For Parents

MCSD 2023-2024 Student and Parent Code of Conduct

MCSD Assessment Information

Curriculum Adoption


Seleccionar un plan de estudios de alta calidad es crucial para el rendimiento de los estudiantes…

First, allow me to extend a warm greeting as I introduce myself. My name is Amanda Hughes, and I am thrilled to have recently joined the MCSD team as the Curriculum and Instruction Director . 

Excitement is buzzing in the air as we get closer to the adoption of new curriculum resource materials for English Language Arts and Math for grades K-12. We have carefully reviewed the many options, with one goal in mind: providing our students with a learning experience of the highest quality that will equip them for the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Through a rigorous selection process we have narrowed down our choices to those programs that not only meet the stringent state and national qualifications but also cater to the diverse needs of our student population. Furthermore, we have made it a priority to ensure that these resources offer valuable support to parents and guardians who play an indispensable role in their children’s education at home.

We value your opinion and would like to extend an invitation for you to actively participate in this important endeavor. Below, you will find links that provide you an overview of each resource. After reviewing the resources we kindly ask you to complete the survey provided at the bottom. Your feedback holds tremendous value to us. and we eagerly anticipate your insights. If you choose to participate please complete the survey by Wednesday, July 5th.

Enrollment Open for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that effective May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This program provides up to $50 per month in subsidy for a broadband connection with a participating provider, and up to $75 per month in subsidy for households on tribal lands. The program also has a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a copay under $50.

Survey for Evaluation of ESSER I Funds and Nevada’s Path Forward

Survey Closes: Friday, October 1st

The Nevada Department of Education has partnered with the University of Utah Education Policy Center to conduct an evaluation of Nevada’s Path Forward: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to School Buildings. As a part of this evaluation, educators, families, and students are invited to participate in a brief survey about their experiences with teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. These surveys do not involve the collection of any personally identifiable information and all respondents will remain anonymous. NDE is asking that all districts and charter schools distribute the survey links to their students (grades 3-12), families, and educators (i.e. teachers, administrators, and LEAs)

Parents and Parenting for the 21st Century


Make Eye Contact When You Correct Your Child

Your child is more likely to mind you if he’s really listening to you. Here’s a way to make sure he is.

  • When you must reprimand your child, move close to him. Raise your voice only slightly—just enough to get him to look at you as you speak.
  • Keep a neutral expression on your face. (That means no smiles and no bug eyes from anger.) And lock eyes.
  • Ask for the behavior you want and hold eye contact for a moment after speaking. Your point will not only have been made but heard.

Source: James Windell, “Discipline and Much Better Parenting,” Bottom Line Personal, Bottom Line Publications.

Labels Can Help Your Child Learn to Read and Spell

When your child was learning to talk, he started by learning the names of things that were most familiar to him. That’s also a good way for him to learn to read.

Here is a way that you can help your child learn to read:

  • Write the names of familiar objects on small pieces of paper.
  • Then tape the pieces of paper to those items in the room.
  • Ask your child to spell the name of a certain object.
  • Watch as he goes to the object and spells it from the paper.

Not only will your child improve his reading—and spelling—skills, you will be able to take a few moments out to sit down and rest.

Your Role in an IEP Meeting

All children who receive special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents play an important role in developing the IEP. Dr. Kenneth Shore, author of The Parents’ Public School Handbook, suggests how you can prepare for this meeting so you can make sure the IEP meets your child’s needs.

  • Get to know your child. All children have strengths—and weaknesses. Before the IEP meeting, look over samples of your child’s schoolwork. Talk with him to find out his feelings about what he does well or poorly. Listen carefully as he talks about school. You may hear clues about how your child learns best.
  • Do your homework. Talk with other parents whose children receive special education. See if your school district has a special education parents’ organization. The school should give you a copy of your state’s special education code. If they do not, request one.
  • Think about having your child attend part—or all—of the meeting. The older the child, the more likely he will be to take a meaningful role.
  • Take notes. You may want to ask another person to come with you to keep a record of what is said. That way, you can concentrate on what you want to say in the meeting.
  • Offer your views. You know your child better than anyone in the room. You should be able to help the teacher by suggesting things that will—or will not—work with your child. For example, you may have learned that he works well for about 15 minutes, but then needs a break. Or, that he needs an example or two before he starts working.
  • Ask for clarification. Special education is almost another language. You may hear initials like EMR, LD, ADD or WISC-R. Ask for an explanation of these terms to make sure everyone is speaking the same language.

Source: Kenneth Shore, The Parents’ Public School Handbook.


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