Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Superintendent Update - November 2014

Dr. Vaszauskas discusses the latest on the Boren and Ponder Elementary projects, recognition for MISD National Merit Semifinalists and student athletes participating in the playoffs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Annual Life Skills Track and Field Event

The Adapted Physical Education Department recently held their annual track meets for students who are part of the Fundamental Academic Living Skills (FALS) classes. The elementary and secondary FALS classes each have a day set aside for them to come out to one of our MISD tracks and participate in fun events that include throwing, jumping, dancing, walking, running and wheelchair competitions.

This year, the events were held at Wester Middle School on October 14th and 15th. Teachers, as well as parents, enjoyed a beautiful day outside observing students socializing and being physically active while competing in a friendly atmosphere. Student organizations from our local high schools and middle schools had the opportunity to volunteer and build relationships with participants. The staff at R L Anderson Special Education Related Services make this memorable event possible each year.

Special thanks to Dana Beal, Adapted P.E. teacher,  for preparing this guest post.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Y Knot" Necktie Drive Benefits Student Athletes

Mansfield ISD staff and community members opened their hearts (and their closets) to support the “Y Knot” Necktie donation drive hosted by the Coble Middle School PTA. Over 300 neckties were donated to benefit middle and high school student athletes across the district.

The MISD Athletic program promotes discipline, character-building, and professionalism though its Leadership Program. As part of this program, male middle school and high school athletes are required to wear professional attire on game days. This donation drive not only assisted with providing the required attire to our athletes, it demonstrated the tremendous community support for our students.

As a bonus, Dr. Jim Vaszauskas, Superintendent of Schools, provided a lesson in tying a necktie for some district athletes at Coble Middle School on the afternoon of October 1.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue Chip Scholars

2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
(L-R) Benjamin Homer (MHS), Kendall Curtis (MHS), Ryan Roberts (MHS), Grant Wilkie (SHS)

The term "blue chip" is often used in reference to the quality of investments, stocks, and even athletes. It is used to describe something of high quality and excellent performance. In this case, "blue chip" refers to the four Mansfield ISD students chosen as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Mansfield High School students Kendall Curtis, Benjamin Homer, Ryan Roberts, and Summit High School's Grant Wilkie all earned the prestigious achievement in the area of academic performance. Of the 1.5 million PSAT entrants considered, the National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes approximately 16,000 students as semifinalists qualifying to compete for over $33 million dollars in scholarship awards.

To place their accomplishment in perspective, Benjamin, Kendall, Ryan, and Grant all scored in the top 1.1% of the 1.5 million test takers in the country. MISD Superintendent, Dr. Jim Vaszauskas, considers all of the National Merit Scholar Semifinalists first round draft choices, "Our student semifinalists will be sought after and recruited by colleges and universities just as any blue chip athlete would be."

However, their work is far from over. All of the semifinalists must maintain the level of their academic performance and achieve a qualifying score on the SAT to be considered for selection as a finalist. Congratulations to the four Mansfield ISD National Merit Scholar Semifinalists!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

$1.00 Rangers Tickets!

Thanks to generous support from the Texas Rangers, The Mansfield ISD Education Foundation will sell tickets for the Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A's series for a discounted price of $1.00 each! This is your last chance to catch the Texas Rangers in action this season.

Tickets for the Rangers vs Oakland A’s are available for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games and can be purchased at the Student Services Building  located at 609 East Broad Street, Mansfield, TX - at the corner of Broad and Walnut Creek.

Tickets may be picked up during the following times:

    - Thursday, September 25, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    - Friday, September 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    - Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. - Noon

For more information call 817.299.6354.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MISD Employee Earns US Citizenship

(L-R) Jeff Brogden, Assistant Superintendent for Construction Services,
Fidel Escolero, and Mark Williamson, Director Maintenance

When Fidel Escolero left El Salvador for the month-long treacherous journey to the United States 25 years ago, he never imagined he would someday celebrate becoming a US citizen. For over two decades since his arrival, Fidel has cherished the opportunities our country has provided to those seeking a better quality of life through hard work and determination. As a legal permanent resident, Fidel married the love of his life and began a family raising two beautiful children, but his dream was not complete. Attaining US citizenship was always a goal for him and watching his son join the US Navy reminded Fidel just how important it is to serve our country.

"Watching my son join the Navy made me so proud of him and what he was doing for our country. I wanted to do my part as well." said Fidel.

As an employee for the MISD Facilities & Maintenance Department over the last 3 years, he had complete and total support from his coworkers. The year-long process involved applications, interviews, and tests on the English language and US Civics. All of it was well worth the effort once he was able to take the Oath of Allegiance, the final step before receiving his certificate of citizenship.

"I came to this country with an empty box to fill with hopes and dreams." said Fidel. He now has another dream to place in that box.