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MISD looking for opinions on reinstituting band program

By ROBERT WESTBROOK

We have been planning our staff and program needs for the 2013–2014 year for quite some time. Ultimately, part of our decisions will be dependent on what the legislature does this session. What are the potential implications of creating various pathways to graduation? Does this necessitate the hiring of new staff to meet the needs of our student? Are our facilities adequate to meet the program needs? Will the legislature increase school funding?

These are some of the questions we are examining as the legislature is in session and bills progress the process to become new laws.

One of the areas we are considering reinstituting is band. Research shows the value of music can increase student achievement in other academic areas. Before bringing back band, we would like to know what interest and support we have from our students, parents and community members.

Our students will be coming home with a survey that needs to be completed. In addition, the survey will be available on our website. Please let us know your thoughts on this matter; we value your input.

Our National Honor Society conducted a blood drive Monday and collected several units of blood. These donations go a long way in helping to save lives. This is yet another way our community reaches out to help others. Thank you.

Our baseball and softball teams have completed their respective seasons. The boys have all but one player returning next season. The girls lost their bi-district contest Friday night against Shiner and will return several talented ladies next season. The boys golf team finishes up their outstanding season Thursday and Friday at the state golf tournament. This is the second consecutive season Toby Sanders, Jacob Willingham, Mik Mader, Derek Walton and Tyde Taylor have qualified for the state tournament. Congratulations and we are rooting for you.

The track teams competed in their regional meet this past weekend in San Antonio. The boys finished third as a team and Dominique Messer has qualified for the state meet in the Triple Jump and 400 meter dash. Congratulations to all of our track athletes on a great season and good luck Dominique at the state meet on May 11.

This is a busy time of the year with lots of activities taking place. Come out Saturday and support the Knight Family Volleyball Tournament fund-raiser. This is the second annual event and it promises to be a fun filled tournament and you are guaranteed to go home with plenty of aches and pains as well lots of fun times and laughs, all for a good cause.

Other activities occurring over the next week are the following:

• Tuesday, High School Athletic Banquet.

• Wednesday, Granola with Grandparents (Elementary); National Honor Society Induction Ceremony; Junior High Athletic Banquet.

• Thursday, Junior High District Tennis at Taylor; FFA Banquet.

• Friday, Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea; State Track Meet.

• Saturday, State Track Meet; Prom.


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