Friday, July 29, 2016

Auto Students Peer Into Future

This article appeared in the Oct. 31, 1982 edition of the Marshall News Messenger. It highlights the Auto Mechanics class at Marshall High School.

By Richard Fluker
Special Correspondent

Automobile mechanics of the past may not have touched $28,000 worth of equipment in a year. Students in the Auto Mechanics class at Marshall High School can do it with one movement of the hand on any day.

That's because the class has one of the latest diagnostic computers on the market -- a Sun 1215 that retails for $28,000. A car dealer and a high school in Dallas are the only others in the area who can make such a claim.

"You'd have to stay with the computer for several days to see what it's capable of," said Larry Michels, Auto Mechanics teacher.

Students select a card containing the specifications of a particular make and model car and insert it into the computer, which reads the card and stores the specifications in its memory. As the students run tests on the car, the computer compares the car's performance to the specifications.

"Indispensable," is the word Michels uses to describe the use of computers in diagnosing automotive problems.

"It requires a lot of sophisticated training to know what's wrong with the systems in new cars," he said. "Mechanics have to be able to use very sophisticated equipment and be able to know what it's telling them."

The students in the Auto Mechanics class at MHS get plenty of the proper training. About 10 percent of the three-hour class is devoted to lecture. The rest of the time, students work on cars in the fully-equipped, six-day shop at the high school.

"We're proud of the facility we have at Marshall High School," said Michels. "We feel it's one of the most up-to-date high school facilities in the state."

Two students are assigned to work on one car and are supervised one-on-one by Michels throughout the procedure. The class works on cars from the public, charging list price for parts and adding 20 percent for the "shop fee." Almost any car will be accepted if Michels feels the students will benefit from the experience.

The two-year old Auto Mechanics course takes two years to complete. In the first year students learn the basic operations of an engine and in the second, they study the more complex systems.

Michels said he thinks most students will be ready for work as beginning mechanics when they graduate, needing only hands-on experience to go with the "book" learning they're getting now. The market they will enter is lucrative.

"Trained mechanics are getting harder to come by because the type of person it takes to be a mechanic these days has changed," said Michels. "The day of the 'shade tree' mechanic is gone forever."

The growing sophistication in automotive systems may account for the bad experiences some people have had when they surrendered their cars to strangers and said "fix it."

"I don't really feel that there is a large number of really dishonest mechanics," said Michels. "I think the main problem is that they misdiagnose what's wrong with the car and start changing parts, resulting in a high bill and a car that still has the same problem.

"Fixing the car is not the hard part of being a mechanic. It's knowing what to fix."

Michels said he thinks it's important for the mechanic working on the car to know what he's doing so he doesn't waste time at the labor rate of $24 an hour.

That's why he spends six hours a day teaching and getting his own hands greasy while working under the hood with students at MHS.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Student Arts: Administrators See Multiple Benefits From MJHS Projects

This article highlights some of the Art class projects done around campus by students at Marshall Junior High School during the 1982-83 school year. It appeared in the Feb. 24, 1983 edition of the Marshall News Messenger.

By Richard Fluker
Special Correspondent

Some art students at Marshall Junior High School are brushing up on their skills and the results are showing on campus.

The most obvious sign is at the corner of West Houston and College streets. It is red and white and measures eight by 12 feet. It displays the school's "Fighting Dogie" amid some defeated enemy mascots.

The sign was painted by students from Nanci Whatley's eighth grade Art classes. Three students - Jason Bailey, Tracy Smith and Todd Thompson -- did the planning and most of the painting, but seven or eight others also wielded brushes.

"The kids were very excited about painting the sign," said Ms. Whatley. "Every day that's what they talked about."

For their two weeks of work, the student artists get extra credit in Ms. Whatley's class. The school's administration sees pride and artistic expression as more lasting benefits from this and future student art projects.

"If we instill the students that this is their building, they'll take care of it," said Shirley Jones, assistant principal. "These projects also give students with artistic ability a chance to explore and experiment and provide an outlet for their abilities."

There are practical aspects as well to the students' artwork. One is beautification of the campus at a minimal cost. three four by eight plyboards and two buckets of paint were the only purchases necessary for the sign.

The next target of the students' brushes is the school's cafeteria. Continuing the "Dogie Power" theme, superheroes will be painted on one wall and slogans on another.

Later, classroom areas will be decorated with artwork appropriate to the subject being taught. For instance, the shop area might have hallways sporting large likenesses of pliers, hammers and screw drivers.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Marshall Band Students Hit High Note

This article, from the Feb. 22, 1983 edition of the Marshall News Messenger, lists the Big Red Pride Band's performance at that year's solo and ensemble contest.

