MCISD honors students


The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District Board presented a number of resolutions at the monthly meeting for May on Monday to students for their extra-curricular accomplishments this year.

The 2018-19 Texas Army National Guard and Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Athletes for the Mustangs were Brandon Larson, Marcus Dorman and Garrett Johnson, who were all honored at the meeting.

Also honored were the following members of FCCLA: Helena Dean (First Tier Gold in the Leadership Senior Division), Frank Emmite (First Tier Gold in the Recycling Redesign Junior Division), Emily Sanford (Second Tier Silver in the Recycling Redesign Senior Division) and Gabriela Garcia (2018-19 Vice President of Competitive Events, State Level).

Also recognized was band member Ashlyn Johnson for her National Honors Performance Series. Johnson will perform in Australia over the summer.

The FFA Ag Issues team, who were National Semi-Finalist, will be honored during the board meeting in June. Those students are Aly Ghormley, Whitney Anderson, Madi Caperton, Brinna Sims, Joey McIver and Helena Dean.

Pictures of the students featured from Monday can be found online and in next week’s publication.

For the second straight meeting, the board heard from the technology department as well as individual teachers at all levels in the district. These individuals showcased the new and innovative ways they have incorporated technology in the classroom and how it has impacted the learning process.

Gale Necker, Logan Mehringer and Michael Oldham of the Junior High even brought along Google Expedition Virtual Reality goggles for all of the board members to try on and experience.

Necker and Mehringer, who teach social studies, stressed the importance of a a visual presence when navigating history. The board members got to experience the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. through the virtual reality devices as if they were standing before the President himself.

“They are a way for the kids to take field trips with virtual reality,” said Necker to the board. “We have a list of things we can choose from and it covers a lot of subjects. Every teacher, I think no matter what grade level, can use these goggles and the kids just love them.”

The “Google goggles” were just one of multiple presentations by the MCISD staff featuring a creative way to use technology. Others included a smart board, digital breakouts and Microsoft certifications. These certifications also help students reach the state required level of technology.

Before the conclusion of the meeting, Superintendent Keith Smith recognized board member Mark Bennett, who has served in his position since 2008 but did not seek reelection earlier this month.

“He has always been a strong supporter of every student and every student program,” said Smith on Bennett before presenting him with a commemorative gavel. “He has never been an agenda-driven guy except when it comes to our kids. His support and vision is one of the reasons MCISD has become a really great place for teachers to teach and students to learn.”

The board also announced that the summer instruction period will begin on June 3. Smith will also temporarily take over as the district’s investment officer with the retirement of business manager Scott Singletary.