Good Friends + Good Music = Great Memories Feature Story Nov08

Good Friends + Good ...

By Brooke Burns Learning to play a musical instrument at a young age has several benefits that include improving memory skills, creating a sense of achievement, improving reading and comprehension skills, improving social skills, and more. For the 3rd and 4th grade students at Castleman Creek...

Ready Bodies, Learning Minds Nov08

Ready Bodies, Learni...

By Kaitlin Morley “It’s time to go to the motor lab!” Ms. High’s new favorite phrase. The motor lab means a 25 minute break from the normal classroom setting. Instead, the students get to play with bouncy balls, stretch, practice breathing techniques and so much more. The curriculum...

Break the Code and Crack Open a Whole New World of Learning Oct11

Break the Code and C...

Brooke Burns, PR Intern at the Education Foundation The 8th grade students at Midway Middle School are being immersed in a new way to review for upcoming tests. In order to win a bonus point on a test or candy, the students have to crack open the code on the lock. The only way to crack the...

First Year Teachers ...

First year teachers to Midway ISD were welcomed warmly to Midway ISD during the August 6 new employee orientation training with a $150 reimbursement provided by the Midway ISD Education Foundation and John Houston Custom Homes. Education Weekly says the average teacher spends $479 out of...

Midway Distinguished Alumnus Devotes Life to Changing Others May29

Midway Distinguished...

By Katie Frost, Baylor University Student Midway ISD Intern In a culture that tends to define our worth and value by the number of likes or friends on social media, it’s on us to think differently. Change University’s slogan is: “Cultivating Tomorrow’s Global Difference Makers!” According to...

Midway Alumni Staff ...

by Baylor University Intern Katie Frost As we quickly approach graduation season, the Midway ISD Education Foundation honors the top 50 graduating students at the 15th annual Showcase of Stars Banquet. Students choose one Midway faculty member to recognize at the banquet for their impact on...

True Leaders Change ...

By Brian Townley, MHS Class of ’88 Everyone can remember their first experience with leadership and the effect it had on their development. Think back and remember your very best teacher and your worst teacher. I can still remember their voices, their faces and their impact. Third grade...

Torchbearer Banquet ...

by Katie Frost, Baylor University Intern Special Olympics focuses on what an athlete can do, rather than what they cannot do. Disabilities fade away, and sport training, athletic competition and team work are implemented. To celebrate an athlete’s hard work, Midway ISD Education Foundation is...

TEA Time Creates Col...

Last year, the fourth grade students of Castleman Creek Elementary would have never expected to be using robots in their school library. However, thanks to the generous grant provided by the Midway Education Foundation and named in honor of Blaine Spradlin at Farmers Insurance Group, students...

Ribbon Cutting Cerem...

Midway High School will celebrate the installment of its CONNECTlabs, new innovative learning spaces, with a ribbon cutting event at 4 p.m. March 12. The labs provide a collaborative and active learning environment where teaching and learning can flourish. After researching students’ use of...

Spirt of Midway Brea...

The 2017-2018 Spirit of Midway breakfast honoring Midway High School students’ volunteer and community leadership efforts will be held at Crestview Church of Christ’s Community Center, located at 7129 Delhi, Woodway, on Wednesday, March 14th, at 8:00 a.m. Students are chosen for the Spirit of...

Fishing for Success ...

by Juliann Riggin, MHS Independent Study in Journalism Student Middle school physical education teacher Jonathan Cofer recently received a grant for a fishing education tool called Backyard Bass, a set of plastic fish that serve as targets for novice fishermen to use in his outdoor adventure...

Light the SP(A)RK with an Education Foundation Grant Jan10

Light the SP(A)RK wi...

By Marshal Tompkins, MHS Independent Study in Journalism student The computer science teachers at Midway High School and Midway Middle School recently received a grant from the Midway ISD Education Foundation for two class sets of SPRK+ robots that will aid approximately 400 students each...

