Welcome Back!

FROM THE PRINCIPAL                                                                                        

 

Welcome back!!! I hope that you enjoyed your summer break and you were able to get away from the daily grind to spend time with family. As summer draws to an end, it is time to begin preparing for another school year.  The maintenance staff under the leadership of Taryn Pramis is working hard to finish the summer cleaning and the building looks great. The middle school staff is excited to begin another school year and provide challenging learning opportunities for our students.  There are many new things in store for students during the 2019-20 school year.

 

NEW STAFF

 

With the new school year, we are welcoming some new faces to our teaching staff.  Mr. Casey Hines will be starting his career at Maconaquah with the Social Studies department.  He is a highly experienced teacher that has worked with a diverse group of students over the last 14 years.  Mr. Patrick Redmon will be rejoining our teaching staff as a FACS and Art teacher. Mr. Redmon has several life experiences that will help him excel in this teaching assignment.  Mrs. Christina Overdorf will be joining our staff as the 8th grade Science teacher. Mrs. Overdorf will be rejoining the teaching profession after helping establish her family business. Ms. Jennifer Korving will be teaching Spanish.  She has several years of experience with middle school students in Illinois. Mr. James Byrn will be teaching Band at the High School, Middle School, and Elementary. He has lived in the Maconaquah community for several years and decided to make a move in his teaching career to Maconaquah from Caston when our band position came open this spring. We are excited to have these new teachers join us at the Middle School!

 

LEARNING INITIATIVE

 

During the last 3 years, Maconaquah Middle School went through an extensive process of changing our grading system to standards-based reporting format.  Last year this format was piloted in the core subjects. Teachers used scales and benchmarks assessments to better measure and track student learning in the classroom.  I am proud of the teacher's dedication to this process. During the 2019-2020 school year, all classes will be graded using a 0-4 based on the scales developed over the last few years.  To help you learn more about the standards-based reporting system we have created and posted 4 videos. Scales for each course will be posted at the same link. Copy and pasted the link below in your address bar to view these informational videos and scales.  You can also view the information in written form in the 2019-2020 student handbook.

 https://mms.maconaquah.k12.in.us/sbr_resources


MACONAQUAH MIDDLE SCHOOL-CONNECT TO LEARN

 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 With the new school year, there is some information and events that all families should know:

 

The Middle School Open House will be Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 5:30-7:00.  Come meet the Middle School staff. Hotdogs, ice cream and drinks will be served!

 

  • The Middle School FUNDRAISER will kick off on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 and go through Friday, August 23, 2019.

 

  • Maconaquah Middle School picture day is scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019.

 

  • SOAR(after school program) will begin on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.


Thank you for your continued support of Maconaquah Middle School.

 

Sincerely,


Craig E. Jernagan

Principal

 

Gear Up

Gear Up is every Thursday evening from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm.  In addition to the regular tutoring and STEM activities, starting on September 21, we offer a Dinner Night.  Meals are provided with additional activities on those evenings.  Dinner nights run from 3:15 pm to 6:45 pm.  On those nights, parents and families are welcome to join students that stay for the after-school program at 5:15 pm for activities and the meal.  Busing is provided every Thursday.  On regular nights the pickup for home is 5:15 pm and the Diner Nights is 6:45 pm.  If parents come for the meal, students will ride home with their parents.  There is no Gear Up during fall or Spring Break.