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  • VIRTUAL SCHOOL OPTION FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

    A virtual education program will be available for Mercer County students in Grades K-12.  Mercer County will utilize Proximity Learning, which is different from the West Virginia Virtual Program that was offered during the 2020-2021 school year.  With Proximity Learning, students will have 5 days of live instruction each week with a West Virginia certified teacher, set due dates for assignments, a daily class schedule, and access to a local school facilitator.  *Please note:  The tentative start for virtual students is August 30, 2021.  

    Applications for the virtual education program can be completed at https://tinyurl.com/virtualapplication2122.  The application deadline is August 11, 2021.   

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Q: Is this the same virtual program that was offered in the 2020-2021 school year? 

    A: No. Mercer County will be utilizing Proximity Learning instead of West Virginia Virtual School. Proximity Learning offers live instruction. Students will adhere to schedule with due dates for assignments. Instruction is also recorded for students to review at a later date or time. Students will be expected to log in daily, participate in instruction, and complete assignments by deadlines that will be set by the teacher. 

     

    Q: Does my child actually have a teacher? 

    A: Yes, a teacher is assigned through Proximity and you will have live instruction each day Monday through Friday. You may contact this teacher with questions and concerns with the course. If you miss live instruction, a recording will be available. 

    Q: Will this teacher be a Mercer County Teacher? 

    A: No, the teacher is a licensed teacher who is contracted through Proximity. 

    Q: What courses will my student take? 

    A: Elementary and Middle School students will have a prescribed scheduled based on their grade level. Students still have the option to blend a program of virtual and in-person courses conducted at the district school. 

    High school students have required and elective options. All courses can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/mercerproximitycourses2122. Please view the graduation requirements and course progression at https://tinyurl.com/mcpshsreqsandprogression. Students still have the option to blend a program of virtual and in-person courses conducted at the district school. 

    Q: What is meant by IEP and 504? 

    A: IEP stands for Individualized Education Program and means that your child currently receives services through special education. A 504 plan is a plan developed between the parents/guardians and the school to ensure that students with disabilities receive accommodations. If you are unsure, your child’s academic record will indicate that an IEP or 504 is in place. 

    Q: What are some challenges my student may have in a virtual program? 

    A: Students may need support staying organized or maintaining a schedule to complete assignments. Time management is essential. Teachers will also communicate assignment deadlines and concerns with the family.

     Q: What are some positive changes I may see as a result of my child being involved in the virtual program? 

    A: Students have an opportunity to develop organization and time-management skills, develop a sense of responsibility, and take charge of their own learning. 

    Q: What happens if we have technical issues? 

    A: Mercer County Schools will provide a device for each student. Internet service is the responsibility of the family. The assigned teacher will be available for initial support and issues within the platform. For device issues, you will have access to support from the district school and Mercer County Schools Technology Department at (304) 487-1551, extension 1234. 

    Q: What if I do not know my student’s email address? 

    A: You can leave this portion blank for now. We will be able to obtain the email address at a later date. 

    Q: What about special education students? 

    A: The teacher will be made aware of the accommodations that your child currently receives and be made aware of IEP updates. The IEP team will still be involved at the school and district level. 

    Q: What if my child begins the virtual education program and we discover that this option is not suitable for them? 

    A: Students will have the option to transition back to the traditional form of school within the first 15 days of school. After the initial grace period, parents/guardians contact the school one (1) week prior to the start of a new grading period to make the necessary schedule changes to transition back to the traditional form of school. 

    Q: What is the difference between virtual school and homeschool? 

    A: Virtual school provides the curriculum, access to a licensed teacher, and device. Virtual school also preserves a student’s special education status or 504 plan. Parents have the option to homeschool by providing a notice of intent with the student’s name, grade, physical address, assurance of assessment, and a credential of at minimum a high school diploma/GED. When homeschool is the selected option, parents must facilitate or create a curriculum, and students do not receive special education services/maintain their 504 plan. It is the parent’s responsibility to maintain the assessment requirements set forth in West Virginia 

     

    Please email mercercountyvirtualschool@groups.k12.wv.us with further questions or concerns. 

     
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  • PARENT/COMMUNITY INPUT REQUESTED:

    The ARP ESSERF Plan details how Mercer County will spend the federal monies from the American Rescue Plan. We specifically address learning loss, health & safety, infrastructure, and staffing. Also posted is our re-entry plan. Please be advised specifics of the re-entry plan are fluid and can change depending on current recommendations from the health department. All comments must be submitted in writing to aharriso@k12.wv.us. Thank you.

