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Poteet High Students Score Big at First
Technology Student Association Competition
Published: 09/19/2014

Ashlee Solice, Taylor Clark, Laura Medina and Rachel Nunez celebrate their fourth place in fashion design.

Poteet had six students qualify for the Technology Student Association (TSA) National Competition this summer in Washington, DC.

Here are the names of the students and their results:

Rachel Nunez,
Photographic Technology - Finished in the top 12 at Nationals.

Ashlee Solice, Taylor Clark, Laura Medina and Rachel Nunez, 
Fashion Design - 
Placed fourth at Nationals.

Antonio Rodriguez, 
Promotional Graphics -
Qualified and competed at Nationals.

Emily Sedaghatfar,
Essays in Technology - 
Qualified and competed at Nationals.

This was first time the high school had students qualify for this event, said Deanna Reese, Poteet’s TSA sponsor.
“Poteet is so very proud of these six students for all the hard work, dedication and results,” she said, adding the students benefited from the experience.

"TSA challenges me to inspire myself,” said Antonio Rodriguez. “It forces me to think outside the box yet still comply within the rules…just like real jobs in life."

"These students are brilliant,” Reece said. “After you give them the resources, tools and encouragement, then step back. Watch. Learn. Be amazed. They are all incredibly talented, and I learned so much from them about determination and creativity."

Preregister for Monday's
College Fair for Seniors
Published: 09/12/2014

College NightEastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, will be the site for this year’s College Night for Mesquite ISD seniors and their parents and guardians.

The informational forum, set from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature the following:

  • Representatives from more than 75 colleges, junior colleges and technical/trade schools. See the full list here.
  • Military recruiters from across the United States
  • Financial aid sessions in English and Spanish hosted by Eastfield College

“This is a worthwhile event for students and their families, said Debbie Shewmake, Mesquite ISD’s administrative officer for instruction who coordinates this event. Seniors get the chance to gather information and visit with a large number of college recruiters in one location, she said.

Preregister at www.texascollegefairs.org for College Night, print out the bar code confirmation and bring it to College Night, said Shewmake.

Poteet’s Matthew James Named
a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist
Published: 09/11/2014

Matthew JamesMatthew James, a Poteet High School senior, was recently named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist.

Read more about his high school career and future aspirations.

Range Elementary Rebuild
Approved by Board of Trustees
Published: 09/10/2014

Range ElementaryLearn what’s ahead for Range Elementary here.

Mesquite ISD Apple Corps Inducts
Schaper of Horn, Sides of Shaw
Published: 09/10/2014

Apple CorpsTeachers Mary Schaper of Horn High School and Laura Sides of Shaw Elementary are the newest inductees into Mesquite ISD’s Apple Corp.

All Mesquite ISD Sixth-Graders Receiving
iPads to Aid Classroom Instruction
Published: 09/4/2014

6th Grade iPadsThis week, the distribution process of Apple iPads to all sixth-graders began in Mesquite ISD. This is part of a new program that will allow these students to use iPads in classroom instruction. The district purchased approximately 3,000 iPads as part of the initiative.

John Horn Geography Teacher Attends
Summer Study Tour of Morroco
Published: 08/27/2014

Gregory HillJohn Horn geography teacher Greg Hill begins the year with new knowledge and experiences from outside the United States to share with his high school students. Over the summer, Hill spent two weeks in Morocco on a study tour sponsored by the American Morocco Alliance and the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth.

"We engaged various members of the Moroccan government, non-profit groups, business leaders and members of the media in discussions on ways to improve relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco,” Hill said. "The visit allowed me to see first-hand some evolving industries in agriculture and manufacturing, and I had cross-cultural discussions with Moroccan educators on best practices.”

Hill said he visited several important points of interest, including the Hassan 2nd Mosque, several palaces of King Muhammad VI, the Governor’s Mansion of the state of Dhakla and Dairy Co-o, which was started by a group of teachers.

“I learned so much more than any geography text or YouTube video could ever portray,” said Hill. "To be there and to experience so much — from dialoguing with the judge that headed the war crimes trials in Rwanda to tasting the local cuisine — was amazing. It reinforced my philosophy of: You have to know about what you teach about," he said.

Tisinger Elementary Hosts Tiger Walk & Talk Published: 08/25/2014

TisingerEarlier this month, Tisinger staff participated in the first Tisinger Tiger Walk & Talk. The faculty walked the entire attendance zone for Tisinger, inviting the community to support the Tisinger Tigers this school year.

Smart Organization Tips Set Students on Best Track Published: 08/18/2014

Smart OrganizationLooking for the best ways to get set for the 2014-15 school year? Keep these tips in mind to create a back-to-school routine that fosters peak student performance:

Set and enforce 9 p.m. bedtime. Believe it or not, 60 percent of children under age 18 complained of being tired during the day, according to parents, and 15 percent said they fell asleep at school during the year, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. Sleep, a critical part of a child’s health and wellness, can affect focus and concentration at school and beyond.

Create central hub for family calendar, permission slips and the like.
Pick one spot for important papers. That’s where students house things that need parental signatures, notes from school and so forth. Record key dates on a calendar for everyone to access. Then keep the communication lines open to ensure everyone knows what’s expected at school each day.

Create a designated homework space. Find a quiet place where the student can focus and keep homework supplies handy. When students must do homework somewhere different, store supplies in a caddy that can be easily transported.

Snack smart for sustained energy. Protein-rich snacks like mozzarella bites help fight the afternoon slump by providing energy until dinnertime.

Pack backpacks in the evening. Streamline the morning and eliminate last-minute searches for homework by packing backpacks before bedtime. Have students set backpacks by the door so they can simply grab and go in the morning.

Help the child-teacher relationship. Take advantage of any chance you get to meet the teacher, and keep updated on your child’s progress through Parent CONNECT. Email is a great way to stay connected and troubleshoot problems.

Three Mesquite ISD Science Teachers Earn
Grants through STEM Innovation in Teaching
Published: 08/12/2014
TI Stem Recognized
Left to right: Melissa McGee, Poteet High School biology teacher; Andy Smith, executive director of TI Foundation; Alicia Ward, eighth-grade science teacher at Berry Middle School; and Mark Wilburn, Vanston Middle School eighth-grade science teacher.

Three Mesquite ISD science teachers were recognized by Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees at its August meeting for achievement in the Texas Instruments Foundation’s STEM Innovation in Teaching Award Program.  As 2014 award winners, Mark Wilburn of Vanston Middle School and Melissa McGee of Poteet High School each received $5,000 for personal use and $5,000 to be used for classroom items and professional development. As an award finalist for 2014, Alicia Ward of Berry Middle School earned $1,000 to spend on her classroom.

These teachers were selected through a process that included an application, principal recommendation and a classroom observation, said Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Cathy Rideout.

According to their respective principals, these honors are well deserved. Vanston Principal Emilio Duran describes Wilburn, who teaches eighth-grade science,  as “creative and innovative,” adding he “sets high standards for himself and his students and then works hard to see that they are met.”  Poteet High School Principal Karyn Cummings calls McGee, who teaches biology, “an exceptional teacher” whose “student-centered activities and relevant and engaging instruction makes sure students are successful.” Berry Middle School Principal Sandra Bibb refers to Ward, an eighth-grade science teacher, as a “gem” who demonstrates the highest level of educational excellence and professionalism.

“Congratulations to all three of these outstanding teachers,” said Rideout. “We thank you for putting your energy and enthusiasm into teaching our kids all about science in an innovative way.”

Mesquite ISD Bands Beginning to Practice Published: 08/05/2014

School Meal PricesMesquite High's Mighty Maroon Band is one of the district's high school bands beginning to practice.

Check out Mesquite ISD's Facebook page to watch the students and educators prepare for the 2014-15 school year.

Balch Springs Awards Student Scholarships Published: 07/21/2014

School Meal PricesAs one of the 12 communities of the Best Southwest Partnership, it was Mayor Carrie Gordon’s duty to select a student scholar from the City of Balch Springs to honor at the Second Annual City Scholarship Awards Luncheon. Based on his academic transcript and performance, college entrance exam scores and personal essay submission, Michael Jaramillo, a graduating senior of West Mesquite High School, became the recipient of a $500 scholarship award. “My goal is to obtain a master’s degree in the ever-changing field of engineering” and to “work in a profession that requires the application of mechanical engineering concepts. I want to help make people’s lives better,” says Jaramillo.

Pamela Shaw, Jaramillo’s teacher, says she is impressed by him. “As an educator and someone who has seen Michael grow, mature and work these past three years to achieve his dream of attending college, it thrills me to see him experiencesuccess and prepare for the bright future that awaits him after high school. Throughout his high school career, Michael has continued to impress me and stood out among his peers.”

Balch Springs Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation John Hubbard also spoke highly of Jaramillo. “He is an example on how hard work and perseverance results in success. Balch Springs is proud that Michael is the recipient of the 2014 BSW Scholarship.” Jaramillo will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall.

Mayor Gordon also awarded 10 deserving high school students with scholarships during the June Balch Springs city council meeting through her Mayor’s Scholarship Challenge Program founded in 2012. The students who received the scholarships were Michael Jaramillo, Cecillia Torres, Aily Perez, Jennifer Rodriguez, Javier Lopez, Uche Ukadike, Kametria Clayton and Paulina Cruz of West Mesquite High School and Lexia Campbell and Aime Baez of Spruce High School, all residents of Balch Springs. The Mayor’s Scholarship Challenge is funded through private donations and given to students who show academicexcellence, civic commitment and maturity, leadership skills and a firm acceptance to a college or university.

Cafeteria Prices Up 10 Cents Published: 07/16/2014

School Meal PricesStudent and adult meal prices in Mesquite ISD school cafeterias are up by 10 cents starting with the 2014-15 school year. This is due to a Department of Agriculture requirement, said Rusty Talbot, administrative officer for purchasing/food service. Here are the new prices:

Student: $1.40
Reduced: .30 cents
Adult: $1.75
Elementary Student: $2.10
Middle School Student: $2.40
High School Student: $2.50
Reduced: .40 cents
Adult/Visiting Child:  $3.10

West Mesquite's TSA Webmaster Team
Wins First Place at National Competition
Published: 07/16/2014

WMHS TSA WebmastersWest Mesquite's recent graduates Cameron Moreau, Bobby Castillo and Javier Lopez won first place at the 2014 Technology Student Association Nationals competition in Washington, D.C.

The team designed, developed and delivered Web-Bot.net, a website built for middle schoolers to learn website design! Web.Bot is successfully validated under W3C standards using HTML5 and CSS3. They were also required to build an external site showcasing West Mesquite’s TSA chapter and CTE program. A link to the external site can be found at the bottom of Web.Bot’s home page.

"The team did incredibly well through a fierce mix of competition, touring historic Washington D.C. and fulfilling professional responsibilities. This was the largest ever TSA event with 6800 students competing at the national level. They set an impressive goal last year— it was humbling to be a part of such a significant moment of achievement. I am so proud of them!" - Dori Brown, CTE Teacher and TSA Adviser

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West Mesquite's Amanda Garay Earns First Place
for State of Texas in HOSA CPR/First Aid Competition
Published: 07/08/2014

Kevin SamplesAmanda Garay, West Mesquite High School's HOSA chapter president and 2014 graduate, earned first place for the state of Texas in the CPR and First Aid competition at HOSA's recent National Leadership Conference. Garay competed in the Life Support Skills event, placing fifth nationwide and recognized as one of the top 10 contestants on stage at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando.

In addition, Annabel DonJuan and Matthew Ivey of West Mesquite High won the HOSA Gold Level Barbara James Service Awards for outstanding service to the citizens of their local communities. This award is earned by HOSA students with at least 250 documented hours of community service during the previous 12 months.

"Congratulations to Amanda, Matthew, Annabel and their West Mesquite HOSA sponsor Louise Braubach," said Leigh Farley, Mesquite ISD's coordinator of career and technical education.

This year's event attracted more than 8,400 members, advisors, industry leaders and guests, setting a record as the highest leadership conference attendance in HOSA's 37-year history. HOSA has grown to include 48 chartered HOSA State Associations, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Italy and approximately 3,600 secondary and postsecondary/collegiate chapters in 2013-2014.

Middle School Cheer Squads Compete
at John Horn High School's NCA Camp
Published: 07/08/2014

Kevin SamplesOn June 16-18, all eighth-grade cheer squads from MISD middle schools, along with several surrounding area schools, attended NCA camp at Horn High School.

