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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 2, 2016

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank Independent School District Board of Trustees congratulated students and staff on a favorable academic progress report when it met Monday.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dena Mojica reviewed the 2015-16 State Accountability and Texas Academic Performance Report during the public hearing portion of the meeting.
All campuses met standard surpassing targets in four indexes including Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Post-Secondary Readiness in State Accountability, Mojica pointed out. In addition, all campuses received a minimum of two Distinctions with Lakeview Elementary and Mabank Junior High receiving every Distinction they were eligible for.
The academic report compared Mabank ISD with averages achieved statewide in the following areas:
• ACT, SAT, TSI: MISD 49 percent, state 35 percent
• College and Career Ready Grads: MISD 86. percent, state 74.5 percent
• Completion of 12 or more hours of Post-secondary credit: MISD 28.8 percent, state 10.6 percent
• Career, Technology and Engineering Coherent Course Sequence: MISD 76.3 percent, state 46.6 percent.
Board members also received construction project updates, including: the transportation department paving and striping completed, grade beam reinforcements for the junior high, steel framework going up at the high school and grade beams and underground plumbing installed at Central Elementary School.
The FIRST rating based on the 2014-15 school year included a passing score of 31, earning an A (superior) rating overall and a district rating of 96 (out of 100). The district was docked four points for the ratio of long-term liabilities to total assets for the school district being sufficient to support long-term solvency.
In other action, trustees:
• heard the district’s Christmas Tea is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Administration Building.
• assistant to the Superintendent Pam Johnson is retiring after 22 years with the district.
• heard from Smith, Lambright and Associates owner J.W. Lambright the 2015-16 Financial Audit shows the fund balance and cash position of the district are “in good shape.”
• heard Dr. Powerwasher donated a 9,000-pound, 2-post auto lift.
• authorized MISD Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall to fill six teaching positions, as anticipated throughout the year.
• accepted $33,500 in grants for MISD teachers from the MISD Education Foundation.
• approved the second reading of the District of Innovation Plan Policy Amendments.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Lakeside Elementary School students (from left) I’Lee Lopez, McKinley White, Kalob Jernigan and Alicia Guerrero with Director of Instruction Media James Pate, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge at the Mabank ISD Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 28.

Dec

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 2, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers used pressure defense and balanced scoring to defeat Forney 53-37 Nov. 29 at Mabank High School gymnasium.
The Lady Panthers’ defense forced Forney into turnovers, leading to easy buckets for the home team.
Senior guard Carson Marsh got the scoring started 30 seconds in with a jump shot. After a basket by Forney tied the score at two, the Lady Panthers went on a 13-0 run over the next 4 minutes. Junior guard Kathryne German nailed a three pointer to put the Lady Panthers up by three, senior post Leigh Cunningham drained two baskets and hit two free throws, junior guard Izzy Hardy scored on a jumper and Marsh hit a bucket to put the Lady Panthers up 15-2 with three minutes left in the opening quarter.
After a Forney basket stopped the run, Marsh hit a shot to make the score 17-5. The quarter ended with Forney scoring the final three points to make it 17-8. Leading 23-12 after three straight baskets from German, the Lady Panthers would score one more basket over the next four and a half minutes, but still took a 25-18 lead into halftime. Two free throws by sophomore guard Brianna Martin gave the Lady Panthers their final points of the half.
The Lady Panthers extended the lead to 13 early in the third quarter after baskets by German and Marsh and a three pointer from Hardy to make the score 31-18 after two and a half minutes were gone in the period. After a score by Forney, Martin nailed a three pointer to extend the lead to 14 points. Leading 34-25 with 2:20 left in the quarter, senior guard Jill Odom splashed in a three from the left wing to extend the lead to 12. Marsh then hit five out of 6 free throws to end the quarter with the Lady Panthers leading 42-31.
The Lady Panthers turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, limiting the Lady Jackrabbits to just six points in the final frame.
With just over three minutes remaining in the quarter, Marsh stole the ball and raced in for a layup and a 50-34 Lady Panther lead.
Mabank would get their final points on a three ball from senior guard Savannah Chapman with 50 seconds remaining, running away with the game 53-37.
Marsh led the Lady Panthers with 16 points on the night. German had 11 points, followed by Cunningham with eight. Odom added six points, Martin chipped in five, Hardy added four and Chapman totaled three points.
The Lady Panthers will be in action Dec. 6 at 7:30 when they host Crandall at Mabank High School gymnasium.

Dec

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 2, 2016

mabankbb2cmykBy Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Down 48-43 with just 22 seconds remaining on the clock, the Mabank Panthers came back to get within two points and had a chance to tie it at the buzzer. The shot at the end of regulation was just off the mark, leaving the Panthers with a 48-45 defeat to Grapeland Nov. 29 at Mabank High School gymnasium.
The Panthers fall to 3-4 on the season. Mabank will be traveling to Corsicana Tuesday Dec. 6, game time is 7:30 p.m.
The game looked like it would not be close in the first four minutes, as Grapeland raced out to an 8-0 lead. The Panthers got on the board with 3:21 left in the first quarter on a three pointer by senior point guard Jordan Thomas, cutting the lead to 8-3. Grapeland extended the lead to 12-3, but that’s when the Panthers roared back.
Sophomore guard Caleb Dally hit two free throws to make it 12-5. Dally then nailed a jumper from the right wing to bring the Panthers to within five points. Two more free throws from Thomas helped the Panthers go to the second quarter down by just four points at 13-9.
The Panthers came all the way back in the second quarter. A three pointer from Dally just 29 seconds into the quarter cut the Grapeland lead to one point. Thomas went to the line and drained two free throws with 5:55 left in the quarter to give the Panthers their first lead of the game. After a Grapeland three pointer, Thomas hit another jumper to tie the score at 16-16 with 4:51 left in the period. Senior guard Jace Capehart hit two quick buckets to give the Panthers a 20-16 lead with 3:42 left.
Grapeland got to within one on a bucket and a free throw to make it 20-19, but Dally struck again with yet anothr three pointer to give the Panthers a four point lead. Grapeland scored the final four points of the half, sending the teams to halftime tied at 23 all.
In the third quarter, the Panthers struck quickly with a trey from senior Cole Plunkett. Grapeland then went on an 11-0 run over the next six and a half minutes, as shots stopped falling for the Panthers. The quarter ended with the Panthers trailing 40-31.
The Panthers quickly got back into the game in the first minute of the fourth quarter with a quick 8-0 run. Capehart nailed a three pointer, Dally hit a jump shot and Thomas added another three to get the Panthers back to within one point just one minute into the quarter. Down 45-39, Dally made a basket and was fouled on the play. The ensuing free throw brought the score to 45-42 with 4:10 to play. Down 48-43 with 22 seconds remaining in the game, Dally drove the lane for a layup to set up the final shot for the Panthers, down by just three. The shot at the buzzer was just long, giving Grapeland the win.
Dally had 17 points for the Panthers, followed by 14 points from Thomas, nine points from Capehart, four points from Plunkett and one from senior Tyrece Gray.