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Mason Elementary/Jr. High Counselor's Corner
Mason Elementary & Junior High School Counselor, Mason ISD District Testing Coordinator
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 15, 2013

Wow! The fall semester flew by! We are starting our 5th six weeks and I am amazed every day by all the good things that are happening at Mason ISD. I just wanted to write a short note to inform you of a few of the things we have going on at Mason Elementary/ Jr. High.

The fall is always an exciting time at Mason Elementary and Junior High Schools. Our students enjoy the marvelous spirit of the fall by cheering for all their Punchers and Cowgirls! From sports to UIL, we have so much to celebrate at MISD. Our students and staff continually work hard in the classroom and it shows. What an amazing place to live, study, and work!

Our guidance lessons for the fall included internet safety, cell phone use, and the proper use of social networking sites. Students from Kindergarten-8th grade were given age appropriate lessons to help them understand the possible dangers involved in using the internet and cellular phones.

Another guidance lesson given to all students regarded bullying; what it is and what it isn’t. All Elementary and Junior High students were given customized lessons to help them learn what bullying is, and how to address it. We also discussed coping skills to help students deal with the daily struggles they might face.

Up next for the junior high, we will be ‘tackling’ Sportsmanship and ‘burning bridges’! Our Elementary lesson this six weeks will focus on how you can’t judge an ‘egg’ by it’s shell!

As a school, we celebrated Red Ribbon Week in October. Along with the goodies and dress-up days, one of the highlights included our 4th annual Sock-It-to-Drugs sock-hop for the Elementary students during their P.E. time! Special thanks go to Dawn Hahn, Coach Donna Ragsdale, Coach Michael McLeod, and Mrs. Julie Burns and her 8th grade health classes for all their help. Another highlight to our Red Ribbon Week was our entertaining and educational Pep Rally! We were so excited to have our special guest speaker and entertainer - Rio Schmidt, along with fellow entertainers: Raul Silguero, Elliot Bibb, Cassie Benefield, Caroline Hudson, and Claudia Canfield. Again, thank you Mrs. Hahn for all your help!

In grades 4-6 we had a total of 33 students who qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, or Duke TiP for short! In the 7th grade, Mason Junior High had 16 students qualify! Since 1980, Duke University has served as a resource to help motivate students to focus on their academic achievement, reward positive performance, and provide students with information and independent learning opportunities. There is a search for 4th-6th graders and also a separate search for 7th graders. Students had to make a 95% or better on a qualifying test in order to be eligible to participate in the Duke TiP.

As you may have heard, at Mason Elementary, we have implemented The Leader in Me® program! The Leader in Me® is a whole-school transformation designed to improve all aspects of a child’s life. This program is based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, by Dr. Stephen Covey. The Leader in Me® can produce many transformational results, such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased involvement from parents and teachers. Better yet, The Leader in Me® equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Around the corner at Mason Junior High, we are working on our 3rd year with a program to help reinforce student success in the classroom. The name of the program is “P-T-P”, or “It Pays to Perform”. This program was designed to offer a little extra incentive to all students who try their best every day in the classroom.

Our program is based on a reward system in each core class (Language Arts & Math for grades 5-8, Science for grades 5 & 8, writing for grade 7, and Social Studies for grade 8). The students will be given opportunities to earn “tickets” for their class jar. These tickets will be given at the discretion of the classroom teachers. At the end of the year, Mr. Askins and I will have a drawing for special prizes!

After the Christmas Break, our entire school celebrated our 2nd annual Puncher College Week! This is a fun and motivating week designed to encourage students to seek some type of education after high school, whether it be a college degree, technical school training, the military, etc. During this week, we have different presentations, a question and answer session, trivia, and a spirit filled Pep Rally to complete the week. One of the highlights for our 8th graders was our field trip to visit the University of Texas in Austin.

Also on the junior high campus, we will also be implementing the Why Try?® Program during the Spring Semester. By using visual and multimedia representations, this program helps to enrich the student’s social and emotional decision making skills. This program is ultimately designed to help all students with the daily pressures they may face.

In conclusion, I am continually amazed by the students here at Mason ISD. I know this is a direct reflection of their parents, teachers, and community. We will continue to grow and learn as the 2012-2013 school year marches on!

Important Testing Date for Mason ISD

Mason Elementary

April 2, 2013 – 4th Grade Writing Day 1 Report Date: by May 22, 2013

April 3, 2013 – 4th Grade Writing Day 2 Report Date: by May 22, 2013

April 23, 2013 – 3rd & 4th Grade Mathematics Report Date: by May 22, 2013

April 24, 2013 – 3rd & 4th Grade Reading Report Date: by May 22, 2013

Mason Junior High

April 2, 2013 – 7th Grade Writing Day 1 Report Date: by May 22, 2013

5th & 8th Grade Mathematics Report Date: by April 22, 2013

April 3, 2013 - 7th Grade Writing Day 2 Report Date: by May 22, 2013

5th & 8th Grade Reading Report Date: by April 22, 2013

April 23, 2013 - 6th & 7th Grade Mathematics Report Date: by May 22, 2013

April 24, 2013 – 6th & 7th Grade Reading Report Date: by May 22, 2013

5th & 8th Grade Science Report Date: by May 22, 2013

April 25, 2013 8th Grade Social Studies Report Date: by May 22, 2013

Mason High School

April 1, 2013 – English I Writing Report Date: By June 7, 2013

April 2, 2013 – English I Reading Report Date: By June 7, 2013

April 3, 2013 – English II Writing Report Date: By June 7, 2013

April 4, 2013 – English II Reading Report Date: By June 7, 2013

May 6 – May 17 2013 - STAAR End-of-Course Window

Report Date: by June 7, 2013

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