During competition, the squads were split into two divisions: small and large. Terry MS swept the large division by receiving several of the competition awards.

Top Team Performance, Champion Chant, Superior Team Evaluation, a spirit stick, the spirit team award voted on by other squads, and one individual, McKenzie Richardson, received the leadership award out of all participants at camp.

2014-15 Grants Include Interactive Program
to Benefit Algebra, Geometry & Calculus Students
Published: 06/25/2014
Math Grant
Mesquite ISD Math Coordinator Ashley Morgan (at left) and Mesquite High School Math Coordinator Linda Howig proudly display their grant check to provide innovative learning tools for secondary math

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Algebra I & II, geometry and pre-calculus students and faculty at secondary campuses will gain the benefit of interactive, state-of-the-art learning materials. And they have Mesquite High Math Coordinator Linda Howig, Mesquite ISD’s Math Coordinator Ashley Morgan and the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation to thank for it.

“Students will be able to visually see math concepts like the quadratic formula,” said Howig, who also teaches pre-calculus and calculus. “It is a huge teaching tool,” she said. “The interactive white boards will bring math lessons to life for students.”

Math teachers will also benefit, she said, because these materials can better provide efficient means to create custom lessons for differentiated classrooms.

Howig initially considered applying for the grant for Mesquite High School students until Morgan showed interest and expanded the request for students across the district. The nearly $30,000 grant from the Education Foundation is making it all possible, she said.

“The Education Foundation is so thankful for the vision and ambition of Ms. Howig and Ms. Morgan,” said Foundation Executive Director Randy Lewallyn. “As leaders they are prioritizing providing innovative and challenging learning tools for secondary math in Mesquite ISD. Students and teachers will certainly benefit from their efforts, and the Education Foundation is honored to help.”

Mesquite ISD Education Foundation will fund nearly $225,000 in grants in 2014-15.

Two New Principals Named Published: 06/16/2014

Kevin SamplesMesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees recently appointed two new principals for the 2014-15 school year.

Kevin Samples, completing his 17th year in education, will be the principal at Mesquite High School, where he most recently served as academic dean. Samples is a former social studies teacher and coach and worked for Rockwall and Mabank ISDs before returning to Mesquite ISD. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist and his master’s from Texas A&M-Commerce. He is a graduate of North Mesquite High School.

Chris Brott will be the new principal at Kimbrough Middle School. He is completing his 15th year as an educator in Mesquite ISD. After spending six years as a health, physical education teacher and coach at Mesquite High, he served as an assistant principal at John Horn and Mesquite high schools and Agnew and McDonald middle schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a master’s from A&M- Commerce.

North Mesquite Orienteering Team
First School to Repeat as State Champ
Published: 06/11/2014

NMHS Orienteering TeamNorth Mesquite's Orienteering Team is the first to repeat as the Texas champion, said Lt. Russ Martin, the orienteering coach.

His team won the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA) Cup for Orienteering Excellence. The NTOA Cup, awarded after a yearlong competition in three states (Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana), is the state championship for finest school team, he said. "This is the first time a school has won this two years in a row," Martin said.

World-Famous Composer Visits McDonald Middle School Band Published: 06/03/2014

Composer William OwensWorld-famous composer William Owens recently visited with McDonald Middle School Band students and faculty, said Director of Bands Mike Major. Owens, with more than 150 publications to his name, visited each class. During class time, each band played one of Owens’ compositions that he conducted at evening school concert.

"I had a wonderful time with the bands,” said Owens. “Rehearsing with the various groups throughout the day was great fun, and the concert was a huge success. Congratulations and many thanks to directors Mike Major, Heather Becker and Steven Washington - you guys are doing a fantastic job!"

Poteet's Madison Yannetti Selected to Play
in TGCA Softball All-Star Game July 11
Published: 06/03/2014

(Photo by Kevin Shelton.)

Madison Yanetti of Poteet High School has been selected to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) Softball All-Star Game, said Poteet Head Softball Coach Joe Huber. The game is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 , at Arlington ISD’s Workman Complex. She will play on the 4A-5A Red Team.

Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters
Initiative Picks Second MISD Campus
Published: 05/30/2014

WilkinsonCongratulations to Wilkinson Middle School. It was chosen from a pool of nationwide applicants to join the George W. Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters (MSM) initiative. MSM schools receive high-quality research-based school improvement strategies from the Bush Institute’s national experts, yearlong professional support, and an invitation to a three-day Middle School Matters Summer Conference.

“I am excited because we will get to collaborate with other schools from the country and work with some of the top educational experts in the nation, said Dr. Leslie Feinglas, Wilkinson principal.  “It was an honor to be selected because they only chose eight schools from across the country.  I hope that we will learn new strategies that we can bring back to Wilkinson to help improve our student performance,” she said.

In 2013, Mesquite ISD’s Agnew Middle School was selected to participate in Middle School Matters’ inaugural year.

For more information, go to:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/middleschoolmattersinstitute
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MSM_Institute

Georgia Waynick Kimball:
September 14, 1925 – May 27, 2014
Published: 05/28/2014

Georgia WaynickIt is with sad hearts that we inform our community of the death of Georgia W. Kimball. Mrs. Kimball, for whom Kimball Elementary School is named, served as a Mesquite ISD Board Member for 16 years from 1961 until the 1976. Georgia Kimball Elementary School opened in 1985.

Mrs. Kimball, who was active in local, state and national education for many years, worked tirelessly in the legislative networks of the PTA to promote platforms for the improvement of schools and benefits for teachers.

Memorial Service for Georgia Kimball:
1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31,
at the Mesquite Church of Christ

Mesquite Academy Student Named UNT Emerald Eagle Scholar Published: 05/27/2014

Andre JohnsonMesquite Academy student Andre Johnson has been chosen as a University of North Texas Emerald Eagle Scholar. With this honor, he will receive guaranteed tuition and fees for up to four years for 15 credit hours per semester.

“Andre is a very intelligent individual who will be a great leader,” said Connie Boone, Mesquite Academy principal. “He has had many hardships to overcome at such a young age, but he is goal-oriented and anxious to attend college. I believe we will see great things from this young man in the future,” she said.

Cara Jackson New Administrative
Officer for Information Technology
Published: 05/27/2014

Cara JacksonCara Jackson, the current principal at Hodges Elementary, will assume the post of administrative officer for information technology being vacated by Richard Armand. Jackson, a Poteet High School graduate, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Jackson has spent her entire 14-year career with Mesquite ISD. She served as sixth-grade teacher at Pirrung Elementary for four year before her four-year stint as assistant principal at Cannaday and Hanby elementaries. Jackson has spent the last six years in principal roles, first at Pirrung Elementary and currently at Hodges Elementary.

Register Now for Summer Enrichment Camps Published: 05/22/2014

Community Education Classes Summer ProgramsLooking for summer programs to keep your child active and motivated when school’s out? MISD Community Education offers a variety of four-day camps for ages 4-13. Athletic, academic and enrichment opportunities include sports, science, art, drama and even more. Times and costs vary for the camps open to Mesquite ISD families as well as those outside district boundaries.

New Calendar Features Include Block Schedule, Grading Periods Published: 05/22/2014

Calendar 2014-2015Mesquite ISD’s 2014-15 school calendar is more thorough than ever. New features include grading periods for elementary and secondary students, and the high school block schedule. (Note that elementary schools will have nine-week grading periods next year.) Other handy references include state assessment dates, early release times and dates, graduation sites, and much more.

Mesquite ISD to Sponsor Summer Food Service Program Published: 05/22/2014

Summer MealsChildren in Mesquite and Balch Springs will once again be able to enjoy free nutritious meals throughout the summer, thanks to the Texas Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. Breakfast and lunch will be served daily at specific district school cafeterias. Please notice the dates and times for each site. To enter most cafeterias follow the signs to the rear entrance of the buildings.

No advance qualifying or registration is required. This program is open to all children ages 1 to 18 years of age regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Questions? Call Food & Nutrition Services at 972-882-5500.

John Horn Students Create STAAR Study Guides for English Published: 05/17/2014
Jag STAAR Study Guide Winning STAAR test study guides were created by these students: (left to right) Anna Visalli, Iliana Aragon, Septimiu (Timi) Demeter and Hayden Holloway. Demeter won first place.

Lacy Starnes, a pre-AP English teacher at John Horn High School, challenged her students this spring in a competition. Students were charged with creating STAAR test study guides beneficial to all English 1 students. The results surprised Starnes and even her principal, Bruce Perkins.

Starnes said she barely gave the projects a passing glance as she boxed them up to grade them at home. “It’s when I started pulling them out one-by-one that I began to stare in shock,” she said. “The detail put into these books  — everything from dedication pages to bar codes — had me in awe. Some looked like actual books you would buy in a bookstore.”

With judging help from John Horn assistant principals, the top four projects were selected from 117 entries. Principal Perkins picked the first-place study guide.

“Thinking outside the box, Ms. Starnes came up with an assignment that not only taught her students an English lesson but challenged them creatively as well,” Perkins said.

“In my five years of teaching, I’ve been amazed by the things my students come up with, but this time it literally brought me to tears,” said Starnes. “I’m so proud of my students.”

Two Mesquite ISD Principals Chosen
for Summer Institute at Harvard University
Published: 05/14/2014

Two Mesquite ISD elementary principals — LaDonna Gulley of Florence, at left, and Lynne Noe of Price — were awarded scholarships to attend a summer institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The weeklong session is sponsored by Raise Your Hand Texas.

Raise Your Hand Texas will cover tuition and travel expenses, including airfare and hotel, as well as provide a stipend for miscellaneous expenses.

Noe said she is especially looking forward to attend with principals from all over the country. “I’m excited,” she said.

Tonight’s Concert Proceeds to Benefit
Sigfrid Credo Memorial Scholarship
Published: 05/09/2014

The John Horn High School Jaguar Band is sponsoring a concert tonight featuring the John Horn Jazz Ensemble and a guest musician, jazz saxophonist Steve Wilkerson.

The special event, with proceeds benefiting the Sigfrid Credo Memorial Scholarship, will be held in the John Horn Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students.

Agnew Student, Horn Group Recognized
at National History Day State Competition
Published: 05/08/2014

Owen Osagiede of Agnew Middle School and a five-person group from John Horn High School were recognized at the National History Day State Competition. "Those students were awarded the best outstanding projects in both the junior and senior division respectively," said Mesquite ISD Social Studies Coordinator Caleb Tolleson.

Junior Division:

Owen Osagiede
– Agnew Middle School

Senior Division:

Marissa Bielstein

Emily Calverley

Laura Lopez

Jaqueline Rosales

Payton Bailey

"All students were well-prepared and presented their projects with full confidence and enthusiasm," Tolleson said.

Sue Ann Mackey Endowment Campaign
Launched by Mesquite ISD Education Foundation
Published: 05/07/2014

Sue ANn Mackey Endowment“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -- Albert Einstein.

The Mesquite ISD Education Foundation has launched an endowment campaign in the name of Sue Ann Mackey to ensure that her selfless service to Mesquite ISD will be recognized in perpetuity.

“Few individuals have matched Mrs. Mackey’s passion and dedication to Mesquite ISD’s mission of excellence in education for young people,” said Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Randy Lewallyn. “Mrs. Mackey’s life was a model of service. Her love for her family, community and especially Mesquite ISD was a defining characteristic of her life,” Lewallyn said.

Mackey, for whom Mackey Elementary School was named in 2004, served as a Mesquite ISD Board member from 1979 to 1994. Most recently, she was a passionate member of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Board and served on the Steering Committee when the foundation was established 10 years ago, Lewallyn said. The Mesquite ISD Education Foundation has chosen to honor her service through the creation of the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment.

“Throughout her life, Mrs. Mackey’s love of children and her support of education earned her the admiration of the entire community,” said Education Foundation Board President David Belt. “Please join us in our effort to honor Mrs. Mackey’s service by making a donation. Principal from the endowment will remain intact in perpetuity as a lasting impact for Mesquite ISD students,“ Belt said.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment using a credit card, go to www.mesquitefoundation.org and click on the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment Campaign image. Check contributions can be sent to the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation office at 2600 Motley Drive, Mesquite, Texas, 75150.

