March 16, 2021
Happy Spring to the Mustang Family!
What an incredible winter we have had! All these storms have really allowed me to reflect and be thankful for school and the normalcy that it brings our lives! As we move into the month of March, we are more focused than ever to provide your child the most comprehensive education available. With the movement into Phase three, we are hoping to begin to offer more clubs and activities for our Mustangs, while still ensuring their safety by continuing to follow social distancing and masking mandates.
This month, the word for our students is focus. We have been analyzing student grades, behavior, and attendance to make sure that we are providing the best individual experience we can. Through this analysis, we noticed that the students who are struggling aren’t doing their homework regularly. So, we have developed a competition for students to encourage them to do their homework daily.
Students will work as a class to achieve 100% homework. After 5 days of perfect homework, that class will earn 20 minutes on the playground equipment which will be sanitized with a fogger immediately after use to protect the next group from any germs. While we look forward to the day when we can freely play on the playground, we hope this will be an encouragement to students in this very unique year.
We are also excited to share that our applications are ready! The application is on our website. It is also being sent out in the parent email. The first 2 days, we had over 50 applicants, which is very exciting! Please spread the word that we are offering PreK and Kindergarten next year! We are so excited about this and more information will come out soon.
If you know someone with a PreK or K aged student, please encourage them to apply. Many times parents think that their students won’t get in, but our screener is based upon developmentally appropriate skills for children at that age. Many students will qualify if they apply and screen. We are using the same screener the district uses for every other PreK program. Tell one tell all, apply to Magnet! The ONLY way a student can be accepted to Magnet is through our application process. Just signing up for PreK will not allow a child to be placed here. Parents must apply at the Magnet School first to be considered.
Also, our students are working to sell items for our fundraiser. I hope that you will consider allowing your child to participate as we have not been able to fundraise like in the past due to COVID restrictions. This money is used for many things at the school, and 100% of the funds go back to the students.
Lastly, we are looking for sponsors for our amazing PBIS program. This year, the entire student body has been divided into Houses which compete for prizes by making A’s, getting student of the week, being kind, and turning stuff in on time. We need house sponsors to help us provide T-shirts and prizes for teams. If you or a business would like to donate to our program, or you would like more information, please contact Codie Goings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for trusting us with your child!
Mrs. Stephonie French, Ed.S
Principal, Natchitoches Magnet School