As the 2016 - 2017 school year finished, MGSD took a moment to recognize those team members who are the foundation of our district: the bus drivers, custodians, maintenance, school nutrition staff, BASP staff, technology, and office professionals. Lunch was enjoyed followed by awards for outstanding staff. MGSD can't thank them all enough for what they do each day to make this district shine! #ItTakesATeam #EveryChildEveryDay
Student of the Month
Artist of the Month
Rocky River Elementary's Media Assistant, Ms. Jeanne Kouwe, was recognized by the MGSD Board of Education for always going ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. Principal LaRusso, Asst. Principal Earnhardt, Media Coordinator Sharon Jayne and Financial Data Manager Rachel Hunter nominated Ms. Kouwe. In their nomination they said, "Rocky River Elementary has support staff that is second to none. This includes a caring and dedicated office staff, cafeteria staff, bus drivers and custodians. Many say the heart of a school is in the media center. This can also be said about Rocky River Elementary. At the center of all things media, Jeanne Kouwe is present. She arrives early each day to prepare for the day’s schedule and activities. She manages the media center checking in and out books, laminating resources, organizes shelves and teaching enhancement classes. She also works guiding small math groups to remediate skills and assist learning math concepts. In addition to the significant impact Mrs. Kouwe has on our students she has an equal impact on our school culture. She is always prepared and willing to assist in any situation. She boosts morale in simple, small ways throughout the work week and is very appreciative of others. Mrs. Kouwe works to help provide a rich, learning environment for all Rocky River Racers young and old. Her efforts are never gone unnoticed and much appreciated. We are very fortunate to have such a giving staff member!"
Spotlight on People
The Board of Education recognized South Elementary's Ms. Cheryl McCrory for being awarded the NCTIES 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award! This award recognizes and honors one teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. Award recipients are selected from a pool of nominations submitted to NCTIES from around the state of North Carolina. We are so proud of Ms. McCrory and her dedication to every child, every day!
In addition to spotlighting a teacher, the Board of Education also shined a spotlight on our CTE students who are headed to Nationals! With the guidance of teachers Darrin Bridges and Michael Cavicchia, the SkillsUSA students who qualified for the national competitions were as follows:
- Anthony Saraco: Elected NC State Officer
- Gracie Carr: First place at state / National Qualifier in Job Skills Demo/Special Effect Makeup
- Dylan Ward: First place at state / National Qualifier in HVAC
- Isaac Clemons: First place at state / National Qualifier in Sheet Metal
- Kevin Hajny: National Qualifier in Computer Problem Solving
- Andrew Izzo: National Qualifier in E-Business
- Emma Malar: National Qualifier for Organizational Leadership
The Mooresville Graded School District held its monthly board of education meeting on April 11, 2017. It was packed full of good news and celebrations!
New Board of Education Chair and Vice-Chair
MGSD Chair, Mr. Larry Wilson, retired from the Board of Education at the end of March due to a job relocation. With his departure, a new chair and vice-chair were selected at the April meeting. Congratulations to Mr. Roger Hyatt for being voted to sit as the new chairman and Mr. Greg Whitfield for being voted to sit as the new vice-chair.
Mr. Roger Hyatt Mr. Greg Whitfield
Student of the Month
East Mooresville Intermediate School 6th grade student Alexander "Xander" Mercer-Johnson was the MGSD Student of the Month selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the April board meeting. Xander was nominated by his teacher Ms. Kristine Henry: "Xander is truly an amazing student. The work he has done in all his academic and special area classes has been excellent. He is kind, focused, responsible, and always willing to lend a helping hand. He is respectful to all his teachers and a good friend to his peers. As a third-year chorus student, he is an outstanding musician and a great role model to all chorus members. For consistently going above and beyond in his efforts to achieve his personal best, Xander Mercer-Johnson is nominated as the East Mooresville Intermediate School's Student of the Month!"
Artist of the Month
This April, a group of EMIS students were recognized for their art club featuring Batik and fabric dyeing. The students were nominated by EMIS art teacher, Ms. Michelle Corbett, and her student teacher, Ms. Mackenzie Haga. In the nomination, Ms. Corbett wrote: "This year we sponsored a wonderful club for art, featuring Batik and fabric dyeing. We wanted to take the opportunity to work in small groups with students who were interested in learning this craft, which is not ordinarily something we create during the regular course of the year. Batik is a beautiful technique of wax resist on fabric. Traditionally, you use a copper tool to pour hot wax onto fabric in a pattern or drawing, dye the fabric, and then iron the wax away. Knowing hot wax was not an option, we used glue as the resist to keep the fabric dye in check. The dye was actually liquid acrylic paint added to our artwork. Knowing that we wanted to create large banners for our school hallways, the students came up with the plan to design a banner for each season. We created these banners as a group, and then each of the students created their own piece of Batik. Although our club consists of 20 students, we have a few leaders who assist other students as they work and go above and beyond in the classroom. It is our pleasure to recognize Kelly Clark (6th), Maelyn Greist (6th), Diamond Stubbs (6th), Maysha Turner (6th), Paris Davis (4th), and Makayla Talley (4th)."
