Mason Dixon November News

Principal's Newsletter -- November 2019

Upcoming Events

  • October 31 -- 2:30 Fall Party and Costume Parade
  • November 1 -- Bil Lepp Presentations and Writing Workshops
  • November 7 -- 6:00 p.m. N.E.S.T. Program - Birth to Age 5 Family Literacy Event
  • November 8 -- First Trimester Report Cards Mailed Home
  • November 11 -- No School = Veteran's Day
  • November 14 -- Family Math4Life Night "Escape Room" 6:00
  • November 12, 13, 14,15,18, 20 during day and Nov 14 &21 in evening -- Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 21 -- Student Field Trip to WVU Women's Basketball Game
  • November 21 -- Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 * call to schedule
  • November 22 -- 2:30 p.m. N.E.S.T. Program - Birth to Age 5 Family Literacy Event
  • November 23 -- December 1 -- No School Thanksgiving Break
  • December 11 -- Winter Program

School Culture Climate Survey

The online parent survey will be available through November 15, 2019.

You may complete the survey from any computer with an internet connection.

You are asked to complete an online survey about school climate—the learning and teaching/working conditions—to help guide school improvement efforts. We value your feedback. The results of this survey will be used to make changes in your child's school to ensure a positive climate for teaching and learning.

Parent participation in the survey is very important. If you have questions about the survey or have problems completing the survey, please contact your child's school.

When you log onto the survey you will see explanatory information about the survey and the important information below as to your rights as a survey participant:

Your participation is voluntary. You may choose not to participate; not to answer any questions you do not want to answer; and you may stop participating at any time during the survey without penalty. Your responses will be anonymous and confidential.

Access the Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pascswv19f

Enter this code to start the survey: P056236

Author and Storyteller Bil Lepp to Visit November 1

We are pleased to announce that Bil Lepp will be visiting our school on Friday, November 1, 2019. Mr. Lepp will be giving his storytelling presentations to all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and will meet with fourth and fifth grades students in their homerooms.


Bil Lepp was awarded the 2018 Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk art award. After winning the West Virginia Liar Contest five times in the 1990’s, Mr. Lepp is now a nationally recognized storyteller and travels extensively each year to storytelling festivals such as the National Storytelling Festival and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Hudson Stage and has been a featured artist and host of West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage.


In addition to his storytelling, Bil Lepp has written seven books and recorded sixteen audio collections. His children’s book The King of Little Things was awarded the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing, the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, the Zena Sutherland Award for Children’s Literature, and was chosen to be West Virginia’s book at the National Book Festival in 2014. The book received positive reviews from the Kirkus Starred Review, the School Library Journal, the Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly. His most recent children’s book, The Princess and the Pickup Truck, is a 2019 National Parenting Product Awards Winner. To date, Bil Lepp has won nine Parent’s Choice Foundation awards for his books and recordings.


We are excited to welcome to Mr. Lepp to Mason-Dixon and hope that your student enjoys his hilarious stories about growing up and living in West Virginia. A special thank you to Mrs. Musgrave for arranging this opportunity for our students!