During the month of February, Mansfield ISD joins the nation in remembering and celebrating the contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history.
The concept of annually celebrating Black achievements started in 1926 as Negro History Week. The dates encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial.
Mansfield ISD schools participate in special programs, read-ins, performances and other events to commemorate Black History Month. View the list below to see the observances by campus. (Note: This list will be updated as necessary.)
- J.L. Boren Elementary - Each day during the month of February, Boren ES we will spotlight famous African-Americans on the morning announcements. The announcements will detail the importance of the character traits they exhibited and the contributions they made.
- Janet Brockett Elementary – Brockett ES will kick-off Black History Month with a schoolwide assembly. A published author and former MISD student will speak with the students, and the Mansfield High School choir will perform a gospel selection. Students will also create a collage that will highlight the accomplishments of an African-American.
- Anna May Daulton Elementary – Daulton ES third-graders will do research projects on various past and present African-American prominent figures. Posters are created about the individual and are hung throughout the halls.
- Kenneth Davis Elementary - Davis ES third-graders will honor African-American historical figures on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in six stirring songs of peace and freedom showcasing the students singing, drumming and theater skills on the stage.
- Imogene Gideon Elementary – Gideon ES will have an African-American Read-In on Feb. 14 at 8:10 a.m. In addition, second-graders will showcase their bottle projects of African-American inventors and prominent figures.
- Glenn Harmon Elementary – Harmon ES will conduct a Black History Month trivia contest. Each week, a question will be asked on the video announcements. Students will then have to write the answer down and turn it in. The grade level with the most correct responses will win a prize.
- Carol Holt Elementary - Holt ES will host its sixth annual African-American Read-In on Feb. 14. Guests from the district and the community will be invited to read a book by an African-American author to students. On Feb. 21, the school will have a Black History Month program featuring the Mansfield High School choir.
- Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners – During the month of February, all of the “read-alouds” at the Jandrucko Academy will feature African-American authors, along with a discussion about his/her contributions to the world of early literacy.
- Judy K. Miller Elementary - Miller ES students will be highlighting famous African-Americans at a schoolwide assembly on Feb. 22. The students will share interesting facts and dress up as their favorite historic figure. In addition, video announcements will teach students a different Black history fact every morning in the month.
- D.P. Morris Elementary – Morris ES will have a special guest, Caesar Rentie, talk to students on Feb. 6 about African-American history. Rentie is a former NFL player who is now a chaplain at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
- Nancy Neal Elementary - Neal ES will host its third African-American Read-In on Feb. 22. The event will showcase literature written and illustrated by African-Americans, which will be read by community leaders. During their regular library time, students will also have books about African-American figures read to them and learn why Black History Month is celebrated.
- Elizabeth Smith Elementary – Smith ES will have “Moments of Black History” during the morning announcements. Also, students will complete a research project on famous African-Americans with artifacts that will be on display for a schoolwide showcase of learning during the week of Feb. 25.
- Cora Spencer Elementary - Spencer ES will have an African-American Read-In on Feb. 8. A.G. Ford, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, will visit the students on Feb. 21.
- Tarver-Rendon Elementary - Rendon ES second-graders will study George Washington Carver during agricultural science class and grow peanut plants.
- Mary Lillard Intermediate - Students at Lillard IS will read and research about prominent African-Americans in history in their social studies classes. As an extension activity, some classes will create videos highlighting the person the student chose to research.
- Mary Orr Intermediate – Orr IS is having its annual African-American Read-In on Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Community members will visit classrooms to read books by African-American authors to students.
- Donna Shepard Intermediate – Shepard IS will hold a Black History Month program on Feb. 14 at 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. The program will be about Black Migrations, featuring singing and various lessons about the African-American culture.
- James Coble Middle - Coble MS will host a movie night every Friday night in February to commemorate Black History month. Each movie will highlight a major African-American figure or event.
- Danny Jones Middle - Students at Jones MS are reading the accomplishments of famous African-Americans in Black History over the announcements for the entire month of February. Individual teachers are doing special Black History projects and incorporating Black History in their classes throughout the month.
- Brooks Wester Middle – Students at Wester MS will be making posters about important African-Americans throughout history and hanging them up around the school. Students will also learn different Black history facts on the daily announcements. An assembly, featuring the school’s choir, band and step team, is also scheduled for the end of the month.
- Legacy High – Legacy HS will host a Black History Month potluck for faculty members, and Black history posters will be placed throughout the campus. The Ladies of Legacy will read about famous African-American historical figures each day during the announcements, and the social studies department will commemorate Black History Month in world geography classes.
- Summit High - Summit HS will be celebrating Black History Month in a multitude of ways. Students will hear daily announcements about African-American contributions to U.S. history. There will also be classroom lessons and featured selections of different music genres. The school’s Cultural Diversity Awareness and Celebration Week will take place Feb. 26 through Feb. 28. On Feb. 28, the campus will hold a Black History Program.