I wanted to inform you of a unique opportunity for Marquette students over Spring Break. As you may know, the past seven years over 1000 Marquette students and staff have given part of their Spring Break to help restore/improve the communities of Houston, TX, 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 Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach, FL (in the panhandle, approximately 30 miles west of Panama City). The area was devastated by Hurricane Michael and needs help badly. Our work will focus on restoring properties for individuals who were under/uninsured and beautifying local parks, community centers, and the downtown area.
One of the perks of this trip is that while you will be involved in serving people who truly need your help, you will still be able to enjoy part of your spring break; we will only be gone five nights (March 16-21). You will spend their days serving the communities impacted by the hurricane and your late afternoon/early evening relaxing on the beach in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to significant beach time, we will be treated to a traditional seafood boil and we will visit Panama City Beach as well.
Our first meeting is Wednesday, January 23rd, at 7:30 P.M., in the Marquette Theater. Parents are encouraged to attend the meeting. I believe so much in the trip that I have volunteered to chaperone with other Marquette staff in years past and it was an amazing experience. I hope we will have another overwhelming response for this trip as I think it will be a memorable event for everyone involved. We will have a maximum of 220 spots for students and last time we went to Florida, the trip sold out within two hours of the initial offering.
The cost for this year’s trip is still being calculated but is expected to be approximately $400, which includes all meals, 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 financial aid). We will begin taking reservations/payment immediately following the meeting. Please encourage your parent to come with you. 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 the spaces on the trip or waiting list are available.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Homecoming Information 2018
This month we celebrate homecoming, and we want to welcome all of you to each of our events below:
Wednesday, September 26th Taste of Marquette (5-7pm). There is also an auction during the event with proceeds going towards Senior Farewell for the 2019 and 2020 graduating classes.
Powder Puff is a free event that starts at 7:30pm. Come to watch the junior and senior ladies battle for football dominance. “Mistake,” our once-a-year male dance team, is providing a special halftime performance. It will be a great night!
Thursday, September 27th Homecoming pep rally, soccer game & bonfire. Soccer game begins at 6:00 with MHS Varsity vs Rockwood. During the soccer game, 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 28th Friday night lights football game begins at 7:00. 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. During the football game, there is a free kids carnival and roasted marshmallows after the game!
Saturday, September 29th Homecoming dance 7:00-10:00 PM. This event is for students and their dates only. Tickets are on sale during lunch (in the theatre lobby) Monday-Friday during Homecoming Week and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $20. Monday & Tuesday students who donate a pair of shoes can purchase tickets for $15.
Students who are bringing guests from another school must have a guest form filled out and signed at the time of purchase. 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 October 3rd (A-L) and October 11th (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.
As you can see, this is a busy time 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 time. With everyone’s help, we can keep making MHS great.
Principal, Marquette High School
WELCOME TO THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
First Day of School - Tuesday, August 14. School starts at 8:28 am. School ends at 3:17pm.
Thursday, August 23rd is Open House. Parents will meet briefly in the gym at 6:30 pm before following your child's schedule (A-Day). Zero hour will follow 7th hour.
Please check the school calendar and announcements for upcoming events/activities.
Rockwood Connect - is our automatic notification system that delivers voice and/or email messages. Parents will receive important information, such as emergency notifications, school closings due to inclement weather, and other school news through this messaging system - but only if the district has your correct household contact information! If there has been any changes to your address, e-mail or phone number please e-mail Heather Reisig our Registrar, the updated information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Infinite Campus: Parents are able to view their child's progress reports and report cards through the parent portal of Infinite Campus. In order to have access to the parent portal and receive your password, you will need to complete the form and bring it to the Registrar's office with a picture ID. You can do this at any time.
In order to maintain a safe environment for our students, our visitors will be asked to provide a driver's license when they arrive at the school check-in center.
Our MHS security attendant will quickly scan the license, which will automatically populate an enrollment screen, gather any additional information, and check the person into the school.
During this screening process, the system will scan a nationally compiled sex offender database.
When the visitor is cleared, the system will create a customized badge that includes the name, date, time, and destination in the building.
Then, the visitor will wear this badge while in the building, allowing for easy identification of all guests.
Students who ride the bus need to click on the provided web link in order to view the most recent bus routes. Rockwood’s Transportation information:
The User Name and Password is your child’s student number (which can be found on Infinite Campus or your child’s schedule).
Once you are logged in:
1. Click on "Work with Students"
2. Click on "View my Students"
3. Click on student name
Your student’s bus and another bus will be consistently parked in the same lane each day at dismissal in front or back of the school. It is important to note that depending on which bus arrives for dismissal first will determine which bus will be parked in the front or back of each lane. Students will be notified of their bus lane assignments during 7th period on the first day of school. It is important that they know their bus number. Students who do not know their bus number can receive assistance in the commons after school.