West Mesquite Student Receives Gates Millennium Scholarship Published: 05/02/2014

Bremmy Alsbrook of WMHSCongratulations to Bremmy Alsbrooks of West Mesquite High School. She received the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship Award that pays for all college tuition and expenses until she completes medical school. Alsbrooks plans to attend Baylor University and major in biology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to apply to Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Kelly Bender, an AP biology teacher at West Mesquite, wrote a letter of recommendation on Alsbrook's behalf for this scholarship, said West Mesquite Advanced Academic Counselor Leslie Noble. "This is the fourth student in recent years to receive this scholarship at West Mesquite High School," Noble said.

Poteet's Khalil Baker Wins Rotary Competition Published: 04/28/2014

Khalil BakerCongratulations to Khalil Baker of Poteet High School for placing first in the Rotary District 5810 Regional Competition at Grand Prairie High School. His first-place finish earned Khalil a check for $1,000.

"We also want to acknowledge Jeffrey Blackwell, Khalil's speech coach, for his efforts in this endeavor," said James Huckaby, Mesquite ISD's administrative officer for operations/risk management.

Pirrung Elementary Teacher H-E-B Award
Semifinalist for a Second Year in a Row
Published: 04/28/2014

Cindy SloanCindy Sloan, a licensed dyslexia therapist and MTA instructor at Pirrung Elementary, was named a semifinalist in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. For this achievement, she received a certificate and $250 in H-E-B gift cards.

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards celebrate public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. With more than $800,000 in cash prizes awarded annually to deserving teachers, principals, school districts and early childhood facilities, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards is the largest monetary recognition program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.

Mesquite ISD Student Wins Dallas
Morning News Photo Journalism Award
Published: 04/23/2014

Detorie TaylorStudents earning top honors in The Dallas Morning News’ 23rd annual High School Journalism Day & Competition included one from West Mesquite High School.

Senior Detorie Taylor won an award for his photo of a student athlete from his school on his way to a Texas A&M football recruitment trip.

“It’s a very cool photo,” said Jessica Good, the West Mesquite High School journalism adviser since 2007. “Dylan looks like a little kid wearing a backpack leaving on this big, important thing.”

The competition drew 1,115 entries from student journalists at more than three dozen public and private high schools across North Texas. The judges were newsroom professionals at The News.

“Detorie plans to join the National Guard, and attend Navarro College to study nursing,” said Good.

KEOM-FM to Host Special Event in Honor of
National High School Radio Day Wednesday, April 23
Published: 04/22/2014

KEOM RadioNorth Texas’ largest student-led terrestrial radio station is hosting an event Wednesday, April 23, in honor of National High School Radio Day.

Mesquite ISD’s 88.5 KEOM-FM is one of 59 stations from 24 states honoring this day, according to Station Manager Peggy Brooks.

KEOM’s day of activities will include a live radio event airing simultaneously on two student stations — KEOM-FM of Mesquite and 90.5 WKHS in Worton, MD. “This will be a unique, fun and valuable experience for the high school students of both stations,” said Brooks. This will air from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. “WKHS is a 17,500-watt station and the only high school station in Maryland,” she said.

Before and after this on-air event, guest speakers will include a radio station operation manager, on-air personality and voice-over artist and radio news correspondent, Brooks said.

Live radio event between students of KEOM and WKHS stations:
10:30-10:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014
KEOM-FM Studios
2600 Motley Drive, Suite 300

Mesquite, Texas 75150

*88.5 KEOM-FM in Mesquite, Texas

*90.5 WKHS Radio in Worton, MD



For more information, contact KEOM Station Manager Peggy Brooks at

West Mesquite UIL Video Team Earns
Second Place in Statewide Competition
Published: 04/21/2014

UIL Video Team 2014West Mesquite High School's UIL Video Team was awarded second in state at the UIL Filmmakers Film Festival recently in Austin.

Team members are:
  Nikki Darmofal, Senior
Alex Hernandez, Senior
Jhony Hernandez, Junior
Chris Leon, Senior
Lynda Ortiz, Senior

"Applause filled the room from student competitors, college and film school scouts, and other awarded A/V professionals as our team made their way to the stage," said Dori Brown, CTE teacher at West Mesquite.

Sue Ann Mackey
March 9, 1947 – April 18, 2014
Published: 04/18/2014

Sue Ann MackeyIt is with sad hearts that we inform our community of the death of Sue Ann Mackey. Mrs. Mackey, for whom Mackey Elementary School is named, served as a Mesquite ISD Board Member from 1979 to 1994. Most recently, she was a member of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Board. Mackey Elementary School opened in the fall of 2004. Throughout her life, Mrs. Mackey’s love of children and her support of education earned her the admiration of the entire community.

Funeral service and visitation for Sue Ann Mackey:
Visitation at New Hope Funeral Home
Monday, April 21, 6-8 p.m.
Funeral at First Baptist Sunnyvale
Tuesday, April 22, 2 p.m.

Take Short Mesquite ISD
Stakeholder Survey Here
Published: 04/17/2014

How Are We Doing?If you live within the boundaries of Mesquite ISD, please take a few moments to complete our annual online Stakeholder Attitude Survey. Take the survey here or access it through our district's website. "Because MISD embraces a culture of continuous improvement and accountability for all, we welcome community and family feedback," said Assistant Superintendent for Planning & Improvement Services Dr. Denise Kutch. "In fact, we absolutely need that feedback in order to continually strive for excellence," she said.

To take the survey in English, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MCNCR7T

Para tomar esta encuesta en español, comuníquese con https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LL5WM8J

NOTE: Multiple choice survey answers do not appear correctly on iPhones or iPads. Please complete the survey on a desktop or laptop computer.

Terry Middle School Student Selected
to U.S. Naval Academy's STEM Program
Published: 04/17/2014

Kyle QuinnCongratulations to Terry Middle School eighth-grader Kyle Quinn for being selected to the United States Naval Academy's Summer STEM Program.

"Kyle is a great student and a go-getter with very strong aspirations," said Terry Middle School Principal Danny Taylor. "He's the kind of person who will make sure he reaches his goals, too."

Summer STEM Program students are selected from an application process that focuses on student achievement inside and outside the classroom and geographical location of the student, Taylor said. During the STEM Program, students will visit the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum and work on projects and presentations. They will also have the opportunity to visit all the science and technology majors at the United States Naval Academy.

Four New Apple Corps Teachers
Inducted at Board of Trustees Meeting
Published: 04/17/2014

New Apple CorpsApple Corps honorees inducted April 14 were Sarah Schubert-Gillette, Mark Gutting, Angela McKinney and Tikka Walters. Read more about them here.

Mesquite ISD’s Apple Corps Program rewards excellence in teaching by honoring outstanding MISD teachers. Apple Corps educators are chosen from a pool of teachers who have been nominated by their peers at each school.

School's On Friday, April 18, as First Make-Up Day Published: 04/16/2014

Bad Weather Make-UpMesquite ISD students will be in school this Friday, April 18, as the first of two make-up days.

Good Friday will be an "A" day because the day missed (February 7) was an "A" day.

The second make-up day will be Friday, June 6, with a revised exam schedule.

Mesquite ISD to Host Job Fair for Prospective Teachers Published: 04/16/2014

Job Fair InfoMesquite ISD will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive.

Before the event, interested applicants need to complete several online forms and compile materials to bring with them.

Forms include a job registration form, a teacher insight interview, a criminal history record form and an online application.

For full requirements and information, visit mesquiteisd.org.

Mesquite High School’s JROTC Drill Team
Scores Second at TCU Air Force Meet
Published: 04/16/2014

JROTC 2014Mesquite High’s JROTC Drill Team won Grand Champion second place at the recent Texas Christian University Air Force Drill Meet, losing to a team they had defeated twice this year. The Skeeters team is comprised of mostly underclassmen and just one senior.

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Kinnel said the majority of the students’ primary goals are to continue to improve their academic performance, compete in National Drill Team Competition in Florida and attend college after graduation.

Bus Driver Bill Fullington Earns Spot in State Competition Published: 04/15/2014

Bill FullingtonThe Mesquite ISD Transportation Department competed in the annual Region 10 Bus Road-eo at Plano East High School and placed fourth overall, said Administrative Officer for Transportation Mike Horn. Bill Fullington earned second place in the individual competition and therefore a spot in the state competition on June 22 in Corpus Christi.

Mesquite ISD Appoints New Elementary Principal Published: 04/15/2014

Kristi GregoryKristi Gregory will assume the principal post at Achziger Elementary School next school year.

Gregory has spent her entire 14-year education career with Mesquite ISD. She served for nine years as a fourth- and sixth-grade classroom teacher at Range Elementary before transferring to Florence as testing coordinator. She filled that role for two years before being named assistant principal at Gray Elementary. She is now in her third year as a campus administrator and is currently at Terry Middle School.

Gregory, a graduate of North Mesquite High School, received her undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin and her master’s from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Kim Johnson, Achziger's curent principal, was promoted to serve as Mesquite ISD's administrative officer for special education services, a role she will assume this summer.

A.C. New Middle School Honors Band
Wins Sweepstakes Trophy, Straight 1s
Published: 04/14/2014

A.C. New BandThe A.C. New Middle School Honors Band competed in the Region 3 UIL Concert and Sightreading Competition on April 11. The band was awarded straight 1s and won the prestigious Sweepstakes trophy, the highest honor possible. The band is under the direction of Jason Finnels.

"This is first time in A.C. New Middle School history that the band has achieved this tremendous honor," said Finnels.

Five North Mesquite High School Speech Students Advance
to National Individual Events Tournament of Champions
Published: 04/14/2014

Speech Tournament 2014North Mesquite High School¹s Competitive Speech and Oral Interpretation team, The Troupe, recently celebrated having five students advance to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC). Students advancing to the national tournament are Danyale Shankle in original oratory; Kayla Black, Zavier McFadden and Sarahi Alvarez (not pictured) in dramatic interpretation; and Brent Pool in original oratory.

The NIETOC national tournament is a nationwide contest for students who compete in public speaking and acting categories in states across the United States. Winners of the prestigious tournament are not only awarded trophies and plaques but also scholarship money and many Senior¹s return home with offers of scholarships to various universities with competitive forensic programs.

Pictured (left to right): Brent Pool, Danyale Shankle, Kayla Black and Zavier Mcfadden

Zuliat Ali of John Horn High Named
Marine Corps Female Athlete of the Meet
Published: 04/10/2014

ZuliatJohn Horn sophomore Juliat Ali was named Marine Corps Female Athlete of the Meet at the recent Jon Drummond Relays. The meet was hosted by Grace Prep Academy.

Presenting the award to Ali was Jon Drummond, a 2000 Olympic 4x100 gold medalist and 1996 Olympic 4x100 relay silver medalist, among many other accomplishments.

At the meet, Ali placed first in long jump (18’4’’), second in high jump (5’2’’), fourth in sprint medley, and was alternate for the 4x200, placing first.

The John Horn varsity girls team finished in first place at the Jon Drummond Relays,

said John Horn Principal Bruce Perkins. “Congratulations to Zuliat, the varsity girls track team and Coach Brenda Hennesey,” he said.

Two North Mesquite High Troupe Members
Qualify for State Speech Tournament
Published: 04/10/2014

Texas Forensic Association TournamentMalaun Huff, at left, and Danyale Shankle qualified to compete in the recent Texas Forensic Association (TFA) State Speech Tournament, said Brian Gunter, their speech/debate/oral interpretation coach at North Mesquite High School. Huff, a junior, advanced to the semi-finals and placed 10th in poetry interpretation out of 200 entries. Shankle competed in the original oratory category.

“This is our team’s first year to compete in TFA tournaments, and the enormity of these competitions can’t be overstated,” said Gunter. TFA is an open class competitive forensic association where all schools regardless of size compete against each other, he said. “ I am very proud of these two ladies for the excellent job they have done so far this year.”

West Mesquite High School Chosen as Pilot
for Gates Foundation's Raise Program
Published: 04/10/2014

Gates FoundationWest Mesquite High is the first in North Texas to be chosen a pilot school for a new program sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation called Raise. Raise gives freshmen high school students an opportunity to begin earning college scholarship money directly from well-known colleges. Colleges participating include University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University among many others across the nation, said Leslie Noble, advanced academics counselor at West Mesquite.

