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"It Starts with Us!"
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Wednesday, August 07, 2013
"It Starts with Us"
"It Starts with Us"

"It Starts With Us.”

Those are four powerful words we hope you will hear often during the upcoming school year.

“It Starts With Us” is more than a new slogan for Mobile County Public Schools. It is a call to action to us all as part of a new rebranding effort that the school system announced today.

So many times, according to Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek, people have said, “We just don’t know the great things happening in the school system.”

“Well, now here’s our chance.”

With the help of a marketing team from Mobile-based School Insites, the school system has created a logo.

The new logo keeps the integrity of Alabama’s first school system by proudly displaying the dome of Barton Academy, built in 1836. Yet it gives a fresh and more professional look, showing how our educational programs are evolving as we embrace 21st Century technology and classrooms.

With the logo comes our charge to the community, “It Starts With Us.”

“Us” is the community, teachers, students, parents, taxpayers, businesses and politicians.

“It Starts With” is our challenge to you. It means do something that is remarkable.

If you are a student, spend extra time on your homework and do that extra credit.

If you are a teacher, do something different that takes your students to the next level.

If you are a business, invest not just with money, but with time, resources and training. Our students are your future workforce.

To everyone else: Get involved. Stand Out. Start something.

For our part, Mobile County Public Schools will work to keep the public informed on what is going on in our classrooms. Today, we are launching a revamped website, designed to be more user-friendly and informative.

Stay tuned as our partners are helping to get the word out via billboards, television spots and other avenues. The school system is also working to increase its social media presence.

The proficiency level of students continues to rise and the on-time graduation rate is increasing as part of the school system’s work with the Mobile Area Education Foundation on the 80-20 Graduate Ready initiative. More opportunities are being provided for students to excel as they graduate college and career ready.

"Making sure all Mobile County Public School students Graduate Ready for college, career, and life is a job of the entire community, not just the school system," said MAEF Executive Director Carolyn Akers. "And that is why the partnership between MAEF's Graduate Ready and the new MCPSS slogan, "It Starts With Us," is so important." 

"It shows the community that economic growth, healthy citizens, and safer neighborhoods all begin with a school system and community that is doing the work to produce successful students," Akers said.

Our students meet and exceed high expectations at all levels of learning with one out of every four graduates receiving a college scholarship. We have nine Blue Ribbon Schools and have had 14 schools named as Torchbearers by the Alabama Department of Education since 2009.

“We are proud of the progress that has been made and excited about the prospect of even greater accomplishments in the future,” Peek said. “Learning starts with parents. Education starts with the Mobile County Public School System. Quality of life starts with the community.”

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