Marine PTO hosts
Parents Night Out!

Marine PTO will host their annual Parents Night Out bowling event on January 10, 2015.  Check in will be at 6:30p.m. at the Poplar Junction Bowl in Highland.  Click here to download the flyer for information on the event and registration. 

The old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words", refers to the idea that a picture can tell a story. We have hundreds of stories to share about our classrooms, students, building activities and events.  To help share our stories, we have constructed a photo slide show that will be continually updated.  Come back often and take the time to view our story and proudly share with others.  We have amazing schools, staff and students and hope these moments capture some additional stories you may not have heard about. [ Slide Shows ]

Marine's Monthly Message

Good Afternoon Marine Parents! 

  January has been a busy but surprisingly nice month! We have escaped having to use any snow days as we push forward to February.  Hopefully the good weather will lastJ  I am happy to say Marine Elementary students are back into the swing of school after our Winter Break with a 97% attendance rate!!  Way to go Hornets the first step to learning is being present!

Please join us for our PTO meeting this month on February 3rd. We will be having an informational district presentation from Superintendent Leigh Lewis and Assistant Superintendent Jason Henderson beginning at 7:30.  This will be a great way to gain factual information and a deeper understanding regarding our districts current financial situation.  Please try to attend if you are free.

Our students have been on a roll this month as we just completed our roller skating in PE.  Our students are having a lot of fun learning how to skate.  I am impressed with how much they have improved.  We have pictures from each grade level on the district’s slide show. 


We have finished our second round of MAP testing this month here in Marine with our students in 2nd-5th grade. This information will help us gauge our student’s academic growth, provide data to guide our classroom instruction, and provide us insight for our supplemental reading and math groups. I am proud to say our students showed amazing growth this round.  Nice Job!!

The magazine recycle competition came to a close today.  Our students  literally brought magazines in by the TRUCK fulls to fill “Magazine Mountain”.  I am still waiting for news of the winning grade level but each class did a their part to recycle.  Next month we will be recycling keys and eyeglasses!  Keep up the great work everyone!

This month we had a guest presenter in to discuss Good Touch/Bad Touch at each grade level.  This is a state mandated presentation to help students be aware of this type of situation and who to contact for help.  Thank you to Mrs. Winter, our social worker, for setting this up for us.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this presentation. 

The Triad CODE word of the month for January is Cooperation.  We practiced this throughout the month by working together to complete Magazine Mountain and throughout our daily routines.  Our students here at Marine Elementary are always willing to help one another, we have a very caring community here.  The CODE word for February will be Caring.

The Marine PTO has been busy this month!!  They held their annual Parent’s Night Out at Poplar Junction Bowling Alley in Highland.  The lanes were filled with Marine parents and friends, bowling to support our school.  A big thank you to everyone who was able to come out and support our school.  We truly appreciate it!

ATTENTION:  Our next big fund raiser will be on Cosmic Bingo on Saturday, March 14th!  More information will be coming home with your student soon.  Come out and join the fun!!

I believe that is our January News!! Please review the list of upcoming dates to look forward to below.  Have a great weekend!


Renee Iberg

Marine Elementary Principal

Future Dates

February 3rd PTO Meeting & Information District Presentation 7:00

Feb 6th ½ Day of Student Attendance

Feb 16th  NO SCHOOL President’s Day

Feb 17th Jump Rope for Heart starts

Feb 20th  Friday Fling

 Feb 23rd  Board of Education Meeting at Central Office 6:30

Start & End of School Procedures

We recognize that at the start of each school year it is difficult for our younger students to transition to daily school attendance and the process of "letting parents go" for the entire day can be daunting.  The front of our building and lobby provides for a great transition point for a parent to say their last goodbye, supportive hug and encouraging wave to their child.  Although it is difficult as a parent to let go, understand that the longer this transition occurs, the more anxious the child becomes.  Please be assured that your child will calm down once they get inside. If for any reason your child does not calm down, we will contact you. We would prefer that parents refrain from entering the gym during our morning activities and anyone wishing to visit a classroom must obtain a visitor pass from the office.  


Obviously, the end of the school day is marked by an entirely different emotion as the children express their excitement to see parents again and talk about the classroom events that occurred during their school day.  I would like to remind those parents who are picking up, that for the safety of all of the children in our building, we do not want students leaving the front of the building without an adult escort.  Please park your car and cross the circle drive to meet your child.  The circle drive is reserved for bus entry only.  Please exercise caution as you move your car through our parking area to an open space.


