will contact you on Monday, March 30, with your scheduled pick-up time, and we will try to combine pick-up times for students who are siblings. Please call your school’s office with questions.
Mount Shasta Union School District will be conducting a drive thru distribution of daily prepared lunches, free of charge for all children ages 18 and younger. Meals will be available for pickup twice per week at both Mount Shasta Elementary and Sisson Schools. The first pickup is scheduled for Monday, March 30 from 11:00 to noon. If you would like to order lunches for your children please call either school office, tomorrow, Friday, March 27 from 9:00 to noon for MSE and from 8:00-11:00 for Sisson.
We've posted a letter updating families on what to expect academically after spring break ends. Please check the first news article on our web page/app or our latest Facebook post for the details.
Here is a link posted by NPR and updated yesterday with some helpful information for parents: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814615866/coronavirus-and-parenting-what-you-need-to-know-now
Due to effects caused by today's press conference by the governor and by the inclement weather, we are closing school tomorrow, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. Please check your school's website or Facebook page for the details. School offices will be open tomorrow and Tuesday if you have questions.
To see an additional letter we are sending home today that deals with activities surrounding our schools, please see the second news article on our app and website.
To see a copy of the letter we are sending home with all students today regarding our latest planning around the Coronavirus, please go the news section of our app or website; the language from the letter appears as the first news item.
Today, March 11, is a minimum day. School dismisses at 12:25.
MOST CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN CA: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx Please check this link for information. We are poised to work closely with local and state authorities to keep you informed and to respond appropriately as the situation evolves. If you have any questions, please contact your school's office.
Today, February 26, is a minimum day. Students are released at 12:25.
Here's a school garden volunteer opportunity: Sat. February 29, 9:00-12:00: MSE Garden work day to prune fruit trees, blackberry vines, and grapes, plus weeding. We will prepare for better fencing in one place, removing weeds before they take over, and generally getting the garden in good shape for spring activities.
https://forms.gle/CGucZcX6T7G5PxDB7 Our parent/caregiver Site Council anonymous survey is now online and ready for you. Please follow the link above to complete the survey online. If you want a paper copy instead, please contact the school office or return the bottom portion of the announcement we're sending home with your child soon. We value your opinion and hope you will participate this year! Thank you for your time and input.
The census is coming in March, 2020. You will receive a postcard detailing how you can safely and confidentially complete your form online or request a paper form. Remember to count everyone in your house, including young children. Learn more at www.californiacensus.org.
Happy Valentine's Day! This message is to remind you that there is no school this coming Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents' Day.
This is just a reminder that there is no school this coming Monday, February 10, in observance of Lincoln's birthday.
PIE movie night scheduled for tonight is being rescheduled for January 31 at 5:30.
This post is to remind you that there is no school this coming Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Due to heavy snow and more in the forecast, school is closed for today, Thursday, January 16. School resumes at the normal time for a regular school day tomorrow, Friday, January 17.
Friday, December 20, is a minimum day with school dismissing at 12:25. Winter break follows for the next two weeks, and we come back to school on Monday, January 6. Have a fun and safe holiday!
For the sake of safety, when students come back from winter break, there will be a significant change to the parent train. Please read the document referenced here for details and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you. https://5il.co/bp6w
For Giving Tuesday tomorrow, you may want to consider joining in the effort to bring a greenhouse to the Sisson campus. You can find out how to donate at https://northstategives.org/schoolcafe
Here is a link to Nurse Patty's newsletter regarding head lice. Please review it at your convenience and call your school's office if you have any questions. https://5il.co/b4x4
Hello and Happy Halloween! Our parade starts today at 10:30. We have a minimum day today and school ends at 12:25. Tomorrow, November 1, there is no school for our staff development day. Please call the office with any questions.
Our November Home & School Connection Newsletter is coming home with your child soon. Access it here for great tips without the wait! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/505096/November_English.pdf
PIE is hosting its Fall Ball Costume Party for MSE students tonight (Friday, October 25) from 6:30 to 8:00. Admission is a dollar and proceeds fund upcoming field trips. There will be an opportunity to purchase concessions as well. Don't forget the costume contest!
