The results are in! Mesquite Elementary received an "A" grade for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all the student, staff, parents and our community for being a shining star in the Gadsden Independent School District. We here at Mesquite Elementary are proud of all the hard work our students did to ensure that we achieved this accomplishment. They prove that with respect and dignity along with guidance from teachers anything is possible. Most of all we want to thank our parents and families, without your support and belief in our mission, vision and methods this would not have been possible. Thank you all for your continued support.
Mesquite Elementary School
Welcome to another exciting school year!
I know that we have the best students, they display this every day by showing respect and dignity in all that they do. Once again we are proud of the tremendous growth our students have made. The results for the PARCC are in and our students rose to the challenge. Because of the hard work and dedication of the Mesquite students and staff, our school is in the top ten for the state for growth in both Language Arts and Mathematics. This accomplishment belongs to our entire community. Without the dedication of students and staff, the encouragement of the community and support of families it would not have been possible. I want to thank every member of the Mesquite community for your continued investment in the future of our students.
Please know that this is your school and your presence here is wanted. Stop by any time with concerns or to let us know that you are happy with the way the year is going. We want to take this even further by encouraging parents to volunteer in our school, stop by the office to learn how you can help to continue our rise to greatness.
I am so happy to be leading this school with the fantastic faculty and staff we have. Each and every one of us is dedicated to your children. We are an extension of you and we are determined to make a positive difference in the lives of your children.
Thank you so much! Go, Mesquite Rams!
Angela Silvaggio, Principal
Mesquite Elementary School
The staff of Mesquite Elementary recognize that each child is an individual; that all children are creative; that all children need to succeed. We respect the individual needs of children; foster a caring and creative environment; and promote the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each child.
Last year our student participated in the world wide Hour of Code event during computer science week. This year we will be doing the same but we want to take it a step further. Any students, parents, or other family members wanting to try coding please contact Mr. Husson-Matter to generate log in credentials. You can do it yourself but after our school wrote over 16000 lines of code in only 2 days we want a bigger challenge, 1 million lines of code for the year!
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
This year students at Mesquite Elementary participated in our first school wide Hour of Code event. The students were introduced to some of the basic programming that is used in developing some of the apps and games they they enjoy playing. Mesquite Elementary has pledged to go beyond the Hour of Code. We hope it’ll spark interest in students to keep learning. Research also shows that kids can pick up programming concepts before they know how to read and write. In fact, their brains are more receptive to computer languages at a young age, just like foreign languages.
Why is this important?
Technology is transforming every industry on the planet. In 2015, 7 million openings in the U.S. were in occupations—including art and design—that value coding skills. But 75 percent of schools in the U.S. don't teach computer science. It’s time for us to catch up to the 21st century. We know that regardless of what our students do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, politics, or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge.