Posted by : January 14, 2016
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Tool Elementary school makes the list!
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–The Texas Education Agency today announced the nomination of 26 Texas public schools for national 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition, and Tool Elementary School is among them. This is the second Malakoff ISD campus nominated for Blue Ribbon Recognition. Malakoff Elementary School earned the 2015 National Blue Ribbon recognition recently. Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.
Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry said he was very proud of the leadership of Principal Christal Calhoun and the hard working teachers, staff and students of Tool Elementary.
“Great things are happening in Malakoff ISD!”
The nominated schools in Texas include:
Alief ISD – Alief Early College High School
Alief ISD – Kerr High School
Azle ISD – Cross Timbers Elementary School
Belton ISD – Leon Heights Elementary School
Bishop CISD – Petronila Elementary School
Borden County ISD – Borden County School
Brownsville ISD – Brownsville Early College High School
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD – Rosemeade Elementary School
Dallas ISD – George Bannerman Dealey International Academy
Dallas ISD – George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard
Dallas ISD – School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Edinburg CISD – Canterbury Elementary School
Edinburg CISD – Norma Linda Trevino Elementary School
Fort Worth ISD – Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Garland ISD – Hillside Academy for Excellence
Houston ISD – Lovett Elementary School
Houston ISD – Oak Forest Elementary School
Lubbock ISD – Margaret Talkington School For Young Women Leaders
Malakoff – Tool Elementary School
Miles ISD – Miles Elementary School
Panhandle ISD – Panhandle Elementary School
Pittsburg ISD – Pittsburg Intermediate School
United ISD (Laredo) – Trautmann Elementary School
Van Vleck ISD – Van Vleck Elementary School
Vista Del Futuro Charter School – Vista Del Futuro Charter School (El Paso)
Whitehouse ISD – Gus Winston Cain Elementary School.
All schools that have been nominated for the 2016 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 20 percent or greater.
Posted by : December 22, 2015
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Six local schools listed; students qualify for campus transfers
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A handful of local school campuses has recently been designated as Public Education Grant schools by the Texas Education Agency. This makes it easier for parents with children attending those schools to request their child be transferred to a non-PEG school campus in the same or nearby districts for the following school year. Official notification will be made by February 2016.
These campuses are identified based on receiving a STAAR passing rate of less than or equal to 50 percent in any two of the preceding years 2013-2015, or if the school was rated Improvement Required. No accountability ratings were issued in 2012.
The petitioned campus may accept or refuse the request. If it accepts the transfer, the educating campus receives an additional funding allowance. The new campus is not obligated to provide transportation when outside the district to and from the new school.
A school campus may remain on the PEG list for up to three years, even if the campus has received a rating of Met Standard in the most recent year.
Local campuses listed among the 1,532 schools statewide are Cross Roads High School, Kemp High School, Lakeview Elementary in Mabank, Trinidad, Scurry-Rosser High School and Middle School.
Trinidad School qualified for the list in 2013 and 2014 but had improved and didn’t make the list in 2015, yet remains a qualifying campus for the program through 2016, under these rules. KHS was put on the list for deficiencies in writing scores in 2013, but didn’t make the list in 2014 or 2015, so if that remains the case it’s final year on the PEG list should be 2016, as well.
The areas needing improvement varied from campus to campus. No campuses within the Eustace or Malakoff ISD made the list.
Student eligibility for transferring expires upon any of the following three conditions:
• Completion of all grades offered by the campus upon which eligibility was originally based
• Removal of the campus from the PEG list
• Assignment of the student to a campus that is not on the PEG list as a result of redrawn attendance boundaries or student movement into a different attendance area.
A receiving district is permitted to continue to treat a student as PEG eligible (and draw the PEG funding weight) after expiration of eligibility only if the student has not yet completed all grades on the campus to which the student transferred during the eligibility period.
There are more than 8,300 public schools in Texas. Last year, only 1,119 schools were PEG qualified. This year that number has grown to 1,532.
