Jun

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : June 27, 2013

Principal

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent

MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD trustees approved hiring Martin Brumit as the high school principal during its June 20 meeting.
Brumit will begin his duties on July 1. He was most recently an assistant principal at Denton Ryan High School, and had been with the district for the past five years. He replaces previous principal Daniel Barton, who moved to Tarkington ISD near Cleveland, Texas, in the same capacity following a two-year stint in Malakoff.

Excited about his move to Malakoff, Brumit said that while Denton Ryan is a large school (more than 2,000 students), it had a small town atmosphere, and that experience will serve him well in Malakoff.

The new principal was recently chosen as a finalist for the Association of Texas Professional Educators statewide Administrator of the Year award, which will be bestowed in July. Brumit graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in history and kinesiology, and has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas.

Trustees also heard a report from superintendent Randy Perry about preliminary state test results for the district, which includes the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).The STAAR has replaced the TAKS, but the TAKS is still administered to students who entered high school before the 2011-2012 school year.

“The STAAR scores were excellent, especially the elementary schools,” Perry said. Preliminary results included 100 percent of Tool and Malakoff elementary schools’ third-graders passing the reading and math portions. “That’s amazing. We’re thrilled,” Perry said.
Other STAAR highlights for the district included Tool Elementary’s fourth graders, who passed the writing portion at a 98 percent rate. Also, scores for eighth grade reading rose 21 percent in one year.

Perry said that the high school English I writing results marked the greatest need for improvement, with Malakoff students finishing behind the state average. Eighth grade social studies also came in slightly behind the state average, but Perry noted that Malakoff students still scored better compared to surrounding school districts.

Additionally, the superintendent told board members that the district’s TAKS science results for its African-American students showed a big increase from last year, with all students in that demographic passing that portion of the test. Overall, students who took the TAKS passed the English Language Arts test at a 91 percent clip, math at 92 percent, social studies at 97 percent and science at 97 percent.

Also during the superintendent’s report to trustees, Perry said that Malakoff Middle School’s first place entry in the Texas Schools Rock! video contest was recognized during the Texas Association of School Boards’ Summer Leadership Conference, which was held in Fort Worth in mid-June.

In other business, trustees approved buying two 2014 Thomas school buses at $90,765 each. Funding for the new buses comes from $463,000 in bond money returned to the district after contractors came in under budget following recent Tool Elementary School additions. Also, board members gave the go ahead to replace tile at the 17 year-old high school’s cafetorium with carpet in the school’s black and gold colors. This project will be handled by Gallagher Construction Services of Richardson for $31,100. Similar carpeting has already been installed in the high school’s hallways.

During the meeting, trustees heard from its tax collection attorney, Alison Wylie of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson’s Tyler office. Wylie said that the district will sell property located at 502 N. Martin in Malakoff which was previously removed from the district’s tax roll following the delinquency. The property will be up for bid at the sheriff’s sale Aug. 6 on the steps of the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens.

In addition to a new high school principal, the board approved Gary Lucius as assistant high school principal.
Lucius had served as director of the district’s Leo Orr Sr. Education Center. Other hires include: Chrissy Humphrey, high school math; Brenda Clark, high school English; Tawna Walden, elementary teacher; and Hagen Keele, high school math and coach.

May

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : May 13, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

MALAKOFF–Texas public schools using the STAAR-readiness tool CSCOPE have recently come under fire from conservative groups for teaching an anti-Christian, anti-American and pro-Islamic curriculum with a “hidden agenda.”

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry updated Malakoff Rotarians about the situation during their weekly meeting May 7 and said the claims were “misguided” and “not based on fact.”
CSCOPE is a teaching tool used by, according to Perry, 870 of the 1,100 public schools in Texas. Its purpose is to get public school students from kindergarten to high school ready for college using the tougher standards from the Texas STAAR tests.

“It worries me that people think that 870 Texas schools that have the best interest of their kids at heart promote Islam and Communism,” Perry said.

Perry illustrated a confrontation he had with a member of the Red-Hot Conservatives, a group that opposes CSCOPE, last January.

“I’m also a Baptist minister. Lets just say it was the first time I had ever been accused of promoting Islam,” he said.

According to Perry, opponents of CSCOPE, including a Cedar Creek Lake based group operating from the email stopcscope@centurylink.net, pull their arguments from two CSCOPE lesson plans. One, which is no longer in the curriculum, was titled Heroism verses Terrorism.

“The lesson encouraged students to think critically about the Boston Tea Party and how the action was perceived differently by the colonies and the British Crown,” Perry said.

According to Perry, this led opponents to conclude the curriculum pushed anti-American values.
The other point of interest that CSCOPE opponents draw from is the teaching of Islam and World Religions.
Before explaining the criticisms, Perry reminded Rotarians that a basic class on World Religions must be taught in public schools.

“I asked my Social Studies teachers what they thought of the World Religion section of CSCOPE and they concluded that it probably does spend more time on Islam than Christianity,” Perry said. “Last time I checked we were a Christian nation, so my teachers have the liberty to decide how much time they think is needed to teach Christianity as well as the other World Religions.”

Perry said that teachers have the same liberty in any subject, not just in World Religions.
“At Malakoff ISD, we treat our teachers as professionals and use CSCOPE as a tool to assist in meeting testing criteria. They can follow the lesson plans as closely or loosely as they wish.”

Mar

21

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 21, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

MALAKOFF–Students at Malakoff Middle School found out that a little hard work and good presentation can be well rewarded.

Students submitted a video about what makes Malakoff Middle School exceptional to the “Texas Public Schools Rock!” video contest. By early March, the video was floating around the Internet and social media sites, racking up the views.