Through the Raise Program, students will regularly receive guidance from participating colleges on how to maximize success when applying for secondary education, said Noble. This includes advice on goal setting for good grades, community service, after-school club participation, earning high scores on advanced placement tests, and much more.

"The Raise Program's micro-scholarships can add up to thousands of dollars," Noble said. "If the student earns scholarship money from a particular college on Raise, applies to that college and is accepted, the scholarship money earned will reduce costs of college tuition for students and families," she said.

Cheerleaders Represent Vanston Middle School in Parade Published: 04/07/2014

VMS VikingsCheerleaders from Vanston Middle School recently represented their school at the Mesquite Rodeo Parade.

Horn Soccer Player Takes Good From Near-Tragic Accident Published: 04/04/2014

Torri SaymanJohn Horn senior soccer player Torri Sayman shares her positive perspective from a near tragedy.

"She's an amazing girl who has come a long way since her accident," said Brooke Collier, head girls soccer coach at Horn. "Words cannot describe how proud of her I am and how excited I am for her future.

Horn, Poteet High School Students Meet Fareed Zakaria of CNN Published: 04/01/2014

Fareed ZakariaHigh school students from John Horn and Poteet recently met Fareed Zakaria, an award-winning author and host of a cable news show on CNN. Zakaria was in Dallas speaking on globalization at a meeting sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, said Greg Hill, Junior World Affairs Council sponsor at John Horn High School.

West Mesquite Senior Places First at Health
Occupations Student Association's State Competition
Published: 03/31/2014

HOSA StateWest Mesquite High School senior Amanda Garay (pictured center) took first place in the life support skills category at the recent Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) State Competition in San Antonio. She will advance to the HOSA National Competition in Orlando this summer.

"This will be Amanda’s second year to attend the HOSA National Competition," said Leigh Farley, Mesquite ISD coordinator, Career & Technical Education.

Louise Braubach (not pictured) is the West Mesquite High School HOSA sponsor.

Dallas Cowboys Player Surprises Students Published: 03/27/2014

Edgar Jones, Dallas CowboyDallas Cowboys player Edgar Jones made a surprise visit to Tisinger Elementary this week in honor of National Literacy Month. Jones, a defensive end, read to about 25 students in the Big Brother Big Sister Program: mentors, otherwise known as Bigs, from Mesquite High School, and their mentees, or Littles, as they are called. Jones also signed autographs and took photos with the students as well as a few teachers and administrators.

Jones read a book aloud. He also answered various audience questions about his academic and athletic accomplishments as well as how he has handled adversity in his life. He urged the students to set a goal to read at least three books each month.

One member of the audience who especially enjoyed the talk was Kenny Martin, the Mesquite High School sponsor of Peer Helpers, which included the Bigs. “These kids are great role models for these elementary kids,” he said. “It’s the concept of the believable hero, someone who they can look up to on a consistent basis. My favorite part is to see those relationships make a positive difference.”

Martin said the Peer Helpers group has been active at Mesquite High for 20 years.

Four Mesquite ISD Students Advance to National
Competition of Business Professionals of America
Published: 03/25/2014

BPA StateMesquite ISD students earned a multitude of honors at the recent Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Competition held in Houston. Four students will compete at the BPA National Competition in Indianapolis April 30-May 4.

John Horn High School
BPA Sponsors: Fred Patrick, Shonda Tindall and Karissa Samuel.

Students Advancing to Nationals:
Michael Scaria, First Place, Mobile Applications
Dylan Sen, Second Place, QuickBooks Accounting
Luis Fernandez, Third Place, Computer Modeling

Other State Finalists:
Stanley Mathew, Fourth Place, Small Business Management
Elaine Chin, Fourth Place, Small Business Management
Joshlyn John, Fouth Place, Small Business Management
Crystal Duran, Sixth Place, Payroll Accounting
Rakiya Cunningham, Sixth Place, Financial Analyst Team
Joseph Francis, Sixth Place, Financial Analyst Team
Finny Mathew, Sixth Place, Financial Analyst Team
Taylor Colin, Eighth Place, Fundamentals of Web Design

North Mesquite High School
BPA Sponsors: Misty Rayson and Sherrill Williams.

State Finalist:
Paola Martinez, Eighth Place, Network Administration Using Microsoft (National Alternate)

Mesquite High School
BPA Sponsors: Suzanna Jensen, Lynda Ritter and Stephanie Graham.

Student Advancing to Nationals:
Edosa Elaiho, First Place, Digital Media Production

Other State Finalists:
Julian Gonzales, Fourth Place, Parliamentary Procedures Concepts

Phu Thai, Fifth Place, Parliamentary Procedures Concepts

Heath McClure, Fifth Place, Extemporaneous Speech

Carlos Salcedo, Seventh Place, Fundamentals of Web Design

Parliamentary Procedures Team, Sixth Place:
Cerin Tomson,
Julian Gonzales,
Evin George,
Asher George,
Phu Thai,
Dele Faulkner and Merari Chavez.

Porter Elementary, Agnew Middle School Host
Third Annual Mesquite ISD Chess Championships
Published: 03/25/2014

Chess Tournament 2014Sixty-five students from nine schools competed recently at the Third Annual Mesquite ISD Chess Championships, said David Barrett, Agnew Middle School counselor and tournament organizer.

Each student played four chess matches, earning one point for a win and half a point for a draw. Individual and team awards were given to the winners in four divisions.

Individual Awards

  • In the Kindergarten through third-grade division, three students tied for first place with 3.5 points: Brandon Stitt, Moneer Hijaz and Seth Salazar.
  • In the fourth- through fifth-grade division, Ivan De Guzman and Elijah Rocio each won all their matches scoring 4 points apiece and tying for first place. Four students tied for third place with 3 points apiece: Geiana Abdel, Kameron Allen, Hunter Nichols, and Tristan Nutt.
  • In the sixth- through eighth-grade division, Austin Duke took first place outright with 3 points, while Logan Tharp was second with 2.5 points. Four students tied for third with 2 points each: Maurilio Piedra, Matthew Garner, Austin Congdon, and James Ferguson.
  • In the High School Division, Bryan Stitt placed first, going undefeated and scoring 4 points. David Samuels finished second with 3 points, followed by Jonathan Welle in third with 2 points.


Team Awards

Elementary Schools:
First place: Porter Elementary
Second place: Seabourn Elementary

Sixth-Eighth Grade Schools:
First place: Seabourn Elementary
Second place: Agnew Middle School

High Schools:
First place: Mesquite High School
Second place: John Horn High School

John Horn Senior Wins
School's First Individual State Title
Published: 03/24/2014

Bacardi ClarkJohn Horn High School senior Bacardi Clark recently won the 165 LB. State Championship at the Powerlifting State Championships in Abilene. "He became the first individual in John Horn High School history to win an athletic state title," said Mesquite ISD Athletic Director Steve Bragg.

In Clark's 165-pound class, he squatted 635 pounds (tied the state record), bench pressed 315 pounds and dead lifted 565 pounds. He also won best squatter and best overall lifter on the light platforms. His total of 1,515 pounds has only been exceeded by one other 165-pound lifter in THSPA history, Bragg said.

Mesquite ISD Students Fare Well at History Fair Regionals Published: 03/18/2014

History Day 2014Mesquite ISD students fared well at the recent National History Day regional competition at the Bush Library in Dallas, with 13 advancing to the state level of competition. Several district winners, including those earning first- and second-place honors, earned automatic spots at state May 2-3 in Austin. Third-place winners will serve as alternates for any of those who cannot make the trip.

"Our students represented themselves well and I believe had a great time touring the library and the museum," said Mesquite ISD Social Studies Coordinator Caleb Tolleson. "If these students advance to nationals, they get the chance to compete in Washington D.C.," he said.

2005 Poteet Graduate Taylor Lipsett
Brings Home Gold Medal for USA
Published: 03/18/2014

Taylor LipsetTaylor Lipsett, a graduate of Poteet High School and Southern Methodist University, earned a gold medal at the Paralympics Olympics. Lipsett attended Beasley Elementary and Kimbrough Middle School in Mesquite ISD.

Johnson, Jaynes Recently Promoted Published: 03/17/2014

Johnson, Jaynes Recently PromotedMesquite ISD recently announced two promotions.

Kim Johnson has been named administrative officer for special education, and Eddie Jaynes is the new director of transportation.

Kim Johnson has spent all but one of her 27 years in education with Mesquite ISD.  In 1988, she joined the teaching staff at Hodges Elementary.  After serving there for nine years, she transferred to McWhorter Elementary in the role of assistant principal.  She has spent the last 13 years in the principal position at Shaw Elementary and currently at Achziger.  Johnson received both her bachelor’s and master’s from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Eddie Jaynes, most recently the coordinator of campus services, is a graduate of Mesquite High School and has spent his entire 22-year career with the Mesquite ISD.  He began as a physical education teacher at Moss Elementary. After eight years there, he served as an assistant principal for 12 years with stints at A.C. New Middle School, North Mesquite High School and Mesquite High School. Jaynes received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Need Your Input on Mesquite ISD
Dress Code, Student Code of Conduct
Published: 03/17/2014

Dress CodeIf you have an opinion you'd like to share on Mesquite ISD's Student Dress Code or Student Code of Conduct, let us hear from you. Send your comments to Susie Court at scourt@mesquiteisd.org.

Seven Art Students Advance to State Level of VASE Published: 03/05/2014

VASESeven Mesquite ISD high school students earned the chance to compete at the state level of VASE, Texas Art Education Association's Visual Art Scholastic Event. "It is an extreme honor to have artwork advance to the state level, as only a very small percentage of the overall entries are selected," said Laurie Huff, Mesquite ISD's fine arts facilitator-art and theatre. "They are talented young artists."

The students and their art teachers are:

Marisol Broussard, Mesquite High School; Teacher: Cheryl Jones.
Alex Gaona, North Mesquite High School (two artworks selected); Teacher Susan Embler.
Lauren Heard, North Mesquite High School; Teacher: Susan Embler.
Bryon Lloyd, Mesquite High School; Teacher: Cheryl Jones.
Sydney Paige, Poteet High School; Teacher: Terry Hrehocik.
Bryanna Sharkey, Poteet High School; Teacher: Terry Hrehocik.
Osvaldo Veloz, John Horn High School; Teacher: Doreen Barbee.

Mesquite ISD Schools Closed Monday,
March 3, Due to Inclement Weather
Published: 03/03/2014

Due to inclement weather, all Mesquite ISD schools will be closed Monday, March 3.

The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees will meet tonight as planned; however, all student and staff recognition will be moved to next month's meeting on April 14.

Snow Days Affect Final Exam Schedule for Some Students Published: 02/27/2014

Bad Weather Make UpDue to the loss of our snow days, Mesquite ISD students will be in school April 18 and June 6 and will have a revised final exam schedule.  April 18 will be an “A” day because the day missed (February 7) was an “A” day.

The revised schedule for second semester exams is as follows:

For graduating seniors (no change required because of snow days):

May 19: 4A exam; exempt seniors would be dismissed for this period
May 20: 4B exam; exempt seniors would be dismissed for this period
May 21: 1A, 2A, 3A exam: exempt seniors would not come to school
May 22: 1B, 2B, 3B exam; exempt seniors would not come to school
May 23: Field Trip for seniors (graduation rehearsal)

For 9th through 12th grade (no graduated seniors attend the week of June 2):

June 2: Regular B day classes
June 3: 4A exam (during regular class period)
June 4: 4B exam (during regular class period)
June 5: 1A, 2A, 3A exams; dismiss at 12:35
June 6: 1B, 2B, 3B exams; dismiss at 12:35

During senior exam week (May 19-23), mixed classes will use the first part of the period as a regular class period and will give the senior exam the last part of the period.  There will be no early dismissal on May 21 or May 22.  The regular schedule will be followed; exams will be given during the regular class time.

Breakfast will be served on June 5 and 6; however, lunch will not be served in the cafeteria on these dates.  Buses will run as scheduled in the morning and will be at the schools at 12:35 p.m. on early dismissal days to take students home.

Lewis, Coday Named Principals of the Year Published: 02/27/2014

Principals of the YearThe Mesquite ISD Council of PTAs named Aimee Lewis and Alesia Coday Principals of the Year.

