Ms. Daniell and Ms. Bergvall, both first grade teachers at LaRue Miller Elementary, MUSTACHE you to read great books this summer! In celebration of National Children's Book Week, students and staff are dressing in daily themes.
Garvin Selected to Present at Edmodo Conference in California
Over 27,000 educators from 170 different countries registered last year to hear about creative ways to use Edmodo. This year, Walnut Grove Middle School teacher Nathan Garvin submitted a presentation proposal and was selected along with nine other teachers from California, Florida, Michigan and Australia to present at the EdmodoCon 2014 on August 6. He will share how he uses Edmodo to improve the essay revising and editing process for students in his 7th grade reading/language arts classroom.
This online tool is a secure, social learning network that helps many elementary and middle school MISD teachers embrace technology and better communicate with their students by posting assignments, quizzes, polls, and have small group discussions on projects. Furthermore, parents can have a separate login to view his/her child's homework assignments.
Midlothian ISD is proud to have Garvin showcase his 21st century teaching method to educators from around the world.
Posted: June 23, 2014
Each year the Servant Leader Award is given to a Midlothian ISD staff member who exhibits characteristics such as: Listening, Empathy, Healing, Awareness, Persuasion, Conceptualization, Foresight, Stewardship, Commitment to the Growth of People, and Building the Community through Schools. Nominations are submitted by colleagues and evaluated by a School Board subcommittee. At the June 16 meeting, the Board unanimously approved the recommendation to award the 2014 MISD Servant Leader Award to Margie Nisbett, Walnut Grove Middle School teacher.
2014 Servant Leader Margie Nisbett pictured with School Board member Keith Hitt
(photo courtesy of Mike Sackett at Waxahachie Daily Light)
Summer Learning for Staff
While June 9 marked the beginning of summer break for 7,800 students, it has signaled crunch time for district teachers and school administrators preparing for the 2014-15 school year, which begins on August 25.
This week, the MISD Administration Building is full of staff attending writing, math, and CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) workshops. The elementary and secondary administrators are at a conference in Austin attending leadership and instructional development sessions to learn best practices and effective strategies for reaching all students.
Throughout the summer, MISD will host many professional development workshops for staff. The district recognizes its responsibility to provide the support and resources for staff to be successful in the classroom.
New Insurance Rates for 2014-15
The TRS Board approved the changes to the TRS-ActiveCare program. Effective September 1, 2014, these are the new Rates and Benefits Changes for school year 2014-2015. Download and view rates | Plan Highlights [PDF]
Teacher & Paraprofessional Scholarships
The Midlothian ISD Education Foundation administers two scholarship funds for MISD employees' continuing education. Thank you to the United Way of West Ellis County for initially funding the Paraprofessional Scholarships, and to Trust US Federal Credit Union for funding a 2013 Teacher and a Paraprofessional Scholarship.
Applications for both scholarships are now available for the 2013-2014 school year. Employees who are chosen for this year's scholarships will be notified they've won at their MISD Staff Awards Ceremonies in late May or early June.
For more information, please contact Chelsi Frazier at 972-775-8296 ext. 1281
Leadership Midlothian Enjoyed 21st Century Learners
Posted: April 17, 2014
Each year local citizens and business professionals participate in Leadership Midlothian and spend half a day learning about Midlothian ISD. On April 16, Superintendent Dr. Stewart welcomed the leadership group and Mrs. Childers, Mt. Peak Elementary principal, talked about how MISD teachers design lessons to keep students engaged.
As a 21st Century Learner in Mrs. Xavier's third grade class, Jaden S. had the opportunity to share his personal experience with Project Launch and how it has helped his congenital nystagmus condition. Watch video.
The community leaders also visited the Midlothian High School, Agricultural Science Facility and toured Midlothian Heritage High School. View photos
Skyward mobile app available for MISD Staff
Midlothian ISD employees can access their accounts, requisitions, PO’s, paychecks, and time off information through the Skyward Mobile Access app. The app saves the login and password for fast, easy access. The free app can be downloaded on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, and works with iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and Android mobile devices. If you need your login information, please contact Kim Melton.
Jenkins Development Center
The center is open to all district employees, and school-aged parents of the district. It is currently licensed by the state of Texas for 125 children, from 6 weeks of age to 5 years. We are recognized as a four-star facility by the Child Care Services division of the Texas Workforce Commission.
We observe the same calendar as the district. We pro-rate Summer Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Breaks (no charge for the times we are closed).
The daycare is located inside the Laura Jenkins Development Center, 315 East Ave. E, Midlothian, TX 76065, (972) 775-8955 with operating hours 7am to 4:30pm. For further details or to ask questions, please contact Daycare Director, Glenda Dooley.
Feeding Schedule [PDF]
NOTE: The parent handbook and supply lists for the 2014-2015 school year will be updated on June 2.
All staff must complete the Compliance Training Courses listed below annually. Please note there may be changes through upcoming legislative sessions. Download the instructions and documentation form below, then follow instructions to complete the training.
- Compliance Training Documentation [PDF]
- Bully Prevention
- Child Abuse-Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child
- Diabetes Basics [PDF] | Guide to Diabetes Management [PDF]
- FERPA [PDF]
- Section 504 Overview [PDF]
- Sexual Harrassment [PDF]
- Suicide Prevention (face to face with counselors. If this is missed, must complete online training on Region 10 website)
- Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) One time 3 hour online training for all classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. After completing the one-time 3 hour requirement, administrators must complete the one hour overview annually. TEA is tracking this information.
- Go to www.esc4.net and click on Professional Development then Professional Development Home.
- Click the Sign In box in the top left corner of the page
- Once signed in, enter TBSI in the Session ID or Keyword box.
- Click on ID 973203 for the 3 hour teacher course for TBSI.
- Administrators take this course first, then take administrator overview in subsequent years.
In addition to the above, all new staff and MISD staff who have not yet completed the following training, must do so.
- Anaphylaxis [PDF]
- Blood Born Pathogen [PDF]
- Copyright & Fair Use for Educators [PDF]
- Sexual Abuse and Other Maltreatment of Children
- Texas Educators' Code of Ethics
Print the certificates upon completion.