Marshall News Messenger
Feb. 22, 1983

Marshall High School and Pemberton High School band students earned more than 200 Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble competition last weekend in Commerce.

Judges for Region IV of Texas Music Educators Association listened to the students as soloists or members of ensembles and assigned a rating of Superior (I), Excellent (II) or Very Good (III).

One MHS student, Stephanie Sharp, received four Division I ratings; 23 students received three I's and 17 received two I's. Every member of the MHS band earned at least one Superior rating.

All nine MHS ensembles received the top rating. Eleven MHS students received II's and one received a III.

Four members of the PHS band received three I's, 13 received two I's and 17 received one I. PHS also collected 61 Excellent ratings and two Very Good.

Six PHS ensembles were rated Superior.

MHS students receiving three I's were: Pat Barwick, Dave Beachem, Regina Benson, Karlis Butler, Karlis Butler, Trijeanna Edmond, Tom Horton, Mitch Macomber, Marty Munden, Steve Nance, Donnis Payne, Lori Poulan, Kelly Ratcliff, Michelle Reber, Tyson Reddic, Quincy Reed, Becky Salonish, Steve Scott, Arty Strahan, Hubert Tony, Jerry Tucker, Chris Valadijia, Anthony Wilson and Steve Wilson.

MHS students receiving two I's were: Jim Beachem, Melinda Bishop, Kim Bruner, Billy Dowdell, John Green, Kerry Hooten, William Huffman, Jim Kale, Liz Leslie, Amy McGuire, John McKinnon, Kelly Ratcliff, Gavin Russell, Mark Tanner, Sherry Weaver, Bob Westbrook and Kim Williams.

PHS Band students receiving three I's were: Lisa Benson, Curtis Bishop, Glynn Duncan and Donna Rhea.

PHS students receiving two I's were: Theartis Ammons, Patricia Blackburn, Crickett Butler, Amanda Campbell, Amanda Davis, Judy George, Regina Graham, Jerri Howard, Lisa Neel, Mike Rowley, Karen Tanner, Shauna Wood and Buddy Wynne.

Judges gave one Superior rating to these PHS students: Heidi Biard, Andrea Cherry, Sandy Cole, Stan Cundiff, Sonja Harris, Rikki Justice, Lori Kay, Monica Lee, Matt Lewis, Lisa Neel, Glenda Oney, Tara Roberts, Andre Simon, Christy Turlington, Dona Walker, Marc Waugh and Rachel Willliams.

The students awards will be presented during a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. today in the MHS Band Hall.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Y.A. Tittle Presents Mavs With Football Signed By SF

This article appeared in the Marshall News Messenger on April 7, 1983. NFL Hall of Famer and Marshall legend Y.A. Tittle returned home to meet members of the '83 Mavs and present a signed football from the 1981 Super Bowl champion 49ers.

By Mike Keeney
Sports Editor

Former Marshall High School football player and Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle presented the 1983 Maverick football team with a football signed by the 1981 Super Bowl champions San Francisco 49ers before Wednesday morning's offseason workout.

Tittle presented the ball, which was purchased by Athletic Director Jack Gray over the weekend at the Arthritis Foundation Auction, and said a few words to the assembled Mavericks.

"I'm really happy to be here this morning," Tittle said. "I haven't visited here at Marshall High School in a long time and it's good to be back for a visit."

While making the presentation to head coach Ralph Harris, Tittle told the Mavericks hard work was the only way to be successful in athletics, or life for that matter.

"There is no major formula for winning or no really short secret. I have never known, in all my days in football, a natural born star. People I played with like Frank Gifford and Hugh McIlheney all started like you at your level and they decided they wanted to do something and do it well," the former LSU star said.

Tittle, who was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 1971 and still holds the NFL record for most touchdowns in a season with 36 in 1963, went on to add.

"Most everybody has to work hard to be a winner. I remember what my coach at Marshall, Otis Mitchell, used to tell us. He said, 'if you're a good loser you can go home.' I don't thin he meant if you lost on Friday night you should hang it up. I think what he meant was if you didn't have that burning desire to win you never would," Tittle said.

The man who played for three pro teams, the Baltimore Colts of the old American Football Association, the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants, also told the Marshall players he believed the United States Football League would make it and and that he thought in four or five years the USFL would merge with the NFL.

