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Mrs. Anderson
Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. Brittany Anderson is a 2005 graduate of Texas A & M University Commerce with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Math Education.. She later received her Masters inEducational Leadership in 2014 from University of Louisiana Monroe.

 

Her teaching career began in Texas and Caddo Parish prior to becoming a proud Mansfield Wolverine 9 years ago.  She began her Desoto Parish career at Mansfield Elementary School is 2009 as a 4th grade math and science teacher.  In 2010, Mrs.  Anderson was blessed and honored to be named the Mansfield Elementary School Teacher of the Year. After two years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Anderson then transitioned to serving MES as a Master Teacher for 3 years.  During this role, she also served as STEM Camp and After School Tutoring Coordinators. She then took her first administrative role and  transferred to serve Mansfield Middle School as Administrative Assistant and Assistant Principal for 4 years. 

 

Mrs. Anderson feels her experience at all levels of teaching and administration have prepared her  to be a strong well rounded educational leader for students and staff. She looks forward to the new opportunities at Mansfield Elementary School and challenging the students to strive for academic excellence and be all that they can be as future leaders. Mrs. Anderson stated that "Mansfield Elementary School boasts an exceptional group of educators that are here to care for our students, ensure their learning, and celebrate their graduation as citizens prepared to transform their dreams into realities. Mansfield Elementary School serves the unique function of building a foundation of academic success in students that will drive their future success in middle school and beyond. "

Weekly Letter to Parents

February 26, 2019

Dear Wolverine Family,

     The school has a responsibility to maintain a healthy environment for all students.  School attendance is important; however, sending sick children to school promotes the spread of infections. Here are some guidelines to consider when deciding whether your child should attend school.

Fever is a sign of illness or infection.  If your child has a temperature of 100* or above, he/she should remain at home.  Children must be free of fever for 24 hours without fever medication before returning to school.  Evidence or infection – red, sore throat, swollen glands, drainage of pus, or green/yellow nasal discharge – please keep your child at home.

Vomiting and Diarrhea are often contagious. Your child should be watched closely for dehydration and/or bloody stools.  Children must be free of diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.

Children often have runny noses and coughs during cold and allergy seasons.  These should be watched carefully. Your child should remain at home if he/she is too uncomfortable to benefit from instruction, has a frequent cough and/or thick green or yellow nasal discharge.  If these symptoms persist, a doctor should be consulted.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathing problems.  Keep your children home and seek medical advice when they have a fever, signs of infection, wheezing which continues to increase one hour after medication is taken, they are too weak/tired to take part in routine daily activities or breathing is labored, irregular or rapid.

Pinkeye is contagious and must be treated.  Symptoms include redness, itching, swelling, drainage and excessive matter upon awakening in the morning. (Eye lids may be “stuck” together).  Do not send student to school with these symptoms.  Student may return to school after being on medication for 24 hours, and if symptoms have disappeared.

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin and may be spread from one child to the other.  There are two types: For ringworm of the scalp – the student must be seen by a doctor and be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  A note from the doctor is required. Ringworm of the skin may be treated with special over-the-counter medications.

Thank you for helping us to keep your children healthy and for being a partner in your child’s learning.

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Brittany Anderson, Principal
brittany.anderson@desotopsb.com
318-872-177

February 11, 2019

Dear Wolverine Family,

     A part of our Impact Goal this year is to create a community of stakeholders who employ the seven habits of highly effective people.  The 7 Habits teach our students the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century.  You may hear your child speak about these habits at home or recall me writing about them in previous newsletters.  Begin with the End in Mind is habit #2. 

     Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind, is all about having a vision.  At Mansfield Elementary School, we create both academic and personal goals.  Begin with the End in Mind is important because it causes us to plan ahead for the future.  Stephen Covey said, “The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”  

    So what can you do as a family? Begin with the End in Mind!  What do you want your family to be like?  How do you want to work together, to play together, to help others together?  This is your vision! Write down your ideas and get input from each family member.   We thank you in advance for being our partners in education.

Kindest Regards,
Mrs. Brittany Anderson, Principal
brittany.anderson@desotopsb.com
318-872-1772

February 4, 2019

Dear Wolverine Family,

     At MES we begin with the end in mind by setting goals.  Part of our Impact Goal this year is to create a community of stakeholders who employ the seven habits of highly effective people.  The 7 Habits teach our students the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century.  You may hear your child speak about these habits at home or recall me writing about them in previous newsletters.  Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood is Habit #5. 

