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As spring approaches, Mustang Public Schools would like to remind parents about the district’s severe weather procedures. 

MPS officials stay in touch with the National Weather Service in Norman and participates in regular briefings. School officials also monitor weather reports on local news stations.  

Director of Safety and Security Jennifer Newell said once school is in session, buses will not take children home early.

“There is too much danger in having young children at home with no adult present,” she said. “If we need to hold buses to ensure the safety of our students, we will. As always, if you are uncomfortable with approaching weather, you can check out your child.”

Newell asked that parents be aware of the individual school’s policy on pickup if arriving close to the actual dismissal time. Should the outdoor warning sirens sound, children will be sheltered in the building and the front doors to the schools will be locked so staff can get to shelter as well. 

Should impending weather mean a cancellation of evening activities, the district will contact channels 4, 5, 9 and Fox. The information will also be posted to the district website www.mustangps.org and the district’s social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. For small events, individual coaches or sponsors may communicate with their parents directly through mediums such as Remind 101.

Schools are not public storm shelters.
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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Mustang Board of Education approved the teacher compensation package for the 2019-2020 school year at a special meeting Thursday morning. The package includes a step increase of $2,488.28, bringing the starting teacher salary to $40,000.

Superintendent Charles Bradley praised the Board of Education.

“The Board has made it a priority to position the district to attract and retain highly qualified teachers,” Bradley said. “The new negotiated agreement will provide a well-deserved boost to our current teaching staff and make it easier to fill vacancies.”

The Mustang Education Association negotiating team and the team from the MPS administration typically meet in the summer with a vote by the MEA and board in August. Moving the process to April is expected to improve teacher recruitment in the summer.

“The Board and the administration team have been working toward making our teacher salary schedule competitive among peer groups,” he said. “For several years, Mustang Schools has been in a position where funds have been devoted to keeping up with growth by hiring staff for new schools. We have reached a point where we can look at salaries and make needed adjustments.”
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Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019
 Kylee McFarland
Creek Elementary’s Teacher of the Year is Kylee McFarland, who teaches the kindergarten and first-grade BRAIN class. The BRAIN Program is designed to help children with behavioral issues learn replacement behaviors. Instead of simply suspending the student for acting out, the program is designed to help the student learn to control his or her own behavior.

McFarland said she has always been interested in a child’s behavior. 

“Building relationships with my students and identifying what their triggers are and the ‘why’ behind the behavior is very important to me,” she said. “I found myself wanting those kiddos with behavior problems in my classroom year after year. I became very passionate about behavior intervention and giving students what they needed, no matter the time and effort it took on my part.” 
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Posted Saturday, April 6, 2019
 Rhoda Carothers
Rhoda Carothers
Photo by Vickers Photography 
Rhoda Carothers was named Teacher of the Year for Mustang North Middle School. Carothers teaches seventh and eighth grade STEM/Robotics, seventh grade Math Skill Builders and eighth grade PATH (Positive Attitudes Towards Homework). She’s been teaching for 19 years, all of them at North.

Even when she was in first grade, teaching was something Carothers did naturally. 

“My mother loves to tell the story about how even as a first grader I would mimic a teacher and read books to the toddlers at the church pre-school,” she said. “I also played school with my brother and would teach him what I was learning.”

Carothers wanted to teach high school English originally, but understood that was a narrow window. 
“I switched to elementary education,” she said. “Then I stayed an extra semester and got my middle school endorsements so I could be more marketable.” 

Carothers admits teaching is a hard profession. 

“It’s funny how just one kid can give you enough fuel to keep coming back,” she said. “I love learning with my students. I find out new things every year.” 

Carothers, who enjoys the outdoors, traveling and being with her family, is one of 16 site Teachers of the Year.
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Posted Saturday, April 6, 2019
Mustang Public Schools will open full-time Central Enrollment on April 1 in the new Mustang Education Resource Center at 909 S. Mustang Road. This will make it possible for families new to the district to enroll all their children in one place year round. Address and custody changes, residency affidavits, out-of-district transfers and power of attorney will also be handled at the new site.

Central Enrollment will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the summer, excluding July 4. Hours may vary during peak enrollment times. 
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Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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