MHS/9 Notice | Feb. 15

Feb. 15, 2018 [9:45 p.m.]

Marcus families,

We apologize for the late notice, but we know emotions are running high for many students and parents after today’s situation on campus. We know the rumor mill is in full effect tonight, so we want to take a minute to address what we know.

The Flower Mound Police Department has received calls regarding a rumor of a threat to campus. We are taking these threats seriously, although at this point we do not have any information we believe is a credible threat.

There will be an increased police presence on campus tomorrow to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.

If your student has any credible information, please contact the Flower Mound Police Department at 972-539-0525.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will inform you of any further developments.

Gary Shafferman
Principal
Marcus High School

Membership Meeting

What: Membership Meeting
When: Monday, February 5 @ 6:30pm (prior to Open House)
Where: Auditorium at Marcus High School

We will be voting on Standing Rules revisions for Marcus PTSA and budget amendments.

Standing Rules

Superintendent Responds

Jan. 19, 2018

Lewisville ISD Students, Parents and Community Members,

In a recent report, the U.S. Department of Education found the Texas Education Agency (TEA) put requirements in place that led Texas schools to violate federal laws requiring schools to serve all students with disabilities. Simply put, TEA in 2004 began monitoring the percentage of special education students in school districts, and penalized districts with a special education enrollment of greater than 8.5 percent.

I want to be crystal clear on LISD’s practice regarding students served by our special education team. The number of students receiving those services in LISD has always exceeded the number established by the state. Frankly speaking, we never paid attention to the cap put in place by the state, and the district’s ratings suffered because we took a stand for the students who needed special education services.

Our concern is and has always been serving each and every student who walks through our doors. We provide outstanding opportunities to all of our nearly 53,000 students, and we will continue to do so.

Governor Greg Abbott claims a “dereliction of duty on the part of many school districts to serve our students,” which is an assertion I take great issue with. I invite Gov. Abbott to visit our schools and see the way not only our special education staff members serve our students, but also the way the entire campus supports all of our learners. While we respect the governor, he is misguided and misinformed regarding the work being done by public schools across our state to serve special education students.

I hope Gov. Abbott and TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, who was appointed by Gov. Abbott, will support our public schools in unraveling the mess TEA created with requirements that agency put in place. In the meantime, we will keep doing what we do best – ensuring all our students thrive in a future they create.

Kevin Rogers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lewisville Independent School District

1 Ugly Truth

Senior Scholarships!

Attention Seniors –

Time is getting close for applying for the Marcus PTSA Senior Scholarships.   To apply for the scholarship, you must be a member of the Marcus PTSA by January 31, 2018.   There are two ways to join the Marcus PTSA and memberships are $15.

Navigate to http://www.joinpta.org/ then choose Lewisville ISD and Marcus PTSA.  There is a convenience fee to join on line.

We will also have a representative at Marcus in front of the counselor office Friday January 26, 2018 from 7:30 am – 8:15 am and you can fill out an application and pay to join the PTSA.  Please bring either a check or exact change.

The scholarship applications are due Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm.  The application will be available at http://marcusptsa.org/senior-scholarship/ on February 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am.

January PEP

Membership Meeting 05-FEB

What: Membership Meeting
When: February 5 @ 6:30pm (prior to Open House)
Where: Auditorium at Marcus High School

We will be voting on Standing Rules revisions for Marcus PTSA. Click below to view the document.

Standing Rules

PEP – Growth Mindset

Everything

What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

The admissions process is a maddening mishmash of competing objectives, and an attempt to measure the unmeasurable: you. No, it isn’t fair, and likely never will be.

The admissions process is out of whack. Just ask the heartbroken applicant, rejected by her dream school. Ask high school counselors, who complain that colleges don’t reward promising students for their creativity, determination or service to others. Even the gatekeepers at some famous institutions acknowledge, quietly, that the selection system is broken.

Full Story – NY Times

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings Marcus High School PTSA Members

On behalf of the Marcus High School PTSA Executive Board, we would like to take this opportunity and say, “Thank You” for choosing to be a member and for supporting the mission and goals of the association. We couldn’t provide quality programming, award senior scholarships, or impact the community without you!

As you give thanks and spend time with family and friends, near or far, know that “WE” are thankful for “YOU“!

Happy Thanksgiving!

From your MHS PTSA Executive Board 2017/2018