Hello MGSD Families!
We are thankful for all of you and hope you enjoy this edition of our MGSD newsletter highlighting just a few of the great things happening in our schools!
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¡Estamos muy agradecidos por todos ustedes y esperamos que disfruten esta edición de nuestro boletín informativo de MGSD destacando algunas de las cosas maravillosas que están sucediendo en nuestras escuelas!
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Pledge of Allegiance
Mooresville Intermediate School student Bianca Gilmore was chosen to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the November 15 Board of Education meeting. Bianca was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Yasmyn Southerland, who said the following about Bianca:
"Bianca is an awesome student who is always smiling and willing to help others. She is respectful, kind, and enjoys working with her classmates. Bianca is a hardworking student who is constantly striving to do her best in all academic areas. She constantly shows perseverance and determination!"
MGSD is proud of Bianca! #NeverStopSmiling
Artist of the Month
The Board of Education awarded Mooresville Intermediate School student Ryder Lavalette the MGSD Artist of the Month award. Ryder was nominated by his art teacher, Ms. Gryder, and his homeroom teacher, Ms. Sharpley. In the nomination, they said:
"Ryder has a contagious spirit about him that is seen continuously by Ms. Gryder in the art classroom. He not only does his very best work in every project assigned to him, but he inspires those around him to work hard and make something they can be proud of. His talent and love for art makes being his art teacher so rewarding. As fourth grade learns about our home state, North Carolina, we focused on our state bird the Cardinal. As a class we painted Winter Cardinal portraits and Ryder did an amazing job. He gave his portrait detail, color and successfully added realistic features that can be challenging to many his age. Ryder is very deserving of this award!"
Excellent job, Ryder! #ArtMakesADifference
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
MGSD bus driver, Mr. Wayne Benfield, received the ABCD Award at the November Board of Education meeting. Mooresville High School Assistant Principal Michael Few, MIWAYE Principal Yamaro Scott, and Rocky River Elementary Assistant Principal Lani Earnhardt nominated Mr. Benfield. In the nomination they said:
"Wayne Benfield is rarely, if ever, absent. He greets me each day with a smile and waves as his bus is coming through every morning and afternoon. Whenever I see him he has an upbeat and jovial attitude. He has a great relationship with the students that ride his bus and they enjoy having him as their driver. His work ethic is second to none and he is always willing to lend a hand when needed." -Michael Few, MHS
"This person not only has the characteristics of a great bus driver, but he is also an all-around great human being. He is dependable by showing up for work every day and is always willing to go the extra mile. If you don't see him at work, you know something is wrong. Anyone would love to have this person on their team because he is cool and calm as a fan. Whether the driving conditions are rain, sleet, snow or sun, you will still find a smile on his face. He takes great pride as a driver, which is the biggest factor in getting students to and from school safely." -Yamaro Scott, NF Woods
"'Mr. Wayne' as we call him here at Rocky River is so very dependable and welcomes each Racer onto his bus with a warm smile and hello. Mr. Wayne is extremely prompt and willing to assist in any way possible to support our students and staff. He encourages positive bus behavior by passing out tickets for our students to earn Dojo points. We are so thankful to have him on our fleet again this year and hope he continues to drive our little ones at Rocky River Elementary. Thanks for ALL you do, Mr. Wayne!" -Lani Earnhardt, RRES
Mooresville Intermediate School highlighted their classroom transformations at the November Board of Education meeting. To learn more about the classroom transformations at MIS, check out the information and video in this link: https://www.smore.com/se31v.
2018 Audit Report
Every year MGSD goes through an extensive audit of their financial statements. The independent auditors issue four opinions: 1) Financial Statements 2) Federal Funds 3) State Funds and 4) Overall Program. MGSD received the highest audit rating given with an unmodified opinion and once again received a clean audit with no exceptions or difficulties encountered.
School Improvement Plans
The Board of Education voted to approve the School Improvement Plans that each school presented at the October board meeting. To see each school's plan, please follow this link: https://drive.google.com/
2019 - 2020 School Year Calendar
The MGSD Board of Education voted to approve the 2019 - 2020 School Year Calendar at at the November 15 meeting. The approved calendar is the Non-traditional calendar that was shared with all district families via a survey and presented for review and feedback at the October board meeting. The survey result, with 1,400 responses, was 71 percent in support of changing to the non-traditional calendar and 29 percent in favor of keeping a traditional calendar. A copy of the approved calendar can be found at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OZkUsyQQeMKCFVp6W9MNGBbmcpm_uQDT/view?usp=sharing. We appreciate all of the feedback we received and thank you for participating in the survey!
sarah - Posted Friday, Nov 9, 2018 3:12:45 PM
We will be hosting a Winter Family Festival on November 30th from 5:30-7:30. Please come join us for lots of fun!
Pledge of Allegiance
Mooresville Graded School District was honored to have our Mooresville High School Blue Devils NJROTC present the Colors for the Pledge of Allegiance at the October 09 Board of Education meeting.
