What Does It Mean?

This document contains a list of the programs, services, and assessments ongoing at MCES. These items may come up in conversation with your child or teacher, and appear in our newsletters, daily folders, or on our website. It is our hope this document will explain some of the educational language at MCES.



AIMS Web is our Benchmark and Progress Monitoring Tool.  Each student is assessed 3 times a year and progress monitored as needed.






  • AR is the abbreviation for Accelerated Reader
  • AR is a computer-based reading program that focuses on reading comprehension.
  • Students are computer tested to determine their reading level.
  • Students select a book to read independently and take a computerized comprehension test on the book consisting of 5 - 10 multiple-choice questions. The students earn points for correctly answered questions.
  • AR Goals - Each student has a goal to earn a certain number of points per nine weeks (determined by their teacher) and maintain an average score of 85% or above. The students may take tests during school hours with the permission of their teacher.
  • Rewards / Celebrations - Students that meet their goal will be recognized at a school-wide celebration at the end of each nine week grading period.


Common Core State Standards


  • Common Core State Standards have been adopted in 45 states.
  • The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.
  • The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
  • Common Core State Standards focus on students having a more in-depth understanding of material.
  • Your child will be completing "Math Tasks" which are word problems targeting real-life situations. The students will be asked to solve and provide an explanation for their answer (ex. drawings, graphs, manipulatives).



  • Krista Litton is the guidance counselor at MCES.
  • Mrs. Litton is available for individual counseling daily and provides direct instruction in the classroom each week.
  • Guidance lessons include a wide variety of topics focused on providing students with the skills necessary to deal with daily life while developing good character.
  • Contact Mrs. Way by e-mail (, send a note to the child's teacher, or call the office to leave a message.



Intervention / Enrichment / Walk to Learn / Connections


  • Students attend intervention or enrichment each day.  This time allows teachers to focus on specific reading and math skills.



My School Bucks



My School Bucks is a website that allows you to access your child's cafeteria account information.  You will begin by creating an account and adding the names of your children who are in Hawkins County Schools.

You may use this website to:

  • Check your child's balance
  • Add money into their account
  • See a history of items purchased
  • Receive e-mail reminders when you need to place money in your child's account.



Parent Lending Library


  • The Parent Lending Library is located in our conference room and contains a variety of books, games, activities and other materials. These materials are here for you to borrow and use at home!
  • If you would like to borrow materials, merely stop by the office and inquire!



Parent Portal

Parent Portal is an online tool that allows you to stay informed and engaged in your child's education.  Parent Portal gives parents and guardians access to the following:


  • View your child's grades (with exception to Kindergarten)
  • See your child's schedule
  • Monitor your child's attendance


A link to this website can be found on our school's website, along with a place for new users to enter their information in order to obtain a username and password. If you would like to personalize your username/password, please send the information to our Data Clerk ( in the main office. 



School Website

  • The MCES website provides access to ongoing activities, pictures, videos, class websites, technology links, cafeteria menus, and numerous other items of information.
  • Sign up for Notify Me on our website.  This service will email or text you updates on happenings at MCES.



SWPBS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Support) is a school-wide program to promote the appropriate behaviors of students in all locations and situations relating to school. Students have daily opportunities to earn "Paw Pride Cards as a reward. Paw Pride cards can be earned for:


  • Exhibiting behaviors that promote a positive school climate.
  • Perfect Attendance
  • No office/bus referral

Students use Paw Pride Cards similar to money for opportunities to attend events and purchase items at different times throughout the school year. So... the more times a student meets or exceeds behavior expectations, the more opportunities that student has to be rewarded! MCES ends the year with a big SWPBS Celebration!




  • Students in Grades 3-8 take the TN Ready,  achievement test each spring. It is an assessment that measures skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.