M o o r e s v i l l e PRIDE July 20, 2011 MCSC Vision: To become an Indiana premier school community devoted to the successful learning and maturation of every student. Mooresville Student Test Scores on the Rise After last year’s ISTEP scores “I’m very proud of our showed the most improvement ever for students, staff, parents, and school Mooresville students, the Mooresville community. These are very good Pioneers made another signiﬁcant step scores and we are on our pathway toward becoming state premier as their to excellence! This is a result 2011 ISTEP scores were released last week by the Indiana Department of Education. of the culture of collaboration, Mooresville students grades 3-8 innovation, focused teaching, moved into the top quartile in the state engaged student learning, and Superintendent of Indiana in the percentage passing both Brad Lindsay continuous improvement our English/language arts and math. people are creating.” Mooresville schools now rank 71 out of 293 school districts in the state of Indiana in the percent passing both the E/LA and math. our community, and one another and are increasingly “Our teachers, principals, and staff are making learning relevant, inspiring, and exciting,” developing healthy relationships with our students, said Lindsay. Continued on p. 2 New program puts laptops, Internet access into hundreds of homes Putting Technology Into Students’ Hands Students in 8th and 9th grade Mooresville’s chief of technology. must bring the are less than a month away from The laptops will have a built laptop to getting a new laptop with wireless in air card which makes it possible school, fully network and Internet access. for students to access the school charged, each day. The initial plan to provide district network from their laptop “We’re extremely excited to laptop computers to students was even without home Internet access. have found a partnership which expanded after a survey of MHS This will allow students to use the will give our students access to students found that only 25 percent Internet but the content they can our school’s network through their have high speed Internet access at see will be ﬁltered through the laptops,” said Sendelbach. He home. school district server. added that Mooresville will be one “Having the computer Students will also be able to of only a few school districts in without access to their research access their ﬁles which are stored the state to utilize this program. and ﬁles can be a bit handcufﬁng,” on the school’s network. Students The program will be funded said Bob Sendelbach, may take the laptops home but Continued on p. 3 Find us more easily on the web at www.mooresvilleschools.org Mooresville Pride July 20, 2011 Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation page 2 Percentage Passing Both Test Portions, Gr. 3-8 ISTEP Scores Rise 80 77.9 Continued from p. 1 “Two years ago we climbed into the 75 73.36 top 1/3 in the state, last year we climbed into the top 30% in the state, and this year 70 we climbed into the top 25% in the state 65.04 all for the ﬁrst time in school history,” said 65 Lindsay. 60 Mooresville’s combined scores have 55 increased 12.86% since 2009 Spring 2009 Spring 2010 Spring 2011 “A three-year stretch goal for us is to climb into the top 20% next year, the In 2011 combined scores, Mooresville ranked top 15% the following year, and the top 71st out of 293 Indiana school districts or 10% by spring of 2014 as we continuously Top 24% in State improve into a state premier school community,” said Lindsay. “We want 90 percent or more students passing math and passing Percentage Passing Each Test Portion English/language arts in the spring of 2014.” Grades 3-8 Mooresville schools once again ranked number 88 one amongst all Morgan County school corporations 86 86 and the Decatur, Perry, Wayne, Greenwood, and Franklin community school districts. 84 83.3 82.76 The Department of Education may revise scores 82 Jul-10 slightly in the fall when they remove scores of Jul-11 80 79.43 students who had attended a school district less than 120 days from that district’s scores. 78 Additional information about ISTEP testing 76 is available at www.doe.in.gov and click on the English /Lang Arts Math ISTEP+ Info Center tab. Building Improvement Projects Continue Upgrades to heating ventilation the quality of the environment and cooling (HVAC) systems at PHMS, through less noise, better ventilation, Newby, and Northwood are nearing and higher air quality.” completion as the summer winds down. All projects are running Through low-interest and zero- smoothly at this time. Crews are interest bonds, these projects are being working 10-hour shifts in some cases completed without an impact on taxes. to get projects completed before Maintenance and Facilities school begins in August. Director Jim Patrick told the school RIGHT: New air handling units board at its July meeting. such as this on at PHMS will keep “We’re able to make some very classrooms quieter and better control signiﬁcant changes which will impact room temperatures. Mooresville Pride July 20, 2011 Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation page 3 One to One Technology Plan Begins This Fall Continued from p. 1 Technology Possibilities grades, attendance, homework in part through various technology Expand for Teachers, and other information, available grants. For grades receiving for parents and students for laptops, a $40 charge will be Parents several years,” said Susan Haynes, assessed with book rental book communications director for rental fee. MCSC Superintendent Brad MCSC. “But many of our families Grades 7 and 10 will be added Lindsay said staff members are could not take advantage of it. This into the one-to-one laptop program excited about this, and they will tool will enhance student, parent, in 2012-2013. Additional grades utilize some of their professional and school communication and will be added each year thereafter. development time each morning partnerships.” Students who have their own devoted to innovation and training. Allen said students can laptop may use it at school and “We will use the laptops for be surveyed easily through the have the technology fee waived, all subjects,” said PHMS Lead laptops, and they can receive up- but are responsible for keeping Principal Jake Allen, “But it will to-date school information right their own computers in working be used in different ways. The only away, such as a safety alert when order. A technology helpdesk limit to the learning experience will schools are delayed due to weather. will be available for students who be our imaginations.” He added that this technology have problems with school-issued The possiblities also expand enhances relevant and exciting laptops. for communication between learning in a safe and constructive As in the past, all students families and school. manner. will be required to abide by “We’ve