Nov/Dec 2018 School Business Updates   |  Recent Campus Accolades
From the Superintendent
In 2013, Midway embarked on an innovative one-to-one initiative that provided digital devices to every student. This helped level the playing field for access to computers, and also provided endless classroom resources for teachers... all for about $100 per student annually. As the programming and curriculum developed, Midway ISD has become a leader in best practices for use of technology in the classroom. Not one, but TWO Midway campuses are among 400 world-wide schools recognized by Apple as distinguished schools for continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence with documented results that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Congratulations to Castleman Creek Elementary and Spring Valley Elementary for serving as showcase schools at a national level!
I invite you to read more about each campus’s journey and examples of digital learning in the classroom in their digital books now published in iTunes: 
- Dr. George Kazanas, Superintendent of Schools
Special Education Update
In 2017, Texas removed the unofficial cap of 8.5% for Special Education student identification for school districts. Midway ISD staff have put forth tremendous effort to evaluate students for needed services, performing more than 500 evaluations last year alone! This has led to an increase in students served, now at 796 SPED students in MISD (9.6%). This percentage will likely increase for another year or so during this time of intense evaluations before leveling off. It is interesting to note that the national average is 13% because all other states besides Texas include dyslexia services in Special Education.
It's especially exciting to see this growth manifest through the Midway Special Olympics program. Participation has tripled in two years, as has community support. Donors such as the Midway Education Foundation, Raising Cane's, Shipley’s, and Blanek Catering have helped Special Olympics with gear, uniforms, equipment, and supplies. The Torchbearer Banquet mimics the Showcase of Stars format where senior Special Olympians can honor a teacher who impacted their educational career.
Midway High School and Midway Middle School have been named Recognized Unified Champion Schools from the Special Olympics program. The Unified Champions program pairs Special Olympics athletes with general education athletes. Students develop exceptional athletic skills while forming friendships, fostering respect for each other, and becoming leaders on and off the court.
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