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WELCOME TO MARY STARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
405 8TH AVE SW
PH. 701-751-6506
FAX 701-751-6678

SCHOOL HOURS 8:45-3:30
Student Planner
Please review your child's student planner everynight. The planner is a form of communication between parents and teachers.

MySchoolBucks

11 months ago


Visit My SchoolBucks.com


FAQ’s for Parents


With current national attention being focused on children’s health and wellness issues, Mandan Public School District’s Child Nutrition Department is excited to provide parents a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child’s account balance through a web site called MySchoolBucks.com. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so your child has more time to eat and be with friends.


Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s eating history report. This history report will show you all dates and times that your child has purchased a breakfast and or lunch within the past thirty days.


To access these services:

Click on the MySchoolBucks.com link above. From this site you will create your account and add money to your child’s school meal account. All you need is your child’s name, student ID number ( if your child does not know this number you can find their student ID # in your Power School Parent Portal) and school ZIP code. The instructions listed will guide you through the easy online account set up process.


Things to know:

> If you have more than one child in the District you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account.

> Payments can be made with a major credit or debit card.

> The convenience fee of $1.95 will be paid by the Mandan School District. Mandan Public School District will not profit from the use of this site.


We are very excited to offer these new services. However, if you choose not to take advantage of the online prepayment service you may continue to make advance payments via cash or check, which should be made payable to the Mandan Public School District. Please write your child’s full name on the check.


If you have any questions about these new services, please feel free to contact Becky Heinert at 751-6500.    
Parent Involvement
Research has strongly linked the correlation between parental involvement and student academic success. Mary Stark Elementary School values and promotes parental involvement.

School Dashboard

4 months ago

North Dakota has launched a new website designed to allow patrons to learn more about the schools in their school district. The site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success highlighting a variety of different areas. 

The NDInsight web page, or more commonly referred to as the “Dashboard,” is part of North Dakota’s new accountability system. It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing, and placed the focus on equity for all students. To learn more about the state’s accountability and continuous improvement, visit North Dakota’s ESSA website. To find out more information,, click the link below, select “Find My School,” and search alphabetically for our school.



Parents Right to Know
Federal law allows parents the right to request information on the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals in the school. Parents may request a detailed explanation of the licensing, education, and experience of each of our teachers. Parents may request teacher or paraprofessional qualifications information under the Parents Right to Know provisions by contacting the Human Resources Department of the Mandan Public Schools at 701-751-6500

If at any time during the school year a child is taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable state licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned, parents must be notified by the school in a timely manner.
Directions to Our School
School Information
Welcome to the Mary Stark Elementary School Website! Our district mission is to empower all students to develop skills for life-long learning and responsible decision making in order to contribute to a global society.

In the elementary, we also have added our own set of internal Core Beliefs for Mary Stark Elementary School.

The following list of core beliefs outlines for the professional actions and attitudes of all staff members in this school.
•We believe that every attempt should be made to maintain the dignity of both the adult and the student.
•We believe that students should be guided and expected to solve the problems they create without making problems for anyone else.
•We believe that students should be given the opportunity to make decisions and live with the results, whether the consequences are good or bad.
•We believe that students should have the opportunity to tell their side of the story (due process hearing) when consequences appear to be unfair.
•We believe that it is best if a student does most of the thinking.



Our school day is from 8:50 A.M.. – 3:30 P.M.. We have 2 sections of each classroom in grades Kindergarten through 4TH grade and 1 fifth grade class. We also have a Early Special Education Unit program which serves four and five year olds.
Counselor's Office
Mandan Elementary Counselor's Office
Mandan Counseling Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Mandan Public School Counseling Program is to promote the development of productive and responsible citizens by ensuring the academic, career, and personal/social growth of all students. In partnership with parents and school personnel, the counseling program provides programs and services to enhance the educational process of all students.
What does an elementary school counselor do?

Counselors provide a variety of services to students and schools. Large group guidance lessons are provided in the classroom regularly. Topics include friendship skills, bullying, handling conflict, anger management, stress management, goal-setting, academic success, and career education.

