Triad School Board Approves
2016-2017 Calendar

The Triad Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar as part of their regular meeting on February 22, 2016. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education annually approves a calendar that informs the public of anticipated school holidays, closings, dismissal times and quarter grading periods. The district is also required to submit this information for approval to the Illinois State Board of Education. Parents may view the 2016-2017 School Calendar here.    

The last day of student attendacnce for the 2015-16 school year will be Tuesday, May 24th.  Student will be dismissed on half-day building schedules. Beyond the Bell services well be offered from 11:40-6pm on the 24th. Student will need to bring a lunch.

                                                           Black Light Bash Trivia Night
March 5th will mark the first trivia night hosted by the Marine Elementary PTO.  This year's theme is Black Light Bash.  Doors will open at 5:30pm with a silent auction and 50/50 ticket sales.  Trivia will start at 7:00pm.  This year's trivia night
will be held at the Highland VFW.
For more information and ticket sales, interested parties may contact Meghan Dempsey at 618-409-0915.

PARCC Assessment

It's time for third through eighth-graders and some high school students to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Our District assessment window will begin on March 16 and continue through April 29, with each building and grade level assigned a specific schedule for Math and English-Language Arts sessions.  Recently, State Superintendent, Tony Smith, released a letter to parents announcing the begining of the Illinois assessment period and stated... " This is the second year Illinois has participated in the PARCC assessment. The 2016 exam has a simpler format to improve the testing process while still providing reliable information about student achievement. This year's results will allow you to see how your child is growing in his or her knowledge and understanding of the state's learning standards"

[ Read  State Superintendent,  Tony Smith Parent Letter ]  

 Marine's Monthly


Good Afternoon Marine Parents

We are already at the end of February and almost to fourth quarter, which will begin on March 11th.  The weather is starting to warm up and the students are enjoying outside recess.  Please remember to send your student with a jacket, as we will be going outside most days.   Below I have included the February hi-lights and what to look forward to in March!!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Have a great week!

Renee Iberg, Marine Elementary Principal

· We began READ ACROSS AMERICA week today in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday.  It will be a fun week of dressing up and reading different books.  Today is hat day and we have several creative hats about the building.  Tomorrow will be Crazy Sock Day, Wednesday is Mismatch Day, Thursday is Grown-up Day, and Friday is Mustache Day. 

· If you are looking to have dinner out tonight try Urban Farm House in Highland.  A portion of what is spent will be donated to the Marine PTO!!!

· BOX TOPS!!!  If you have any box tops at home please send those in.  We still need 3500 Box Tops to meet our goal. Keep clipping and sending those in. 

· February’s “Code Word” for the month is caring.  It is obvious Marine Elementary student’s care about school by their 98% attendance rate this month!  March’s code word is honesty. 

· Our Jump Rope for Heart unit was a huge success.  Our students did their part to help raise money for the American Heart Association while staying fit at the same time and learning about how to stay healthy.  A big “Thank You” to Mrs. Sheehan and Mrs. Fuhler for coordinating all of the fun.

· Our student’s celebrated their MAP score success this month.  Students were able to chart their fall to winter point growth on our reading and math rockets and conferenced with their teachers to set their spring MAP growth goals.  Great Job Marine!!


· This Friday, March 4th is an 11:45 dismissal day and Monday, March 7th we do not have school in honor of Casimir Pulaski Day.  Friday Fling will be held this Friday, March 4th. 


· Please mark your calendars now!!  Spring pictures will take place on Friday, March 11th.  It is a great way to capture your child’s memories in elementary school.

· Our Young Authors Breakfast is scheduled for March 17th at 8:00 am.  A letter will go home with more details for all students who participated. 


· Last but not least spring break is quickly approaching!!  The dates are March 24th-28th. 



District Procedures for 
Inclement Weather Conditions

From time to time, inclement weather conditions or equipment  malfunctions can interfere with the school schedule.  It is not unusual for Triad schools to close due to inclement weather based on the fact that the majority of our students are transported on buses.  Even smaller amounts of snow when combined with high winds pose real problems in terms of drifting in the rural areas of Marine, St. Jacob, and Troy. [ Read More ]

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.
3:15  Non-bus students are dismissed. If you plan to pick up your child, please pick them up in the front parking lot.
3:15  Bus students are dismissed.
 Please do NOT park in the circle drive. It is a fire lane




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. 


Click here for more details,
and here to register and pay fees


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!

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

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 ]