Posted by : November 12, 2015
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By Russell Slaton and Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writers
MALAKOFF–Three teachers and Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny Snow went to Washington D.C. to be recognized on behalf of the students and staff for being one of the best schools in the nation, Monday and Tuesday. Malakoff Elementary is one of just 332 school campuses receiving the national Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognizes public and private high schools and below where students are performing at very high levels over a five year period.
Malakoff Elementary School celebrated the recognition and held a send off on Nov. 5 with an assembly attended by special guests and featuring a choral presentation by its students, under the direction of music and art teacher Myron Williams.
“It’s a great day to be a Malakoff Tiger,” Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry said. School board president Rick Vieregge was also introduced as in attendance.
Snow credited students and staff for the school’s success. “I never cease to be amazed by the staff at Malakoff Elementary School,” Snow said. The teachers who went to D.C. included Christy Jackson, Kasey Holt and Shay Masterson. “The award goes to the hard-working staff and their determination to accept nothing but the best from their students,” Snow said. “This award also goes to the many students who have been here the past six years and have reached for excellence and succeeded. I am proud to have been along for the ride with all of them. It is truly an accomplishment that all who were involved with will always remember.”
Also during the ceremony, Julie Armstrong, a 1981 Malakoff High School graduate, who is vice president and branch manager of First State Bank-Athens’ Malakoff branch, noted the efforts of Malakoff’s administration. “We have a gem in them,” Armstrong said.
Brad Parker of Horace Mann Insurance-Stanley Brown Agency presented a donation to the teachers to defray some of the costs not covered for the trip to the nation’s capital.
Also on hand were Henderson County officials Sheriff Ray Nutt, Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Scotty Thomas, District Attorney Scott McKee and County Attorney Clint Davis. Malakoff City Administrator Ann Barker was in attendance as was Mark Terry, assistant executive director of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
Representatives from state and federal government joined in the celebration with special presentations from:
• Michele Slaton of state Sen. Robert Nichols’ office, who read a proclamation noting the award;
• Michelle Burks of state Rep. John Wray’s office, who presented a resolution along with a Texas flag that has flown over the state capitol; and
• Phillip Smith of U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s office, who read remarks honoring Malakoff Elementary made Oct. 1 by Hensarling on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, which was entered into the Congressional Record and forever enshrined in the Library of Congress.
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program which this year recognized only 332 campuses in 44 states to honor for 2015.
By winning the Blue Ribbon Award, Malakoff is considered to be in the top one percent of all American elementary, middle and high schools, said Snow, who has led Malakoff Elementary for 11 years. Chandler Elementary in eastern Henderson County is the only other county school to win the award during the program’s 33 years of existence, he added.
Also noted during the ceremony were three former teachers, all of whom Snow lauded for their past contributions that he considered integral to the award. Those former teachers (Mary Lou Faulk, Ralinda White and Linda Tanner) received special pins affixed with a blue ribbon.
Malakoff Elementary received news of the national recognition Sept. 29 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. When news of the award first broke, Snow gave this insight into what the school has been doing that he most attributes to the success of the students: “I’ve been asked frequently, ‘What are ya’ll doing?’ Probably the two best specific things that we do for achievement are our after school tutorial program. It lets us work in small groups and has been very beneficial to our students. The second thing would be the use of Mentoring Minds as a supplemental instruction piece. It is very rigorous and if students are able to do it, then any state testing is no issue for them.”
Mentoring Minds is a Tyler company Snow has used the last nine years, he said.
In late January, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) nominated 26 Texas public schools, including Malakoff Elementary, for the 2015 award. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater.
“National Blue Ribbon recognition for these campuses (25 nominees) is well deserved and reflects the hard work of its teachers and students in our communities,” said state Education Commissioner Michael Williams. “It is also indicative of the strong education efforts taking place in classrooms throughout our state.”