Yesterday, Governor Sisolak made the decision to close all of Nevada’s K-12 public schools, and CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jara confirmed that CCSD schools will remain closed through spring break. While conditions may change, we are hopeful schools will reopen on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Please visit www.ccsd.net for the most up to date information on school closures.
CCSD has organized Student Food Distribution Sites between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The closest site to Mannion Middle School is Basic High School, located at 400 Palo Verde Drive, in Henderson. At the site both breakfast and lunch is available to students, and school age children must be present when picking up meals.
Students that need to pick up locker items, musical instruments, medications from the health office, or confiscated items may pick them up from Mannion Middle School on Tuesday, March 17. Mr. Petersen, Ms. Hargraves, Ms. Miller, and limited office staff will be on campus to facilitate these needs/requests.
As of right now, we do not know how changing events will impact the school calendar, the last day of school, SBAC testing, student recognition ceremonies, spring concerts, or other anticipated events. As we learn more, we will continue to update our community via the school website and Parentlink.
In addition, CCSD is providing student learning extension opportunities for all students in grade K-12. While these are not required for students to complete, it is an effort to maintain some learning during these extraordinary times. As Governor Sisolak stated, “this is not an extended Spring Break.” I encourage all parents to maintain an educational routine during these upcoming weeks. Dedicate a few hours per day to learning. All Mannion students have access to MAP Accelerator to work on math material, and students should continue to do so from home. The link is www.khanacademy.org/login. For English, reading, science, and social studies, students are encouraged to read and write. Online visits to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and other academic sites are encouraged. Students can read academic articles and write “constructive responses” to thought provoking questions. Trust me, they all know how to do this. Encourage them to use topic sentences and provide supportive evidence specific to the articles (they know how to do this, too). Afterall, we are still scheduled to take SBACs in April, and none of us want our students to lose the skills they have developed. For electives, students need to continue to practice, whether that is a string, brass, or woodwind instrument, vocal chords, the spanish language, or their artwork.
Finally, I encourage all students to take this seriously. Follow the directions of your parents, assist and get along with your siblings, and make positive and productive decisions that not only protect your family, but our larger community. This is a time when every American is being asked to self-sacrifice for the greater good, and this expectation also falls on our middle school students. Please make your parents, teachers, and principal proud over the next few weeks.
Todd C. Petersen, Principal