On behalf of our Board, Administration, Faculty, and Staff, thank you for being UNIFIED with the MCS Community in making the 2015-16 school year an extraordinary one!
Our primary goal this year was to be just that - UNIFIED - in mission, educational strategy, and relationships within our community. We believe the accomplishments highlighted in this Annual Report illustrate that great progress was made on our goals, and that God continues to lead us forward in all areas.
We can say emphatically and with gratitude that it is because of your investment, both personally and financially, that MCS can continue on a trajectory of continuous improvement, moving towards a comprehensive Vision for the future that will bring maximum benefit to each student academically and spiritually - all stemming from the mission of “building a firm foundation through Christ-centered education.” The many activities and achievements you will view on this site would not be possible without the generous sacrifice of so many.
We are eager to see what God has in store for the 2016-17 school year, and we welcome your continued partnership!
Andrew Accardy (Chair)
Bill Daily (Vice Chair)
Troy Moore (Head of School)
President: Laurie Kelly
Secretary/Communications: Shannon Mora
Treasurer: Mary Boyle
Middle School Room Moms: Mechele Thayer
Elementary Room Moms: Kim Bagramanian
Family Connections: Trish Kaplan
Teacher Enrichment: Irene Yonkers
New Family: Laura McMillen
School Services: Kristen Morrissey
*Fiscal year 7-1-15 to 6-30-16; figures subject to change based on our 2016 audit. Includes costs associated with 21st Century Learning expansion and professional development
To foster student ownership, we placed school-issued mobile devices in the hands of middle school students to help them manage their own learning and progress in their preparation for high school.Read about it in Newport Beach Indy.
Middle School students accessed IT staff all year for their tech needs, providing a great space for support and help.
“May His Force Unite Us” unified parents, teachers, grandparents, and friends for a spectacular evening of fellowship and fundraising!Gala raises $300,000! Story mention in local news.
Ladies Luncheon guests pledged their united support for a new kitchen on campus; Beginning plans moved forward this summer to bring a makeover to our beloved kitchen.
Give honor to whom honor is due: A memorable Dedication of the new 21st Century Learning Commons included guests from the Argyros Family Foundation and MCS friends, both past and present.Dedication highlighted in local media!
We made great strides this year in our focus on Literacy, beginning with a huge influx of reading materials through a Book Drive
Field Transformation in our own “backyard!” Exciting plans for a 100% AstroTurf field continue to move forward. Nearly 100 supporters have pledged their support for this project to-date!
Our growing endowment for Financial Aid and Teacher Education now stands at $1,000,000, ready to serve families in need and teachers pursuing advanced degrees.
To keep our classroom instruction at its highest level, our Administration is committed to providing teachers with opportunities to sharpen their skills through ongoing, top-notch professional development, surrounded by colleagues who also value new ideas and approaches. We encourage them to take risks!
Test Results Demonstrate Academic Strength MCS continued to expand testing measures to ensure that all students achieve their greatest academic potential.
Middle School administered Terra-Nova in the Spring, allowing us to benchmark performance against national norms as well as track individual progress. Elementary expanded its use of MAP testing in K-5th grade, allowing younger students to not only compare performance against national norms, but also to equip teachers with data on students' individual strengths and weaknesses in key subject areas.
MCS scores were strong in all grades, placing us above national percentiles for Blue Ribbon schools.
continued to develop and generated 2 teams to compete in the First LEGO League Competition
Exposure to new coding opportunities with Sphero and collaborative experiences like the Hour of Code
involved 48 middle school students in a mentorship with TK and 2nd grade students
expanded with student-led teams in 5th-8th grade that managed technical needs like sound and lights during chapel
launched, linking students who have particular passions with experts in their field. In partnership with GoldenComm, our first student website design team was created!
for middle school including photography, Industrial Arts, Culinary Arts, Coding, and more
Along with veteran Director Tricia Heins, these two new leaders jumped into their roles and led our MIA Program to the next level, providing myriad performance opportunities to develop student talent:
Silver Rating for Jazz Band
Gold Rating for Orchestra*
*Judges invitational performance Spring 2017!
*Special recognition for cello and percussion
Excellent Rating for Jazz Band*
Superior Rating for 6th Grade Orchestra*
Athletes were fortunate to work with long-time basketball legend Schea Cotton!
Story mention in Costa Mesa City News
160 fifth-eighth grade athletes, fielding 10 teams, developed their skills in the tournament.
U stands for Unity. Students met in small groups of mixed grade levels for Bible study, prayer, collaboration, and fun!
This was a profound time of spiritual growth in K-8th, with separate chapels and age-appropriate times of reflection with speakers and worship, all to prepare students to celebrate Easter.
A class to nurture the talents and discipline of leading worship.
included dynamic speakers and worship time, challenging elementary and middle school students at their unique levels of spiritual development each week.
Our partnership with Christ the Center Ministries accomplished this: through small acts of kindness and giving, we generated over $25,000 to help build a middle school in Gulu, Uganda. From car washes at home, to bake sales, to giving allowances, MCS students learned about sacrifice and selflessness to serve Christ. Read the story in the Daily Pilot.
We offered two separate gatherings for Moms and Dads featuring a panel of Alumni parents speakers addressing the topics of parenting and growing spiritually.
We welcomed over 100 guests to our annual ceremony promoting patriotism and strong relationships with our grandparents and veteranshighlighted in the Newport Beach Indy!
Elementary and Middle School Grandparent Days were two wonderful days of celebration hosting hundreds of grandparents on campus.
7th graders rallied together during Serve Week to help the homeless and organizations like Think Together.
31 fifth grade leaders help welcome and integrate new students on campus.
“CommUNITY Connection” Monthly resource - Great new digital resource to provide spiritual enrichment activities for families at home
With 100% participation from our administration, teachers, and staff, three $1,000 awards were given to Alumni headed to college in the fall.
Nearly 100 grads joined together for a reunion filled with food, fellowship, fun, and volleyball.
Special visit during Spiritual Emphasis Week from Alumni Matt and Brittany Barkley. A wonderful opportunity to inspire our middle school students to walk with FAITH.
Azusa Pacific University
University of Colorado, Boulder
Brooks Institute Photography
Cal Baptist University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Colorado State University
George Washington University
Grand Canyon University
Loyola Marymount University
Montana State University
New York University
Point Loma University
San Francisco State University
Seattle Pacific University
Southern Methodist University
St. Edwards University
Texas Christian University
The New School, NYC
University of AZ
University of Oregon
University of Texas
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of San Diego
Washington State University
What will MCS look like in the next 4 years? MCS is committed to meeting the changing needs of children and education in the 21st Century; most importantly, rooting students in the TRUTH of God’s Word. Launched in the Spring, Vision2020 outlines goals with the areas of academic excellence, spiritual development, whole child development, and Christ-honoring environment, all within the framework of solid stewardship.check out the VISION 2020 website: FUTURE IN FOCUS