every child. every day.

MGSD 2023 - 2028 Strategic Plan

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VISION: Creating a better community by empowering every individual to grow, thrive, and succeed.

MISSION:  WE ARE MOORESVILLE – a learning community committed to providing a supportive environment where everyone can reach their full potential. 


Authentic Relationships - We believe in an environment that is welcoming to all, creating a sense of community.  We believe in an inclusive environment where all voices are valued and all people know they belong.

Empowerment - We believe students, families, and staff should have a voice in the growth and development of the school system. We believe in fostering a culture of innovation in an effort to continuously improve. 

Equity - We believe there is inherent worth in all people. We believe in ensuring all staff, students, and families have the opportunity and access necessary for a successful outcome.

Integrity - We believe in honesty and transparency in our work as a district.  We believe a culture of trust between staff, students, families, and the community is the backbone of a successful school system. 

Safety - We believe in creating an environment where everyone feels safe and supported.  We believe safety includes physical safety, as well as mental health and well-being.

The words %22we are%22 written in script followed by the Mooresville M logo all in royal blue.
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Maximize Opportunity and Achievement

Focusing on a student’s individual strengths, interests, needs, and culture allows them to reach their full potential.  Exposure to various career pathways and opportunities to develop life skills prepares students for their future.


  1. Meet or exceed growth targets on state assessments. 
  2. Close academic gaps between student groups on state assessments.
  3. Develop interpersonal skills K-12 aligned to the NC Portrait of a Graduate.
  4. Graduate students with a plan for employment, enlistment, or enrollment.


  • Research and implement a high dosage tutoring model as part of the academic day for specific grade levels/subjects based on assessment data.
  • Develop a consistent process that provides all students with a core curriculum that is culturally relevant, provides rigorous learning opportunities, and meets the unique needs of a diverse student population, as well as all student groups.
  • Explore grading practices that provide students opportunities to take ownership of the learning process.
  • Refine data-decision making and data analysis processes to drive instructional and organizational decisions. 
  • Develop a plan to ensure that NC Portrait of a Graduate durable skills (ability to adapt, to collaborate, to communicate, to think critically, to show empathy, to learn, and to take personal responsibility) are embedded into content area instruction K-12.
  • Ensure all K-8 students have access to in-school club opportunities aligned to exposing students to student interests during the instructional day.
  • Expand opportunities for high school students to explore their post graduation plans through internships, apprenticeships, College-Career Promise (CCP) courses, Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) and other work-based learning opportunities at the high school level.
  • Create a clear and uniform process where every student creates a career development plan in middle school and refines it based on changing interests through high school.
  • Explore new innovative school models to be implemented in MGSD.  (Examples include but are not limited to Early College, International Baccalaureate (IB), A+ Arts, Global Studies, STEM, and Freshman Academy.)
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Safe, Happy, and Healthy Environments

Learning and productivity flourish in an environment that is safe, happy and healthy.  Everyone should feel safe to express themselves in an inclusive and respectful environment.  A climate of happiness increases meaningful engagement.  A healthy environment provides support for physical and mental health.


  1. Provide an environment that prioritizes student and staff safety. 
  2. Provide for a positive and supportive climate for all students and staff.
  3. Support and enhance the social-emotional health of students and staff.


  • Examine and review the approach to school physical safety and implement practices and protocols to enhance as needed.
  • Allot resources to focus on school physical safety, student safety protocols, and procedures, as well as student behavioral needs.
  • Develop a comprehensive approach to alternative learning K-12.
  • Ensure clear and consistent expectations for student discipline across all schools, as well as a uniform professional learning framework, focused on a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Develop a district problem-solving advisory team, as well as ensure every school has a behavior problem-solving team as part of their MTSS framework.
  • Develop a yearly plan at each school/department to create and foster a positive culture and climate with a systematic way to get input from staff members and students. 
  • Implement a consistent, research-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum K-12 and provide staff members strong support for implementation.
  • Explore innovative partnerships with health organizations to offer additional mental and physical health support for students and staff.
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Recruit, Grow, and Retain

The success of a school district rests in the quality of its staff.  A commitment to recruiting, growing, and retaining the best and brightest staff ensures excellence in every aspect of the school district.  


  1. Recruit a talented and qualified workforce representative of the community, as well as the student population within the district.
  2. Grow talent by providing a variety of opportunities for professional learning. 
  3. Retain a talented and qualified workforce that enhances a learning environment for all to thrive.


  • Develop a comprehensive staff recruiting plan that includes innovative and research based practices to attract talent. 
  • Evaluate market rates to strengthen competitive pay structures for employees.
  • Enhance partnerships with community organizations to support staff wellness and employee experiences.
  • Create innovative and accessible career development pathways.
  • Enhance leadership development opportunities across the district. 
  • Enhance and establish a culture of support for the education professionals leading students.
  • Create an all inclusive onboarding system to immerse employees in the Mooresville Graded School District culture. 
  • Ensure leaders have the skills needed to establish a culture of inclusive practices and belonging for all employees.
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Culture of Relationships

A successful district values inclusivity, effective communication, positive relationships, and is the heart of our community. Staff, students, and families want to be involved in schools where they are known, cared for, valued, and empowered.  The community needs to feel connected to the work of the district. 


  1. Develop positive and supportive relationships between staff, students and families district-wide.
  2. Continue growing partnerships with local businesses and organizations that benefit our staff, students, and families. 


  • Develop a uniform communication framework from the district and from schools that is user-friendly and engages the community. 
  • Evaluate and refine the advisory committee process for parents and teachers, while also developing a student advisory committee. 
  • The district will facilitate at least four community engagement events and each school will hold at least two community engagement events per year with an effort to plan for a variety of locations.  
  • Create a community outreach advisory group that will develop a framework for identifying strategic alliances, laying out goals, keeping track of progress, and evaluating results. 
  • Develop a comprehensive volunteer program to encourage community engagement.
  • Develop a uniform approach to student mentoring that includes engagement with community members and students in partnership with school staff.
  • Offer training and resources to staff and families to help them develop strong relationships that support the success and wellbeing of all students.
  • Develop a plan for targeted community outreach initiatives to traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations.
Graduates walking by a statute with the Mooresville M and engraved with %22How do we win?  Together!%22