On March 19, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) announced that Malakoff Middle School won first place and a $5,000 reward to be given to the district to be used in the students’ classrooms and campus.
Only one first place prize was given for all Texas Middle Schools. The context was open to all Texas elementary and secondary public school students.

Malakoff Middle School Principal Quintin Watkins is extremely proud of the students.

“They did such an amazing job,” Watkins said. “Malakoff Middle School has the best students in the state of Texas. They play, learn and grow together so well. Teachers and parents make sure they get the best education they can every day.”

The school will be deciding what will be done with the prize money soon. According to Watkins the students that were a part of the video will meet with teacher Jerri Cheek (who organized the submission) and the campus improvement team to determine the best way to spend the money.

“Whatever we end up doing, we want to make sure to recognize all the students that participated in the video so that future students will know of their legacy,” Watkins said.

There were many videos from Texas public school that TASB sifted through to determine the winner.

“With so many excellent entries, the final choices were extremely difficult,” says said Viola Garcia, TASB president. “We are thrilled that students from all over the state showcased their creativity and enthusiasm for the great things going on in their districts. These winning entries help explain why local schools deserve the support of their communities and appropriate funding from the state. Our students’ voices underscore why all Texans should be proud of their public schools.”

Jan

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : January 17, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

SEAGOVILLE–A Malakoff High School student was killed Sunday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 175 just outside Seagoville.

Jamiya Givens Williams, 16, was a sophomore. Also perishing in the crash was Williams’ 11-month-old daughter.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred when a Ford F-150 truck struck the Chevrolet Cavalier occupied by Williams and her daughter from behind.

Prior to the collision, the eastbound Cavalier, driven by Williams’ mother, Sheryk Givens, 40, blew out a tire and slowed to about 10-15 mph in preparation to exit. That’s when the F-150 struck the economy compact vehicle, last produced in 2005.

Givens’ 18-year-old son Jabari was also in the Cavalier, however no other injuries were reported.
Funeral services will be handled by the Tomlinson Funeral Home. The date of the services are still pending as of Jan. 15.

A fund has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses for Jamiya Williams and her daughter, Alahna, through the First Baptist Church of Malakoff, P.O. Box 408, Malakoff, TX 75148,designate checks “Jamiya Williams.”

Jan

03

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : January 3, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

The Malakoff Education Foundation marched through district schools to an exciting drum line and shouts of cheerleaders, ending 2012 by giving $17,730.13 in grants to district teachers for education projects.

Thirteen different grants were awarded on Dec. 21 in an event that began by filling a school bus full of people to go from school to school. On the trek were foundation board members, band members and cheerleaders. Stops were made at Malakoff Middle, Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and back again to Malakoff High School.

See the Jan. 4 edition of the Malakoff News for more emotion-filled pictures from the event.

Oct

15

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 15, 2012

The Malakoff Young Farmers entered the First Place float in the 2012 Malakoff Homecoming Parade on Friday. To see more photos, check out our Facebook photo album.

Oct

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 13, 2012

2012 Homecoming King and Queen are Cesar Garcia and Korah Crockett.

 

Oct

12

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 12, 2012

Malakoff homecoming court includes: back row from left, seniors Luke Dandridge, Wyatt Hunt, Tate Taylor, Cesar Garcia; third row from left, seniors Megan Dalrymple, Gina Cook, Sadie Woolverton, Korah Crockett; second row from left, juniors Deric Greenhaw and Georgina Salazar, sophomores Raylee Stearman and Stephan Wolfe; front row from left, freshmen Hannah Kimble, Alec Olsen, and Allie Dalrymple. (Michael V. Hannigan Photo)

It is homecoming day in Malakoff. Here’s the schedule for tonight’s events.

  • 4:30 p.m.: Volleyball. The Lady Tigers will be playing host to Faith Family and will also be celebrating Senior Night and Dig Pink.
  • 5 p.m.: The Malakoff Education Foundation will hold its tailgate kickoff.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Homecoming Parade will go from in front of the Rock Building to the football field.
  • 6:50 p.m.: Homecoming Court will line up and be announced at the football field.
  • 7:15 p.m.: Crowning of the homecoming king and queen. (time is an estimate)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Football. The Tigers play host to Lone Oak.

The Malakoff Education Foundation also has several events planned, which you can read about here.

The Malakoff Young Farmers will be holding its Fall Stampede Saturday, Oct. 13. Read about that here.

Oct

11

Posted by : Press release | On : October 11, 2012

Malakoff McDonald’s owners Jeaneane and Kevin Lilly (left) present a donation to Malakoff Education Foundation President Ricky Armstrong. (Courtesy Photo)

The Malakoff Education Foundation (MEF) will hold a Homecoming Pregame Tailgate Event 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, next to Tiger Stadium.

The event kicks off the foundation’s fundraising campaign and will include live music, games and free hot dogs. The first 50 people to register with the MEF will win a free T-shirt.

Door prizes will include a $250 grand prize, donated by The Learning Express; a family fun pack, donated by LaQuinta Inn of Gun Barrel City and Movie Star Cinema, which includes hotel accommodations and a four-pace to a the movies; and popcorn and gift card from Jalopy Joe’s.

Check out the Malakoff Education Foundation website.

Oct

11

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 11, 2012

State Sen. Robert Nichols met yesterday with school superintendents from Cherokee, Anderson and Henderson counties to talk about education issues and the upcoming Legislative Session. I’m working on a story for next week, but two quick things I noticed: It looks like the meeting took place in Athens, and in the above photo distributed by the senator’s office, that’s Cross Roads ISD Superintendent Clay Tompkins (left) sitting next to Nichols.

– Michael V. Hannigan