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Old 04-27-2012, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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so, do the kids who have the laptops-4th grade & up right?-do everything on the computer? they never write with paper or pencils? surely, they don't do everything on the laptop?
also, what is an "IB district", Ocean22? i meant to ask you this in my last reply?
They all get laptops 4th grade & up & no, they do not do everything on it. They still use good old paper & pencil. The laptops are an enhancement to their learning & a great tool. As an example, Senior project. The students can now have their portfolio & Presentation available on them. An IB district is an International Baccalaureate. If memory serves me correctly, it was first mentioned back in 2009-2010 at a MGSD Parent Advisory Board meeting I attended. I can't for the life of me remember at the moment exactly what the benefits are, but you can easily a search to get the info for it.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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I live in California and my kids carried laptops to school since 3rd grade. Ours were not paid for by the school, they were purchased by the parents, but it was not mandatory. My oldest is now in 10th grade and the experience with the laptops was 99% positive. The only thing that was lacking was they did not get very much practice with cursive writing but that also depended on the teacher. If the Mooresville school district is providing the laptops I would consider that a huge benefit.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Northbridge is a very nice development that the wife and I looked at a couple of years ago. It's continued to develop during the downturn although I'm not sure what % it is built out right now. A lady at work bought in there and loves it. Great side of town and a much more rural feel for sure and very convenient to Salisbury as you are right off 150 past all the traffic and stoplights. Good luck!
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: mooresville
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Just thought I'd add Walden Ridge to the mix. It's off Teeter Rd. and in the MGSD. Very nice homes on large lots.Northbridge would be at the top of the list as well.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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To clarify some of the information.... Learning in MGSD is not all done on laptops at all. The laptops are simply a additional learning tool used in the classrooms from 4th-12th grade. You can request a tour of the schools to see that in action, but it is a national model and has recently had an article in the New York Times. Considering the ISS & CMS schools are in talks to copy some of that technology and look to MGSD as a model, I would say they are heading in the right direction. If anything I see it as being ahead of the curve when it comes to technology in the classroom. According to a recent article in the Mooresville paper ISS seems to be trying to find the budget to implement the same thing , so if you are moving to Mooresville you may soon not have a choice in the matter. I think it is very much a positive for our children and appreciate that MGSD is a small enough district to implement it very well.
I have no idea what an i-ad is that the prior poster commented on. I don't have more details on the issue of an IB (International Baccalaureate)district but have heard it mentioned before about MGSD. I think a poster has mentioned it before on here as well. I assume because of the huge success MGSD has had they can apply to do it at some point. In my opinion, that can only mean positive things for a district has an already strong record of strong performance.

I also don't think there is any need to bad mouth one side or the other. Both areas of Mooresville are quite lovely and both have very good schools. There are a few differences in atmosphere and the "feel" of the locations, schools, etc but that is just personal preference.
The previous poster made a typo- it was meant to be i-pad.Also, the previous poster had no intention to bad mouth one side over another and didn't make any comment other than that having kids working on laptops for the majority (and from speaking to some parents I understood it was virtually all the time) of the time as laptops were never designed for that purpose.

If they are considering bringing the system into ISS then I am glad my son is a Junior.
We considered both sides of Mooresville but were drawn to the lake environment and didn't want to be in a builder subdivision on smaller lots and also wanted to be nearer to stores etc.
When I contacted someone twice at Mooresville middle they never got back to me so I didn't have a great first impression.
We also didn't see the extra value in paying city taxes, water and sewer when the homes were not particularly cheaper.
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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The previous poster made a typo- it was meant to be i-pad.Also, the previous poster had no intention to bad mouth one side over another and didn't make any comment other than that having kids working on laptops for the majority (and from speaking to some parents I understood it was virtually all the time) of the time as laptops were never designed for that purpose.

If they are considering bringing the system into ISS then I am glad my son is a Junior.
We considered both sides of Mooresville but were drawn to the lake environment and didn't want to be in a builder subdivision on smaller lots and also wanted to be nearer to stores etc.
When I contacted someone twice at Mooresville middle they never got back to me so I didn't have a great first impression.
We also didn't see the extra value in paying city taxes, water and sewer when the homes were not particularly cheaper.
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From what I understand, the adoption of i-Pads was in the news in reference to CMS teachers. I have heard nothing about them in regards to MGSD. I know that the news reported that ISS wanted to follow in the same laptop initiative but was having trouble finding funding.
I completely understand what you are saying about the benefits of living west of 77, but some prefer to be away from those amenities and congestion.
We are both lucky to live in an area that offers both!
I think anyone considering moving to the area should look at both sides and research both school districts.
Either way, the original poster was concerned with a commute to Salisbury. Unless they are set on a lake lot it probably makes more sense to stay east of 77 to cut down on traffic.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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Just my 2 cents, but we live right off of 21 by 150! Best of both world! close to shops but still not on the over packed west side! we have lived in Mooresville since January and love it! Once you figure out the back roads getting around is a breeze!

Good Luck
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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awesome to hear, flipp29! this forum has been a big help. Thanks everyone! I may post more questions as they come. We should know abt the job by wed. *fingers crossed*
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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Jeannie.. I moved here from ft myers fla.i love mooresville and live in curtis pond. Excellent for kids and excellent for schools . I am thinking of selling my house and going to a smaller one...i am close to dale earnhardt show room and close to downtown mooresville. Nice area. Good choice how many kids do you have, lots of kids here to be with.all ages..
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