The MRIS faculty and staff are excited to start the 2014-15 school year with your student on “The Ridge.” This year will offer the opportunity for our school and community to celebrate our successes and grow as a school as we implement new initiatives across our school.
One of our greatest successes of this past school year was being honored as a Reward School by the State Department of Education. Reward schools can be recognized for being in the Top 5% of schools across the state in Achievement (% of students Proficient and Advanced) and/or Growth (Value-added or Student Progress). At MRIS, we have been honored with this designation for both Achievement and Growth. To put this honor in perspective, MRIS was one of only 18 schools across the state in grades K-12 to receive this award. This designation is certainly a tribute to our students, our staff and the support of you, our parents and community.
As we look forward, we are excited about the opportunities that lie before us as we implement the iReach Initiative across Maryville City Schools. At MRIS, we currently have 14 classrooms that have been outfitted with a classroom set of laptops. These classrooms are our Early Adopter classes and are designed to help us prepare logistically and instructionally for next school year when all students at MRIS will receive a laptop.
At “The Ridge” we are committed to offering multiple avenues to help keep families abreast of news and events. One important avenue new to MRIS is our Blackboard Learning Management System. Here families can access information from teams and teachers. Blackboard will be your window into your student’s classes and provide you will deadlines and information about classroom assignments and activities. As part of the Blackboard experience, parents can receive their own personal login. If you haven’t registered for your account, contact our office and they can help you with this request. Our MRIS website will continue to be the public face of our school and will provide parents and our community with access to information regarding school-wide events and activities. Finally, we offer our parents access to their student’s grades online through our PowerSchool Parent Portal. Through the Parent Portal, parents can check class averages and performance on individual class assignments. If you have not received access information to the Parent Portal, please contact the school to request information on setting up your account.
In the coming days, we will be rolling out information regarding our after-school programming and InterSession offerings for Fall Break. Our after-school programming offers opportunities for students to experience enrichment activities and connect with our school beyond the classroom. Our InterSession program will be a concentrated, camp-like program, engaging students in a variety of activities during the first three days of Fall Break (October 1-3). Please look for information in your student’s Friday Folder regarding this and other programming opportunities.
As always, the faculty and staff of MRIS appreciate your support and are looking forward to a fun year of learning on “The Ridge.”
D. Kevin Myers, principal