     Too often instead of really listening, we are busy forming our response in our mind.  This Habit is about not just hearing with our ears, but looking at body language with our eyes, and using our hearts as well. We listen to understand who that person is, how they feel about something, and how they view the world. Thomas Edison once said, “We have but two ears and one mouth so that we may listen as much as we speak.”  This is a statement that we can all learn something from. Seeking to understand may not be fast, but it pays huge dividends in building relationships. 

    We ask that you collaborate with us to implement the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in order to help us achieve our impact goal.  Suggested language that you can use with your child are statements such as “So if I understand, you are saying___________, or What does your heart think she meant when she said that?” You can do activities such as everyone at the dinner table sharing about their day with the family, or just take 10 minutes and listen to each other without talking.  We thank you in advance for being our partners in education.

Kindest Regards,
Mrs. Brittany Anderson, Principal
brittany.anderson@desotopsb.com
318-872-1772

January 28, 2019

Dear Wolverine Family,

        Keeping all of our children safe at school is our most important responsibility. In order to keep our children safe and expedite the process of getting our children to and from school, please be attentive and follow the guidance of our staff members. At morning drop-off and afternoon car pick-up, you will see them directing traffic, helping children exit/enter cars, and ensuring the safety of our students. Cell phone use is prohibited in school zones. If we see a problem, we will identify the driver and/or track license plates and ask for the support of the Mansfield Police Department and/or the DPSO.

For our students’ safety please follow the safety protocol listed below. These rules and procedures are in place to protect our Wolverine family. Thank you in advance for your attention and support during the school arrival/drop off time in order to help move traffic efficiently, and most importantly, to keep our children safe. My door is always open should you have any questions or concerns.

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Brittany Anderson, Principal
brittany.anderson@desotopsb.com
318-872-177

November 5, 2018

Dear Wolverine Family,

            Mansfield Elementary School is driven and guided by our School Mission Plan. The Mission Plan serves as our roadmap to success and exists so that we have schooling with a purpose.  Our goals are defined in the plan, as well as the actions that we need to take to achieve these goals.  One of our biggest goals in the plan is that of our School Performance Score.  This is how we are measured by the Louisiana Department of Education, and it determines our school letter grade.  This is an academic goal.  However, we know that our Wolverines are more than a number. Therefore, we have also a goal to teach and live the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Other goals include an attendance goal of 96% daily attendance, and a behavior goal of 85% or higher on DOJO.  These goals exist because without students being in school and well-behaved, we will not achieve our academic goal.  Attendance and behavior are detrimental to us achieving our academic goal.

    Part of our Mission Plan is to celebrate our student accomplishments. Each month we have Super Celebrations to reward students that support our school’s progress towards attaining our goals that are lined out in our mission plan.    In order to attend Super Celebrations, the students have to meet certain criteria. Students in grades PK – 4th should have 85% or higher on DOJO, no more than 1 unexcused absence, and no more than 2 tardies to attend the Super Celebration each month.  Students in grades 1st – 4th also have to meet academic goal requirements to attend.  All of this supports our Mission Plan, and will help us accomplish our goals.

    Recently, we had parents that questioned why we are holding students accountable for attendance and tardies, when this is parent controlled.  We stand behind this criteria, because in order for students to learn, they must be present. Our school day begins promptly at 7:40.  Every minute a child is late, is time lost from instruction.  Every goal written in our mission plan is for the best interest of all MES students.  There is the old ancient proverb of “It takes a village to raise a child.”  In order for MES to prosper and achieve the goals in our mission plan, we must be a team. It’s important that teachers, parents, and students work together to make progress. This is a new month, and every Wolverine gets a second chance to earn their invitation to attend our next Super Celebration on November 16th. I encourage you to embrace our vision, and partner with us to help Mansfield Elementary School achieve success.

      One of 7 Habits that we practice at MES is Seek First to Understand.  Sometimes in life, we get angry or upset about a situation, and in doing so we react.  However, when we take a step back, seeking for understanding, then we realize the situation wasn’t what it seemed.  In this generation, one way we tend to express our frustration is through social media.  There are several questions that we can ask ourselves before doing so:  Is it truthful? Have I sought to understand? Is it kind or positive? Is there a better way than I can handle the situation?  If you ever have a question or concern about MES policy, then I encourage you to seek first for understanding before reacting. Our administrative staff has an open door policy. Please contact us anytime to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns, and always remember to Seek First to Understand.

Kindest Regards,
Mrs. Brittany Anderson, Principal
brittany.anderson@desotopsb.com
318-872-1772