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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Superintendent Update - September 2014

Dr. V opens the new school year with updates on the Boren and Ponder Elementary construction projects, two major road improvements within the district, a controversial business proposition near MISD schools and the kickoff of various fall semester student activities.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nutrition staff supports local back to school program

Mansfield ISD purchased property and a building on Mansfield-Webb Road that is currently being leased by the The Community at Lake Ridge church through the fall. The Student Nutrition Services (SNS) Department coordinated with the church staff to use the auditorium as meeting space for department back to school meetings.

Upon arrival, SNS staff noticed that the church had a Back-to-School outreach program to provide backpacks and school supplies to families in the area. As a gesture of appreciation and community partnership, the nutrition staff bought a backpack to donate to their cause.

“We let the SNS staff know of this plan and said if anyone wished to make a monetary donation in appreciation of the hospitality shown to us, we would add it to the backpack,” wrote SNS Assistant Director Training & Federal Programs, Sondra Thomas. “After lunch we presented the backpack to one of the pastors of the church with more than $1,100 inside! That money will go towards buying school supplies for students in need. It was absolutely incredible. The church staff was so surprised and greatly touched by the generosity of our staff.”

Next spring, Mansfield ISD will use the building to house Student Nutrition Services as well as the Department of Research, Assessment, & Accountability.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Legacy Band Senior Spends 7 Weeks with DCI, Returns as a Champion

Mansfield ISD's own Christopher “C.C.” Waggoner, a senior at Legacy High School and a member of the Legacy Bronco Band, returned this month from a whirlwind summer marching with Drum Corps International’s Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps.

And he brought back a souvenir – a Gold Medal that came with the Blue Devils earning 1st Place at the 2014 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., in early August.

At 17, C.C. was the second youngest member to make it into Blue Devils A Corps this year , one of 16 Mellophones on the Brass Line. In January and throughout the spring, he attended monthly weekend camps in Concord, Calif., for rehearsals. In late May, he left to join the 150-member corps for almost a month of practices in Concord before hitting the road in mid-June.

The rigorous schedule included three-a-day rehearsals; thousands of miles spent traveling and sleeping on a bus and at designated locations throughout the tour; and 29 competitions across the country – all in the span of seven weeks.

The Blue Devils remained undefeated throughout the season, which culminated in the DCI World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 9. The Blue Devils won the championship, breaking the scoring record with a 99.65 before more than 24,000 fans.

This has been an amazing experience and will definitely be a summer to remember for C.C. as he enters his senior year.

Two 2014 MISD graduates, Seth Neufeldt and Sam Olayiwola of Lake Ridge High School, marched with the Bluecoats, who earned the Silver Medal at the DCI World Championships. All three boys are a testament to MISD’s fantastic music program – and their band directors, Glenn Fugett, head director at Legacy, and Matt Garrett, head director at Lake Ridge.

C.C. marched with the Bluecoats in Summer 2013. At Legacy, C.C. is first chair French Horn in the Wind Symphony; has made the All-Region Band for the last three years; qualified for Area the last two; and made All-State 4A Symphonic Band as a sophomore. He was Drum Major for the 2013-2014 school year.

Drum Corps is a highly competitive activity for youth up to 21 years old. It requires a great deal of self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. The Blue Devils are one of 22 World Class Corps in DCI, which also includes 25 Open Class Corps. All 22 World Class Corps and 15 of the Open Class Corps competed in the championships. The field was cut to 25 for the semifinals and 12 for the DCI Finals on August 9.

Guest post by Ana Waggoner.