Spanish Immersion classroom

Principal Gabe Costa looks on during a classroom session at the Spanish Immersion School. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield City School District has revised its start-of-school schedule, implementing a staggered start for kindergarten students and grades seven through 12.

The staggered days will allow teachers to get to know students in small groups and assess individual student needs and allow the district to more easily communicate routines and procedures, according to district spokesman Larry Gibbs.

"The purpose of the staggered starts is to ensure a positive beginning for the 2019-2020 school year," said Supt. Stan Jefferson.

"I know many schools look to see a staggered start," Jefferson said. "Research shows (students do better) when you take large group and make them small. I think in the long run, this will have a tremendous impact on students."

The revised schedule is as follows:

Monday, Aug. 26 – In session: Kindergarten screening by appointment; all buildings grades 1-6; MMS grade 7 and MSHS 9; Spanish Immersion grades 1-8.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – In session: Kindergarten screening by appointment; all buildings grades 1-6; MMS grade 8 and MSHS grade10; Spanish Immersion grades 1-8.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 – In session: All pre-K classes; kindergarten class assignments and parent notification; all buildings grades 1-8; MSHS grades 11 and 12.

Thursday, Aug. 29 – In session: All pre-K classes; kindergarten Group A only; all buildings grades 1-12.

Friday, Aug. 30 – In session: All pre-K classes; kindergarten Group B only; all buildings grades 1-12.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 – In session: All buildings grades pre-K-12. Breakfast and lunches will be free to all students all year.

There are no school fees except for rental of musical instruments, Gibbs added.

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For kindergarten and preschool registration information, call 419-525-6400, ext. 56471.

Registration, orientation and open house dates are:

Students at Mansfield Senior High, 419-525-6369, and Mansfield Middle School, 419-525-6307, may register and pick up schedules on the following dates:

Aug. 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 14, 12-7 p.m., Aug. 15, 12-7 p.m.

Bring the following: At least three emergency contact telephone numbers; medical insurance information; doctor’s orders to administer prescription medication during school hours; this form may be picked up at school offices starting Aug. 8.

Malabar Intermediate School, 419-525-6374 Grade 4 orientation Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m., Grades 5-6 open house, Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Prospect Elementary 419-525-6313, open house Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. Sherman Elementary 419-525-6337, K-3 open house Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. Spanish Immersion, 419-525-6321, open house Aug. 21, 5-6:30 p.m. Springmill STEM Elementary 419-525-6348, open house Aug. 21, 5:30-7 p.m. Woodland Elementary 419-525-6325, open house Aug. 28, 5:30-7 p.m.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.