Mason County Central
Since the last high school newsletter, we have gotten to the point where we are halfway through the 2nd trimester of the year. This means that we are halfway through this unique school year. When we hit a halfway point in a trimester it is very important to examine where students are with their current grades. The situation was dire three weeks ago when we returned from the holidays and returned to in-person learning. Too many students were failing classes due to disengagement during remote learning. Although I am happy to report that students are slowly digging out of this hole, they are not completely in the clear, yet. With a little over five (5) weeks to go in this trimester, student grade percentages are inching closer to passing or toward their desired grade. However, it is important to remember that relief of getting close, pride can set us back and go back into a failing situation. Encourage your child to stick to it and fight until the very end of the trimester on March 12th.
Related to this topic, parents have a great opportunity to connect with teachers on Monday, February 1st after school for parent/teacher conferences. Although we cannot have conferences in person due to COVID-19, we will encourage parents to call the high school at (231) 757-4748 and speak to teachers about their child’s progress. You also can email teachers at any time to get updates and discuss ways to improve their grades. Also, don’t forget to check the parent portal on PowerSchool or on Edgenuity if your child is a Spartan Connected student. If you don’t know how to get on the parent portal or the parent portal of Edgenuity, please call our office at that same number and we will assist you with a login and password.
A hot topic right now is the postponement of the winter sports season. Right now all of our winter sports are practicing without contact per the last MDHHS order. Games and contact practices are allowed starting on February 22nd. We are certainly frustrated with the delay but are also confident and hopeful that the season will start and be played. Mr. Genson, our athletic director, is in contact with other schools and the MHSAA on how the winter sports season will look once it resumes.
Homecoming spirit week will be next week February 1st-5th. Obviously, this is different than usual. The High School will have dress-up days each week and have fun activities each day. All students will also be getting their free Spartan Way shirts next week. Our crowning ceremony will be at 7pm on Saturday, Feb. 6th and will have a fireworks display to follow. This will be a very brief event as we are going to make it safe. ALL of the court, staff, volunteers and visitors must be masked even though the crowing will be outdoors. This will be different but we are excited to do something fun and exciting to make sure our students get a spirit week this school year.
Did you Know?
We have a blood drive at the HS on Friday, February 5th. See the MCC app and Twitter feed @MCCSpartans1 to get a link to schedule a time to donate.
If you are a parent of a current Sophomore or Junior, your child has a chance to dual-enroll and take free college classes through WSCC next year. Mrs. Vidak’s informational video on dual-enrollment is on the MCC app, our Twitter feed and the MCC website. Call the office if you have questions.
Students are working on Xello career exploration lessons. This is mandated by the State of Michigan but is also an excellent way to map their futures. Ask your student about what they are learning in Xello.
Our robotics and forensics teams are practicing and will be doing virtual competitions this winter.
Jeffrey A. Tuka, Principal
Mason County Central High School