The Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education got an in depth look at the proposed 2020-2021 academic calendar during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Highlights Include:

♦ First Day of Class for Students: August 4, 2020
Fall Break: October 12-16, 2020
Spring Break: March 8-12, 2021
Easter Break: April 1-6, 2021
Last Day of Class for Students: May 26, 2021
Graduation: May 29, 2021

The proposed calendar includes 177 instructional days, 17 teacher work days, 11 holidays and four early release days.

The draft calendar was developed by the district’s calendar committee, which includes teachers, staff and parents from each school. It was reviewed by teacher and parent groups and the district’s executive team before being presented to the board on Tuesday.

One of the district’s goals is to align its academic calendar more closely with Mitchell Community College’s calendar. Chief Operations Officer Michael Royal told the board that the draft calendar accomplishes that.

The final calendar is subject to board approval.

Awards & Recognitions

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: The superintendent and board recognized Luz Martinez-Salazar, a fifth-grader at Mooresville Intermediate, as the Student of the Month.

Luz was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Rainey, to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the November Board of Education meeting.  She was chosen because “she represents all the best qualities of a Bobcat. Luz is a very responsible, motivated, and passionate student. She comes to school every day with an excitement for learning, and a dedication for going above and beyond. Luz is a model student who sets a positive example for her peers. She works hard and digs deep when tasks are difficult. She asks questions that help her understand more clearly, and she connects new knowledge to previous learning like a pro. Her perseverance also makes her team stronger because she often asks the questions that helps everyone in the classroom. Luz is a remarkable learner because she is self-motivated and always challenges herself to be at her very best. Luz is helpful to those around her when they need help or don’t understand directions, and she works well both independently and in a group. Her work ethic and focus on doing well is an inspiration to her classmates. Luz is a wonderful young lady who will continue to excel and grow both academically and socially.”

RECOGNITION OF PERFECT SEASON: The superintendent and board recognized the Mooresville Middle School seventh-grade football team for going undefeated this fall.

Head Coach: Jason Chambers

Assistant Coaches: Michael Fulton, Jordan Foushee, John Bustle, Caleb Kistler, Jay Ervin, Thomas Cross, and Jay Edwards.

Players: Emmanuel Adams, Joshua Allen, Gavin Bisco, Tyger Blackwood, Samuel Breece, William “Joey” Burke, Skyz Carr, Prince Davis, Richard “Drew” Davis, Holden Faison, Jamari Farmer, Aaron Graham, Tyler Hackney, Eric Heal, Micayla Henry, Owen Hook, Aiden Jones, Gabriel “Sloan” Karriker, Justin Kinahan, Cameron Martin, Zyon McGowan, Luke Modrak, Dallas Morrison, Tyrron Morrison, Aizai Mosley, Darian Reid, Mason Richards, Michael Schook, Caydon Sloop, Cloey Sloop, Noah Thomas, Tristan Torrence, Mecca Turner, Luca Wraight.

ABCD AWARD: The superintendent and board presented Jason Chambers, the head custodian and football coach at Mooresville Middle School, with the Above and Beyond Call of Duty Award.

Coach Chambers was nominated by MMS Principal Ayana Robinson. In the nomination, Ms. Robinson said: “Coach Chambers is the head custodian at Mooresville Middle School. He is also the MMS Head Football Coach and the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach. Prior to being the middle school head custodian, he served as a very reliable long-term sub at MMS. Coach Chambers exemplifies what it means to go above and beyond the call of duty. He stepped into his role as head custodian with the goal to help our school look the best it can for students. This included working with his custodial team to build camaraderie amongst each other. We have watched him work alongside each custodian in order to get to know who they are and what motivates them to do their job. He always looks for ways to say yes. He is willing to jump in and help out any way possible. One day he overheard the administrative team trying to figure out who would help cover the front car lot, and he volunteered himself. He wasn’t quite sure what he was volunteering to do, but he knew he wanted to help out any way possible. Coach Chambers has a cool, calm demeanor about him. He understands how important his role is at MMS, and he takes it very seriously. The students LOVE Coach Chambers. During cafeteria duty he can be found checking in on student athletes and students who are not on a team. He is always encouraging students. He pushes students to do their best in the classroom and on the court. Our students were able to show Coach Chamber how much he is valued at the Fall Pep Rally. When it was his turn to present the football team the ENTIRE gym cheered as he walked across the gym, it was absolutely amazing. Coach Chambers has swooped into MMS as our own personal superman. He has a heart of gold and we appreciate all of his hard work. We truly believe Coach Chambers takes pride in leading by example and we all work hard to follow his lead.”

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: The superintendent and board recognized Rain Leonor, a sixth-grader at Mooresville Intermediate, as the Artist of the Month.

Rain was nominated by her teacher Mrs. Lemmon.

In her nomination, she said: “Rain has been on my “art teacher radar” since her first day at Mooresville Intermediate School. She is so humble about her talents but they always shine through in her work. Rain works very hard in art class even though every project comes so naturally to her. She is truly someone with a bright future ahead of her. As an educator, I cannot help but love her contagious excitement and passion for creating and perfecting her art. She is very deserving of the Artist of the Month award!”


SCHOOL TREASURERS: The board honored school treasurers Jackie Justice (Park View), Rachel Hunter (Rocky River), Cynthia Teague (South), Valerie Carter (Mooresville Intermediate), Trena Williams (East Mooresville Intermediate), Kathy Johnson (Mooresville Middle) and Sandra Verley (Mooresville High) for completing the N.C. Association of School Business Officials Academy. The NCASBO School Business Management Academy was established in 2006 to develop future school business leaders through a comprehensive training program in the area of school finance.