"I really believe the new league will be successful. There are many great athletes out there and these additional 12 teams give the guys who get cut by the NFL a second chance. There are a lot of good players who are cut by NFL teams let me tell you," Tittle said.

In closing Tittle went back to his original thoughts on what it takes to win.

"Boy, you have to be hungry in sports to win, and life also. Anyone can do it if you are willing to work at it," he said.

The ball, signed by such notable 49ers as Bill Walsh, quarterback Joe Montana and wide receiver Dwight Clark, will remain at the field house for a few weeks before it is moved to a trophy case at the high school.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Treadwell Retiring After 28 Years On Vocational Staff

This article appeared in the May 9, 1983 edition of the Marshall News Messenger. It highlights the retirement of Mr. Leonard Treadwell, who spent 28 years on MISD's staff as an Agriculture teacher and Vocational Director.

By Diane Hughes
Staff Writer

Leonard Treadwell first glimpsed Marshall 40 years ago from a troop train chugging through the small East Texas town en route to Abilene.

The sign that had caught his eye was no more than an amusing coincidence to the vocational agriculture teacher who had spent the foregoing eight years in Marshall, Ark. Omen or not, he had no inkling that a dozen years hence he would settle down for good in Marshall, Texas.

Treadwell and his wife, Selma, plan to stay in Marshall after he retires in June as Vocational Director of Marshall Public Schools. "We like it here and it's pretty close to our people," he said. "Marshall has been good to us."

He has 28 years to his credit with the local school district, 15 as a vocational agriculture teacher and 13 as vocational director.

The Arkansas native grew up on a 243-acre farm near Morrilton -- practical experience which helped him later in his career. "My father was a pretty fair farmer, although I didn't know it then," he said.

His goal of a teaching career was never in doubt, but his field of specialization was less certain during college days. He started to major in mathematics but switched to agriculture after one year, seeing better opportunities and more financial reward ahead in that direction.

Treadwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1933 from Arkansas Teachers College in Conway, now the University of Central Arkansas.

He went on to George Peabody college in Nashville, Tenn., the same summer to qualify as a vocational agriculture teacher.

His profession took him to several Arkansas school districts over the next 22 years, from Bodcaw to Marshall to Harrison, serving also as superintendent with the latter two. He also taught for the Veterans Farm Training program in Navada County, Ark., during his stay in Harrison and he picked up a Master of Science along the way from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Eventually, he began to cast about for a more lucrative position, checking California, Texas and several other states. A tip from a friend at Texas A&M University brought him to Marshall in November, 1955.

Treadwell modestly downplays his accomplishments during his years in Marshall but, if pressed, admits he is most pleased with the expansion of the school district's vocational programs.

A total of about 1,300 students enrolled in vocational programs this year, compared to the 1970-71 roster of 762. The district's slate of vocational courses has diversified; the most recent additions, with the opening of a new high school in 1980, were auto mechanics, building and electrical trades, welding and a horticulture course for handicapped children.

"I think we have a well-rounded vocational program here now," said the director.

If Treadwell had to single out a vocational program as his favorite, it would be agriculture. He holds an honorary American Farmer degree awarded by the Future Farmers of America in 1960. He led two Marshall milk and livestock teams to bronze and gold emblem finishes in national competition and took two parliamentary procedure teams to state contests.

He predicts vocational education will continue to grow, particularly in technical training.

"People are going to have to be more skilled than they used to be," he said. "I think it's going to be a more highly-skilled type of training."

Treadwell has little time to spare for hobbies but what leisure hours he has are devoted to agriculture on a smaller scale. He tends the lawn, flowers and a 20-by-40 foot vegetable garden at his Sloan Street home and, despite his background, is baffled by problems with his azaleas.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Students Find Learning Fun In Unique Summer Class

This article appeared in the July 4, 1981 edition of the Marshall News Messenger. It highlights MISD's efforts to provide students with opportunities to improve their reading and math skills through summer school.

Marshall News Messenger
July 4, 1981


Quality time on task is what teachers call it. And it simply means that students are actively involved in a worthwhile learning experience.

You'll see a lot of it if you visit South Marshall Elementary School and Price T. Young Middle School this summer. Smaller classes and extra attention are the order as teachers in Marshall Public Schools' elementary summer school strive to bring students up to grade level in math and reading.

"The kids love it," said Carolyn Davis, teacher of nine first-grade math students at South Marshall. "They all really try because of the attention."

This attention is a result of MISD's participation in a pilot project of the Texas Education Agency. The summer school is voluntary and it's free to the student, thanks to a $57,750 grant from TEA and $29,750 from MISD's budget.

