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Mount Vernon Optic-Herald
Section A, Thursday, February 20, 2014, Page 3
Mount Vernon district, all
campuses Met Standard
By SUSAN REEVES
Members of the Mount Vernon
School Board learned that the dis-
trict and each of the four campuses Met
Standard for the 2012-2013 school year.
With the implementation of the State
of Texas Assessments of Academic
Readiness (STAAR) tests schools ei-
ther meet the standard or do not meet
the standard. This year's senior class is
the last group to utilize the TAKS tests.
Curriculum Director, Carolyn New-
som, presented the Texas Academic
Performance Report (TAPR) to the
board during their regular February
meeting. The report not only looks
at the testing scores, but also studies
progress of pervious failers, English
as a second language performers, at-
tendance and drop out rates, and college
According to the report, there are 28
different STAAR testing areas includ-
ing reading, math, science, and social
studies taken in third through eighth
grades and end of course exams for
the 11th grade. When considering all
grades and all subjects, 84 percent of
MVISD students passed. The passing
rate for other students in Region VIII
and across the state was 77 percent.
Across all grades, the percentage of
students who achieved Level III (com-
parable to TAKS commended) were 20
percent for Reading/English Language
Arts, 16 percent in mathematics, six
percent in writing, and seven percent
in both science and social studies. The
numbers for all students in Region
VIII were 15, 11, 3, 6, and 6 percents,
MVISD students were above their
regional and state counterparts in 26
of the 28 STAAR tests. In third grade
reading, MVISD students passed at an
80 percent rate where the state passing
rate was 81 percent. In 11th grade so-
cial studies, MVISD had a 96 percent
passing rate and the state was at 98
The Intermediate school campus
continues to excel earning Academic
Achievement awards in Reading/Eng-
lish Language Arts, Mathematics, and
pared to 40 like campuses across the
state, and they were number one in that
group,” Mrs. Newsom said.
Graduation rates at MVISD are
regularly 100 percent of students. For
the class of 2012, Region VIII posted
97.4 percent and the states came in at
Other comparisons in the report
showed that the ratio of students per
teacher at MVISD was 12.8 and 15.5
across the state. MVISD spends an
average of $9,424 per student and
$10,556 was the average per student
across the state.
Copies of the TAPR report are avail-
able for viewing at each campus office
and library, the school's administration
building and at the Franklin County
Public Library. - 2014
Top 25 percent Student Progress.
“The intermediate school was (
MINISTERING OUR MILITARY
Military, family support
group meets tonight
By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
MOM (Ministering Our
Military) Support group will
have their monthly meeting
at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday,
Feb. 20. The meeting will be
at Don Juan's restaurant in
MOM is a group of mili-
tary family members, who
come together to support and
minister to those currently
on active duty serving their
country in the military both
overseas and state-side. They
also minister to the needs of
their local family members
who are left behind.
The organization serves
families of active military
personnel in Franklin, Titus,
Red River, Morris, and Camp
counties. Be it Army, Navy,
Air Force, Marines, Coast
Guard or their reserves,
MOM supports the military
by sending cards, care pack-
ages and prayers.
This month, attendees
and supporters are asked to
bring or send DVDs, snacks,
and toiletries to the meeting.
These will be used for the
many packages to be sent hon-
oring local military personnel
with spring birthdays.
MOM meets the third
Thursday of every month at
varied locations. For more
information either visit the
group's Facebook page
(M.O.M. Ministering Our
Military), or contact a rep-
resentative by e-mail mom-
email@example.com, or call
Coggins clinic 0p,ic Photo by Susan Reeves
Dan Johnson holds 11 year old Scout still as Dr. Katy Dunn
injects vaccinations. The Franklin County 4-H Club’s ninth
annual coggins and vaccination clinic was Saturday, Feb. 15
at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena on FM 115. A total of 33 horses
were seen at the event.
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Call Bonnie or Susan now to reserve a space.
Optic Photo by Susan Reeves
Craig Harvey welcomes Jeremy Cameron as the new
Funeral Director at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home.
Cameron to direct
Harvey Funeral Home
By SUSAN REEVES
Jeremy Cameron started
last week as the new Funeral
Director at Sam Harvey Fu-
“My family and I look
forward to finding a church
home in Mount Vernon and
becoming contributing mem-
bers of the community,” Mr.
He graduated from Sulphur
Springs High School in 2002.
He is a 2004 graduate of the
Dallas Institute of Funeral
Service. He started working
in the funeral business as a
teenager mowing cemeteries
and digging graves.
After becoming a licensed
director, Mr. Cameron worked
at Restland Funeral Home in
Dallas where he learned the
skills of being a funeral direc-
tor. In 2007, he took over as
the manager of Peters Funeral
Home in Greenville, and he
became the manager of Lloyd
James Funeral Home in Tyler
Mr. Cameron has been an
active resident of every com-
munity he has lived in. He has
worked with Relay for Life,
the Boys and Girls Club, and
the East Texas Alzheimer's
Alliance. He is an active
member of Rotary and has
served on the board of Drug
He and his wife, Candace,
have two children, Addisyn,
age three and Aiden, age
two. - 2014
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