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Marion Cross School serves students in
Kindergarten through Grade 6
as part of the Norwich School District


Welcome to the Marion Cross School!



Hello, Parents, Students and Community Members. We hope that school is going well so far!

The MCS Website has lots of information about the goings-on for 2015 - 2016 School year. The Calendar Page has our school calendar with lots of spring events listed, and our Meet Our Staff page includes all of our staff, plus teaching assignments. Our PTO page links to a brand new, Weebly site, they created. Also, the Parent Handbook for the 2015 - 2016 school year can be found on the For Parents page as well as the most current issue of MCS Cross Words.

Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a great April Vacation. There are LOTS of events coming up over the last three months of the school year (MayFest, SBAC testing, Field Day, among many others.) Please check the calendar page for a complete list.

The MCS Calendar page - link to the left - has the newly adopted Norwich School Calendar for the 2016 - 2017 school year.



Refuge Resettlement Program


Thank you very much for your donations to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program! On Tuesday we formed a "bucket brigade" to load the bus with all the items. Upon arrival in Colchester we met folks who work at the program representing many different nations. They told us that when refugees arrive they are so grateful that our government has let them begin a new life in our country. And they are immensely moved by the fact that their new neighbors have helped set up an apartment to welcome them to Vermont. So, thank you for making a very big difference in the lives of people who truly appreciate your efforts! If you want to learn more or attend an event please visit their website at:





A Very Special Visitor to MCS

On the day before his 207th birthday, students at MCS were thrilled to have a visit from our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln treated us to some interesting (and funny) stories of his youth, and life before becoming president. He checked his height in comparison to Mr. Bill (he was taller) and Mr. Ramsey (he was not as tall) and then shared about how happy he was to make his first ever visit to Norwich and to Vermont.

President Lincoln closed with a special recitation of the Gettysburg Address.



Our First Day of School Assembly

It’s an exciting new year at MCS and we opened our first day with a whole-school assembly in the multi-purpose room. Mr. Bill led a discussion around the recent fly-by of Pluto by the New Horizons space probe. We found out about how fast the probe has traveled the past 9 years (about 10 miles per second) and how for some of our students, it began that journey before they were even born. Our theme this year is to Explore, and just as New Horizons is exploring our solar system, we are also in a wonderful place (the Marion Cross School) for exploration. Everyday we are exploring science and math and music and a whole host of other interesting subjects.

In addition, please notice as you walk through the school that our planets are suspended in the ceiling and the hallways. They are at the correct scale as to their actual place in our solar system.






New Water Fountain

New Water Fountain at MCS

Thanks to the very generous donation of last year's 6th grade class - parents and students - we are happy to debut a new water fountain at MCS. It is located on the second floor across from Mrs. Ame's room. Mr. Bill holds an official MCS water bottle containing "Fountain Fill Number 1!" (The new fountain has a counter near the top and this bottle holds fill, number 1." )

Huge thank you to last year's MCS 6th grade - Class of 2021.




Here are some of our highlights from the last school year.


Bike to School Day 2015


Thanks to every one for making May 6th's Bike-to-School Day a huge success. We counted 165 bikes at MCS this morning (only 15 of those were adult bikes). That is REALLY impressive! Even better is the fact that all the kids on bikes had helmets, there were no accidents, and there were tons of smiles.




We are pleased and honored to announce that the organization, TBS (The Best Schools) has recognized the Marion Cross School as one of the 50 Best American Public Elementary Schools. You can click on this link, or the banner to learn more on their website.

Congratulations to all the many different groups (teachers, staff, students, parents, administrators, school-board members, and community members) who all contributed to our receiving this recognition.




Poet Ted Scheu - Entertaining and Inspirational

Poet, Ted Scheu from Vermont, visited MCS on Friday March 27th. His opening assembly with the entire school was full of fun, humor and energy. He enthusiastically shared poems he had written, and he presented a great model for reading with expression and feeling. Throughout the day, he conducted a variety of workshops for smaller groups of students, giving them tips and confidence in their ability to write poetry. There were some outstanding poems written by MCS students!! I hope they will be submitted to Ted Scheu on his website: poetryguy.com





MCS 2013 - 2014, A Year in Review

Lots of great things happened at The Marion Cross School over the past year!
Click on the picture to watch a movie review of the 2013 - 2014 school year.

(the video will open in a new window)





On our first day of school, we all got back together in the Multi-Purpose Room where we sang, said hello to new staff members and then talked a bit about how we can Learn Well. Mr Bill, using bicycles and unicycles, taked about how things are sometimes easy and sometimes hard to learn. (like riding a unicycle!) Its a new year and he invited us all to take a ride together and Let's Learn!



PTO Staff Appreciation Pie Day

What's the recipe for a great Pie Day?

- 250 wonderful MCS families
- 85 volunteer pie bakers
- 90 boxes (just in case)
- 5 organized box assemblers
- 2 artistic flower arrangers
- 6 safe bus drivers
- 2 careful crossing guards
- 71 incredible Marion Cross staff members stir it all together

and VOILÀ!(some measures are approximate)

Many, many thanks from the staff at MCS to our wonderful PTO!





Marion Cross School
22 Church St. | Norwich, VT 05055
phone 802-649-1703 | fax 802-649-3640

Updated 04/25/2016