Press Release IMMEDIATE RELEASE MGSD Board of Education May 24, 2022 MGSD Superintendent Application Window Closes Mooresville, NC - The deadline to submit applications to serve as the Mooresville Graded School District’s next superintendent closed on May 23, 2022. The MGSD Board of Education is pleased with the number of applications received, totaling 22 applications from 10 different states. The response rate to the search shows the appeal that MGSD and its community have to candidates nationwide. Board Chair Roger Hyatt is encouraged with the number of applicants interested in MGSD. “Our task as a School Board is to match the talents, skills and experience of the applicant with the culture and requirements of our district. The number of folks interested in the MGSD superintendency increases the opportunities for us to find the ideal candidate to lead our district,” he stated. The applications will be processed by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) and released to the board. The board looks forward to reviewing the applications and moving into the interview stage of the superintendent search process in June. ###
Hello MGSD families! Can you believe tomorrow (May 25) is the last day of the 2021 - 2022 school year? We wanted to remind our families that tomorrow will be an early release day for our students: MHS/MMS will dismiss at 12:30pm MIS/EMIS will dismiss at 1:00pm PVES/RRES/South will dismiss at 1:30pm Lunch will be served prior to dismissal. We hope all of our students, staff, and families enjoy some fun and relaxation over the summer break. Have a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow!
Hello MGSD community, Did you know that over 70% of youth with major depression are still in need of treatment, and more than 10 million adults have an unmet need for mental health treatment?* While there are multiple reasons for these numbers, one reason is simply not knowing where to go when help is needed. Our MGSD students can always seek help within their school. MGSD has a strong team of school/guidance counselors, school social workers, school psychologists and administrators that can help our students receive the help they need. 💙 #MentalHealthAwareness2022 #StopTheStigma * The State of Mental Health in America - MHA
Hello MGSD community, If you or someone you know leads a business or organization and would like to support our Iredell County Crosby Scholars, please see sponsorship opportunities below or at this link: Iredell County Crosby Scholars Blue Jeans, Beats, and Bling Fundraiser . Crosby Scholars is a free program open to 6th - 12th grade public school students in Iredell County. Sponsorships will support the Iredell County Crosby
Scholar vision: to ensure college opportunities for every student. This is being shared on behalf of the Iredell County Crosby Scholars and the many MGSD students who are benefitting from this program. Please direct any questions to the Iredell
County Crosby Scholars Executive Director or Board Chair listed on page 3. Thank you!
Hello MGSD Community! Can you believe that our Mooresville High School Seniors will be graduating in 9 days? If you have friends or family who are unable to attend the graduation in person, they can still watch their favorite senior receive their diploma. The 2022 MHS Commencement Ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/Dx6CDExIPHQ . The ceremony will begin at 8:30am on Saturday, May 28. Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors and their families! We are so proud of you!
The Mooresville Graded School District invites our families and community to a drop-in reception celebrating Dr. Stephen Mauney on his retirement and his years of dedication to the children and families of Mooresville! 💙 May 23, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Mooresville High School gymnasium.
Hello MGSD families, Providing access to #MentalHealth services has been shown to reduce mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties with students and can help foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all members of the K-12 school community. On May 19, join us, the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse, and Project AWARE Site Directors for an informational webinar focused on the importance of school-based mental health services in K-12 schools. Webinar presenters will provide an overview of how communities can utilize a multi-tiered system of support in schools to address the complex mental health needs among K-12 audiences. Learn more and register here: https://K12mentalhealthwebinar.eventbrite.com
Board of Education Meeting Highlights May 10, 2022
The MGSD Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting on May 10, 2022, in the MGSD Performing Arts Center. For meeting schedules and additional Board information, please visit the Board of Education webpage at https://www.mgsd.k12.nc.us/about-us/board-of-education .
During the May meeting we celebrated several staff and students! In addition, Rocky River Elementary School presented on their PreK Stars program. Below are the highlights of the May meeting. If you would like to go back and view the meeting, you can do that at this link: MGSD May 10, 2022, Board Meeting . Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, and thank you for being a part of our MGSD family!
Mark you Calendars May 24: Board of Education Work Session/Training May 25: Last Day of School Early Release Day MHS/MMS 12:30pm EMIS/MIS 1:00pm PVES/RRES/South 1:30pm June 6: First Day of Summer School June 14: Board of Education Meeting
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” ~ B.B. King
Students of the Month
At the May board meeting, we didn't just highlight one student of the month but a whole pack of Racers! Mrs. Sepulveda’s and Ms. Cottle’s First Grade Dual Immersion classrooms were selected as the May Students of the Month and lead the Pledge of Allegiance in both English and Spanish to begin the meeting! MGSD is so fortunate to provide a dual immersion program for many of our kindergarten and first grade students at each of our elementary schools. Students enrolled in this program are provided with high quality instruction on our North Carolina standards in both English and Spanish. In a 50-50 model, where biliteracy is the goal, students rotate between a Spanish language classroom and an English language classroom. At Rocky River, the featured classroom is taught by Mrs. Sepulveda, who joined Rocky River after teaching in Chili for over 20 years, and her English language counterpart, Ms. Cottle. These students begin their daily instruction with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in both English and Spanish much like they did at the board meeting. ¡Bien hecho, Racers!
