West Side MissionEnvision a school...
Where all children are encouraged to explore and strengthen their Talents and Gifts (TAG).
Where all children have equal access and opportunities to master the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, career pathways and the global economy.
Where students achieve this success through a variety of learning opportunities and differentiated tasks that challenge and engage 21st century learners in all core content areas.
Where members of the learning community collaborate to set high expectations and achieve this mission.
Where ideas are just the beginning...
Core Values and BeliefsCurriculum
- Curriculum will be rigorous and relevant using a variety of research-based resources that are standards based and developmentally appropriate. The content will be vertically aligned, cohesive, and consistent within each grade level.
- Instruction will be differentiated and student-centered using best practices to increase achievement.
- Assessments will consist of purposeful, ongoing, balanced methods to measure student growth in order to drive instruction.
- Students will be immersed in a safe, respectful community that fosters responsible citizens, empowering them to succeed.
Awards & Honors
- Nine Consecutive Years in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): 2011
- Georgia Department of Education
- 2012 Exceptional Library Media Program
- 2011 Georgia Student Achievement Bronze Award
- Technology Integration Site grant recipient
- 2007 Academic Improvement Platinum Award
- Greatest Gain Students Meeting and Exceeding Standards
- 1985 Georgia School of Excellence
- Talented and Gifted (TAG) program for all students
- "MILE" Gifted student program in all grades
- Before and After School Program with enrichment opportunities
- Auditioned Chorus for 4th/5th grades - "Singing Stingers"
- Daily Stinger News Show produced by students
- Accelerated Reader Program with quarterly incentives
- Student Safety Patrol
- Cultural Arts Programs
- Girls on the Run Program
- Drama Club with The Strand Theater
- Science Swarm (special science fair for grades K-5)
- K-Kids Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club
- Yearlong Place Based Learning STEM projects at grade level
- Jump Rope For Heart
- Pennies for Patients
- MUST Ministiries support activiites
- $5.5M in renovations/new classrooms completed 2007-2008
- One to one Chromebooks in grade 2-5
- One to one laptops in grade K-1
- 40 Ipads
- Wireless facility
- Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms
- Keyboard music lab
- STEM lab
- Performance stage and auditorium
- Multimedia production room
- Multiple grade level gardens
- On-site composting
PTA-sponsored family events and activities
- Fall Festival and Silent Auction
- 5th Grade Sponsored Dance
- Holiday Gift Shop
- Muffins for Moms
- Donuts for Dads
- Grandparent's Day
- "Reflections" contest and reception
- Family Movie Nights
- Second Grade Play
- Fifth Grade Talent Program
- Spring Teddy Bear Tour for rising kindergarten students
Students & Teachers
- 80% of teachers hold advanced degrees
- One MCS Employee of the Year on Staff
- One National Milken Award Winner on Staff
- Alumni return to teach
- Eight Principals in 63 years
- Active PTA
- Student Enrollment: 505 (FY17)
- Average class size: 21
- Number of teachers: 38
- Uniforms: Yes, Unified dress code policy Monday through Thursday