Mascoutah School District Community:
Research shows that effective teachers are the most important factor contributing to student achievement. We are so very fortunate that our students have access to the quality educators in our district. We also recognize that our needs are ever increasing to advance our high performers and assist students who come to us with academic and behavior challenges. To meet these challenges, we want educators to have frequent opportunities to collaborate, to learn from each other, and to problem solve to meet the needs of all children.
To explore ways to give teachers time to collaborate and be supported during the school day, the district created a Professional Learning Options Task Force comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, MEA, and a board member. The task force is preparing a recommendation for the superintendent regarding adding instructional coaches and either a late start or early release starting next school year. Please understand that the task force is still conducting research to best meet the needs of our community and teachers. Therefore, we will have four town hall meetings and send surveys to teachers and parents.
This communique is to inform the Mascoutah Community of our new educational options and to invite you to contribute feedback through one of four scheduled town hall meetings. All presentations are the same, so you may attend the one that is most convenient for you:
- Wingate Elementary: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:30am-8:15am, 150 Wingate Blvd, Belleville, IL 62221
- Scott Elementary: Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:00pm-7:00pm, 4732 Patriots Drive, Scott AFB, IL 62225
- Mascoutah Middle: Saturday, Feb. 8, 9:00am-10:00am, 846 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL 62258
- Mascoutah Elementary: Monday, Feb. 10, MES 6:30pm-7:30pm, 533 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL 62258
We also wanted to include the FAQ: Professional Learning Options handout that addresses common questions. We will continue to strive to meet our goal of engaging every student, every day, in quality learning opportunities.
Mario D. Sherrell, Director of Educational Improvement