The Meyzeek Mystique

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Hindsight is 2020: A Year in Review

Among the most important processes of a school leader is the instructional imperative of establishing clear goals, devising a plan of action, measuring progress and assessing how procedures and practices support accomplishing each of these vital components. Additionally, these leadership actions are essential in building and sustaining effective school wide systems in which students are consistently achieving at high levels. While these elements are vitally important, taking time to be reflective on where you have been and refocusing and recharging for the future is an equally imperative leadership ritual . Without question, the first year as the proud leader of the Meyzeek Bears has been one of the most exhilarating seasons in my many years as an educator in JCPS.

Transitioning to a new school requires expedience in understanding the school’s mission, culture, and patterns in student achievement; such has been the case in my Meyzeek journey. Working with an amazing team of administrators, teachers, support staff, and parents has provided the necessary supports to move Meyzeek forward. Over the last 11 months, our school has elevated its level of student engagement and initiated a shift toward building a greater Meyzeek that meets the needs of all of its students. The Meyzeek Mystique is designed to highlight our school's accomplishments, celebrate our students, and keep you connected with what makes us an extraordinary institution of learning. It is my distinct pleasure to share with you the achievements and successes of Meyzeek over the course my first year that have set the trajectory of academic achievement and social development for every Meyzeek Bear!

Culture & Climate

  • Rebooting of Restorative Practices and PBIS through revisions to the Bear PRIDE Expectations
  • Stakeholder collaboration in defining and rewriting the school’s mission statement and logo
  • Increased to three Related Arts rotations to provide more access to educational opportunities
  • International Study Abroad-For the first time ever, upper grades Meyzeek Bear Spanish students travel to Costa Rica, Summer 2020 and to Peru in Summer 2021
  • School-wide Spirit Weeks
  • Recognitions for Student and Teacher of the Month
  • Bear Response Team for students needing support during the instructional day
  • Counseling Team to include a Mental Health Practitioner
  • Creation of the exclusive Youth Services Center Calming Corner
  • Assembled the Parent Advisory Council
  • Advanced WMZK productions and recording lab
  • Increased the number of extracurricular programs
  • Recipient of a $15,000 Leader in Me Grant program for the implementation of the Bear Excellence Program to promote the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM programs
  • Safety is priority! Staff added to our In-School Security Team
  • Trauma Informed Care training for all staff
  • KPREP Student Recognitions (Spring 2020)