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MISD Achieves Heart Safe School Designation Across All 52 Campuses

In collaboration with Cook Children’s Hospital, Mesquite ISD has become one of only 27 Heart Safe School Districts in the state of Texas, with each of the 52 MISD campuses receiving individual “Heart Safe School” designations through Project Adam. Project Adam is a national organization that aims to ensure schools are equipped with the necessary tools and resources to respond to cardiac emergencies.

The Heart Safe School designation is awarded to schools that complete an extensive checklist outlining campus specific measures to prepare for a cardiac emergency. These measures include: ensuring easy accessibility of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on campus, training a medical emergency response team in CPR and AED use, developing and implementing a standardized medical emergency response plan, and Medical Emergency Response Team (M.E.R.T) drills. 

Due to the unpredictability of a cardiac arrest, achieving a high level of readiness is essential to improving survival rates. “We believe if we standardize and practice our medical emergency response on each campus, we will be in the best position to save the life of a child, staff member or family member,” said Macey Melton, Director of Health Services.

Renovated Mesquite Natatorium Now Home To MISD Swim Team

Formerly known as the aquatic center of Dallas College Eastfield Campus, the Mesquite Natatorium has been expanded and upgraded to serve MISD students and City of Mesquite residents.

"We are proud to offer this state-of-the-art facility to our students and community members, and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on our community," said Mesquite ISD Superintendent Dr. Ángel Rivera.

  • Key features of the Mesquite Natatorium at Dallas College's Eastfield Campus include:

  • Expanded pool width to accommodate capacity

  • Two diving boards for enhanced aquatic experiences

  • Eight 25-yard swim lanes and six 25-meter swim lanes

  • Pool depth ranging from 3.6 feet to 12.5 feet

  • New tile and updated pool finish

  • Installation of a competition-ready Myrtha gutter system

  • Transparent OpenAire aluminum structure

The most innovative aspect of the 13,580-square-foot natatorium is its transparent OpenAire aluminum structure, which allows for year-round usage regardless of weather conditions. The design enables the enclosure to open during good weather, providing an outdoor pool experience.

The Mesquite ISD swim team began practicing in the natatorium last month. The facility opens to the public on Monday, Feb. 12. 

Mesquite ISD Receives TASBO Award of Excellence in Financial Management

Mesquite ISD is one of 32 educational organizations in the state to be honored by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO).

 

The TASBO Award of Excellence in Financial Management is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that demonstrate professional standards, best practices, and innovations in the area of financial management and reporting. For 2024, Mesquite ISD was among a select number of districts that met the stringent criteria to qualify for the award.

West Mesquite High School ROTC Brigade Qualifies for All Army Nationals

The West Mesquite High School ROTC Brigade has qualified for the All Army Nationals and will compete in February 2024 following an outstanding performance at the recent state competition held in San Antonio. This marks the team's return to the national competition since 2010, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to excellence and showcasing the talent of the West Mesquite High School ROTC program. 

West Mesquite will compete against 45 schools from 15 states in various categories, including unarmed regulation drills, exhibition drills, inspection and color guard. The students competing at the national level have worked hard and have been preparing for this competition since September 2023. 

The students competing at the national level include: 

Alexa Gutierrez 11th 
Liliana Lozano 11th 
Mia Rodriguez 11th
Alexis Ramirez 11th
Sarah Anderson 11th
Litzy Villanueva 10th
Ogunseye Memunat 10th
Lia Hernandez 10th 
Arionna Gossett 10th
Bryan Acevedo 10th 
Ogunseye Xhaffy 9th
Ximena Garcia 9th
Emily Fuentes 9th
Domini Gugino 9th
Bianca Gonzalez 9th
Angelina Vargas 9th 

Sergeant First Class Lee Ferrell 
First Sergeant Carolyn Suazo
Colonel James McGrory 

Mesquite ISD Trustees honored during School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month and Mesquite ISD is celebrating its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district and its students.

