Mansfield Magazine's July/August 2017 In This Issue - Measuring Up the New School YearAug 07, 2017 11:52AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
It may still seem like summer for most of us as the long hot days and vacations continue, but school is just around the corner. That means it’s time for us to focus on preparing for the new school year and everything that comes along with it.
Mansfield is privileged to have a great school district with teachers and leaders who excel at giving kids the best opportunities to learn and grow. That’s one of the reasons the Mansfield ISD launched its “Power of Choice” program last year. The program allows students to align themselves with schools and curriculum that match their own interests and skill sets. For example, there’s two-way dual language, leadership academies, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academy, an early college high school and more available. You can read all about this progressive program and some of the people behind it in this issue’s Community Profile section.
Elsewhere, as summer progresses it’s not too late to start preparing your kids for the coming school year. We asked our Homestyle writer to uncover some timely tips for parents who can get their kids involved in some beneficial activities, routines and habits. Adding a little of this to the schedule now will have your kids more ready to hit the books and succeed in the classroom this fall.
One more back-to-school theme can be found in our Cookin’ with Carol section. Our resident cooking expert has compiled a list of 10 essential kitchen tools that every kitchen should not be without as the school year approaches. Find out all about the essential knives, cookware and other gadgets that will make cooking for the family a tasty success this fall.
One of my favorite parts of every issue of Mansfield Magazine is having the opportunity to meet with people in the community who operate businesses and have interesting hobbies. A few weeks ago I got to sit down with Lina Eltawil, the entrepreneur behind LuluPops by Lina in South Arlington. She’s a young mom who took an idea and turned it into a dream business. Read all about her and her famous cake pops in this issue’s Local Flavor.
Then there’s Skylar Millhouser, a local 12-year-old girl who loves riding and taking care of horses. As a member of the Welsh Pony & Cobb Society of America she shows her horse, Shiner, throughout Texas and Oklahoma, where she’s recently won some championship awards. You can find out more about her and her hobby in our Kidding Around section.
There’s more to read in this issue but I know there’s also a bit more summer to enjoy. Get outside and soak it all up because a new school year is just around the corner.
Kerry Pipes, Editor
Browse around for articles and information on everything you need to know about the local community and let us know what you’d like to see more of!
Students and parents in the Mansfield ISD now have more choice and control of their educational future than ever before thanks to the district’s new “Power of Choice” program. Read More »
Here’s a “Top Ten” checklist to make sure your kitchen is ready with the equipment needed for great meals as the busy school year kicks off once again. Read More »
To help get you started, the experts at College Ave Student Loans share tips and tricks for how to easily understand your financial aid letter. Read More »
Though the start of school is still more than a month away, it’s never too early to start prepping your kids. Read More »
We got to catch up with Skylar, see her beautiful horse and find out more about her. Read More »
Steve Huddleston takes a look at six members of Malvaceae that lend ornamental value to the Texas garden. Read More »
Arlington resident Lina Eltawil talks about her bakery LuluPops by Lina. Read More »
We recently featured LuluPops by Lina in an in-print article but we couldn't help but wonder what some of the top-selling cake pops were. Read More »
Nancy Perez, Financial Assistance Counselor with Tarleton State University, gives us some tips when it comes to dealing with college financial aid. Read More »