Dear MPS Staff,
We want you to know that we see you, and we appreciate everything you have done to keep MPS moving in such a crazy time. In March, COVID-19 caused havoc and disruption in all elements of the world, and you stepped up to the challenge in ways no one could imagine.
Our teachers immediately adapted lessons from the classroom to learning online, in packets, and virtually. Teachers were creative and caring and spent hours gathering resources to help Mustang students in a time of need. But you didn’t stop with academics, you participated in parades, videos, Google Hangouts, phone calls, and even home visits to fill the void our kids were struggling with emotionally. WE THANK YOU.
Our MPS food service staff went above and beyond to prepare and serve children in the community much needed food. Thousands of meals were cooked, bagged, and handed out. You dressed up, showed up, smiled in the cold, rain, wind, and in the heat, to give our community nutrition despite the risk. WE THANK YOU.
Our Nurses, Counselors, Therapists, Paras, and Support Personnel were there for parents, students, and teachers in big and little ways. You handed out medications. You delivered donations to families in need. You contacted kids in crisis, and you gave your time and services to all that needed them. WE THANK YOU.
Our Special Education teachers were under added stress. You learned to meet deadlines and file paperwork using virtual meetings for IEPs and transition meetings. It wasn’t easy, but you did it well. WE THANK YOU.
Our custodians and maintenance staff cleaned the buildings top to bottom and then recleaned again and again. You posted signs, you volunteered to hand out meals, you worked in the buildings and on the grounds. You were there for whatever was needed. WE THANK YOU.
Our administrators scrambled to make sure families were heard and got what they needed from buildings that had suddenly closed. You worked with curriculum coordinators and teachers to develop and organize curriculum and resources. You supported our families and teachers every step of the way, and the job never ended. You made schedules and plans and strived to meet the needs of everyone. WE THANK YOU.
Our technology department worked quickly and expertly to assess existing technology, student and staff needs, and prepare and distribute devices to teachers across the district. You ensured teachers had everything they needed to provide online interaction and instruction to support students and families. You provided teachers online tutorials and guidance using online tools and resources in an ongoing, easily understood and digestible manner. WE THANK YOU.
Our Upper administration went above and beyond to meet the needs of schools, parents, students and the community. You gathered cleaning supplies to donate to hospitals and nursing homes. You gave students home challenges. You communicated the ever-changing information from the state school board. You made plans and always looked out for the safety of MPS staff and students. WE THANK YOU.
This was not how the year was supposed to go. Most of what you did was not in your job description. But you stepped up for kids, went “above and beyond,” and made us Mustang Proud. WE THANK YOU.
With our sincere thanks,
MPS Board Members