Message from Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Myers

Welcome to Mulberry/Pleasant View Bi-County School District

" Together…Developing Leaders One Student at a Time—Every Time!"

We are so excited to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year.

Last year our schools collaboratively developed our new mission/vision statement.. As an innovative district, we are committed to providing an excellent learning opportunity for each child. As schools demand more of their graduates, more than any time in our history, we are reminded that it is the journey of learning and becoming that sets children up for success in this world. To look outside of themselves, to give back to community, and care about others are things that are not tested on any standardized test.

Our vision in the MPV School District is that every student develops as a leader at every opportunity (Every Student—Every Time). Our schools must inspire, allow innovation, create safe learning environments and provide strong academic opportunities to allow all students to become leaders in order for them to realize success and thrive in the
21 stCentury workplace.

For our district, this continues to be a time of creativity and sustainability. Mulberry/Pleasant View schools are dedicated to remain a place where all children are known, engaged, and well taken care of. This is evident in the hallways, in the competitive arenas as well as in the classrooms. This ability for us to know our students must not be underestimated. This is our strength and our opportunity.

In addition, our schools are very interested in doing things differently for the benefit of children. We know that excellent schools are where kids and staff are engaged, having fun, failing and learning, as well as succeeding together. This sounds odd for educators to address failure. We do this in many ways but our plans this year are to introduce Robotics as a way to work through the process of failing and learning. The process is on-going and should be a great opportunity for our students.

Studies on innovative learning are clear: Innovators must be allowed to learn and fail. We believe a Robotics Program will support these studies.

Studies also show that what you do as parents of future innovators matters enormously. Harvard studies include interviews with parents of today's innovators which reveal fascinating patterns. They value having their children pursue a genuine passion above them getting straight A’s, and they talked about the importance of "giving back." As their children matured, they also encouraged them to take risks and learn from mistakes. There is much that all of us stand to learn from this research. This seems aligned to our Growth Mindset approach and attention to Grit and Perseverance that we see in MPV classrooms.

It is stated in these studies that most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. MPV Schools tell a very different story. Our focus is on support, care and acceptance, as well as classrooms that are engaging student’s minds, bodies, and hearts. We believe to succeed in the 21 st century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks, and learn from failure. Our district community believes in a strong commitment to education, and that dedication is evident in the programs and opportunities available to our children.

Our focus on the whole child means students are educated to become successful, productive citizens who are critical thinkers, and exhibit strong moral character. Our goal is to help each child reach his or her fullest potential.

We strongly believe that children learn best when educators develop meaningful partnerships with parents, encouraging and valuing input and feedback from home. We believe in working together for the benefit of our children and families.

As you peruse our website, we hope you will find a great deal of helpful information about MPV programs, activities, and upcoming events. You may also contact us at 479-997-1715.