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MPISD – News


Front L to R: Jackelin Gomez and Natalie Crockett

2nd row L to R: Devin Castaneda, Johnathan Sandate, and Ethan Harbour

3rd row L to R: Nick Segovia and Miguel Segura

Contact: Kelly Cowan

MPHS UIL Math and Science teams compete at Pine Tree

The Mount Pleasant High School UIL Math and Science teams competed in the Pine Tree Math/Science Invitational meet on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Overall, MPHS earned 3rd place Sweepstakes in the large school division and also claimed 1st place as a team in Calculator Applications and 3rd place as a team in Science.

Individual results are as follows:  

Calculator Applications (1st place team)

10th grade: Devin Castaneda 1st, Param Poudel 4th, Ethan Harbour 6th

11th grade: Johnathan Sandate 4th, Jackelin Gomez 5th

12th grade: Miguel Segura 1st, Nicholas Segovia 4th

Overall: Miguel Segura 2nd, Devin Castaneda 3rd

Science (3rd place team)

10th grade: Ethan Harbour 4th, Natalie Crockett 5th, Devin Castaneda 6th


10th grade: Devin Castaneda 3rd, Ethan Harbour 5th, Param Poudel 6th

12th grade: Miguel Segura 1st

Number Sense

10th grade: Ethan Harbour 6th

The MPHS UIL academic teams will travel to Whitehouse on November 7. Osias Hernandez and Larry Russell coach the MPHS math and science teams.



Wallace NEHS: The new members of the Wallace Middle School National Elementary Honor Society. 

Contact: Kelly Cowan

Wallace Middle School holds the National Elementary Honor Society induction. 

P. E. Wallace Middle School held it’s National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) induction ceremony on Thursday, October 29. Wallace inducted 90 sixth-graders as new members of the Wallace NEHS Chapter.

Before an audience of family members and teachers, the inductees heard an explanation of the four pillars of NEHS: Leadership, Responsibility, Scholarship, and Service. They received their certificates of membership and recited the NEHS pledge. Mount Pleasant High School National Honor Society Secretary, Isabella Greco, served as the guest speaker. She challenged the students to be leaders in their school and to continue to strive for academic excellence.

The Wallace NEHS chapter recognizes 6th-grade students for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility. The organization seeks to provide meaningful service activities for students in both the school and the community and develop essential leadership skills.

To be a member of NEHS at Wallace, a student must have a cumulative average grade of 90%. They also judge students on their level of personal responsibility. Once inducted, members are required to maintain the same level of performance in academics and responsibility. They are also required to attend monthly meetings and to participate in other chapter service projects and activities.

“I am so proud of the students that were inducted in the NEHS tonight,” said Wallace Principal Nathan Rider. “Their hard work and dedication to high performance in school are second to none.” 

New members of the Wallace Middle School Chapter of NEHS are: Jannely Aguilar, Lance Albin, Adriel Bagsic, Dalia Balderas (Vice-President), Sebastian Banda, Zacharii Banda, Stephanie Barrientos, David Bautista, Carson Bell, Itzel Bello, Erick Bernardi, Kaelyn Carrillo, Landon Cheatum, Zoei Craig, Drew Cross, Selena Cruz, Valerie Cruz, Valeria Cueto, Kayleen Coco Diaz (Historian), Lia Esguerra, Maritza Estrada, Ashley Flores, Jalynn Forsyth, Irlanda Gasca, Cohen Gillean, Ana Gonzalez, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Monserrat Gonzalez (Secretary), Pilar Gonzalez, Yadiel Guzman, Ka’Ronica Hatten, Alexia Hawkins, Angeli Hernandez, Diego Hernandez, Isaac Hernandez, Natalie Hines, De’ Mora Hunter, Kenlee Jaggers, Mackenzie Jaime, Caydon Johnson, Conley Johnson, Daniel Kimbrough, Mykaela King, Aloani Laboy, Jayden Loewen, Lacen Logue, Nhu Loung, Gael Lozano, Genesis Lozano, Jacob Luna, Estevan Marroquin, Eilene Martinez, Grace Martinez, Alexis Mata, Ruby Mata, Estephanie Mayo, Jennifer Meeks, Kaleb Memije, Ariel Mendez, Lachlan Miles, Melany Morales, Sergio Moreno (Treasurer), Sabrina Otero-Svirska (President), Gabriel Palomares, Aurian Peoples, Karsyn Porter, Charity Prater, Bowdrie Priefert, Yazid Ramirez Gallegos, Anderson Reyes Molina, Judith Reyes, Cooper Rider, Eli Robertson, Kenia Rodriguez, Christian Rojas, Karen Sandate, Nicole Salazar, Karyme Sanchez, Edenis Sandoval, Anna Beth Sellers, Denise Serrano, Isaiah Shepherd, Mary Beth Snyder, Adan Torres, Nitalya Trimble, Edwin Valerio, Sara Vanhoose, Kelly Ventura, Maggie Wilson, and Alba Zeqaj.

