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Quitman FFA advances teams to area contest

After excelling at the district contest in Grand Saline last Wednesday, Quitman FFA has eight teams advancing to the area content at Texas State Technical College this week. FFA students focus on … more

Mineola student becomes member of NSHSS

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced earlier this month that Mineola student Lovely K. Wright has been selected as a member of the organization. NSHSS recognizes top … more

Shelter erected at school bus stop

Thanks to Gerald Russell and a lot of helping hands, school children in his neighborhood now have a sturdy shelter to keep them out of the wind and rain as they wait for the school bus this … more

Passing the torch

A Mineola High School advanced welding student dons a mask and gloves to weld metal. more

Deputy TEA commissioner tours classrooms, hears about initiatives

Martin Winchester, a top official for the Texas Education Agency, stopped in Mineola on Feb. 6 to get a firsthand look at what’s happening in classrooms here to prepare students for life beyond public school. more

Twice as nice

Mineola High School Sound of the Swarm is the best marching band in Texas in Conference 3A – again. more

Mineola ISD in line for $636,000 CTE hub grant

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) appears to be giving a hefty financial boost to a regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) hub in Mineola by awarding the school district a $636,332 Perkins Reserve Grant.

Although it has yet to formally notify the MISD of the grant, the TEA listed its Perkins Reserve Grant recipients on its website last week. Perkins grants are dedicated to strengthening CTE programs. Superintendent Kim Tunnell said that after MISD receives official notification, the school board will decide whether to accept the grant, probably on May 20.

The grant would fund tools, equipment, training stations and simulators for two new CTE pathways – HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and industrial maintenance – expected to be offered next school year. Tunnell said the first courses for the new pathways will be introductory in nature. So it’s not of critical importance that all the equipment, such as the simulators, is up and operating in just a few short months. more

Local band students excel at UIL solo and ensemble contest

Band students from Wood County schools earned high scores at the UIL Solo and Ensemble festival at Pine Tree High School on Feb. 8. Many students advanced to the state contest in Pflugerville on June 3 as a result of their hard work and achievements. more

QHS geometry students work the angles to build tiny house

For five years, classes of Quitman sophomores have been putting their geometry skills into practice by building a tiny house.
John Herring and Chris Hood’s class, “Geometry in Construction,” learns about geometry then builds a 12 foot by 36 foot tiny house.
Instead of regular geometry, students have the option of participating in a hands-on experience where they alternate between learning geometry one class period then work on the house next time. more

Winning readers

These four Quitman Elementary School students presented their UIL winning oral readings to the QISD school board Monday night, Dec. 16. Pictured are (left to right) Principal Mary Ann Nichols, … more

Dunn elected Quitman mayor; three win Mineola board seats

The City of Quitman gained a new mayor and two familiar aldermen, while Mineola ISD elected three new trustees to its school board in Saturday’s municipal and school board elections. more

Junior historians place wreaths

The Mineola Junior Historians participated in Wreaths Across America by honoring fallen soldiers. They placed wreaths at the tombstones of two brothers at Cedars Memorial Gardens. Ralph Patterson was … more
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