William B. Travis Elementary School

William B. Travis Elementary School
  William B. Travis Elementary School
300 West Carolanne
Marshall, TX 75672
Phone: 903-927-8780
Fax: 903-927-8782
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Marshall, TX 75671-043

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   OUR PRINCIPAL
  Mr. Loyed Jones, Principal, WBTLOYED JONES
jonesle@marshallisd.com


Mr. Loyed Jones serves as the principal of the new William B. Travis Elementary School after having served in Marshal ISD as principal at George Washington Carver Elementary School prior to the opening of the new Travis. Mr. Jones led Carver to a "Met Standard" accountability rating in his second year as principal, and the final year of Carver before the opening of Marshall's new Legacy 2017 schools. Prior to MISD, Mr. Jones served as Principal at Handley Elementary in Garland ISD. He was Assistant Principal at Handley from 2004-06 and was Assistant Principal at O’Banion Middle School in Garland ISD from 2000-04. He also served as Assistant Principal at H.S. Thompson Learning Center in Dallas ISD in 1999-2000, and was an elementary school teacher in Dallas ISD from 1992-99. Mr. Jones holds a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Texas-Dallas.

   TEACHER OF THE MONTH
  Cheryl Taylor, WBT March Teacher of the MonthCHERYL TAYLOR
2nd Grade


The Teacher of the Month for March 2018 at William B. Travis Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Mr. Loyed Jones, is Cheryl Taylor, second-grade teacher!

"We are proud to announce Cheryl Taylor as our Teacher of the Month at William B. Travis," said Mr. Jones, in his nomination of Ms. Taylor. "She creates a structured environment to allow students to excel that might struggle elsewhere. She promotes and celebrates effort in the classroom, and she collaborates and works well with her team. Parents are appreciative of her communication and love for their child, and she is the first staff member to arrive each morning and will prepare coffee for her colleagues. We are proud to have her represent us as our Teacher of the Month for March."

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Welcome to William B. Travis Elementary School! We are so excited to be in our new facility, with our new school community! Please feel free to visit us and see what we are doing to "Raise The Standard" in MISD!

OUR MISSION
The mission of William B. Travis Elementary School is to be responsive to the needs of our students and staff with systems that produce successful student outcomes through growth and development for all.

OUR VISION
The vision of William B. Travis Elementary School is "achieving success by learning and growing!"

WHO WE ARE
Demographic Breakdown (2017-2018)

• Total Population: 680
• African-American: 33 pct.
• Hispanic: 33 pct.
• White: 33 pct.
• Eco Disadvantaged: 75 pct.
• LEP/ELL: 25 pct.

OUR HISTORY
William B. Travis Elementary School  (1956-2017)The new WILLIAM B. TRAVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in August of 2017 as one of three new elementary schools and a renovated facility to serve Marshall ISD students in grades K-5. The project was part of the Legacy 2017 building program born out of the passage of a $109,200,000.00 bond issue approved by MISD voters in May 2015. Huckabee, Inc., served as the architect for the Legacy 2017 building program, with Transet Co., of Longview, serving as the general contractor for WBT Elementary. Project Manager for the Legacy 2017 building program was Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), of Houston, Texas. The new school was constructed on the site of the old William B. Travis Elementary, which was closed following the 2016-2017 school year with the old building set to be demolished after the opening of the new school.

The original William B. Travis Elementary School opened its doors to students in 1956. The original building, located on an 11 1/2 acre tract at 300 West Carolanne Blvd., contained 12 classrooms, library, textbook room, cafeteria, clinic, teacher's lounge and office. Nine teachers held class for 270 students. Six classes were added to the back side of the school in 1969. In 1971, four more classrooms, two restrooms and a storage area for books were added to the wing built in 1969. Three classrooms, a music room, conference room and faculty restrooms were added in 1988, while two existing classrooms were renovated and converted into a library. A gymnasium was ready for use in February, 1992.

Travis School served grades K-6 until the school district's reorganization in 1981. At that time the school began serving K-2 only when it was paired with G.W. Carver Elementary, which served grades 3-4. when Carver became a magnet school in 1989-90, Travis began housing grades K-4.

Mr. T. J. Williamson served as the school's original principal from the time it opened until his retirement in 1987, a total of 28 years.

An active PTA has been responsible for several improvements to the school, including campus beautification, parking lot, playground equipment, library improvements, curbing, a gutter system and special education equipment to provide playground access for wheelchair students.

William B. TravisWILLIAM BARRET TRAVIS, Texas commander at the battle of the Alamo, was the eldest of eleven children of Mark and Jemima (Stallworth) Travis. At the time of his birth the family lived on Mine Creek near the Red Bank community, which centered around the Red Bank Baptist Church in Edgefield District, near Saluda, Saluda County, South Carolina.

Travis arrived in Texas early in 1831, after the Law of April 6, 1830, made his immigration illegal. He arrived at San Felipe de Austin, and on May 21 obtained land from Stephen F. Austin. He established a legal practice in Anahuac, a significant port of entry located on the eastern end of Galveston Bay.

Travis traveled around Texas doing legal work and became associated with a group of militants who opposed the Law of April 6, 1830. Eventually this group became known as the War Party as tension increased between the Mexican government and American settlers in Texas. In 1834 he was elected secretary to the ayuntamiento (principal governing body of Spanish municipalities) there and was accepted, despite his youth, into the councils of government.

Travis became embroiled in the rapidly moving events of the Texas Revolution in July 1835 and was constantly occupied until his death. Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos, Mexican military commander in the north, moved his command to San Antonio. He branded Travis and the other partisans outlaws and demanded that the Texans surrender them for military trial. When Cos demanded the surrender of the Gonzales "come and take it" cannon in October 1835, Travis joined the hundreds of Texans who hastened there, but arrived too late to take part in the action.

He served as a scout in a cavalry unit commanded by Randal Jones and later commanded a unit himself. He advised the Consultation on the organization of cavalry for the army but turned down a commission as a major of artillery. He later accepted a commission as a lieutenant colonel of cavalry and became the chief recruiting officer for the army.

Governor Henry Smith ordered Travis to recruit 100 men and reinforce Col. James C. Neill at San Antonio in January 1836. Travis was able to recruit only twenty-nine men, and because he was embarrassed he requested to be relieved. When Smith insisted, Travis reported to Neill and within a few days found himself in command of about fifty men when Neill took leave. When James Bowie arrived with 100 volunteers, he and Travis quarreled over command. They were able to effect an uneasy truce of joint command until Bowie's illness and injury from a fall forced him to bed.

Travis directed the preparation of San Antonio de Valero Mission, known as the Alamo, for the anticipated arrival of Santa Anna and the main command of the Mexican army. Travis wrote letters to officials requesting reinforcements, but only the thirty-five men came from Gonzales to his relief, thus raising the number of the Alamo's defenders to approximately 183. Travis's letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," written on February 24, two days after Santa Anna's advance arrived in San Antonio, brought more than enough help to Texas from the United States, but it did not arrive in time.

When Santa Anna had his forces ready, he ordered an assault on the Alamo. This occurred just before dawn on March 6, 1836. The Mexicans overpowered the Texans within a few hours. Travis died early in the battle and his body and those of the other defenders were burned. The nature of Travis's death elevated him from a mere commander of an obscure garrison to a genuine hero of Texas and American history.