Special to the News Messenger
MARSHALL ISD – Marshall ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the 2019-2020 school year academic calendar during Monday’s regular March meeting held in the Pat Smith-Gasperson Board Room.
The first day of school in MISD will be Monday, August 26, 2019, with the last day of classes being May 28, 2020. In-between, students and staff will enjoy breaks in the schedule at least once a month.
Student holidays on the calendar include September 2 (Labor Day); October 10-11 (Fall Break); November 25-29 (Thanksgiving); December 23-January 6 (Christmas-New Year’s); January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); February 17 (Presidents Day); March 9-13 (Spring Break); April 10-13 (Good Friday/Easter); and May 25 (Memorial Day).
New Teacher Orientation is August 5-7, with returning staff scheduled to return from summer break on August 8. Staff will enjoy the same holidays as students, except that staff will return from Christmas break for a staff workday on January 6. The last day of work for all teaching staff will be Friday, May 29, 2020.
As part of the new calendar, the district announced new start times for the school day. Elementary schools will begin at 7:50 a.m., with Marshall Junior High and Marshall High School beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Marshall High School graduation date and time will be announced at a later date.
2019-2020 MISD Academic Calendar Key Dates
Aug. 5-7 New Teacher Orientation
Aug. 8-23 Staff Development
Aug. 26 First Day of School
Sept. 2 Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 10-11 Fall Break
Oct. 24 Early Release/Parent Conferences
Oct. 25 Staff Development/Student Holiday
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec. 20 Early Release
Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Christmas/New Year’s Holidays
Jan. 6 Staff Development/Student Holiday
Jan. 7 Classes Resume
Jan. 20 MLK Holiday
Feb. 13 Early Release/Parent Conferences
Feb. 17 Presidents Day Holiday
March 9-13 Spring Break
April 7-9 State Testing
April 10 Good Friday Holiday
April 13 Easter Holiday
May 4-15 State Testing
May 20 Memorial Day Holiday
May 28 Last Day of School
May 29 Staff Development
In other action from the March board meeting:
Clifton Harrison, a first-grade student at Price T. Young Elementary School, was the Flag Pledge Leader for March and opened the meeting by leading the pledges to the American and Texas flags. For his participation, Clifton was given a special certificate of recognition as well as a coupon for a free Blizzard treat from Marshall Dairy Queen.
In District Achievement, all-district players for Marshall High School volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball were recognized. Also being recognized for recent accomplishments were the MHS/MJHS Winterguard squads; MHS Air Force Junior ROTC Archery team; MHS Debate team; and MHS soccer senior Angie Garcia for earning Academic All-State honors.
Heather Regan-Bliven, fifth-grade co-teacher at Price T. Young, was honored with the March Above and Beyond Award.
Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent, presented the Lone Star Governance Review for March.
Anika Perkins, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented the monthly Data Review. Included in her March report were Part I of Spring Benchmarks, which were given for fifth- and eighth-grade Math and Reading; fourth- and seventh-grade Writing; and MHS English I and English II students on Feb. 25-March 1. Also as part of the Data Review segment, Ms. Perkins gave an update on “Wave 2” data for Washington Early Childhood Center.
Shirley Fletcher, AVID District Director, presented the annual report on the district’s AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program at MHS and MJHS.
Consent agenda items were approved, including the district’s monthly financial reports and minutes of board meetings from February. The Lone Star Governance Report for February was also approved, and trustees also approved the appointment of Dr. Gibson to serve as representative to the Regional Advisory Committee of Region 7 ESC for 2019-2020. Also as part of consent, the board approved the 2018-2019 instructional materials allotment and TEKS certification.
Trustees approved the Certification of Unopposed Candidates for the May 4, 2019, School Board Election for District 3. Trustees also voted to cancel the District 3 election, with incumbent Helen Warwick running unopposed.
Trustees approved the district’s Application for a Subchapter C Charter School for the purpose of establishing Marshall Early Graduation School. It is the vision of MISD for every student to graduate with a high school diploma, and the Early Graduation School will help the district carry out the vision. Potential students who enter Marshall Early Graduation School will be students who have fallen behind their cohort in earning academic credits; who struggle in a traditional classroom setting and school environment; and who desire to receive a diploma instead of dropping out of school for personal reasons, such as students with children, students who need to work, or possibly want to graduate early.
Trustees approved replacement of the elevator at Marshall High School. Three quotes were obtained for the project, with the final bid of $68,700 from OTIS being accepted.
The April meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. A Special Meeting for Agenda Review for that meeting will be held, April 11, at 12 p.m.