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Jul/Aug 2014 Issue of Mansfield Magazine

Jul 12, 2014 02:04PM ● By Lisa Drake

School’s In Session 

Even with the heat still on high, a new school year is just around the corner and so we have once again focused this issue on the upcoming school days. Inside this issue you will find back-to-school ideas that will help you focus on that change in the season and on making a smooth transition from the backyard to the classroom.



Top Ops; Scott Shafer is MISD's Director of District Operations

The Mansfield ISD is one of the best school districts around and we are always excited to get a chance to meet and chat with administrators there. This time I had a chance to learn more about Scot Shafer, director of operations for Mansfield ISD. He’s a lifelong school administrator who has served schools and districts for more than 30 years. He’s been a teacher, athletic trainer, assistant principal and principal, and for the last two years has served as the director of district operations. If it’s related to transportation or distribution, Shafer’s involved. Read more

Elsewhere, Laurie Fox has uncovered some great ideas for getting the family and home organized and making a smooth back to school transition in this issue’s Homestyle. She explains how families can keep a healthy routine, stay on top of homework, carve out some fun time and have healthy eating opportunities. You don’t want to miss this.



Advice for Staying Organized this School Year
Eliminate the "craze" from school days Read more


Speaking of going back to school, I had a chance to meet Evan Jaworski. The 18-year-old Timberview High School graduate has been working on restoring a bus he plans to take to Austin this fall when he begins attending Austin Community College. The kicker is he plans to live in the bus. Don’t miss the story and the accompanying photos. Read about it in Kidding Around.


College-bound Student Renovates Bus into Home
Evan Jaworski is taking the bus to school - literally. Read more


Some of you may have kids going off to college or leaving the house for the first time this fall. Be sure to check out Carol Ritchie’s story on cooking for the high school graduate. It doesn’t have to be all ramen noodles and canned soup. She brings some great ideas to the table and offers much for the ‘starter cook.’ For those families with younger children, we offer some creative and healthy recipes for taming those hungry tummies after school. 



Cooking 101 - Graduate from Microwave User to Home Cook
College cuisine can be more than Ramen noodles. Read more



Afterschool Snacks that are Healthy & Filling
Tame the after-school hungries with on-the-go yummy eats. Read more


And for the ladies who have just gotten the kids off to school and are looking for a quiet respite to chat with friends and relax over a cup of tea, we have uncovered the Kupa Tea Tearoom & Shoppe. Charming and elegant define this new establishment begun by two good friends, Jana Barker and Judi Ray. Together they have created a tearoom that blends their unique tastes for exotic teas and exquisite delicacies. It’s a perfect mid-day getaway.


It's Tea Time at Mansfield's Kupa Tea Tea Room

Kupa Tea Brews Up Vintage Tearoom Feel Read more


There’s much more in this issue and as always we hope you enjoy it. We love bringing you insight into this great community and the people who make it great. Let us hear from you!

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