McPherson Middle School Redesign

Students will be future ready through balanced, personal learning.

Social & Emotional Learning Academic Success Civic Engagement

McPherson Middle School Redesign Overview

Redesign Principles & Structures: Each page outlines what we are doing in the nine redesign structures.

2017-2018 Meetings & School Visits

Kansans Can Information

Welcome to the McPherson Middle School Redesign Page

- The Walt “Wally” Schirra Project -

Join us on our journey as we participate in the Kansans Can Redesign Initiative as a Mercury 7 school.

View our progress in each of the three goal areas we are focusing on for redesign at MMS:

Ways to reach vision/goals: Implementation of the Summit Learning platform to help individualize learning for students and to help meet our goal of increasing the use of project-based learning; a 12-minute Pack Time at the beginning of each day to help build positive relationships between students and staff members; integration of civic engagement lessons into curriculum; student community service hours; school-wide implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts, which is a researched-based curriculum that addresses the social-emotional needs of students and staff members; and measurement of students’ social-emotional learning using the ACT Tessera assessment.

Data Score Board

McPherson Middle School Redesign Team Members 2018-2019

Brandon Simmelink - Principal

Inge Esping - Assistant Principal / Activities Director

TJ Jackson - SPED Teacher

JoRae Myers - Science

Jenny Vernon - English Language Arts

Sarah Hendricks - English Language Arts

Jackie Bohnenblust - Social Studies

Jeff Allmon - Guidance Counselor

Jacque Colgrove - Mathematics

Nicky Bowers - Art

Lee Ann Reiss - Active Engagement Coach

Melissa Sullivan - School Psychologist

Shiloh Vincent - Executive Director of Secondary Education

Jay Scott - KSDE Secondary Redesign Specialist