Mount Shasta Elementary School is starting at 10:00 this morning, Tuesday, October 22. There was a fuel/oil mixture spilled in the hallway and teacher work room at 7:15 a.m. The fire department was on-scene and has cleared us to start because their air meters show zero fumes throughout the building.
Mount Shasta Elementary School students and staff celebrated World Food Day on Oct. 16 with Garden Harvest Soup in every classroom. Children and teachers prepared the soup with Italian heritage dry beans, potatoes, carrots, onions, green beans, sweet peppers, and tomatoes—all grown in the school garden, planted in the spring and harvested this autumn by the students.
The MSE and Sisson Walk to School Day is this week on Wednesday, October 2. We will meet at 7:45 at City Hall in downtown Mt. Shasta and walk north from there and then split up at the Alma intersection. Please join us!
Check out this flyer about how you can learn about developing a Positive Behavior Support Plan for your child together with your child's teacher if appropriate. https://5il.co/agnf
Check out this flyer for information about a Jazz in the Canyon event that's free for parents and their children to sing, play, and move to the music. https://5il.co/agn5
Check out this flyer about a free upcoming workshop on communication and communication styles. A free meal and free childcare is provided. https://5il.co/agn4
Our Title I Parent Night is Tonight, 9/19, at 7:00 at the MSE cafeteria. If your child is receiving extra support in reading or math at Sisson or MSE, come find out more and meet the teachers! They will give ideas on how you can help your child at home too. Child care provided.
Our parent group Partners In Education (PIE) is looking for parents who want to become involved. Please consider reaching out to them if you are interested. Here's a link to their flyer: https://5il.co/a8mi
There is a one-bus run today, September 12. Please contact your child's school with any questions.
Interested in deeper involvement at MSE or do you know someone who is? We need nominations for parents to serve on our site council - the group that evaluates how we spend federal dollars and runs the annual parent, student, and staff surveys. Nominations go to the office staff.
The county office of education released "Helping Youth Succeed," a publication packed with great info on a wide range of topics surrounding your child's well being. Check it out! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/458206/HelpingYouthSucceed.pdf
Incoming 2nd and 3rd graders finished a summer reading challenge and read at least 40 nights. About 30 students read over the summer and were treated to a breakfast in the Laurie Caldwell Library last Friday, August 23. In addition each student received a new book! Great work!
Hot food in the school lunches is coming soon! We kick off hot food service on Wednesday, 9/4, with corn dogs. The salad bar continues to be on the menu Monday-Friday along with hot food. Fridays will generally be chef salad so we can effectively finish out leftovers. Enjoy!
Here's a link to an informative article in North State Parent Magazine that highlights the School CAFE group and their role in bringing our new salad bars to both schools: https://northstateparent.com/2019/08/the-growth-of-mount-shastas-school-cafe/
Here's a quick update on our new salad bars at Sisson and MSE. The final parts needed for us to deploy the salad bars are in, and students should be able to start serving themselves soon. Hot food will follow soon after. Please reach out to your school's office with questions.
Happy First Day of School everybody! We're excited to get started and we're looking forward to a great year learning and playing together.
If you want to roll up your sleeves and help in our school garden, please join us for the following work days: this Sunday, August 18, from 9:00 until noon and Saturday, August 31, also from 9:00 until noon. We appreciate your help!
Mindful Parenting Workshop with Roni Habib Monday August 19th, 6:00pm Weed Community Center 161 E Lincoln Ave
The Mindful Parenting Workshop with Roni Habib is a great opportunity to learn how you can use emotional intelligence and mindfulness work with your student at home as well as how these strategies can help you ground yourself in your own work and life. CONTINUED....
We're thrilled to announce our new app! Access cafeteria menus, news updates, emergency notifications, Sisson sports scores and more right from your pocket. Search for our app on Android or iPhone by typing "Mount Shasta USD."
The September edition of the Home & School Connection newsletter is live on our website and has great back-to-school tips for you. Go to mountshastaelementary.com, click "Menu" then "Parent Resources" and you'll see the link to this coming month's issue. Enjoy!
Our school office opened today for the new school year. If there's anything we can do to assist you before the year starts, please call, email, or stop by.