8:25 Doors will open for students and they will report to the classroom unless they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Please do not bring children to school earlier, since there is no supervision available unless they are enrolled in latchkey.

8:40 Breakfast ends.  Children who arrive after 8:40 must be accompanied by an adult to sign in at the office.
3:00 Non-bus students are dismissed. If you plan to pick up your child, please pick them up in the front parking lot.

Please do NOT park in the circle drive. It is a fire lane.

3:05 Bus students are dismissed.




District Introduces Before and After School Service

Triad is pleased to offer safe, high quality, before and after school programming for K-5 children enrolled in Triad Community Unit School District #2 buildings. The "Beyond the Bell" program provides extended-day care in each of our elementary schools that successfully connects the educational school day with those additional hours that children may need to stay at school. Each building offers the ideal combination of quiet time, homework time, play time and fun. For More Details ]  

[ To Register and Pay Fees ]


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Marine Elementary School was built in 1955.  The building currently houses kindergarten through grade five students.  The school is a two-story building with six regular education classes, one special education classes, a library, gymnasium, cafeteria, and individual rooms for keyboarding lab, music, art, and speech. The mission of our school is to develop in our students the knowledge, skills, respect, and responsibility necessary to conduct themselves as productive, responsible citizens of their locality, state, and nation.

Keep in touch with activities and events

Looking for ways to stay in touch with what is happening at Marine Elementary?  We offer parents two services that can deliver immediate information to your cell phone, smartphone or tablet device.  While we will continue our current practice to contact parents through the use of a pre-recorded voice message and building email distributions for such things as school event announcements, school closings, and other parent notifications. We also offer immediate notifications via SMS text message to registered family cell phones as well as a Twitter feed.  We enjoy hearing from so many families that appreciate our use of these systems last year and hope you will also consider registering.

Marine students piecing together character

Character Education remains a key focus here at Marine. This year staff members will be recognizing students that they see displaying positive character traits with a "caught you being good" puzzle ticket and the will place them in our building Character Book.  Every Friday the classroom puzzle tickets will be tallied and announced.  Individual student will be randomly drawn from the tickets recieved and be recognized with a certificate, free individual pizza from Pizza Man, and prize from the building office. Classrooms will also recieve puzzle pieces related to Marine Elementary and compete to finish the whole puzzle during the school year.  [ Download an order form from Kelly Tracy for our unique Character Education Sprit-Wear for 2012-13 ]

Online Cafeteria Accounts 

The Triad District is now able to offer parents the ability to manage their child's meal account balances through an online management service called  The service may be accessed via links through our Parent Resources webpage or directly via This service benefits students, parents and the school cafeteria.  Management of your child's account through this online service will ensure that they never have to worry about carrying cash for lunch purchases and having the money with them at the start of lunch service.  Using the service, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child's account, view their child's account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child's account, set up e-mail notifications when their child's account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account. [Triad Food Service]

School Lunch Program

Marine Elementary students are enjoying using the Triad District’s new computerized point of sale cafeteria system at the start of this school year.  The new system has established every student with an account in the cafeteria that can be accessed by using a barcode based on their triad student ID.   At meal time, the students make their lunch selection and use an ID badge, as opposed to our traditional punch card, to track meal purchases and payments.  Currently, we are still taking food service payments via cash or check.  Students will continue to hand their deposit to their classroom teacher in the mornings. We appreciate receiving these transactions in envelopes with your child’s name clearly printed on the outside.  While the system will continue to accept cash and personal checks, we will eventually be able to offer parents the convenience of online check or credit card payments toward cafeteria purchases.  Daily food service menus are available online through Sodexo.

The payment system is not the only change in our cafeteria. Our students are also being introduced to a revamped school lunch menu this year. Enforced by the federal government and made effective July 1, the changes are part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  The new guidelines establish calorie and sodium minimums and maximums for meals, require schools to offer a wider selection of fruits and vegetables, mandate that all milk be 1 percent or nonfat and require the use of whole grain.  Much more information can be found at

Virtual Backpack

Our schools “Virtual Backpack” is the District's effort to reduce the distribute of paper flyers, newsletters and other printed notices that traditionally have come home in our student’s take-home folders and backpacks. This area of our website is a courtesy to serving the needs of many area non-profit groups and other approved community organizations.

The site contains links to information for community educational & recreational events for our children and their families. Please be sure to visit the Virtual Backpack often, as the flyers and information are constantly changing!