Welcome Lyles Lumberjacks
Congratulations to Mr. Ross Light, Lyles Middle School's Teacher of the Year!
Tell us a little about your personal and educational background.
I was a horrible student growing up. I was often confused and distracted but very intelligent. Unfortunately I used my intelligence to be mean and rude to other people and I actually made several teachers cry. Though I was a bad student, many of the things I learned from my teachers I was able to implement later when I went to university. Reflecting on this has taught me to be mindful of students who are "bad". I therefore, always have hope for every student no matter how tough they act. I believe this was a result of my own personal pain I was dealing with as a young person.
Garland ISD has given me many excellent training opportunities and I have learned from every one of them. I take what I learn and immediately implement it in my classroom because I believe in well researched strategies for teaching and learning. If the research shows something will make students succeed, I want to try it and learn to get better at it. The practice of teaching is a learning process. We must always develop the craft of teaching if we want to become better teachers. This is what I believe.
Why did you choose to be a teacher?
The decision came when after winning a State Championship as a head football coach for a small private school in my home town, the athletic director very emphatically stated that I need to go in to education because I did such an amazing job teaching and coaching students on the field. I took that to heart because at that point I was very confused about what I should do with my life. I had already been out of college a year and had no real career. As I think about all of the other careers that exist in the world I am horrified to think that I would waste my gifts and talents on building a business up when I could be building people up. I am passionate about helping people and I love to be around students. That is what keeps me coming back to the classroom every day. I am never satisfied with where I am at. I always want to learn more about reaching people and helping them on their level no matter who they are.
What is your hope for your students at Lyles?
It is my sincere hope that every student at Lyles is encouraged daily to use their strengths to serve others and see that their weaknesses are an opportunity to understand their own need for connection with others. My intent is to spread as much positive influence as possible on a daily basis. Science teaches us that this is what our minds and bodies biologically need for both health and happiness.
April LIGHT Post
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Lyles is pleased to present the 6th grade Math Rap as we UPGRADE TECHNICALLY with Math, Science, and Technology!
Created by 6th grade Math Teacher, Sharron Bland
High School Orientation Dates
Lyles Middle School has met the highest accountability rating of "Met Standard"
Lyles Middle School has met the highest accountability rating of "Met Standard" for the 2012-2013 school year. In addition, campuses that receive a rating of Met Standard are eligible for three distinction designations. Lyles Middle School has earned one of those designations for Academic Achievement in Reading/ English Language Arts. Congratulations to students, teachers, parents and the community for a job well done! We are expecting greater results for the 2013-14 school year.
GISD High School Advanced Academics Calendar
Click here to view the advanced academic programs offered at the high school level.
Parents' Right to Know
All parents of students in Title I schools must be notified of their right to information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s). The letter is is attached below.
2013-2014 Letter to Students & Parents
The following is a letter from Mr. Hemphill, your Lyles Middle School Principal.
2013-2014 Policies and Procedures
High School Information
The GISD website now includes new information about high school for incoming ninth graders. This powerful tool
provides information about the different high school programs, a copy of the presentation from the 8th grade expo and a link to the HS Orientation schedule.
Boxtops for Education
Lyles will be taking advantage of the Boxtops for Education program again this year! Please join us in this valuable program to benefit our campus and students.