Friday, March 28, 2014

Newest Mesquite ISD
Recognition Music to My Ears

Mesquite ISD’s top-notch fine arts program is proof that our district believes in educating the whole child. Data overwhelmingly supports the belief that study and participation in music, dance, theatre and visual arts are key components in improving learning throughout all academic areas.

I’m proud to announce that our district has just been designated one of the 2014 Best Communities for Music Education.

Mesquite ISD is one of 376 school districts to achieve this national distinction.

Congratulations to our entire fine arts staff and students! This recognition accompanies many UIL honors being won this spring.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It’s Spring, Time to Push Hard
to End School Year Strong

We’re in the first week of spring, but let’s not let the whimsical season fool us. Our students still have more than two months to learn, study and test, with some facing the ever-important final exams.
My hope is that parents and students alike are monitoring grades regularly through ParentCONNECTIt’s an easy way to see when extra help from tutorials, extra effort from studying or a high test score may be needed to boost grades.
Also, let’s not forget how good sleep, healthy meals and preparation can influence school success in general and on test days especially.
Let’s continue all this season to keep the focus and end the school year in a strong manner.
“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”
Edward Eggleston, American historian and novelist.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Attention Parents: Now is Time to Learn
New High School Graduation Requirements

Attention parents, especially those of current eighth-graders.
House Bill 5, passed by the Texas State Legislature, includes new high school graduation requirements.

To help you understand and navigate this somewhat complex system, please attend our districtwide Transition Night on Tuesday, March 18, at the high school your son or daughter will attend next year. Additional parent/student meetings will also be scheduled soon.

Parent involvement has taken on another dimension like never before. You and your incoming freshman will need to review information and make decisions about selecting courses leading to one of five endorsements. 

You’ll find HB5 offers greater flexibility for student course options, but with that comes greater responsibility for you and your child to make thoughtful decisions.  For example, a class that is not required for high school graduation may very well be required for college admission.

Stay tuned for additional information, and I hope you make a concerted effort to attend Transition Night.