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Top Row (Left to right): Jayda R., Alexandria S., LaTyteauna G., Miss MHS Breanna E., Jordyn G., Kayla F., and Stacy P.

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Mansfield High School in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, Named 2018 TAP Founder's Award Finalist


School among five schools nationwide under consideration for prestigious honor and $50,000 cash prize


Santa Monica, Calif.-Mansfield High School in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, Named 2018 TAP Founder's Award Finalist School among five schools nationwide under consideration for prestigious honor and $50,000 cash prize Santa Monica, Calif.—The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) today announced that DeSoto Parish's Mansfield High School is one of the five finalists for the 2018 TAP Founder's Award, NIET's top school recognition. Created by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken, the TAP Founder's Award is given annually to one school for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement—resulting in improvements to educator effectiveness and student achievement growth.


The TAP System is America's leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that connects teacher leadership, daily collaborative professional learning, educator evaluation and support, and opportunities for performance-based compensation. Launched in 1999, the TAP System, as administered through NIET, has partnered with schools, districts, states and universities to ensure that all students have access to talented teachers.


The TAP Founder's Award comes with a $50,000 prize, funded by the Lowell Milken Family Foundation, to be used toward school improvement efforts. All five Award finalists will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, March 23, 2018, during the 18th Annual National TAP Conference in Washington D.C., before 1,000 educators, policymakers, researchers and other influential leaders. The winner will be announced at the end of the luncheon.


Each finalist will receive a plaque and $10,000. Mansfield High joins Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Perry Township Schools, Indiana; Cross County Elementary Technology Academy in the Cross County School District, Arkansas; Slaton Junior High School in the Slaton Independent School District, Texas; and West Goshen Elementary School in Goshen Community Schools, Indiana.


Inside Mansfield High School


Each finalist implements the TAP System by structuring school leadership teams of master and mentor (or lead) teachers as well as administrators, to identify educational targets and develop strategies to meet them. These teacher leaders guide weekly professional learning based on individual teacher and student needs, field-test strategies with groups of students, and coach fellow faculty. Enhancing this support are an educator evaluation system and a compensation system that rewards educators for increased skill and student performance, and for taking on new leadership roles and responsibilities.


Inside Mansfield High School Mansfield High School has experienced historic educational achievement with the implementation of the TAP System, moving from a D to an A-rated school. According to Principal Toras Hill, equally important to the school's progress is the staff's process: Faculty focuses on developing a growth mindset for individual students and teachers alike that has been essential to reaching benchmarks.


This process starts with goal-setting, utilizing TAP's structure and allocation of time to identify school goals based on the assessment of student data. TAP's professional learning sessions or "clusters" then provide time to design assessments aligned to teaching standards, critically analyze data along the way and adjust strategies as needed.


Students are continually motivated to succeed through the development of their own goals and regular project check-ins by teachers. Students helping to set their own goals gives them a sense of ownership of their progress and achievements, says Hill.


"Principal Hill says it best: Mansfield High has fostered a 'culture of college preparation,'" says Lowell Milken. "Teachers are united in propelling students to the next level—in academics, self-reflection and their outlook on the future. I am confident they will reach even greater heights."


To read the full article, please visit  http://www.niet.org/newsroom/press-releases/view/327



January 2018
15 – MLK Holiday (Schools Closed)
23-Advanced Placement Opportunity Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library 

February 2018

9-Black History Program, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
10-ACT National Test Date
16-DeSoto Dreamers Day
19 – Presidents’ Day Holiday (Schools Closed)
20-23 – Winter Break (Schools Closed)
26 – Professional Development (No Students)

March 2018
15 – End of 3rd Grading Period
16 – *SPT Meetings 8 am – 3 pm (No Students)
20 – ACT

29-National Honor Society Induction, MHS Library, 6:00 PM

30 – Good Friday Holiday (Schools Closed)

April 2018
2-6 – Easter Break (Schools Closed)
7-Prom, Wyndham Garden-Shreveport, 7:00 PM
14-Main Event Pro Wrestling, 6:00 PM, Gym
20-Academic Awards Brunch, 10:30 A.M., Old Gym

21-Military Ball, Holiday Inn-Downtown Shreveport, 7:00 P.M. 
 30 – EOC Testing for HS Students

May 2018
 1-15 – EOC Testing for HS Students
7-16 – Advanced Placement Tests

11-Graduation, Washington Taylor Rogers Stadium, 7:00 P.M.
16 – EOC Makeup
22 – Last Day of Spring Semester for Students
23 – Teacher Work Day (No Students)