Mission Consolidated Independent School District

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Mission Consolidated Independent School District is a public school district based in Mission, Texas (USA), in the lower Rio Grande Valley.[1]

In addition to Mission, the district serves most of Alton, part of Palmhurst, and the unincorporated community of Alton North.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]

History[edit]

In 1998 96% of the district's students were Hispanic, and many had limited English proficiency. That year, the district tested 77% of its elementary school students for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. Victor Benavidez, the district's director of assessment, said "If we really wanted to play the game and exempt 5 percent more, then we could easily be exemplary. But we'd rather not. I think there is more respect from the community if you are testing more kids, even though your ratings are a little lower."[1]

Schools[edit]

High Schools (Grades 9-12)[edit]

  • Mission High
  • Veterans Memorial High
  • MISSION COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL

Junior High Schools (Grades 6-8)[edit]

  • Alton Memorial Junior High
  • Rafael Cantu Junior High
  • Kenneth White Junior High
  • Mission Junior High

Elementary Schools (Grades PK-5)[edit]

  • Alton Elementary
  • Bryan Elementary
  • Cantu Elementary
  • Castro Elementary
  • Cavazos Elementary
  • Leal Elementary
  • Marcell Elementary
  • Midkiff Elementary
  • Mims Elementary
  • O'Grady Elementary
  • Pearson Elementary
  • Salinas Elementary
  • Waitz Elementary

School Bus Tragedy[edit]

On the morning of September 21, 1989, one of the school district's buses was struck by a Dr. Pepper truck owned and operated by Valley Coca-Cola, in Alton, Texas. After impact with the truck, the school bus left the roadway and plunged into a caliche pit. Twenty-one students drowned in the accident and another sixty were injured. Alton Memorial Junior High School was named after this tragedy to remember the lost Twenty-one students.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Exemptions linked to high TAAS scores Houston schools' practice criticized." Associated Press at The Dallas Morning News. Monday February 23, 1998. News 15A. Retrieved on November 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. 
  3. ^ Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc

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