Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Best Continues Living The Dream As MHS Assistant Principal

MARSHALL, Texas  – As she prepares to begin her 10th year as an employee at Marshall ISD, Tiffany Best continues to live her dream.

As a student at Marshall High School, Best began setting her career goals and, to this point, she continues down the path. Her first “dream job” was being a director of the Marshall Mavettes drill team. Check.

And as of earlier this month, her second “dream” position has been reached after being named the new assistant principal at Marshall High School. Check.

The next step is working with new MHS principal Larry Davis and his staff to guide Marshall High School and its students to new heights both inside and outside of the classroom, beginning with the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

“I live my life by the philosophy that there are no exceptions and no excuses,” said Best, who spent the last seven years as a director of the Mavettes. “This is crucial in the world of education. We ask faculty and students every day to push and stretch themselves in ways they never have before. What would happen if any of them believed they were an exception or they had excuses of why they could not push themselves? Our students’ education would become stagnant. We can never accept this mentality.”

Best and her family moved to Marshall from Reno, Nevada, when Tiffany was in the sixth grade. She immediately began trying to understand the smaller community and its ties to the local school system, and quickly began to learn the pride of being a Maverick.

“I had many people show me and mold me into a devoted member of the ‘Maverick Nation,’” she said. “I loved how tight-knit the community was and how supportive they were of their Mavericks. I plan to be an instrumental member of the administrative team that ignites the fire in Marshall all over again.”

Best credits her parents with instilling in her a tireless work ethic and the desire to set high goals for herself. She reached a goal of becoming a college graduate in 2003, when she earned her bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University. She then set out to attain a master’s degree, which she earned in 2011 from Stephen F. Austin State University.

In between, she led the Mavettes while also teaching in the district. She has also served as the high school’s Testing Coordinator.

“I am very excited for the upcoming school year,” she said. “The sky is the limit. The energy in Maverick Nation will be palpable as we are about to soar to new heights. I look forward to working for Marshall.”

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Enrollment Scheduled Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

Parents: Summer enrollment for NEW students in Marshall ISD will  take place at the MISD Administration Building on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:00 am to Noon.

Only parents or legal guardians may register students. Please bring the following for registration:

  • Picture ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residence (current School Property Tax Receipt OR current Rental Agreement

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Letter To The Maverick Nation

Mr. Larry Davis
Principal, Marshall High School

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Community,

I am so excited to join the Marshall High School family! I remember driving from Fort Worth to Marshall last week for the Board meeting and it felt like 10 hours, when in actuality it was only just less than three.  However, that is just how excited I was to get here, to meet the Board members and to become the next leader of Marshall High School. In college I was a University of Texas at Arlington Maverick, so thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a Maverick once more.

I am honored to become part of a district whose culture, history and tradition is as rich as there is in the state of Texas.  I am looking forward to working for our students, working with our parents and teaming with the faculty, staff and administrators in writing the next storied chapter in the great history that is Marshall High School.  The Maverick Nation will be student-centered, and we are going to love our students.

I would like to thank Dr. Smith and the members of Board for blessing me with the opportunity to lead the Maverick Nation.  As we all know, when educators and adults come together for the common good of children, great things happen.  I am looking forward to great things.

As your new principal, I promise to invite each of you to be part of the next stage in cultivating an already rich Maverick culture.  When you see me, you will recognize me by the excitement that I exhibit in being your new principal.  I look forward to meeting each of you and shaking hands, thus connecting our future in a commitment to excellence at Marshall High School.

The writing of the next storied chapter and the expectation of great things to come starts today.  Thank you for allowing me to lead our children in the next phase of their education.  We start by making the world better, one Maverick at a time. Maverick Nation, built with Maverick Pride!

Larry Davis
Marshall High School

Friday, June 14, 2013

MISD Announces Administrative Hires At MHS

Larry Davis, formerly assistant principal at Saginaw High School, was named the new Principal of Marshall High School Thursday during a Special Called Meeting by the Marshall ISD Board of Trustees. 

Along with the announcement of the new principal at MHS, the Board also approved Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith’s recommendations of Tiffany Best as MHS Assistant Principal and Melissa McIntosh as MHS Academic Dean.

“We are excited about these new additions to the administrative team at Marshall High School,” said Dr. Smith. “They are a well-rounded group of educators who are excited about the chance to work closely with our high school students, faculty and staff to bring MHS to a new level of achievement.”

Davis comes to Marshall from Saginaw High School, of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD near Fort Worth, where he has been Assistant Principal since 2007. He has also held administrative or teaching positions at Saginaw High School, Dallas Lincoln High School and Arlington Martin High School.

