Welcome to the Gleason School website!  Whether you are a current student, parent, community member, alumni or prospective member of the Gleason School family, we hope to provide you with all the information necessary to make your experience with our school the best. 

At Gleason, we feel very fortunate to be a PreK-12 school all on the same campus.  This setting allows interaction of activities between the different grades and provides for richer learning experiences with unlimited possibilities.  Gleason has a truly unique family atmosphere with a faculty and staff that is second to none and ready to follow a child’s educational needs from the first day through the door, all the way across the graduation stage.

Since our founding in 1906, the campus has undergone many social and physical changes.  Gleason’s first public school was housed in the Masonic Male & Female Institute and to this day remains the center of the community.  Showing perseverance through the Great Depression, a new school building was constructed in 1929.  Over the years since 1947, additional new constructions in 1982, 1997, and 2004 have kept Gleason School’s facilities ready and able to serve the ever-changing needs of our students and community.

Our mission is to provide an educational environment that allows opportunity for developing the full potential of all students, enabling them to assume their roles as positively contributing participants in a complex and changing world.  We work daily to achieve this mission by focusing on 7 core beliefs.

  1. A student’s education must prepare him/her to interpret information and understand facts, principles, and concepts for daily living in a technology-based society.

  2. In order for the student to become a lifelong learner, opportunities should be offered allowing him/her to develop personal, social, and communication skills that will enhance emotional and physical well-being.

  3. A student’s learning needs should be the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

  4. Every student can learn when instruction provides levels of challenge, ensuring the success of each student.

  5. Our school must have highly qualified, effective teachers and administrators.

  6. Our school must provide adequate facilities for learning within a safe environment.

  7. The responsibility for the total education of the student is shared by the school, home, community, church and other civic organizations.

Recent News


“Rodeo Star”

Lily Shannon


            In my previous article, we learned of a student who has traveled to more countries than one could count on both hands.  Next, we will explore the world of horseback riding and rodeo with Alyssa Wade, a junior here at Gleason High School.


Q: Did you grow up around horses?

“Yes, I grew up on a farm. My first horse was Jeeter, a black and white paint horse.” - Alyssa Wade

Q: How has growing up on a farm shaped you as a person?

“It has taught me to be responsible, to think about others first, and to be very respectful towards my elders.” - Alyssa Wade

Q: How long have you been riding horses?

“I’ve been riding so long, it's hard to remember when I started. My mom even rode horses while she was pregnant with me!” - Alyssa Wade

Q: How did you get into competing and how long have you been competing?


“I started showing when I was in the fourth grade. I have currently been showing for 8 years.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: What competitions do you compete in? Can you describe them?


I compete in an event known as cutting, a western-style equestrian competition where a horse and rider team demonstrate the horse's athleticism and ability to handle cattle during a 2½ minute performance, or ‘run’, before a judge or panel of judges.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: What horse do you currently use in cutting? Can you describe him/her?  


“Rondee, she is one of the best horses I have ever had the pleasure of riding. She is so talented. She acts like a toddler most of the time, she is always into everything.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: How do you prepare for competitions? Do you get nervous?


“I prepare from the time I show until the next one. When preparing to show, you must constantly keep your horse in shape, working it consistently. Yes I get extremely nervous while I am walking up into the herd.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: How do you manage both riding and school? How do you relieve the stress?


“I usually work my horses as soon as I arrive home from school and then I start on my homework once I am done.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: What would you consider your biggest accomplishments regarding horse riding and rodeo?


“So far my best accomplishment is qualifying for the National High School Rodeo World Finals.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: Have you placed at any larger competitions?


“Yes I have placed fourth in the Mid-South Cutting Horse Association. It is a larger association.  Multiple trainers come there to have a good time and show off their skills.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: What has been your favorite horse-related activity, outside of rodeo and showing?


Horse Bowl and Hipology has been one of my 4-H activities. It has allowed me to learn more about the structure of the horse and its behavior.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: Has horse-riding and showing allowed you to have more opportunities or friendships?

“Yes, I have friends all over the world that I have met through competitions, Facebook groups, rodeos, and more. I am eligible for scholarships through National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and National High School Rodeo Association, which is very helpful for my future in education and cutting. It has allowed me to meet multiple seniors in the field that help me expand my knowledge and become a better person.” - Alyssa Wade


Q: Finally, do you see yourself riding horses in the future? Do you plan to pursue a horse or rodeo related career?


“Of course I do! I actually plan to be a physical therapist, although I plan to continue my amateur show career.”

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