Artist of the Month
The Board recognized Katherine Durgin, a Mooresville High School freshman, as the district's Artist of the Month. Katherine sang a beautiful rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for attendees of Tuesday evening's meeting. Kate has been singing for seven years and is currently a member of the MHS chorus and theatre programs. Prior to attending MHS, Kate performed in 14 musicals.
Katherine Durgin with Mr. Larry Wilson, Board Chair, and Dr. Edwards
The Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award was given to Ms. Lori Smith, BASP and Kindergarten group insructor at Park View Elementary School. Ms. Smith was nominated by Cindy Karriker, BASP director, and Missy Foley. In the nomination, Ms. said: "I have worked with Lori for many years and she has always had a very loving and devoted attitude toward the children in her care. The children are immediately drawn to Lori’s enthusiastic and affectionate approach. She always gives hugs and responds to an “I love you” with an “I love you too” . This year is particularly unique in that we have six kindergarteners that had siblings enrolled in the program last year. Lori had gotten to know these children, as they came in with their parents to pick up their siblings, and they have been anxiously waiting for the day that they could be in Miss Lori’s group. As the children age out of Lori’s group, they often make the comment that they do not want to leave Miss Lori. She has a wonderful connection with children and they seem to be drawn to her. Due to her affectionate approach and her wonderful connection with “every child every day,” I am nominating Lori Smith for the ABCD Award."
Ms. Lori Smith with Mr. Larry Wilson, Board Chair, and Dr. Edwards
Spotlight on People
The MGSD Board also passed a resolution honoring Reverend Andrea Smith and the West United Methodist Team for their work toward helping every child, every day through various programs including the annual Back 2 School Bash. The Back 2 School Bash serves our students by giving them free shoes and supplies so that all students have the opportunity to start the school year off with diginity.
The West United Methodist Church Team
Spotlight on People
Andrew Smith, 2014 Mooresville High School graduate, received recognition from the MGSD Board of Education for winning the National Championship in Technical Drafting at this summer's SkillsUSA competition. Andrew qualified for nationals after winning first place at the North Carolina state CTE competition.
L to R: Mr. Larry Wilson, Board Chair, Scott Smith, parent, Andrew Smith, Andrea Smith, parent, Lane Smith, sister, and Dr. Edwards
MGSD Accreditation Report
MGSD went through its AdvancED/SACS re-accreditation process last spring. Dr. Donna James, Director of AdvancED North Carolina, presented the district with its accreditation plaque, along with the individual school plaques at last night’s meeting. In her presentation, Dr. James noted that as a member of the AdvancED external review team, she has taken part in school accreditation reviews across the nation and one international review; however, MGSD is the first school to ever receive a three or higher in every category!