When Mustang Public Schools Central Enrollment opened in June 2014, officials of the 69-square mile district expected around 300 students, brand new to the district, to submit their paperwork and become part of Mustang Schools. By the first day of school in August, the total topped more than 500 students. The influx is the equivalent of adding the population of an entire elementary school to the district over the summer. More than 1,000 new students have joined the district in the past three years, bringing the total enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year to more than 10,500.

While managing the effects of tremendous growth, Mustang Public Schools remains a premier district in Oklahoma, steadfast on a path of continuous improvement. MPS stands out academically, with quality facilities, a highly qualified staff, and by tailoring education to meet the needs of each student.
Bond Issues Continue the Momentum
In an effort to accommodate the growth, Mustang Schools enjoyed the August 2014 opening of its seventh elementary school, Prairie View Elementary on 59th Street near County Line Road. The new elementary was part of the 2012 bond issue and is helping MPS keep pace with the district's unprecedented growth rate.

The 2012 bond issue also made it possible to open two new intermediate centers in the 2013-2014 school year to serve the district's fifth and sixth grade students. A new facility, Canyon Ridge Intermediate Center, was constructed on Sara Road. The former Mustang Mid-High was renovated into a second intermediate school, Horizon Intermediate Center. The fifth and sixth grade centers have eased overcrowding in district elementary schools and middle schools, while still keeping students of similar education and developmental levels together.
 
The new year will bring to fruition several projects that were the vision of the last Mustang Public Schools Long Range Planning Committee. Because of the work of the committee and the support of the voters, Mustang Elementary will be able to move out of its 1976 gym, with the bare patches in the ceiling, and into a new one. The old gym will be renovated into a music room with an office and storage area. Utility work is underway at the construction site, on the northeast side of the school.

At Mustang High School, the MHS Event Center will be finished in time for the 2015-2016 school year. With surround seating, the building will be nearly triple the size of the current gym, which was constructed in 1964. Fifty years later, it's time. Also receiving new spaces in 2015 are the softball and baseball teams with an indoor hitting facility that will serve hundreds of students in the years to come. Vocational Agriculture will also be getting a new barn, more than doubling the current capacity. The barn in use now was constructed more than 30 years ago.

District officials are grateful for the support of Mustang voters, who approved a $7 million bond issue in February 2014 that is providing $1.6 million in additional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities, $375,000 for the arts, a new home for the district's nationally recognized JROTC program, a new vocational-agriculture barn and a baseball/softball practice facility. Other funds from the bond issue will go toward a storm shelter at Mustang Education Center and additional sheltering opportunities at Mustang High School. Another $800,000 will go to the purchase of land for a new school site.

A new long range planning committee began meeting in the fall of 2014. This committee of parents, business leaders and school staff will project what the needs of the district will be in five to 15 years or more, and then distill those needs into a list that is compatible with bonding capacity. The committee will play a vital role in maintaining Mustang's place as one of the premier 6A districts.
One high school, one vision
Mustang is a rare gem among public school systems in Oklahoma. Unlike many districts of this size, Mustang's Board of Education has been devoted to maintaining the cohesiveness of the community by serving all the students at one premier high school instead splitting the community and district resources with the creation of a new campus. In 2009, voters overwhelmingly approved a bond issue to expand and renovate Mustang High School, maintaining it's roots by connecting the pieces of the 1960s campus with several new academic buildings and a commons area with seven serving lines to accommodate 2,800 students.
District Maintains Focus on Academics
Even with these exciting changes, the district maintains a steady focus on its longstanding tradition of academic achievement. Mustang Public Schools was the first to implement a model of continuous improvement concerning the success of every child and not just averages across grade levels. 
 
Dr. Angela Mills, assistant superintendent, said from the youngest students to seniors, the district is focused on a strategy to identify those who are struggling and to get them the help they need to be successful. Mills said once an elementary student is identi?ed as struggling through a universal screening, teachers compile all the student's data on one sheet so they can see exactly where the student needs help. 
 
"In order to meet the goal to raise scores, it has to be done one student at a time," she said. "It cannot be a blanket approach. Is a student having a problem with health issues? Is it attendance? What is their Daily Oral Reading Fluency? If we have a child who is struggling, we compile all the data on this child of where they are weak and where they are strong and then target interventions speci?c to that student." 
 
At the intermediate and middle schools, students are identi?ed as needing intervention if they fail their Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests, but teachers can also refer students. 
 
"What our counselors and teachers do for every one of our kids is amazing. It's incredible how they pour over a student's data," she said. "They consistently measure the growth of each child, not just so they're ready for testing but so they're ready for life and moving on to the next level."
STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math
Mustang Schools is applying to become a STEM community focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. The goal is to infuse STEM into all levels of learning, from STEM exploration in the elementary schools to actual scientific research classes at the secondary level. At its heart, STEM is about solving real-world problems through science, technology engineering and math.

According to the Alliance for Science & Technology Research, there will 81,000 high paying, STEM related job openings by 2018. These openings will need students with a strong STEM background to fill them. The demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate compared to all other occupations over the next decade. When it comes to salaries, the average annual STEM salary is $34,000 more than all other average annual salaries.

For Mustang Public Schools, STEM represents teaching science and mathematical concepts through the integration of technology and engineering design. Mustang has received several STEM grants, and bond funds for STEM were approved by the voters in 2014. These funds have allowed many teachers to go to STEM training and have purchased technology and science equipment to better equips our STEM classes.
2014-2015 Success
Mustang Public Schools has seen tremendous success in the 2014-2015 school year from academics to athletics. Deborah Samkutty, a MHS valedictorian, was recently named a National Merit Finalist. Lance Frost was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. Four more students were named AP Scholars with Honor and two others were named AP Scholars.

Mustang's JROTC program continues to perform in the top 10 percent in the nation. The program earned a Unit of Excellence distinction and the battalion's Academic and Leadership Team qualified again for an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2015 Army JROTC Academic and Leadership Bowl Championship. Mustang's Bronco Battalion is one of two out of 1,732 JROTC programs worldwide that have qualified six teams for the final round of the competition in the past several years. The district also boasts a premier band, theatre and other arts programs.

In athletics, the Mustang's boy's basketball program set a new school record with a 28-0 season. Their win in the finals by 39 points was the largest margin for a 6A championship game. It's the first state title for boy's basketball in the 88 years of the program. Mustang's Fastpitch team also took home the 6A state title for the first time since 1988. The MHS powerlifting team won its second consecutive state title this year as well. In addition, MHS Pom won the Hip Hop State Championship and MHS cheerleaders garnered headlines with a Small Advanced Cheer National Championship. The MHS football team made it to the semifinals and took the title of Academic State Champs.
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