Montgomery ISD Premier Praise Page: July – August 2021

Every month, Montgomery ISD celebrates the extraordinary contributions of our teachers and staff through “Gold Cards.” Those new to MISD may find themselves asking, “What exactly IS a Gold Card? Why would I give one? HOW do I give one?”

Gold Cards are officially titled, “The Premier Card.” They are a tangible way for any Montgomery ISD staff member to recognize a fellow employee for something specific or just general praise. It is left entirely up to the one submitting the card. You can find the cards in various locations throughout every MISD campus or department facility. After the card is completed, they are submitted to campus or district administration. Upon submission, the cards are forwarded to MISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. He then reads them, signs them, and sends them back to the campus where the recipient of the gold card is recognized.

As we kicked off the 2021-2022 school year, many MISD employees celebrated their fellow MISD employees through those precious gold cards. Below are recipients of gold recognition cards for July and August. Congratulations!

Montgomery ES receives iPad donation from Suddenlink

Montgomery Elementary Principal Bobby Ingalls, Library Media Specialist Kelli Kojis, MISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Carrie Fitzpatrick, Montgomery Mayor Sara Countryman, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannan Reid are joined by Suddenlink representatives

Montgomery Elementary School is starting the 2021-22 school year with new iPads thanks to the generosity of Suddenlink Communications. The internet and media provider delivered 15 iPads and 600 composition notebooks to the campus on the first day of classes.

“Our company is committed to supporting education across the country,” Suddenlink Marketing Engagement Manager Curt Allison said. “The Montgomery area is very important to us as a company. We’re always looking for opportunities to support the incredible students of Montgomery ISD.”

Montgomery ES Principal Bobby Ingalls said donations like this from business partners have a significant impact on their campus in many ways.  

“This generous donation is invaluable to our campus,” Ingalls said. “Support from community partners empowers us to use our campus budget in other ways that enhance student learning environments.”

The campus already has plans in place for the new devices, which will benefit all grade levels in a variety of subject areas.

“Students across all grade levels will be able to use these devices in several subject areas,” Montgomery ES Library Media Specialist Kelli Kojis said. “The possibilities are truly endless.”

Pathway to Premier: The Montgomery ISD Strategic Plan

“Pathway to Premier,” Montgomery ISD’s strategic plan, is the product of a six-month-long effort to collaborate with all district stakeholders, identifying existing district strengths and areas for improvement. The strategic plan focuses on the Board of Trustees’ five district goals and contains measurable key performance indicators in targeted areas.

The Board-approved district goals are:

1) Academic Achievement

2) School Safety

3) Finance and Operations

4) Human Capital

5) Communication and Customer Service

The Pathway to Premier can be read here.

Montgomery HS Student Selected for Prestigious Internship

When Grace Tilley returns to campus this fall to kick off her junior year, the Montgomery High School student will have one incredible story to share about how she spent her summer. She has been selected for a STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) internship at the University of Texas in Austin’s Center for Space Research.

The program, sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with scientists and engineers designing Mars habitats, conducting authentic research from information received from NASA’s Earth observing satellites, Lunar Exploration and robotics. The goal is for students to increase their STEM knowledge through Earth and space education.

“I’ve spent many hours doing research and reflection to prepare for this opportunity,” MHS student Grace Tilley said. “To have an opportunity to work alongside actual scientists and engineers as part of the SEES internship is nothing short of thrilling for me.”

Out of 700 applications, Grace was one of 300 selected to participate in the internship, which is virtual this year due to the pandemic.

“I’m excited for Grace to have this experience to research and work alongside professional scientists and engineers on projects that are current space exploration initiatives for NASA and other entities,” MHS Aerospace Engineering Teacher Jennifer Duffer said. “I know she will gain more than academic knowledge during her internship and will represent herself and Montgomery well.”

Montgomery ISD Introduces the Class of 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, Montgomery ISD proudly introduces the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for Montgomery and Lake Creek High Schools. These students have accomplished so much in their K through 12 educational career, ultimately earning the top two spots in their graduating classes. We are incredibly proud of them along with the entire MISD class of 2021!

Montgomery High School

Valedictorian, Nicholas Ensey

In addition to excelling in the classroom, Nicholas was involved in many organizations throughout his high school career. Some of his extracurricular accomplishments include National Honor Society President, Student Council Treasurer and playing on the MHS Bears football team. He was also named Mr. Montgomery High School and represented the bears at Texas Boys State. After graduation, Nicholas plans to attend The University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Computer Science. His career goals include software development and establishing a company.

“It’s truly an honor to be named the Montgomery High School 2021 valedictorian,” Nicholas said. “There have been some amazing teachers in my life who have shaped me into the person I am today.”

Salutatorian, Dustin Dillon

Although Dustin’s dream for his future has him looking to the stars, his history at Montgomery also had him looking skyward. He served on the team that built Purple Bearon, an RV-12 FAA certified airplane. He also served as the MHS Choir President and was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society and VEX Robotics Team. Dustin plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue an Aerospace Engineering degree. His career goal is to become a Flight Dynamics Officer for NASA.

“I’ve grown up in MISD and it is sad to say goodbye, but endings are just the start of something new,” Dustin said. “The most beautiful things come from new beginnings.”

Lake Creek High School

Valedictorian, Lyle Tobin

Lyle has a unique bragging right when it comes to his high school career, multiple state champion titles! In his senior year, he earned State Championship titles in Social Studies and Current Issues and Events as part of multiple University Interscholastic League academic teams. Lyle’s post-high school plans include attending the University of Mississippi in the pursuit of becoming an Oncologist.

Salutatorian, Isabel Harwood

Isabel’s high school career is an interesting mix of journalism and science. As part of the Lake Creek Journalism team, Isabel served as yearbook editor. She also competed on the UIL Science team, which may serve her well after graduation. She plans to attend The University of Texas as a Nursing major, with a career goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

“Something I have learned throughout high school is that there is not one true definition of success,” Isabel said. “It is a measurement of how much work you are willing to put in to achieve your dreams, whatever they may be. Everyone is successful in their own unique way.”

Conversations with Dr. Heath Morrison

As the 2020-2021 year comes to a close, so does the inaugural season of Conversations with Dr. Heath Morrison. In the latest installment, Montgomery Junior High teacher Dr. Steven Meeker sits down with Dr. Morrison to reflect on the many opportunities, challenges and celebrations we experienced during this past year.

‘Seriously, Best Day Ever’: MISD Marvels Hosts First Ever Mission Possible Day

On a sunny spring day, a select group of Montgomery ISD students took the field at the MISD Athletic stadium to participate in the first ever “Mission Possible Day.” The event was hosted by the MISD Special Education department and featured a wide range of events designed to showcase their athletic skills while having fun.

“Students were able to participate in field events such as Races, Distance Throwing, Individual Skills Games of Kicking and Dribbling, Group Games of Giant Volleyball, Parachute Games, Giant Cup Stacking, Line Dancing,” Executive Director of Special Education Meredith Burg said. “All games and activities were modified to fit the individual needs of our fantastic athletes.”

Also in attendance were student volunteers, district employees and parents to cheer the athletes, making it a special day for everyone.

“As the mother of a child with special needs, my circle tends to be pretty small. Talking to other parents that day felt like a weight was being lifted, even if temporarily. We connected and were able to brag on our kids’ victories and have the other person truly understand that sometimes the little things are REALLY BIG to a special needs parent,” MISD Marvels parent Jessica Prosser said. “Seriously, best day ever!”

Video Production students from Montgomery High School captured the action, producing a video highlighting the day’s exciting events. You can watch the video below.