(1) Moscow Education Foundation, Inc.
I’m excited and proud to announce the formation of the new Moscow Education Foundation, Inc.! Patrons and educators have long identified a need for an organization to provide additional financial support to enhance opportunities for our students. The Foundation, managed by a Board of Directors made up of community members, will seek to fund academically-based grants proposed by MSD 281 teachers and/or schools. The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 public charity and an Idaho Educational Entity.
Many districts in Idaho and other states have had foundations for years and have made a tremendously positive difference for student learning. Now it is Moscow’s turn!
In the Foundation’s inaugural year, they are beginning with a “$10 Kick-Off,” and asking our community members and alumni to please consider giving $10 or more to help build a funding base–sort of a “Foundation for our Foundation!” Once they have reached their initial goal of $10,000 school district staff will be notified that proposals for grant funds will be accepted. Let’s help them reach that initial goal.
If you wish to donate or want more information about the Foundation, please visit: moscoweducationfoundation.org .
(2) Wanted: Feedback On How We Are Doing
Please take a moment to complete our parent/community survey. This gives an opportunity for parents/guardians and other community members the chance to let us know how our schools, as well as our school district in general, are doing as their community’s public school district. The survey window will be open until November 15th. Students and staff will also be completing their own survey during this time. The feedback from the survey will help us with our continuous improvement plan.
Click HERE to complete the survey.
Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback.
(3) Introducing: Moscow School District #281’s Facebook Page
If you are on Facebook please search for the Moscow School District #281 Facebook page and check it out. The main intent of the page is to provide information of some of the great things going on throughout the school district. Click on “Like” so that you get updates as they are posted.
Exciting things are happening in the Moscow School District as students return to school. We will be introducing 21 new teachers, experiencing the first year of All-Day kindergarten, moving closer to a mastery-based instruction and grading system, and enjoying a new and safer parking lot at the middle school, just to name a few.
School starts on August 30th and we will be starting the year with 21 new instructional staff members. They will be filling new positions or replacing staff that have moved on. We’re excited to have them join our team and continuing the instructional excellence that is a tradition within our school district.
Kindergarten screening was very successful this past spring and summer and we have 175 eager kindergarteners ready to take on the world. This is the first year of all-day kindergarten within our district. Our kindergarten staff are excited to have the opportunity to work with these kids for an entire day. This will allow the teachers to prepare the students for their upcoming years, and doing so in a much better paced learning program.
The school district is continuing to take strides to move towards a mastery-based instruction and grading system. Training and hard work regarding this change was started last year, continued through the summer, and will continue throughout this school year. We will be sending information during the school year to parents as well as interested community members regarding this change.
Finally, the Moscow School District, in a joint effort with the City of Moscow, is just completing the finishing touches of the Middle School parking lot and “D” Street renovation project. This project was funded through the city, school district, and a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department. The purpose of the construction was to increase the safety of students when they are walking or riding their bikes to school.
As you can see we are continuing to work hard to assure our students are provided with the most safe and educational environment possible. This will be a great school year!
Dr. Greg Bailey, Superintendent
A Safe Summer is a Super Summer
The 12th Annual Officer Newbill Kids Safety Fair is being held June 4th at the Eastside Marketplace from 10 am to 2 pm. This is a great opportunity for parents and their children to get ready for a safe and fun summer. Some of the activities taking place are bike inspections, water safety training, and emergency contact cards just to name a few. They are even giving away bike helmets for kids 16 and under.
Click on the Community Interest tab in the upper right hand corner to view the flyer to learn more about this special event which is sponsored by numerous organizations in our community. You can also see all of the other community activities that are happening this summer for your kids.