Next-Level In 2022-23: A Message From Meeting Street Schools

Story by Meeting Street Schools / June 2, 2022

What A Year It Has Been!  As you head into Memorial Day and the final week of school, there is so much to celebrate and reflect upon as it pertains to 2021-22.  The hard work and dedication to take things to the #NEXTLEVEL this year was awesome.  Here, we look ahead.

We would be remiss if we didn’t first share that we continue to recruit team members for the 2022-23 school year and beyond, particularly for middle school teachers to join our growing campuses across Charleston.  Please continue to refer incredible people to our growing mission.

As we shared back in March, Meeting Street Schools has spent much of the last several months getting ready for 2022-23.  We have continued to consider multiple sources of data in our collective planning: the academic and life trajectories of our students, the results of org-wide surveys, best practices from across the network and nation, the voices of team members through various collaborative forums, the statewide policy landscape, etc.  We have continued to triangulate that data and take various actions.

Here is one more major initiative, in addition to the collective academic calendar and uniform fall break, that we’re psyched to share today:

NEW Team Health and Wellness Opportunities:

After collecting and studying the feedback received from the wellness surveys, Meeting Street Schools is making major investments in health and wellness initiatives.  These include:

  • GingerPart of our health and wellness suite of services, Ginger is a new org-wide app that offers health and wellness coaches for day-to-day support for life’s challenges.  It is confidential and 100% funded by the Network.  It is flexible and optional.  In short, it allows team members to access real-time support with a coach day or night, 365 days a year. Look out for more details in July. The Ginger App will be available starting in August 2022.
  • Incentfit: Also part of our suite of services, Incentfit is a new org-wide program that provides financial reimbursements for being active.  In short, each team member is eligible for up to $30 a month (funded by the Network) towards a membership and/or other forms of fitness.  It works for walkers, runners, hikers, and home fitness enthusiasts as well! Look out for more details in July. The Incentfit App will be available starting in August 2022.
  • Healthy Snacks & Drinks: After piloting this concept with the Mavericks in Spartanburg this past year, we’re now working with your Directors, Operations to roll-out org-wide.  Also funded fully by the Network, you’ll see free healthy snacks and drinks on campus next year.  Dig in!  We’re working on placement, regular ordering, etc.
  • Workroom Vibes: We’ll also be making a few upgrades to key workrooms over the summer.  Beyond the healthy snacks/drinks and Ginger/Incentfit info, you can expect to see a few other enhancements to make things just a little more comfortable.  If you have any suggestions or considerations on this one, send to msavard@meetingstreetschools.org.

As summer begins, we are honored to roll-out these #NEXTLEVEL Health & Wellness initiatives at Meeting Street Schools.  Upon return for Launch Day on July 26, 2022, they will be all-systems-go.  We are so proud to be a part of a team that puts students and families first every day and works to educate the WHOLE CHILD.  Hopefully, these new initiatives will strengthen us as individuals, as whole adults, and as a community, because they are investments in the people who dedicate themselves every day to the mission of reforming the educational status quo.

See you at GRADUATION DAY, Last Days, & Beyond.  #SOLIDGREEN

*NOTE* Open Enrollment for New and Returning Staff will be from Wednesday, July 6th through Thursday, July 21st. Kaitlyn will share more information directly via school email during the month of July for staff to be able to make informed decisions, along with hosting Virtual Office Hours and some on-campus Office Hours that will be shared out during the Open Enrollment timeframe. In the meantime, if you have any payroll, benefits, or Workday related questions, please email MSSPB@resurgent.com

 

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About Meeting Street Schools

Meeting Street Schools (MSS) is an innovative non-profit where schools, families, and the community collaborate to create environments where all children can achieve their full potential. With a network of schools across South Carolina, including MSA-Charleston (Charleston, SC), MSA-Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC), MS-Brentwood (North Charleston, SC), MS-Burns (North Charleston, SC), and MS-Jasper & Beaufort (Jasper, SC), we are committed to providing students with the rigorous education they deserve.