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
The MGSD Board of Education honored Tammy Gary with the ABCD award this month. Tammy, a small group instructor at East Mooresville Intermediate School, was nominated by EMIS Principal Meghan McGrath. In her nomination, Ms. McGrath said: "Tammy provides support in our math classrooms, as well as works as part of our Eagle Time team to provide reading instruction during our enrichment and remediation block. Tammy also serves as a mentor to students providing daily check in and support. In addition to her work with students, Tammy has taken the initiative this year to assist in planning and preparation for Eagle Time. Tammy brings a positive energy to both the students and staff that she works with each day. She is a team player and constantly offers to help wherever needed whether it be providing extra help in a classroom, or assisting with our PBIS program. Tammy consistently goes above and beyond and we are very grateful to have her as part of our EMIS family!"
Spotlight on People
The MGSD board recognized Silas Shaw for his outstanding wrestling season! Silas Shaw finished the season with a record of 57-2, NPC Conference Champion, NPC All-Conference, 4A Western Regional Champion and the 4A State Champion at 138 pounds.
As a team, the Blue Devil wrestlers went into the postseason with a record of 39-3 and the title of NPC Conference Champions. After defeating Pinecrest and SW Guilford in the first two rounds of the dual team state tournament, they ultimately lost to West Forsyth in the third round. Fourteen wrestlers (every weight class) qualified for the 4A Western Regionals, with ten qualifying for the individual state tournament and coming away as team regional champions.
In August 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation mandating lower class sizes for Kindergarten through third grade. While lowering class sizes is important and beneficial to student achievement, the wording of this current law creates significant problems and has drastic financial implications for school districts throughout the state. These new legislative requirements for K - 3 go into effect for the 2017 - 2018 school year, which means that school districts must begin making preparations now. Although the intent of the current law is beneficial, the details are extremely detrimental to Mooresville Graded School District and all districts. To comply with the law, school districts may have to cut enhancement classes such as art, music, and physical education and may have to dedicate additional funds to increasing facility space for the additional classrooms that will be required. In January, the NC House passed HB13 to alleviate the restrictions on class sizes placed on public schools by the newly enacted law. HB13, however, has stalled in the Senate.
For Mooresville Graded School District, under the newly enacted law, this means hiring an additional 19 traditional, K-3 classroom teachers. State money that traditionally has been used to fund enhancement positions — music, art, PE, instructional coaches, reading specialists — would no longer be available to use for those enhancement positions. Those state funds must now go towards providing the 19 traditional classroom positions. The current law provides no funding for enhancement positions. Mooresville Graded School District believes strongly that enhancement classes are integral to a well-rounded education for the students in this community. Therefore, in order to continue to provide these enhancement offerings for our students, Mooresville Graded School District must pay for them out of local funds. The financial impact to maintain our current enhancement offerings is $873,000 per year. The current legislation does not provide funding for the increased facility needs associated with creating 19 additional K-3 classrooms. MGSD will have to purchase mobile units to house these new classrooms and additional classroom furniture at an estimated cost of $625,000. Once again, the district will not receive state funds to cover this need and therefore must use local funds. The overall financial impact for MGSD would be approximately $1.5 million for the 2017 - 2018 year: $873,000 per year to maintain our enhancement positions and $625,000 for mobile classrooms and furniture. These costs do not take into account the reoccurring costs associated with maintaining and operating these additional classrooms at the current level.
After careful consideration of its options, the Mooresville Graded School District has decided to use local funds to cover these costs for the upcoming year. It is important to note that using local funds will take away from other areas that need these funds such as capital improvement projects throughout the district. It is also important to understand that this is not a long-term solution and is unsustainable beyond the 2017 - 2018 school year. The district is hopeful that the NC Senate will understand that upholding this law is unsustainable for school districts without harming the education of the children whom MGSD and our NC General Assembly are responsible for educating. The district encourages the NC Senate to support HB13 which does provide for lower class sizes without the negative financial impact on school districts across the state.
If you have student who will start Kindergarten in August of 2017, come to the MGSD Kindergarten Registration Day on March 1!