Panther Talk

A LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON AT MART I.S.D.

January 10, 2022

Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the following teachers for being selected to receive grants from the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation and Sue Davis Memorial Grant Foundation!



A SPED-tacular Time @ KidZania - Madison Van Winkle, $2,000

Reader Pen - Danielle Kelly, Trischelle Van Winkle, $1,602

Let’s Tink About It - Amanda Pharris, $1740.38

Maker Space - Amy Laughlin, Megan DeLaCruz, Nannette Pankonien, $945.52

Light-Up Learning - Shawna Sunday, Brennan Bain, $1,304

Can You Hear Me Now? - Christi Allen, Rhonda Honeycutt, Madison Poteet, Nell Kaufman, Misty Lewis, $727.25

Hands-on Chemistry Kits - Raven Skinner, $773.95

Digital Microscopes - Monica Pechacek, $879.92

Total Enrichment Foundation Grants: $9973.02



Brain Poppin’ Innovation - Donna Burrow, Laura Muir, Emmali Pankonien, $3,250

Maker Space - Amy Laughlin, Megan DeLaCruz, Nannette Pankonien, $4387.07

Adobe Suite & Bloop Software- Landry Williams, $2,707

Band Library Addition - Nathan Aupied, $1,000


Total Sue Davis Memorial Grants: $11,344.07



Thank you to these generous grant programs for making these programs possible! If you would like to make a donation to the Mart ISD Enrichment Foundation, follow the link below for more information.


Also, Mart ISD would like to thank Atmos Energy for their donation of $5,000 to go towards elementary early literacy. Thank you for your support and generosity!

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NCAA Eligibility Webinar

Learn about the NCAA requirements you must meet to study and play sports at an NCAA DI or DII school. Register for the webinar here: http://on.ncaa.com/Web_01112022
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This Week

Wednesday - Vaccine Clinic, 4pm-7:30pm

Saturday - Ag Booster Chili Supper 6pm-8pm

Panther Athletics

Tuesday - Lady Panther Basketball @ Mart vs Bremond (JV & Varsity) 5pm

Thursday - JH Boys' Basketball @ Mart vs Bremond, 5:30pm, JH Girls' Basketball @ Bremond, 5:30pm

Friday - Lady Panther & Panther Basketball @ Wortham (JV & Varsity) 5pm

Looking Ahead

January 17 - Staff Workday, Holiday for Students (MLK Day)

January 26 - ASVAB Testing for Juniors

January 28 - Party Bus for Fundraiser Qualifiers @ ES

February 21 - Bad Weather Day, No School

February 23 - District OAP Contest @ Mart

March 4 - End of the 3rd 9 Weeks, 12:30 Release

March 7 - 11 - Spring Break

College and Career Readiness Dates:

Important College and Career Readiness Dates:

January 26th - ASVAB Testing for Juniors

April 5th - ACT testing for Juniors


TSI Testing:

The TSI test will be offered monthly beginning in September

If this is the students first attempt the test is free, if the student is retesting each test will cost $6.

COVID-19 Isolation Period & Testing Practices Update

Testing Availability

The district will now be testing using ThermoFischer tests that operate through a portal called Color. In order to be tested, your child must be registered. You can register now so that you are already in the system should you need to test in the future. Staff/Students, Elementary/High School each get their own link, so please only register using the link appropriate for you.


MES Students: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-mar-1466-students

MES Staff: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-mar-1466-staff

MHS Students: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-mar-1465-students

MHS Staff: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=tf-mar-1465-staff


The district does not have the ability to conduct mass testing at this time. Students will only be tested if symptomatic and determined to possibly have COVID-19 by the school nurse, or if they are a household contact wanting to attend school. All others should contact their family doctor for testing.

School COVID-19 tests are rapid tests and have not been found to be as accurate as PCR tests. When in doubt, please contact your family doctor for more thorough testing.


Isolation Periods


If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Stay home and isolate for 5 days

If after 5 days you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free you can return to school, but you must wear a mask for 5 days

If you have fever or your symptoms remain severe, continue to stay home until your fever resolves


If a student has a household member test positive for COVID-19, the guardian of that student has 2 options:


Option 1: Quarantine student for 5 days from last exposure.

Classwork will be made available to the student to complete while quarantined. Tutorials may be required when the student returns if there is an academic need.


Option 2: Have student continue to attend school.

Student must be separated from the positive case immediately & rapid test each morning for 5 consecutive days before attending class.

*If day 5 lands on a Saturday or Sunday the student must test on Monday.

Testing will be conducted every morning at the front of the high school from 7:30am-8:00am. Please pull up and stay in your car while testing is conducted.

Athletes that have morning practice will be given special instructions.

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Mart ISD COVID-19 Dashboard

All COVID-19 cases among students/staff are now reported on our COVID-19 Dashboard found at the button below.
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