The attention in the math class may be a fast-moving game with flash cards, an activity with teddy bear counters or an addition exercise with a bouncing ball.

Sometimes Mrs. Davis uses chips and yarn to form sets of numbers on a overhead projector, then tells a story to illustrate subtraction. Students may get to form their own sets and tell their own stories.

"I always make it a challenge and the kids really try to see who can be first or be the winner," she said.

For students like Judy (not her real name), the attention makes a big difference. "She can do her work, but if you don't tell her what to do or do it with her, she just sits there and looks off," said Mrs. Davis.

Another student in her class suffered from a lack of self esteem, feeling he could not do the work. "With the attention, he's done well," she said.

The summer school began June 14 and continues through July 23. As one of 15 pilot projects in the state, MISD's will provide the TEA with data as to whether summer programs are cost-effective in helping students improve performance over a long term.

The yardstick will be a comparison of scores from tests given last spring with scores of tests to be given this fall and spring 1983. For some students, the result of active involvement in one subject two hours a day is already apparent.

"When we started, Susie couldn't tell me what one plus two is," said Mrs. Davis. "We recently did a worksheet on addition, and she didn't miss but one of 35 or 40 problems. If she holds on to half of what she has learned this summer, she'll do well this fall."

Making reading enough fun to get the students to want to learn and use the skills is the aim of the summer school reading teacher.

During the first hour, the children learn they skills from the teacher. In the second hour, they apply them.

"We call this phase 'reading for growth and pleasure,'" said Susan Hays, reading specialist for the summer school. "At this time, the teacher reads orally or alternates oral reading with the students."

Fifteen-minute stories are shown on instructional TV in an effort to motivate students to read. Multiple copies of the story are available in book form for the teacher to use in class after the movie.

"The children just love the TV stories," said Miss Hays. "Using them on Friday is one way of encouraging students to attend class that day."

Another activity is referred to as "reading center time," and it stresses reading in the real world. The students often play games that reinforce the skills they learned in the first hour -- identifying main idea, locating details. They also read menus, sweepstakes material, cereal boxes and magazines, then answer pertinent questions.

"It's all working very, very well," said Miss Hays.

At Price T. Young, middle school students are getting much the same kind of attention that the elementary students are getting at South Marshall. But the math students are getting a bonus.

"We're using computers to give them instant feedback on math exercises," said Principal Jimmy Wall. "If they respond incorrectly to a problem posed by the computer, they'll see a frowning face on the screen. If they need help, they punch a button and the computer breaks the problem into its components."

Five computers are being used, one in each math class and one in the library.

The students work by a schedule posted in each room. Some students, like Calvin York, find it difficult to walk away from the computer. He even passed up his break and an ice cream bar one Friday to get some extra time on the computer.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bachelors Learn Homey Arts

This article appeared in the Oct. 20, 1974 edition of the Marshall News Messenger. It highlights a class one of Marshall ISD's earliest elective/vocational programs -- Homemaking -- but with a different twist.

By Brenda French
Marshall News Messenger Writer

Mrs. May Calicott's homemaking class looks like a normal homemaking class with one exception -- all her students are male.

The course is called Home and Family Living; however, Mrs. Calicott has adopted the class to a course in "bachelor homemaking."

Every day, 21 guys troop into the class to learn "how to survive without a wife."

"The objective of the class is to meet the needs of male students," Mrs. Calicott said. "I try to prepare them to meet the problems of life today and in the future as the head of a household."

The class started with studying personality and basic relationships between the students and their peers, parents and girlfriends.

Then a couple of weeks ago, the class started sewing -- bachelor sewing, that is.

"Boys need to know some basics like sewing on buttons and darning socks," Mrs. Calicott explained. "They even need to know how to use a sewing machine because who knows when it will come in handy."

Now, the boys, who have darned socks and made potholders, are starting on their individual projects. Some are making ties and others are making aprons to use for outdoor cooking.

"The sewing portion came under grooming and clothing," Mrs. Calicott said. She said the boys studied today's fashions for men and progressed to the care of clothing.

"The boys have practiced stitching and sewing one button and now they're working individually on their own projects," the homemaking teacher said.

Mrs. Calicott said the students are "excited and eager to learn" and their "grades are good but the students tend to get a little over relaxed in the informal atmosphere."

She said the students have a good relationship with themselves and are "uninhibited about being boys taking homemaking."

"Marshall High School has outgrown the need to joke the boys about the class," she said.

