Panther Nation September 2019

From The Desk of the MS/HS Office

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Off To A Great Start

The new school year is finally off and running. We are almost a month into the 2019-2020 school year and amazing things are happening at MCE! We started with 6th Grade Orientation and Meet The Teacher Night and have now begun Fall Athletic Contests. The academic process has begun and each student is settling into their routine for how they learn best. If you ever are in need of assistance for your student, or are needing to contact your child's teacher, please feel free to contact the office and we will get you in touch with the right person.

Please look through this month's newsletter for highlights of the past month and for upcoming events throughout September. As always, It's A Great Day To Be A Panther!

Dr. Joel Carey

The Panther Inn Students of the Month

August 2019

Middle School

6th Grade: Samantha York

7th Grade: Mallory Leppert

8th Grade: Madison Lewis

High School

Freshman: Isac Gradinariu

Sophomore: Anna Choate

Junior: Scott McGinnis

Senior: Eliza Francka

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Middle School students (grades 6-8) are completing their initial benchmark testing in the NWEA system. Your students should be receiving their results to be sent home soon. With these results, all middle school students will receive individualized attention as to their strengths and weaknesses. These results will be uploaded into a tracking program called Study Island. Each student will have the opportunity to earn blue ribbons for the growth they show through the study island system based upon their NWEA benchmarking score. They will test again in December to demonstrate their progress.

Teacher of the Month For August

Congratulations to Mrs. Sandra Jennings for being selected by her peers as the MS/HS Teacher of the Month for August. Here are some of the things Mrs. Jennings' colleagues said about her...

"for being a leader of not only students, but teachers"

"...has put in a ton of work for e-mints especially after having had a baby. Whoo-hoo!"

"all the work with e-mints, pdc, fca, and keeping positive attitude"

"For putting in all the extra work for EMints"

"for being our eMints guru. Go fearless leader!"

Candids From Around Campus

Meet Our New Director of Student Services

Mr. Brent Dunning

"I came to Marion C. Early with twelve years of experience. Nine of them teaching special education and three as a building principal. I came here with great excitement, too, as my wife worked here for eight years and I was familiar with the greatness that exists in this school and community. I am beyond excited to be the Director of Student Services and to be involved in special education again. The transition here has been amazing as it feels like I am coming home. The school and staff have welcomed me with open arms and I am thrilled to see all of the amazing things that are going to take place here in the coming months and years."

High School Panther Time

What is Panther Time?

Panther Time is an opportunity for students to seek help from a teacher, work on assignments and homework, work in small intervention groups or independently read. Students will be with their Panther Time teachers during the last 25 minutes of the day. They will be placed with one of their regular classroom teachers. Direct interventions will be conducted on Wednesdays and Thursdays through Study Island while independent study will be conducted on Tuesdays. Fridays will be utilized for club and class meetings.

What is required of students during Panther Time?

During Panther Time, students will either be: 1) Getting help from a teacher; 2) Working quietly on homework; or 3) Reading independently.

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For the past four years, the Marion C. Early Middle & High School has implemented the Project Lead The Way Engineering Track with training by the Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S & T). Students who complete the PLTW Engineering Track at MCE can qualify for college credit toward graduation at S & T. We are the only school in Polk County to offer this program.

Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. PLTW sparks the ingenuity, creativity, and innovation that are within all of our students.

Gateway Engineering classes are offered in 7th and 8th grade. When a student enters High School, they may enroll in Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. Principles and Aerospace both satisfy two of the three science credits needed to graduate while Introduction to Engineering satisfies an elective credit. All classes are taught by PLTW Certified Teacher Mr. Zac Frantsen.

With the PLTW Program, we have a hands on lab for student interaction and learning. The PLTW Lab houses a state of the art Maker Bot 3D Printer, the Structural Stress Analyzer 1000, the JetStream 500 Wind Tunnel, and numerous software programs and materials to code and construct items such as 3D models, airplanes, and robots. Below this article you will find some pictures of the PLTW Lab.

Student Spotlight

Upcoming Events

FCA Back To School Rally

Friday, Sep. 6th, 6-8pm

5309 South Main Street

Morrisville, MO

ACT Test

Saturday, Sep. 14th, 8am

This is an online event.

Various Locations. Remember to bring valid ID

Registration Deadline For Oct. 26th ACT

Friday, Sep. 20th, 12am

This is an online event.

OTC Explore Event For Sophomores Interested in OTC

Friday, Sep. 27th, 12pm

3001 North Grant Avenue

Springfield, MO

Black Walnut Festival

Saturday, Sep. 28th, 10am

Stockton, MO, USA

Stockton, MO

Band Marches in Parade

Important Links

Contact Information

Mrs. Kathy Painter: Food Service Clerk & Attendance Secretary

Mrs. Rita Shadwick: Secretary to the Principal

Dr. Joel Carey: MS/HS Principal