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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Connect with teachers in their Classrooms!
During the school closure due to COVID-19, connect with teachers in their Google Classroom so that your students do not fall behind! Complete assignments, access tools, and converse with teachers. The best part of all, you get to do it in your pajamas! Stay strong Cardinals!
For more information on the school closure please check the school district website www.estl189.com.
Here comes Santa Claus!
The main goals of the Mason Clark Student Council is to promote school spirit and leadership skills among the students, promote harmonious relations throughout the entire school and to positively improve the school cummunity and community at large. In order to accomplish these goals, the Student Council adopts one major project a month. This month, in hopes of spreading holiday cheer and facilitating positive relationships with staff, StuCo hosted Brunch with Santa for the staff members of Mason Clark. StuCo members cooked brunch items and served the staff while Santa made his list and checked it twice.
Cardinals attend ESTL 189 Champions Rally
East St. Louis School District 189 invited students from each of its campuses to its first Celebration of Champions and the Cardinals were excited to be there! The program celebrated champions of all disciplines from athleticism to academics. Students from the 2019 IHSA four Championship Teams; Varsity Basketball, Girls Track, Boys Track, and Varsity Football along with CTE student Standouts and the BETA Club President, shared words of wisdom on the characteristics of a champion. The Cardinals were particularly both energized and inspired to see that most of the students speaking were Clark Alumni. This inspired the students to embrace the greatness that is inside of each of them by working hard, maintaining good grades, and displaying a positive attitude. Reminding them that it takes these characteristics to be a true champion!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
The holidays have officially blown in and Mason Clark is full of Christmas Cheer! Christmas trees and holiday decorations are popping up left and right all around the school. Wonderful Wednesdays are now featuing familiar carols to get everyone's day started off just right. The Cardinals are out to spread positivity and Christmas Cheer this year! Way to go guys!
MCMS 7th Grade Girl's Basketball Regional Champs
The MCMS 7th Grade Girl's Basketball team's great season ended with them topping out in their division, 7-4A and securing the Regional Champs position. The girls and coaches worked hard and represented both their school and their community well. Congratulations on having such a standout season.
Congratulations to the Lady Cardinals Cheer Team and Pom Pom Squad
Our Cheer and Pom Pom squad represented excellence from bow to toe at the 2019 Spirit Fest Cheer and Dance Competition and showed everyone why they are a sport to be reckoned with. The Cheer squad grasped 2nd place, while Pom Pom slid into first. Way to go girls!
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
Attention All East St. Louis School District 189 Parents and Guardians: COVID testing is NOW available for students. Please sign the consent form (linked below) and return to your child's school at your earliest convenience to authorize your child to receive a rapid test as needed. Please read the full document carefully.
The next phase of learning recovery is pivotal for our students and their futures. We strongly believe that learning instruction needs to be extended this year to ensure students are on pace to advance to the next grade level. The local teachers’ union has agreed to extend the current school year for student attendance through June 29, 2021. A formal recommendation for the continuation of the school year will made to our Board of Education members later this month. The extended school year will be required for all students in preschool through grade 11 and for seniors (grade 12) who have not met graduation requirements by May 19, 2021. School principals and counselors will provide communication to students regarding their completion of graduation requirements.
Are you wondering how to change your address for P-EBT benefits? All School District 189 students are eligible to receive P-EBT resources. If you already received your P-EBT Link Card, and need to update your address; you may do so using the LINK hotline at 1-800-678-5465. If needed, you can order a new card at that time as well.
Please see detailed communications regarding return to in-person instruction for some grade 6-12 students beginning April 7, 2021. Until further notice, we will not require school uniforms. Please refer to the Uniform/Dresscode section of the Student Code of Conduct for details. Please also review recommendations to extend the school year through June 30, 2021.
School District 189 provides Grab & Go meals every Thursday from 10am-Noon to remote learners enrolled in the district. The weekly box includes breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for 7 days! Get yours at: - All 10 schools - Several Community Centers - Mobile Routes. Look for the school bus!
East St. Louis School District 189, in partnership with East Side Health District and the National Guard provided School District 189 staff members with COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 and Thursday, February 11, 2021. East St. Louis School District 189 is the first known school district in the region to partner with a local health department on such a large vaccination event for staff members.
Twenty-one former members of the East St. Louis Senior High School Football Team are currently enrolled in college on scholarships and playing on college football teams. These former Flyers are playing all over the United States demonstrating not only their athletic ability but their sholastic abilities as well.
Families, teachers & staff are concerned anytime students are away from school for an extended period. The Curriculum & Student Support Services departments suggest the following list of resources & websites for students and their families to engage in learning activities. Please use the links provided and activities shared by teachers to keep students engaged in academic and social-emotional activities.