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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.
Central Enrollment Center closed. New students may enroll at their school site beginning Aug. 8
The Central Enrollment center to enroll students for the 2017-2018 school year has closed. Parents who need to enroll their students who are brand new to the district may do so at each child's school site beginning Aug. 8. 
 
Only complete enrollment packets will be accepted. See a list of the requirements and download the appropriate packet at www.mustangps.org/enrollment.aspx.
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Wilson takes the helm at MEC

Mustang Education Center has a new principal for the 2017-2018 school year. Kirk Wilson has a bachelor’s of arts in speech/communication and a master’s in teaching, with professional experience in both an elementary and a secondary setting.

Wilson taught speech, drama, debate and English at Putnam City High School. While he loved the classroom and had students qualify for the national debate competition, he knew he wanted to be an administrator. He accepted a job at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City as an assistant principal, handling discipline and operations for sixth through 12th grade. Eventually, he took the head principal position at Wilson Elementary, a feeder school for Classen.  

Change to Zenith saves $326,502 in premiums, nets ladders for every school

Mustang Public Schools changed workers comp insurance providers in 2016 and selected The Zenith Insurance. The new contract and additional negotiation has saved Mustang Schools $326,502 in premiums. The relationship is also netting the district new ladders for every hallway.

Representatives of The Zenith Insurance made an appearance at Monday’s Board of Education meeting to present the district with a check for $2000 to purchase ladders for every school. The company follows trends in work related injuries and believes having accessible ladders for every hallway will cut down on workplace injuries.  

MPS 1948 gym keepsakes to be sold at Bronco Alley this Friday

For more than 65 years, the circa 1948 gym served the students and staff of Mustang Public Schools. The peeling gray block structure which became known as the PE building in recent years had reached a point where spending more than half a million dollars to simply bring the building up to code made it impractical to keep as an instructional facility. The building was razed on Aug. 11 to make room for a state-of-the art science academy for higher-level sciences.

Before the demolition though, half of the old gym floor was removed to create keepsakes for those who would like a tangible reminder of the memories of dances, basketball games, graduations and more which were held in the building. The Mustang Public Schools Foundation will be selling sections of the floor measuring one foot by two feet with a commemorative plate attached for $25 each.

A booth will be set up to sell the pieces at Mustang’s Western Days and also at home games of Mustang Broncos Varsity Football at Bronco Alley beginning with the matchup between the Broncos and the Yukon Millers on Friday, Sept. 1. Stop by Bronco Alley, which will be set up on the south side of Bronco Stadium from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to find the MPSF booth. Bronco Alley is a new addition to Friday night football with booths ranging from restaurant and other food vendors to local businesses and organizations.  

Brand new to the district? Enroll at your child's school site
The Central Enrollment center to enroll students for the 2017-2018 school year has closed. Parents who need to enroll their students who are brand new to the district may do so at each child's school site beginning Aug. 8. Only complete enrollment packets will be accepted. See a list of the requirements and download the appropriate packet at www.mustangps.org/enrollment.aspx. 
It's time to apply for the Free and Reduced lunch program
Free and Reduced lunch applications are now available online. Families must apply for free or reduced meals every year. Child Nutrition Director Tammy Bales said Mustang Public Schools currently has approximately 35 percent of students on free or reduced meals but more people would likely qualify. 
Contact us!
Mailing address for all schools, and address for the Administration Building: 
906 S. Heights Drive
Mustang, OK 73064
 
Admin Main Line:
405-376-2461 
Click here for the Master Calendar
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 bond issue 2017
Click here for information on the 2017 Bond Issue.
 
 
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