History and Facts
Elizabeth Smith was born Mildred Elizabeth Nash on June 20, 1909, in Lillian, Texas, to Clay Calhoun and Nancy Nash. She went to school in MISD until graduation. Her parents died when she was 14 and her older sister Erma Nash raised her and eight other children. Later on she would go on to teach in the school named after her beloved sister.
Ms. Smith comes from two of Mansfield's historic families; her mother was from the Casstevens family, and her father was from the Nash family. Ms. Smith graduated from Mansfield High School in 1928 and graduated from North Texas Agricultural College in 1930. She also attended North Texas Teacher's College and began teaching in 1931.
Ms. Smith began her career as a second grade teacher, but soon switched to first grade. She taught first grade in Mansfield ISD until she retired in 1971.
"She wanted each child to be the best they could be," said Ann McWilliams, Ms. Smith's niece and former student. "Elizabeth Smith was a consumate teacher - she loved children, she loved learning, and she believed in taking responsibility for those in her charge," said McWilliams. "I do not believe anyone has ever cared more about not only getting the job done, but in doing it with dignity and real class."
Ms. Smith was known for teaching penmanship because of her beautiful handwriting. Parents wanted their children to be in her class so they could learn cursive writing from her. Her handwriting was so well known that Glenn Harmon, then principal of Nash Elementary, asked Ms. Smith to copy each teaher's lesson plan books so they would be legible.
Smith spent most of her life with the district as both a student and an educator. Her life was her students and her school. "The school was her career," said her daughter Mary Beth Madsen. "It was everything for her." Ms. Smith died Oct. 7, 1983 at the age of 74, but her legacy lives on at Elizabeth Smith Elementary School and in Mansfield ISD.
School Mascot - Stallions
School Colors - Red, Black, & White
Grades Taught - Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade
Teacher/Student Ratio - 1:22
ESE Houses: A positive approach to discipline and character building
All students participate in a school-wide program that focuses on positive behavior and building strong character in our students. We have 6 houses based on our school name, E SMITH, each house has a color, symbol and academic or character trait meaning:
E: Executives (Red)
S: Scholars (Black)
M: Masterminds (Orange)
I: Innovators (Purple)
T: Trailblazers (Green)
H: Heores (Blue)
- Every student will draw for a house and will remain in this house throughout his/her years at Elizabeth Smith. Houses will include students from all grade levels.
- Students will earn tickets/points by showing manners, respect, kindness, responsibility and good behavior. Golden achievement tickets may be earned for academic success.
- We will focus on one character trait each 6 weeks. Announcements will be made sharing information about the focus trait each 6 weeks.
- Houses will have house or family meetings at least once each 6 weeks.
- Rewards and/or recognition for the winning house will be given weekly, at the end of the six weeks and at the end of the year.
- The weekly house winner’s flag will be proudly displayed from the flagpole in front of the school.
ESE Stallion Extracurricular Activities
All applications must be submitted promptly and remind your children to listen to the school announcements for future and further information on these clubs. For any further questions, please contact the Club Leader by clicking the link.
- 2x2 Book Club
This Club is open to 1st and 2nd graders during their normal library time. Members must turn in a signed permission slip. Meetings are held Wednesdays from 7:35-7:55 am. Club leader is Librarian Ms. Buske-Ferman.
- Art Club
Begins in October and meets every other week. Members are picked by lottery and it is open to 3rd and 4th graders only. Club leader is Mrs. Thompson, Art Teacher.
- Battle of the Books
Club membership is done by sign ups and the club meets two times per week in the mornings before school. Competition is held in December to pick team to complete in March on behalf of ESE. It is open to 3rd and 4th graders only. Club leader are Mrs. Austin, Counselor and Ms. Buske-Ferman, Librarian.
- Caldecott Club
This Club is open to Kinder and 1st graders during their normal library time. Members must complete and turn in 5 book reports and must have a signed permission slip. Membership entitles participants to check out 1 additional book per check out period and member will be eligible to attend a special party in the spring semester. Club usually starts in spring. Club leaders are Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Garcia and Librarian Ms. Buske-Ferman.
- Crazy 8’s
This is a new math club that begins in mid-September and meets once per week after school. Club membership is open to 1st through 4th graders divided into two classes (1st/2nd & 3rd/4th). Club leader is Mrs. Roebuck and Ms. Buffington.
- Chess Club
Information to come soon!
- Drill Team (Jr.)
This is a new club. Membership is open to 2nd through 4th graders and subject to auditions/tryouts. Club will meet after school starting in September. Club leader is Coach Berry.
- Flag Crew
Club membership is done by application process which will be available in the next couple of weeks and must be picked up from Club Leader. Club is open to 3rd and 4th graders only for service for one or both semesters. Club leader is Coach Cain.
- News Crew
Club membership is done through application process for 3rd graders at the end of the year to then serve during their 4th grade year once a day in the morning (7:30-8:00a.m.) to record their newscast. Club leader is Coach Cain.
- Pep Squad
Club membership is open to 4th Grade Students. Auditions will be held in the Fall and practices will be held on Tuesdays after school. Club leaders are 4th grade teachers Mrs. Hirtzel and Mrs. Rutherford.
Club is open to 3rd and 4th graders only and may meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays or just Thursdays. Students will submit a questionnaire on why they want to be in Robotics. All submitted questionnaires will be rated and then picked lottery style for spots ranging from 12-20 kids. Club leader is Technology Teacher Mrs. Gonzalez.
- Stallion Singers
Club is open to 3rd and 4th graders only and meets once a week from 3:45 to 4:30. Those students seeking membership must submit paper permission slips and applications that will go home after Christmas break, and then the students who return their permission slips before the deadline are allowed to audition. Students are chosen based on musical ability, classroom behavior, and reliability. Stallion Singers will be limited to a maximum of approximately 40 students. The club will have a few performances before the end of the school year and some performances at campus events. Club leader is Music Teacher Mrs. Macdonald.
Club membership is for Students in grades 2-8 participating in activities, such as math, science, speaking and chess, that provide them with the opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of specific skills and motivates them to acquire higher levels of knowledge. Campus participants compete in individual events to earn points. Those points are then added up to determine which team has the highest total score. In the elementary school category, Elizabeth Smith Elementary School took home the first-place trophy for the third year in a row. Participating students are chosen by either tryout or by individual faculty selection beginning in November. Club leaders include Mrs. Thompson, Ms. Reirdon and Mrs. Smith.
- Watt Watchers
Club membership for this year is for 3rd graders only and will require application to be submitted and chosen based upon character, responsibility and reliability as well as faculty recommendation. Students must also be wiling to commit to membership in the club continuing through their 4th grade year. Club leader is Mrs. Stevens.