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November 5, 2007 - Vol. 4, No. 5

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Danny Griffin Operations Complex Naming Ceremony
HOG Week
Pinkfest 2007
Donna Grant to retire
Middle Schools Battle to Fight Hunger
College Night 2007
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Danny Griffin Operations Complex Naming Ceremony

Danny Griffin Operations Complex Naming CeremonyOn Sunday, November 4, 2007, MISD named the Operations Complex for a beloved former special education bus driver who passed away in 2003.

Danny Griffin worked for the MISD Transportation Department for 20 years. He and his wife, Verna, were the first husband and wife special-needs driving team, driving as partners for 17 years.

"Danny Griffin was the model school bus driver; dependable, compassionate, loyal, and trustworthy," says Joe Glover MISD Director of School Services.

In January 2003, Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer. "Through all of his chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he still kept his charming and witty personality," recalls his daughter, Heather. "He left impressive footprints on your heart, and you couldn't help but love him and want to be around him."

Read on plus photo gallery...

HOG Week: Mansfield Timberview HS

HOG WeekTimberview students turned Halloween into HOG-O-WEEN as they continued the campus tradition of HOG (Helping Others thru Giving) Week, a week-long fundraising campaign.

The students were supporting the 9-year-old son of a MTHS faculty member, Coach Marty Malone. Tyler Malone, a healthy, athletic fourth grade student, was in a four-wheeling accident in February 2007. Many surgeries later, Tyler and his family are still adjusting to his life as a paraplegic. Totaling hospital bills, wheelchair ramp installations, and many other new costs the Malone family is facing, as well as the All-Terrain wheelchair Tyler is wishing for, the total financial goal for this year's HOG Week was $15,000.

According to preliminary totals, MTHS HOG Week raised over $20,000.

Read on plus photo gallery...

Pinkfest 2007 - Life Rocks: Legacy HS


On October 25, 2007 at 2:00 PM, the Mansfield Legacy High School Teen Leadership student group hosted Pink Fest 2007 - Life Rocks in the gym.

The group joined together with the school's step team, cheerleaders and various other performers to have a celebration of life as well as honor breast cancer survivors.

The event was the conclusion of a month-long campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research during October. The group's goal is $10,000 and they held various fundraisers.

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Donna Grant announces her retirement
Summit HS principal to leave at the Winter Holiday

Donna GrantDonna Grant, principal at Mansfield Summit High School, announced her retirement. Grant has been in Texas public education for 32 years including eight with the MISD (five as Summit's principal.) She will leave the district at the Winter Holiday.

Grant will leave public education to move into another worthy field. She will head the Texas operations for a private company that manages group homes for mentally handicapped clients.

The former Director of Secondary Education, Mr. Bob Currey, will assume duties as interim principal beginning January 3, 2008.

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And the winner is...Danny Jones MS
Update on the Danny Jones & James Coble Middle Schools' friendly rivalry to benefit area food banks

Danny CannedFood DriveJones vs. James Coble Rivalry Week canned food drive October 29 - November 2

5,626 cans - Danny Jones MS
5,200 cans - James Coble MS

The rules were simple: whichever school brought in the most canned goods will have the losing school's administrators conduct lunch patrol while wearing the winning school's football jersey. The date for the Coble administrative team to conduct the Jones lunch patrol has not been set.

Danny Jones Middle School collected for Tarrant Area Food Bank and James Coble Middle School collected for Mission Arlington.

Both schools collected the week of their sports matchups in football and volleyball.

District to Hold 3rd Annual College Night

Mansfield ISD will hold the 2007 College Night at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy on Wednesday, November 7.

Two financial aid seminars will be available to attendees, one beginning at 5:30 PM and a repeat session at 7:00 PM, to inform parents and students about financial aid and preparing students for college. 

Any and all students grades 9-12 and parents are invited to attend.

Odds & Ends

Special Education - MISD Special Olympics State Games Results

Fine Arts - High School Theater Fall Productions Schedule

MISD Parents - The Parenting Center offers free workshops

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