Parent Drop-Off Before School
Parent drop-off will be directed by our staff and/or our police officer in the morning. Parents will enter the parking lot and turn into the loop in front of the building. There are TWO lanes. One lane is for the buses (outer lane) and one lane is for cars (inner lane). Please stay in the car lane and follow the staff member’s directions in order to keep a safe and efficient process. There are two drop off lanes in which we ask you to pull forward as this allows more cars to drop off at the same time. Drop off can take some time and we suggest that you arrive early in order to allow your child to make it to class on time. School starts at 8:28 am.
Early Pick-Up/ Parking Directions
If you plan to pick up your child early, you may use the large loop in front of the building until 2:30 p.m. You will be asked to check in with our parking attendant, and then you will be permitted into the loop. Your child will sign out in their grade level office as well as the hall monitor station near the Welcome Center, and then meet you at the car. Keep in mind that no cars will be allowed into the loop in front of the building after 2:30 p.m. Additionally, no cars are allowed to be in the Bus Lanes after 2:30 p.m. This is to ensure all vehicles are safe and that the buses can park in the appropriate location. After 2:30 p.m., you will need to wait in the parent pick-up line along the stadium field. If you need to park, you will need to use the overflow spots in the back of the Student/Staff Parking area. Please see a parking attendant for more information.
Parent Pick-Up After School
Parent pick-up will be lined up along the stadium field. The Kehrs Mill gate will be exit only. Parents will enter off of Clarkson Road, and then go into the 1st entrance of the student parking lot. Then they will exit out the second entrance of that lot and form a line along the football field. Both sides of the road will be blocked to through-traffic to allow parents to leave once their child arrives.
Rear Kehrs Mill Lot
Students are allowed to enter via the upper Kehrs Mill parking lot between 8am and 8:28am. The Kehrs Mill Parking Lot is unavailable for Marquette student pick up. All pick up needs to be done in front of the building via the Clarkson Road entrance and should follow the protocols listed above in the "Early Pick-Up/Parking Directions" section.
Kehrs Mill Gate
This entrance is only allowed to be open at certain times of the day according to municipality regulations. The gate will be opened for arriving students, parents, and teachers from 7:05 until 8:30 am. The Kehrs Mill gate will be reopened for exit only from approximately 3:00 until 4:00 pm. After some major events, the gate will be opened for departing vehicles.
Late Start Days
Students are not permitted to be on campus prior to 9:30 a.m. on late start days. Bus schedules will be adjusted on those days to accommodate a late drop off time. Buses will pick up 90 minutes later at the same stop. http://www.rsdmo.org/calendar/1819/High%20School%20ABC%20Calendars/2018-2019%20Marquette%20ABC%20Calendar.pdf
Early Release Days
This year all four high schools will have four early release/professional development days. School will end at 12:38pm. Parent pick up will follow the same format as all other days. The bus parking lot will be closed at 11:30am. http://www.rsdmo.org/calendar/1819/2018-19%20School%20Start%20and%20Dismissal%20Times.pdf
Any questions about picking up or dropping of students can be directed to the Welcome Center or your child’s grade level office. The school’s phone number is (636) 891-6000.
The large enrollment at Marquette High School limits the availability of parking permits to a limited number juniors and seniors. licensed seniors receive priority on the day of orientation and the remaining parking permits were assigned using a lottery system to juniors. Priority is always given to students sharing a spot. Only those students with permanent parking permits will be allowed to drive on the first day of school. We will not be able to accommodate students who drive to school without a permanent parking permit. Students who do so will be ticketed and receive school discipline. There are approximately 50 students currently on the waiting list.
If your student received a permit during orientation, it is imperative that it is hung on the rearview mirror.
Monetary fines and/or discipline will be issued to students who:
Park without a permit
Fail to display a valid permit on their rearview mirror
Fail to park in their spot
Park illegally (Students may also be ticketed by the Clarkson Valley Police)
If you have any concerns or issues regarding the parking lot, please contact our parking lot supervisor Mrs. Caruso, or Mrs. Grimes in the Senior Office in Room 161.
A very limited number of daily permits will be available beginning Tuesday, August 14, 2018. These limited daily parking permits are available for students with extenuating circumstances; i.e., doctor’s appointments, funerals, etc. and are available on a very restricted basis at a cost of $5.00 per day. Sophomores will be limited to no more than three daily permits per semester. There is no limit to the number of daily permits available to juniors and seniors. A daily permit must be purchased in the Welcome Center the day before it is needed. These are on a first-come, first served basis. The parking attendant will receive a list of approved daily permits each morning.
As we look forward to another successful year at Marquette providing our students with an excellent education, we certainly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
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.