Weekly Happenings

Week of 04/05/2021

A Message from the Administrator:

Greetings MCS Families,


Moscow School District is proposing to move K-5 back to 5 days a week starting the week of April 26th. This would add up to 7 weeks total for the remainder of the school year. They will be deciding at a special board meeting on April 13th at 6 pm. If MSD decides to stay at 4 days, we will too. If they choose to go to 5, our board will need to decide as well, and will be discussing that question at Tuesday’s meeting.


I would like to gather parent feedback for the Moscow Charter School Board to review for MCS returning to 5 days a week (K-8) alongside them. Please fill out this survey 5 Day Return Survey to gather feedback from our families. This will be presented to the Moscow Charter School Board at our scheduled board meeting on April 13th at 7pm. If MSD decides to stay at 4 days a week we will continue to do 4 days a week and would not be able to offer a 5th day due to bussing and food services.


We appreciate the understanding of our families as we have navigated the past year and understand the overall costs have taken a toll. Our staff does have a difference in additional teaching where these Wednesdays are used for prepping for remote students and student interventions, while teaching in person 4 days a week. MSD has online only teachers that only prepare for an individual remote class.


If we do transition to 5 days a week, remote students may be moved to a different teacher for the remainder of the school year that will only be teaching remote students.

Kindergarten learning about precipitation and the science behind rain!

Snacks for Students

There has been a recent increase of hungry students in the morning times. Especially grade K-2. Unfortunately, due to our food program, we are unable to provide snacks for the students. Families are encouraged to pack a snack for students. There are recess times in the morning which would allow for them to eat.


Please contact the school office if you have any questions!


Thanks!


Caitlin Houser

MCS Office Manager

208-883-3195

Middle School End of Quarter Projects by 7th Grader, Owen S.

In Social Studies, we are doing our End of Quarter Projects. At the end of each quarter, we do a project and a presentation about the region we studied that quarter. This quarter, we studied Central Asia. My group chose to do our presentation on Japan. For our project, we decided to build the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which is in Japan. The Nakagin Capsule Tower is actually 2 towers that are connected by the capsules. There are 140 capsules that make up the two towers. You may be thinking that there are 70 capsules on each tower because 140 capsules could be distributed equally among the 2 towers. Actually, one tower is shorter than the other, with the left tower being 11 stories tall and the right tower 13 stories tall. The capsules weren’t built onto the tower and then furnished, they were actually built and everything was added to the inside of the capsules before getting shipped to the building site to be attached (en.wikipedia.org). Each capsule is about 2.5 m by 4 m, which is 8.2 ft. by 13.1 ft., with a 1.3 metre diameter window at one end and it can be used as a small living area or office. From the basement to the second floor, regular concrete was used to build the towers. From the third floor up, they used a type of lightweight concrete. Each capsule was attached independently, so that they could be removed at any time without affecting the other capsules. In 2006, demolition of the towers was being considered. It was estimated that renovation for each capsule itself would cost 6.2 million yen. To be able to demolish the towers, 80 percent of the capsule owners must agree. This happened on April 15, 2007, and the majority of the capsule owners voted to demolish this building and replace it with a larger, more modern tower. It has not yet been demolished, but remains in bad condition. I personally have learned that Japan is an amazing place, with amazing pieces of architecture.