He is a published author, having written Preparing to Pass the TExES Principal Exam which was published in 2011. He has also written, developed and instituted a new teacher mentoring program for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

Davis earned an Associate Degree of Arts in Sociology/English from Weatherford College and then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Texas-Arlington. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas Woman’s University in 2008.

Best moves into the Assistant Principal position at MHS after having served as the high school’s Testing Coordinator and Mavette Director. She has been teaching in the district since 2004 and has led the Mavettes the last seven years along with her teaching duties.

Best received her Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas Baptist University in 2003, and earned a Master of Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2011.

McIntosh returns to MISD after serving as Assistant Superintendent in Jefferson ISD since 2009. She served in Jefferson as a Principal and Assistant Principal before assuming the role of Assistant Superintendent.

McIntosh was a former teacher of the year and fourth-grade teacher at South Marshall Elementary, and she also served MISD as Curriculum and Instructional Specialist from 2004-2005.

McIntosh completed her Superintendent Certification in 2009 from Texas A&M – Texarkana. She earned a Master of Educational Administration and also completed her Principal Certification from Texas A&M – Texarkana as well.

McIntosh earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas Baptist University in 1997.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MISD Employees To Receive Retention Stipend in 2013-2014

Marshall Independent School District’s Board of Trustees have approved a five-percent retention stipend for all full-time employees for the 2013-2014 school year.

By a unanimous vote during the Board’s regular May meeting last week, all full-time employees will receive the stipend in two payments next year – half in December and the other half in May.

“We are pleased to give our employees this one-time stipend in an effort to help provide some salary relief,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith, who has made providing some type of salary increase to district employees a top priority since he joined the district in May 2012. “This option gives our employees something they can actually feel in their pocketbook as well as providing the district with some flexibility budget-wise to consider other possible scenarios in the future, when we have a better idea of our state funding.”

The Board approved the stipend as a one-time addition to next year’s budget, meaning it currently is only in place for the 2013-2014 school year.

The retention stipend marks the end of a three-year period in which employees of MISD had not been given a raise due to budgetary concerns caused by statewide budget cuts to education. All full-time employees of the district will receive the raise in the December 2013 and May 2014 paychecks.

“Our employees should be commended for the hard work they have done to sacrifice and tighten their belt against some very tough budget challenges,” Dr. Smith said. “We have worked very hard to get to this point and this stipend will give us the opportunity to hopefully do more in the future while providing some immediate relief to our employees.”

Only employees who return from the current school year are eligible for the stipend. All new hires to the district in 2013-2014 are not eligible.

Friday, May 10, 2013

MHS' Landon Brune Accepts Baseball Scholarship From Panola College

Marshall High School senior pitcher Landon Brune has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and play baseball at Panola College.

Brune was 5-4 this season for the Mavericks with a 2.70 ERA in just under 60 innings. He finished the year with 87 strikeouts.

Brune will join a Panola program that is currently 27-24 on the year heading into the Region 14 Tournament this weekend.

Joining Brune at his official signing ceremony Thursday were his parents, Andy and Danna Brune; Mavs baseball coach Lee Berry; MISD Athletic Director Clint Harper; Mark Bayliss and Shaun Sonnier, two of Brune's personal coaches; and fellow Maverick Baseball seniors.

Congratulations to Landon and best of luck in the future!

Dimmitt, Ortiz Named Top Two Seniors

From left, Alicia Ortiz and Taylor Dimmitt

Marshall High School has announced the top two seniors for its 2013 graduating class, with Taylor Dimmitt being named valedictorian and Alicia Ortiz earning salutatorian honors.

Taylor Dimmitt is the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Dimmitt. She will attend Texas A&M University, where she plans to major in English and will also seek a master’s in Secondary Education.

Taylor served as National Honor Society Secretary as a senior and was also President of the Varsity Chorale. She also served as Mavette Captain in 2012-2013.

Alicia Ortiz is the daughter of Aurelio and Teresa Ortiz. She has participated in Theatre Club, National Honor Society, UIL One Act Play, Volleyball, Track, UIL Ready Writing, UIL Prose and UIL Literary Criticism.

Alicia will be attending Brown University, and wants to work as an educator in southeast Asia. She also would like to begin a career in advertising.

Both Dimmitt and Ortiz were also recognized as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Dimmitt and Ortiz will be recognized along with the other members of the Top 10 graduating seniors at MHS during the May 20 meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees.