Mockingbird Elementary is located in an affluent community near the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Due to the district’s proximity to the airport and its excellent academic reputation, a number of families relocate to Coppell, and specifically Mockingbird (MKB). Mockingbird works hard to welcome all families and embrace its changing demographics.
School leaders became aware of the gap between the “trait of the month” and what was actually happening during unstructured times and began to target specific issues. The staff realized that character must be embedded in the curriculum to have meaning. MKB has implemented several initiatives since 2004. These include service learning, social skills with one minute skill builders, principal awards, R Time, Maverick of the Week, Mighty Maverick Awards, Mix It Up At Lunch, conflict resolution, Yellow Dino, Fill a Bucket, and Words of Wisdom.
Similarly, the district expected each school to emphasize a character quality of the month, but the District Education Improvement Committee realized in 2010 that it was not producing the desired results on campuses. The committee worked closely with community and staff on each campus to ensure that children were applying that knowledge day to day. The committee developed a strategic plan goal based on CEP’s 11 Principles. Mockingbird has served as a leader in these district-wide efforts.