Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2019 | Page 29

MISD Students Win Medals at State Academic Decathlon Competition Summit High School, Lake Ridge High School and Legacy High School students competed in the state Aca- demic Decathlon (AcDec) competition in San Antonio and came back with medals. AcDec is a ten-event scholastic competition that pro- vides high school students an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition through participation in team activities. Students must compete in seven multiple-choice exams, an essay, an interview and a speech. Summit High School earned two medals. Fatima Al- Fadil earned a first place medal in interview. Tiffany Yang placed third in music and first place in prepared speech. Lake Ridge High School earned three individual med- als. Vivian Nguyen placed second in social science honors. Jean Cook earned first place in interview and Caleb Ath- ens earned first place in speech honors. Legacy High School earned a total of three medals, and every student who competed increased their score. Phillip Ipock placed third in the essay event. Natalie Pon- der earned third place for interview. Helen Baker earned first place for interview with a perfect score. Academic Decathlon students from Summit, Lake Ridge and Legacy High Schools were recognized for their top honors at the board meeting. How to Transform Early Childhood Education Early Education Administrators from throughout Texas visit the Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners. CLICK HERE to see a video about Mansfield ISD’s Third Annual Innovation Conference Mansfield ISD hosted its third annual Innovation Conference, “Transforming Early Childhood Education,” at the Dr. Sarah K. Jan- drucko Academy for Early Learners on May 6-9. The conference, which drew educators and leaders from across the state, in- cluded a tour of The Acad- emy, history and research behind the creation of the unique facility and offered tips and techniques on how to provide experiential learn- ing and instructional strat- egies for early learners. The conference featured three one-day seminars where participants were immersed in the active explorative experiences. “We are thrilled to showcase the Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners,” said Asso- ciate Superintendent Dr. Sean Scott. “Not only is it an opportunity to share what’s happening in MISD, but we believe that our approach will have a profound impact on academic readiness and we want to share that with other educators throughout the state.” The Dr. Sarah K. Jan- drucko Academy for Early Learners, which opened in January, is the first pre-kin- dergarten campus of its kind in Mansfield ISD and the state of Texas. It was perfectly designed for in- quiring young minds using creative, hands-on, inter- active experiences within a researched-based early childhood program. | 29