Courtesy of Houston County Board of Education DEC 2015
Mossy Creek Middle School, home of the Gators, opened in 2007. The eighth middle school in Houston County, the facility is a feeder school for both Perry and Houston County High Schools. The school opened with 550 students in grades 6–8 under the leadership of Mrs. Paige Busbee. Now in its ninth year, Mossy Creek Middle continues to grow and make a positive impact on the community and school system. Dr. Andy Gentry has been principal since 2012. He has been with the school since it opened, beginning as the assistant principal.
Dr. Gentry credits the school’s success to a family environment and a strong support system within the school and community. “We all take great pride in making sure students are taught a rigorous curriculum, along with other social and life skills. We all share in the mission to give these students an awesome middle school experience that fully prepares them for success at the next level and beyond.”
Faculty and staff work daily to keep the Mossy Creek vision of being a “learning-focused school” with a mission “to promote active learning, academic success, a sense of self-worth, and social responsibility” in the forefront. Academically, Mossy Creek is very competitive at both the district and state level, consistently scoring above district, region, and state scores with over 50% scoring in the “exceeds” category. This success is a result of a wide range of classroom instruction and programs provided by the faculty to offer support to students at every level.
A challenging regular education program is provided to help students meet and exceed state standards. The Gifted and Talented Education program supports and challenges high-achieving learners in conjunction with a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program for those with strong interests in those subjects. Mossy Creek is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school and encourages the use of technology during classes, lessons, and throughout the school day to support student learning and acquisition of knowledge. Additionally, the school offers a wide variety of programs to help support special needs students ranging from hearing impaired to severe/profound students. Needs are identified and addressed at every level with the same expectations—student success.
As a Gator, students have many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Mossy Creek Middle offers 23 clubs and a variety of activities to encourage student participation. Dr. Gentry believes that student involvement promotes school pride and student success and urges parents to help get their kids involved in after-school activities.
Gator athletes excel in sports and are extremely competitive and have raked in more than 30 county championships in the short time that they have been open.
Mossy Creek Middle has a successful FFA chapter and an on-site school farm complete with a barn, greenhouse, and garden where students learn about animals and agriculture through hands-on experiences. The school’s Career, Technology, and Agricultural Education program is one of the strongest in the county, as evidenced by winning numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels.
Strong citizenship is a theme in several clubs, where Gators volunteer their time and have collectively raised and given more than $35,000 to local foundations and societies.
Dr. Gentry says, “Being a Gator is special. I hope you can feel it when you come in the building. We have worked hard to create a caring and supportive environment where success is not only expected, but achieved.” #