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February 8, 2016-Mindset--Beliefs About Yourself

As we continue our journey of growth and as we strive to have daily conversations with ourselves, the idea of a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset is well worth our time. Let's take a look......

Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one. Mindset explains:

  • Why brains and talent don’t bring success
  • How they can stand in the way of it
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
  • What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.


Let's share the importance of mindset with our students! Motivation is half the battle in our middle school environment; therefore, teaching a growth mindset could be life changing for our Hawks!

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"I'm not looking for blessings to come into my life, I'm looking to be a blessing."

Monrovia Middle School is extremely blessed to have Mrs. Tibbs facilitating our AAP classroom. The task that she has everyday to create and sustain a positive and nurturing environment while addressing the academic and social needs of our students who are having academic and/or behavioral problems is one that can present many challenges. The consistency that Mrs. Tibbs provides not only for our students but also for our teachers and administrators is second to none. In the RARE occasion that Mrs. Tibbs is absent, she is missed. Not only by the staff, but also by our students. She is the ultimate model for educators as we strive to "Discipline with Dignity."

THANK YOU Mrs. Tibbs for all that you do to for our teachers, students, and administrators. Your consistency, kind spirit, and the respectful way you assist us in holding our students accountable are a HUGE asset to MMS! WE ARE BLESSED!

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February 8-Duty Roster Changes

February 10-Soc. St. NMSI Training

February 11-February Coffee Shop

February 12-DAR Citizenship Ceremony-9:30 in the upstairs library

February 12-1/2 Day Professional Development

February 15-NO School-President's Day

February 16-Math NMSI Training

February 17-Names for Saturday School due by 3:30 p.m.

February 18-Spring Pictures

February 18-6th Week Progress Reports

February 18-In-School Instructional Rounds

February 18-Science NMSI Training

February 20-Saturday School

February 22-Faculty Meeting

February 23-ELA I NMSI Training

February 24-Library Book Club

February 25-ELA II NMSI Training

Let's Support MMS Soccer!

Monrovia Hawks 2016

Soccer Schedule

Saturday January 30 Jack Allen TBD Away TBD

Monday February 8 Hartselle 4:30/6:00 Away G/B

Tuesday February 9 Westminster 5:00 Away B

Thursday February 11 Athens 4:30/6:00 Away G/B

Saturday February 13 Liberty 11:00/12:30 Home G/B

Tuesday February 16 Oak Park 4:30/6:00 Away G/B

Monday February 22 East Limestone 4:30/6:00 Away G/B

Tuesday February 23 Discovery 4:30/6:00 Away G/B

Tuesday March 1 Liberty 4:30/6:00 Away B/G

Thursday March 3 Randolph 4:15 Home B

Monday March 21 Discovery 4:15/5:30 Home B/G

Wednesday March 23 Merdianville 4:00/5:30 Away G/B

Monday March 28 Merdianville 4:15/5:30 Home G/B

31 March to April 2

Madison County Tournament TBA

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February 2-Chris Weeks

February 5-Tim Watts

February 15-Rita Cochran

February 17-Alanna Hubert

February 18-Caitlan Haddock

February 18-Angie Stanford

February 21-Lindsey Snipes

February 26-Kelli Hughes