March Board Briefs

The March Students of the Month are ALPHA Academy student Perla Mendoza and Ellisor Elementary student Emily Howard.

Perla is a senior at ALPHA Academy who likes to learn something new each day. After graduating high school, she plans on attending Lone Star College to do the preliminary coursework for nursing and transfer to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). After earning her BSN, she would like to begin her career at Johns Hopkins Hospital as an Emergency Room nurse, with the ultimate goal of becoming a general surgeon. Perla wants to utilize her medical skills and knowledge to travel to places like Africa, Mexico, and El Salvador, to help bring medical assistance to those parts of the world.

Emily Howard is a fifth grade student at Ellisor Elementary. She has attended Ellisor since Kindergarten and is a great role model for her peers. She is well-respected by students and staff and is a perfect example of a model student. She is responsible, studious, and considerate of others. Through the Reach Program (gifted and talented program), she has researched in great detail the work of her future. She aspires to attend Texas A&M University to study to become a veterinarian for race horses or possibly a teacher, or a doctor, or a marine biologist. Emily is a motivated student that strives to do her best. She is always available to help her fellow classmates and takes pride in all areas of her life.

Community partner Emerus Community Hospital of Tomball honored both of the students of the month with a $100 gift card for all of their hard work.

2015 Gaston Caperton Honor Roll – Magnolia ISD is one of 130 districts in the United States to be recognized on this Honor Roll. Districts are selected to be on the Honor Roll based on data showing significant and consistent growth in the number of underrepresented and low-income students taking college-level courses, and applying to four or more colleges. Dr. Anita Hebert, assistant superintendent of curriculum, stated this is honor is part of the pre-AP courses offered started at the sixth grade.

Magnolia High School National Merit Semifinalists Sarah Swift and Jay Martin were recognized for their academic achievements. There are 1.5 million students who take the PSAT, and only the top 1% or 15,000 students are identified as National Merit Semifinalists.

UIL Director Dr. David Stevens presented the 2015 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award to Susan Matthews of Magnolia High School. Of the 1,400 school districts in the state of Texas, only 15 educators receive this distinguished honor.

Magnolia West High School Academic Decathlon students were recognized for advancing to State.

Magnolia ISD Science and Engineering Fair of Houston students were recognized for their advancement to the state fair and recognized for notable awards received at the regional fair. Magnolia Funeral Home, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Addison, donated $3,600 to award the Best of Show winners with a Nook or iPad. The presentation of the awards will occur at the May board meeting.

Coach Erika Ritter honored the Magnolia High School Lady’s Varsity Basketball Region III – 5A Semifinalists.

Coach Jeremy Wade from Magnolia West High and Coach David Partenheimer of Magnolia High School Varsity Swim Teams acknowledged the accomplishments and state finalists for each of their teams.