Three Mesquite ISD Educators Earn Abydos Recertification Published: 02/26/2014

Abydos RecertificationMesquite educators Tara Wilcox, Amianne Bailey and Russ Weeks received writing trainer recertification at the Abydos Learning and Literacy Conference. In their 12th year as Abydos writing trainers, each presented an hourlong session at the conference that was evaluated by other Abydos trainers. "It is a very strenuous process," said Bailey, a teacher librarian at Mesquite High School.

Bailey said she, Wilcox of Poteet High School, and Russ Weeks, district advanced academics facilitator, successfully earned their gold-level certification and will re-certify for Diamond status, the highest Abydos level, in three years.

John Horn Students Raise $2,000 for Go Red Campaign Published: 02/25/2014

Horn Go Red CampaignJohn Horn students raised $2,000 for the recent Go Red Campaign. Mesquite was the first city in America to "go red."

Mesquite ISD is consistently a top supporter in all of North Texas for this important campaign, said Mona Lincoln, Mesquite ISD's administrative officer for special services. "We're proud to promote heart disease prevention, especially since heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States," she said.

Horn students, backed by leadership from Bruce Perkins, their principal, really embraced Go Red this year, said Lincoln. "They sold T-shirts and collected change among other fundraising tactics. We've never seen students support Go Red like this before."

Mesquite ISD’s Communications Team
Earns More Than 50 TSPRA Star Awards
Published: 02/21/2014

TSPRAMesquite ISD’s Communications Team earned more than 50 Star Awards at the recent annual conference of the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). TSPRA members from across the state received honors from the association for their outstanding work in education communications.

“We are pleased that the work of our communications team fared so well among professionals across the state.  We have a great story to tell in Mesquite ISD, and it is rewarding to be recognized for telling that story well,” said Administrative Officer for Communications Laura Jobe, whose team won five Best of Category Awards, 39 Gold Awards, 15 Silver Awards and two Bronze Awards.

Each year, TSPRA recognizes communicators in school districts, education foundations, education associations and organizations for their work in print and electronic media categories. There are 45 main categories covering various media such as newsletters, programs, posters, reports, image/identity packages, photography, writing, graphics, video, electronic presentations, mobile apps, campaigns and websites.

North Mesquite's Nichols Earns Spot in State Swim Meet Published: 02/19/2014

Jeremy NicholsNorth Mesquite junior Jeremy Nichols has qualified for the UIL Swimming & Diving State Meet in the 100 yard freestyle event. He will compete Friday and Saturday, February 21-22 at The University of Texas Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center.

Nichols' second-place time of 46.64 at the regional meet earned his spot as a call-up in the state competition.

Kathryn Bohling Named Assistant
Superintendent for Business Services
Published: 02/13/2014

Kathryn BohlingKathyrn Bohling has been promoted to become Mesquite ISD’s assistant superintendent for business services. She will replace Richard Koonce, who will be retiring at the end of August.

Bohling, who has spent 26 of her 32 years in education with Mesquite ISD, served as administrative officer of special education for the past seven years. In this role, she has successfully administered a $33 million special education budget, said Superintendent Dr. Linda Henrie.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to serve the district in a new way,” said Bohling. “I’m very honored to have been offered this position, which will allow me to continue to uphold the district’s high standard of financial integrity,” she said.

Bohling received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southwest Texas State University and her master’s in administration from The University of North Texas.  After serving Allen ISD and Dallas ISD, she joined Mesquite ISD as a teacher at Hanby Elementary. 

Her administration career started in 1992 as assistant principal, and in 1995 she was named principal at Ben Tisinger Elementary.  In 1999, she opened W. O. Gray Elementary, and in 2004 she opened Sue Ann Mackey Elementary.  Bohling was appointed as administrative officer of special education in 2007.

Bohling is married to Perry Bohling, and they have two children.  Both of their children are graduates of Poteet High School.   Their daughter, Elizabeth Godwin, is a CPA in Fort Worth. Their son, Michael Bohling, is a freshman at The University of Oklahoma.

Memorial Stadium Renovation Set Published: 02/12/2014

Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees recently approved the schematic design for the Memorial Stadium renovation and additions.

This $11 million project will include:

  • Expanded concessions and restrooms area
  • All new athlete dressing rooms and press box
  • Nearly tripling width of concourse
  • Three new elevators

Construction will start in mid-November of 2014, said Michael Coffey, assistant superintendent for administrative services. “Completion is set for August 2015 before our first football game,” he said.

The stadium opened in 1976 at a construction cost of $2.7 million plus a land cost of $350,000. Besides normal maintenance of turf replacement and repainting, the 39-year-old facility had rails added a couple of years ago for $173,000.

Three New Apple Corps Inductees Recognized Published: 02/11/2014

Apple CorpsMesquite ISD's Board of Trustees recognized three new Apple Corps inductees at its February meeting.

For more information, visit ionmesquite.com article here.

Deadline Fast Approaching for Scholar Dollars Campaign Published:02/11/2014

Scholar DollarsThe March 7 deadline is fast approaching for the Scholar Dollars Campaign. To date, some $1,700 has been raised that will pay for more than 113 exams.

For just $15, the Scholar Dollars Campaign enables you to cover the cost for an AP exam for an economically disadvantaged student. Students are often enrolled in more than one AP class, so the cost of the exams may pose a financial barrier for many students who have the ability to test out of college hours.

“Students who make a qualifying score on an AP exam receive college credits for their work in the advanced high school class,” said Sandra Coulson, the district’s coordinator of advanced academics. “Besides reaping savings off college tuition, these exams better equip our students for the rigor of the college courses ahead.”

It’s easy to donate through the Mesquite Education Foundation Donate here.

Mesquite ISD Schools Closed Friday,
February 7, Due to Inclement Weather
Published: 02/07/2014

Due to inclement weather, all Mesquite ISD schools will be closed Friday, February 7.

Mesquite ISD After School Activities Cancelled,
February 6, Due to Inclement Weather
Published: 02/06/2014
  • All campus-related after school activities and athletic events are being cancelled. This includes any games or contests of all sports and practices that involve travel from the campus to central facilities. All bus and van transportation for athletic events will be cancelled.
  • All schools will dismiss for the day at their normal times.

  • Todas las actividades y eventos deportivos escolares para después de clases quedan cancelados. Esto incluye cualquier juego o competencia de cualquier deporte y las prácticas que implican transporte de la escuela a instalaciones centrales. Serán cancelados todos los autobuses y camionetas de transporte para los eventos deportivos.
  • Las clases terminarán en su horario normal.

Army Sergeant to Visit Mesquite Academy
During College & Career Week
Published: 02/05/2014

Mesquite AcademyGuest speaker Sgt. Corrin Campbell will address students at Mesquite Academy, 2704 Motley, on Friday, February 7. The singer/soldier/songwriter will give two concerts — at 11 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. — to accommodate differing student schedules, said Mesquite Academy Principal Connie Boone.

Sgt. Campbell will also speak about her Army experience and how she uses her various talents in her military career.

“It’s a perfect ending for our College and Career Week,” said Boone.

Mesquite Academy offers an accelerated instructional program for grades 9-12 while providing students with a non-traditional environment for educational advancement.

Bilingual Registration Set February 18-28 Published: 02/03/2014

Bilingual EducationRegistration will take place February 18-28 for children who may qualify through the language criteria for bilingual classes only. Children who are age 4 by September 1, 2014, are the only ones eligible for the program. Beginning February 18, appointments for language testing must be made at campuses with a bilingual pre-K program. This includes Achziger, Florence, Floyd, Galloway, Gentry, Gray, Hanby, Hodges, McWhorter, Motley and Porter elementaries.

For more information, please call Laura Barber at 972-882-7442.

Financial Aid Night Tuesday, February 4 Published: 02/03/2014

Financial AidHigh school juniors, seniors and their parents are invited to the district's Financial Aid Night Tuesday, February 4. West Mesquite High School, 2500 Memorial Parkway, will host the free event that starts at 7 p.m.

America to Perform March 1 at Lone Star Legacy Gala & Concert Published: 02/03/2014

Lone Star LegacyGrammy-winning ’70s band America, with smash hits A Horse With No Name and Sister Golden Hair among many others, will headline the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation's Lone Star Legacy Gala & Concert on Saturday, March 1.

Concert-only tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.com or at the arena's box office, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas 74149-3800. Gala & Concert sponsorship and support opportunities are also available.

The gala will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in North America with opening act The Fab 5, a Houston-based Beatles tribute band. “We are paying homage to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance in North America on the Ed Sullivan show,” said Foundation Executive Director Randy Lewallyn. “We thought they would be a great fit as an opener for America,” he said.

Since the foundation began the gala in 2007, it has raised more than $500,000 to support programs within Mesquite ISD. In addition to the entertainment, the gala also features a live and online auction.

Mavericks Player Shawn Marion
Congratulates A.C. New Students, Staff
Published: 01/31/2014

Shawn MarionMavericks forward Shawn Marion visited A.C. New Middle School recently as a contest prize in a Metroplex-wide contest for community service.

"Our National Junior Honor Society took the lead in this effort," said Principal Marvin Daniel about the winning activity. He said A.C. New students and staff provided more than 300 articles of warm clothing to the Buckner Children's Home before Christmas.

At the congratulatory pep rally, Marion answered questions and danced with the crowd.

West Mesquite Senior Kimberly Rico Advances to Regionals Published: 01/28/2014

Kimberly RicoWest Mesquite High School senior Kimberly Rico took first place in the girls' 100 meter freestyle swim competition at the recent District 12 4-A meet at Rockwall Natatorium. She also placed second in the girls' 100 meter backstroke. Rico will advance to the regional competition, said Lisa Bagley, assistant swim coach for Mesquite ISD.

Kimball Elementary Teacher Earns
United Way $5,000 I Rock Math Grant
Published: 01/27/2014

Amanda SnyderAmanda Snyder, a sixth-grade teacher at Kimball Elementary, was recently named one of three recipients of the I Rock Math Grant. This grant is awarded from United Way in partnership with Texas Instruments and The National Math and Science Institute. Snyder earned $5,000 to purchase iPads for her classroom, said Kimball Principal Stacy Sheffield.

“I applied for the grant so that student would have access to hands-on technology on a more consistent basis,” said Snyder. “The grant focuses on reaching students in science and math, which are the subjects that I teach.”

Snyder said she plans to use the iPads to have students create and engage in their own learning process, integrating iPad use into the current curriculum. “I think it will be an awesome experience for the sixth graders.”

John Horn Cheerleaders NCA Gametime National Champions Published: 01/27/2014

JHHS CheerleadersJohn Horn's competition cheerleaders are the 2014 NCA Game Time National Champions.

The team did an amazing job performing and overcoming some tough adversity on Saturday, said their coaches Alicia Upton, Joy Bragg and Robert Milligan. "They have all worked so hard, and it was an overwhelming and exciting experience for all of us," said Upton.

Congratulations to these members of Horn's 2013-14 Competition Squad:

Adjei, Andrea
Bailey, Payton
Bielstein, Marisa
Calverley, Emily
Carnes, Emily
Coleman, Sarah
Cortez, Melissa
Cunningham, Rakiya
Donaldson, Brianna
Ealy, Marissa
Ellegood, Emory
Foster, Bailey
Hancock, Karen
Jackson, Victoria
Kelly, Annalise
Knoebel, Madilyn
Lindsey, Brooke
Lopez, Laura
Morris, Madison
Morris, Michelle
Rosales, Jacqueline
Sherow, Madison
Smith, Courtney Torres, Breanna
Stafford, Sierra
Roberson, Courtney
Galloway, Katie -mascot

Check out videos from the Senior and Junior High School Nationals here: http://varsity.com/event/1810/2014_nca_highschool

Mark Your Calendar With Bad Weather Make Up Days Published: 01/23/2014

Mark Your CalendarDue to Mesquite ISD schools being closed December 6 for bad weather, the school year will be extended one day until June 6.

  • Wednesday, June 4, will now be a full school day.
  • Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6, will be early release days.
  • June 6 will be the last day of the school year for students.
  • Monday, June 9, will be the last day for teachers.

Give Us Your Feedback on 2014-15 MISD School Calendar Draft Published: 01/22/2014

2014-2015 MISD School Calendar DRAFTA draft of the 2014-15 School calendar will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the February 10 regular meeting. Please take a moment to look over the current draft and provide your feedback or questions to us. A list of FAQs can be found here. We appreciate your input. Questions or comments can be emailed to ljobe@mesquiteisd.org.

