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Mansfield Kiwanis Recognizes January 2018 Students of the Month

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize its Students and Teacher of the month for January.

January 2018 Student of the Month: Sadie Johnson

Sadie is a senior at Mansfield Legacy High School, has an estimated GPA of 3.5 and is currently ranked 81st in her class of 448 students. She is also the current Student Body President at Legacy. Sadie has been a member of the Girl Scouts for 12 years and has achieved the rank of Ambassador. She is also active with her church youth group and volunteers with Trinity Habitat for Humanity.

After graduation, Cassidy plans to attend college and has multiple applications pending at various universities including: St. Edwards, Georgetown and the Univeristy of Oklahoma. Following college, Sadie hopes to work for the government in either the U.S. Department of State or the National Security Agency.

Also joining Sadie for her receipt of the Student of the Month award were her parents Jim and Carol Johnson.

January 2018 Student of the Month: Kerry Mickens

Kerry is a senior at Mansfield Timberview High School, has an estimated GPA of 3.9 and is currently ranked 33rd in his class of 415 students. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and plays on an AAU basketball team. Additionally, Kerry takes classes at Ben Barber Career Institute in JAVA and XML. In his spare time, he enjoys building Android Apps and hanging out with friends.

After graduation, Kerry plans to attend college and hopes to become a software engineer. He is currently considereing mulitple universities including: ACU, Stanford, Texas State University and the University of Texas.

Also joining Kerry for his receipt of the Student of the Month award was his mohter, Engga Mickens.

The Mansfield Kiwanis are extremely proud to recognize Sadie and Kerry as Students of the Month. We know they will accomplish wonderful things in the future and we wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors. We also hope that they will consider becoming a part of the “K Family” after graduation from high school by joining a Circle K or Kiwanis Club.


Mansfield Kiwanis Honor January 2018 Teacher of the Month: Andrew Bauer   Recently updated !

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize its Students and Teacher of the month for January. Andrew Bauer, an English Teacher at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, is the January 2018 Teacher of the Month. Mr. Bauer has been with Mansfield ISD for 13 years. He joined the staff at Lake Ridge High School when it opened in 2012 and taught at Mary Lillard Intermediate School prior to Lake Ridge.

Mr. Bauer discussed the wonderful students and staff at Lake Ridge while receiving the Teacher of the Month Award. He also discussed the school’s philosophy that every student and facility member provides their own “sentence in the very special book that is Lake Ridge High School.” Mr. Bauer is very supportive of his students learning in environments beyond the classroom. He is currently supporting his students as they put their production of “Inherit The Wind” the famous, fictionalized adaption of the Scopes Monkey Trial which resulted in the conviction of John T. Scopes for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to a high school science class in violation of Tennessee state law in 1925.

Also in attendance for Mr. Bauer’s receipt of the award was Brandon Johnson, the Principal at Lake Ridge High School. Mr. Johnson is new to Lake Ridge High School this semester however he is not new to MISD. Prior to accepting the Principal position at Lake Ridge, Mr. Johnson was the Assistant Principal at Mansfield Summitt High School.

Thank you Mr. Bauer for your commitment to the children of Mansfield and congratulations on being named as the Mansfield Kiwanis the Teacher of the Month!


A Tale of Serving and Being Served

by Claude Cunningham

I think I told the Club that the Builders’ Club we sponsor at Mary Orr Intermediate School was taking the lead on the Angel Tree project at the school. Mary Orr is a very interesting school, at least demographically.

The students at the school come from the Walnut Creek, Heritage Estates, Arbors, and Arbors at Creekwood areas. We all know that. What many people do not realize is that there are students at Mary Orr that live in trailer parks and travel trailer storage areas in the south part of the school district. The school has a great number of students who would have no Christmas without the service of others. In fact the principal of the school, Mr. Thurston, told me that they had put more families on their tree this year because the need was so great. He also told me that, when the school had contacted parents about the participation of their families, he was appalled at the number of families who asked for food.

The project worked well and nearly all the “Angles” were selected by families or staff from the school. The others will be taken care of by the campus leadership. The organization of the project was such that gifts were given “Family Numbers” which identified those to receive the gifts to only the counseling staff at the campus. Gifts were brought in and the donations were impressive.