Jerry Lewis: Distinguished Educator and So Much More Oct13

Jerry Lewis: Disting...

By Juliann Riggin, MHS Independent Study in Journalism Student By Juliann Riggin, MHS Independent Study in Journalism Student It’s hard to attend Midway ISD without knowing who Jerry Lewis is. From serving as a principal for various elementary schools to being a bus driver and football game...

Mrs. Sherilyn Lewis, Distinguished Service Recipient Oct13

Mrs. Sherilyn Lewis,...

By Georgia Holland, MHS Independent Study in Journalism Student Midway ISD was much different than it was 43 years ago. Sherilyn Lewis can tell you just how far Midway has come since then. First employed as a first grade teacher, Lewis served as a Midway employee from 1974 until her...

Lions, Tigers and Ma...

Have you ever heard a child say, “When am I ever going to use this in real life?”, while helping them with their math homework? Natalie Burt, 7th grade math teacher at Midway Middle School showe d her students how the math concepts they learn in school can be applied outside of the classroom....

MHS Forensic Science...

By Michelle Morrow, Independent Study in Journalism Student Over the years Midway ISD Education Foundation has given many grants to Midway High School departments. This year the Midway ISD Education Foundation provided a grant to Kasha Gorham, teacher of Forensic Science. This grant provided...

GRANTS TRANSFORM LEA...

Flexible seating options and collaborative learning stations are transforming education, and the Midway ISD Education Foundation is a driving force behind providing the necessary tools to enhance these educational strategies at Midway ISD. Through the Grants for Great Ideas and Grant Express...

Glynn Dell and T. Bennie Ballew Honored With Distinguished Service Award Oct06

Glynn Dell and T. Be...

In today’s world most are familiar with the phase, “It takes a village” to raise a child. But that concept is hardly new. In the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s this was epitomized by beloved Midway educators, Glynn Dell Ballew and T. Bennie Ballew. After beginning their teaching careers in other...

David Vardeman: Forty Years of Service and Dedication Sep29

David Vardeman: Fort...

Any former student of Mr. David Vardeman’s would be able to tell you “the Lysol story.” Anytime a student in Mr. Vardeman’s classroom would cough or sneeze, he would immediately jump up and spray their desk to prevent germs from spreading. While this seems like a practical thing for a teacher...

Sharron McKethan Zachry Honored as Distinquished Service Recipient Sep22

Sharron McKethan Zac...

From 1990 thru 2015 Sharron McKethan Zachry was a fixture in the Midway School District- a moving fixture. She loved all things MIDWAY and was always on the move in pursuit of the best for her students, staff and teachers. It all began while herself a student at Midway. Ms. Zachry...

Partly Cloudy with a...

This time of year you might feel that you actually could fry an egg on the hot sidewalk, but a quick look at the Wunderground website (www.wunderground.com) might confirm the actual temperature very close to your own neighborhood. Through a gift to the Midway ISD Education Foundation, KWTX...

Traveling Toward Texas History – A Trip to the Bosque Museum Apr19

Traveling Toward Tex...

Fourth grade students at South Bosque Elementary School were given the opportunity to travel back in time and experience life in Paleo America on a field trip to the Bosque Museum in Clifton, TX. “I want my students to experience the historic and prehistoric resources that the Bosque Museum...

All Aboard the STEAM Train! Apr19

All Aboard the STEAM...

Students who can think critically are able to solve problems effectively and will be more successful adults and employees in their future workplaces. Holly Land, fourth grade science and social studies teacher at South Bosque Elementary School, implemented Destination Imagination to help...

Breakout of the Norm Mar22

Breakout of the Norm

Over the past five years, Escape Rooms have become a breakout form of entertainment across the nation. Thanks to a grant from Midway ISD Education Foundation, teachers are able to purchase supplies that turn fun escape room challenges into valuable learning experiences. Dawn Walker, an...

MIDWAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROVIDE NEW EDUCATION TOOLS FOR HIGH SCHOOL Jan11

MIDWAY BOARD OF DIRE...