We also provide short-term individual counseling to students. Occasionally our students need assistance with certain developmental challenges. We might see students if they are experiencing trouble making friends, grief or loss of a loved one, a divorce or separation in the family, moving, or a variety of other issues.

Depending on the school and the need, small group counseling sessions may be available to provide students with help and support with peers. Group topics might include friendship skills, anger management, changing families, study skills, or self-esteem.

Counselors are available for consultation with parents and teachers regarding a student’s social, emotional, academic or behavioral concerns. We are also happy to refer to community agencies and services for extra help and support.

Please contact your school counselor with specific questions about services offered or with any concerns about your child.

- Mandan Elementary Counselors
Mission and Vision
The Mission of Mandan Public Schools is to provide students with rigorous and personalized learning experiences and to help them develop the social and emotional skills to become productive citizens.

The Vision of the Mandan Public Schools is that every student will graduate Choice Ready; ready for college, career, and life.

Slogan: Where the Best Begin!

We Believe:

• All students are entitled equal access to a free and appropriate public education.
• Schools should promote scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
• Schools should provide students with a quality core curriculum, along with opportunities to pursue interests in the arts, career and technical education, and physical education.
• Schools should equip students with communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills.
• Schools should provide a system of support services that will allow all students to succeed.
• Schools should provide students with a safe, caring, and respectful learning environment.
• Schools should inspire students to succeed.
• Parents and the whole community are partners helping schools to achieve the mission and vision of the District.

Title I

2 months ago

Mary Stark Elementary School is currently in the eleventh year operating as a schoolwide school. The Title I schoolwide program has allowed us to serve all students in reading and math.  

Our method of delivery is pullout.

All schools must ensure that services provided by Title I personnel, regardless of the model of delivery used, are supplemental. Title I services are supplemental in terms of greater instructional intensity and opportunity to learn. The state Title I office does not endorse one instructional delivery method over another. The primary responsibility for the choice of instructional models is at the school building level. The Mandan Public Schools provides a pullout, in-class and extended year programs. These methods are chosen by the principal and Title I Staff.  Each school chooses what method they feel will be most effective for their students. 

Mary Stark's top priority is providing the best education possible in a nurturing environment for all students. In pursuit of this priority we continue to emphasize these areas:

High achievement in basic skills

Excellent school climate, including attendance, and discipline

Instructional leadership

Parent involvement

We want the parents and guardians of our students, like the students themselves, to feel at home at Mary Stark. It is important that our students feel proud of who they are and believe they can accomplish anything they desire. The staff at Mary Stark wants the students to embrace the love of learning and have academic success.

We have a strong commitment to academics, character education, technology and leadership development. All staff members strive in working together to ensure that each child at Mary Stark Elementary School can become successful as a citizen and student.

Click to view goals and plans 

Annual Review Meeting

Mary Stark Elementary School is required to hold an annual review meeting to review all the components of our Title I program such as the student selection process, professional development, the parent involvement policy, the compact, classroom teacher communication, assessment methods, service methods, curriculum, and any other items important to the operation of our Title I programs. This meeting will be conducted in the spring of the year and you will be notified when this will take place.


Compact for Learning

Mary Stark Elementary School must develop a written school-parent compact jointly with parents for children participating in Title I activities, services and programs. These compacts have outlined how parents, the school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and also build a school-parent partnership.

Parental Involvement

Research has strongly linked the correlation between parental involvement and student academic success. Mary Stark Elementary School values and promotes parental involvement.

Research shows that children do better in school when parents talk often with teachers and become involved in the school. There are many ways that parents and teachers can communicate with each other, rather than relying on the scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Close communications between parents and teachers can help the student.

Another good investment in your child's education is to volunteer. Depending upon parents' availability, interests, and the needs of the school, the opportunities are endless. Some suggestions include: lunchroom monitor, tutoring, library aide, classroom speaker on a specific topic of interest, and concession workers at school events. 

Mary Stark Elementary School has developed a Parental Involvement Action Plan that incorporates parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making and collaborating.


Click here to view the Parent Compact


Click here to view Mary Stark Parent Involvement