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McBride ES: About Our School

McBride ES School

Background Information: The original McBride Elementary School was built in 1966 and dedicated to the memory of CPT Morris R. McBride, who gave his life in Vietnam and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic actions. A rededication ceremony for the original building was held in 2006 to renew awareness of CPT McBride's service and to re-establish ties to the McBride family.

The new Morris McBride Elementary School was opened in July 2016. This facility is a state-of-the-art, 21st century facility holding over 600 students and about 70 staff members. The layout of the building is open and welcoming with an abundance of natural light in all areas. The grade level areas are "neighborhoods," the classrooms are "studios," and each neighborhood has a common area called the "hub." Students and teachers move through the day working in large and small groups based on curriculum needs and student achievement data.

As part of being a 21st century school, the new building has higher environmental standards. It is 30 to 40 percent more energy efficient than a school the same size. We plan to achieve the silver rating from the United States Green Building Council Accreditation for Environmental Stewardship. The school itself is a teacher tool for science, technology, engineering, and math standards with a focus on energy conservation. The new McBride School cost approximately $32 million dollars to complete.

Teachers have a common office area in each neighborhood that helps facilitate the constant collaboration the teachers engage in. Each teacher teaches each student in a grade level. As one teacher said of her students, "They get the best of all of us!"

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new McBride School was a moving experience. CPT McBride's widow and family were able to attend. The speakers at the ceremony, including DoDEA Director, Tom Brady, and DoDEA Americas Southeast Superintendent, Dr. Christy Huddleston, expressed pride in the school and deep gratitude to the family. The original building dedication had been fifty years earlier, and DoDEA again promised to keep the memory of our hero, CPT Morris R. McBride alive for future generations. Inside the main hallway of the new facility is CPT McBride's picture along with a description of the Army Values he exemplified. Students are challenged to show how they can exemplify the Army Values as they work together each day.

When the family of CPT McBride came through the front doors of the school on the day of the dedication, bystanders were moved by what an emotional experience it was for them. Greeting the family was a 2-story high picture of their Morrie, who continues to inspire the students, and faculty of Morris McBride Elementary School to excel at whatever they decide to do.

Our Namesake, CPT Morris R. McBride

CPT Morris R. McBrideIn 1966 , Morris R. McBride Elementary School was dedicated to the memory of CPT Morris R. McBride. CPT McBride was a soldier, a leader, and an American hero.

A 1957 graduate of the United States Military Academy, CPT McBride came to Fort Benning for the Infantry Officer Basic Course before heading to Italy to serve in the 52nd Armored Infantry Regiment. He returned to Fort Benning for the Infantry Captain's Career Course and then volunteered for duty in the Republic of Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, CPT McBride was an advisor to a Vietnamese Ranger Company. In April 1964, during an attack, the Vietnamese commander was wounded, and CPT McBride assumed command. Under heavy machine gun and mortar fire, CPT McBride stayed with the covering force and was the last to withdraw after directing the company through successive positions. During the withdrawal, CPT McBride stopped to give assistance to the wounded Vietnamese commander and was then mortally wounded. For his courage in bringing the company back to safety with no regard fro himself, CPT McBride was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.  

CPT McBride lived a life which exemplified our Army values. His love for learning, his care for children, and his commitment to selfless service make Morris McBride an ideal namesake for our school. Read more about CPT McBride.

Rededication

On November 17, 2006, our school was rededicated in memory of CPT Morris R. McBride after "Forty Years of Excellence." This important day, which allowed us to reconnect with our past, was a time to hold up the life of CPT McBride as an example for all of us to follow. In this ceremony, our principal, Mrs. Phyllis L. Parker, pledged to give our students every opportunity to remember the man for which our school is named and to give our students every opportunity to practice the Army values, the values by which CPT McBride lived his life.

McBride family at rededication

Family of CPT McBride. Pictured left to right:
Daughter, Kirsten McBride Carpenter
Grandson, Craig Carpenter
Widow, Ann McBride Henderson

The students of our school have learned about their hero. They had a "Curious About Morrie" Day November 7, 2006. CPT McBride's friends called him Morrie, and through those friends, the students learned that Morrie was an athlete, an adventurer, a skydiver, a musician, and even a singer who loved to learn about foreign cultures and customs. It was an opportunity for the students to understand more about Morrie McBride.

