News & Notes
Welcome to Mason Public Schools' web site. This News & Notes section will serve as a bulletin board to post activity notices and provide timely information regarding educational issues. We hope you find the site to be user-friendly and a valuable resource relative to school matters.

MASON TEACHER RECEIVES
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Margaret Cottrill, the French Teacher at the High School and Middle School, has received the 2014 Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA) Distinguished Service Award. She earned a BA in French at the University of Toronto and an MBA at Tulane University. Prior to coming to Mason, she taught French and Spanish in Texas, California, and Ontario. Regarding the award, Margaret said, “I am deeply honored to receive this award because MIWLA has played such a vital role in my professional development."
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.
MASON HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
The induction ceremony for the 2014 inaugural class of the Mason High School Athletic Hall of Fame will take place on Friday, October 24th. The evening will begin at 6PM with a private pre-game dinner for all inductees and their guests. Inductees will be honored at halftime of the Mason Varsity football game. Come out and celebrate some of Mason's most accomplished teams, athletes and coaches! We hope to see you there!

For more information, please click HERE.
BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS NEW
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
In a meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, October 13, 2014, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Cheryl S. Wald as the district's new Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Wald will officially start her new position on Monday, November 3rd.
MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
"DESTINATION VACATION RAFFLE"
The Mason Public Schools Foundation is currently selling raffle tickets for their "Destination Vacation Raffle" with the proceeds benefitting Mason Schools. Tickets are $50 each, and only 300 will be sold. The prizes are:

Grand Prize:
$5,000 Trip Voucher + $2,500 Cash (value $7,500)

2nd Place Prize:
iPad (approx. value $500)

3rd Place Prize:
2 Tickets–2015 MPSF Gala Event (value $100)

For more information, please click HERE.
 
KEYNOTES - FALL 2014 NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall 2014 edition of Mason Public Schools newsletter, Keynotes, is now available. Please click the following link to access it: Keynotes - Fall 2014

MHS SENIOR WORK DAY
The Mason High School Seniors had another successful day working at Burchfield Park.  The twenty-five volunteers, led by advisors Staci Carl and Jen Harrington, accomplished a great deal of community service which involved sealing both of the park's playground structures for the winter cold and painting/sealing the entire fence bordering the Grand River. They also helped remove brush from the mulching areas of the park. Students realized the importance of partnering with their community and finding productive ways to give back where there is a need.
 
  BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS NEW SUPERINTENDENT

In a special meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, August 18, 2014, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Ron Drzewicki (Ja-veed-ski) as the district's new Superintendent. Mr. Drzewicki will officially start his new position on Monday, August 25.

ENTEROVIRUS INFORMATION
2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
SCHOOL DAY TIME CHANGES FOR THE FALL

Please note below the new starting and ending time changes for all grade levels beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
CLOCK HOUR ADJUSTMENTS
K-8    Add six minutes to each full day
         Elementary           Full Day  8:40 a.m.-3:46 p.m.    Half Day  8:40 a.m.-11:55 a.m.
         Middle School      Full Day  7:40 a.m.-2:31 p.m.    Half Day  7:40 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
9-12   Add ten minutes to each day
          High School        Full Day  7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m.    Half Day  7:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

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 MEETING
The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Board of Education Room at the James C. Harvey Education Center, 400 South Cedar Street.

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