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ACE Program

April 25, 2019 Last Day of Spring *AFTERNOON* ACE

Welcome to Mexia ISD ACE! We are excited to start another year of hands-on, innovative clubs to engage your students in learning.

This year marks the beginning of a brand new grant cycle, which brings several changes from the previous grant cycle, the greatest being each campus has their own ACE Site Coordinator!

A.B. McBay Elementary – Stephanie Striplin,, (254) 562-4030 ext. 5029

R.Q. Sims Intermediate – Jami Archer,, (254) 562-4025 ext. 4630


In order to receive the most up to date information about the ACE program please sign-up for Remind today!! Simply text @mcbayac OR @simsace to 81010 to join.  Once you register you will receive updates from the program and be able to contact the Site Coordinator directly.


ACE Program Hours:

Morning Jumpstart:  Monday thru Friday 7:00-7:45 a.m.- ALL kinder thru 5th grade students are welcome to attend, however, a brief enrollment form is required HEREDuring this time, PK-5th grade students participate in a variety of physical activities in their respective gyms, as well as MakerSpace for 3rd-5th grade students and a Book Club for PK-2nd grade students in their respective libraries.

Afternoon:  Monday thru Thursday, 3:15-6:00 p.m.-LIMITED SPACE is available.  Afternoon enrollment is by INVITATION ONLY.  If you would like to enroll your student, please speak with their teacher regarding a referral. 

 The ACE program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children. The program is designed to help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math. ACE also offers a broad array of enrichment activities such as MakerSpace, Project Based Learning, Growth Mindset, Team Building, and Recreation. 

Dates to Remember:

  • September 25, 2018 R.Q. Sims Open House 5:30-6:30
  • October 8, 2018 Staff Development, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • October 9, 2018 A.B. McBay Open House 5:30-6:30
  • November 19 – 23, 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • December 14, 2018 Last Day of Fall ACE
  • Deceber 17, 18, 19 NO ACE
  • December 19, 2018 Early Release, NO ACE
  • December 20, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Christmas Holidays, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • January 2, 2019 Teacher Work Day, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • January 3,4, 2019 NO ACE
  • Spring ACE resumes JANUARY 7, 2019
  • January 19, 2019 Storybook STEM @ Gibbs Memorial Library open to any ACE enrolled student, PK-5th.
  • January 21, 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • February 18, 2019 Staff Development, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • March 11 – 15, 2019 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • March 28, 2019 Bad Weather Day, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • March 29, 2019 NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • April 19, 2019 Good Friday, NO SCHOOL/NO ACE
  • April 25, 2019 Last Day of Spring *AFTERNOON* ACE
  • May 10, 2019 Last Day of Spring *MORNING* ACE

Family Engagement:

Research shows that when families are involved, students perform better in school and beyond!  This year the ACE program has partnered with the McBay/Sims PTA to provide monthly family “Paw’ty Nights”, which include a variety of crafts and activities in conjunction with the monthly PTA meeting. Tentative dates are as follows:

September 13,2018 – Sims “Bring Your Dad to School” had an AMZAING turn out!

September 20, 2018 – McBay “Bring Your Dad to School”...215 dads in attendance!!!

Bring Your Dad to School at McBay Elementary!  Bring Your Dad to School at McBay Elementary!

October 9, 2018 – Spooky Science Paw’ty Night 

What an AMAZING turn out!




November 12, 2018 – Family Game Night! – McBay Cafeteria, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

So much FUN!

December 10, 2018 – Arts Appreciation Night – Sims Cafeteria, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

January 19, 2019 – Storybook STEM – Gibbs Memorial Library, Times Vary, MUST BE ENROLLED IN ACE to attend.

February 11, 2019 – Math Night – McBay Cafeteria, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

April 8, 2019 – STAAR Pep Rally, 3rd thru 5th – Sims Cafeteria, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

*April 23, 2019 – Bubbles & Bingo, McBay Cafeteria, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.*


Like us on Facebook @MexiaISDACE and McBay Sims PTA too!

We invite you to attend as we continue to provide opportunities for families to be involved in the learning process and academic success of our students.

Meet the Site Coordinators

Stephanie Striplin & Family

Hey everyone!  I’m Stephanie Striplin and I am currently serving as the ACE Site Coordinator for McBay Elementary.  I am pleased to be working under the direction of Region 12 in cooperation with Mexia ISD to create an environment of enrichment learning that will allow students to broaden their understanding of curriculum beyond the school day.  

My education consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri State, Springfield Mo, as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX.  Within my 14 years of teaching I have earned certifications in Business/Technology and Special Education. I have also completed all requirements and have obtained a certification for Texas Principal.    

In addition to my education, I am also a United States Navy Veteran.  While in the Navy, I met my husband of 25 years, Ronnie Striplin, who is also a Navy Veteran.  We have a daughter, Samantha, who just graduated high school and is attending Navarro College.

I am so excited to be a part of the McBay Elementary family and look forward to a great year of ACE!


Jami Archer & Family

My name is Jami Archer.  I am employed by ESC Region 12 as the ACE Site Coordinator for R.Q. Sims Intermediate, Mexia ISD.  As such, I oversee the program at Sims Intermediate School.  I can be reached by phone at (254) 562-4025 ext. 4630, or by email at  My office hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, and 10:00 until 2:00 on Fridays.

A little information about myself: I am a 1999 graduate of Mexia High School.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M-Commerce in May of 2009.  I have one son, Bryce, who is a 2017 graduate of Mexia High School, and a 3 year old daughter, Rhyan.

Prior to becoming the ACE Site Coordinator in 2014, I was employed by Mexia ISD as a 1st grade teacher for 5 years. I am  honored to have the opportunity to provide the ACE program for the 3rd thru 5th grade students of Mexia ISD.  I want to work with you to make this the best year for your child!


A service of Education Service Center Region 12.

Reserve ACE Resources for Use in Your Classroom

Ollie by Sphero

What can Ollie do for your classroom?

SPRK Lightening Lab

Appropriate for Grades 3+


Google BeeBots to find tons of lesson ideas for your classroom!  YouTube is also a great resources for lesson ideas!

Appropriate for Grades PK-2




Great STEAM Resource!

Bloxels Lesson Plans

Appropriate for Grades 4+


Little Bits

Great STEAM Resource!  Google search LittleBits in the Classroom for some great project ideas.

Little Bits for Education

Appropriate for Grades 4+


Osmo & iPads

Osmo in the classroom

Appropriate for Grades PK-6


MakerSpace PopUp Cart

Great STEAM resource brought directly to your classroom!  We have several resources for MakerSpace activities for any curriculum.

Appropriate for Grades PK-12


Playdoh Touch

Great STEAM Resource.

Open a can of imagination

Appropriate for Grades PK-3

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