Hello MGSD community, The Agenda for the December 12, 2023, regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting has been posted on the district website. You can view the agenda at the following link: Board of Education Agenda - December 12, 2023 . This meeting will take place at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center. You can watch MGSD board meetings live on the MGSD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVlnNX2SuYZhtp-kiPeCQBA/streams . Agendas and minutes in general can be found at this link: http://Board of Education Agendas and Minutes . All agendas are posted no later than the Friday before a Board meeting. For the calendar of meetings, policy manual , and public comment guidelines , please visit the MGSD Board of Education web page . Please note that the Board will adhere to the 30 minute public comment time limit per the board policy. For the Public Comment Policy, click on the link above or here: public comment guidelines . Thank you.
Hello MGSD families! The Mooresville Performing Arts Center is excited to once again present an evening of holiday classics with the Charlotte Symphony! Anybody who had the opportunity to attend this exceptional event last holiday season can tell you that it was truly a magical concert. We thank the Charlotte Symphony for bringing this holiday opportunity to Mooresville and hope to see our MGSD community on December 13 at 7:00pm! For tickets, follow this link: https://27987.encoreticketing.com/r/events/ .
Hello MGSD families! We are still working to help our local families through the United Way of Iredell County's annual campaign and invite you to join us in this worthy endeavor! MGSD is focusing on three important local agencies/causes: Iredell County Partnership for Young Children, Iredell Council on Aging, and home repair. To learn more about how you can help us help others within our MGSD community, please check out the videos where Dr. Gardner and the head of these agencies take time to discuss the importance of PreK education, Meals on Wheels, and safe housing security to the people in our community. After learning more, if you feel moved – and are able – to assist in any way, simply go to our MGSD campaign page at https://bit.ly/MGSDistrict or text the number 41444 with the message “MGSD.” You can choose to give to one of the three agencies highlighted below or several other local agencies... or maybe you want to donate to the general fund. No matter how you choose to help, you can know that you are making a significant difference to your neighbors who benefit from the vital programs and services funded by our local United Way this holiday season! Thank you for your support for MGSD, and thank you for helping us create a better community for all!
It's almost time for that most wonderful time of the year, Mooresville families! Tuesday, November 21, will be an early release day so that we all can enjoy the 79th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade! As a reminder, our early release times will be as follows: High School - 11:20am Middle Schools - 11:55am Intermediate Schools - 12:25pm Elementary Schools - 12:40pm We look forward to seeing all of the friendly faces as we take part in the parade. Please click on this Mooresville Christmas Parade Information link to see all of the fun that will be had at the parade on Tuesday! 💚❤️💚
Hello MGSD families! We are excited to invite our families to our second community STEAM event! We will be celebrating and recreating the wonders of winter! There will be fun activities and snacks for you to enjoy as we welcome in the winter season. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we can make sure we have the correct amount of snacks and supplies. Thank you for being part of our district and we can't wait to experience fun and learning in a winter wonderland!
Board of Education Meeting Highlights November 6, 2023
The MGSD Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting on November 6, 2023, in the MGSD Performing Arts Center. Below you will find the news and notes from the meeting. If you would like to go back and view this meeting or previous meetings, you can do that at this link: MGSD Board Meetings via YouTube . For meeting schedules and additional Board information, please visit the Board of Education webpage at MGSD Board of Education . Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the information contained in this newsletter. Thank you for your continual support of MGSD!
CELEBRATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
Student of the Month Our student of the month and pledge leader for November is Ta'Monda Feaster from South Elementary School! Ta'Monda was selected by Ms. Omspach, media coordinator for South Elementary, and Ms. Heineman, Ta'Monda's classroom teacher. In their nomination, these two educators said the following about Ta'Monda: "We are so proud to have Ta’Monda Feaster as South’s Student of the Month. She is a joy to have in our South community and spreads kindness and positivity to all she meets. Her contagious upbeat attitude exemplifies South’s motto for being safe, respectful and responsible. Through the school day, Ta’Monda is considerate and dependable when interacting with her peers and teachers. Ta’Monda has made great strides in academics and is a determined learner that does not give up when faced with challenges. We appreciate Ta'Monda's excellent example as a South Star." Keep being your awesome self, Ta'Monda!
