Upcoming Events & Important Dates
March 29-April 2: Spring Break
April 5th: Start of 100% in Person
April 14: Reinforcement Day
April 30: Reinforcement Day
Friday, March 12th, 2021Greetings Tiger Families,We are quickly approaching the end of Quarter 3 and the start of the final quarter of the 2020-21 school year. As we start the 4th quarter, we are looking at reopening the High School and Middle School to 100% capacity for every day learning on Monday, April 5th. The conditions at the secondary buildings will be monitored over the next couple of weeks before finalizing a decision and sharing details confirming the shift to every day in-person instruction. The High School will continue to use an alternating day schedule and maintain the current Reinforcement Days. Final information including any changes to the schedule will be made by Friday, March 26th. We ask for your continued patience as changes to the lunch and daily schedules, as well as communication regarding these changes, need to take place prior to April 5th.With the reopening to a 100% model, we intend to revert to holding Early Bird classes during their traditional times at 7:00am-7:45am Monday through Friday. Additionally, we intend to move our current Hour 0 to the end of the day. If students qualify for the extended study hall pass based on academic performance and attendance, families may allow their student to be dismissed during Hour 0 after any ACP lesson. We intend to implement practices to allow classroom teachers to spend additional time with students as they transition back to full-time attendance and more rigorous learning expectations.We will continue to allow students into the academic wing at 7:40am and expect all students to exit the building by 3:15pm, as well as maintain one-way traffic in the hallways. Lockers will not be assigned. Students will be asked to put backpacks/belongings under their desk during instructional time. Please note, though our intent is to reopen to a 100% model, we will adhere to all safety mitigation practices as best as possible, including, and most importantly, the requirement to wear a mask. However, at this time we do not intend for the school to sponsor activities allowing close proximity such as dances or other social activities where large masses of students would congregate.The one area the reopening requires us to change current practice will be managing our lunchrooms. We will revert to the traditional use of cafeteria tables in the 100% model. This will put students in closer proximity during their lunch. To partially help mitigate this concern, we intend to reopen our TOPS Program for Seniors and Juniors in good academic standing to take advantage of this off-campus privilege during their lunch and study hall hours. We will provide more information to students on this along with required forms over the next two weeks.Students in good standing may continue utilizing the 100% virtual option. All other students will be expected to attend in person 100% of the time as required by state statutes. Parents of students in good academic standing who request their child be moved to the 100% virtual model, are asked to contact Kristi Kvernen at email@example.com or (715) 387-8464 ext. 4201, no later than Friday, March 19th. As in previous years, parents will be expected to call in their child’s absence when they are not in attendance. Families, please be cognizant of the number of excused and unexcused absences your student has accumulated as this will help ensure there are no issues with truancy to end the school year.Finally, above is the updated calendar starting April 5th. We will have more information coming out regarding graduation plans, cap and gown distribution, seniors last day and graduation practice. Again, we appreciate your patience and support during these challenging and disruptive times.Sincerely,MHS Administration
Monday, February 15th, 2021
Greetings MHS Families,
As alluded to in our last letter, we intend to move from our current four-cohort model to a two-cohort model. This letter is to inform you that we intend to implement this two-cohort model beginning on Monday, March 1st, 2021. Attached is an updated A/B Cohort calendar for your review.
As noted in the previous letter, we will use the following breakdown to determine our 50% Cohort Model:
- Cohort A: Student Last Names beginning with letters A-K (originally assigned to cohorts A and C)
- Cohort B: Student Last Names beginning with letters L-Z (originally assigned to cohorts B and D)
Other reminders as outlined in the February 5th notification with the move to an A/B Cohort Model:
- We will continue using our current Orange/Black day class schedule for the ease in transition for all staff and students.
- Students who requested a cohort placement different from the standard alphabetized groupings will remain in the same sub-group they have been with to this point (with sub-groups A and C combined into Cohort A, and sub-groups B and D combined into Cohort B).
- If your child was provided an additional cohort day for academic intervention, we will communicate separately with you regarding cohort placement under the 50% cohort model. Please contact Mr. Defelice at (715) 387-8464, Ext. 4207, if you are concerned about your child(ren)’s cohort placement.
- We will be adding a third lunch period to accommodate the increased student enrollment.
- For students riding the bus, the pick-up and drop-off location will be relocated to the traditional bus lot and students will enter the school through the North Commons doors. This transfer will begin starting Monday, February 22nd.
- As we increase student contact days, please be aware we will have several classrooms that will exceed our current mitigation structure for socially distancing students.
- If you are concerned for your child’s safety and wish to move to 100% remote learning, we understand and will accommodate your requests. Please contact Kristi Kvernen at (715) 387-8464, Ext 4201 to assign your child to the virtual cohort and alert teachers of this change.
- As we approach spring, we will continue to monitor the situation and determine whether the entire building can be reopened safely, at some point, for everyday in-person instruction. As always, thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience – it is truly appreciated.
