Hello MGSD Community: Recently, our district sent out surveys to our students that created a fair amount of chatter on social media. As the superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District, I want to take this opportunity to correct much of the misinformation that was shared via social media, and let our community know exactly what the intent of the surveys was and what we plan to do with the information that we gathered. Let me begin by saying that parents can choose to opt their child out of all surveys given by MGSD. Our Kindergarten through 6th grade students were asked a variety of age-appropriate questions about any social and/or emotional struggles they may have. A sampling of the questions are as follows: How often do you say nice things to others or how often do others say nice things to you? How often do you feel happy, sad, safe? Can I control my emotions when I get mad? What makes me happiest? What makes me sad? Our 7th through 12th grade students were asked a variety of age-appropriate questions about diversity and inclusion. The following questions are from that particular survey: How often do you have classes with students of different races or cultures? At school how common is it for students to have close friends from different racial or cultural groups? How confident are you that students can have honest conversations with each other about race? How comfortable are you with sharing your thoughts about race-related topics with other students or staff? What do you wish your teachers knew about your experiences of race or culture at your school? What is the most important thing your school can do/keep doing to support students of different races and cultures? In addition to the misinformation on social media, I have received a few emails from concerned parents about these surveys being a way that MGSD is promoting Critical Race Theory, segregation, and racial division in our schools. Let me clearly state the purpose behind those surveys. First, it should be no surprise to anyone that our students are dealing with a wide range of social and emotional stresses as a result of the last 20 months. Some are handling those stresses well and some are having a more difficult time with them. I believe the same is true for us adults. Second, the ability of our students to positively handle those stresses and the related emotions has a significant impact on their ability to learn. A quote that I find particularly applicable is “Kids are ruled more by their emotions than by their intellect. Therefore, in order to help them grow academically we must help them develop socially and emotionally” (Maurice Elias). Third, our schools are the most diverse environments that the majority of our students will spend their time in. For many, their time outside of school (whether it be in their neighborhoods or in their churches) is spent with other people that look very similar to them. School is the place where most of our students interact with individuals from different races or cultures. It should be no surprise to anyone that there is racial tension present in our society. While the source or sources of that tension can be debated, its presence is real. Therefore, our school district needs to ensure that we are doing everything possible to alleviate that tension in a positive way in order to build cohesion, instead of promoting division. With all of that said, these surveys are to give us data directly from our students on how they feel about a variety of topics that impact their ability to connect and learn in our classrooms – namely social and emotional challenges. This information will help our district determine if these social and emotional challenges are prevalent in our district or if they are not significant for our students. By knowing this information, we can make informed decisions on these and other topics, allowing us to best meet the needs of our students moving forward. It is concerning that people believe we are promoting division by asking students to explain through their own racial and/or cultural lens how they feel in their school (connected, valued, safe, isolated, etc). I strongly believe for all of our students to feel connected, valued, and safe in our schools, we must better understand how the various groups of students – including our white students – feel while at school. This understanding is the only way to equip our students to share those feelings and build empathy. Not talking about issues that impact our students will not make them go away; therefore, we need to gauge how "real" some of these issues are to our students, and surveys are an effective means of doing this. Finally, to say that with these surveys we are promoting Critical Race Theory, segregating the races, promoting white guilt, and further promoting division is absurd. Quite the opposite is the case. If we cannot help our students handle their emotions in productive ways, have meaningful conversations with individuals who are different from themselves, and treat one another with civility and respect, then we will not be able to effectively help them grow academically and contribute to society in a positive way. For Every Child, Every Day - Stephen Mauney, Ed.D. MGSD Superintendent of Schools
In preparation for International Day of Peace, South's 2nd grade students are collaborating with the MHS Honors Choir on a Global Peace Project. Schools from all over the world are participating in this project as they sing the song "Be A Light" by Thomas Rhett. South's students took a field trip to the Performing Arts Center at Mooresville High School to record the song with the MHS students, led by chorus teacher Melanie Kalkan. Below is a linkt to a sneak peek, but stay tuned for the final product! Special Shout out to Cheryl McCrorey, South's School Library Media Coordinator for setting up this collaborative project! #BeALight #MakeADifference #Shine #InternationalDayOfPeace https://youtu.be/vGfLIqXCfn4
Thank you to Our Schools First (OS1) for taking the time to make our MGSD school nurses and front office staff feel appreciated with your delivery of flowers, gift cards, and donuts! #BetterPublicSchoolsTogether https://youtu.be/98va1EU7IS4
Even big kids love to learn! Superintendent Mauney joined our Kindergarten Dual Immersion classroom at Rocky River Elementary School to learn a bit of Spanish today, and these Racers had a lot to teach him! #MGSDDualImmersion #TeachingIsOurLoveLanguage #EveryChildEveryDay 😊
Hello, The Agenda for the September 14 Board of Education Meeting has been posted on the district website. You can view the agenda at the following link: Board of Education Agenda - September 14, 2021 . You can find agendas and minutes in general 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 . At this time, masks are required to enter our facilities, including the Board of Education meetings. Thank you!