had our Harmony the school district’s Acceptable online program, which includes Use Policy, which covers issues regarding appropriate use of school computers and the Internet. Information for 8th and 9th Grade “This initiative aligns nicely Students and Parents with our textbook adoption program and the online tools All parents will receive an email or letter in the next week available for many courses,” said with information about picking up their child’s computer. MHS Principal Chuck Muston. Laptop pick up sessions will scheduled by student last “This is a big step but it makes name Aug. 1-4. Each student and a parent/guardian will need sense with the tools available.” to attend the session together. At this session, a login will be Additionally, students in established, an Acceptable Use Policy signed, and parents will grades 10-12 may bring laptop receive speciﬁc information about damage/replacement issues. computers from home for use at School laptops which are lost or stolen will be the responsibility school. of the student’s family. Laptops which are damaged due to “This is a great opportunity neglect or abuse will be dealt with per the MCSC One to One for our students and community,” Computing Policy. said Muston. “This initiative will Questions regarding the computers can be directed to provide our students the tools and the middle school (831-9208) or high school ofﬁce (831-9203) access they need to capture a 21st beginning during school hours July 26. century education.” Mooresville Pride July 20, 2011 Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation page 4 Important Information for Back to School School Supply Lists and high school will be $2.35. school dress requires all shorts Supply lists for all ﬁve Breakfast will be $1.60 for all and skirts to be knee-length or MCSC elementary grades. Reduced breakfasts longer. All shirts must have sleeves schools are available on and lunches will stay the (no tank tops, spaghetti straps, our district website at same, at 30 cents and 40 cents sleeveless shirts, etc.). Also, all www.mooresvilleschools. respectively. clothing must be free of rips, tears, org . Parents are and frays. Parents and students Middle and high school encouraged to put should plan their back-to- supply needs are based on the money into their child’s school shopping accordingly. classes being taken. lunch account before school starts. This Orientation Programs helps lines go more for 7th and 9th Grade 2011-2012 Calendar quickly in the ﬁrst days New students at PHMS and The 2011-2012 MCSC of school, especially in middle and MHS have an opportunity to see calendar is available on the high school where students pay in and learn about their new school school website at www. the line. before the ﬁrst day. mooresvilleschools.org. Click Parents may pay at the school Freshmen are invited to on the “Calendar” tab on the left ofﬁce before school or pay online attend orientation Tuesday, Aug. 9, side of the page to see the district through Cafe from 1-3p.m. Parents should drop calendar as well as individual Prepay. Information students off at door #29 in back of school calendars. is available on the the school. MCSC website. Incoming 7th graders and School Lunch Information Click on the their parents are invited to middle To offset the rising food “Departments” school orientation Monday, Aug. costs, MCSC and then “Food 8, from 1-3:30p.m. at PHMS. will raise the Services” tab on Parents and price of meals by the left side of the page. students should 10 cents for the enter through the 2011-2012 school year. Lunches Dress Code Reminders cafeteria, door Students going to middle and #29, behind the for elementary high school should remember that school. school will be $2.10 and for middle Notice of Public Auction MCSC will hold a public auction of surplus sets, VCRs and video equipment; computers, equipment and school-related items Saturday, projectors, and accessories; chalk boards, ﬁle July 23, beginning at 10a.m. in the parking lot cabinets, shelves, and other items too numerous behind Mooresville High School. to list. Some items will sell in lots. Items to be auctioned include equipment The auction will be held by Mason & Mason from shop classes; an assortment of desks, Auction Company. Terms are cash or a check with chairs, and other small furniture; television identiﬁcation. Mooresville Pride July 20, 2011 Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation page 5 MCSC News Briefs Summer Break - A Time to Help Others Several members of the MCSC family took part int he Relay for Life at the MHS track to raise money and awareness int he ﬁght against cancer. The Writer Fighters, a group from the MHS journalism department, raised hundreds for the cause. MHS Picture Day Early In order to get student IDs more quickly, students at MHS will have school picture day on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Order forms and information will go home the ﬁrst day of school. Brooks Named AP Scholar The MHS Writer Fighters MHS graduate Sterling Brooks has been named an AP Scholar. The national certiﬁcation is awarded to those who receive a score or 3 or higher (on a scale of 1-5) on at least three Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Taking an AP class and receiving Upcoming Events scores of three or higher are considered by many colleges as the equivalent to taking a college course. July 26 -MHS & PHMS Ofﬁces open during school hours School Supply Drive, Distribution Aug. 1 MCSC is proud to partner with Churches in Mission and the -Elementary school ofﬁces Mooresville Ministerial Association to provide school supplies for open during school hours students in need. Last year, about 650 students received supplies and more than 250 have received them so far this year. Aug. 7 This year’s Concert on the Lawn raised $3,000 to help purchase -Old Settlers parade items needed by students. The program helps students in all grades. Aug. 8 Donations of supplies may be dropped off at the MCSC Education -Pioneer Pathways 7th grade Center, Churches in Mission, or the Mooresville Public Library. Items orientation 1-3:30p.m. needed most include: folders with prongs, looseleaf paper, pencils, full- size boxes of tissues, backpacks (especially for older students) and glue Aug. 9 sticks. Monetary donations can be made to the Mission or MCSC and -Pioneer Premiere freshman delivered to either location. orientation 1-3p.m. Families in need may pick up supplies at the Mission on M-W-F mornings from 9-noon or Thursday evenings from 6-8p.m. The Mission Aug. 10 is locat at 27 S. Indiana St. in downtown Mooresville. -Teachers In-service Families who are already being served through the Communty Aug. 11 Action Program (CAP) school supply shopping program are not eligible -First Day of School for supplies at the Mission. For more information, contact Churches in Mission at 831-3987 or the MCSC Education Center at 831-0950.