One proposed change you will notice is that students will have an entire week off for the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2014. This change was suggested to allow families additional time for travel or time with relatives and to coincide with the schedule of surrounding school districts.

Remember, the school calendar is not final until it is approved by the Board of Trustees.

Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees, Spouses
Get Red Carpet Treatment at January Meeting
Published: 01/16/2014

Board of TrusteesIn honor of January's School Board Appreciation Month in Texas, Mesquite ISD's Board of Trustees and their spouses received the red carpet treatment. Decorations included artwork from students from across the district celebrating the board's "stardom." Learn more about the district's award-winning Board.

Mesquite ISD Board Votes to Ban Electronic Cigarettes Published: 01/15/2014

Electronic Cigarettes BanAt its January meeting, the Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees voted to ban electronic cigarettes from all district property at all times. The official policy was amended to ban "electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device." This rule includes football games and other extracurricular events," said Superintendent Dr. Linda Henrie.

Danielle Patterson of McKenzie Elementary
Inducted into Mesquite ISD Apple Corps
Published: 01/15/2014

Danielle PattersonDanielle Patterson, a Title I instructional specialist at McKenzie Elementary, was inducted into the Mesquite ISD Apple Corps at the January Board of Trustees meeting. She is a graduate of Poteet High School.

For more information, visit ionmesquite.com article here.

Shaw Elementary Student Wins NFL's
Punt, Pass and Kick National Title
Published: 01/13/2014

PPK FinalistKloie Oguntodu, a second-grader at Shaw Elementary, won a national title for her age group and was recognized on national television.

John Horn High School Art Teacher Popular
Textbook Reviewer for Texas Education Agency
Published: 01/07/2014

Doreen BarbeeDoreen Barbee, a veteran art teacher at John Horn High School, loves nonfiction and instructional lessons on many subjects — not just on what she covers in her classes. So much so she is a popular textbook reviewer for the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

On four separate occasions, Barbee applied for the job and was accepted to participate on panels reviewing textbooks for TEA.  Besides art, her past reviews include music, English and digital animation. Although she is not paid for her work, she is treated to travel to Austin and a week of lodging.

“Initially, I think I was chosen to review because I was both a parent and teacher and could look from both perspectives,” said Barbee, who has taught for 21 years in total and has spent the past 11 years at Horn. “Now, my textbook review experience helps me get selected.”

Barbee said a new textbook in a subject is adopted once a decade after it passes a TEA panel review. “I love to read and enjoy ensuring that all the appropriate TEKS (instructional guidelines) are there for the students to learn,” she said.

Terry Middle School’s Math Night Draws 650 Published: 01/07/2014

Math Night at Terry Middle SchoolTerry Middle School’s recent Math Night was deemed a huge success, according to Principal Danny Taylor. The event attracted 650 people, including parents and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

“Our goal was to make parents better aware of our expectations in math education and to feel better informed to help their kids with homework,” said Taylor. “We showed parents what a ‘flipped classroom’ looks like and what their students should be doing at home.” (In a flipped classroom, students view lectures/lessons at home and solve math problems during class period, giving teachers a chance to better monitor students’ understanding and correct problem areas.)

Taylor said the crowd was broken into different grade levels. “We showed parents some of the math tools available,” he said, adding that he enjoyed watching some of the kids teaching parents. “It was a great night and great turnout.”

Shaw Elementary Student Competes Saturday
or NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick National Title
Published: 01/06/2014

PPK FinalistShaw second-grader Kloie Oguntodu, with a qualifying score the highest in the nation in her age division, will compete this weekend for the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick national title. The NFL will fly Oguntodu and one guest to this Saturday's competition at Mile High Stadium in Denver, a day before the AFC Divisional playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Bronchos.

"If she wins on Saturday, she and other age-division winners will be recognized on national TV at halftime or between one of the quarters Sunday," said Mesquite ISD's Physical Education/Health Coordinator Susan Henderson.

Shaw Elementary will host a send-off rally in the school gym at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 9.

Three Mesquite ISD Students Take First Place in NFL Punt Pass & Kick Championship; One Advances to National Competition Finals Published: 12/20/2013

PPK 2013Three Mesquite ISD students took first place in the recent NFL Punt Pass & Kick (PP&K) National Team Championship at Cowboy Stadium.

They are Kloie Oguntodu, a second-grader at Shaw Elementary; Steven Fink, a sixth-grader at Shaw Elementary; and Aysia Mitchell, a seventh-grader at Agnew Middle School. Oguntodu, whose score that day was the best in her age group category even when compared with the other 31 NFL teams, will advance in the PP&K National Championship at an NFL Playoff game sometime in January. Fink and Mitchell, a former two-time national PP&K champion, however, will not advance.

“I am extremely proud of how well our district fares year after year in this competition,” said Susan Henderson, Mesquite ISD’s coordinator of physical education and health. “I’d also like to commend Rick Grady, the P.E. assistant at Shaw Elementary, for his commitment and extra time spent helping many of our PP&K competitors hone their skills.

John Horn Chamber Choir Meets Conan O'Brien Published: 12/18/2013

JHHS Choir and Conan O'BrienAfter performing in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton as part of of Christmas event, John Horn High School's Chamber Choir had a brush with a celebrity. "Conan O'Brien came out of the dining room, stood and listened to the choir and then talked with them," said Jeffrey Bowling, Horn's associate choir director. "He (Conan) was very friendly and was happy to take photos with our students. It was a cool experience."

The Annual Bazaar that Supports Mesquite ISD
Student Scholarships is Rescheduled for December 14
Published: 12/09/2013

MEPA Bazaar ShoppingAbout 120 vendors will line the halls of Poteet High School Saturday, December 14, for the Annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by Mesquite Educational Paraprofessional Association (MEPA). Admission is free.

Open to the public, this shopping event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Poteet, 3300 Poteet Drive on Galloway, said Bazaar Chairperson Paula Lambright. Proceeds from the vendor booth rentals will go toward providing 10 scholarships of $750 each for students from Mesquite ISD high schools and Mesquite Academy and a few $500 scholarships to MEPA members.

“You can get all your holiday shopping done in one stop while helping students in our community,” said Lambright. She said close to a fourth of the vendors will be new this year, while the rest will be back by popular demand.

Mesquite High School Plans Toy Drive Saturday at Taco Casa Published: 12/09/2013

Toy DriveMesquite High School's auto classes are sponsoring a toy drive on Saturday, December 14, at Taco Casa on Galloway. Vintage cars will be there at the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Bring unwrapped toys and cash donations for the Santa Cop Program," said Monti Turner, auto technology teacher. "If you can't make the event, feel free to drop your gifts at the Mesquite High School Auto Shops across the street from the main campus next to the business office."

For more information, call 972-882-7868.

All Mesquite ISD Activities Scheduled for Saturday
Have Been Cancelled, Due to Inclement Weather
Published: 12/06/2013

School ClosingsDue to inclement weather, all Mesquite ISD activities scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled. Here are a few more events affected:

  • The Annual Bazaar scheduled for December 7 has been cancelled.
  • SAT test has been rescheduled for December 21 at Mesquite High School. Visit Collegeboard.org for more details.

Please continue to check back for further updates.

Pirrung Elementary Collects 114
Teddy Bears for Mesquite Police
Published: 11/26/2013

Teddy Bears for Mesquite PolicePirrung Elementary students and faculty collected 114 teddy bears for the Mesquite Police to distribute for comfort to children facing emergency situations.

Pirrung Elementary Students Rewarded with Fun;
Showered Principal Brison in Colored Powder
Published: 12/05/2013

Pirrung Elementary PrincipalPirrung Elementary Principal Paige Brison is showered in colored powder by students as a reward for winning the Elementary Participation Contest in the recent run sponsored by the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation and Mesquite Education Association. More than 70 individuals representing Pirrung Elementary participated in the BB&T Amazing Technicolor 5K on October 26.

Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced Published: 12/03/2013

Mesquite ISD's annual Holiday Card Contest winners rotate between elementary, middle school and high school level students. The 2013 contest involved elementary students, and here are the top three:

1st Winner

First Place (Open Mouth with Snowflake): Travis Farmer
3rd Grade
Motley Elementary
Art Teacher Kate Jesiolowski

"I love the whimsy and simplicity of Travis’s design. It also demonstrates strong, contrasting color choices and excellent craftsmanship." *

Second Place (Penguins): Cassandra Aguirre
4th Grade
Mackey Elementary
Art Teacher Kate Jesiolowski

"Cassandra’s design is beautifully executed with a good sense of composition. I love the softness of the sky in contrast with the penguins." *

2nd Winner

3rd Winner

Third Place (Tree, fireplace): Victoria Maldonado
5th Grade
Porter Elementary
Art Teacher Rudy Alvarez

"Victoria’s holiday card shows that a great deal of thought and care went into her design. Her painting skills and technique are at an advanced level." *

*Comments by Laurie Huff, Mesquite ISD's fine arts facilitator-art and theatre.

KEOM 88.5-FM Mesquite ISD's Best
Source for School Closing Information
Published: 11/21/2013
KEOM Weather Reporting
Busy in the studio: Cameron Smith of Poteet High School monitors the meters while Tyler Perkins, also from Poteet, controls the console board. Hayden Austin and Latorria Jackson, both of John Horn High School, keep listeners updated on traffic and weather.

KEOM 88.5-FM — Mesquite ISD's award-winning, student-run radio station — offers the official word if Mesquite ISD schools are closed due to bad weather. Get updates by turning your radio dial to 88.5-FM KEOM or listen online at www.keom.fm.

"School closing decisions are made by 6 a.m.," said Administrative Officer for Communications Laura Jobe.

Kimball Elementary One of Several Schools
Participating in Dallas County Day of Service
Published: 11/21/2013

Day of ServiceNational Elementary Honor Society fifth- and sixth-graders from Kimball Elementary participated in the Dallas County Day of Service and bagged sugar to put in the Thanksgiving baskets for Sharing Life. Several MISD schools have activities planned on this day to honor the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

Mesquite ISD Student Representation
Strong at AHA’s Students at Sessions
Published: 11/20/2013

AHA Science SessionsMore than a fifth of the 150 students from across North Texas lucky enough to attend a recent international conference in Dallas represented Mesquite ISD high schools. Between five and nine students from each of Mesquite ISD’s five high schools — 34 in all — attended Students at Sessions, the program for high school students held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions.

These math- and science-focused students interacted with researchers and scientists from all over the world, said Dr. Mona Lincoln, Mesquite ISD’s administrator officer for executive services. “They learned about cutting-edge research and possibilities that exist to improve overall health as well as focus on heart disease prevention,” she said.

Students were selected based on their achievement in science and/or math and also an essay.

Mesquite ISD Hosting Flu Shot Clinic Saturday Published: 11/19/2013

Flu ShotNorth Mesquite High School, 18201 LBJ Freeway in Mesquite, will be the site for flu shot clinic Saturday, November 23. Vaccines will be administered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the event sponsored by Mesquite ISD.

"Vaccines are $15 for children 18 and under," said Mesquite ISD's Director of Health Services Beth Dittman. "This program provides vaccine for children who are uninsured, those whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines, those on Medicaid, and those who are Native American or Alaskan Native," she said.

Vaccines are $20 per person for adults.

Attention Football Fans: AT&T Stadium Policies
To Affect What You Can Bring to Playoff Games
Published: 03/18/2013

AT&T StadiumPlease be aware of new policies to be in effect for the upcoming high school football playoff games at AT&T Stadium:

  • Everyone coming into the stadium will be screened by a handheld metal detection device.
  • The purse/bag policy will apply to all spectators coming in via the public entrances. This excludes band members and cheer and drill teams.
  • Noisemakers will only be allowed if they fit the sizes mentioned in the purse/bag policy and can be inspected by security personnel.
  • Do not bring these unacceptable items: propane tanks, air horns, signs or flags on sticks or poles, alcohol, bottles, cans, outside food or beverage, beverage containers of any kind, popcorn tubs, coolers, weapons of any kind, laser pointers, footballs, wrapped gifts or baby powder/ flour to throw into the air.

For more information about playoff game parking, tickets, seating and more, here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

KEOM Students, Staff Earn 2013 MarCom Awards Published: 11/13/2013

KEOM 88.5KEOM students and staff have earned 2013 MarCom Awards: two gold and one honorable mention. The MarCom Awards competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Station and sports promos won gold. Three student "Spoton" features entered as a campaign won honorable mention.

