Aragon MS celebrates past, present at 20th anniversary luncheon

June 10, 2021

Aragon celebrates 20th anniversaryAragon Middle School Principal Lloyd Turner, left, poses with three past campus principals and family members of namesake Jan H. Aragon during the school’s 20th anniversary luncheon on May 28. Joining Turner, from left, is former principals Maria Mamaux, Jill Smith and Vicki McComas, and Brian and Mary Aragon. Brian is the son of Jan H. Aragon.

June 10, 2021—Aragon Middle School administration and staff put together a fitting end to a weeklong celebration honoring the campus’ 20th year, holding a luncheon on May 28 featuring former principals and Aragon staff members who were part of the school’s opening in 2001.

Guests and attendees relived stories through memories shared by the three former principals joining Lloyd Turner, who became Aragon’s fourth campus principal in November.

Aragon opened in 2001, joining Goodson Middle School as the 11th and 12th middle schools in CFISD.

All four past and current principals were spotlighted, with each sharing memories. They included Maria Mamaux, who retired in December following nine years serving as building principal, and Vicki McComas, who opened the campus.

“It’s a feeling of satisfaction to see that people on this campus are still in love with children,” McComas said. “I can’t think of a better place to be or job to have. It was a huge team and everyone doing their part. I’m proud of all of this.”

0610 Aragon anniversary luncheon 2 WEB.jpgAragon Middle School celebrated its 20-year anniversary with theme days and a luncheon on May 28. Former and current principals shared memories, while nine Aragon staff members who were part of the school’s opening in 2001 were recognized. A time capsule featuring items representing the 2020-2021 school year was also on display.

Brian Aragon, the son of Jan H. Aragon, longtime CFISD employee and namesake for Aragon Middle School, and his wife Mary were also honored guests. Jan H. Aragon passed away in February at the age of 86.

“It is a great honor to her legacy,” Brian Aragon said. “She was in the district for so many years, and just to see the continued legacy and the Aragon name. That’s what she was most proud of—young people would still be educated even after she was gone.”

Led by the current Principal Lloyd Turner, each former principal and the Aragon family received gifts. Librarian Toni Williams honored each with a book that will be added to the school’s collection. Each of the nine original staff members still at the school also received a wooden decorative piece made by industrial technology teacher Michael Roskey, who is among the original faculty members celebrating 20 years at the school.

0610 Aragon anniversary luncheon 3 WEB.jpgAragon Middle School Technology Teacher Maurice Rausaw passes out gifts during the school’s 20th anniversary luncheon. Rausaw is among the nine Aragon staff members who were part of the school’s opening in 2001.

A video featuring photos throughout the school’s history was played for guests. In addition, a time capsule with pieces representing the 2020-2021 school year were also on display.

“This is a special community and the former principals before really laid the foundation,” Turner said. “For me, it’s just building on that and taking it to the next level while continuing that spirit of excellence, refining and continuing to build on what they established.”

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