Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2016

UIL Mabank High School competitors are a bunch of Nerds and proud of it. They've competed in more than 20 different events with 16 students representing the school at the Regional Meet April 21-22 at Texas A&M University Commerce. The Panthers finished Second Overall for District 13-4A.

UIL Mabank High School competitors are a bunch of Nerds and proud of it. They’ve competed in more than 20 different events with 16 students representing the school at the Regional Meet April 21-22 at Texas A&M University Commerce. The Panthers finished Second Overall for District 13-4A.

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UIL Mabank High School competitors are a bunch of nerds and proud of it. They’ve competed in more than 20 different events with 16 students representing the school at the Regional Meet April 21-22 at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The Panthers finished Second Place Overall for District 13-4A.

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MABANK–Mabank High School will have 16 students representing their academic team in 20 different University Interscholastic League (UIL) events at the Regional Meet, April 21-22 at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Mabank had a strong showing at the district meet April 4-6 with events held at both Crandall and Mabank. The Panthers finished Second Place Overall for District 13-4A.
“We are extremely proud of our students,” UIL Coordinator Jason Caldwell said. “They worked incredibly hard to get to this point, and they have the potential to go much further. This team is strong in almost all aspects.”
Regional qualifiers include Cynthia Welch, Greyson Jackson, Alden Marshall, Josiah Sohasky, Dylan Fletcher, Zach Rose, Ethan Harris, Dustin Lemon, Grace Dickens, Jacey Pridgen, Colten Banghart, Tucker Hall, Hanna Russo and Ian Snyder.
Students compete in various academic events such as Cross-Examination Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Persuasive Speaking, Headline Writing, News Writing, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Social Studies, Accounting and Calculator Applications. A complete list of events can be found at www.uiltexas.org/academics.
“MHS students made another fantastic showing at the academic meets last week. Their achievements are a testament to the hard work put forth by teachers and students alike at the high school. We are proud of our accomplishments and eager to continue to excel next year in our new district,” UIL Coordinator Aaron Williams said.



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

Monitor Staff Report
PALESTINE–While there for the Malakoff-Teague playoff basketball game Friday, Malakoff ISD Police Chief Stacie Hillhouse quickly apprehended a male gunman who had fired on another man and assaulted his female companion just shortly before the game was to start.
The Palestine Police Department investigated the shooting between the Teague team fans.
Officers responded to calls for service at about 6 p.m.; the game was set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The shooter was identified as 63-year-old Bobby Burrell. He injured another 63-year-old man with a gun shot wound to the arm. Palestine Police Capt. James Muniz said the two men and a woman were allegedly involved in an argument leading to the shooting. According to police, the victim was taken to the Palestine Regional Medical Center, then later transported to a Tyler hospital for treatment.
The 59-year-old woman is in unknown condition but was struck in the head with the gun, according to police.
It is believed that the suspect and female victim had a prior relationship, police said.
The shooter is being held at the Anderson County Jail with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Additional charges of deadly conduct are likely to follow.
It was determined that several shots were fired in the parking lot, and additional rounds struck a passenger vehicle occupied by adults and children as they were driving through the lot. No one was injured in the vehicle.
A Malakoff man was an eyewitness to the shooting.
According to Chris Rogers, 35, of Malakoff, who was sitting in his car in the parking lot, reporting hearing shots fired. He then said he saw a man with an orange shirt chasing a woman wearing an orange shirt and a man wearing a blue-checkered shirt.
Rogers said the man in the orange shirt shot the man in the blue-checkered shirt and continued to chase the woman until she fell down on the ground. The witness said the man then stood over the woman and acted like he was going to shoot her, but the gun didn’t fire. Rogers said he thought he heard the gun “click like it had jammed.”
That’s when Malakoff ISD Police Chief Stacy Hillhouse stepped in getting the gun out of the suspect’s grasp before he could make another shooting attempt. Hillhouse was able to detain the man until officers with the Palestine Police Department arrived on scene.
Hillhouse said she did not think the victim’s injury was life-threatening.
Teen witnesses, 16-year-old Tyjawon Peoples and freshman Lauren Doggett said they were told to “turn around” as they witnessed a man running across campus.
A group of Teague High School students said they were returning to the PHS campus, when they heard shots and a police officer told them to turn around.
“We were coming back, and we heard gun shots. At first, we just stood there in the open, stunned, then we heard more gunshots. We split up and cars were speeding off. One of my friends almost got shot,” Peoples said.
Doggett confirmed her friend’s story.
The teens said it was at that time that they witnessed a man they assumed to be the shooter running across the parking lot of the school.
Palestine ISD representative Suzanne Eiben said the school remained safe for anyone wishing to attend the game. She commented she felt safe because the police and sheriff’s deputies responded quickly to the scene.
“It was very fortunate that there were not additional injuries or victims as Palestine High School was hosting regional playoff basketball games at their facility,” Muniz said. “Our officers responded in a very timely manner. They did a great job securing the scene and dealing with all the chaos.”



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 14, 2016

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.