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February Board Briefs

The February Students of the Month were Bear Branch Sixth Grade student Vanessa Lugo and Williams Elementary student Jesus Ruiz. Vanessa is on the all “A” honor roll and enjoys extracurricular activities including dancing, playing badminton and basketball. She plans on attending Sam Houston State University or possibly Harvard University.
 
Her teachers are very impressed with her commitment to and love for learning. Ms. Dunbar states, “Vanessa always works beyond 100%. She participates without being asked and asks questions when she doesn't understand. She is truly an all-around wonderful young lady.”

Mrs. Wilson added, “Vanessa exemplifies all the qualities of a star student. She is always on time to class and gets started on assignments immediately without prompting. She is very involved in class discussions and earns amazing grades because she works hard for them. She never settles for less than A's, takes every opportunity to ensure that she maintains her high grades.”

Jesus Ruiz, a fifth grader, at Williams Elementary excels in his academic work and is always shows great character. He participates in UIL and is part of the district’s gifted and talented program Project Reach.

His math teacher, Mrs. Milam says, “Jesus is responsible, intelligent, kind and shows great leadership qualities in and out of the classroom.”

His Project Reach teacher, Mrs. Ayers says, “Jesus is a definite deep thinker and hard worker. His work is thorough and is always presented in an organized and meaningful way. I enjoy watching his passion for learning come to life in every class. I’m sure he will continue to be a high achieving student throughout his school career, and ultimately, a highly successful adult with much to offer our community.”

Outside of school, Jesus likes to play soccer, basketball and tennis. Right now, Jesus would like to go Baylor University so he can be an engineer in the future. It is truly evident that Jesus is a fabulous young man with great character and will continue to be successful in the future.

Community partner America’s ER honored both of the students of the month with an iPad mini for all of their hard work.

Rodeo Art Finalists were recognized at the school board. This year 440 works of art were on display for The Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo School Art Judging Committee with nine selected to continue to the Houston show. The district thanked all of the art teachers and paraprofessionals for all of their hard work in guiding these young, talented students.

Magnolia West Art Department students who participated in the Conroe Art League Student Show were acknowledged for their award winning works of art. Senior Amanda Massey placed 2nd and won $300 for her work “Brave’s Lost Land,” Abby Hawkins won Honorable Mention for her work “In The Shadows,” and Alexa Vulgamott won Honorable Mention for her work “Rage.”

PBK Architect Calendar Contest features Magnolia High School students Brooke Dickey and Tanner Davis. Brooke’s art work is featured for the month of October. Tanner received Honorable Mention and his art work is highlighted on the back cover.

Magnolia Education Foundation honored the 2016 teacher grant recipients. Over $26,000 was awarded this year and to date over $400,000 has been given in grants. Jim Jenkins from North Grove at Spring Creek development was also acknowledged for their contribution to the teacher grants at Smith Elementary.