Friday, August 17, 2018, was the last day of our beginning of the year teacher and staff in-service days. Our staff members returned to work last Tuesday and have been working very hard each day to prepare for our students return on Monday. Each year, we meet to discuss plans for ensuring our students’ academic and social/emotional success. Departments, grade levels, and campuses meet to strategize and review best practices for classroom instruction. Trainings are provided to all teachers and staff on a variety of topics that help us to work as a collective team to provide the services each student needs to have a successful year. Staff complete all of the state and federal required trainings as well as additional trainings that we as a district believe are essential to our operation. As they are each year, all staff were trained on our Emergency Operations Plan and our Standard Response Protocol procedures which are essential to the safety of our students and staff. In addition to reviewing the protocols, a variety of potential scenarios were introduced and staff spent time developing plans for prevention, action, and response. All students will be trained on our SRP procedures within the first 2 weeks of school and our teachers will be knowledgeable and prepared to support those efforts. We spent an additional session reviewing and planning for our Standard Reunification Method which is also a critical aspect of our safety and security preparations. Campus staff attended an 8 hour training on Youth Mental Health presented by the certified trainers from Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. Many staff members are certified annually for CPR, AED, and first aid. Certifications are valid for 2 years so each summer we have a variety of staff who recertify or receive their initial training to become certified. All staff complete trainings including but not limited to Sexual Harassment, Blood Borne Pathogens, Bullying Prevention, and Suicide Prevention. Middle and High School teachers are trained on Dating Violence and all classroom teachers are given training to support students with Dyslexia, English Language Proficient students, and the basics of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We do our due diligence to make sure our teachers and staff members are provided the tools and information they need to support all of our student needs.
And of course in addition to all of the trainings, our staff does a wonderful job of preparing their classrooms and campuses to be a welcoming environment for our students. 9th grade “Fish Camp” was held last Friday morning and the 6th grade “Bulldog Camp” was held this morning to provide guidance and reassurance for our students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school this year. Many parents and students attended the Krueger and Karrer “Meet the Teacher” activities last night as well as the 6th grade parent orientation. Many preparations have been made and now we are anxiously awaiting our students’ arrival on Monday. We have an incredible staff that is ready to go and looking forward to a wonderful new year. We are ready for our 2018-2019 story to begin!
Marion Independent School District
211 West Otto St. | PO Box 189 | Marion Tx. 78124
PHONE: (830) 914-2803 | FAX: (830) 420-3268
Elementary Campuses (Krueger and Karrer)
7:40 am to 3:00 pm
Secondary Campuses (Middle & High Schools)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
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