On Monday, December 11, the Builders’ Club members, along with a couple of members of our club and several MHS Key Club members, gathered to wrap all the gifts. It was a joyful mad house. Kids learned how to wrap gifts, they laughed, they worked together and they did a good job. During this madness, Ms. McFarland, the lead campus advisor, quietly spoke with the counselor about a situation in the room where her group was wrapping gifts. It seems that one of the Builders’ Club members was also an Angel. The little girl was joyfully wrapping gifts so other kids could enjoy Christmas, not knowing that the gifts she was wrapping were for HER family. No one told her and she had a wonderful time helping others to have a Merry Christmas.

I assume she will recognize the gifts she wrapped when they arrive at her house the week before Christmas. And, I assume that she will know that her friends have no idea that they were helping her wrap her own gifts. She was happily serving while being served.

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Mansfield Kiwanis Recognize December Student and Teacher of the Month

On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize its Student and Teacher of the month for December.

December 2017 Student of the Month: Cassidy Lindell

Cassidy is a senior at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, has an estimated GPA of 96 and is currently ranked 81st in her class of 523 students. She has been a member of Lake Ridge’s Cross Country Team for 4 years and recently took 3rd place in her Division at the Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K. In 2014 and 2015 she received the Lady’s Cross Country Most Improved Award and in 2016 the Lady’s Cross Country Eagle Heart Award. She is also a member of Key Club, the Teacher Association of Future Educators, the Athletic Leadership Council, and Duel Credit Ambassadors. As a Duel Credit Ambassador, Cassidy takes classes at Lake Ridge HS and Tarrant County Community College.

After graduation, Cassidy plans to attend TCU and study Early Childhool Education. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys reading, walking her dog, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. Also in attendance for her receipt of the Student of the Month Award was Cassidy’s mom, Celeste Lindell.

The Mansfield Kiwanis are extremely proud to recognize Cassidy as a Student of the Month. We know she will accomplish wonderful things in the future and wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors. We also hope that she will consider becoming a part of the “K Family” after graduation from high school by joining a Circle K or Kiwanis Club.

December 2017 Teacher of the Month: Michelle Gonzales

Michelle Gonzales, a Kindergarten teacher from Elizabeth Smith Elementary School, is the December 2017 Teacher of the Month. Ms. Gonzales has been with Mansfield ISD (and Elizabeth Smith Elemenary) for 5 years. She has been an educator for 12 years with all but one of those years as a Kindergarten teacher.

Ms. Gonzales teaching style incorporates the world that our children live in–a world of technology and not paper and pencil. She routinely uses social media to connect with other educators around the world to explore with the children how students in different regions approach school. For example, Ms. Gonzales’ class recently used Skype to speak with students in a Kindergarten class in Minnesota. The Minnesota class was shocked to learn that Ms. Gonzales’ class couldn’t go to recess that day because the temperature was in the 40’s. The Minnesota class routinely takes recess when the temperature was 40 degrees and lower.

Also in attendance for Ms. Gonzales’ receipt of the award was Lea Boiles, the Principal at Elizabeth Smith Elementary. Ms. Boiles gave a brief update on activities at Elizabeth Smith and described Ms. Gonzales as an amazing teacher that conitnues to improve her craft by researching new educational techiniques and strategies for children.

Thank you Ms. Gonzalesfor your commitment to the children of Mansfield and congratulations on being named as the Mansfield Kiwanis the Teacher of the Month!

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Mansfield Area Marines Support Feed the Kids for Summer

On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Mansfield Area Marines, represented by Judge Matt Hayes and Pete Shryock, donated $500 to be used for the Feed the Kids for Summer Program.

Mansfield Area Marines have been a consistent sponsor of the Feed the Kids Program for which the Mansfield Kiwanis are incredibly grateful. Their donations help continue the successful program to provide a week’s worth of food, each week, to children that rely on the free and reduced fee lunch programs during the school year. Thank you for your continued support.

Are you interested in more information about the Mansfield Area Marines? Please visit their website at: http://mansfieldareamarines.com/.
Also, please support them during their Gun Raffle and Golf Tournament fundraisers in 2018.