MST Magnet Elementary

Week of May 9th

Welcome Back!

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!

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Support the MST Outdoor Learning Garden!

Thanks to our fabulous PTA and the American Heart Association, we will be constructing an Outdoor Learning Garden in our courtyard.


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.

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/crazy-for-composting-and-much-much-mo/1955349/?rf=link-siteshare-2016-05-teacher-teacher_42445&challengeid=20507273

MST Magnet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Be sure you follow and like all that MST does on social media:


Facebook: MST Magnet; MST PTA also has a page!

Twitter: @MSTMAGNET

Instagram: mst_artroom

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The rain barrel has arrived! Thank you to Mr. Pennington for making the trek to Dripping Springs to pick it up. It will be installed at MST this week.

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!

From the Cafeteria

The cafeteria no longer accepts checks. Please send cash or pay online at www.paypams.com.
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Counselor's Corner

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!

Careers don't just happen, they develop over time and often with specific experiences and education. At career day, your student will learn about various jobs and the education necessary to pursue those jobs. Through exposure to different professions, your student may discover what does and doesn't interest him/her, add to their experiences, and perhaps even discover something that makes them think a little about their future. In order to pull off a successful Career Day here at MST, we need volunteers to speak with our students about their professions. Parents, relatives, family friends: all are welcome!


To volunteer, click on this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084baea92ea7fb6-career/

Math Fluency App Spotlight of the Month

Two apps that ensure your child's eggcellence!

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)

Ninja Chicken

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

ACE Camp

Hosted at Canyon Creek Elementary

June 13th-17th 9:00-3:00

For students who have completed Kinder-6th grades.

$175.00 per student


Camp Invention

For current REACH students

K through 6th grade

June 6th-10th 9:00 – 3:30

Dobie Primary

Visit campinvention.org to learn more and secure your spot

For questions email

Caroline.winfield @risd.org

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Summer PACE

SUMMER PACE is accepting registrations now.

You may enroll online at www.risd.org/PACE

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Mark your Calendars!

Student / Staff Holidays:

May 30th - Memorial Day Holiday

MST Spirit Night at Pei Wei!

Tuesday, May 17th, 5-9pm

1401 West Campbell Road

Richardson, TX

Come join MST at our Spirit Night at Pei Wei! MST will receive 20%, just be sure to mention you are supporting the fundraiser! See you then!

Career Day

Wednesday, May 25th, 9-11am

MST Magnet