Janelle Brouwer

Superintendent, MISD

Marion Independent School District

2021/2022 School Year

January 3, 2022

Happy New Year! Enjoy the latest release of the District Newsletter with information about isolation guidelines, facilities projects, weather-related delays or cancellations, free/reduced fee applications, and helpful community resources.


October 29, 2021

Take a look at the latest District Newsletter.


August 13, 2021


Dear MISD Families,

The excitement is building as district staff prepare to kick off the 2021-22 school year.

A few informational highlights:

Registration & Fee Pay: Online registration remains open and is required for all new and returning families. Please complete registration and fee payment prior to the first day of school. Contact your child’s building office to set an appointment if you need assistance.


Free/Reduced Lunch & Fees: All reimbursable breakfasts AND lunches are free for 2021-2022 school year through a waiver from the USDA. Each student will have the ability to receive both breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year free of charge. A reimbursable meal includes the menu items on the school lunch menu. If your student elects to grab an extra entrée, only a portion of the school meal, purchase extra milk, or purchase items in the ALA Carte line your student will be charged for those items. While meals are free this year, school fees are still being charged. Free and Reduced applications are still being accepted. If you haven't already and you believe your family may qualify for free and reduced fees, please fill out the application which can be accessed by clicking the link HERE. If you have already submitted an application you do not need to resubmit. If your financial situation changes, you can submit the application anytime during the school year.


First Day of School: August 25, 2021 (2 hour early out)

COVID-Related Protocols: We will start the year with ‘normal’ protocols in place: daily cleaning efforts; healthy habits of handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes; and staying home when ill. We will not begin with protocols in place for increased distancing or cohort grouping. However, we will continue to monitor positive student and staff cases of COVID on a weekly basis, reimplementing mitigation strategies such as increased distancing and cohort grouping if necessary. At MISD, aligned to HF 847 signed by Governor Reynolds May 20, 2021, masks or cloth face coverings are an individual family decision. We expect students and staff to respect each individual families’ choice, following the Marion Way (respect, responsibility, safety, integrity). Volunteers will be allowed again, as well as visitors to the main office or meetings regarding your child. See the link below to our Return to Learn Guidebook for more details.

Facilities/Bond Update: The summer continued a busy planning schedule for 3 of our 4 bond-related construction projects. The Outdoor Activities Complex at the Marion High School campus will be under construction during the upcoming school year, kicking off likely in October. The 2021-22 football and track seasons will be held this year at the Thomas Park Field location. Both the FMI renovation and the new elementary school projects continue in the planning stages, with construction anticipated to begin in the Summer of 2022, continuing throughout the 2022-23 school year. The auditorium project planning will begin after the other projects are underway. Each of these projects will be wonderful additions/upgrades for MISD. Yet it will be important to keep in mind that construction itself is NOT fun, there will be some growing pains, flexibility and patience will be essential through this process, and the end results will be worth it all!


Marion Wolves: We start the new year as the Marion Wolves. This is an exciting opportunity for our student body to celebrate a new mascot. The costume design is underway, with the new mascot costume unveiled for Homecoming 2021. The Marion Athletic Booster Club has been working on Marion Wolves gear. More information will be coming next week for those interested in placing an order.


The Marion Athletic Booster Club (MABC) store is now open for those interested in placing an order for Wolves gear. The online order form is accessible at the following link: https://stores.teamelitesports.com/marion_booster_club The store closes Aug. 29 and items will be available for pick up at the MHS office Sep. 17.


Building cleaning and maintenance, bus routing, class lists and student schedule preparation, and professional learning for staff are all in progress. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of planning and preparing, in the ‘details’. But as a district, we always want to remain focused on our primary mission to ‘Foster a community of learners in developing the knowledge and skills to be Future Ready’. Our purpose as an organization is to support each student in their learning journey as they grow in their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development. This includes successfully partnering with families. We recognize that you know your child best. Thank you for your partnership and for your trust in allowing us to support your child(ren) in this journey!

Sincerely,

Janelle Brouwer, Superintendent

Go Wolves!


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Marion Independent School District

2020/2021 School Year


May 21, 2021

Dear MISD Families,

I wanted to express my sincere apologies for the change yesterday in mask requirements given the law that went into effect overnight, with no opportunity for many to talk with your child(ren) about the change and about your wishes. Staff worked quickly to make announcements over the intercom as well as to follow with classroom and individual conversations regarding respecting each individual’s choice. We are talking with our students about the ‘Marion Way’- showing respect, responsibility, safety, and integrity as each individual and family makes their choice with regard to masks. Throughout this year, we have maintained a priority on health and safety. This includes the social-emotional health and well-being for students and staff. As we work through this transition, we appreciate your help in talking with your child(ren) about the choice you and your family would like to make as well as to respect others who may make different choices.

Masks are optional at all district sites and activities. This includes activities during the school day and after-school events. Respect for one another is essential and expected.

Additionally, the change in mask guidance has had an impact on student attendance and requests to transition to online learning. Change causes a variety of reactions in individuals. This year has been filled with ongoing changes and challenges, which have taken a toll on many students, staff, and families in a variety of ways. Although, as a district, we place a tremendously high priority on student learning, we also equally place a priority on social-emotional well being. It is with this in mind that the Board will consider an adjustment to the school calendar during the Monday, May 24 meeting. The proposed calendar revision is to move the last day of school with a 2 hour early out from June 11 to June 4, with the last day for preschool students moving from June 10 to June 3. With the ongoing challenges this year has presented, we are seeking to balance the academic needs and the social-emotional needs of our learners.

Highlights in bullet point:

  • Thank you to all for your continued flexibility, patience, and understanding this year!

  • Masks are an individual choice, respect is essential and expected, follow the Marion Way.

  • We are considering a calendar adjustment moving the last day to June 4 (June 3 for preschool). The final decision will be made Monday during the School Board meeting.

Sincerely,

Janelle Brouwer, Superintendent


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May 20, 2021

MISD Families,

The House and Senate passed a bill yesterday, which was signed by Governor Reynolds early this morning, banning local entities to include school districts, from requiring face masks. Effective immediately, face masks will be optional.


Sincerely,

Janelle Brouwer, Superintendent


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May 18, 2021

MISD Families,

Over the past few days the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Linn County Public Health (IDPH) have issued separate and conflicting guidance regarding mask wearing in schools. Upon careful consideration of the varied guidance, given the short number of days remaining (17), and recognizing that most students are unvaccinated at this time, MISD will continue to require masks for the remainder of the school year (until June 11) for indoor events and activities. Masks will be optional for outdoor activities to include recess and extracurricular activities.

Beginning June 14, we will transition to optional masks for indoor and outdoor activities to include summer school programming, while monitoring our COVID data as we make this transition. Given the smaller student numbers during summer school, increased distancing is possible and better allows a safe transition and adjustment to our mitigation efforts.


We recognize this decision will make some happy and others unhappy. Providing a safe learning environment has been and continues to be a priority. Your continued understanding and patience is appreciated as we strive to best meet the needs of our students and families.


Sincerely,

Janelle Brouwer, Superintendent

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April 27, 2021

Take a look at the district updates in the Spring 2021 District Newsletter.

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March 2, 2021

Thank you to all who voted in the bond election. The bond passed with 85% support!