Marcy nominated as National Blue Ribbon School

Marcy was recently notified that it has been nominated for the distinguished National Blue Ribbon School award. National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and have made progress in closing gaps in student achievement.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices. A school can be nominated by the state under two categories: Exemplary High Performing School or Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing School. Marcy qualifies for both categories, but has been nominated as an exemplary high performing school.

The application process will be completed by the end of March and notification of awards will be early September. This is an amazing honor for our community and we are very proud of our school.

Meeting slated for incoming intermediate school parents

It is an exciting time for families of current Hamilton School District fourth- and fifth-graders who will be the first students to attend Silver Spring Intermediate School in the fall. Online registration for Silver Spring students begins Feb. 25. In anticipation of questions families may have before registration, parent and student meetings have been scheduled.

Parent Meeting
Feb. 19 beginning at 6 p.m.
Hamilton Fine Arts Center
W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex

Topics to be covered include the house structure, schedule, lunch, report cards and grading. Following the presentation, parents will have the opportunity to submit questions online that will be answered in a FAQ sheet and emailed later to families.

In addition to the parent meeting, school staff have set up the following schedule to meet with fourth- and fifth-graders to answer their questions:

  • Lannon – Feb. 22 – 12:10 p.m.
  • Maple – Feb. 22 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Marcy – Feb. 20 – 9 a.m.
  • Woodside – Feb. 19 – 12:30 p.m.

More information including a Silver Spring School and Course Selection booklet and step-by-step registration instructions will be sent to families the week of Feb. 18.

Winter reminders

Bundle up those little ones
Now that winter has arrived, we ask that you please send warm boots and snow pants to school with your children in addition to a warm coat, hat or earmuffs, and waterproof gloves. Students go outside for recess unless the wind chill or temperature is below zero degrees.  Also, please remember to have an extra set of dry clothing in your child’s locker.

Playground equipment closed
The Marcy playground equipment is now officially closed for the winter season. Once the kids begin wearing snow pants, boots and mittens it becomes a safety hazard for them to climb on the equipment.

Snowy playground guidelines

  • Boots and snow pants are required if the student wants to play in the snow;
  • If the student stays on the blacktop and out of the snow, only boots are required and
  • If the student does not have boots or snow pants, he/she must stay near the wall of the school building.