School News

Ms. Leanne Rose, PVES Teacher, NC BTOY

Leanne Rose, a second-grade teacher at Park View Elementary School in the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), was named the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Beginning Teacher of the Year in a special ceremony Thursday, December 5, 2019.  Rose was named the MGSD Beginning Teacher of the Year in August 2019.  Click the headline to read more!

Graphic with Dual Language for MGSD spelled out.

MGSD is excited to announce the possibility of a dual immersion program at our elementary schools starting next year.  Click the article link to learn more!

Early College Application

The Early College Application is now open! 

The link to the application and instructions can be found here.  The application is open until January 12, 2020.  Please remember that if you want to apply to multiple early college programs, you only need to complete one form and click on the early colleges you want to apply to.  There are printed copies of the teacher and counselor request forms and the data manager information form outside of Ms. Marshall's office.  References from Math and ELA teachers must be from the current year.  If you are considering applying, please do not wait to ask teachers and counselors for their recommendation.  The sooner the better.  Please see Ms. Buff or Mr. Genson if you have any questions. 

The best thing I saw this week featured the Mooresville Middle School Red Imps!

Link to Iredell Free News Article

The undefeated Mooresville Middle School Red Imps football team poses for a photo at Tuesday’s Mooresville Graded Schools Board of Education meeting.


Scott Van Pelt often leads off SportsCenter with a feature dubbed the “Best Thing I Saw Today.”

The segments are often related to a pivotal moment in the day’s biggest sports event — a late-inning homerun that helps win a World Series, a long putt that drops in the cup on the 18th hole to win a major championship in golf, or a miracle three-pointer that sends an NCAA tournament game to overtime.

Borrowing from SVP, I’d like to weigh in on the best thing I saw this week. It happened at a Mooresville Graded School District School Board meeting and had nothing — and everything — to do with sports.

Superintendent Stephen Mauney and the MGSD board regularly set aside time to honor students for their academic, artistic and athletic achievements. District employees are also recognized in public for their efforts.

Tuesday’s meeting was no different.

Among the honorees was the Mooresville Middle School seventh-grade football team. Under the leadership of beloved head coach Jason Chambers, the Red Imps had an undefeated season this fall, scoring more than 100 points while allowing their opponents a meager 14 all year.

Throughout my career as a community journalist, I’ve been to countless school board and local government meetings in which science fair winners, all-state band members and championship winning teams were herded through the meetings, quickly arranged for a picture and sent on their way. Rarely do these photo ops seem worth the time and effort required of parents and students.

Tuesday’s MGSD Board meeting could have been one of those occasions, but Superintendent Mauney had other plans for the Red Imps. Inspired by seeing the NFL players on Monday Night Football introduce themselves and plug their colleges or high schools, he thought it would be special to have each player step up to the mic, introduce themselves, and state the position they play and where they wanted to go to college.

It may have added a few minutes to the meeting, but it was a moment in time that the boys — and one girl — on the team and their parents will probably remember for a long time.

It was definitely the best thing I saw this week.

Mike Fuhrman is editor of Iredell Free News, an over-involved soccer dad and an Atlanta Braves fan. Contact him at

Vote 2019

On Tuesday, November 5, elections will be held for the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education.  Community members living within the MGSD school district will have the opportunity to vote for up to three school board candidates. MGSD has a non-partisan, five-member board of education. This election cycle there are three seats up for vote with four candidates running for those seats. In this guide, our our community members have the opportunity to learn about the four candidates and read, in the candidates' words, their answers to four identical questions about themselves, the district, and education. Thank you!

Free & Reduced Lunch

Hello MGSD parents,

We want to remind you about the Free & Reduced Lunch program and encourage you to fill out an application. Even if you do not think you will qualify for free or reduced lunches, we are asking for your participation in completing this form. Many of our critical programs depend on the federal funding that is tied directly to this very important program.

To complete the application, please use the following links:



It is easy, secure, and convenient.

For more information, contact the School Nutrition Department at 704-658-2639 or visit the website at

ASBO International Logo

Ashburn, VA – June 28, 2019 – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has selected Terry K. Haas, CPA, RSBO, chief financial officer for Mooresville (NC) Graded School District, as the recipient of the association’s 2019 International Eagle Award.



MMS wanted to remind visitors to our schools that this year, for the safety of our students and staff, the Ident-A-Kid software at each of our MGSD schools will require visitors to present and scan a valid form of ID (e.g. driver's license/state ID) each and every time you visit a school. In the past, the ID was stored in the system for the entire school year, but this new safety measure is now in place at all of our campuses this year. Thank you for your understanding regarding this new practice and for your continued support in keeping our campuses safe and secure for everyone in MGSD!

Please reach out to our Central Office or your child's school if you have questions. Thank you!

School Lunch lot 2 love Artwork

The Mooresville Graded School District Child Nutrition Program wants to remind you that free and reduced priced meal applications are available online for those who may need assistance with meal purchases.  Please click this post to learn more.

MGSD PowerSchool Registration

The online registration system for the 2019 - 2020 school year has opened!  Please click on this post for full details.  Here is to a great school year!

Cheryl Dortch, South Elementary Assistant Principal

The MGSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Ms. Cheryl Dortch as the assistant principal of South Elementary School! Ms. Dortch is no stranger to the district. She was a teacher at South Elementary from 2004 until 2014, and the 2011-2012 MGSD Teacher of the Year. In 2014, Ms. Dortch was appointed as assistant principal of South Elementary; however, due to family obligations, she had to relocate to Kentucky in 2015 where she continued her work in public education. Mooresville Graded School District is so exited to welcome this long-time South Star back home to North Carolina and MGSD!