As the weather begins to change and our sun begins to set a bit earlier every day it is hard to believe one full quarter of our ‘new’ school year has come and gone. Report cards were sent home during parent-teacher conferences on November 6th & 7th. If you were unable to attend conferences your student’s homeroom teacher will mail these the following week.

As we reflect on this first quarter we have a few highlights we’d like to point out. We’ve made immense strides in our 2nd year of Project Lead the Way, (PLTW). We are often contacted by other schools in and out of state to consult on how to launch their own STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused programs. In this first quarter of PLTW our K5 and 5th grade students learned about the human body in Biomedical Science, 1st grade studied coding in Computer Science, 6th grade learned about accurate measurement in Design and Modeling, and  our 7th & 8th graders are building a ‘to scale’ classroom in Green Architecture.

Additional ways we engage our students is through Project Based Learning. Kindergarten has been learning about the important work of the local Humane Society. First grade has been studying weather and climate changes while 3rd grade is learning how we can save the honey bees. Fourth graders are studying the ins and outs of writing a bill while our middle school students are learning all about healthy bodies.

Check out our Facebook page to see photos of our students enjoying first quarter electives. We’ve just finished with frisbee golf, drama instruction and mountain biking. Next quarter our students will be participating in archery, cooking or computer programming. Always a fun way to end our busy weeks.

Moving forward with second quarter takes us into a season of holidays. First we will be closed on November 11th to honor the Veterans who have served this country and sacrificed their time and often their lives to protect the freedom of the U.S. We will also be closed from November 24th – 28th in order to reflect all we are thankful for on Thanksgiving and all throughout the year. We will be offering kids camp from the 24th – 26th but you’ll need to register by the 17th so please call the office for more details.

December brings one of our favorite holidays, Christmas!! Our Christmas programs will take place on December 16th & 18th so please check our calendar for grades and times. Students will be released after class parties on the 19th and will return to school on January 5th. Kids’ camp is offered the 22nd – 24th and again from the 29th – 31st, we need registrations turned in by Monday, December 17th.

Lastly, as we prepare for Christmas, a season of giving and receiving, we at MSCS are guiding our next generation of leaders in the importance of serving others.  Please visit our Service page to see more details on the activities and causes our students are involved in and as we close we leave you with this last final thought. How will you serve others this Christmas season? How may we serve you?

Have a Blessed & Merry Holiday Season.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the LORD” (Luke 2:11).

Educationally yours,

Joe Bales



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