Founded on the principle that every child deserves an excellent education regardless of their socio-economic background, Meeting Street Schools has been a beacon of hope and a testament to what's possible in education. Our schools are driven by a strong focus on student achievement, evidence-based instruction, and relentless support of our students and their families.

While united by our shared mission, each MSS campus, is unique in its character, tapping into the local spirit of the communities they serve. Explore each of our schools and discover how they're creating a brighter future for students in South Carolina.

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Our Schools

MSA – CharlestonDowntown Charleston, SC - Independent School - Since 2008 - 364 Students

Nestled in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, MSA Charleston is more than just a school—it’s a hub for innovative learning and community engagement. As part of the Meeting Street Schools network, MSA Charleston embodies a commitment to excellence through its rigorous academic programs, inclusive culture, and focus on developing the whole child. With a curriculum that emphasizes both academic and personal growth, MSA Charleston prepares students to be curious learners and active citizens of their community.

MSA – SpartanburgDowntown Spartanburg, SC - Public School - Since 2012 - 323 Students

MSA Spartanburg stands as a pillar of educational innovation in the Spartanburg community. The school’s dedicated educators and supportive learning environment ensure that each child receives a high-quality, personalized education with exceptional faculty and teachers. MSA Spartanburg is distinguished by its emphasis on community partnership, fostering relationships that extend beyond the classroom to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and success.

MS – BrentwoodNorth Charleston, SC - Public School - Since 2014 - 694 Students

MS Brentwood is a place where education meets opportunity. Serving the Brentwood area, this school is a testament to the transformative power of education. With a student-centered approach that celebrates diversity and encourages excellence, MS Brentwood is dedicated to equipping students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. MS Brentwood also serves as a hub for the Brentwood community to access educational and wellness services. The school’s commitment to innovation, coupled with a warm, welcoming environment, makes it a standout in the MSS network.

MS – BurnsNorth Charleston, SC - Public School - Since 2018 - 478 Students

Located in a community rich with history and culture, MS Burns is renowned for its dynamic educational approach that intertwines traditional learning with modern teaching techniques. The school’s focus on experiential learning ensures that students at MS Burns are not only recipients of knowledge but also active participants in their educational journey. MS Burns exists to spark an educational revolution for the students and families in the Dorchester-Waylyn Neighborhood in North Charleston. With a commitment to creating a supportive and challenging academic environment, MS Burns is forging a new path in public education.

MS – Jasper & BeaufortJasper County, SC - Public Charter School - Fall 2023 -

MS Jasper represents the Meeting Street Schools’ dedication to community-based education with a global perspective. The school provides a nurturing environment where students are encouraged to explore their potential and cultivate a love for learning. With its diverse programs such as Eureka Math, and Wit and Wisdom, MS Jasper puts a major emphasis on character development, specialized learning and equips students to become thoughtful, engaged members of society, reflecting the MSS ethos of empowerment through education.

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“MSA is a family. Once you’re in, you’re in. They said they would follow our kids from K-3 to college and they actually lived up to what they said they would do. Not only did MSA challenge my daughter academically but it also exposed her to new things that she probably wouldn’t have been exposed to at our previous neighborhood school. Our journey at MSA was exciting and rewarding. They actually walk the walk.”

— Tyeka GrantParent

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“Meeting Street Academy is my family. They taught me that I am valuable. I am an asset to the world…They asked me, ‘What is your dream?’ I had never been asked that before. The MSS community gives me the strength to pursue my dreams.”

— Kadelyn SteedStudent

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“We come into work everyday truly believing that our students are capable of achieving anything that is put in front of them. Here at MSS, students are provided the opportunity to achieve success through the facilitation of well-educated teachers, resources, and a responsive classroom school environment.”

— NikToshia GilesTeacher