The Wildcat Report

The Newsletter of Marcellus Elementary - March 2020

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News from the Office

Welcome to March Madness at Marcellus Elementary!

Thank you to all families that attended our Parent/Teacher conferences last week. Conferences are just one way that parents/guardians can be involved in their child’s educational process and we are happy to partner along with you. We had a very successful book fair throughout conference week. I saw many excited students with new reading material. Thank you to those who purchased books and to our volunteers who helped make it a success!

The book fair is a kick-off to March Madness at Marcellus Elementary. The month of March is internationally known as reading month, partly due to Dr. Seuss’s birthday . Throughout the month we will enjoy many activities that are based upon Dr. Seuss books.

Students will bring home a March Reading Calendar. Students are challenged to complete 25 activities on the calendar. Every student who reaches this goal will earn an ice cream party. Also, all students who turn in their calendar with 25 or more items completed will be entered into a drawing to be the principal or administrative assistant for the day!

Due to our snow day on February, 27th, the students participating in Spelling Bee were disappointed that the Spelling Bee was rescheduled! That gives those students one extra week to prepare. The Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, March 6th at Southwestern Michigan College! Good luck to our spellers!

As a reminder, if your child is absent from school, please call the school to report the absence. When we do not talk to a parent/guardian, the absence is automatically marked as unexcused. Our number is 269-646-9209. Thank you!


March 6th—Spelling Bee at SMC

March 8th—Change your clocks—SPRING FORWARD 1 hour

March 9th—School Board Meeting at Marcellus Elementary at 7pm

March 10th - Early Release Day

Dress-Up Days

In honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday we will celebrate with dress-up days based upon some of his greatest books.

March 9thThe Cat in the Hat—Crazy Hat Day

March 10thFox in Socks— Crazy Sock Day

March 11thWacky Wednesday—Mismatch Day

March 12thOh the Places You Will Go—College & Career Day (Wear your favorite college gear OR Dress for your future career)

March 13thThe Sleep Book—Pajama Day

March 17th—Wear Green for St. Patrick’s Day

M-STEP Minute

Each spring, all students in grade 3 through 11 take a high-quality state assessment.

In grades 3 through 6, English Language Arts and Math standards are measured on the M-STEP. Additionally, 5th grade students are also tested on Science and Social Studies standards.

Why are these assessments so important?

State Assessments like M-STEP are considered a summative assessment, meaning they measure what students have learned during the year in relation to the Michigan Academic Standards.

Summative Assessments are required under both state and federal law, to ensure that all students are receiving a high-quality education.

How much time does it take?

Students will spend on average 3-7 hours taking the state assessment. Although districts are given approximate times that the assessment should take, our students are given as much time as needed to complete the assessment.

Do you want more information?

More information can be fund on the M-STEP web page parent section at

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