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Principal Gonyaw scooping ice cream outside at MCS
Shawn Gonyaw

Shawn Gonyaw

Greg Bagnato

Greg Bagnato

Associate Principal

Archived Posts

Welcome to the Administrator's Corner. Shawn Gonyaw, Principal of Marion Cross School, and Greg Bagnato, Student Services Coordinator will post their weekly messages here. The intent is to keep you updated on important topics that are happening at school.

These posts can also be found in the weekly Who's Wise Words newsletter, which we highly encourage you to read. We hope you find all this information helpful, informative and fun.  We encourage you to reach out to us with questions and comments.

Shawn and Greg


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Week of June 3 - 7

Important Dates

Wednesday, June 12 - Field Day 9:45pm - 1:45pm
Thursday, June 13 - 6th Grade Celebration, 4:30pm, MCS Gymnasium
Friday, June 14 - Last day of school, 12:10pm dismissal

Message from the Principal

What a wild weather Friday.  Just a heads up that your children had indoor recess, so they may still have some energy to burn off when they arrive home this afternoon!

As the year winds down, there are a few reminders that will make next week run smoothly.  The last week of school is full of special happenings and strong emotions.  Even though we are all excited for summer time adventures, kids do love coming to school and begin to miss their friends and the predictability of school.  Adults, as well, have worked hard to develop strong classroom communities and ending those connections brings about emotions.  Next week is a good week to give some extra attention and care to students and adults.

Next Friday, our last day of school is an early release with a 12:10PM dismissal.  Your children will come home having had lunch and eager to begin their summer vacation!   

Report cards can be found on the Parent Portal after 4PM on Tuesday, June 18th.  The report cards will indicate who your child’s teacher will be for next school year.  Teachers will have their last work day on Wednesday, June 19th.  If you have any questions about the report card that would be the day to inquire.  Many staff do not check their email over the summer.

The lost and found at MCS has a healthy supply of lonely clothing and is located in the front vestibule.  Please consider taking a few minutes next week to see if any of the clothing belongs to your family.  On June 17th, any remaining items will make their way to the Listen Center.

For your anticipation, next Friday the Who’s Wise Words will include thank you notes to departing staff and the lineup of teachers for next school year. 

Have a terrific weekend,

Student Services Update

Yesterday afternoon we hosted two great celebrations.  First, Kindergarten families spent time visiting their student’s classrooms and got to see proud presentations of  forest experiences.  All the families I talked with thought it was a fantastic event that should be replicated next year.

The other event brought students in grades 1 through 6 and many community members to the gazebo to give a proper Norwich send-off to Olympic hopeful Billy Bender.  Norwich’s history of sending athletes to the Olympics, mostly winter, but now two Summer Olympics is impressive. 

MCS students around future Olympian Billy Bender during his send off

I really appreciated seeing the connection between the activities and opportunities that Bill enjoyed growing up in Norwich (Norwich Public Library, 4 square, Mayfest, etc.) and our current students enthusiasm towards those same things. 

Have a great weekend,