The theme of this year’s School Board Recognition Month is Locally Elected, Community Connected, which highlights the connection between school trustees and their communities. School board members are the largest group of locally-elected officials in the state.

Local school board members are responsible for ensuring the structure that provides a solid foundation for our school system. They are strong advocates for public education and are responsible for communicating the needs of the school district to the public and the public’s expectations to the district. 

The Mesquite ISD School Board was honored at their regular meeting on January 9, with student thank-you cards, artwork, student performances and other tokens of appreciation. Ian Lee, a John Horn High School senior, addressed the Board on behalf of the district's 38,000 students for Board Appreciation Month. Additionally, on behalf of the Library Services Department, a dedicated book was placed in the library of each campus in the name of each Trustee.

Meet the Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees:

Elaine Hornsby, President Place 6 - serving since 2015
Robert Seward, Vice President Place 5 - serving since 1993
Kevin Carbó, Secretary Place 7 - serving since 2015 (also served from 1996 - 2014)
Teia Collier, Trustee Place 1, serving since 2021
Eddie Rose, Trustee Place 2 - serving since 2016
Gary Bingham, Trustee Place 3 - serving since 1996
Greg Everett, Trustee Place 4 - serving since 2014 (also served from 1991 - 2009)
 

Mesquite ISD featured on ABC News' The American Classroom

ABC News' Mireya Villarreal recently visited Mesquite ISD to find out more about how our district is attacking the nationwide teacher shortage. Watch the full story and learn how Dr. Rivera's commitment to increasing salaries and establishing prestige in the teaching profession has lead to a dramatic drop in the number of teacher vacancies. Additionally, two of our very own educators share with the national audience how the District's innovative incentive programs like Pathways Advancing Certified Educators (PACE) and Excellence in Teaching Incentive Program (ETIP) are attracting and keeping talented and passionate teachers in Mesquite ISD classrooms.

Watch the full story here.

Kevin Carbó Reelected to State Association Board

Kevin Carbó of Mesquite ISD has been reelected to a three-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 10, Position D. The election was held during the Association’s 2023 Delegate Assembly on Sept. 30 in Dallas.

Carbó was elected to the Mesquite ISD (MISD) Board in 1996 and served continuously until 2014. He was reelected to the board in November 2015. In 2018, he joined the TASB Board of Directors.

Carbó’s involvement with MISD began in the 1980s as a PTA member and included serving as first vice-president of the Mesquite Council of PTAs. A 1998 graduate of Leadership TASB, he has presided over several boards, including the TASB Risk Management Fund Board, the North Texas Area Association of School Boards, and the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members, a council of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). He has served as a director on the NSBA board and a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

He graduated from Colegio San Antonio in Puerto Rico. Carbó earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from Dallas Baptist University in 1995 and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas in 1999. He recently retired from the City of Dallas where he was as a manager in the Aviation Department.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students. For more information on TASB, visit tasb.org.

Elementary Schools Now Staffed with Armed Security Guards

As an added layer of daily security, all Mesquite ISD elementary campuses now have a designated armed security guard who will be on site each day. These security personnel undergo the same background checks and fingerprinting as other MISD employees. While they will serve as consistent, valued campus team members, the guards are not law enforcement officers. Guards will not:

  • Discipline students
  • Be asked to participate in student discipline
  • Be asked to supervise a student one on one
  • Counsel/meet/mentor students in a private setting
  • Leave the campus for any reason prior to being relieved

This latest step ensures that Mesquite ISD complies with recent legislation requiring armed security for all public school campuses. Similarly, all MISD middle and high school campuses have at least one school resource officer (SRO) on staff to provide a daily law enforcement presence.

Mesquite ISD Honored for 10 Consecutive Years: Best Community for Music Education

For the 10th consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has recognized Mesquite ISD as a “Best Community for Music Education.”

The award program acknowledges remarkable efforts made by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. The recognition is given to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.