Click on the image to view a video of their recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Artist of the Month "Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness"
~ Anni Albers
The Board of Education honored Laynie C., third grade student at Rocky River Elementary, with the MGSD Artist of the Month recognition at the May board meeting. Laynie was nominated by her RRES art teacher, Ms. Sossamon, who said the following about Laynie: "Laynie is a joy to teach! She has natural artistic abilities and works hard to put them to use. Her smile is contagious and she has so many creative ideas! For this painting being presented tonight, Laynie drew a cityscape with patterns and designs, then added a beautiful sunset sky. She went a step beyond the instructions and added delicate coloring to her buildings. The end result is stunning! No matter what Laynie does, she puts her heart into it and does her best!" Thank you for the happiness you bring, Laynie!
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Ms. Velrice “Valerie” Wilson received the MGSD Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award at the May Board of Education meeting. Ms. Wilson is the head custodian at the MHS - Magnolia Campus and was nominated by the MHS administrative team. In the nomination, the team said: "Ms. Valerie Wilson is a person that always brings sunshine when she enters Mooresville High School, and she is loved by all of our staff and many students who refer to her as “Ms. Val.” Ms. Wilson has been a custodian at Mooresville High School for approximately 14 years and most recently became the Head Custodian at the MHS Magnolia Campus, although she often says, “The whole school is my responsibility.” That is a testament to her leadership, dedication, and work ethic that she brings each and every day when she comes to work. Ms. Wilson has the respect of her fellow custodians who often come to her for advice or assistance and when asked to complete a task either by a teacher or by administration, she always says, “No problem. I will get it done.” We are blessed to have someone like her in our building who reminds us that regardless of what we are going through -- either professionally or personally -- there is always a reason to smile because God has allowed us to see another day. We are blessed and honored to nominate Valerie Wilson for the ABCD award." Thank you for always going above and beyond for every child, every day, Ms. Val!
Spotlight on People
The Spotlight shined on Dannielle Lord, MGSD Director of Technology, who recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a rigorous certification exam. The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Dannielle Lord has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st-century technology to our K-12 school systems. To become certified, the candidate must have demonstrated experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. Once the CETL certification is earned, the ed-tech professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation. "Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment, to bringing 21st-century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CoSN. The CETL certification is awarded by the Consortium for School Networking. Founded in 1992, CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders and its mission is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community, and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders. Excellent work, Ms. Lord! MGSD is fortunate to have you in our district!
Instructional Highlight Dr. Chuck LaRusso, principal, and Ms. Claire Watts, our PreK Stars director, presented about the Pre-K Stars program that is housed at RRES. Check out the presentation (including the videos with off-the-chart cuteness!) by clicking the image below. Students from the PreK Stars program also performed for out Board of Education. For a snippet of their talent, check out the video below!
Report on School Mental Health Initiative Ms. Tracy Bissonnette gave a report to the Board on the MGSD School Mental Health Initiative. For more information, please click the image to the right.
2022 - 2023 CTE Local Plan Ms. Julie Blocker presented the 2022 - 2023 CTE Local Plan for approval by the Board. To view the presentation, please click the image to the right.
MGSD 2022 - 2025 AIG Plan Dr. Quinetta Pratt presented the 2022 - 2023 AIG Plan for first-read to the Board. For an overview of the 2022 - 2025 AIG Plan, please click the image to the left. The Board will vote on this plan at the June board meeting.
Mental Health Awareness Month The MGSD Board of Education and Superintendent Mauney signed a proclamation in support of Mental Health Awareness at the meeting on May 10, 2022. The proclamation read as follows: MOORESVILLE GRADED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Mental Health Awareness Month 2022
WHEREAS, Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being and the importance of attending to mental health has become even more pronounced in the recent years;
WHEREAS, All Americans face challenges in life that can impact their mental health,
especially during a pandemic when isolation, sickness, grief, job loss, food instability, and loss of routines have increased the need for mental health services but has also created barriers to treatment;
WHEREAS, Nearly one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition and those living with mental health conditions are our family, friends, classmates, neighbors, and coworkers;
WHEREAS, Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death for youth today with nearly 10 percent of America’s youth reporting severe depression; WHEREAS, Prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental health conditions and by integrating practical tools into our primary care settings, schools, and homes, we can drive awareness and people can use these tools to improve their mental health and increase resiliency; WHEREAS, Mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation; WHEREAS, With effective treatment, those individuals with mental health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives; and WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, healthcare provider, organization and citizen share the burden of mental health problems and have a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention and treatment efforts. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Superintendent and Board of Education of the Mooresville Graded School District hereby proclaim May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month and shine a light on mental illness and the need for long-term improvements in our mental health care system and increased access to care for all so no one feels alone. This the 10th day of May 2022.
Board Policy on Face Coverings Under NC General Statute ( SB 654/Session Law 2021-130 Part X Sect 10 ), all boards of education are required to vote on their current face covering policy each month. At the May Board meeting, the Board voted to keep masks optional, as well as keep all COVID protocols the same as last month and as listed below:
Schools will no longer contact trace
Schools will not exclude individuals who are close contacts
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to isolate at home for the full five days and be symptom free before returning.
If an individual is symptomatic, they need to stay home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.
The Board will revisit the mask policy at next month's regular Board of Education meeting on June 14, 2022, per SB 654.
May 10, 2022
Hello MGSD Parents, Due to incoming severe weather this afternoon that has the potential to hit during dismissal and our afternoon bus routes, Mooresville Graded School District will be dismissing early. The Mooresville High School/Woods and Mooresville Middle School will release at 1:30pm. EMIS and MIS will release at 2:00pm. PVES, RRES, and South will release at 2:15pm. All after-school activities will also be canceled, including BASP. If your child is a car rider, they will be kept safe until you arrive at the school. Thank you for your understanding!