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Rees's Pieces of Information March 2017

Make Hope A Habit

Hard Optimism by Price Pritchett

Hope is an emotional force that points the imagination toward positive things.  It energizes and mobilizes us, serving as a catalyst for action.  Since hope links directly to our confidence level, hope inspires us to aim higher, put forth more effort, and have more staying power.

 Under the influence of hope we think in terms of possibilities, answers, and solutions, instead of limits, losses, and fears.  This positive mental slant brings a valuable dimension to our lives. Hope also gives us resilience—bounce—the ability to recover from the punches life throws at us.

Psychological research shows that hopefulness helps people cope with difficult jobs, handle tragic illness, avoid depression, and achieve more academically.  Research proves that hope helps our chances. It puts wings on our performance.  Hope also heightens happiness and is even good to our health.   The key is to be hopeful on purpose. 

Deliberately Hopeful!

As we enter the last two months of the school year, I challenge every professional educator in MISD to instill hope in your students and hopefulness in your colleagues.  You see, hope is far too important to be left to chance.  We need to work at it, consciously, so hopefulness is part of our everyday thinking process.  #CAR #misdpremier

Limited Open Enrollment

Montgomery ISD is pleased to announce we are going to have Limited Open Enrollment (LOE) for grades K-5 this spring!  LOE basically is a process for non-resident students (don’t live in the MISD attendance zone) to gain access to our wonderful Montgomery ISD Schools.  The reasons we are implementing LOE this spring are three fold and all tied to finances.  First, Montgomery ISD did not grow at a fast pace this year.  We ended up growing 1.5% in 2016-17.  Second, the slower than expected student growth coupled with the repurposing of MIS into an elementary school, Lincoln Elementary, and building a new school, Keenan Elementary, provided MISD with more available seats in grades K-5. Thus, in most instances we can add students without having to add teachers.  Finally, since MISD is considered a “Property Wealthy School District” the only way the school district receives additional state revenue is by adding additional students. The reason we are not opening grades 6-12 for open enrollment has to do with future capacity needs.

Please encourage people you know with elementary age children who are interested in receiving a top-notch education from highly qualified and caring teachers to apply for LOE.  People you know like soccer moms, baseball/softball parents (no fanatics please), folks you go to church with, and people who care about their kid’s education and aspire to have them attend the finest schools in the state of Texas are our target audience. Any help you could provide in this endeavor would be most appreciated.  We have posted information on the MISD Website and on all MISD social media outlets.   Thanks for everything you do to make MISD a great place for kids to learn and educators to work

  • Marlon Runnels has been named the new Chief of Police for Montgomery ISD.His first day will be Monday, April 3rd.Please welcome Marlon to the MISD Family!
  • The Montgomery High School UIL Academic Team won the District Championship this past weekend!Great job & many thanks go to: MHS UIL Coordinator Chris Stowe and Academic Coaches Jacob Koshak, Kristi Burks, Laura Sullivan, Dayna Lawson, Chelsea Peverill, Lonni Barnes, Emily Holiday, Kate Whitaker, and Suzanne Ray!
  • MISD has 3 Destination Imagination Teams heading to state competition in Lubbock next month!Kathy Wheat, Lisa Miller, and Nikki Taylor are the Coaches!Congrats to all!!!
  • Montgomery High School Robotics Team competed at the state level for the first time last month with 13 students qualifying.PLTW Teachers and Coaches are Russell Reid and Jennifer Duffer!!!
  • Shout Out: Many thanks to MISD Testing Coordinator Linda Chilcoat!Linda has announced her retirement.Her attention to detail and organization made testing days a little less stressful for all of us!Thanks Chilli!!

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