 “The Wallace Chapter of the NEHS will be working with the Mount Pleasant High School Chapter of the National Honor Society on two community service projects,” said chapter advisor Dana Armstrong. 

“Our first project will be collecting canned and boxed goods for families in need during this upcoming holiday season. In the spring, we will be collecting pet supplies. The officers and I will also work together to determine a few other ways the chapter can serve our community. I am blessed to lead a wonderful group of students and look forward to watching them grow in serving others.”








Contact: Kelly Cowan


MPISD Foundation awards educator grants

It was a socially distanced, masked-up, MPISD Grant Day on October 30, 2020, much different from past years. Grant presenters were smaller in number and didn’t travel from classroom to classroom, but we’re still excited to award $53,236.28 to 2 campuses and 35 individual teachers.

Fall 2020 grant recipients and their funded projects are:

Amanda Jones, Principal of E.C. Brice Elementary, was awarded a campus grant of $10,000 for Smart TVs to be used as projectors in every classroom.

Nathan Rider, Principal of P.E. Wallace Middle School, was awarded a campus grant of $9,998.30 for an Outdoor Learning Center.

Annie Sims Elementary School ($10,437.16): Kerry Wells for “A Magic Slate for Today’s Kids”; Bethany Malone to purchase scoop rockers; Jeremiah Soria for sensory integration materials; Britney Phillips to purchase scoop rockers and bands; Lori McBride for writing tables, lap desks, and portable seats; Kelly Silman for an interactive projector; Maribel Prado for an LED interactive panel; Adriana Sanchez for a projector; and Maria Cates for an interactive projector.

Frances Corprew Elementary School ($5,503.74): Ashley Sterrett for ORFF instruments for music class; Vicki Lee to purchase technology to use in the dyslexia program; Dunia Rodriguez for interactive math materials; Kristy McCollum to purchase an inclusion/resource support device; Amanda Phillips for books for her classroom; Candice Watkins for classroom storage; and Jessica Williams to purchase games for her classroom.

P.E. Wallace Middle School ($24,469.57): Tara Flores for EV3 robotics materials; Wendy Manzano for an iPad and case; Elda Hernandez to purchase an iPad and case; Abdiel Luzunaris to buy a Future Basketball Star instructional program; LaSonya McDaniel for online science help; Magdalena Martinez for Chromebooks and supplies; Dana Armstrong for flexible seating; Sonia Sanchez to purchase flexible seating and materials; Katherine Miles to buy Discovery Lab for Science Classrooms; Arely Nava for technology and materials; Jenifer Griner for sensory processing with hands-on learning materials; Tonya Schultz to purchase stand-up desks and books; Tammy Davis for flexible seating; Kristina Powell to buy Discovery Lab for Science Classrooms; and Olga De La Torre Guzman for materials for dual language science and social studies.

Mount Pleasant Junior High School ($1,250): Tina Terrell for an iPad and Kara Campbell for flexible seating.

Mount Pleasant High School ($1,790.94): Doug Little for Chromebooks and Tammie Tigert to purchase three laptops.

“We are so thankful to the MPISD Foundation for again presenting grants to our staff members,” said MPISD Superintendent of Schools, Judd Marshall. “These funds will allow our teachers to do things that will benefit our students that would not be possible without Foundation assistance as they fall outside the budgets for our campuses. These supplemental funds will help us enrich the learning experiences of our students. I am also very thankful to all our employees and community members who have donated to the Foundation. Without them, these grants would not be possible.”