Commanding Officer: Cadet Victoria Ferrara – 12th Grade
Color Guards: Cadet Cheyanne Buckhanan, Cadet Deana Eagar – 11th Grade
Cadet Keegan Delamater, Cadet Joseph Archer – 12th Grade
Artist of the Month
Congratulations to Rachel Peterkin, one of our 12th Grade Mooresville High School Blue Devils, who received the MGSD Artist of the Month recognition from our Board of Education!
Rachel was nominated by Ron Higdon, MHS drama teacher, Melanie Kalkan, MHS chorus teacher, and Joshua Stevenson, MHS band teacher. In their nomination of Rachel, her teachers said:
"Rachel Peterkin has been in marching band for two years having participated in multiple competitions and concerts. She is a theatre honors student and a member of The International Thespian Society. She recently appeared as Linus in the MHS Spring musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Rachel is currently working on the two plays submitted for the NC Theatre Conference. She is serving as the Production Stage Manager for Dark Road and is playing the role of Violet in the play Goodbye Charles. Rachel not only excels in the arts but is an excellent student in all of her studies!"
The MGSD Board of Education honored Ms. Judith McKee, MHS Counseling Dept. Secretary, with the ABCD Award for the month of October. Ms. McKee was nominated by Mooresville High School Blue Devils Principal Mr. Eric Schwarzenegger who said of Ms. McKee:
"Ms. Judith McKee has been the Counseling Secretary at Mooresville High School since August 2017. Since joining the MHS staff full time, she has done an exceptional job managing the demands of her job, while also supporting her colleagues in the front office, and assisting students and their families with a warm smile and a can-do attitude. Upon enrollment, all new students and their families meet with Ms. McKee and I can’t think of a better person to provide the first impression of MHS and our values. She shows that she cares for every student by patiently listening to their fears and concerns, then does everything she can to get them the information or answers they need. Ms. McKee takes initiative. When she first came on the job, our records room looked like a tornado had partied with an earthquake due to the moving and renovations. Ms. McKee, along with her assistant, Ms. Benfield, got straight to work organizing 47 filing cabinets worth of records, never wasting a spare moment of their day. Today, you will find the records room looks better than it ever has before. As a former bus driver, Ms. McKee has an excellent working knowledge of transportation and is always willing to lend her expertise to provide a solution to a transportation problem or answer a question. Ms. McKee is the consummate professional. You will never hear her speak ill towards or of any person, but instead always looks for the positives. Toward her colleagues, she is dedicated, encouraging and unconditionally kind. Ms. McKee is a team player in that she will never hesitate to jump in and assist, even if the task isn’t in her job description. When Ms. McKee brings an issue or problem forward, she already has several possible solutions to put into action. Ms. McKee honors the staff and students of Mooresville High School every day with her attitude, work ethic, and infectious personality. It is my pleasure to honor her in return by nominating her for the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award."
2019 - 2020 School Calendar: First Reading
MGSD Chief Operations Officer presented our proposed 2019 - 2020 Calendar to the Board of Education at the October 09 board meeting. Every year, MGSD uses a calendar committee to come up with the draft calendar to present to the Board of Education. This committee is made up of staff, parents, and administrators. In addition to the committee, this year parents and staff were surveyed district wide regarding switching from a traditional to a year-round/non-traditional calendar. The proposed year-round calendar includes an earlier start date with first semester ending prior to winter break. In addition, there would be a one week break in between quarters and a two week break between semesters. Summer intercession classes would be offered for students in grades K through 12. The survey showed overwhelming support for the non-traditional calendar with 71 percent in favor of switching from the traditional calendar. The Board of Education will receive feedback for 30 days and vote on the calendar at the November 15 board meeting. To see the calendar that was presented to the board, click here.
The Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education has been awarded the 2018 NCSBA
Gold Bell Award. The Gold Bell Award reflects that the MGSD Board of Education was
committed to training excellence for the 2017-2018 NCSBA academy year and that they have
each attained the required 12 hours (or more) of professional development. In fact, each of our board
members had an average 41 hours each. The total combined hours in 2017-2018 were 236 hours! We are proud to have board members who care enough for our children and district to give of their time and efforts, as well as recognize the importance of life-long learning!
We hope you enjoy this MGSD newsletter with a small peek into what our kiddos are doing at each school! Also check out a few notices from the district toward the bottom! Thank you for your support!
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On the November 6th ballot, there will be a referendum for a 1/4 penny sales tax increase for Iredell County. Approximately 75 percent of the funds generated will be shared between the three school systems in Iredell County (MGSD, ISS, Mitchell Community College) based on our student count. More information on the proposed sales tax can be found at this link: MGSD Infogram. We will be holding four (4) informational meetings for our parents and community members to let you know how MGSD will plan on utilizing the funds should the referendum pass. All meetings will start at 6:30pm. While we would appreciate parents attempting to come to the meeting designated for their school, you are more than welcome to attend any meeting that works with your schedule. Community members are also welcome to attend any of the four (4) scheduled meetings. Thank you and we hope to see you at one of the meetings!
EMIS / PVES (@EMIS) - Thursday, September 20
MMS (@MMS) - Monday, September 24
MIS / RRES / South (@MIS) - Thursday, October 4
MHS (@MHS) - Wednesday, October 10