Finally, we ask all parents who request that their child(ren) who are currently in the 100% Virtual option be moved to face-to-face learning under the 50% cohort model, please communicate this with us by Friday, February 19, 2021 by contacting Kristi Kvernen at (715) 387-8464, Ext 4201. Your child will be assigned to a cohort as outlined above unless we determine the opposite cohort is necessary to accommodate safety mitigation and contact tracing procedures.
We sincerely thank you again for your patience and understanding.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Greetings MHS Families,
Now that first semester has concluded, we are exploring options to shift from our current four-cohort model (we have been operating at approximately 25% capacity) to a two-cohort model allowing us to operate at 50% and align with the current A/B model in place at Marshfield Middle School. While the timeline remains uncertain, we currently anticipate this change with the cohorts may begin with the start of 4th quarter. When the adjustment is made, the two-cohort arrangement will use the following breakdown to determine our 50% Cohort Model:
Cohort A: Student Last Names beginning with letters A-K (originally assigned to cohorts A and C)
Cohort B: Student Last Names beginning with letters L-Z (originally assigned to cohorts B and D)
We will continue using our current Orange/Black day class schedule for the ease in transition for all staff and students. We believe the current bell schedule will continue to minimize the number of exposures and assist with manageable contract tracing of staff and students. These practices have aided greatly in our ability to keep our doors open at the high school without the need to quarantine whole classes during the first half of the school year.
All students attending under the A/B model will now see their teachers every week (every four-day rotation). We expect the increased frequency will be a welcomed changed for most families as many students desire the ability to have face-to-face contact with staff and peers alike. Students who requested a cohort placement different from the standard alphabetized groupings will remain in the same sub-group they have been with to this point (with sub-groups A and C combined into Cohort A, and sub-groups B and D combined into Cohort B). If your child was provided an additional cohort day for academic intervention, we will communicate separately with you regarding cohort placement as it pertains to the 50% cohort model. Please contact Mr. Defelice at (715) 387-8464, Ext. 4207, if you are concerned about your child(ren)’s cohort placement.
We will be adding a third lunch period to accommodate the increased student enrollment. To make this and other adjustments to the schedule feasible, students may see changes in their Tiger Time assignment, so we may ensure all students and staff have an opportunity to access lunch. For students riding the bus, the pick-up and drop-off location will be relocated to the traditional bus lot and enter the school through the North Commons doors.
As we increase student contact days, please be aware we will have several classrooms that will exceed our current mitigation practice for socially distancing students. To date, we have been fortunate with a relatively low number of school-related student and staff quarantines because of our ability to maintain proper physical distancing at the 25% capacity. When we shift to 50% capacity in student attendance, please understand that the likelihood of your child(ren) encountering a "close contact" and needing to complete a 10- to 14-day quarantine, when positive COVID-19 cases occur in future, could increase significantly. If you are concerned for your child’s safety and wish to move to 100% remote learning, we understand and will accommodate your requests. Please contact Kristi Kvernen at (715) 387-8464, Ext 4200 to assign your child to the virtual cohort and alert teachers of this change.
We will provide more information regarding a new Orange/Black calendar when we have a clearer timeline on when we will make the move to the A/B cohort model at the high school. We will do our best to provide families with at least a two-week notice of our intentions to move to a new model. We understand there may be adjustments necessary to family’s schedules during the early onset of the new model, so please reach out to counselors or administration and we will gladly work through any issues you have.
As reiterated throughout the school year, we continue to ask that you please be prepared in the case that any major outbreak of the COVID virus would happen. If it were to prevent us from safely managing the building, it could require us to temporarily close the building or revert to the four-cohort model. Likewise, as the winter season concludes, we will continue to monitor the situation and determine whether the entire building can be reopened safely at some point. As always, thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience – it is truly appreciated.
Congratulations to Ms. Varsho & Ms. Mahoney! Crystal Apple Teachers of Distinction!
Congratulations to Ms. Varsho on being named a Crystal Apple Teacher of Distinction!
Congratulations to Mrs. Mahoney on being named a Crystal Apple Teacher of Distinction!
Mr. Michael J. Nicksic
Greetings MHS Families and Friends,
It is an exciting time as we reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. The staff here at MHS is excited to be back in the classroom to give MHS students a warm and overdue welcome back to school. Likewise, we are certain students are looking forward to seeing their teachers with face-to-face instruction once again. We remain optimistic with a great start to the year, that in time, we will have all students back in our hallways and we can move forward with our traditional schedule and programs.
Trying to navigate the reopen to the 2020-2021 School Year has brought many changes and challenges at it relates to daily operations and teaching and learning. We know a lot of information has been provided for you in the weeks leading up to the school’s reopening. Again, we thank you for your continuous support and understanding.
Please remember while we remain under the new operating procedures for daily operations and virtual learning, if you have any questions. to access the Student and Family Resource Packet found on the MHS web site, under the 20-21 Family Resources link. As we navigate through the current school year, we will be certain to direct you to this resource if we need to make any changes to our current operating procedures.
We anticipate a wonderful start to the new school year. We wish all students a successful school year.
Yours in Education,
Michael J. Nicksic
Kristi Kvernen, Principal's Secretary
Phone: 715.387.8464 x4201