Mar

30

Posted by : admin | On : March 30, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

TOOL — The Malakoff ISD school board officially moved forward this week to request a delay in the so-called STARR 15-percent rule.
The action came during Monday’s regular board meeting held at the Tool Elementary School.

“I have felt all along that the 15 percent rule was unfair to our ninth graders,” MISD Superintendent Randy Perry told school board members in February, when the issue was first addressed. “They are the guinea pigs in this new system.”

The rule requires the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course tests to count as 15 percent of a student’s final grade.

The STAAR is replacing the TAKS. According to the Texas Education Agency: “The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.”

As things were, Perry said, 15 percent of a freshman’s end-of-course grade would have been based on a test no educator has actually seen.
“(The student’s) GPA and class rank could be adversely affected for their entire high school career,” he said. “Some of these ninth graders may fail the new test and lose credit, even if they passed in the classroom for the year.”

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave school districts the option of delaying the rule one year in February.

In a statement following the announcement, Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said the move came “after receiving input from parents, educators and State Board of Education members, as well as … clarification from state leaders.”

“I remain committed to rigorous public school accountability,” Scott said. “The new assessment system will be better for students and educators.”

Mar

05

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : March 5, 2012

Malakoff High School
4th Six Weeks Honor Rolls

9th Grade
A Honor Roll
Omar Gonzalez
Karlene Kebodeaux
Efren Rios Perales
Holden Sparks
Olivia Stanton

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Feb

24

Posted by : admin | On : February 24, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

A new standardized test is still a month away for Texas public schools, but high school students may have caught their biggest break last week.

Friday, Feb. 17, Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott gave school districts the option of delaying the so-called “15 percent rule” one year.

The rule requires the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course tests to count as 15 percent of a student’s final grade.

A statement released by the Texas Education Agency said Scott made the move “after receiving input

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Feb

09

Posted by : Press release | On : February 9, 2012

Students from Malakoff Elementary School made Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Valentines for Veterans program, which delivers the cards to “ hospitalized veterans at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center, local VFW and American Legion posts, and active duty military service members visiting the USO Center at DFW International Airport.” Above, fifth-graders deliver their cards to Amy Gould of Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s Athens office. Pictured are, front row from left, Cully McCoy, Brykell Killingsworth, Madelynn Dunklin, Everado Garcia, Dania Garcia, Keishan Walker; back row from left, Amy Gould, Mitchel Wisdom, Kinsey Leis, Kyler Anding, Fantasia Bryant, and MES Principal Ronny Snow. “These valentines are a great way to say thank you to the brave men and women who have made—and are still making—tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom,” said Hensarling. “We need to let them know that we appreciate all that they have done for our country. I know each veteran who receives one of these cards will be happy to see how much our students care about them and care about America.”

Feb

03

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 3, 2012

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) conducted its bi-annual realignment Thursday. Here’s where area schools landed:

Malakoff

Football (Div. I, District 7-2A): Malakoff, Eustace, Grand Saline, Kemp, Lone Oak, Quitman, Winnsboro.
Basketball (Div. I, District 13-2A): Malakoff, Dallas Faith Family, Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Eustace, Kemp, Palmer, Red Oak Life, Scurry-Rosser

Cross Roads

Football (Div. I, District 6-1A): Cross Roads, Cayuga, Dallas Gateway, Italy, Itasca, Kerens
Basketball (Div. I, District 18-1A): Cross Roads, Cayuga, Hubbard, Kerens, Wortham

Trinidad

Football (Div. I, District 16-6man): Trinidad, Calvert, Karnack, Milford
Basketball (Div II, District 23-1A): Trinidad, Campbell, Cumby Miller Grove, Fruitvale, Yantis

Jan

27

Posted by : admin | On : January 27, 2012

From Staff Reports

SEVEN POINTS – Art students from Malakoff High School brought home the most ribbons – including Best in Show – from last weekend’s art show in Seven Points.

The third annual High School Art Show and Contest sponsored by The Library at Cedar

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Jan

27

Posted by : admin | On : January 27, 2012

From Staff Reports

The auditor has once again given Malakoff ISD a clean review.

Monday night, auditor J.W. Lambright gave his annual address to the MISD school

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Jan

26

Posted by : admin | On : January 26, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

Enrollment at Trinity Valley Community College this semester is down compared to last spring, according to figures released by the college.

Combined enrollment across all campuses is down 5.5 percent – or a little more than 500 students – from Spring 2011 with the total number of students dipping below 9,000.

“This is in general following the pattern statewide,” said TVCC President Glendon Forgey. “After experiencing tremendous growth in the past few years, community colleges around Texas are beginning to see enrollments level out or decline.”

Forgey said the improving economy

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Jan

24

Posted by : admin | On : January 24, 2012

 

 

January is School Board Recognition Month. This month, students on each of the Malakoff ISD campuses spent time honoring school board members. Pictured above is the current board, including: seated from left, Belinda Brownlow, board secretary; Gary Woolverton, board president; Dr. Pat Smith, board vice-president; back row from left, Jason Dalrymple; Daymon Sims; Superintendent Randy Perry; Rick Vieregge; and, Todd LaRue.


 

 

Jan

13

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : January 13, 2012

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Tigers are on fire, winning their first four district games to set up a showdown with also-undefeated Teague next Tuesday at home. Malakoff is 9-9 overall and 4-0 in District 14-2A.

The Tigers are off this Friday, Jan. 13.

In the past week, the Tigers have crushed, in order, Blooming Grove, Buffalo and Leon.

First, the Tigers dumped Blooming Grove

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