Marion Cross School serves students in
Kindergarten through Grade 6
as part of the Norwich School District
Welcome to the Marion Cross
Parents, Students, Teachers, Community Members .... Welcome to
a new school year!
We hope you have all had a great
start to the new school year!
Please check our calendar page for the many holiday activities
coming up in December, including our Holiday concerts scheduled
for December 17th and 18th.
The staff at MCS
wishes to offer many thanks to the PTO for the wonderful
Thank you so much.
Community Input About
Richmond Principal Sought
The Dresden School Board invites residents of Hanover and Norwich
to complete a survey to share their opinions on the qualities
they wish to see in the new Principal of the Richmond Middle School.
Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RMS_Principal
and complete a short survey by Wednesday afternoon, October 16.
Thank you for your opinion!
MCS Spirit Day - Coming Soon!
MCS, in conjunction with PTO, is launching a new program
called "Spirit Days." The first
Spirit Day is planned for Thursday Nov
21st. On that day, everyone will be invited to wear their
Rainbow Rep tee shirts and enjoy school spirit! Thanks to
Ms. Eastman for her help with the decorating of the front
Studying Nature and Reading
Go Together Perfectly!
In a collaborative project between Library and PE, 2nd
graders both explored the nature trails around MCS, and
read their favorite books. Parts of different stories
were posted on trees along the trail on the Nature Path.
Small groups of students followed the trail, found their
story, read it and continued on to their next page.
are ringing at MCS!
|On August 28, 2013, from 3 p.m. to
4 p.m. people all over the US rang school bells and church
bells to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther
King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Students, teachers,
parents, and administrators rang the MCS bell for the full
First Time Getting Together as a MCS Community
to another wonderful school year. Using a lasso as an analogy,
we worked on the art of learning: What is the value of
persistence? How do you tweak your understanding to get a
better grasp at truth? How can you work with others to create
a product even more effective than what you could develop
alone? And what role do the people who guide you
and looking back to some of our important events from the 2012-2013
school year ...
On June 12, third graders took a trek on their Oregon
Trail. Cooking outdoors was part of the pleasure.
Fifth grade students in a LEEEP activity conducted a
survey of the benthic macro-invertebrate life in Blood
Brook. They sampled different locations in the brook and
identified the macro-invertebrates they found. By assigning
a value to each organism based on that species' water
quality tolerance level, they were able to calculate a
water quality score for the brook. Fifth grade has been
doing this analysis for 11 years and Blood Brook has consistently
had "excellent" water quality.
Sandy brings a little unexpected treat to MCS
Our 3rd graders had a great
trip to the Hood Museum to study the
Australian Aboriginal Art exhibits!
A Playful Place to Gather
Have you checked out the new seating area on the playground?
Mr. Bill already tweeted about it! How cool is that!
Inspired as gift to MCS from the 6th grade Class of 2012,
the new curved wooden benches, unveiled a few weeks ago,
have already become a popular and playful place that invites
people to gather, relax, and chat. Local designers and
architects, Jon Criswell and Scott Gordon, of Criswell
Gordon Design Studio, designed and fabricated this seating
area using natural woods.
The class would like to thank Jon and Scott for their
innovative design talents and craftsmanship; the Marion
Cross PTO for their generous contribution; Baker Lumber
of White River Junction for discounting the lumber; and,
local builder Matt Hall and his team, volunteers from
Youth in Action, and SAU 70 for graciously donating both
labor and equipment during the area’s installation. The
project benefited from the guidance of principal Bill
Hammond, the school’s playground committee representative,
Brian Cook, and Jonathan Brush, the SAU 70’s Director
Finally, the project moved ahead because
of the many hours of fundraising and work contributed
by the class and their families. Thank you!
here for a description
of an environmental project for MCS from our LEEEP coordinator,
Joins EcoSchool Program
Marion Cross School has become a
"pilot school" in a new international initiative
sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation called EcoSchool.
This program is a structured, interdisciplinary, whole community
approach to "greening" the school, the community,
and the planet. The first "Pathway" we have chosen
to do in the program is called "Green Hour", which
promotes children being active in the outdoors on a regular
basis. We are doing this in conjunction with the annual
"Passport to Winter Fun", brought
to us by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Norwich
Women's Club. Sixth grade students helped to create a survey
that every student will fill out about our current level
of outdoor activity, and again at the end of the program
to assess any improvement. Our goals are to increase participation
in the Passport program over previous years, and to spend
more time outside this winter overall. As we progress through
the program, we will be incorporating much of our existing
environmental curriculum, projects, and community service
work into a unified EcoSchool hub around which all our various
eco-projects can turn.
For more information on the interesting details of EcoSchool
please click on