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January 2017 Was School Board Recognition Month

Special To Welcome Home

January was great time to focus on the crucial role an elected board of trustees plays in our communities and schools. The North East ISD Board of Trustees is made up of seven community leaders. They receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. They not only volunteer their time and effort for our local schools, but they also speak up for our system of public education on a statewide level. These public servants sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. They bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to their task, and they take their responsibilities seriously. The whole community benefits from their vigilance in providing good schools. Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children and our communities. Local school board members are an all-star team, focused on our schools.

Join us is saying thank you to our All-Star Team!

Shannon Grona, President, District 5
Brigitte Perkins, Vice President, District 7
Sandy Hughey, Secretary, District 1
Tony Jaso, Trustee, District 6
Jim Wheat, Trustee, District 4
Edd White, Trustee, District 2
Sandi Wolff, Trustee, District 3


Memorial ECHS Named A Texas Honor Roll School

Submitted by Madison Lozano

The Comal ISD Memorial Early College High School has been named an Honor Roll school for the Inaugural 2015 Texas Honor Roll.

“This is a testament to the work of the administrators, teachers and students, as well as strong support from parents,” said Superintendent Andrew Kim. “In a short time, MECHS has made tremendous gains in academic growth.”

This distinction comes from Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), a national campaign for business and education leaders.

These organizations deem Honor Roll schools to be leader schools in student achievement, with high levels of academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. College readiness is also stressed.

“This year, 713 schools were recognized for high performing in high poverty areas, distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps,” said Dr. James S. Lanich, President and CEO of the Educational Results Partnership.

The Partnership uses national research to identify success factors in high performing schools and districts, including clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college and career.

“We take this time to celebrate this honor, as well as the fact that MECHS, along with Church Hill Middle School, received all seven distinctions in 2015 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings,” Kim said.

Only 153 middle and high schools across the state earned all seven distinction designations.

“From all of us at ERP and IPE, I issue you heartfelt congratulations and thank you for a job well done. We are proud to tell your story and promote your success in serving students well,” Lanich said.

Still, the honor of this designation only pushes the MECHS to strive even higher in the future.

“We don’t want to rest. We have more to do and opportunities to do better. We plan to work extremely hard to improve for the upcoming school year,” Kim said.