MST Magnet Elementary
Week of May 9th
Our theme for the 2015-2016 school year is MST Version 2.0: Uploading Excellence for 20 Years. This year marks our 20th anniversary! MST Magnet Elementary opened in 1995 at the Arapaho building and moved to the present location in 2005 after Richardson Junior High School was closed and repurposed. MST has built a legacy of innovation, creativity, and dedication to student learning that is immeasurable. It is through our partnership with our parents and community towards the devotion to student achievement and our genuine love for MST, that teach year has brought continued success.
STAAR Testing this week!
May 9th – Math (gr. 3, 4, 6)
May 10th – Reading (gr. 3, 4, 6)
May 11th – Science (gr. 5)
May 12 - Make-Ups, if necessary
Get a good night’s sleep!
Eat a healthy breakfast!
Come with a great attitude!
No doctor’s appointments!
No visitors in the building these days!
Support the MST Outdoor Learning Garden!
Consider donating to this fabulous cause through Donor's Choose. Donations to this project are now being matched, thanks to support from Tom's of Maine.
MST Magnet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Facebook: MST Magnet; MST PTA also has a page!
Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Boone - 6th Grade
A 5th generation Texan, my grandparents’ families were pioneers and among the first settlers in the Ark-La-Tex region. FUN FACT: I attended the same schools that my mother and grandfather attended as children. The buildings were so old, they didn’t even have central heat and air!
After graduating from SFASU, I enjoyed several careers: probation officer, technical writer, and stay-at-home mom. My kids are grown now but are still my pride and joy. Rachel, a TCU grad (Go Frogs!), inspires young musicians as a HS orchestra director. Michael is finishing his freshman year at UNT/Collin majoring in IT/Cyber Security and helps me with genealogy research.
A lifelong reader, I’m passionate about literacy education and am working on my Master of Library Science degree at TWU (yes, at my age). J Another FUN FACT: I was the MST library assistant while attending classes at SMU to obtain my teacher certification! Having taught at three RISD schools, I can certainly say that MST is the best place to be!
Staff Spotlight: Mr. Bradley - Music Teacher
Mr. Bradley was born in Kokomo, Indiana, band, choir, rock bands, acting and gospel music quartets are a part of Jerry Bradley's background. He performed at a theme park in Arkansas called Dogpatch, USA. There he sang, danced, played guitar and saxophone, and acted with the TV/Movie actress, Tess Harper.
His professional career includes teaching High School and Junior High band and choir, directing church choirs, writing a book, and selling beef jerky and sunglasses for a living.
He is married to Lisa, and has five grand children who like to swim, dance and play instruments. Mr. Bradley has taught at MST for eight years.
Staff Spotlight: Ms. Knight - Special Education Teacher
Hello MST! Thank you for making my first year so amazing and memorable. I graduated from UNT Dallas. My hobbies are walks in the park, shopping, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. I love butterflies and my cat, Minnie. I have been in Dallas since 1996 but my soul resides on the beaches of Florida.
Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Wright - ESL Teacher
Richardson was not the first district I taught in, but it’s my favorite! I started my RISD career at Hamilton Park in 1999 (and yes, I am even old enough to have a teacher certificate for life). Prior to moving to Texas, I grew up on both coasts, San Diego, California and Connecticut. I met my husband on spring break in Cancun and two kids later we are still happily enjoying life together. When I am not fulfilling my passion of teaching students at MST, you can find me outside jogging, gardening, riding my beach cruiser, or playing cards with my family.
Staff Spotlight: Ms. Gomez - DP Aide
My name is Irene Gomez, I am 24 years old I'm from El Paso ,TX. I have 7 siblings 2 boys & 5 girls that are all older than me, I am the baby of the family. I moved to Dallas,TX August of 2015 , I wanted to experience life outside of my hometown. This is my first year at MST & I have nothing but great things to say about this school and all the staff that works here. I am currently working as an AIDE with special needs students in the Developmental Program, and I have had a great time getting to know all the kids. I am a big fan of superheroes, especially Batman. My favorite color is RED. Unfortunately, I will be going back home at the end of this school year, but I take great memories of all the students and staff! Thank you all!!! I've had the best year here at MST!
Attention 6th grade parents! On-level and PreAP junior high ELA summer reading lists and on-level high school ELA summer reading lists have been posted on the library website at http://libraries.risd.org. Book trailers and ebook information will be added later.
Career Day is Coming!
To volunteer, click on this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084baea92ea7fb6-career/
1st, 2nd, and 5th grades attended the Ballet Folklorico at the Winspear this past Thursday. They had a great time!
We had so much fun meeting some of our incoming kindergarten students and parents!
Thanks to the Berkner Drum Line for pumping all our students up for STAAR next week!
Math Fluency App Spotlight of the Month
Chicken Coop Fractions Game
This fun app helps children practice solving problems involving fractions while giggling at the same time! Estimate fractions before the chickens lay eggs!
Fraction skills: adding, simplifying, equivalent, comparing & estimating. Ages: 7+ Cost: Free (or full version for $8.99)
This fast action game helps children identify prime and composite numbers. Your children will not want to stop playing because they want to improve their own scores! Ages: 9+ Cost: Free
Calling all Elementary Students (K-6) - Save the Date
Academy of Creative Exploration
Hosted at Canyon Creek Elementary
June 13th-17th 9:00-3:00
For students who have completed Kinder-6th grades.
$175.00 per student
For current REACH students
K through 6th grade
June 6th-10th 9:00 – 3:30
Visit campinvention.org to learn more and secure your spot
For questions email
Mark your Calendars!
May 30th - Memorial Day Holiday