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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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.
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The past few months have presented several tragedies that have deeply affected the East St. Louis Senior High School family. We have experienced the loss of three high school student deaths during this time. Individually, each of these losses fills our community with sorrow. Combined, along with other losses of staff, students and former students in the past year, make a deeply profound impact.
East St. Louis School District 189 is looking for high-quality teachers, administrators and support staff to help our students get the best education possible. If you are committed to excellence, District 189 is the team to join! Please attend the Recruitment Fair on Saturday, March 23rd at East St. Louis Senior High School from 9am-Noon.
District 189 is seeking talented, committed individuals to join our Urban Ed Teacher Residency Program. The intensive and supportive program will develop highly effective teachers through a yearlong, residency-based training model. Urban Ed residents serve full time, receive a $30,000 stipend and obtain a Master's degree in Education. This 1 year program will prepare teacher residents to become quality teachers and ensure they are culturally and pedagogically prepared for success in the classroom. Apply now at: https://goo.gl/forms/bi7xrX6diwiHvJGa2
You don't want to miss the February volume of School District 189's SHINE 189 newsletter! This periodic communications tool is focused on Supporting, Helping, Inspiring, Next-Level Educators. Learn about collaborative work to advance trauma-informed schools within District 189. The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), Local 1220, School District 189, East Side Aligned and Alive & Well STL have partnered together to prioritize building trauma-informed schools and community.
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.