Montgomery HS Bears Football Named State Finalist for Academic Excellence Award

The Montgomery High School Bears football program has been named state finalists by the Texas High School Coaches Association for the 2021-2022 National Football Foundation’s High School Academic Excellence Award. This designation recognizes athletic programs that command excellence on the field and in the classroom.

“We are very excited to be named a finalist for this outstanding award,” Montgomery HS Head Football Coach John Bolfing said. “Our athletes’ dedication to their academic studies in addition to their chosen sport is, and always will be, a priority for our coaching staff.  We’re proud of their success in the classroom as well as on the field.”

To qualify for the award, the team must maintain a 3.0-grade point average. The Bears are one of only 84 high schools across the state, and only 18 of the 5A schools to be named finalists for the award.

“By stressing the importance of academic success, Coach Bolfing and his staff are preparing these student-athletes for success beyond their high school careers,” Montgomery ISD Athletic Director Clint Heard said. “In Montgomery ISD, there’s an expectation for student-athletes to be role models on and off the field. To us, being named a finalist for this award recognizing their academic success is just as important as their athletic accomplishments.”

This recognition is the latest in a string of accolades earned by the Bears in the 2021-2022 school year. Last fall, they concluded their 2021 season with an 11-1 record, earning the UIL District 10 5A Division 2 title and advancing to the second round of the UIL playoffs.

“A student athlete’s success is often publicly celebrated, however, the hard work and commitment needed for academic success is often overlooked,” TX HS Coaches Association’s Executive Director Joe Martin said. “At a time when students need the support of their teachers and coaches the most, the Montgomery HS football staff’s dedication to developing the whole child is to be applauded.”

The Texas High School Coaches Association is a leadership organization that provides continuing education, resources and other services to its members across Texas.

The National Football Foundation is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to promote and develop amateur football’s impact by developing leadership qualities, sportsmanship and the drive for academic excellence in America’s youth. The NFF will announce the State Champions and National Finalist for each classification on February 2, 2022. The National Champions will be announced in February during Super Bowl Week. More information about the National Football Foundation and the High School Academic Excellence Awards can be found on their website,

Montgomery ISD Praise Page: November, 2021

Every month throughout the school year, Montgomery ISD celebrates faculty and staff for their extraordinary contributions while serving MISD students through “The Premier Card,” commonly known as “Gold Cards.” To learn more, check out the video below.

Throughout November, over 100 MISD employees received gold cards. They’re celebrated on the Praise Page below. Congratulations!

National Signing Day Spotlight Shines on Lion Athletes

It was an exciting day at Lake Creek High School as Lion athletes made their higher education intentions known as part of National Signing Day. In all, eight students signed letters of intent to the college of their choice. 

“This is an exciting day for our athletes, their families, and Lake Creek High School Athletics,” LCHS Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach Pat Kennedy said. “It’s the reward after years of hard work and dedication to their chosen sport and academic studies as they take their next step in their educational journey and beyond. We’re incredibly proud.”

Caelee Clark                            Softball                       Texas Lutheran University

Anna Ertischek                     Volleyball                    Brandeis University

Rilynn Guynes                       Swim                           St. Mary University

Mikole Hogan                         Rifle                             Texas Christian University

Emma Little                            Track and Field           Texas A&M University

Madelyn Lopez                       Softball                        Syracuse University

Jaron Lyness                          Baseball                      Tyler Junior College

Shane Sdao                             Baseball                      Texas A&M University

Anna Ertischlek: Brandeis University, Volleyball
Jaron Lyness: Tyler Junior College, Baseball
Shane Sdao: Texas A&M University, Baseball
Mikole Hogan: Texas Christian University, Rifle
Caelee Clark: Texas Lutheran University, Softball
Madelynn Lopez: Syracuse University, Softball
Riylenn Guynes: St. Mary University, Swim
Emma Little: Texas A&M University, Track and Field

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.