On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Kansas State Board of Education named McPherson USD 418 as one of the seven Kansas school districts participating in the Kansans Can School Redesign Project known as the "Mercury 7 Project" - a parallel to the 1960's race to the moon.
Regarding this recognition, Superintendent Mohn stated, “It is a distinct honor to join the efforts of other Kansas schools that are willing to look differently at how we prepare students to be successful adults. McPherson has a long tradition of designing our schools to meet the needs of students and the community. For us, this is the ‘next step’ in the district’s Citizenship, College and Career Readiness (C3) efforts.”
This video "sets the stage" for the redesign work that will occur this school year in McPherson, Kansas as they take MC418 To The Moon!
As USD 418 embarks on the school-redesign journey as part of the "Mercury 7 Project", many in McPherson, Kansas have asked: "Why redesign? Aren't we doing really great things already?"
This video seeks to explain USD 418's involvement in the Mercury 7 Project, and why it is important for USD 418 to redesign despite the great results we have seen in years past.
USD 418, along with six other Kansas school districts, will participate in the KSDE Mercury 7 School Redesign Project during the 2017-2018 school year. While the "school redesign" gives many people an idea what the project is about, many have asked: "Why Mercury 7? What does that mean? And, why is USD 418 a participant?"
This video seeks to provide clarification for what the "Mercury 7 Project" is and why USD 418 is involved.