I Have A Dream
About Our School
Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia (the Albany Movement), and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam".
In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities.
King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.
The mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is to provide a positive and safe learning environment where all students are supported, inspired, and encouraged to discover their unlimited potential as they continuously strive for excellence. Through caring, honesty, and accountability, our children will grow and learn in a structured atmosphere where staff, students, and families together are enthusiastic about the success of our students.
We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of our school is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community. We envision a school in which staff:
Unite to achieve a common purpose.
Work together - independently - in collaborative teams.
Seek and implement promising strategies for improving student learning on a continuous basis.
Monitor each student's progress on a frequent basis.
Demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of each student.
Martin Luther King, Jr. ES is a special school! Currently we have over 400 students and about 60 staff members. When you walk through the hallways and when you are in classrooms, you can feel the love the staff has for each student. We pride ourselves in providing a warm and supportive environment for each student, each family, and each staff member.
This is my first year serving as the principal of MLK. I instantly connected with the school’s mission statement, which contains ideals I strongly believe in.
Martin Luther King Jr. ES Mission Statement:
“At Martin Luther King Jr. ES, our mission is to recognize student potential and strengths, our unified and dedicated staff will partner with parents, families and the community to use high expectations to motivate and educate a diverse population to become life-long learners.”
For the past 15 years, I have worked for Fairfax County Public Schools, located in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Throughout my years, I served as a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal all at the elementary level. I also held a leadership position at the county level where I supported over 40 schools by leading a team of resource teachers focusing on improving instructional practices to close the achievement gap. I am thankful for the variety of those experiences and am excited to see how they will help me best serve Martin Luther King Jr. ES.
You may be wondering why I choose to move to Las Vegas and return to serving as a principal. First, I missed being around students and seeing them grow as individuals. Second, I challenge myself to try new experiences. Prior to college, the only country I had traveled to was Canada. While in college, I had the opportunity to student teach in England and I am forever thankful I did so. When I graduated college, I moved from my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Virginia. After reflecting on my 15 years in Virginia, I decided it was time to live on the West Coast. Clark County is a great school system and is located in a city that has many opportunities. I am happy to now be a Las Vegas resident!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and bring equal opportunity to all. My ultimate goal as principal is similar to Dr. King in that I wish for our school to create opportunity for all students, I strive to build a learning environment that maximizes strong instruction, collaboration, hard work, and engagement for ultimate student success. Education brings choices in life. I believe the best learning conditions result in students becoming the best versions of themselves resulting in limitless future opportunities. Dr. King serves as an outstanding role model for our school community to follow. He inspired the school’s motto to “Dream, Plan, and Achieve.” Even though the school motto is simple, it is powerful. I look forward to using the motto with students, staff, and families.
My name is Greg Winiewicz and it is a great pleasure to introduce myself as the assistant principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. I am originally from Chicago (Go Cubbies!), yet I have been happy to call Las Vegas my home for the past many years. My undergraduate degree is in elementary education from Nevada State College, where I had the opportunity to play college baseball. I received my masters degree in education administration from Sierra Nevada College. I come from a family of educators and have been with the Clark County School District for over a decade.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” which is an idea I truly believe in. I am passionate about seeing the best in each and every one of our students and feel a sense of accomplishment seeing students grow in knowledge, confidence, and skills. It brings me joy to help students build self-esteem and believe in themselves and their ability to learn, no matter their background or abilities.
I am excited to work with the students, staff, and the amazing community, who make MLK a great school! Working together, we will recognize the potential in all of our students and develop the leaders of tomorrow.
Welcome to the “Home of the Champions!”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School was built in 1987 and first opened its doors to students for the 1988-89 school year. It is named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. He was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through non-violent means. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a wonderful school with a dynamic staff that puts children and their academic success first while teaching them to "Dream, Plan, and Achieve."
"The MLK Champion"
Song written in 1988
We will clap and we will sing;
We are the Champions of Martin Luther King.
The man whose name is on our door;
Fought for freedom forevermore.
Every day we’ll do our best;
And spread the word to all the rest.
Black, or white, or red, or green;
The color of our skin doesn’t mean a thing.
All that matters is what’s inside;
Love for each other and lots of pride.
The dream he spoke of years ago;
Within these walls will grow and grow.
We will clap and we will sing;
We are the Champions of Martin Luther King!