Clear Backpacks Required for 23-24 School Year

As part of Mesquite ISD’s ongoing efforts to enhance safety for students and staff members, a clear bag policy will be in effect when the 2023-24 school year begins. Only clear backpacks, purses and totes will be allowed for students on campus. All items inside a student backpack, purse or tote must be visible; however, students may carry a small nonclear bag to hold personal items, such as money and hygiene products. Additional details will be available soon.

Mesquite ISD will provide one clear backpack free of charge to any student who requests one. Elementary students may pick up a free clear backpack at their campus on School Supply Drop-Off Night (Aug. 3) or the first day of school. Middle and high school students may pick up their free backpacks on the first day of school. Clear backpacks will not be distributed at the annual Mesquite ISD Back to School Fair.

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MISD to Allow Family Members & Guests to Visit During Mealtimes

Mesquite ISD is pleased to announce that beginning Jan. 4, when students return from the Winter Break, our campuses will once again welcome our family members and other guests to visit during mealtimes. Because each school is different in size, space and enrollment, principals have the authority to establish guidelines to best manage their campus guests and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all. 

Your campus principal will inform you about specific guidelines visitors must follow during mealtimes at your student’s school. Keep in mind that all campuses require visitors to present a valid ID that will be scanned through the Raptor security system. Approval through Raptor is required for all campus visitors.

Mesquite ISD Helps Employees Become Teachers

Do you have at least 50 college hours and a heart to serve as a teacher? Follow this link to learn more about and apply for the PACE Program, where you serve as a teacher while completing an undergraduate degree. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2023. Participants will be notified of acceptance by the end of January.

Contact Jennifer Hiser (jhiser@mesquiteisd.org or ext. 27533) for more information about pathways for employees who want to become a teacher in Mesquite ISD.

Alternative Graduation Requirements

SB 463 was passed during the 85th Texas Legislature (2017) and required the commissioner of education to establish criteria to allow individuals who entered high school prior to the 2011-2012 school year and who successfully completed all the curriculum requirements for graduation, but who did not perform successfully on the required state assessment (TAKS) after at least three attempts to qualify for graduation. The new rules establish which individuals may be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma by meeting certain alternative requirements.

Click here to learn more

Kidoodle TV Surprises 18 MISD Teachers With $500 Gift Cards

Mesquite ISD homeroom teachers at Rugel Elementary were surprised last Friday, Aug. 12 by Kidoodle TV with $500 Amazon gift cards for their classrooms!!  

Second grade teacher Danielle Tresslar had initially written a letter to Kidoodle TV for a chance of being selected as part of their Clear the List campaign. After receiving this letter, Kidoodle wanted to go a step further and reached out to the school with plans to help a total of 18 teachers! 

What teachers thought would be a Friday afternoon meeting with the principal was actually a surprise when Kidoodle announced their support of $9,000 in gift cards evenly distributed among them.

Mesquite ISD Receives Over 5,000 Supply Kits From Kroger Supply Drive

Mesquite ISD was one of the various school districts in North Texas selected to receive free school supplies from Kroger. In total, Kroger raised $750,000 in school supplies for students across the region. 

MISD received 5,083 school supply kits this week and will distribute them across campuses. MISD Social Worker Jasmine Battles represented our school district in today’s check presentation. 

Many thanks to Kroger for their generous donation that will benefit our schools.

Students Gain Access to New Digital Resources with MISD Multiyear Partnership Expansion with Discovery Education

In an innovative partnership with global tech leaders, Mesquite ISD fifth through eighth grade students will be equipped with new digital tools to enhance their learning experience in science beginning in the fall for the 2022-23 school year. Along with district partner Discovery Education, MISD brings students easy access to an innovative digital platform with resources aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that will drive student success in the classroom.  

Discovery Education Science for Texas will offer immersive, hands-on activities, virtual labs, videos, among other resources for students to connect classroom learning with “real world” applications. In addition to these resources, students can count on dynamic tools for better engagement, including English or Spanish options. These resources will be used alongside Discovery Education Science Techbook, which is already in use districtwide. 

Click here to read more about this new opportunity for students.

 

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