Attached is the StarMed/ICHD COVID-19 testing calendar for the month of September as a resource. You can also find this information linked in the right side banner of your ParentSquare post feed. Thank you!
Hello MGSD families, On behalf of our school nurses, please read through the following reminders regarding state mandated health assessments and vaccination records that are due next week. For additional information, you can visit the NCDPH website at https://immunize.nc.gov/schools/resourcesforschools.htm . If this information applies to you and you have not provided the needed documentation, we appreciate your attention to these items. If your child is enrolled in Kindergarten OR you have enrolled from out of state for the first time this year, a completed health assessment and up to date immunization record must be presented to the school within 30 days of enrollment as required by North Carolina law . To avoid exclusion from school, you must provide the required information by Wednesday, September 1, 2021. In addition, the immunizations that are required by North Carolina law are provided below. Please note that there are additional vaccination requirements for 7th and 12th grade that are also due next week. Kindergarten : Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (Dtap): 4th or greater dose required on or after 4th birthday Polio (IPV): 4th or greater dose required on or after 4th birthday Hepatitis B: 3 doses, last dose must be administered on or after 6 months of age Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): 2 doses Varicella: 2 doses 7th Grade (all of the requirements for kindergarten plus the ones below) : Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap): 1 dose required when entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age Meningococcal (MCV): 1 dose required when entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age 12th Grade (all of the requirements above plus the ones below) : Meningococcal (MCV): 2 doses (As of August 2020, 1st dose is required when entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age and 2nd dose is required when entering 12th grade or by 17 years of age.) If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse where your child is enrolled. Thank you!
Hello MGSD families! We are four weeks into our school year and next week is a short week! As a reminder, there will be no school for our students on Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6. We hope all of our families enjoy the extended Labor Day break, as well as stay safe and healthy so that we can see all of our kiddos back on Tuesday, September 7! Please remember, if your child has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, do not send them to school and notify your school. In addition, if your child is experiencing the symptoms listed in the NC Strong Schools Toolkit , please do not send them to school and notify your school. Finally, please do not send your child to school if they have been tested for COVID-19 and results are pending. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our children learning in school and in person!
HERE COMES THE BUS in MGSD! We appreciate your patience as we developed the transportation plan for the 2021-2022 school year. MGSD is happy to announce the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled, Here Comes the Bus®. Here Comes the Bus allows you to view the real-time location of your child’s school bus on your smartphone, tablet or computer. With it, you will have the information you need to send your children to the bus stop at just the right time, helping to protect them from inclement weather and other roadside dangers. What’s more, you will have peace of mind knowing your child hasn't missed the bus! Here Comes the Bus is a free service and enables you to: See the location of your child’s bus both before and after school; Confirm that your child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both; Receive a push notification (only available on iPhone & Android devices) or email message when the bus is near your stop, has been substituted, or when we have important information to relay. The default notification is email, you must choose to receive push notifications in the App. Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions™, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet. Available in three languages (English, Spanish, and French), the Here Comes the Bus App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Signing up is EASY! On your desktop computer, you can sign up at https://herecomesthebus.com/getting-started/ . You will need the district code (80838) and your student's ID number (contact your child's school if you don't have it) to sign up. For your smartphone or tablet, download the Here Comes the Bus app from the App Store or Google Play . Once activated, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you and the size of the notification radius around your bus stop. Helpful Tips: You must have your child's unique student identification number to set up the app. Due to privacy guidelines, Transportation staff will NOT be able to provide this number to you. If you need your student's identification number (first part of a student’s email, Canvas Login, etc.), you must contact the school. When entering your child's last name in the Here comes the Bus App, make sure you spell it EXACTLY as it appears on your child's report cards, bus stop information, etc. If you have a hyphen in the name, make sure you include it. Only enter the first fourteen (14) characters of your child's last name. For example, if your child's last name is WILLIAMSON-SMITH, you will enter WILLIAMSON-SMI in the last name field. The bus stop associated with your child for morning and afternoon bus service is the location you can draw the radius around; the app does not track after school, athletics, or any other transportation we provide. Please note that no bus tracking service is 100% accurate; DO NOT assume the bus isn't coming just because the app didn't notify you! Sometimes we make bus substitutions and this can affect the accuracy of the Here Comes the Bus App. When a bus substitution is made, the Here Comes The Bus app may not work. Our recent transportation changes should be reflected when you login. Please understand some variations in stop times and locations may occur, yet the majority of families will see the correct stop information and the app will work as it should. Please be patient with the app during the first few weeks as the number of daily stop changes will diminish. We ask that families be at the stop 15 minutes before the scheduled stop time as stop times will vary due to traffic and other delays. The performance of the app may vary throughout the school year. MGSD will work with the vendor to resolve all issues in a timely manner. Need Help? Once you are logged into your account, the link to Here Comes The Bus support can be found by selecting Help. Additional resources can be found there as well. If you have any further questions and concerns, please feel free to contact the Synovia "Here Comes The Bus" App hotline at 1-844-854-9316. Questions or concerns related to bus service? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org