TCUSD#2 will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, Nov. 24th and Tuesday, Nov. 25th. Thanksgiving Break begins on Nov. 26th and Extends to Friday, Nov. 28th There will be no student attendance from Nov. 24th - 28th.


Annual Parent-TeacherConferences

With annual parent-teacher conferences quickly approaching it marks an important reminder for everyone that sharing information and working together is a vital component of ensuring a child's success in school. Each year, these scheduled conferences provide parents and teachers with an important opportunity to compare notes, raise questions, enjoy the child's progress and talk about any concerns about the child.The District has aside November 24th and 25th as Parent Teacher Conference days. [Read More...]

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 ]

Hornet Picture Hi-lites!

View the latest happenings at Marine Elementary by following our pictures below!!





Marine's Monthly Message

Good Afternoon Marine Parents,

 October has been a very busy and exciting month for us here at Marine Elementary. I am sure November will be the same.  This year our Parent Teacher conferences will be held on November 24th and 25th. If you have not signed up, please do so on-line!  Our staff is busy preparing for conferences and excited about sharing your stu

KDG   Mrs. DeMange

1st   Mrs. Machuca

2nd Ms. Ogden

3rd/ 4th Mrs. Logan  

5th   Mr. Walter’s progress. 

We celebrated Red Ribbon Week this month!  We started the week by each student making a pledge to stay drug free.  We proudly displayed our pledges around the building.  On Friday, we had a contest for the class who could wear the most items of red.  Congratulations to Mrs. Logan’s 3rd/4th grade classroom that won with a total of 199 red clothing items!!   The door decorating contest was a tie this year between Ms. Ogden’s and Mrs. Ryterski’s classroom!  All of the classes did an excellent job of decorating and showing their spirit especially as we ended the week with our parade on Friday, October, 24th. Please view our website for pictures of these fun activities!

It was a very Happy Halloween here at Marine Elementary!! We held The Pumpkin Drop of 2014, where each class packaged a pumpkin in a box and it was dropped from the roof of our school.  I am happy to announce that all of the classroom pumpkins survived the toss.  Only the office pumpkin split in half and the fifth grade pumpkin (with a little help from Ms. Iberg). It was a lot of fun and it was followed up with each grade’s classroom party.  A big thank you to all of our classroom volunteers, Mrs. Logan (for the pumpkin donation), and Mr. Walter for braving the roof and weather!!

The PTO held their annual Fall Fest on Thursday, October 23rd.  It was a huge success with games, raffles, and fun for the whole family. Students and parents had the opportunity to play in the bounce house, win tricky trays, and dance with the DJ.  Prizes were awarded for best costume at each grade. Please tune into our web-site to see pictures of our costume contest winners and more! 

October has been safety drill month.  On October 6th, we conducted our annual fire drill with the Marine Fire Department.  The students evacuated the building in under a one minute and thirty seconds!  Great job, Marine Elementary!  Afterward, the fire department shared fire safety tips and provided students with a tour of the fire truck.  We also held drills for severe weather and participated in the “Great Shake Out”, to prepare us in the event we would experience an earthquake. 

This month we have experienced the good fortune of receiving the Highland Area Community Foundation Grant for our building.  We will be using this to equip all of our rooms with interactive boards and upgrading some of our classrooms to Promethean Boards.  A big thank you, to the HACF for continuing to support our technology efforts.

Our Kindergarten took their annual field trip to Relleke Pumpkin Farm.  The students picked pumpkins, weaved through corn mazes, and had their faces painted.  A good time was had by all!!

We have a lot to be thankful for as we begin the month of November.  I have included a list of events to look forward to.  I look forward to meeting with everyone at Parent Teacher Conferences.  Have a great weekend!!


Renee Iberg

Marine Elementary Principal

Future Events

November 8th …PTO Scraptastic Fundraiser

November 11th No School Veterans Day!

November 18th PTO meeting

November 13th Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night In Highland

November 21st Friday Fling!!

November 24 & 25th Parent Teacher Conferences

November 24th Board Meeting

November 26th -30th Fall Break

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 ]  

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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!