Dear Parents and Students,
I wanted to inform you of a unique opportunity for Marquette students over Spring Break. As you may know, the past six years Marquette students have given part of their Spring Break to help restore/improve the communities of Apalachicola, FL, Detroit, MI, Conway, AR, Joplin, MO, and Washington, IL, after natural disasters that struck each of those communities. Students who attended the trip had an amazing time. This year we will be going to Houston, TX to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
One of the perks of this trip is that while students will be involved in serving people who truly need their help, they will still be able to enjoy part of their spring break; we will only be gone five nights (March 10-15). While we will help the community during the weekdays, we have tentatively planned many fun activities including time at the beach, an NBA basketball game, a ghost hunt, and the Houston Rodeo/OneRepublic concert.
Our first meeting is Monday, January 29th, at 7:00 P.M., in the Marquette Theater. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting. I believe so much in the trip that, as in the past, I am volunteering to chaperone with other Marquette staff. I hope we will have another overwhelming response for this trip as I think it will be a memorable event for everyone involved. We only have a maximum of 216 spots and last year the trip filled up less than 24 hours after the initial meeting.
The cost for this year’s trip estimated $400-475 per student, which includes meals (except while traveling), hotel lodging, transportation, and all activities. Financial aid and payment plans will be available for those in need (please let me know in advance of the meeting if you need more information about either of those options). We will begin taking reservations/payment immediately following the meeting. Please encourage your student to attend. In addition to the opportunity to do something to help communities in need, community service opportunities like this look great on college and scholarship applications and serve as a powerful essay topic.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please send me an email. I will be happy to get information to you at the conclusion of the meeting, if spaces on the trip or waiting list are available.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
The last couple of weeks we have seen the devastation in several areas of our country. Students have been working hard to come up with ideas on how we can help. Last week students were able to raise over $400 for a High School in Texas that was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Students are still wanting to do more.
Marquette Theatre Company, Student Council, and Key Club have formed an alliance to spend next week raising money for a very special school in Florida. Some of you may remember a former Marquette Associate Principal Paul Burns. Dr. Burns is now a head principal in Florida and his school, Riverview High School was a shelter for 3000 victims (plus pets) of Hurricane Irma. Riverview school has over 2900 students, but over the weekend, they opened the gym and six other buildings to give a place for those who are in need of shelter. The need in Florida is great and we think Dr. Burns and his school will be a great place to donate to.
Next week members of Marquette Theatre Company, Student Council, and Key Club will be collecting money each day before school and at lunch. Students who donate will receive one ticket for each donation of $1 or more to be eligible for prizes from local companies McAlister's Deli and Nothing Bundt Cakes. We are hoping to have a great week and be able to be a big help to some of the families and schools suffering in Florida.
Wow, I can't believe we are almost done with the 16-17 school year. Our students have worked extremely hard and are putting the finishing touches on their semester. I want to encourage everyone to finish strong! Senior finals begin tomorrow and the rest of the school's finals will begin on Monday. Good luck!
Remember to Vote: Election Day is April 4
During the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing information about Prop T, a bond issue that will address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning for our students.
About 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next few years. The timing and reasons for this bond issue are driven primarily by this growth.
Plus, the bond issue will fund the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations in the district. As an Election Day reminder, please note:
• Prop T will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
• Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.
• Prop T requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage.
If you’d like to learn more about Prop T, please let me know. In addition, you can visit the Election Day website where you’ll find the Super Talks series with Dr. Knost and our students, along with information about the candidates for the Rockwood School Board election.
Thank you for the consideration.
On April 4, Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T to address increasing enrollment and the district's continued support for STEM/Innovative learning.
Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has been keeping our community informed via a “Super Talks”series. This week, our high school students at Lafayette interviewed Dr. Knost and asked about class sizes during this time of increasing enrollment in the district.
I encourage you to take a moment to view the video. You’ll hear about Rockwood’s preferred class sizes across the district. Plus, view the Prop T projects that will fund additional space in our schools.
A 57.14 percent majority is necessary for passage on Election Day. The $95.5 million bond issue will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. As always, if you have questions, please give me a call.
What does innovative learning for students look like in our Rockwood schools?
I can assure you that if you walk in a classroom, you’ll see innovation in action. Students are working on important skills like communication and collaboration. You’ll see students working together to solve problems, anticipate needs and adapt to changes. Students are learning as they acquire knowledge in subject matter and become tech-savvy. The key is a shift from students gaining knowledge to students discovering how to apply what they have learned.
Our Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost has recently shared a video that shows what innovation looks like throughout our school district. Would you take a moment to view?
In addition, I want to inform you that Prop T will fund innovative learning in our school. Funds from Prop T will expand the implementation of the one-to-one, student-to-technology program and complete the final phase of STEM lab renovations at our school. I invite you to read more about the bond issue and find out what Prop T means for our school and our feeder schools.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
I have some important news to share with you. Our Rockwood School Board has approved a bond issue for the April 4 ballot. Named Prop T, the bond issue would not raise the current Rockwood tax rate. It would address increases in student enrollment due to new housing developments under construction. Plus, it also supports our Rockwood students through innovative learning spaces and STEM education.
Prop T projects include:
- building a new elementary school in Eureka to address increased student enrollment and repurposing the existing school for early childhood education programs
- creating and equipping innovative learning centers in all elementary schools to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our curriculum
- completing the final phases of our Marquette High School STEM lab renovations
- expanding the implementation of the one-to-one technology program
I encourage you to learn more about this bond issue. I will be sharing more information as we move toward Election Day on April 4.
