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March 20, 2013 - Vol. 9, No. 6   


Thank you for reading the MISD Messenger, your district e-news source. In this issue: the school board approved Dr. V as the Interim Superintendent and we introduced him through a video, plans for two major community events in April, student recognitions, blog posts and photos you may have missed and more.
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The Impact Award was established to recognize individual staff members, departments, campuses or other employee groups that have promoted teamwork and unity by initiating a program or event that made a positive impact within Mansfield ISD and the community. Impact Award winners may be nominated by staff, students or community members. Nominations are now open for the next Impact Award winner. 


Dr. Vaszauskas Named Interim Superintendent

Dr. Jim Vaszauskas was named the Interim Superintendent of Mansfield ISD on Tuesday, February 5, by a unanimous 7-0 vote by the school board. 


MISD Minutes - Just Call Me Dr. V
MISD Minutes - Just Call Me Dr. V

We had a little fun with an introduction video of our new Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jim Vaszauskas. His unique last name spelling and pronunciation worked well to help us share some information about Dr. V and what MISD can expect from him during his tenure as Interim Superintendent. (The video can also be viewed inside the MISD network on the Video Portal.) 

Multi-Cultural Festival - April 6 

Multi-Cultural Festival

Save the date to join us for the inaugural Mansfield ISD Multi-Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Center.  


Come and enjoy a wide array of activities, games, food, student showcases, performances, and more.


Everyone in the district community is invited to this free event.  


The Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1110 W Debbie Lane, Mansfield, Texas 76063. 

Passport to Kindergarten - April 13

Will you or someone you know have a student entering Kindergarten next year?  


Be sure to mark your calendar for the Passport to Kindergarten event on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


This event is an opportunity to complete your child's enrollment and registration process for the 2013-14 school year. Incoming kindergarten families will get valuable information on immunizations, nutrition, as well as tips and tools to prepare students before kindergarten starts. Don't miss this opportunity to get a jump on next year. Get the full details.  

Student Spotlight & Campus Notes 



Regional Spelling Bee

Eight-year-old Kailey Choi (pictured above left), the youngest winner of a Mansfield ISD district spelling bee, competed in the regional bee at TCU on Wednesday, March 20. The Charlotte Anderson Elementary 3rd grader lasted 14 Rounds! Congratulations, Kailey on an impressive run. 

Latin Student Awards
Mansfield ISD had 19 Latin students compete at the Texas State Junior Classical League Latin Competition. Congratulations to the following students who won either academic or artistic awards at the contest: Ngoc Nguyen, Kristen Tran, Sawyer Stuart, Brooke Sims, Anthony Gonzalez, Brenden Renner, Syeda Naqvi, Madison Mondon, Jared Fox, Mania Pitia, Peeti Sithyopasakul, Madeline Cannon, Quentin Whitfield, Nandi Jordan, Mustaqim Islam, Areesa Shabbir, and Zach Longoria.

The contest, held February 23 at Garland High School, was the Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) Area C Latin competition.
Over 35 schools, from the DFW Area participated in the day's events.

National History Spelling Bee

Worley Middle School participated in the National History Bee and four school winners Alex Ruth, Ethan Belanger, Nate Manning and Nick Fleming-Wood took the regional qualifying test. All four students qualified for the regional competition on February 28 in Fort Worth.  One of the students, Nick Fleming-Wood, placed in the top three and qualified for the National competition this June in Atlanta, GA.

UTA Calculus Bowl  

Congratulations: A Timberview HS team competed in the UT Arlington Calculus Bowl on Friday, March 1 and won 3rd place.


National Center for Women and Information Technology
Friday February 15, Timberview HS senior, Rachel Campbell received the Aspirations in Computing award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Rachel was honored at a Metroplex Technology Business Council luncheon in Richardson, TX.


Rising Stars Discovery Camp (June 17-27, M-Th, 8-11 a.m.)  

Rising Stars Discovery Camp is a fun, exciting introduction to just a few of the unique courses offered at Ben Barber Career and Technology Academy. This summer program is available exclusively to Mansfield ISD students entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades in the 2013-14 school year. Get details and registration info.   


Summer Science Camp (June 17-21, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Gifted/Talented Specialists from across the district have come together to create an engaging, hands-on science curriculum with an in-depth study of water. MISD students who have completed grades K-3 are eligible for science camp. Get details and registration info.  

Blog Posts & Photo Galleries 


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Construction Update 
Highlights from the February 26, 2013 Board Meeting

2006 Bond Program
Judy K Miller ES - The contractor has commenced interior build-out, as scheduled. Facility completion is May 2013. As a reminder, Miller Elementary will be occupied by Boren Elementary starting in Fall 2013 as we begin the campus replacement construction process approved in the 2011 Bond.

New Ag-Science Center - Phases 1 and 2 design is underway. The current development plan for bidding in March 2013 is deferred pending review of potential additional facilities.

2011 Bond Program
JL Boren ES and Alice Ponder ES - Construction Documents are under final review and submitted for permit review and approval. Bid Proposal Development commenced on March 4, 2013.


New Tarver-Rendon Elementary (referred to in construction docs as "Rendon ES 24") - interior work including Terrazzo is progressing as scheduled. Construction began last May and will be completed next summer in time for Tarver-Rendon students to start at their new location next fall. Check out the construction photos from the New Tarver-Rendon Elementary School. 

Legislative Update

[via EduLege Tracker] According to the Texas Legislative Council, a total of 5,853 bills and proposed constitutional amendments were introduced by the March 8 filing deadline for the 83rd Legislature to consider. More than 900 of the bills - roughly 17 percent - pertain to education: 624 bills in the House and 295 bills in the Senate are categorized as education-related.


Now awaiting debate by the Texas House of Representatives is legislation that slashes the number of End of Course exams that high school students must take, from the current 15 - the largest number in the country - to just five. The five required exams would be English II reading and writing, Algebra I, biology and U.S. history.  Local school districts would have the authority to decide whether the EOC exams count towards a student's final grade in each subject tested.


If the 10-0 vote by the House Public Education Committee is any indication, it appears the legislation will face little opposition before the full House. The bill is expected to be on the House Calendar for a vote before Easter.


Under House Bill 5, sponsored by Committee Chair, Jimmy Don Aycock, R-Killeen, Texas would also switch to a single degree plan, and high school students would select one of five paths to graduation: arts and humanities, business and industry, multidisciplinary studies, public services, and science and math.


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