“We’re pretty excited,” said KEOM Station Manager Peggy Brooks. “It’s an international competition that’s judged by our peers in the industry. It shows we’re doing an outstanding job.”

Brooks said this recognition also provides students something of merit to add to their college applications.

Tonight's Crime Prevention Talk
Open to Students, Parents & Community
Published: 11/12/2013

Crime PreventionMesquite ISD Crime Prevention Officer Goodfred will deliver a crime prevention presentation Tuesday, November 12. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. immediately following the executive board meeting of Poteet High School's PTSA.

Berry Middle School Student Gets Third Place at the
Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Mini-Poster Contest
Published: 11/08/2013

Sofia PenaBerry Middle School seventh-grade student Sofia Pena won third place in the 6th - 8th grade category of the 26th annual Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Mini-Poster Contest in celebration of Geography Awareness Week 2013. This year, more than 11,000 students from across Texas participated in the mini-poster contest with only 12 statewide winners. Sofia attends Berry Middle School

The winner and their teachers will be honored at the Geography Awareness Week Mini-Poster Contest Awards Ceremony on November 20 at the State Capitol Building in Austin, TX.

Poteet High Site for Mesquite
Recycles Day Drop Offs
Published: 11/04/2013

Poteet High School, at 3300 Poteet Drive in Mesquite, will be the site for Mesquite Recycles Day Saturday, November 9.  Here’s what recyclables will be collected at the semi-annual event sponsored by Keep Mesquite Beautiful and the City of Mesquite:

  • Mesquite RecyclingE-waste(computers, monitors, television, printers, any electronic device)

  • Used cellular phones, cellular phone batteries and accessories, used laser and ink jet printer cartridges, and used rechargeable batteries

  • Gently used eye glasses

  • Gently used books, magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs and books on tape

  • Gently used clothing, handbags, linens and towels

  • Gently used toys and children’s items

  • Tires and used appliances

A document destruction truck will also be available at Poteet. Shredding will be done off-site through Greenstar Security Destruction, a NAID (National Association of Information Destruction) certified company.

Commercial office waste and household hazardous waste will not be accepted at this event. All household hazardous waste, including paint cans, pesticides and motor oil, must be taken to the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center located at 11234 Plano Road in Dallas.

Terry Middle School Faculty Dresses Up
for Book Character/Super Hero Day
Published: 11/01/2013

Hero CostumesThe fourth annual Book Character Day for Terry Middle School faculty included Super Heroes as well as other favorites from popular literature, said Principal Danny Taylor. “It was great, and it makes for a fun day,” he said about the event spearheaded by the school librarian Melissa Alvarez.

How did it go over with the students? “They seemed to enjoy it,” he said, “but they didn’t seem to recognize Waldo.”

Eighth grade math teacher Whitney Williams concurred. "I love being able to show students that teachers can be a little goofy and have fun, all while creating an educational experience," she said.

Poteet Pirate Band to Compete at State Competition Tuesday Published: 10/30/2013

PHS BandThe Poteet Pirate Band — which will compete in the state marching band competition this Tuesday in San Antonio — will perform for the Mesquite ISD community at 4 p.m. Sunday. The free concert will take place at E.H. Hanby Stadium.

“This is a really driven group,” said Cody Newman, director of bands for Poteet. “They are excited to get the chance to go compete, but even more excited knowing they have not peaked yet with this show. There is plenty to improve on, and they are determined to make those improvements before they arrive at the Alamodome,” he said.

“Being selected to compete in the state marching contest is affirmation that others recognize the excellence of the Poteet Pirate Band,” said Superintendent Dr. Linda Henrie. “It is a privilege for a band to be selected to participate at this level,” she said, “and I look forward to cheering for them from the stands at the Alamodome.”

Mesquite ISD Bands Earn Top Division Ratings Published: 10/28/2013

Poteet High School BandThe following bands made first division ratings at the recent UIL Marching Contest:

North Mesquite
John Horn

"The state marching contest rotates between 4A schools and 5A schools," said Mesquite ISD's Director of Fine Arts Steve Andre. "Since this is a 4A year, the Poteet band advanced to area competition, where it finished in fourth place. The top five bands advance to the state marching contest, which will be held in San Antonio at the Alamodome on November 5.

Poteet directors are Cody Newman, Tish Downs, Wylie Gore and Steve Kath.

Galloway Elementary Students Host
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
Published: 10/28/2013

Hispanic Heritage MonthDuring October, Galloway Elementary celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. "We held a series of campuswide activities to embrace its rich impact and influence in our culture," said Virginia Sanz Ramirez, the fourth-grade bilingual teacher. The campus was filled with colorful "banderitas" and iconic Latin American landmarks, students' research work and posters, she said. The sounds of Latin music greeted students in the hallway. The activities culminated with a Parade of Hispanic Traditional Costumes.

Saturday’s Police-Sponsored Event
Sheds Light on Prescription Drug Abuse
Published: 10/22/2013

Safe Perscription Drug DisposalThis weekend the Mesquite Police Department will host an event to bring awareness to pharmaceutical substance abuse. Department representatives will be collecting expired, unwanted or unused medications from local residents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26. Controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medication can be dropped off in the station lobby, 777 N. Galloway Avenue.

Liquid products such as cough syrup should remain sealed in the original container. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted because they are potentially hazardous.

Click here for more information.

Lawrence Elementary's Spirit Night
Earns Donation, Student Recognition
Published: 10/15/2013

Lawrence Check PresentationSpring Creek Barbecue representatives recently delivered a check to Lawrence Elementary and handed out special student recognitions. "This was related to a recent Spirit Night sponsored by our school and PTA," said school secretary Jill Spoerl.

Parents Invited to Cyber Safety Class Tuesday, October 29 Published: 10/15/2013

Cyber SafetyCyber safety will be discussed in English and Spanish at the next workshop sponsored by Mesquite ISD’s Parent University set from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29.  Presenters will be from the Mesquite Police Department and Children’s Advocacy Center. The free informative session will take place at the Mesquite ISD Professional Development Center, 2600 Motley Drive. Childcare will be provided for ages 2-12.

“A key component to preventing abuse against children is awareness and education,” said Dr. Mona Lincoln, who is the district’s administrative officer for executive services, including Parent University. Parent University is not a building, but workshops and training sessions designed to help parents raise self-confident, disciplined and motivated children.

“This session will empower the attendees to be protectors of children – in the real and virtual world – as well as offer talking points to have these difficult conversations with children of all ages,” Dr. Lincoln said. “Hear tips on recognizing dangers that can go undetected.”

Parent University workshops are open to all caregivers, including parents, grandparents, other relatives or guardians.

Agnew Middle School Cheerleaders
Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Published: 10/10/2013

Breast Cancer AwarenessAgnew Middle School cheerleaders surround the pink breast cancer awareness logo on the football field in support of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Aubrey Otero of John Horn High School
Earns Prestigious STEM Grant
Published: 10/09/2013

TI STEM AwardsSuperintendent Dr. Linda Henrie and Associate Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Cathy Rideout pose with TI Foundation STEM Teaching Award Honoree Aubrey Otero. They recently attended the awards ceremony in Dallas.

First Report Cards Released Published: 10/09/2013

Report CardsReport cards for the first grading period are out, and you may notice some new terms related to state accountability and the district and campus ratings. For more information about the new accountability system, click here for a quick Q & A.

Deadline for Free and Reduced Lunch Reapplications: October 9 Published: 03/18/2013

Free and Reduced LunchIf your student was accepted into Mesquite ISD’s free and reduced lunch program last school year and wants to continue in 2013-14, please ensure you’ve reapplied by Wednesday, October 9. That day signals the end of the one-month grace period. Students who have not re-qualified will need to pay for breakfast and lunch beginning Thursday, October 10.

To apply:

  1. Submit the application through the Online Free and/or Reduced Meal Application

    Processing time less than 10 hours. An application number is assigned after all steps are complete. The family can call 972-882-5512 with the application number and approval can be made over the phone.

  2. Visit the MISD Service Center to complete an online application or paper application.Processing time while you wait. Internet accessible computers are available at the MISD Service Center at 800 E. Kearney in Mesquite during office hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) The office will be closed Monday, October 7.

  3. Allow 10 school days for the paper application to be processed once received in the FNS office. Processing time 10 days. Lunch money or a sack lunch will be needed during that time.   
For more information, call the Meal Benefits Office at 972-882-5512.

Mesquite High School Students Recognized Published: 10/01/2013

National Hispanic Recognition ScholarThree Mesquite High School seniors, including Brenda Lara and Luisangel Andrade pictured here, were selected as 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Scholar or Honorable Mention recipients. They were selected from a pool of over 259,000 students who took the 2012 PSAT Exam. Not shown in the photograph: Alejandro De Lira.

Poteet Football Players Volunteer
With City of Mesquite Trash Bash
Published: 09/23/2013

Eleven Poteet football players joined Coach Simpson and Coach Schaar in volunteering at the City of Mesquite's recent Trash Bash. They cleaned up trash along in the waterway in front of Poteet,along Galloway from Town East to Tripp Road and all around the high school campus, Coach Schaar said. "The kids did great helping out and worked hard all morning," he said.

PHS Trash Bash
Pictured here are players Aaron Mayfield, Ethan Randle, Deandre McNeal, David Ayala, Prince Riley, Tyler Anderson, Brandon Frey, Quentin McShan, Sammy Griffin, Donavan Marshall and Don Hogan.

John Horn Senior Elaine Chinn Semifinalist
in National Merit Scholarship Competition
Published: 09/18/2013

Elaine ChinnElaine Chinn of John Horn High School has been named a semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among about 16,000 high school seniors competing for approximately 8,000 scholarships in the spring. About 90 percent of semifinalists will advance as finalists, more than half of whom will be named Merit Scholars.

"My dad especially and one of my teachers (David Smith of Horn High School) encouraged me to work hard for this," said Chinn, noting her ninth-grade scores showed them she could be on track for achieving this. "I'm pretty excited," she said.

She hasn't applied for colleges yet and is keeping her options open.

Technology Excellence Center Open House Includes Community Published: 09/17/2013

TECPlease join us at the Open House of Mesquite ISD’s Technology Excellence Center (TEC) from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, September 30. Learn about the new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) class for students from all five high schools, and other facets of the former Armory Building. Next to Hanby Stadium, the TEC just underwent a $4.2 million renovation thanks to the 2007 bond package. Refreshments will be served.

Mark Your Calendar with Early Release Dates Published: 09/16/2013

Early ReleaseBe sure to mark your calendar with this school year’s early release days:

  • Thursday, October 17
  • Wednesday, November 13
  • Thursday-Friday, December 19-20
  • Wednesday-Thursday, June 4-5

Please note that early release times vary between student grades as follows:

  • Elementary: 11:55 a.m.
  • Middle School: 12:15 p.m.
  • High School: 12:35 p.m.

Aubrey Otero Wins $10,000 STEM
Teaching Prize from TI Foundation
Published: 09/10/2013
Aubrey Otero
Photo caption: Aubrey Otero, a biology teacher from John Horn High School, is congratulated by Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees President Robert Seward and Superintendent Dr. Linda Henrie. Otero is the recipient of the 2013 STEM Innovation in Teaching Award sponsored by the TIFoundation.

Aubrey Otero, a biology teacher from John Horn High School, is the recipient of the 2013 STEM Innovation in Teaching Award sponsored by the TI Foundation. Otero was awarded a $5,000 check for personal use and $5,000 to be used for classroom supplies and equipment or staff development opportunities.

Other finalists from Mesquite ISD winning $500 each include:

  • Jackie Carson, eighth-grade science teacher at Terry Middle School
  • Julie Grigsby, Algebra 1 teacher at Horn High School

The selection committee chose these three teachers through a process that included an application, principal recommendation and classroom visits.

Fiftieth Anniversary of Mesquite
High Drill Team Set for Sept. 20-21
Published: 09/10/2013

MHS Drill 50th AnniversaryThe 50th anniversary celebration for the Mesquite High School All-Star Drill Team will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21. Former members will be recognized beginning at 7 p.m. during the pre-game activities on Friday, Sept. 20, at Hanby Stadium. In addition, there will be a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the high school cafeteria, 300 E. Davis. For more information, call Mesquite High School at 972-882-7800.

