After the madness of the month of May subsides, I always like to take a look back at the previous year’s successes and failures. Obviously our overriding goal at Mason ISD is to promote and provide student success and to ensure that our students are provided a wide range of services. However failure is also a piece to the child development puzzle that is often overlooked but none the less very important. How our kids handle failure is just as important as how they handle success.
By most any measure this past school year was an overwhelming success. This year’s senior class set the pace of success by surpassing any and all expectations regarding grade point average, SAT/ACT scores and especially college scholarships. The class of 2009 shattered the old scholarship record posting over $700,000 in financial assistance. When you compare these forty-four graduates to San Angelo Central’s senior scholarship total of just over $300,000, you understand just how special this class was. Twenty students completed the most rigorous “Distinguished” graduation plan and twenty-one students also received Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude awards. We were forced to order additional NHS stoles after we raised the NHS entry requirements two years ago.
Our preliminary TAKS scores came back stronger than ever with all core areas surpassing the magic 90 percentile and an overall passing rate of 96.4%. Also for the first time we surpassed the state and regional averages in all twenty-two tested areas. The accountability system has enabled some new variables this year so predictions of ratings are a little premature at this time, however with this year’s scores we are looking forward to the announcements in late July.
In extra-curricular activities we won district championships in nine of thirteen events advancing to the regional quarterfinals in both football and girl’s basketball, the state meet in both boys and girls cross country and the most successful tennis year since the 1980’s. MHS won district in boys track for the first time since 1991 while the girls finished a close second finally sending two girls to state in three events. A long term goal was accomplished as we won the district UIL academic championship qualifying six students for state and coming home with a state championship in ready writing (the second writing state championship in three years). Our girl’s golf team finished fifth in the region after winning the district championship and our baseball team climbed back into contention and posted their first winning record since 2002. The band achieved a division I rating in both marching and sight reading, however was surprised by a four rating in concert. The elementary fell three points shy of winning the UIL Academic Championship and increased standardized test scores dramatically over previous years. The Junior High also posted their strongest test scores, published a yearbook and garnered various district championships in football, basketball, track and tennis.
Our kids never cease to amaze me. Every year we have raised the expectations for these students and they always surpass the goals set before them. I can’t wait for next year!