It was a great honor that CPT McBride's widow and other family members were able to attend our rededication. The school had not been able to locate any of CPT McBride's family, but when an article about "Curious About Morrie" Day was published in the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer, local family members saw the article and contacted her about the rededication.

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McBride ES

Grades: PK-5

Enrollment: 442

Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:22

Computer/Student Ratio: 1:2

Our Mission

We Educate, Engage, and Empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world.

Our Vision

We aspire to provide an environment for student excellence in academics, behavior, and leadership that result in lifelong learners who contribute to a global society.

Vision Statement: Student Version

We have a job!

We do it well!

Safe and happy!

We excel!

Army Values - Our Values, Too!

Loyalty

Duty

Respect

Selfless Service

Honor

Integrity

Personal Courage

Mascot: Patriots

Motto: We Excel!

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McBride ES Colors

Primary Color: #E31718

Secondary Color: #4449FD

Goal 1-Professional Learning Communities/Focused Collaboration

  • McBride Elementary will increase from 44% in SY 2019- 2020 to 50% in SY 2020-2021 on Stage 4, Indicator D “Develop lesson plans with differentiation and higher-level cognitive demand tasks” as measured on the Focused Collaboration Observation Tool.
  • The McBride Elementary will increase from 81% in SY 2019-2020 to 85% in SY 2020-2021 on Stage 5, Indicator D “Develop in class interventions and address gaps (Formative Assessment Results)” as measured on the Focused Collaboration Observation Tool.

Goal 2- Mathematics

  • McBride Elementary will increase its achievement average in grades 3 – 5 in math on the CCRS Summative Assessment Modeling and Application Sub Claim from 52% scoring Meets and Exceeds SY18-19 to 57% scoring Meets and Exceeds in SY20 -21.
  • Students in 3rd Grade will increase achievement in Mathematics on the DoDEA CCRS Summative Assessment, Sub-Claim Modeling and Application from 55% of students scoring in levels 4 and 5 in SY 2018 - 2019 to 61% of students scoring in levels 4 and 5 in SY 2020 - 2021.
  • Students in 4th Grade will increase achievement in Mathematics on the DoDEA CCRS Summative Assessment, Sub-Claim Modeling and Application from 45% of students scoring in levels 4 and 5 in SY 2018 - 2019 to 51% of students scoring in levels 4 and 5 in SY 2020 - 2021.
  • Students in 5th Grade will increase achievement in Mathematics on the DoDEA CCRS Summative Assessment, Sub-Claim Modeling and Application from 55% of students scoring in levels 4 and 5 in SY 2018 - 2019 to 61% of students scoring in levels 4 and 5 in SY 2020 - 2021.
  • McBride Elementary will establish baseline data with 80% of all students in grades K-2 scoring Performance Level 3 in Modeling and Reasoning on the CCRS Summative Assessment administered during the fourth quarter of SY 20/21.

Goal 3- Literacy

  • McBride students in grades 3-5 will achieve 50% scoring in Meets and Exceeds in Literacy on the CCRS Summative Assessment in SY 20-21.
  • McBride students in grades K-5 will achieve 60% proficiency on the Reading Proficiency Test in SY 20-21.

Goal 4- Communication and Engagement

  • McBride Elementary School will implement effective strategies, methods, or techniques of communication to the parents and staff.
  • McBride Elementary School will increase its communication effectiveness from 46% (November 2020) to 52% (May 2021) as measured by McBride Faculty and Staff Communication & Engagement Feedback Form.
  • McBride Elementary School will increase its quantity and quality of school’s communication to parents from 60% (November 2020) to 70% (May 2021) as measured by McBride Parent Communication & EngagementFeedback Form.

McBride ES

School Address
8270 Custer Road, Building 11310
Fort Benning, GA 31905-7402
Phone: 706-626-4940
Fax: 706-544-9299
DSN Phone: 835-9411