Juniors, Seniors & Their Parents & Guardians:
Register Online in Advance for Sept. 16 College Night
Published: 09/09/2013

College NightEastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, will be the site for this year’s College Night for Mesquite ISD junior, seniors and their parents and guardians.

The informational forum, set from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature the following:

  • Representatives from more than 75 colleges, junior colleges and technical/trade schools. See full list.
  • Military recruiters from across the United States
  • Financial aid sessions in English and Spanish hosted by Eastfield College

“This s a worthwhile event for students and their families, said Debbie Shewmake, Mesquite ISD’s administrative officer for instruction who coordinates this event. Juniors and seniors get the chance to gather information and visit with a large number of college recruiters in one location, she said.

Preregister for College Night, print out the bar code confirmation and bring it to College Night, said Shewmake.

Attention All Mesquite ISD Alumni Military:
Our Veterans Day Tributes Set for Fall
Published: 09/05/2013

Veterans Day TributeIf you are a Mesquite ISD graduate who served in the United States Armed Forces or are currently serving, we want to hear from you. For a third year, we will air a special video tribute during the pre-game activities at the football games at Hanby and Memorial Stadiums in honor of Veterans Day.

If you fit in this category, please send your photo in uniform with your name, high school, graduation year and military branch to Mesquite ISD Communications Coordinator Allison Lewallyn at alewallyn@mesquiteisd.org. Information and photos must be received by Wednesday, October 16, to be included in the videos. If you have sent in a photo in previous years, it is not necessary to send again.

The videos will be shown as follows:

Veterans honored from
following MISD high schools: Date Football Game &
Stadium Time
North Mesquite Friday, Oct. 25 North Mesquite vs. Longview
Before coin toss
John Horn Friday, Oct. 25 Horn vs. Rockwall Heath
Before coin toss
West Mesquite Friday, Nov. 1 West Mesquite vs. Forney
Before coin toss
Mesquite High Friday, Nov. 1 Mesquite High vs. Rockwall High
Before coin toss
Poteet Friday, Nov. 8 Poteet vs. Team TBD
Before coin toss

A video honoring veterans from the home team's school will be shown at each game. A complete video featuring all identified MISD veterans will be posted on YouTube and the district's website beginning the week of Veterans Day.

For more information, call the Communications Department at (972) 882-7404.

North Mesquite High School Student
Honored for Leadership Skills
Published: 09/03/2013


Danyale Shankle of North Mesquite High School will be honored this fall for her leadership skills displayed during a summer leadership camp.

She will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) at Park Cities Club in Dallas.

Shankle was named "one of the very best students to attend the Lexington Youth Leadership Conference," said Col. Joe Cordina, MOWW's senior vice commander.

MISD School Marquees to Display
More Creative Messages in 2013-14
Published: 03/18/2013

MHS School MarqueeMesquite ISD hosted public education advocate and author Jamie Vollmer recently for its annual Convocation gathering. Vollmer spoke about the importance of fostering positive relationships between the school district and the community. One suggestion he gave was to utilize the marquee in ways that tell a story about what is going on inside the schools.

On the second day of school, the Mesquite High School marquee read, "256 staff members welcome 2,850 plus students on the first day of school!" MHS Principal Christy Starrett said, "Displaying facts about school happenings is a great way to remind and inform the community about all of the incredible ways we serve students."

"Look for more creative marquee messaging like this all school year," said Superintendent Dr. Linda Henrie. "Our schools have so much to be proud about."

New Laws Effective Sunday Affect
Texas Drivers Near Schools & Buses
Published: 08/28/2013

School Zone LawsSeveral new laws going into effective Sunday, September 1, include measures on cellphone use around schools and passing a stopped school bus. Texas already prohibited cellphone use behind the wheel in active school zones, unless the vehicle is stopped or the driver is using a hands-free device. Lawmakers extended the ban to all school property, including parking lots and dropoff lanes. Violators face fines of up to $200.

Officials hope the new law will help curb distracted student drivers as well as parents picking up or dropping off kids. Lawmakers also increased the fine for passing a school bus when its flashing lights and stop signs are active. The penalty used to be $200 to $1,000. The new range is $500 to $1,250. The bump came after research by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services showed that many drivers were disregarding rules against passing stopped school buses.

Help Your Student By Connecting
with His or Her Teachers, School
Published: 08/27/2013

Parent-Teacher CommunicationFostering a strong relationship with your kid’s teacher may help you bring out the best in your student. Here are some tips on how to get started:

  • Meet your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year. Make a point to introduce yourself at the onset of the school year, providing phone numbers and email addresses where you can be reached.
  • Attend your school’s Back to School Night or Open House. Important dates for events like these will be posted on the school’s website.
  • Prioritize parent-teacher conferences. These private conferences give you the chance to speak to your child’s teacher one-on-one. Teachers may provide insight into how a child is performing and behaving in the classroom. You may gain advice on how to improve that performance or suggestions as to how to encourage your child to keep up the good work.
  • Keep the channels of communications open. Email is a good way to check in with your teacher, clarify information or share a compliment from your child about the teacher.

Look for ways to support the teacher and the school. Join PTA, read the school marquee, bookmark the school’s website and check that page regularly are a few examples of how to stay informed.

New Florence Black Elementary Open to Students on First Day Published: 08/26/2013

Florence Black ElementaryOne of Mesquite ISD's oldest campuses has been replaced by a completely new 82,000-square-foot facility. This project, which began in February of 2012, was funded by the 2007 bond package.

"We installed our first geothermal heating-cooling system at Black," said Michael Coffey, the district's assistant superintendent for administrative services. "This system will use less electricity and natural gas while maintaining a comfortable learning environment. We continue to try to save energy and be more environmentally friendly," he said.

Our students, staff and parents are so excited about the new building, said Principal Darla Franklin. "'Wow, amazing, and this is fancy school,' were some words that were expressed when the building was opened on Meet the Teacher Night,"she said. "We are very proud and appreciative of our “New” Black Elementary."

Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees a Top Five
Finalist in TASA’s Honor Board Award Program
Published: 08/23/2013

Board 2013Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees is one of five finalists in the 2013 Honor Board Award Program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

TASA created the School Board Awards Program in 1971 to recognize school boards whose dedication and ethical service have made a positive impact on the school children of Texas. The award criteria emphasize evidence of support for educational performance improvement.

“We truly have a stellar Board,” said Mesquite ISD Superintendent Linda Henrie. “Board members set goals, compromise and unite for the good of our students, always considering what’s best for the classroom in their decision-making,” she said.

Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees was also the recipient of the 2011 Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence, a national award presented by the Council of Urban Boards of Education.  In addition, and under this board’s leadership, Mesquite ISD received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2011. This award is presented by Quality Texas Foundation – the state arm of the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program – to a role model organization demonstrating exceptional performance in all areas of organizational management.

In the final step of the Honor Board competition, an interview with the panel of judges is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, in Dallas.  As well as Mesquite ISD’s Board of Trustees, boards from Aldine, Edinburgh, Hillsboro and Wortham ISDs were also awarded top-five recognition. One will be chosen as Texas' Outstanding School Board.

Wilkinson Middle School Sets Meet the Teacher
Night & Rachel’s Challenge Community Meeting
Published: 08/22/2013

WilkinsonWilkinson Middle School’s Meet the Teacher Night set for Tuesday, August 27, also includes a presentation on Rachel’s Challenge. Rachel’s Challenge is a national program that inspires schools like Wilkinson to create a culture of kindness and compassion. It is based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

“I agree with our principal Dr. Leslie Feinglas when she says Rachel’s Challenge is a ‘phenomenal program,’” said Lanell Dugan, the technology teacher who helped organize Rachel’s Challenge initially at Wilkinson last school year. “Our kids were inspired by the program and even formed a Friends of Rachel Club that results in many acts of kindness,” said Dugan. Dr. Feinglas also sent kindness reminders such as “Say hi to a new person today,” said Dugan, who expects the program to expand on campus even further in 2013-14.

Wilkinson’s Meet the Teacher portion will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a community meeting at the school, 2100 Crest Park in Mesquite.

School Flasher System Testing Set Week Before Classes Begin Published: 08/15/2013

School Flasher SystemThe city's traffic staff will be testing the school flasher system Thursday and Friday, August 22 and 23, before Mesquite ISD classes begin the following Monday. "Testing allows for calibration and fine-tuning of the new two-way radio school flasher system implemented last year," said Srini Mandayam, P.E., manager of traffic engineering for the city of Mesquite. "This also reduces the number of service calls on technicians during the days immediately following school’s start," he said.

Guidelines Provide Safeguards Against Hazards of Extreme Heat Published: 08/13/2013

Heat AdvisoryWith student practices under way across the district, questions arise about safety measures in place during extreme Texas heat. Here are Mesquite ISD's related policies.

North Mesquite High Senior Places First in National Competition Published: 08/12/2013
Harrison Nguyen

Harrison Nguyen, a senior at North Mesquite High School, recently placed first in the Photographic Technology Event at the national competition for the Technology Student Association (TSA) held in Orlando, Florida. Harrison competed at both the regional and state level TSA competitions during the recent school year in order to qualify for nationals. At the national competition, his hard work helped him to make the semi-finals in order to complete an onsite challenge for the win.

Mesquite ISD Wins Cool School Grant

Published: 07/18/2013

Mesquite ISD was awarded a Cool School Grant from the state’s Energy Conservation Office, said Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Michael Coffey. The monetary award will be between $500,000 and $660,000 and help pay for air conditioning units at Beasley and Price elementary schools, said Tim Kinsworthy, the district’s energy conservation manager.

“The new units are high efficiency and will replace ones that are about 30 years old, so we’re expecting lower year-round electricity bills at both campuses,” said Kinsworthy. “They will provide a more comfortable environment for our students,” he said.

Upgraded Stadium Scoreboards to Be Ready for Football Season Published: 07/10/2013

New ScoreboardsRevamped scoreboards at E.H. Hanby Stadium and Memorial Stadium will be ready for football season after being upgraded this summer.

The 11-year-old boards are too old for repairs, so they are being updated with digital technology. They will have bigger video screens on the front and back sides of the boards.

"Our stadiums have long considered to be destination playoff sites for visiting football teams, and that's a good thing – any time we can bring in an extra 10,000-20,000 people," said Steve Bragg, district athletic director.

The work involves retrofitting the current scoreboards with new technology.

"This is significantly cheaper than replacing scoreboards, so we've investigated and tried to do our homework as best we can and tried to do it in the most cost-effective way we can," Bragg said.

EMS Team Wins Eight Top Awards Published: 06/27/2013

NSPRAMesquite ISD’s Electronic Media Services (EMS) group won eight awards from the 2013 NSPRA Publications and Electronic Media Contest.  NSPRA is the National School Public Relations Association. There were 135 entries from all across the United States and Canada entered in the audio/visual portion of this competition.

Honors for Mesquite ISD by EMS team member were: Clif Cotton, three Awards of Merit and two Honorable Mentions; Wei-Tung Chow, an Award of Merit and an Honorable Mention; Wade Odom, an Honorable Mention.

"We have a strong team of three,” said Video Production Manager Clif Cotton. “It is always nice to have our work recognized on the national stage, but it's even better to share stories about the amazing people and projects happening in Mesquite ISD."

Kody Groves Recommended as New
Head Football Coach at Poteet High School
Published: 06/20/2013

Coach Kody GrovesKody Groves, who has served as the Pirates’ defensive coordinator since 2012, has been recommended to assume the head football coach post at Poteet High School, pending Board approval in July.

Groves, a 2002 graduate of Texas Tech, has 10 years of coaching experience, including positions at Coppell, Midland Lee and Midlothian high schools.

Since joining the Poteet Pirate staff, he has helped the team to an 11-3 mark last year when the team advanced to the Class 4A Region II championship game.

“Kody Groves was a major part of last year’s success for Poteet High School football,” said Mesquite ISD’s Administrative Officer for Athletics Steve Bragg. “We look forward to seeing the team under Kody’s leadership and the continued success for Poteet football,” he said.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the Poteet program,” Groves said. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to build on the foundation that has been set here over the past few years. I have been blessed, and I look forward to serving Mesquite ISD and the community for years to come,” he said.

Groves earned his bachelor’s in history from Texas Tech and his master’s in education administration from Lamar University.  

Poteet is scheduled to open the 2013 season on Aug. 29 against Frisco Liberty at Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium.