YOU are part of our UNIFIED VISION

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!

SCHOOL CLIMATE AND SATISFACTION

2016 PARENT and FACULTY/STAFF survey results show broad support for MCS mission, vision, and initiatives.  Levels of satisfaction are overwhelmingly positive and reflect a level of agreement that is exceptional!

PARENT PARTNERSHIP

Behind every successful organization is
a dedicated team of volunteers.

Look what our highly skilled and committed parent partners made possible for students this year!

LEADERS CHART THE COURSE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2015-16

Andrew Accardy (Chair)
Bill Daily (Vice Chair)
Marc Forsythe
Jeff Read
John Laskey
Mike McMillen
Jason Mowery
Candace Nesbitt
Carrie Olson
Troy Moore (Head of School)

PTF BOARD 2015-16

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Stewardship

Every day, MCS students learn and grow in an atmosphere of Christ’s love and exciting opportunities, which is possible because of the 400+ donors, plus volunteers and community partners through special events, who helped generate a total of $700,000 for MCS programs!

Financial Overview*

Total Income

$6,692,100

Total Expenses

$7,077,871

*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

1:1 roll out

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.

The new Tech Hub

Middle School students accessed IT staff all year for their tech needs, providing a great space for support and help.

The 2016 Spring Gala

 “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

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.

New Learning commons

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!

Literacy Initiative

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

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!

endowment

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.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MISSION!

Top PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The best teachers never stop learning.

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!

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Successful launch of our Professional Learning Community on Wednesday mornings

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26 teachers participated in dynamic Summer Professional Development opportunities

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Schoology: helping students take ownership of their learning

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Balanced Literacy: building strong readers and writers in the elementary program

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Palm Springs Math Conference: innovative teaching strategies to strengthen our excellent math program

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Teacher College Reading and Writing Project: training with our brand new elementary reading curriculum

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Meeting the Needs of Advanced Learners: training by OCDE and the Reed Center for the Exceptionally Gifted

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Enrich Student Learning by Making the Best Use of Technology in Your School Library Program

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Implementing the Socratic Seminar and Increasing Academic Discourse in the Classroom

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Implementing Technology in the Classroom to Affect Student Learning (SAMR model)

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Still Water Project: Assessing Student Learning and Checking

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51% of MCS teachers now hold advanced degrees

MCS REPORT CARD

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.

UNIQUE ENRICHMENT FOR
THE “WHOLE CHILD”

A well-rounded education at MCS includes more than the core subjects.
The Robotics Program

continued to develop and generated 2 teams to compete in the First LEGO League Competition

coding opportunities

Exposure to new coding opportunities with Sphero and collaborative experiences like the Hour of Code

Peer Assistance League (PAL)

involved 48 middle school students in a mentorship with TK and 2nd grade students

The Tech Arts Program

expanded with student-led teams in 5th-8th grade that managed technical needs like sound and lights during chapel

professional mentorship program

launched, linking students who have particular passions with experts in their field. In partnership with GoldenComm, our first student website design team was created!

Distinctive elective offerings

for middle school including photography, Industrial Arts, Culinary Arts, Coding, and more

Welcome Our New instructors

Lynelle Harding
Christopher Lucas

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:

highlights in the arts

  • “Don’t Be Scared” Christmas vocal concert for TK-1st grade
  • Patriotic vocal concerts for 2nd-3rd grade
  • Winter and Spring Instrumental concerts, including “Strings of Praise” which incorporated praise and worship songs/art throughout evening
  • Elementary and Middle School Talent Shows
  • Grandparents Day “Strings of Praise” ensemble
  • Middle School smash-hit production of “Narnia, the Musical”
  • Our first “Afternoon of the Arts” showcasing exceptional student photography
  • New music offering! Percussion ensemble with Mr. Lucas

Special Honors

Forum Music Festival:

Silver Rating for Jazz Band
Gold Rating for Orchestra*
*Judges invitational performance Spring 2017!
*Special recognition for cello and percussion

ACSI Music Festival:

Excellent Rating for Jazz Band*
Superior Rating for 6th Grade Orchestra*

Athletic department highlights

MCS ORGANIZED
19 COMPETITIVE TEAMS IN 8 SPORTS TO BENEFIT STUDENTS!
Coach Schea Cotton

Athletes were fortunate to work with long-time basketball legend Schea Cotton!
Story mention in Costa Mesa City News

Daily Pilot Soccer Cup Tournament

160 fifth-eighth grade athletes, fielding 10 teams, developed their skills in the tournament.

League Championships

Girls
Basketball
2016 - playoffs
2015 - PLAYOFFS
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Girls
Volleyball
2016 - playoffs
2015 - 1st Place
2014 - 1st Place
Girls
Flag Football
2016 - 1st place
2015 - 1st Place
2014 - 2Nd Place
Boys
Basketball
2016 - 2nd place
2015 - 1st Place
2014 - 2nd Place
Boys
Volleyball
2016 - 1st place
2015 - 1st Place
2014 - 1st Place
Boys
Football
2016 - playoffs
2015 - 2nd Place
- - -
Co-Ed
Golf
2016 - 2nd place
2015 - 2nd place
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SHAPING CHRIST-LIKE CHARACTER

An MCS education encompasses much more than realizing student achievement.  In every moment throughout the school day, our goal is to train up fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
“U-Groups”

U stands for Unity. Students met in small groups of mixed grade levels for Bible study, prayer, collaboration, and fun!

Spiritual Emphasis Week

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.

Worship Wednesdays

A class to nurture the talents and discipline of leading worship.

Friday Chapels

included dynamic speakers and worship time, challenging elementary and middle school students at their unique levels of spiritual development each week.

THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS

When we are UNIFIED, we give students the opportunity to see that together they can help change the world.

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.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION

The launch of our new Community Connection Department created wonderful ways for families to connect and grow together spiritually!
The Legacy Series

We offered two separate gatherings for Moms and Dads featuring a panel of Alumni parents speakers addressing the topics of parenting and growing spiritually.

Veterans Day

We welcomed over 100 guests to our annual ceremony promoting patriotism and strong relationships with our grandparents and veterans

highlighted in the Newport Beach Indy!
Grandparent Days

Elementary and Middle School Grandparent Days were two wonderful days of celebration hosting hundreds of grandparents on campus.

Serve Week

7th graders rallied together during Serve Week to help the homeless and organizations like Think Together.

Carpool Ambassadors Program

31 fifth grade leaders help welcome and integrate new students on campus.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION

“CommUNITY Connection” Monthly resource - Great new digital resource to provide spiritual enrichment activities for families at home

ACCREDITATION

MCS earns highest dual accreditation from ACSI/WASC, our fourth consecutive 6-year term!
Highlight in local news
What were the major commendations in the report?
  • Staff member commitment to developing the whole child
  • The Christ-centered governing model and teamwork exemplified by the school’s board and executive leadership
  • Students that are serving as disciples of Christ in a variety of communities
  • Attracting and retaining high-quality faculty and staff members
  • Professional development and personal growth opportunities provided by the school
  • The school’s focus on differentiation and meeting the needs of all students
  • The school’s commitment to literacy and reading
  • Faculty and staff investment in developing the spiritual life of students

ALUMNI RELATIONS

INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST ALUMNI:
MCS CLASS OF 2016

Way to go MCS graduates!

Scholarship award

With 100% participation from our administration, teachers, and staff, three $1,000 awards were given to Alumni headed to college in the fall.

Alumni Reunion

Nearly 100 grads joined together for a reunion filled with food, fellowship, fun, and volleyball.

Matt Barkley

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.

Where are they headed? High School Matriculation:

FACT: 98% of our graduates are admitted to the private high school of their choice.

Congratulations MCS Alumni Class of 2012, headed to these prestigious colleges and universities:

Azusa Pacific University
Babson College
University of Colorado, Boulder
Brooks Institute Photography
Cal Baptist University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Calvin College
Colorado State University
Concordia University
George Washington University
Grand Canyon University
Harvard University
Loyola Marymount University

Montana State University
New York University
Occidental College
Point Loma University
San Francisco State University
SCAD
Seattle Pacific University
Southern Methodist University
St. Edwards University
Stanford University
Taylor University
Texas Christian University
The New School, NYC

UCI
UCLA
UCSB
University of AZ
University of Oregon
University of Texas
University of Utah
University of Washington
USC
University of San Diego
Wagner College
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