Volunteers are the backbone of any organization, and the Midway ISD Education Foundation has 33 outstanding community volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors. These volunteers come from all over the Waco area, and from a variety of different roles in the community. From parents, to...

MIDWAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS EDUCATOR’S WISHES Jan11

MIDWAY EDUCATION FOU...

According to a CBS news report, the average teacher spends $500 annually to provide additional materials for their classroom. The Midway ISD Education Foundation strives to address this problem through two district-wide programs: Grant Express and Grants for Great Ideas. Funded by public...

MISSION POSSIBLE! SUMMER READING PROGRAM Jan11

MISSION POSSIBLE! SU...

According to research, reading four to five books a summer prevents a decline in a student’s reading level. With this research, Hewitt Elementary was set up as the “headquarters” for the Mission Possible! Summer Reading Program. This program was made possible by a grant from the Midway ISD...

IF SIXTH GRADERS HOPPED LIKE A FROG Jan11

IF SIXTH GRADERS HOP...

Midway sixth graders at River Valley Intermediate School and Woodgate Intermediate School were visited by award-winning science and mathematics children’s author David M. Schwartz. This visit was made possible by a grant from the Midway ISD Education Foundation. Schwartz is the author of If...

Rookie Assistance Awards Sep22

Rookie Assistance Aw...

  Midway ISD employs a number of new teachers each year. Some of these employees are first year teachers, and they often have few supplies or decorations for their classrooms. Often, teachers would like to have these additional items for their classrooms so that their rooms are as attractive...

Midway Middle School Library Makeover Sep08

Midway Middle School...

It is no longer the same Midway Middle School library you remember. The decision was made to give the middle school library a bit of a face-lift. After gutting most of the interior, this new project is nearly finished. It will feature various aspects that are innovative, and allow students to...

Education Foundation Invests in the Future Through Special Reading Instruction May27

Education Foundation...

The Midway ISD Education Foundation has granted classroom grant wishes for almost twelve years now, but this year the nonprofit organization is reaching out to help provide extensive reading training for primary grade level teachers. With the support of a grant from the Alcoa Foundation, the...

Dare to Compare: CSI Midway Mar03

Dare to Compare: CSI...

As a child, we often times dream about playing a character on our favorite investigation show. For students in Kasha Gorham’s class, students were able to see their dreams come to life. Due to a grant provided and funded by the Midway ISD Education Foundation, Kasha Gorham’s class was able to...

Showcase of Stars Honorees Announced Feb16

Showcase of Stars Ho...

The Midway Independent School District is proud to announce this year’s Showcase of Stars banquet honoring students who have excelled academically and the teachers who have inspired these exemplary students over the years. The academic banquet will be held on May 12th at First Baptist Church...

A Look Behind the Crown Feb11

A Look Behind the Cr...

  Cassie Thomas is a 2006 Midway High School graduate and was selected as 2015 Mrs. Central Texas. Cassie has a heart for her community and enjoys giving back in as many ways possible. A couple weeks ago, Cassie had the special treat of reading to students at South Bosque Elementary School....

Lighting the Path to Success Feb05

Lighting the Path to...

Technology has rapidly branched out to younger generations allowing them to excel in their studies. With the help of generous donors, Woodway Elementary School has had the opportunity to put their “Lightbox Grant” into effect which was funded by the Midway ISD Education Foundation. Lightbox...

A Foundation of Insp...

Midway graduate gives back to foster success Reflecting on his experience growing up in Midway ISD, Brian Townley, Class of 1988, recognizes that his motivation was shaped and molded by teachers who empowered him to succeed. “I think of education as the means of developing our greatest...

Midway Legend Returns Dec07

Midway Legend Return...

Dressed from head to toe in Native American war regalia, David Vardeman excitedly shares his collection of artifacts to all who are curious. This retired English teacher has become an icon at Midway ISD. “Most boys collected baseball cards or coins, but me, I was interested in Native...