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  • ARP ESSERF Presentation

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  • 2021 Roadmap to Recovery

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  • Community Outreach Buses

    Beginning on July 12th!  Come on out and see us!

     

    Outreach buses

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  • Save the Music Foundation

    Congratulations to PikeView Middle School for being a 2022 grant recipient from the Save the Music Foundation. The Foundation provides support for music educators and band instruments for schools.

    Save the Music

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  • Are you a teacher new to Mercer County Schools? Sign up now for New Teacher Academy! A $500 stipend and graduate credit hours are available through this program.

    Click here to register!

    new teacher academy

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  • Promise

    Promise Scholarship Updates for Graduates and Rising Seniors: 🎓

     
    The West Virginia Higher Education recently approve several temporary changes to help students qualify for the merit-based Promise Scholarship.
     
    For 2021 graduating seniors, the standardized testing deadline to qualify for the Promise Scholarship has been extended from August 2021 to October 2021.
     
    For 2021 graduating seniors receiving the Promise Scholarship for the first time in 2021-22, the test requirements have been lowered:
     
    SAT
    SAT composite score – 1080 (regularly 1100)
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score – 510 (regularly 530)
    SAT Math score – 510 (regularly 520)
     
    ACT
    ACT composite score – 21 (regularly 22)
    ACT English score – 19 (regularly 20)
    ACT Reading score – 19 (regularly 20)
    ACT Science score – 19 (regularly 20)
    ACT Math score – 19 (regularly 20)
     

    Students graduating in 2021 and 2022 will now qualify for super-scoring to achieve the minimum standardized testing scores required to qualify for the Promise Scholarship. Students can take their top scores from sub-sections of different SAT and ACT tests they’ve taken and combine them for a higher overall score.

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  •   Please click on this link to see the Summer Program Bus Routes:  Summer Bus Routes

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  • Mercer County Schools' Summer Programs

    Click on the above link to see each school's summer program dates and times.  Contact your child's school to enroll!

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  • Are You Eligible for an SAT Fee Waiver?

    SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the country may be able to have test fees waived. The code is good for 2 Saturday administrations. SAT Subject Test fee waivers are available for students in grades 9–12.

    You're eligible for fee waivers if you say "yes" to any of the following:

    • You're enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
    • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
    • You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
    • Your family receives public assistance.
    • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
    • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
    *Students can then see a school counselor to obtain a fee waiver code. 
     
     
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Upcoming Events

  • Parent Schoology Training Video

    Posted by Amy Harrison on 9/28/2020

     

    Parent Schoology Training Video

     

    https://youtu.be/sW3oePuFhG4

     

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  • WV ESEA Waiver Request

    Posted by Roger Robertson on 4/6/2020 11:00:00 AM

    ESA Waiver The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is posting the WVDE ESEA Waiver Request for assessment administration for public comment per the requirements of the United States Department of Education (USED). The waiver request is based on the state's decision to suspend statewide summative assessments, reporting, and accountability calculations for spring 2020. The USED stipulates, "The State educational agency will provide public and all LEAs in the State with notice of the opportunity to comment on this request (e.g., by posting information regarding the waiver request and the process for commenting on the state website)."

    US Department of Education Letter

    Click here to review the letter from the United States Department of Education.

    Public Comments

    Click here to comment. 

    Homeschool In addition, the requirement for homeschool student assessment has not been waived. 
    The deadline to submit assessment results for Grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 has been adjusted from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  Utilizing the public school assessment is not an option; however, homeschool parents may choose a portfolio evaluation by a West Virginia licensed teacher, other nationally-normed assessment published in the last 10 years, or an assessment that is mutually agreed upon by the district and parent/guardian.  

    Please contact Dr. Ashley Vaughn at avaughn@k12.wv.us with questions regarding assessment requirements. 

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  • Any person may report sexual discrimination or sexual harassment, regardless of whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the conduct, 24 hours a day by contacting the Title IX Coordinator in the following ways:

    • By mail at 1403 Honaker Avenue, Princeton, WV 24740 
    • By e-mail at aaliff@k12.wv.us 
    • By phone at 304-487-1551
    • Or by reporting to any school employee 

     A record of each report shall be completed immediately by the person receiving the report and shared with the appropriate personnel. 

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