Mason Dixon News

January 2020

Principal News

Welcome back!

We are so happy to see all of our students back at school and hope that everyone enjoyed the warmer than normal winter break. However, we are sure to have more colder, winter weather so please remember that students go outside for recess almost every day unless it is raining or extremely cold so please dress them in clothes, coats and gloves for going outside. Also, please be prepared with a family plan for handling two-hour delays or early dismissals due to bad weather. At the beginning of the year you were ask to submit to the teacher where you wanted your child to go if we have to dismiss early, if that plan has changed please notify your child's teacher. Also, if you have any updated phone numbers please share those with the school secretary so they can be updated in our records.


Arctic Academy Days

Just before break we had our first Arctic Academy day due to flooding, with 5 school days to turn in their assignments that means all assignments must be turned in by Tuesday January 7th by all students in grades K-5. Please direct questions to your child's teacher, remember that if something is lost and you have computer access you can go to the school website and click on students to get activities for grades K-2 and students can log into their Chromebooks for grades 3-5.


Valentine's Day Friendship Parties

The week of February 10 - 14 we will be celebrating Kindness Week at Mason Dixon. Teachers will be engaging students in a variety of learning activities that focus on kindness and building positive friendships. On Friday February 14th teachers will be hosting Valentines Friendship Parties for our students, these will be closed parties designed to allow students to focus on celebrating each other within their classrooms with the opportunities for games and snacks shared with their classmates. Teachers will be sending home details for their class activities in their newsletters.


Body Safety Lessons

Last year, our state legislature approved House Bill 4402 which was signed by Governor Justice, which states that all students in grades K-12 are to receive age appropriate body safety education at least once during this school year. These lessons will be taught by our school counselor, Ms. Siers in your child's classroom this year. Attached is a copy of Dr. Campbell's letter addressing these required lessons.

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After School SPARK Imagination and Science Center Enrichment Program

Coming home on Tuesday January 7th will be a sign up sheet for January after-school enrichment classes. After school enrichment classes are open to all students in grades K-5. At dismissal all students will receive a snack and then attend their activity from 4:00 -5:00, parents are asked to pick up students promptly at 5:00. We will also be having sign ups for activities in February and March as well. If anyone is interested in teaching an after-school class please contact Mrs. Corder, Principal or Kylie Spears, Parent Involvement Coordinator.


We would like to thank the SPARK Imagination and Science Center, located in Morgantown for including us in a grant so that they can offer our students 14 days of after-school science enrichment opportunities.

WV STEAM Grant

Congratulations to Mrs. Musgrave who received a WV STEAM grant to offer robotics and coding activities to our students in her library tech classes and our after school programs.


Robotics with Dash for grades 1 and 2

In these sessions, students will be introduced to the basics of robotics. They will learn what a program is and how programs control robots. Students will work in pairs with “Puzzlets for Dash” to make the “Dash” robot to move, light up, and make sounds. Students will make art and music with robots.


Coding with Dash Robots for 3rd grade

In these sessions, students will learn the fundamentals of coding through fun robot games. Students will work in pairs to program Dash Robots using the Blockly App for Ipads. With coding becoming the new team sport, students will compete to complete challenges as they watch their computer programs come to life through this hands on learning experience.


Coding Dash Robots for 5th grade

In these sessions, students will learn the fundamentals of coding through fun robot games. Students will work in pairs to program Dash Robots using the Blockly App for Ipads. With coding becoming the new team sport, students will compete to complete challenges as they watch their computer programs come to life through this hands on learning experience.

School Cash Online

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Kindergarten News

Reading: the Best Gift of All


During the month of December, kindergarten has explored how to be better citizens and community servants through various acts of kindness with our daily read alouds. Numerous holiday stories were read aloud and students discussed the moral/character education lesson portrayed through these stories. As students were inspired to be better at exemplifying the four school rules of respect, responsibility, kindness and safety, they also enjoyed listening to exciting holiday stories. As a kindergarten staff, we would like to encourage all families to make time daily to read a story to your little ones as research shows that a child who is read to 20 minutes per day will be exposed to 1,800,000 words per year and can score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests!

1st Grade News

In first grade during December students learned about holidays around the world from Le Befana to Hanukkah through reading stories, writing and hands on art activities.

5th Grade News

This December, fifth grade enjoyed the last year of their winter celebrations as Mason Dixon Eagles. Our trout are thriving and we are looking forward to releasing them in the late spring. In social studies, students worked on learning the states and regions of the United States. In science, we completed an astronomy unit. All students completed a novel during a literature unit and completed multimedia projects like book trailer videos and collages to show their understanding of the novels. We wrapped up our unit on decimal operations with an exam in math.

2nd Grade News

Second grade Santa Paws Community Service Project was Paw-some! Students brought in items for the Monongalia County Humane Society shelter!
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Upcoming Events

  • January 1 - Happy New Year!
  • January 6 - Students return to school
  • January 10 - Early Childhood N.E.S.T. Activity at 2:30
  • January 14 - 4:00 L.S.I.C Committee Meeting
  • January 14 - 6:00 PTO Meeting
  • January 17 - 2 hour Early Dismissal
  • January 20 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • January 21 - After School SPARK Science Enrichment Program K-2 & Tutoring 3-5
  • January 23 - After School SPARK Science Enrichment Program 3-5 & Tutoring K-2
  • January 23 - Early Childhood N.E.S.T. Activity at 6:00
  • January 28 - After School SPARK Science Enrichment Program K-2 & Tutoring 3-5
  • January 30 - After School SPARK Science Enrichment Program 3-5 & Tutoring K-2

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These newsletters are also available electronically on the school website https://mdes.mono.k12.wv.us/, school twitter @MD_Eagles and the official school page facebook/MasonDixonElementary