Welcome to Kindergarten

Mason City Community School District

Kick-Off to Kindergarten (2021)

You gave them a good start...We will help you keep it going!

Kindergarten is an experience eagerly anticipated by five year olds. They're finally "big boys and girls," ready to venture out into a brand new world for the first time.


We know that you've given lots of time, effort and love to your student during his or her beginning years. And that's why we want to make your student's introduction to school a happy and exciting one.


In the Mason City Community School District, we care about you! We welcome your interest and participation in your student's education, and we want you to feel free to contact us whenever you have questions or suggestions.


We hope this information will help to prepare your student for kindergarten. You have given them a good start....and we will help you keep it going!

Who is eligible for Kindergarten?

The state of Iowa requires that your student be 5 years of age by September 15, 2021 in order to enroll in kindergarten.

Kindergarten Objectives

  • To develop good work and play habits.
  • To develop an appreciation, through activities, for the rights and abilities of others and the respect for the property of others.
  • To provide an opportunity for the student to develop an interest in books as a source of fun and information.
  • To create situations that will stimulate thinking and problem solving.
  • To provide experiences that will enable students to express themselves creatively through art, music, dramatic play, and rhythms.

School Day

The tentative daily school schedule is as follows:

  • 7:45 a.m. Students may arrive to the building/ Breakfast
  • 8:05 a.m. All classes begin
  • 3:00 p.m. Dismissal


Early arrival for non-bus students is discouraged. Supervision will not be provided before 7:45 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. Bus students will arrive and be dismissed daily according to the scheduled times for each bus.


The MCCSD has early release every Wednesday for teachers to participate in Professional Development. Elementary students will dismiss from school at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday's.


*All times are subject to change

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Additional Information...

  • Kindergarten students have two recesses a day, one 15 minute recess and one 20 minute recess.
  • Core academic areas that your student will cover are Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • All students participate in specials (classes outside of the normal classroom) Physical Education, Music, Art, Library/Media, Social Emotional Learning.


You will be informed of your student's progress in school through out the year.


  1. Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled during the fall and spring each year.
  2. Progress Reports are given to parents at the end of each semester (2x's a year).
  3. Parent visitations, or other meetings to discuss your student's adjustments and progress in school, can be scheduled as the occasion arises.
  4. If you have concerns at any time, please feel free to contact your student's teacher.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Our belief is to teach students good behavior and be proactive in our approach to discipline. Our goal is to prevent problem behaviors by teaching, modeling and expecting students to demonstrate the appropriate behaviors. Each elementary has a building-wide, consistent system in place for behavior expectations to support students.
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Requirements for Kindergarten

  • Verification of your student's birthday and legal name. This will be done by bringing your student's birth certificate to the building for the office staff to record.
  • Immunization Certificate- According to Iowa law, all students must have an immunization certificate on file in the school's health office that your student will attend. Boosters may be needed for kindergarten enrollment.
  • Elementary Health Information Card- This will be sent to you once you have signed your student up for school. This should be completed by your doctor during a medical exam. This is the time to get the immunizations that are required after the 4th birthday.
  • Blood Lead Testing- All Iowa children must have proof of a blood lead test. On the blue Elementary Health Information Card there is a place for you, the physician or nurse to indicate the date the blood lead testing was completed and its results.
  • Vision Screening- Iowa law requires any student who is entering kindergarten to provide the school with proof of a vision screening.
  • Dental Screening- Iowa law requires any student who is entering kindergarten to provide the school with proof of a dental check-up.

Please contact the school nurse with any questions.

Elementary Building Contact Information

Harding Elementary

1239 N. Rhode Island Ave.

Mason City, IA 50401

641-421-4406


Principal: Brooke Brunsvold- bbrunsvold@masoncityschools.org


Hoover Elementary

1123 8th St. N.W.

Mason City, IA 50401

641-421-4408


Principal: Sara Grimm- sgrimm@masoncityschools.og


Jefferson Elementary

1421 4th St. S.E.

Mason City, IA 50401

641-421-4411


Principal: Lindsey Millsap- lmillsap@masoncityschools.org


Roosevelt Elementary

313 15th St. S.E.

Mason City, IA 50401

641-421-4415


Principal: Dan Arjes- darjes@masoncityschools.org