WELCOME TO MASON-CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
Home of the Cardinals!
Mason-Clark Middle School, in East St. Louis, Illinois, is a large middle school serving students in grades 5-8.
Mason-Clark Middle School is named for the great community members Dr. William Mason and the late Douglas W. Clark. Douglas W. Clark was a great Math educator for over 30 years in East St. Louis and is the namesake of the Math-A-Thon each year. Dr. William Mason was a former mayor of the city of East St. Louis and had been Superintendent of School District 189.
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Sierra Club visits Mason Clark
On Tuesday, November 5th, members of the Kaskaskia Group of The Sierra Club visited the students of Mason Clark Middle School’s Environmental Club to share the history of the Sierra Club and the club’s current focus. Students from both Beta Club and Student Council also attended the meeting.
Sierra club treasurer Virginia Wojtkowski explained to students that in recent years, the club’s focus has shifted from animals and nature toward people and the impact environmental justice has had on communities. Mason Clark’s newly formed Environmental Club has been learning about environmental justice issues in East Saint Louis this semester, and the club found the meeting to be helpful. “The students have learned about environmental justice and how it affects their lives here in East Saint Louis. Now, as a result of this meeting with the Sierra Club, we know how to move forward with that knowledge and try to make changes in the community, and we are grateful for that guidance.” stated club sponsor and 6th grade teacher, Kyra Duncan.
Congratulations to the October Teacher and Staff Member of the Month!
Teachers play an important role in the lives of children, families and communities. Teachers play an important role in the lives of children, families and communities. This month, the Mason Clark staff has voted Ms. Dyshunda Curtis as the October Teacher of the Month, and Mrs. Andrea Callahan as the October staff member of the month.
Ms. Dyshunda Curtis Ms. Andrea Callahan What Staff members had to say: What Staff members had to say: Ms. Curtis is always going above and beyond for the students as well as staff. She often stays after school to ensure that items needed to enhance our school are available. Ms. Curtis transforms her students when they walk through her door. She has high expectations for each and every student. She makes her classroom a safe place for students to take risks in their learning. She also puts a lot of time and effort into the school and helping staff members any way that she can! Ms. Curtis is always willing to help staff and students. Ms. Callahan is a staple at MCMS. She is diligent and efficient in getting tasks accomplished. She is also always concerned and makes it a mission to get students and staff members what they need as far supplies. She is a vital member of MCMS!
Congratulations to the Boy's Basketball Team for winning Sectionals!
Warm Up With a Good Book
What could be better this time of year than curling up with a great book?
This winter make sure you visit your school library to check out a good book and curl up by the fireplace for a good read.
Pennies for Patients Begins!!!The month of March is Student Council's big service project which is Pennies for Patients. ALL funding gets donated to the St. Louis Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Our school's Campaign manager is Rebekah Bogacz, and all donations service the St. Louis and Metro East area. The funding goes to help families with transportation to and from getting care at their local medical facilities as well as searching for a cure. Our goal for a school is $2018.00.Classes will compete against each other to win a free Olive Garden Meal enough for the whole class. The top three classes will receive pennants to display in the classroom. Due to scheduling, 8th graders can either donate to their first hour or second hour teachers.If you would like to donate but want to do so directly, you may use the schools website located here.
Pulling for families.
Collect your pop tabs and help support the Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis - “a home away from home” for families with children receiving medical treatment. Student Council be collecting pop-tabs for the rest of the year to serve this great cause. You can find a pop tab collection bin in the main office and in Ms. Curtis’s room. Thanks for your support.
Mason Clark completes its 4th Annual Race to Give!
The Mason-Clark Middle School Student Council launched its 4th Annual Race to give this November. This great cause allows students come together in the season of giving to donate what they can to the Flyers Feeding Families Food Pantry. Students bring in canned goods and non-persihable items for donation. Student Council collects all the items, tallies and packages them in boxes for donation. For the past four years the Council has worked hand in hand with Dr. Mateen to ensure these goods make it to those who need it most. This year, Mason Clark donated a whopping 1,000 items. Way to go Cardinals!
Cross Country team recognized by multiple news organizations for its positive culture
The Cardinal Cross Country team is recieving recognition from the KMOV News Channel 4 and the Belleville News Democrat for it's positive impact within the East St. Louis community. Students feel enthusiastic about running this season with the help of Coach Branch, who has coached for about 20 years and teaches life lessons through running.
Teaching about September 11th to students with no memory of it
For educators, figuring out how to teach the events of 9/11 is challenging, largely because there are no official guidelines. So the Mason Clark Social Science Department developed a project to focus on adjusting to a shifting student perspective and highlighting major themes that impact student lives which tie in with the event. The special project is used as a way to discuss race, religion, tolerance, and diversity with students who weren’t alive during the time of the attacks. Read more about this activity and it's impact in the Belleville News Democrat.
Mason Clark's Cynthia Taylor-Cutler praised by state Superintendent for addressing legislator forum on education issues
From school tour to Springfield! See why Mason Clark's own Cynthia Taylor-Cutler was asked by Advance Illinois Representatives to speak at the state legislator forum the following week. Cynthia Taylor-Cutler has been recognized by Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Tony Smith as an inspiration for students across the state for her role in helping map out the future of public education. For her advocacy, Cynthia was featured in the Bellevile News Democrat and St. Louis American.
Featured News and Headlines
Join us Monday, November 18 at 5pm! Parents, guardians and other community stakeholders are invited to attend the quarterly Key Communicator Network (KCN) sessions. These optional meetings are the best opportunity for parents and community members to have an open dialogue with the superintendent and cabinet members regarding questions, concerns or recommendations they have. KCN attendees will also hear updates about what is new with School District 189.
East St. Louis School District 189 Receives Full Accreditation for Five Years! East St. Louis School District 189 has met the strong criteria for educational quality established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, an independent and international accreditation agency.
You don't want to miss the October volume of School District 189's SHINE 189 newsletter! This periodic communications tool is focused on Supporting, Helping, Inspiring, Next-Level Educators. Learn about our accreditation through the year 2024, Excellence Awardees, student highlights and other great updates about School District 189!
Have you thought about volunteering? Join the Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Program! The Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Program is seeking volunteers to serve with 1 elementary student for 1 hour a week. We train you and provide you with supports to be a successful tutor!
Student academic performance in East St. Louis School District 189 is continuously improving and is near meeting national expectations according to the results of an analysis of five years of Northwest Evaluation Association Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test data. See full State of the District report.
3:10 PM - 4:30 PM Student Council Body Meeting
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM MCMS Boy's Basketball vs Madison Middle @ Clark
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM MCMS Girl's Basketball v. Alton Middle @ Mason Clark
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM MCMS Boy's Basketball Alton Tournament
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM MCMS Boy's Basketball Alton Tournament
3:10 PM - 4:30 PM Student Council Cabinet Meeting
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM MCMS Girl's Basketball v. Lincoln Middle @ Lincoln
November 20, 2019
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM [1/2 Day] Early Dismissal
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/2 Day - S.I.P