The class is limited to seniors and is an elective. The third quarter of the course will deal with consumer education but two quarters of homemaking is required before the third may be taken.

This is the first time Mrs. Calicott had taught Home and Family Life to male students, but she has taught boys cooking classes and mixed classes.

"I'm enjoying the class as much as the boys are," she said. "But I find that I have to work the curriculum to meet their needs."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Marshall FFA Honors Fathers

This article appeared in the Feb. 28, 1960 edition of the Marshall News Messenger. It highlights some of the early days and activities of the Marshall High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America, the precursor to today's Marshall FFA which remains one of the largest chapters in the state.

Marshall News Messenger
Sunday, Feb. 28, 1960

Sixty-four members and guests of the Marshall High School chapter of Future Farmers of America attended the annual father-and-son barbecue banquet held Friday night in the high school cafeteria.

Eight medals were presented by L.R. Treadwell, vocational agriculture teacher to the chapter members doing outstanding work in vocational agriculture during the past year.

Billy McConnell, president of the chapter, was named Star Chapter Farmer and Jerry Woodley received the Star Green Hand Award as the outstanding first-year FFA member.

Other medals presented went to Stephen Scott, farm mechanics; Benney Corn, electrification; Kenneth Murray, Farm safety; Billy McConnell, farm dairying; Mike Cannon, soil and water management and Stephen Scott, public speaking.

Honorary chapter Farmer degrees were awarded to J.E. Haynes, member of the FFA advisory committee; J.B. McConnell, father of the chapter president and D.W. Fogle Jr., operator of an artificial insemination program in Harrison County.

Guest speaker for the program was Jack Dillard, farm service director of radio station KWKH in Shreveport.

He reminded the FFA boys that "all successful careers are based on ladders, and the only way they help you is to go up."

Mr. Dillard said "I think vocational agriculture and the dedicated people working in the field are a big step in getting you started the right way."

He urged individual initiative, setting a high goal and deciding now how to achieve the highest goal possible in life.

Stephen Scott reviewed the past year's activities by the chapter members.

The boys have taken part in forestry field days, stock shows, and in a variety of judging contests, competing with other FFA chapters and learning more about specific fields of agriculture.

They have also taken part in contests and have learned to work with the various medias to get publicity for their activities and chapter.

This year the chapter was the recipient of the DeKalb Award, presented by the DeKalb Seed Co., and the educational booth displayed at the Central East Texas Fair by the chapter won first place.

In addition to these activities, the boys are learning by doing on the agriculture department's farm, where they can put into practice the theories they learn in the classroom.

Friday, July 1, 2016

MHS Student Council Takes Up Liberty's Cause

This article appeared in the Marshall News Messenger on Oct. 6, 1979. It highlights the Marshall High School Student Council's fundraising drive to assist with the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.

By Diane Hughes
Marshall News Messenger

Marshall High School's Student Council has launched a community fund drive to send a contribution from Marshall toward the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.

The council hit on the idea during the summer in its constant quest for new, worthwhile projects, said Marshall High School teacher Anne Newman, sponsor for the group.

They hope to mail a check in March for at least $1,000 from the Marshall community toward the $230 million needed by the Department of the Interior for preservation work on the statue.

Letters were mailed to local civic groups about a week ago and two donations have already been received from the Golden Age Club and the Boy Scouts, according to Mrs. Newman.

"We were really kind of surprised by such immediate response," she said.

Margie Goolsby's Sam Houston Middle School class won a PTA membership drive and has donated the entire $25 to the project, said Mrs. Newman.

Clubs at the high school are being asked to join the effort and a Junior Historian chapter at Marshall Junior High School has agreed to help raise money, she said.

The statue was a gift from France for the United States' centennial to symbolize the countries' friendship, she said. "The base was built from contributions from American schoolchildren, sending in nickels and pennies."

This type of project inspires an awareness of principles and renewal of dedication in the students, said the teacher.

"Any time you bring up something like that, people start to think about the meaning behind the object," she said.

All work on the statue and its grounds is to be finished by July 4, 1986, in time for its centennial, according to the National Park Service.

Plans call for a new torch, repairs and improvements to the viewing area in the crown, rebuilding the structural skeleton in the shoulder area supporting the torch, cleaning the surface of the statue and adding an anti-corrosive treatment.

Other work will include repairing and widening the stairway, a new emergency and maintenance elevator, new lighting, a new mezzanine balcony, closed circuit television viewing in the colonnade area for the handicapped, a new elevator in the pedestal, improved ventilation, improvements to the administration and concession buildings, and landscaping.