Mercer County Intermediate School
1101 Moberly Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Our focus is on providing the very best education for your child in a positive and safe environment. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your child.MCIS has an enrollment of approximately 630 students in grades 3, 4 and 5. We offer instruction in the following areas: Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Media, Computer Lab, Arts & Humanities, Wellness - with Dance, Visual Arts and Music. Assessments are KPREP-like, with multiple choice and extended response questions. Extra-curricular activities include AMPS (Advanced Music Performers), STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program), Student Council, Recycling Club, Energy Team, Student Council, and Academic Team.
We encourage you, as a parent or guardian, to be as involved as your schedule permits in working with us to make this year the very best year your child can possibly have.
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
Mercer County Intermediate School offers courses in the visual and performing arts. Music and Art are taught 45 minutes per day for a week at a time. Our ‘specials classes’ operate on a four-week rotation. Dance units are included in the Health & PE class, as well as elements of dance taught in music class. A unit on musical theater and it's terminology is also taught in music class. Students are given multiple opportunities to display their talents. In October each year, 3-5 students have a ‘CULTURAL FAMILY NIGHT’, in conjunction with our fall book fair. Each grade level is exposed to literature pertaining to the culture, along with a culminating activity of creating a craft to be displayed. In addition to the AMPs (Advanced Musical Performers) performing a program, there will also be demonstrations of the culture’s instruments. Students perform the culture’s ceremonial dance along with the culture’s music. Our Family Resource Center, along with our local extension office, provides food reflective of the particular culture.
Our school also participates in the annual Conservation Art Poster contest. We have "dance parties" as part of our PBIS reward program.
HEALTH & WELLNESS/Physical Education (PE)
MCIS students receive 45 minutes of Health & PE instruction per day for a week at a time. Our ‘specials classes’ operate on a four-week rotation. Examples of units taught throughout the year are soccer, basketball, archery, hockey, fitness, health awareness, safety awareness, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Dance units are also included in the curriculum. Each October, our school hosts a ‘CULTURAL FAMILY NIGHT’ Showcase, during which MCIS students perform a dance and fitness routine.
In addition to Health & PE class, the school wellness policy provides for a 15-minute recesses daily for each class. These can be indoor or outdoor. Teachers are encouraged to provide multiple movement breaks in addition to recess daily (i.e. Go Noodle).
MCIS collaborates with 4H Leadership Program to present lessons to students related to character education (Leader in Me).
MCIS 3rd graders enjoy a day of Agriculture each year in the fall. Students visit 10 stations during the day and learn about the care of animals, farming/plants, and where our food comes from/nutrition. The day is spent at the Mercer County Fairgrounds and is a collaboration with Mercer County Cooperative Extension Office and community members.
MCIS 4th graders enjoy a day of health and exercise at the annual Healthy Kids Day sponsored by the Mercer Area Family Education and Wellness group. This event is held at Anderson Dean park with the help of many area sponsors in the health and wellness field. Students learn bike safety, water safety, sun safety, play nutritional games, Verb Ball, healthy dental care, drug and tobacco prevention games, Pound exercise demonstrations, and more.
MCIS 5th graders enjoy a day learning about our Earth and how to take care of our natural resources. Earth Day events are sponsored by the Mercer County Cooperative Extension Office and include stations of learning from community leaders. Stations include, bee keeping, bird watching and making your own bird house, mineral and rock exploration, recycling/compost, planting your own garden, soil erosion, water conservation, land conservation, insect science, and more.
The Vault – Understanding Money™ course for 5th grade students consists of six learning modules, each followed by 2 interactive, performance-based games. Each learning module lasts between 15-30 minutes, for a cumulative course time of 2.5 to 3 hours. Vault tracks student knowledge gains through pre- and post-assessment questions in each module. Upon completion of the learning modules, students earn a Vault Certification in Financial Literacy.
MCIS students have health focus days during their specials classes. Guest speakers topics may include, but are not limited to, nutrition, tobacco awareness, dental health, and hygiene/body development during the school year.
MCIS collaborates with 4H Leadership Program to present lessons to students related to career explorations.
MCIS hosts STEM friendly assemblies during the school year such as: STEAM, Fun with Physics, BOT! robotics program, Agriculture Science bus, and more. In June, MCIS Camp Invention program allows 45-50 incoming 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders a week of learning and exploration of STEM enhancement with all hand on activities and collaborative learning with peers during class rotations of fun STEM project learning. Camp is taught by MCIS teachers and directed by lead Science teacher Kristy Drakeford. The camp is sponsored in part by The Corning Foundation, Inc, the Family Resource Center and other local sponsors.
College and Career Week at MCIS is a week of activities designed to make students aware of their future goals and dreams. During the week we have Dress for Success Day, Dress in the Career of your Dreams, Military Day, and College of your Dreams Day. Students participate in each daily event and brainstorm ideas of what they want to pursue in their future. All students at MCIS are also exposed to a college atmosphere when attending a play or program on a college campus during the school year. Tours (when available) also allow student to see the big picture for their future. Grade level teachers emphasize the importance of studying and becoming students who work hard to achieve the goals they set for themselves.
WORLD LANGUAGE/CULTURAL STUDIES
MCIS students receive 45 minutes of Cultural Studies per day for a week at a time. Our ‘specials classes’ operate on a four-week rotation. Every four weeks, students participate in various activities that help them understand that culture is a system of beliefs; knowledge; customs/traditions; languages and skills shared by a group of people. Students learn about families/communities, famous people, cuisine, holidays and folktales from other cultures.
Students are also exposed to Spanish language through an online program that instructs the student on their individual level.