Artist of the Month
The Board of Education had the honor of recognizing a South Elementary Super Star as the MGSD Artist of the Month! Anabella Hernandez Navarro was nominated by her South Elementary art teacher, Ms. Penny Tucker, and her homeroom teacher, Ms. Perez. These two teachers said the following about Anabella in her nomination: "We are so proud to have Anabella Hernandez Navarro as South’s Artist of the Month. Anabella is an exceptional artist. She is quiet and is attentive in class. She enjoys drawing and has become diverse in several mediums. Her artwork today is in oil pastel. We look forward to seeing where her visual creations take her next." Well done, Anabella!
Each month the Board has the honor of recognizing a district employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty demonstrating a core value of the district. This month, we recognize Ms. Brittany Wardrip, instructional assistant for South Elementary School. Ms. Wardrip was nominated by South Elementary Principal Ms. Cheryl Dortch for embodying all five of the MGSD core values: Authentic Relationships, Empowerment, Equity, Integrity, and Safety. Ms Dortch said the following about Ms. Wardrip and her contributions to South Elementary:
"Ms. Wardrip is ALL IN when it comes to anything related to children and South Elementary. She is a true team player and the first to volunteer whenever there is something that needs to be done. She single-handedly exemplifies all the components of the MGSD strategic plan on a daily basis. One way she maximizes opportunity and achievement is through the planning and development of her weekly science and innovation club. She collaborated with colleagues and turned one of the rooms in our annex into a science lab. The enthusiasm, excitement, and learning that she brings to the club is planting seeds promoting dreaming, exploring, and innovating. Ms. Wardrip’s positivity is felt throughout the building as she takes steps to create a safe, happy, and healthy school environment . She led the initiative, in conjunction with PBIS and the Behavior Support Team, to model and reinforce positive cafeteria behaviors. She spent hours planning, meeting with leadership, and creating a scoreboard to help students model and reflect on their own behaviors. She also volunteered her Saturday to work with Lowe’s volunteers to create a playground area that would physically and mentally engage students and promote healthy living. She is constantly taking steps to recruit, grow, and retain staff. While being an active and supportive MGSD parent and an all-in teacher assistant, she is currently working on her teaching degree. Finally, her humility, sense of humor, willingness to grow and learn, and the value she puts on relationships are what stood out when deciding to nominate her for the ABCD award. After a challenging day, she is the first person to reach out and express gratitude to the people around her. Just reading her social media posts is evidence that everything she does is sprinkled with love and passion for children. When faced with challenging students, her reactive response is one of empathy, compassion, consistency, and safety. She is a true gift to MGSD."
Thank you for going above and beyond for every child, every day, Ms. Wardrip!
Spotlight on People Selma Burke Middle School Football Team - Undefeated Conference Champions
In their inaugural season, the Selma Burke Bears were divisional and conference champs! The tri-county conference was full of great competition this year, but the Bears came out unscathed with a perfect record of 8-0. There were many times the Bears faced adversity such as the packed house at the SBMS vs. MMS game. Both teams left it all on the field and showed what grit and perseverance looks like... The future of Mooresville High School football looks bright! The Bears finished the season winning their playoff game against South East Middle School with a score of 34-6. Congratulations to the Selma Burke Bears!
Mr. Roger Hyatt - Retiring MGSD Board Member Roger Hyatt’s service in Mooresville Graded School District began almost 40 years ago at a board meeting in December 1983. At this meeting, Mr. Hyatt was approved to serve as the principal of Mooresville High School. Mr. Hyatt went on to also serve as the principal of Park View Elementary School, as well as various leadership roles at the district level. After his retirement, Mr. Hyatt continued to support the school system and is finishing up his 16th year as a board member. A lot of things have changed in this town and in this school system since 1983, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Mr. Hyatt’s dedication to the students, staff and community of MGSD. We thank Mr. Hyatt for his years of service to Mooresville Graded, he has truly made an impact on the school district that will be felt for generations to come!
