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.

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.”