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Greetings from Mansfield Middle School,


As we strive to prepare students for the future, a positive, productive relationship with all stakeholders is paramount. Desoto serves to care for our students, ensure their learning, and celebrate their graduation as citizens prepared to transform their dreams into realities. Mansfield Middle School seeks community feedback to ensure our school and district continue to improve and provide the best learning experiences for our students.


Mansfield Middle School’s vision is to promote a culture that ensures academic success, inspires leadership, and prepares learners for service. A collaborative partnership with the community affords us the opportunity to promote a rich academic culture. Our school encourages students to participate in our numerous clubs and organizations, provides opportunities to evolve as leaders, and extends their learning experiences through post-secondary academic institutions.


The Wolverine Nation has worked extremely hard setting and meeting goals for academic achievement. This year we hope to see continued improvement in student performance results from the state.


Mansfield Middle School students enrolled in Algebra I and English I this year have done exceptionally well. This is a testimony to what can be done when excellent teachers prepare to take exceptional students to the limit. We cannot forget the committed parents who send these outstanding students to school daily with the mindset to learn.


Our instructional teams continue to grow professionally and strengthen their teaching skills in preparation for year 2019-20. The school leadership team attended The National Institute for the Excellence of Teaching in Dallas as well as The Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans to gain knowledge necessary for effective planning and delivery of instruction on our campus. Additionally, members of the leadership team participated in a teacher leadership series hosted by our district. Interactive sessions led by effective master teachers provided for a rich learning environment where great ideas were shared.


We continue to expand opportunities, creating better access to enriching experiences where all students can become involved. Our current club offerings, organizations, and sports programs create a culture that supports all students’ interests. Our goal is to create a culture that communicates student’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to learn, lead, and serve.


Excitement continues to grow with increasing numbers of students making responsible decisions in the classroom. Poor behavior is becoming less of a negative force influencing our culture at MMS. We had a marked decrease in suspensions this year - 93 compared to 140 suspensions from 2017-18. Also, we have improved attendance with 96 % of students attending school compared to 95% for 2017-18.


Finally, our overall goal is to strive for excellence every day. Our desire is to support students in becoming world changers. Our students are encouraged by our teachers to give one another deep and meaningful academic feedback increasing their critical thinking and leadership skills. As our students receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, relationships grow among all community members.


We are committed to the mission of ensuring students’ academic growth, celebrating their accomplishments and moving our children towards international competitiveness. Through God’s grace, together we will accomplish many great things.


“We Are!” – Wolverines!

Kevin F. Gardner, M.Ed.


Mansfield Middle School