South Elementary School presented on how they have renewed their core behavior support system. Click the image to learn more!
The following items were presented to the Board of Education for approval. For a description, click on the linked memo:
2023-24 Budget - Mrs. Davis
Memo ( Budget ) ✅
Selma Burke Middle School Project Budget Transfers - Mrs. Davis
MMS School Improvement Plan - Dr. Royal
MMS SIP ✅
The following items were presented to the Board of Education for information and first read:
Policy 4326 - Random Suspicionless Student Drug Testing - Dr. Smith
Hello MGSD community! As co-Chair of this year's United Way of Iredell County campaign, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to how the Mooresville Graded School District can make a difference to our students and community. UWIC shares in the work of our education system and our mission to Inspire excellence within our community by fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every individual in Iredell County and Mooresville. Last year UWIC funded 59 local non-profit partners who work to improve school attendance, support families to increase the stability at home, address mental health and prevent suicide, and keep our neighbors fed, safe, and housed! These are just a few of the focuses for UWIC. To learn more about UWIC's work visit: uwiredell.org . With the above in mind, I ask you today to consider giving back for this important work as we Unite Iredell and become stronger together. Please visit the MGSD United Way campaign site at https://bit.ly/MGSDistrict . There you can watch videos of the different organizations we are trying to help this campaign season; however, you can donate to any of the local non-profit partners. At this link you can also donate! Prefer texting, just text the number 41444 with the message “MGSD" to make a donation. As a side note, Dr. James, ISS Superintendent, is my co-Chair. While it is not a competition, I wouldn't mind some bragging rights on donations made to these worthy causes! 😊 Thank you for your consideration and let's show everyone that WE ARE MOORESVILLE! Sincerely, Jason Gardner, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Hello MGSD parents of bus riders, Synovia, our bus tracking system that syncs with the Here Comes the Bus app, is currently down. Due to this outage, the HCTB app is not working at this time. Synovia is aware of the problem and working on the issue. We appreciate your patience. Thank you!
Hello MGSD community, The Agenda for the November 6, 2023, regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting has been posted on the district website. You can view the agenda at the following link: Board of Education Agenda - November 6, 2023 . This meeting will take place at the Mooresville Performing Arts Center. You can watch MGSD board meetings live on the MGSD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVlnNX2SuYZhtp-kiPeCQBA/streams . Agendas and minutes in general can be found at this link: http://Board of Education Agendas and Minutes . All agendas are posted no later than the Friday before a Board meeting. For the calendar of meetings, policy manual , and public comment guidelines , please visit the MGSD Board of Education web page . Please note that the Board will adhere to the 30 minute public comment time limit per the board policy. For the Public Comment Policy, click on the link above or here: public comment guidelines . Thank you.
Happy Friday MGSD families! On Monday you should have received an email with links to a survey regarding your child's school and our district. If you have completed that survey, we want to say THANK YOU! It is so important for our district and schools to know what our families and community think we do well, as well as where we need to improve. When equipped with this knowledge, we can ensure we are a strong district that brings our vision of creating a better community to life! If you have not completed your survey(s) yet, we kindly ask you to consider doing so as soon as possible. Your feedback is completely anonymous and welcomed. While the survey company thought our goal of a 20% completion rate was a bit lofty (apparently the average rate of return is 10% or less), we feel like our families care enough about our district and community that we can easily reach that goal. We are not there yet, however. Today you should be receiving a reminder email from Panorama with your codes to complete the survey. We thank you in advance for your assistance in this vital work to create the best learning community possible! Thank you! P.S. There is also a very short community survey that anyone can take. It has been shared on our district social media pages, but please feel free to share this link and take this survey, too, if you would like: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/mooresvillenc/6594104793/surveys .