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Weekly Update

September 25, 2020
By Dr. Jeremy Wallace

It is hard to believe that we are only one week away from Fall Break. As the students count down to a little time off, there are a few updates to pass on. (This is a little longer than normal, but there are some important things you need to know.)

Fall Break: Fall Break is just one week away. Please remember that there will be no school from Monday, October 5-Friday, October 9.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 16th will be a day set aside for parent/teacher conferences. Your student’s principal will be communicating specifics with you. One important note is that there will be no school for students on that day.

School Spirit Store: We have had some people asking about our School Spirit Store. This online store will be up and running soon after Fall Break.

Accreditation Renewal: This past week the principals and I met with our accreditation renewal chairperson. We have been approved to move to the next phase of our accreditation renewal process. The next step is completing our self-study reports in preparation for the official accreditation visit in February.

School Leadership Structure: In preparation for our accreditation renewal, the school board and I are working together to ensure we have the proper leadership structure. According to our accrediting agency, it is the head of school’s responsibility to manage and oversee all aspects of the school’s operation, and it is the board’s responsibility to oversee the strategic long-term financial planning for the school. This alignment will not only help us meet accreditation requirements but will also help us operate in an efficient and healthy manner.

Town Hall Meetings: One of the goals I have had is to implement town hall-style meetings where I can meet with families and answer any questions. Due to COVID we have delayed starting these, but I am at a place where I feel comfortable moving forward. Our first town hall meeting will be Monday, October 12 from 6:30-7:30pm. We will send more information out next week.

Curriculum Evaluation & Annual Fund: One of the biggest tasks of any school administration is the review of curriculum. As I have been walking through this process with our principals, there are some glaring needs. We desperately need to begin the move away from Common Core curriculum and toward curriculum with a more distinctive biblical worldview and a more academically sound approach to instruction.

There are two ways we can approach this. The first is an incremental change over several years that is slower, more expensive in the long run, but more affordable in the short-term. The second, is a wholesale change. This is more cost effective in the long run due to vendor discounts, but requires a significant amount of funds up front. While we are still getting detailed quotes, the cost to change and update our curriculum schoolwide is estimated to cost around $100,000.

We are launching our 2020-2021 Bridge to the Future annual fund with the goal of taking this giant step of updating our curriculum at one time. This move will drastically improve the quality and relevance of our curriculum, improve our biblical integration, allow more vertical alignment across all grades, and improve the overall academic instruction.

You will be receiving a letter with more information about our annual fund in the next couple of weeks. Be praying about giving to this need. This is an opportunity to take a huge step in improving our academics, but we cannot do it without your help.

Basketball Coaches Needed: We are in need of some lower level basketball coaches. If you are interested, please contact our Athletic Director, Brian Turbyfill at bturbyfill@mcstn.org.

School Board Transitions: Mark Rigsby and Beth Milhollin have resigned from the school board. Please know how thankful I am for the love and concern that both Mark and Beth have for MCS as well as the countless hours they have invested in this ministry.

Thank You: Thank you for all you are doing to make this school year run smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know.

Weekly Update

September 18, 2020
By Dr. Jeremy Wallace

It has been another great week at MCS. As we move closer to Fall break in just two weeks, here are a few things you need to know.

See You at the Pole:  MCS students will participate in See You at the Pole on Wednesday, September 23.  Middle and high school students will take part during Homeroom; and elementary students will participate during their chapel times.

Night of Song:  The Middle and High School Choirs will be performing during their Night of Song on Friday, September 25, at 6:30 in the MCS gym.

PSAT:  All 9th-11th grade students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14.  After the test is administered there will be a $17 charge added to your FACTS account to cover the cost of the test.

Exam Exemptions:  This year we will be allowing exam exemptions for winter and spring final exams for 9th-11th grades.  More information will be sent out on Monday.

Weekly Update

September 11, 2020
By Dr. Jeremy Wallace

It has been a great week watching our students grow during Spiritual Emphasis Week.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this week a success.

Here are some updates you need to know.

Smart Cards:  All money for Smart Cards needs to be turned in by this coming Tuesday, September 15.

Parent Acknowledgement:  If you have not already turned in the parent acknowledgement for receipt of the Student/Parent Handbook, please click here to print a copy and return it to the school by Friday, September 18.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Teachers will be sending out information to schedule times for the conferences which will be held on October 16.

Half Day:  Friday, October 2, is a half day for all students.  PreK-6th grades will dismiss at 11:45, and 7th-12th grades will dismiss at 12:00.

PSAT:  All 9th-11th grade students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14.  After the test is administered there will be a $17 charge added to your FACTS account to cover the cost of the test.

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