Learning Briefs, July 23

Published on Monday, 22 July 2013 17:34 - Written by

Staff Reports

Frankston board nominated for state honor

The Frankston ISD school board is the regional nominee for the Texas School Board of the Year competition.

The district was the Region 7 winner for the 2013 School Board of the Year Award, according to a news release about it. Region 7 includes 106 school districts in a 17-county northeast Texas area.

School board members are: Junior Mascorro, president; Ali Atwood, vice president; Carl House, secretary; Bob Whitehurst, Mark Bostick, Jerry Jones and Tim Brumley, according to the news release.

In August, the School Board Awards Committee will review Frankston ISD along with the 19 other regional school board winners and announce five Honor Boards.

All regional and honor boards will be recognized at the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Convention in September.

Frankston ISD Superintendent Keith Murphy nominated the board for its collaboration, synergy, ethical standards, financial integrity and commitment to students and staff, according to the news release.


Virtual public school information session July 31

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston, a free virtual public school for third- through 12th-graders, will have an information session in Tyler on July 31.

The session will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Quality Inn Conference Center, 2843 NNW Loop 323.

During the sessions, interested families can meet with academy teachers, learn about the family’s role in the educational process and find out how to balance time when more than one child is enrolled in the program, according to a news release.

Participants also will learn about the group field trips and extracurricular activities the academy’s community coordinators arrange to facilitate education, fun and networking.

The school provides all curriculum materials. In addition, a professional teacher is assigned to each student to oversee learning and assess progress. Visit ConnectionsAcademy.com for more information.


Tyler student receives Ingersoll Rand Merit Scholarship

Tyler home-school student Rachel Williams received a corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship financed by Ingersoll Rand.

The National Merit Ingersoll Rand Company Scholarship is one of about 1,000 National Merit Scholarships financed by companies, foundations and other business organizations.

The Ingersoll-Rand Charitable Foundation annually supports scholarships for its employees’ children as part of its long-standing commitment to education, according to the news release.

Ms. Williams plans to pursue a career in chemistry.