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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

Looking forward to great things.


The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.

– Aristotle

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A Musician’s Paradox:Learn to Play in Time by Not Listening

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Texas PTA 2017 Legislative Priorities

Priorities: 85th Texas Legislative Session

  • Public School Funding – Pursue an adequate and equitable solution for school funding while maintaining accountability and responsibility for educating the whole child. In addition, Texas PTA advocates for funding for enrollment growth.
  • Powdered Alcohol – Pursue banning the sale to minors of powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, a powder that can be mixed with liquids — similar to the way Kool-Aid is mixed with water — to create an alcoholic beverage that can have alcohol levels equivalent to a shot of vodka.
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying – Strengthen the cyberbullying law to protect students from online, often anonymous, bullying by clarifying the role of school districts in addressing this behavior, and removing barriers to law enforcement’s ability to deal with offenders.
  • Funding for Quality Pre-K Grant Program
  • Funding for Full Day Pre-K for at-risk students
  • State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – Advocate for reduced emphasis on state-mandated testing, focusing on grades 3-8, and monitor changes to STAAR for high school students, and limits on benchmark testing for all tested grades.
  • State Accountability System – Pursue a new accountability system that is valid, reliable and balanced, focuses less on state assessment, and recognizes other attributes of a strong school program, including arts instruction and physical activity.
  • Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility – Raise the age for mandatory prosecution as an adult from 17 to 18, allowing non-violent offenders who are 17 years of age to be charged as a minor.
  • Districts of Innovation – Oppose efforts to take away latitude of Districts of Innovation to set their own school calendar.
  • Vouchers – Oppose vouchers, including Education Account Savings Programs that allow parents to apply for an education savings account. A portion of the funds the state expends for that student’s public school education is deposited into the account. The remained of the funds are kept by the public school the student previously attended. Money in the education savings account may be used to fund private school tuition, tuition at eligible institutions, distance education, curriculum.
  • State Board of Education – Actively weigh in on legislation impacting SBOE and monitor activity of SBOE in its quarterly meetings.

Texas PTA Survey

Texas A&M University is working collaboratively with Texas PTA to survey our members concerning HB 5 Endorsement Selection. As you may recall, Texas PTA was instrumental in the passage of HB 5, so we are committed to its success. This is a voluntary, anonymous survey. By completing it, your responses will provide invaluable information regarding:
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  1. The ways in which information about your middle and high school students’ endorsement selection process is transmitted to you
  2. How effective you feel the information you are receiving is to your ability to support your child’s decision making.

Deadline: 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Completing this survey is one more way you can back the future!


Happy 35th MHS!

Marcus is celebrating its 35th anniversary!

To commemorate the spectacular year ahead, you can get a limited edition gray t-shirt with red & black “M” logo for just $10!

Be sure to order yours before Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.


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Michael White, MHS Senior created the winning logo design!


They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know: Bringing STEM to Life!

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SBOE Seeks Your Input

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is seeking input from the public on the STAAR Assessment Program and the state’s accountability program with the goal of gathering suggestions for future program development.

The survey is open through June 30.

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From October 2015 to March 2016, SBOE members held several Community Conversations around the state. The issues raised during the community meetings are addressed in the survey.

“Our constituents often talk to board members about testing and school ratings issues,” said Donna Bahorich, chair of the SBOE. “I felt it was also important for board members to have in-depth discussions to learn what educators, parents, business people and others want from these two high profile programs. I believe our findings will be useful in shaping the next generation systems.”

Information gathered from the survey and Community Conversations will be compiled into a report and presented to the SBOE during its July 19-22 meeting. Once adopted, the report will be provided to legislative leaders and the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability.

The 15-member commission, created by the Texas Legislature, is to make recommendations for statutory changes to the state’s assessment and accountability systems. The commission report is to be submitted to the governor and legislature by Sept.1.

Read comments from the Community Conversations, you can check them out here.

Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability.

College Life Readiness

US News & World Report

7 Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before College
By Briana Boyington,

college boundArticle topics:

  • Planning
  • Managing Money
  • Studying
  • Staying Safe & Healthy

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