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Posted March 12, 2018


Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

MCS Campus Security Update

Over the last several years, our nation has seen and experienced numerous tragedies in the form of bombings and mass shootings. After each event, there has been an immediate call for change and the implementation of new means to provide better protection and safety. The most recent school shooting in Florida has brought this to the forefront, once again, causing us to continue to take inventory of what we are doing to keep our students and staff safe right here on our own campus. MCS faces many of the same security challenges as other schools all across the country--working to secure our campus is an ongoing, daily effort.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, we have put numerous measures in place to both prevent and mitigate attacks on our campus. Immediately after the Sandy Hook shootings we began meeting with local law enforcement as well as private security representatives who provided our school with an in-depth security risk assessment. We have put in place many of the recommendations from that assessment that creates layers of increased security for our campus, and we are continuing to add other measures, as we are able. Most recently, we completed the first phase of video camera surveillance which runs 24/7/365 days. Phase two of this project will be initiated in the 2018-2019 school year. In the very near future, you will see new signs posted at all of our entrances and periodically on perimeter fences (TK-12 campus) indicating that twenty-four-hour video surveillance is active and that we have armed personnel (fully trained and qualified non-teachers as required by California Law) on our campus.

We will be meeting with representatives from local law enforcement in the days to come to review what we have already put into place and determine if additional measures are needed to remain in step with law enforcement protocol. This will include evaluating our current lock down drill system. As a EE - 12th grade school we face unique challenges when attempting to establish a consistent way to respond to threats in an age/grade appropriate manner that will keep everyone safe.

As a Christian school, we know that in all of this chaos and destruction, we are experiencing the temporal results of a fallen and often evil world, but this is very much a spiritual battle. Therefore, while we do what we are able to do with the physical resources that are available to us, we must remember to put on the full armor of God on a daily basis. Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the powers, and the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers and principalities". Encourage your family, your children, and your friends to walk closely to God, and never cease to pray for the well-being of our MCS Campuses.

In Christ,


Jess Hetherington, MCS Superintendent

Posted February 7, 2018



Posted November 29, 2017


2017 CIF STATE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | Friday, Dec 1  | Santiago Canyon College, Orange, CA

It's a very rare feat for any school to have a sports team represented in a State Championship game. This year our Girls Varsity Volleyball has made a historic run all the way to the top to play the best team in Division V from Northern California for the State Title! This is a monumental achievement for our girls and for the school at-large - as it is our very first State Title appearance.

The girls will travel to Santiago Canyon College in Irvine this Friday to play San Marin at 4pm and we hope to storm the gym with as many MCS families possible (across all divisions) to encourage and cheer on our girls in their quest to take the State Title!

Please consider making this trip as it would mean the world to our Lady Eagles!

What:    Varsity Girls Division V State Championship Game
Where:  Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
Time:     4pm

Cost: $12 Adults/$5 - $8 Students/$2 Parking Fee

Jess Hetherington, MCS Superintendent

Posted November 17, 2017


For the past three years, I have worked closely with the MCS School Board in drafting a teacher-salary matrix and a plan to bring all of our teachers to a competitive salary that corresponds to their years of experience and their education. The genesis of this plan has its roots in two primary desires:

1) Attract qualified teachers

2) Retain high level teachers

The goal (3 year strategic plan) was to fully fund the matrix-salary schedule by June, 2020. Currently, we have increased the total salaries by 10% and are on track to fulfilling this very important goal.

The teachers here at MCS are the pride and joy of our campus and the ones who make the world go around here. They are in the trenches every day, nurturing and educating our little ones in the most crucial years of their formative development.

Who doesn't want their children being educated and raised by the most godly, educated, competent and compassionate teachers in San Diego?

Please join me and many others in this season of generosity to help raise $150K to fulfill yet another year in helping our teachers reach another step to achieving their
much deserved salary increase!

Jess Hetherington, MCS Superintendent

The worker is worthy of his [and her] wages." I Timothy 5:18

  • Posted November 10, 2017

    There’s something new!


    We Heard You…One of the most important aspects of our culture is hearing from you, our MCS families. We thrive on feedback and information exchange in order to continue to grow. In keeping with our Strategic Plan, several focus groups were conducted last April where we asked our parents and students, “How are we doing?” and “How can we be even better?”

    We ended up with a goldmine of terrific ideas that are now being incorporated into our business operations. One of the first action items that fell on my desk was your interest in hearing more from me, on a variety of topics – from strategic goals and development updates to practical things.

    This new web-based newsletter, Superintendent’s Message, will be a quick way to keep you up-to-date on timely news and information. When I post an article, the link will be shared in the ‘MCS Weekly Update,’ or you can find it under the ‘About’ tab on our website.

    You have made one of the most important decisions you can by enrolling your students at MCS. We honor your choice by continuing to build on our tradition of excellence throughout the school year. Thank you again for your feedback and ideas – we are listening to you intently! I can’t wait to share more with you in my ‘new’ newsletter soon. It’s going to be another outstanding year!

    Jess Hetherington, MCS Superintendent

    NKJV Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing...”