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MAHS Fourth Nine Weeks — Important Information

Please review the following reminders and upcoming events for Mars Area High School: 

Morning Procedures

REMINDER- If you are driving your students to school, please remember to drop them off at the auditorium entrance or at the tennis court lot. Students will then walk to the main entrance along the sidewalk to enter the building. Students should not be dropped off in the bus lane or teacher parking lot out front.

Please note that students need to be in homeroom by 7:35 each day. Students need to arrive in time to get through bag check and to homeroom by 7:35.

School Security

All students who are entering and exiting the building need to do so through the guard area and the main office. Students should not be entering or exiting through any other door in the building at any time. This includes any student leaving sick from the nurse, for a scheduled early release, at the end of the instructional day or for Vo-Tech. Not following this safety procedure will result in suspension.

Attendance — IMPORTANT

Parents/guardians are reminded that, if your child is absent for any reason, you are required to provide a written excuse for their absence within three (3) days of the absence. On the excuse, please provide your child’s first and last name, date of absence and reason for absence. Your child can turn in the excuse at the main entrance each morning or in the main office to the attendance secretary at any time during the day.

As per the District’s Attendance Policy: A maximum of ten (10) days of cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification shall be permitted during a school year. All absences beyond ten (10) parent notes shall require a medical excuse or will be marked as unexcused.

If a parent/guardian has provided a written excuse after the three (3) days explained above or if a parent/guardian provides more than ten (10) parental excuses in a year, the absence will be considered Unexcused/Unlawful. Class work or tests given on the day of Unexcused/Unlawful absence cannot be made up. The grade for the day will be “0”.

Cell Phone Use in Building

Parents/guardians, please remind your students that they are not to use their cell phones during the school day. If they need to make a phone call, they need to report to the main office to do so. No student has permission to record or take photos of other individuals during the school day- this is a policy violation and the student(s) responsible will face disciplinary action.

Dress Code

Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the school day. Please refer to pages 23-25 in the student handbook for specific guidelines. Please remind your students that no hats or hoods are permitted in the building during the school day.

Student Early Releases/Parent Pick-Up Reminders

Please be reminded that if you are going to pick up your child during the school day, you need to send a note with your child to turn in that morning when they arrive at school. Please note the time that you will be arriving to pick up your child. If your student can drive himself or herself home, please indicate that on the note as well.

If a student does not have a note and a parent/guardian must call for an emergency, the parent will need to enter the building to pick up their child.

If a student leaves the building without permission, they will receive a day of In-School Suspension. All early dismissals need to occur through the nurse’s office or through the main office with the note provided ahead of time. Please direct your students to go to the nurse, their school counselor or the main office for assistance if they are not feeling well or if they need support during the day.

Bathroom Behavior

Students are permitted to use the restroom as needed throughout the day. However, if a student is late to class or is missing most of the class due to bathroom use, passes may be restricted. Also, at no point should more than one student be in a bathroom stall at any given time. If this occurs students will receive a day of In-School Suspension.

Adjusted Schedule March 27, 2024

On Wednesday, March 27th Mars Area High School will have an adjusted schedule. Student groups are organizing a Lip Dub and Pep Rally that afternoon.

Students will report back to homeroom after the bell for 9th period and then report to their locations for the lip dub and pep rally.

Any senior with an early release can return to the building beginning at 1:20 and will need to go back through security to re-enter the building.


Remote Learning/Flexible Instruction Day- April 8, 2024

Mars Area School District will hold a Remote Learning Day with instruction ending at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 8. Mars Area High School will follow our Activity Bell (PM)  Schedule so that students can log in for all 9 periods prior to 2:00.  

CAP Day- April 10, 2024

Mars Area High School will be offering our Career Awareness Program (CAP) Day activities for students in grades 9-12 on Wednesday, April 10th. There will be no JROTC or Vo-Tech on this date. The bell schedule and specific grade level activities will be shared closer to the date. 

Students will join in activities that are specifically designed for their grade levels. The day is designed to engage students in relevant and meaningful self-exploration, aptitude assessments, and educational experiences that will support their future planning and help them safely reach their desired goals. It will also help all students ensure that they are meeting all graduation requirements regarding the Career Readiness Indicator and the Industry-Based Learning Indicator for the Future Ready PA Index. Please ensure that your children are present on this day.

End of Year Testing Dates

Mars Area High School will have AP Exams, Keystone Exams and Final Exams in May. Please see below for a list of dates.

AP Exams

    • May 6 - AP Chemistry- 12 pm
    • May 8 - AP Literature- 8 am
    • May 8 - AP Computer Sci A- 12 pm
    • May 13 - AP Calc AB- 8 am
    • May 13 - AP Calc BC- 8 am
    • May 14 - AP Language- 8 am
    • May 15 - AP Computer Science Principles- 12 pm
    • May 16 - AP Biology- 12 pm
    • May 17 - AP Physics I- 8 am
    • May 17 - AP Physics II- 12 pm
    • May 22 - AP US History- 8 am
    • May 23 - AP European History- 12 pm

Keystone Exams

  • May 13 - Keystone Literature Module 1
  • May 14 - Keystone Literature Module 2
  • May 15 - Keystone Biology Module 1
  • May 16 - Keystone Biology Module 2
  • May 17 - Keystone Algebra Module 1
  • May 20 - Keystone Algebra Module 2​​​​​​​

Final Exams

  • May 22 - Final Exams Periods 5 and 9
  • May 23 - Final Exams Periods 4 and 8
  • May 24 - Final Exams Periods 3 and 7
  • May 28 - Final Exams Periods 2 and 6
  • May 29 - Final Exam Period 1

Other Important Dates


22 - End of Third Nine Weeks
27 - Lip Dub/Pep Rally- Adjusted Schedule
28 - April 1- No School


  3 - ASVAB Test
10 - CAP Day
11 - Chorus Concert (6:30 PM)
13 - ACT Test
19 - PSAT 8/9 Test
22 - Parent/Principal Communication Meeting (9:15-10:15 AM)
26 - Art Showcase (6:00-8:00)
30 - Blood Drive- Auditorium


  3 - BC3 Placement Testing for CHS courses for 24-25 school year
  4 - SAT Test
  7 - Orchestra Concert (6:30 PM)
  9 - Band Concert (6:30 PM)
10 - Act 80 Day
10 - Prom Walk (5:30-6:00)
10 - Senior Prom
14 - Senior Class Meeting (Activity Period)
15- Senior Academic Awards Ceremony
17 - Cabaret & Jazz Night (6:30 PM)
29 - Graduation Practice and Senior Walk
30 - Last Day of School
30 - Graduation Practice


3- Graduation @ the MAC
4- Graduation Rain Date @ MAC or Auditorium