“It is always exciting to surprise the grant winners on grant awards day, especially this year,” said Mariela Crockett, MPISD Foundation Director. “For the first time in our history, we were able to award two campus-wide grants, one to E.C. Brice Elementary and another to P.E. Wallace Middle School, for a total of $19,998.30. The Foundation has awarded over $320,000 in grants to MPISD teachers and administrators in our five years of operation. This fall, we awarded a total of $53,451.41. We could not have accomplished so much without the support from MPISD staff members and the Mount Pleasant community, and we are very grateful for that support.” 

 Anyone interested in donating funds to the MPISD Foundation should contact Crockett at 903-575-2000.


Mt. Pleasant High School

2nd Six Weeks

All “A” Honor Roll

9th Grade

Hannah Anderson, Brayden Basaldua, Brayant Chavez, Ella Cross, Caroline Currey, Kennady Ebarb, Jose Fuentes, Estefani Garcia, Ana Garrett, Sophie Greco, Owen Green, Abigail Gutierrez Takahashi, Angelina Hernandez, Stephanie Hernandez, Colton Jaggers, Jillian Jetton, Silvia Lopez, Nathaniel Martinez, Christopher Moreno, Annie Munoz, Jake Noble, Andrianna Price, Jacqueline Reyes, Fernando Robles, Kiara Rundles, Orion Senence, Allie Sloan, Harrison Wall, Conlee Zachry, Michelle Zelaya

10th Grade

Saul Alvarado Jr., Manoa Bagsic, Reese Ball, VanessaJane Bayna, Ava Bliss, Clayton Brison, Brazos Brown, Merlin Cardona, Madison Carpenter, Devin Castaneda, Heslie Castanon, Natalie Crockett, Paulina Diaz Ramirez, Alexandra Estrada, Anna Kate Fisher, Jackie Gonzalez, Litzy Gonzalez, Pilar Gonzalez, Perla Guzman, Ethan Harbour, Isaac Hernandez, Karli Jo Hill, Rylan Hubbs, Kylie Humber, Camdon Johnson, Alison Majors, Chelsea Maldonado, Jahaira Munoz-Salazar, Yasenia Paloblanco, Kimberly Pina, Madeline Plascencia, Param Poudel, Esmeralda Ramirez, Alan Rodriguez, Chris Russell, Briana Sanchez, Kyler Smith, Jose Trejo, Melissa Vasquez, Amy Vazquez, Javier Vazquez, Michelle Vazquez, Raul Vazquez, Jordyn Warren, Lili Wu

11th Grade

Odalys Adame, Aachal Amin, Rossy Banegas, Nevaeh Bardwell, Michelle Calderon, Maritza Castro, Henry Chappell III, Parker Colley, Connelly Cowan, Grelyn Goolsby, Mary Kait Heeren, Holden Hester, Taylor Hubbs, Jennifer Lara, Allen Ledesma, Jennifer Lopez, Sean McCrumby, Juan Mendoza, Jessie Parchman, Neida Perez, Abril Ramirez, Sahir Ramirez, Miriam Ramirez Gutierrez, Noemi Rios, Rachel Rodriguez, Sydney Rowan, Jonathan Tepetate, Keller Thompson, Amiah Thornton, Kurion Walker

12th Grade

Madison Adams, Megan Adams, Lesly Atrisco Hernandez, Cathy Banda, Saide Carrillo, Julissa Dominguez, Leslie Espinoza, Maiko Estrada, Isabella Greco, Bre Asia Hargrave, Peyton Hein, James Jimerson, Ghyles Lias, Faith Logan, Reese Loving, Arianna McClain, Reid Pinckard, Sashi Poudel, Toni Price, Alejandra Ramirez, Jasper Reynolds, Meagan Rogers, Patricia Roque, Nicholas Segovia, Miguel Segura, Ryan Sharp, Jennifer Soto, Ashley Tabor, Eliyah Tagg, Taryn Thurman, Karen Trejo, Cristi Vazquez, De’Asia Woodson