MXR Minute

September 8, 2015

MXR News

Thanks for all you do to make MXR the BEST!

Parental involvement and support are crucial for success. Many of you have heard about the accreditation process for Madison County Schools. Because of the impact of involved parents, this process includes a parent survey. The survey is anonymous. We are required to have at least 20% of our parents take the survey. We are currently a little shy of this amount. PLEASE take a few minutes to read this section below and follow the link. Your feedback is important to us.

We are excited to partner with Sparkman HS and play a more active role in bringing our family together. This year, we will participate in dress up days that go along with the themes during homecoming week at SHS. We will also sell our version of the homecoming t-shirts for $15. 100% of our profit will go toward a scholarship MXR will present to a former student who is graduating next Spring from Sparkman. We are SUPER excited about this so please participate if possible. We will be sending home order forms and the deadline to return the form with money is on Friday. There will be no orders taken after that time. The front of the shirt will look like the graphic above with the back saying "Future Sparkman Senator". Go Senators!! Check the list of dates below for the dress-up themes during homecoming week!

You may also notice on the calendar of events some dates for student council and SGA elections. This is something new to MXR. We will be talking to the students who are interested this week and will send home the requirements and expectations. We have so many awesome students at MXR and can't wait to give them meaningful input on how we can improve THEIR school!

Thanks for your support!! If you need anything, give me a call at (256) 851-4600 or send an e-mail to

Thanks and have a great day!!

Mr. O'Rear



This year, Madison County Schools will be visited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This organization works with schools to provide their accreditation status. One component of this visit is parent input. We need at least 20% of our parents to participate. I have provided the link below. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. We will use this information to guide parts of our Improvement Plan. We have not met our 20% requirement at this time. Your feedback is very important to us!! Thanks for helping keep MXR in good standing!


FAMJAM is basically a conference for parents. It will be held on October 1st, due to a conflict with SHS Homecoming. Please mark your calendars, this will be an awesome event!! We will have an opening session at 5:30 that will be high energy and lots of fun. Afterwards, parents will have thew opportunity to attend breakout sessions throughout the building. These sessions will run concurrently from 6:00-6:45 and repeat again from 7:00-7:45. Examples for breakout sessions may include Understanding DIBELS, How to Read ASPIRE home reports, Signing up for INOW Home Portal, Helping Your Child with Homework, etc. If you have particular topics you are interested in, please e-mail Mr. O'Rear @ We want this event to help you and give your resources to help your child be more successful. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for the "Thinking Outside the Box" Initiative beginning in October. Hope to see you there!!

Car Rider Line

Huge shout-out to the parents in the car rider line!! Thanks for cooperating and working together to help it run smoothly. Those of you arriving between 7:10-7:25 are really helping to ease the congestion. The goal is to have all of our students at school on time and not have any traffic backed up on Pulaski Pike. Mornings are great. Here are just a few reminders...

- Pull up as far as possible so we can unload the maximum amount of cars.

- If possible, have your child sitting on the correct side to exit.

- As you are approaching the drop off zone, start talking with your child about gathering

his/her things.

Afternoons are still crowded and at times we do have traffic on Pulaski Pike. The biggest thing that will help in the afternoons is to pull forward and close the gaps between cars. Please be mindful of this as we try to make the drop-off area as safe and efficient as possible.

Calendar of Events

September 8 Volunteer training 6:00 p.m.

September 10 Progress Reports Due

September 11 The Barnhill Preserve Show Pk-2 8:30, 3-5 9:15

September 11 SHS vs. Bob Jones @ home 7:00 p.m.

September 14 Last day for cookie dough sales

September 15 Flu shot letter will be coming home

September 16 BLT Meeting/Title I Committee 3:00 p.m.

September 17 Title I Parent Meeting 9:00 a.m.

September 17 Chuck E. Cheese MXR Family Night 3:00-9:00 p.m.

September 21 “Cowboy” Day - students dress as cowboys in support of SHS HC

September 22 “Character” Day - students dress as a character

September 22-23 MXR Talent Show Tryouts after school

September 23 “Tacky” Day

September 24 “‘60s/70s” Day

September 24 Community Pep rally/bonfire @ SHS 5:30 p.m. Food trucks & live music

September 25 “Spirit” Day - wear SHS school colors

September 25 Sparkman HS Homecoming

September 25 SHS vs. Russellville @ home 7:00 p.m.

September 28 Student Council Campaigns

September 29 Flu shot letter due

October 1 1st payment for Camp McDowell due $50

October 1 FAMJAM

October 2 Student Council Elections

October 2 Flu shots

October 5-9 Fall Break

October 8 SHS vs. Buckhorn @ home 7:00 p.m.

October 15 Fall Picture Make-ups

October 15 Report cards go home

October 16 Kindergarten field trip Tate Farms

October 16 SHS vs. James Clemons @ home 7:00 p.m.

October 19 Volunteer training 6:00 p.m.

October 20 Pre-K field trip Tate Farms

October 21 Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 12:45 (all 4th PE @ 11:15, all 1st @ 7:45)

October 22 MXR Talent Show 6:00 p.m.

October 28 Lady Liberty Kick-off 5th grade 9:00 a.m.

October 29 Progress Reports Due

October 30 SHS vs. Brewer @ home 7:00 p.m.

November 1 2nd payment for Camp McDowell due $50

November 10 System PD 1/2 Day

November 11 Veteran’s Day

November 19 Holiday Pics

November 19 Progress Reports Due

November 19 Volunteer training 6:00 p.m.

November 21-22 Turkey Bowl

November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break

December 7-11 Christmas Shop

December 8 Volunteer training 6:00 p.m.

December 21 Winter Break begins


As you know, Madison Cross Roads Elementary School is a Title I School. We receive approximately $500,000 of federal funds to implement many of the programs at MXR. We will have a parent advisory committee meeting on September 16th @ 6:00 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend. During this meeting we will review the 2016 budget and our Continuous Improvement Plan. We would love to have input as we design our programs to meet the needs of our students and create an awesome atmosphere for students to learn!! We will also have a meeting on September 17th @ 9:00 a.m. to review the plan.

Parent-Teacher Organization

I want to encourage each family to join the P.T.O. Membership is $5 or $10 per family. All $10 memberships will receive a car magnet with the new school logo. Thanks for supporting MXR!

MXR Social Media and Other Communication

We strive to communicate with our parents as often as possible. We have several ways in which we give information. This section contains links to our website, Twitter account, Facebook page, and physical address and phone number. You may also follow us on Instagram @mxrelementary.

One of the most effective ways to communicate, and it's usually the quickest is through the Remind App. It's a free app and no one can see your number. You will, however, receive texts informing you of the latest information. To sign up text to: 81010 and type @mxra in the message box. It's that easy!!

You can also go to our district website and sign up on LISTSERV. This is an e-mail service.

One last way we communicate is through the use of SchoolMessenger. You may have received a call last week about the water leak. Please be certain all your contact information is correct.

We hope we have provided a few ways for you to gather information about MXR. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!