Summer Feeding Program Continues Starting Monday, August 10
The Mason City Community School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program in conjunction with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food and Nutrition Service. Free and nutritious meals are available to all children and teens 18 years and younger. No enrollment is necessary. Meals will be provided at the following site and times:
|Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14:|
|Harding Elementary, 1239 N. Rhode Island Ave., 12:00-12:30 pm|
Come and join your friends, make new friends and enjoy a nutritious meal.
For more information about the USDA summer food program call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks .
*USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Help Reduce Summer Slide
Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to 2 months of reading performance. Those losses accumulate during the elementary school years so that by the time a child enters middle school he/she may be 2 1/2 years behind!
Here are a few ideas to reduce summer slide:
- Visit your local library! Help your child find "right fit" books. Right fit books are books that are o high interst to your child and are not beyond their reading level.
- Be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.
- Set a good example. When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable.
- Read to your child. Explore different types of reading such as poetry. For little ones, poetry is a great way to improve phonemic awareness skills as poetry often incorporates rhyme.
- Read for different purposes. Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways of incorporating reading into everyday activities.
- Play games with words. Commercial games such as Apples to Apples improves vocabulary.
- If you have access to an iPad, there are tons of interactive books and apps that address phonics and early reading skills. There are also many websites that offer free reading related games.
More ideas go to www.blog.maketaketeach.com
Iowa High School Music Association Class 4A Solo & Ensemble Contest Results
The Mason City High School Music Department participated in the Iowa High School Music Association Class 4A Solo and Ensemble Contest held at East Waterloo High School on Saturday, April 18. More than 750 students participated overall with approximately 90 of those student performing from MCHS. Four of the thirteen selected to receive the Outstanding Performance Award were from MCHS. Congratulations to Concert Madrigal Choir, Varsity Chamber Choi, Daniella Debrah/Olivia Pappas Duet and Maddie Wann/Elijah Warfield Duet on this selection and to all who participated in this contest. Click here for the media release in its entirety.
Mason City Alternative School Environmental Science Program Honored
The Iowa Urban Tree Council recognized the Mason City Alternative Students Environmental Science Program as an Outstanding Youth Project/Program for 2014. The award was presented at the 25th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon on April 9. The success of this program is due in large part to the unique partnership between the City of Mason City, the Mason City Schools alternative school students, Trees Forever, and Alliant Energy. Click here to read the media release in its entirety.
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