February has come and is now departing like a streak of lightning! March is already blowing in with excitement and challenges. Last week we celebrated a very successful basketball season with eight members of our Lady Jackets Basketball team being named to the Academic All District Basketball team. To receive this honor the athletes must maintain a 90 or above academic average during the second and third six weeks. I am so proud of our young ladies for being strong in both academics and athletics. Two of the eight players being named to the Academic All District Basketball Team will also be named to the Academic All State Basketball Team. The eight players are:
Peyton Stephens Sophomore Mineola
Kelsey Green Freshman Mineola
Sarah Trocolli Senior Mineola
Sophia Heard Junior Mineola
Jordan Dawson Sophomore Mineola
Sister Green Sophomore Mineola
Ali Galaz Senior Mineola
Marisa Ledkins Senior Mineola
Marisa Ledkins and Sarah Trocolli are the two being named to the Academic All State Team with a GPA of 94 or higher.
As most of you know, the Lady Jackets made history this year by winning the district basketball championship for the first time in school history and advancing to the area competition. Mineola also had 8 members of the basketball team make the Athletic All District Team. Those eight players are:
Defensive Most Valuable Player - Ali Galaz
New Comer of the Year - Kelsey Green
1st Team All District - Jordan Dawson and Peyton Stephens
2nd Team All District - Marisa Ledkins
Honorable Mention All District - Raven Johnson and Sister Green
We are also proud of their coach, Clayton Harris, who was named
Coach of the Year.
It is not just the students who have been winners in February. The Mineola Central Administration and Trustees took first place in the voting done by the judges at the Kiwanis Annual Chili Cook-off and placed second in the People’s Choice Division. The MISD team known as “High Octane Chili Team” was lead by our master cook, Jannie Blackwell, Transportation Director for MISD. It was truly another great day in Mineola. Thanks to the Kiwanis and the entire community for sponsoring and supporting community events like the “Chili Cook-off.” See below a list of all of the winners.
1st Place - Mineola ISD
2nd Place - Mineola Civic Center
3rd Place - City National Bank
1st Place - Mineola Community Bank
2nd Place - Mineola ISD
3rd Place - KMOO
1st Place - Century 21 Town & Country Realty
2nd Place - My Credit Union
3rd Place - Mineola Civic Center
In the month of February we also celebrated “Black History Month” and we recognized and honored our counselors at the regular board meeting held on February 25th.
Michelle Dudley Cathy Cameron Donna Palmer Melanie Kolbye
High Sch. Counselor Middle Sch. Counselor Elementary Counselor Primary Sch. Counselor
As March “knocks on the door” we have softball games, baseball games, power lifting, track, golf, and tennis competing for our time and attention along with moving to the next level with our academic program in Mineola ISD. The Meredith Foundation has once again given us a tremendous boost by awarding funds to MISD allowing us to purchase additional i-pads for high school students, computers for the primary school, desktop computers for the Graphic Arts program at the high school, and scholarships for our Seniors.
Students will begin taking state tests in March. While our curriculum is not driven by these high stakes tests, it is one measure we use for accountability and to assess the progress our students are making in academics. Please make every effort to support and encourage the students in your household and in the community so they can give their best on testing days.
Spring break is just around the corner. Mineola Independent School District campuses and offices will be closed March 11 - 15. We will resume classes March 18.
During the month of February we take time to recognize the many ways
African-Americans have contributed to and enriched the United States of America. The achievements of African-Americans touch our community, our state and our country.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery was adopted by the 38th Congress on December 6, 1865. Our students will be studying about the many accomplishments and contributions made by African-Americans from 1865 to the present.
Students throughout the district are participating in a variety of activities this month in recognition of Black History Month. Some of their studies include the Underground Railroad, African-American inventors, Wilma Rudolph, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., and a documentary film on Civil Rights, “Let Freedom Ring.” Some students listened to the audio of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech and wrote their own “I Have a Dream, Too!” speech.
I am so proud we live in country where we can celebrate diversity and recognize the accomplishments of all races of people. Thanks for supporting Black History Month!
The Lady Jackets finished the regular basketball season Tuesday evening losing to Mabank. The Mineola Lady Jackets Basketball Team is the first place team in District 15-AAA. Mabank finished second and Canton finished third.
This is the first time a Mineola girls team has won the district championship in basketball in school history. In 1983 the Lady Jackets advanced in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Playoffs in basketball as the second place team in district play. In fact both Mineola boys and girls advanced to the UIL Basketball State Playoffs in 1983. After contacting the UIL office in Austin, I discovered 1983 was the first time in the history of the UIL two teams advanced to the playoffs. Canton and Mineola girls both advanced as district representatives in 1983.
As district champions our Lady Jackets will get a BYE in the Bi-district playoffs. They will enter the State Playoffs at the Area level. They will play the bi-district winner of the District 13-AAA and District 14-AAA game. We know the 2nd place representative from District 14-AAA is Crandall. They will be playing Paris, North Lamar, or Pleasant Grove as one of these three teams will be the 3rd place team in District 13-AAA.
Hence, 2013 is “History in the Making” at Mineola High School. Not only are the 2013 Lady Jackets the first basketball team in the history of Mineola High School to win the district championship in basketball, they are first time ever Lady Jacket basketball team to play in the Area competition. The Mineola girls lost their Bi-district game in 1983.
We are very proud of our Lady Jackets Basketball Team and their coach, Clayton Harris. Please join me in congratulating them.
Information about their warm-up game with Cooper High School is posted on the website.
Marissa Ledkins, Jada Harper, Alyssa Galaz, Jordan Dawson
Sarah Trocolli, Peyton Stephens, Sophia Heard, Jade Green, Kelsey Green
Last week our four principals, curriculum director and business manager joined me in Austin as we attended the Texas Association of School Administrators Mid-Winter Conference. While in Austin we had an opportunity to go to the State Capitol Building and visit the offices of The Honorable Bryan Hughes and The Honorable Kevin Eltife. Representative Hughes was very gracious and gave us time to share our thoughts on education with him. Senator Eltife was busy following the State of the State address by Governor Perry; however, we were able to meet with his education specialist, Mattie Murray. She was very attentive and supportive of our concerns. We shared three concerns we would like our house members and senators to address in the 83rd Legislative Session.
First, we have major concerns about the overall school finance plan for the State of Texas. During the 2011 legislative session 5.4 billion dollars was cut from public education. With the improved economic forecast for Texas and with the Texas Tax Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) nearing statutory limits, we believe it is time to restore funds to public education. We hope public education funding will be restored to the same level as it was in 2011 and funding for enrollment growth for the next biennium will be included in the final Texas State Budget. Restoring funding will greatly help our efforts to provide all of our students in Mineola ISD with a career and college ready education.
Second, we told both Representative Hughes and Ms. Murray in the office of Senator Eltife that we believe the Texas Legislature should address the "over" testing of students, and allow time for our teachers to provide a complete education opportunity for our students. Also, providing more flexibility in the selection of high school courses along with more local control would increase opportunities for our students.
And, third, we asked both of our representatives to make school safety a state priority, not just a local priority. Any state funding provided to school districts should be given with sufficient flexibility allowing each district to do what is best for the local students.
While in Austin each administrator attended several informative workshops and came home better equipped as an educator. I want to thank taxpayers and our local school board members for providing the opportunity to grow professionally and to visit our state representatives.