MM gym renovations on schedule

Martin's Mill ISD board of trustees held the regular monthly meeting June 13.  

During the principals reports the board was informed that junior high has completed summer school and elementary will begin summer school soon.  The Farm Bureau presented elementary with $300 to purchase iPads. 

High school state UIL results were also presented.  The tennis doubles team received a bronze medal, Noah Ingram placed sixth in computer science, and Riley Alsobrook was third in literary criticism.  Martin’s Mill ISD summer hours for staff are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday  and the superintendent is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The End of Course test results were released but STAAR test results will not be released until July. 


Edgewood High School announces awards

Gold Honor Roll Fourth Nine Weeks

 Ninth Grade-Shannon Baker, Breann Chaney, Jordan Davison, Madeleine Eskue, Jesus Gomez, Payne Gowin, Keeley Hawkins, Joseph Henson, Heather Hodge, Morgan Hollister, Kaylah Hosford, Mason Lewis, Katy Pool, Chelsie Renfro, Alison Simmons, Jayden Spigelmyer, Cooper Stone, Rebecca Townsend, Emily Warren and Jaxon Wilson.

Tenth Grade-Jed Barker, Jordan Beckham, Lacy Duke, Sierra Govan, Tyler Johnson, David Kelley, Nicole Neal, Veronica Nelson, Danae rivers, Mary Sharff, Baileigh Slavens, Barry Watson and Clayton Westberry.

Eleventh Grade-Haylee Allen, Ashlynn Belzle, Sara Chaney, Matt Fields, Kaylee Golightly, Eryn Hayes, Quinton Locke, Eugenia McKinney, Allie Perez and Trent Smith.


Martin’s Mill State qualifiers headed to Austin

Courtesy Photo Martin’s Mill State qualifiers

Martin’s Mill had 12 students who placed at the Regional Level UIL contest participate in a school sendoff as they headed to State.

Competing in Literary Criticism are Jillian Jones and Rylie Alsobrook. Bethany Welsh is competing in Feature Writing .

The Spelling Team consists of Kenzie Morris, Jessi Terrazas, Yao Huang and Rachel Lucking.

The Computer Science Team includes Aaron Sims, Noah Ingram, Jacee Greenlee, Erika Parker, and Jake Bearden. UIL Sponsors include: Meredith Daniel, Ron Daniel, Marjorie Joyner and Terri Sartain.

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2016 DAR Good Citizen named

Courtesy photo Betty Wilson, vice regent Neches River Chapter NSDAR, Canton; DAR Good Citizen Award Winner Bethany Welsh of Martin's Mill High School and Cathy McCoulskey, counselor Martin's Mill High School.

Bethany Welsh, a graduating senior from Martin’s Mill High School, received the DAR Good Citizen Award last week at the Academic Banquet held at O’Neal Weaver Gym. 

The award is given every year by the Neches River Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to a deserving Van Zandt County high school senior who has demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Bethany’s senior activities include UIL Academic Team (State Qualifier), Cheer-leader, Yearbook (editor), FCA (officer-3 years), Class Secretary, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Art Club, Honors Student, Duel Credit Student, UIL News Writing, UIL One Act Play, National Honor Society, Coats for Kids, Entertainment at Canton Oaks Nursing Home, Dispense Flowers at Holly Spring Cemetery, Angel Tree, volunteer work in Veteran’s Day Parade and babysitting. 


History essay winner

Will Burcham

Will Burcham is the winner of the DAR American History Essay Award which was presented at the Neches River Chapter NSDAR George Washington Tea earlier this year.  He is an eighth grade student at Martin's Mill Junior High School and is the son of Troy and Jennifer Burcham.

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4-H clubbers bring home wins

Left - Sierra Ross Right - Chloe Dickson and Mackenzie Phillips

At the District 4-H Educational Presentation competition at Texas A&M Commerce recently, Van Zandt County 4-H students did well.

Sierra Ross placed first in her Illustrated Talk about county government in the Senior Division. She will advance to State 4-H Round-Up to e held at Texas A&M-College Station in June.

Sierra is a member of the Van Zandt County 4-H Project Club.

Chloe Dickson and Mackenzie Phillips placed first in the junior division of the Illustrated Talk contest. Their talk was titled “Dogs: Therapy or Service.”

Chloe and Mackenzie are members of the Martin's Mill 4-H Club.

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University News

LeTourneau Presidents List

Hannah Campbell, a senior nursing student from Ben Wheeler, was named to the Spring 2016 president's list at LeTourneau University in Longview.

The President's List recognizes students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point.

LeTourneau Deans List

Bruce Huff, a senior engineering technology student from Ben Wheeler, was named to the Spring 2016 dean's list at LeTourneau University.

The dean's list recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale for the semester.
LeTourneau University 's main campus in Longview.

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Randall Elementary hosts career day

May 23 may have brought rain to Van Zandt County but it did not damper Career Day at Hallie Randall Elementary in Fruitvale, according to elementary school counselor Leslie Joslin.

“This was our first year to have seven Career Day rotations for PreK through fifth grade students,” Joslin said.

At 8:10 a.m. after announcements students began their first rotation and ended the last station at 10:25 a.m. 

Guest presenters were Frog Street Executive Bill Hunt, Canton Vet Clinic veterinarian assistant Amanda Hale, Dallas County Sheriff Deputy John Robinson, nurse Karla Hance, former U.S. Marine Michael Hale Champion EMS employee Steven Erwin and Dallas Police Officer Brad Hance.


Waddell earns theological degree

Phillip Waddell of Fruitvale received the Master of Arts (Religion) degree during commencement exercises held at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, May 14.

Waddell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree in 2014.

During his studies, Waddell served as president of the seminary’s student council and graduated with honors, cum laude.

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Fruitvale students rally for STAAR

Students at Hallie Randall Elementary in Fruitvale participated in their annual STAAR Success Pep Rally May 6. Students Pre-k through fifth grade attended the pep rally offering support and encouragement for students in grades three through five.

Guest speaker was Kirbee Taylor, national weight lifting champion for Rains ISD.  This is the third time Kirbee has accepted an invitation to motivate and encourage Fruitvale students. 

“She is a fantastic speaker with real life applicable experiences that relate to the students,”said counselor Leslie Joslin.

In March, Kirbee talked with the fourth and fifth grade students before the first round of tests.  She challenged students to do their very best for themselves, Joslin said.

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