LAFAYETTE @ MARQUETTE BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
Due to the traditionally high attendance and a shortage of seating in the MHS gym, we are once again selling advance tickets for the games (one ticket serves as admission for both the 5:30 girls and 7:00 boys games). Please note the items below if you are considering attending:
- Tickets are available to the general public for $5 each at both Marquette and Lafayette High Schools' Activities Offices until supplies run out. You may purchase your ticket(s) beginning on Monday, January 30.
- Those purchasing tickets may buy up to four tickets (children 10 and under are free but will need a ticket).
- Marquette season passes and Rockwood Gold Cards will be honored. But you must go to the MHS Activities Office to show your pass or card and receive a ticket. NO season passes or Rockwood Gold Cards will be honored at the admission gate.
- NO tickets will be sold at the gate. You must have a ticket purchased in advance to show at the gate to gain entry.
We are looking forward to hosting what has become one of the highlights of the winter season between our two schools. Hope to see many of you on February 3rd!
Marquette Activities Director
I want to congratulate everyone on a great start to the school year! Our teachers, students, and parents have done a great job of ensuring a quality educational experience for all students. I am truly thankful for the amazing kids and teachers we have here at Marquette. It is a blessing to be surrounded by such caring, dedicated, and hard working people. Our parents are so incredibly supportive and spend countless hours supporting the positive work we are doing here at MHS….thank you.
As this month ends, we need to look forward to December and all of the wonderful things that it brings….finals! It is never too early to start studying and it is never too late to improve grades. Students, please take an active role in your learning and take advantage of early morning and after school help sessions offered by our staff. Our teachers are here to help our students be the best that they can be in the classroom, on the stage, on the court or mat, or in the pool. I’m certain our students will give their ‘all’ and finish the semester strong. So, Marquette, get ready for another busy month and let’s make a positive impact on our school and community!
Have a wonderful month,
Dr. Greg Mathison
This month we kick things off with a bang. It is homecoming, and we want to welcome all of you to each of our events. The homecoming schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, September 14th —Taste of Marquette (5-7:30pm). If you like food, this is the event for you! There will also be an auction during the event. Powder Puff is a free event that starts at 7:30pm. Come watch the junior and senior ladies battle for football dominance. “Mistake,” our once-a-year male dance team, is providing a special halftime performance. The biggest bonfire in MO High School History will follow the Powder Puff game. It will be a great night!
Thursday, September 15th—Homecoming Pep Assembly, Field Hockey vs Lafayette game. Back by popular demand! The events start right after the 5:30 JV Field Hockey game when our cheer/dance squads will perform, and we will have a special pre-game ceremony for our home team and guests from Lafayette. During the Varsity Field Hockey game (which starts around 7:00 or so), we will start the bonfire which has become an MHS homecoming tradition. We look forward to seeing everyone and their family to celebrate the week and support our Mustangs!
Friday, September 16th. Come and support our football team, cheerleaders, dance team, band members, and flags. These students put in a lot of effort for their performances, and they love to perform for a receptive crowd. The game begins at 7:00pm.
Saturday, September 19th —Homecoming dance. This starts at 7pm and ends at 10pm. This event is for students and their dates only. Tickets sold September 12-14 are $15 each with a donation of a pair of used shoes to the Shoes to the ShoeMan Water Project. Tickets sold September 15-16 are $20 each. Tickets will be sold during lunch in the theater lobby. Students who are bringing guests from another school must have a guest form filled out and signed at the time of purchase(guest forms can be found in each grade level office). Guests must be at least in 9th grade and younger than 21 years old. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Homecoming week is an exciting time for our students, parents, and alumni. It is our goal to make this week memorable and enjoyable for everyone. Our school takes great pride in providing many avenues for students to get involved. We have a great group of kids, and our community is better because of their commitment to excellence. It is important that our Marquette families discuss the importance of making good decisions. This week can be an amazing week for our school, and I want to make sure all students celebrate in a safe manner. I am also asking families to help us stop the “junior/senior wars.” I’ve heard from several families that students are crossing the line and vandalizing homes and property. This type of behavior is unacceptable and is not the type of reflection we want for Marquette and for our community.
Parent-Teacher conferences are a great way to open the line of communication between our teachers and our parents. There is no need to schedule an appointment as the conferences are limited to 10 minutes per teacher and are on a first come first serve basis. Conferences are held from 4:30pm-8:00pm on September 28thth (A-L) and October 6th (M-Z). Please try to attend on the date listed by the last name of the student in order to help our staff meet the needs of all of the parents.
On the academic side the PSAT/NMSQT is scheduled for October 19th for those students who pre-registered in September (This exam is used as a qualifier for National Merit Scholarships for current juniors but is open to freshmen and sophomores as a practice exam).
As you can see, this is a busy month for us at Marquette. There are many ways to get involved at MHS as a student, parent, and community member. Please check our website for more ways in which you can get connected: http://www.rsdmo.org/marquette. You can also follow me on Twitter @MHSprincipal and on Facebook at Marquette High School.
One last note: Please encourage your student to make wise decisions during this fun-filled month. With everyone’s help, we can keep making MHS great.
Dr. Greg Mathison
Marquette High School