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Scoop from the Supt. - September 24
Casey Klasna
Friday, September 24, 2021

Dear Ennis Mustang Families and Community,

What a great week celebrating Homecoming!  It was awesome for our kids to have this experience this year.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 1:15pm today, so come on down and see our kids demonstrating Mustang Pride!  We hope to see you out this afternoon cheering on our Lady Mustangs at 4pm as they take on the Gardiner Bruins as well as our JH football team at 4pm and our HS football team at 7pm as they will take on the Absarokee Huskies.  Our cross Country athletes will travel to Butte today to compete. GO MUSTANGS!

It was a fun filled week at the school for all ages from dress up days to a well attended pep rally on Thursday.   We were thrilled with the turnout on Wednesday for the BBQ and bonfire, which I feel was our biggest turnout in most recent years!  It was just a great night and so enjoyable to see our families enjoying themselves and supporting our school.  

I want to keep bringing your attention to our building project that we have been very involved with since last spring.  At the BBQ on Wednesday there were boards set up demonstrating the “Reason, Solution, Investment, and the Future” for families to view and become familiar with.  This information will also be in the HS lobby this afternoon and evening.  This project will be discussed further at the October 13th regular meeting where it may be determined if it will go to a bond election. This project information can be found on the school website www.ennisschools.org as well as on the Ennis Schools Facebook page.  We strongly encourage you to look at the information and call if you have any questions.  In addition to our website and Facebook page, there is an Ennis Mustangs APP that you can find in your Apple Store or Google Play.  It is important that our shareholders have important information on our school!

Just a reminder that there are Parent Teacher conferences next week, Thursday, September 30th from 1-6pm.  We strongly encourage families to attend these conferences, see how your child is doing, and to get to know our excellent staff. 

School staffing continues to be an issue in certain departments.  We are looking for one additional custodian to join our team as well as more sub and activity bus drivers.  Unfortunately, we have had to cancel some routes on certain days this year due to no drivers, which we appreciate your understanding on this.  In addition, we are still advertising for a paraprofessional to join our team.  Employment opportunity information can be found on our website.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact us at the school. 

Our school has dealt with covid from day one  this year and we continue to deal with it daily.  Fortunately, we have kept learning going all year, but we need everyone’s help to continue to make that happen.  First and foremost, do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms or not feeling well.  We cannot stress this enough, so please keep them home and contact the school or your healthcare provider about testing.  If your child has a pending test, keep them at home. Folks have inquired about vaccinations of our eligible children and we strongly encourage parents to talk to your healthcare provider about covid immunizations if you are unsure or have questions.  In regards to immunizations, we are working currently with local healthcare providers on an immunization clinic at the school that will have flu shot vaccines and covid vaccines.  Please be patient with us as we determine the specific details. 

Some have inquired about the weekly positive covid cases at our school and the district reporting those out. This week at school we have had the following positive cases reported: STAFF 1, HS 1, JH (7/8) 0, ELEM. 3.  These numbers could change if pending tests, if any, come back positive.  Also, the county commissioners accepted a recommendation from the Madison County Health Board to quarantine close contacts within a household and to have the local school boards develop procedures regarding close contacts in schools.  Procedures  will be discussed and determined by our school board hopefully soon.  Stay tuned for meeting details. 

Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  Operating a school without a pandemic is a challenge all by itself, but the degree of difficulty with our current circumstances makes operating a school even more difficult. As you have heard me say in the past, there are a lot of moving parts.   Our staff has been excellent, understanding, flexible, and have adjusted their plans quickly at times to keep ALL students educated.  I’d like to shout out to our substitute teachers and other substitute staff for stepping up and helping us on an almost daily basis.  The last shout out is to all the parents, you are doing a great job!   We want for everyone to work together and to keep the support going for our school as our kids deserve it.

In closing, thank you for allowing us to teach your children.  Please call the school if you have any questions.  Have a nice weekend. GO MUSTANGS!

Sincerely,

Casey Klasna - Superintendent