In 1998 our state association changed its name from the Mississippi Middle School Association (MMSA) to Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE). The primary reason for this change was a deliberate effort to reach out to schools across our state that serve Middle Level students, but may not exist in the traditional 6-8 grade Middle School framework. The Association’s focus remains unchanged in our dedication to improving the educational experiences of young adolescents by developing a network of schools, professionals and parents whose primary concern is for students ages 10-14. We are committed to the belief that the Middle School concept is a distinct educational philosophy in which the needs of middle age students can best be met.
Our organization was founded in 1991 under the leadership of Dr. Jeanne Forrester-Vosburgh, then principal of Petal Middle School. Our current membership comes from every corner of the state representing public, private, and parochial schools. We are an official state affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Since its inception in 1973, NMSA has been a voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. NMSA is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education. With over 30,000 members representing principals, teachers, central office personnel, professors, college students, parents, community leaders, and educational consultants across the United States, Canada, and 45 other countries, NMSA welcomes and provides support to anyone interested in the health and education of young adolescents. In addition, NMSA has a network of 57 affiliate organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia that strengthens our outreach to the regional, state, provincial, and local levels.
One of our organizational goals is to become the information clearinghouse within Mississippi for any school that serves middle age children in grades 5-8. If you are exploring the Middle School concept for the first time or simply building upon your school’s current structure, we’d like to help. Perhaps we can connect you with other Middle Level educators in the state who can share their experiences with you on a specific topic or issue. Simply drop us an email or note and we will contact you.