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September 2017
By Dr. Sean McDaniel

Welcome back, teachers, students and families. You are what makes Mustang Public Schools so special – and why our district is making the significant strides we are making from year to year.

I’m glad you’re here.

In addition to the outstanding teachers, the challenging lessons, and new standards that you will notice inside the classroom, I hope you will also notice a few other things that your school board and our district feel very good about. In fact, we believe there are several things that MPS does better than anyone!


A Place to Belong:  
First, every school in the district takes pride in providing students with opportunities that will both challenge them and be of interest to them. Whether it is an archery club at the elementary level, a middle school robotics club, or a Bible club at MHS, our school leaders and teachers are passionate about presenting opportunities for every student. At the high school alone, nearly eight out of 10 students participate in at least one extra-curricular club or activity throughout the school year. For those students across our district who have a desire to get involved beyond the school day, opportunities are awaiting them!

Community Connections:  
Second, the MPS district may be the best anywhere when it comes to community and parental support of the schools. Every school has an active parent group that provides supplies, equipment, resources, and even food for faculty, staff, and students. These groups come in all shapes and sizes; from PTA/PTO’s to boosters to our growing population of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students). In addition, we receive tremendous support from our faith community, our banks and restaurants, and businesses who provide volunteerism, time in the classrooms, and financial support. Our students and teachers are the beneficiaries of unparalleled support when it comes to our community.

School Improvements:  
Third, we have continued working to make all of our schools safer and more comfortable places to learn and to work. Over the summer MPS spent over $2.5M from dedicated bond money, approved by our voters to replace roofs, air conditioning units and systems, boilers and other equipment at many of our schools across the district. Using additional bond dollars, we have accelerated security enhancements with the addition of DVRS and cameras as well as additional fencing and improved visitor access controls. Over $1.2M in technology upgrades have been made throughout the district as well, primarily with the addition of devices and infrastructure. The bond election is another example of the support our schools receive from the community. By year’s end, every school in the district will have received upgrades, repairs, and renewals with the bond money. We are extremely thankful to our voters.

Making progress:
 We know it’s going to be another challenging academic year. But things are looking up.

• Our graduation rate is up and our college remediation rate is down.

• Our 3rd through 8th graders are consistently out pacing the state and our peer group in Reading and Math on state assessments.

• More secondary students are passing Algebra 1 – a “gatekeeper” to advanced courses and college.

• We have new and expanded career programs to give more students a head start on success in life.

• And last year, 376 students earned 3.124 college credit hours while attending MHS, either through concurrent enrollment or through AP testing. That number has grown 26 percent over three years.

I’m excited that the 2017-2018 school year is underway. On behalf of all of us at MPS: Have a great year.
A Message from Mustang Superintendent of Schools

Things to watch for in our top-rated school district


By Dr. Sean McDaniel

Welcome back, teachers, students and families. You are what makes Mustang Public Schools so special – and why our district is making the significant strides we are making from year to year.

I’m glad you’re here.

In addition to the outstanding teachers, the challenging lessons, and new standards that you will notice inside the classroom, I hope you will also notice a few other things that your school board and our district feel very good about. In fact, we believe there are several things that MPS does better than anyone!


A Place to Belong:  
First, every school in the district takes pride in providing students with opportunities that will both challenge them and be of interest to them. Whether it is an archery club at the elementary level, a middle school robotics club, or a Bible club at MHS, our school leaders and teachers are passionate about presenting opportunities for every student. At the high school alone, nearly eight out of 10 students participate in at least one extra-curricular club or activity throughout the school year. For those students across our district who have a desire to get involved beyond the school day, opportunities are awaiting them!

Community Connections:  
Second, the MPS district may be the best anywhere when it comes to community and parental support of the schools. Every school has an active parent group that provides supplies, equipment, resources, and even food for faculty, staff, and students. These groups come in all shapes and sizes; from PTA/PTO’s to boosters to our growing population of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students). In addition, we receive tremendous support from our faith community, our banks and restaurants, and businesses who provide volunteerism, time in the classrooms, and financial support. Our students and teachers are the beneficiaries of unparalleled support when it comes to our community.

School Improvements:  
Third, we have continued working to make all of our schools safer and more comfortable places to learn and to work. Over the summer MPS spent over $2.5M from dedicated bond money, approved by our voters to replace roofs, air conditioning units and systems, boilers and other equipment at many of our schools across the district. Using additional bond dollars, we have accelerated security enhancements with the addition of DVRS and cameras as well as additional fencing and improved visitor access controls. Over $1.2M in technology upgrades have been made throughout the district as well, primarily with the addition of devices and infrastructure. The bond election is another example of the support our schools receive from the community. By year’s end, every school in the district will have received upgrades, repairs, and renewals with the bond money. We are extremely thankful to our voters.

Making progress:
 We know it’s going to be another challenging academic year. But things are looking up.

• Our graduation rate is up and our college remediation rate is down.

• Our 3rd through 8th graders are consistently out pacing the state and our peer group in Reading and Math on state assessments.

• More secondary students are passing Algebra 1 – a “gatekeeper” to advanced courses and college.

• We have new and expanded career programs to give more students a head start on success in life.

• And last year, 376 students earned 3.124 college credit hours while attending MHS, either through concurrent enrollment or through AP testing. That number has grown 26 percent over three years.

I’m excited that the 2017-2018 school year underway. On behalf of all of us at MPS: Have a great year.
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