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    Principal - Dr. Kimberly Kessinger 
    Assistant Principals - Dr. Racheal Burden, Dr. Robin Collins, Lawrence Gwyn  
    Enrollment* - Total Students - 1,052   
    Administrators - 4   |   Counselors - 3  |   Certified Staff - 63 

    Mission - We are on an ambitious pursuit of becoming the fastest improving and highest achieving school in the metro- Atlanta region while prioritizing and being known for learner connectivity and belief in learner capability. Warhawks RISE with A.I.R. (Arts Integration and Reading)

    Vision - McDonough Middle School will provide an exceptional learning experience that promotes Powerful Learning for Purposeful Living.


    175 Postmaster Dr., McDonough, GA 30253   |   Main# 470.615.3460   |   Fax# 470.615.3461

    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights

    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make McDonough Middle School an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.

    MHS picStudent Outcomes
    Expect Exceptional! That is the motto at the top of our 2018-19 banner, reflecting the progress that McDonough Middle School achieved on the most recent CCRPI score. This acronym stands for College and Career Readiness and Performance Index. This is a rating system that examines important indicators that go into creating and maintaining excellence in both academics and the school climate. Specific academic indicators consist of Content Mastery, Progress, Closing Gaps, and readiness. Not only did we see significant achievement in each academic indicator, but we saw an overall increase of 18.5 points to our composite score! As a result of examining our learner data, we implemented several interventions that led to our gains. First, we trained each of our teachers to teach reading strategies and composed a reading instruction class that was mandatory for all of our learners. This created a sense of ownership as students became aware of their own Lexile scores and were repeatedly exposed to text written at and slightly above their Lexile level.                                                                                                            

    They were given strategies to break the comprehension code and to elicit more reflection about what they were reading. Another important piece of our initiative was to target specific learners who needed additional support. This support came in the form of Read 180, which is a computer program that extends your Lexile range over time.

    MMS picStudent Opportunities
    War Hawks Read is more than a hashtag! McDonough Middle School is the home of the Mighty McDonough War Hawks, where we R.I.S.E. with A.I.R. (Arts Integration and Reading)! We believe reading is a skill that prepares our learners for a purposeful life.

    McDonough Learners participate in an immersive course “WarHawks Read”. This course teaches explicit reading strategies while engaging our learners in discourse about current events.

    The Media Center is the hub for reading, serving learners, parents and educators. Literacy programs include WarHawks Read Book Club, which evolved into the school's Reading Bowl team - the only Henry County Middle School team to compete in the 2021 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at the Regional Level. Partnering with Dutchtown Middle, we ignited learners' interest in exploring high-level texts by hosting an inaugural Book Reading and Brunch event.

    Reading Integration is for our young learners, and expected of our Lead Learners. Faculty have access to the MMS professional learning catalog curated by our Principal. The catalog is responsive to blended learning needs and includes titles from culturally responsive authors. Our families also get in on the reading action. We offer a monthly parent book club currently reading, The Five Love Languages for Teens.
    As a result of literacy immersion, 12% of our African American learners, 20% of Hispanic learners and 42% of our Asian American learners are enrolled in honors courses. WarHawks R.I.S.E by providing literacy, access and equitable opportunities for all learners. At McDonough Middle School #WarHawksRead!

    MMS picClimate and Culture
    McDonough Middle School recently produced the amazing Henry County Middle School Teacher of the Year and the County’s Educational Support Person of the Year. Each of these educators impacts our school’s culture and climate, and are examples of our vision, mission, and beliefs. They believe in learner capability and connecting. Melanie Kellam (2021 TOTY) is a former 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher who has been recognized on multiple occasions for her impact on student learning, including being nationally recognized for the National History Day Competition. She had two teams, within the last three years, to place in the top 10 in this competition. Not to mention, multiple winners of the county’s Literacy Days competition. She also had a major influence on her peers. She believes that “students deserve an exceptional education provided by exceptional teachers”. Our 2021 ESPY award-winning paraprofessional, Ms. Alexander, certainly believes the same.

    She stated “The more time I spend listening and assisting families, the more our learners’ attendance and grades go up. Most of all, I enjoy seeing families laugh and smile.” Her care and concern extend beyond the building as seen when she delivers meals at the end of the day to families in need. This is the heart of our school, how our culture is evolving, and how our climate is creating a safe place for learners to flourish.

    MMS pic Extracurriculars
    Building relationships has been the key to the success of our athletic teams. Specifically, the McDonough Middle School track team excelled in the midst of the 2020-2021 school year during the pandemic. With a culture of positive relationships, the team became one big family during the season. The learners encouraged one another and worked diligently to be their best. Our girls' and boys' teams did an outstanding job representing the school and district, but most importantly themselves. Our athletes learned the skills of interrelationships, physical skills, and the skills to thrive under pressure, and because of this, they came out on top. This was our first full season of track as McDonough Middle School, and we are proud to be acknowledged as the 2021 Henry County Girls' Track Champions.
    This was a great accomplishment. In the words of our MMS Girls track coach Sheketa Lewis, “Stay focused! Run your race! We got this!”  
  •  Opportunities

    At McDonough Middle, we offer a variety of opportunities for our students to become well-rounded and balanced members of our school community. These include things like advanced enrollment course offerings, career, technical, and agricultural education courses (CTAE), and fine arts courses where our students can participate. We seek to challenge our students to think in new ways and to raise their expectations of themselves through the many opportunities available to each student.
    Art Exploring Engineering and Technology  Basketball Algebra I Spanish
    Music/Choir Family & Consumer Science  Football Physical Science  
    Band Health   Track & Field  Visual Arts  
    Dance & Theatre PE    Wrestling    
      Math Enrichment   Cheerleading    
      Reading Enrichment  Softball    

  •  Demographic Information


    McDonough Middle School’s student demographic information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes total enrollment by grade level, student composition by race/ethnicity, percent of students enrolled in exceptional student education or English language learners or the gifted program, as well as the percentage of students who are currently enrolled in classes at Impact Academy. This information can be used to better understand the student population that is served at McDonough Middle.

  •  Student Outcomes


    McDonough Middle School’s student outcomes information can be found on this dashboard. This information includes:

    • Georgia Student Health Survey Responses
    • Literacy Proficiency Rates

    The Georgia Student Health Survey is given to all k-12 students in Georgia in the spring of each school year. It is composed of a variety of questions that help our district better understand the student experience in our schools. The literacy information is calculated as the percentage of students reading on or above grade level determined by scores on the Milestones End-of-grade assessments for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in English Language Arts. Each of these data components can be viewed for the previous three years. For more information about these measurements, please access the McDonough Middle School website.