2019 November Newsletter - MCC
What is happening at MCC
Posted on 11/06/2019
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Fort Zumwalt School District

Mike Clemens Center

November 2019

Dr. Bernard DuBray - Superintendent

Dr. Deanne McCullough - Exec. Director of Behavior Supports

Dr. Tanya Deering - Assistant Principal

Notes from the Administrators:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many parents who were able to participate in conferences.  All students benefit from open communication between school and home. We were able to share many positive things happening at the Clemens Center!

We are looking forward to Positive Peer Influence Week, combined with Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 28 - Nov. 1.  Please see the attached flyer (previously sent home) for the spirit attire students and staff can wear each day.  

The month of November is spent reflecting on the things we are thankful for and we want you to know we are thankful for our school community we have built together. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children!


Dr. McCullough & Dr. Deering

Important Dates:


3 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

5 - Election Day - NO SCHOOL

6 - North Side Area Coffee @ Forest Park Elem 7pm

11 - Veterans Day

Dress for Respect

14 - Midpoint 2nd Quarter

18 - FZ Board Meeting @ 7pm

20 - National Educational Support Professionals Day



4 - Early Release Day

19 - End of 2nd Quarter

20 - Winter Break Begins


6 - Records Day - NO SCHOOL

7 - Classes Resume

Remember to Check Out PeachJar!

There are always things going on locally for families to do that are fun and support local causes.  Be sure to check out your PeachJar notifications from the district and your building to learn more about these great opportunities.

Digital Citizenship 

Digital Citizenship is more important now than ever! In Fort Zumwalt, we believe it is imperative to prepare students for the digital world and encourage them to make smart, respectful choices online. Visit our district What Every Parent Should Know page for more on digital wellness.

Transportation Change Line

It’s with safety in mind that FZSD has evaluated feedback from parents, school personnel and transportation personnel and designed some modifications to our procedures. These changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

First, if a student needs to ride a bus other than their assigned bus, for any portion of their route, parents will need to contact the Transportation Department (636-474-8555) the day before the change is needed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Advance notice is essential to reduce confusion and minimize last-minute changes that lead to safety concerns.

If a student is riding their regular bus, but needs to get off at a different stop, parents or school personnel will need to contact the Transportation Department (636-474-8555) no later than noon (12 p.m.) the day the change is needed.

Second, kindergarten bus riders who are riding with a sibling who is a 3rd grader or older may be released from the bus if escorted by that sibling. All other kindergarten bus riders will be released from the bus if a responsible party is at the bus stop to receive the student.

 Important Links

                      MCC Website                                    FZSD Website

                      SIS - Parent Portal                            Lunch Menu

                      Parent Links - Important Info        Fortitude

                      Annual Parent Notifications          Earthquake Safety

What is FORTiTUDE?

 It's our strength. It’s the connections between Fort Zumwalt School District and the community our schools serve. 

 Fort Zumwalt designed the FORTiTUDE podcast to bring you a new style of conversation about our schools. It’s our hope to bring you important news, interesting conversation and a few laughs. 


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MCC Staff Safety Award Winner

Each month, one employee from each of the Fort Zumwalt Locations is selected for the Safety Award.

Maria Hall received the Safety Award for October for cleaning up a spill that someone else made in the hall.  Great Job Maria!

Positive Peer Influence Week Dress up Days Oct. 28 - Nov. 1

Monday - Wear Super Hero Gear

Tuesday - Dress like your buddy!

Wednesday - Wear sweats or fitness gear

Thursday - Wear Halloween shirts or orange and black

Friday - Everyone wears Blue

October was National Disability Awareness Month, a time set aside  to educate and celebrate the many and varied contributions of Americans with disabilities. Led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the effort creates conversations about empathy, ability and inclusion.

Here are two resources you can check out. The Teaching Tolerance website is one resource that can help you create conversation, no matter your child’s age. The "Be Fearless, Be Kind" website provides lessons and activities on how to teach kids empathy for all students, not just those with disabilities. 

Link to Teaching Tolerance. https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/lessons?keyword=disabilities


Link to Be Fearless Be Kind  https://befearlessbekind.hasbro.com/ 

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together”. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Pictures and Links that were also in the Newsletter: -Turkey Feathers at the top of the page to indicate the November Newsletter -Fight the Flu flier with information to contact the St. Charles County Health Department -Picture of the FZ Compass and PPI Logo with a link to get the FZ App