Education

Sun
25
Jun

Texas Armed Services scholarship now available

State Representative Dan Flynn has announced a scholarship opportunity for eligible high school students within House District 2. The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) was created to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs at civilian colleges. 

In addition to the eligibility criteria, a student must enter into an agreement requiring a four-year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine or a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States. A student may receive up to $4,000 for the 2017-‘18 academic year and dependent on funding available, students may receive up to four years of awards. 

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Sun
25
Jun

Ayers earns Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology


Natasha Ayers

Natasha Ayers earned her Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago with Honors for her dissertation “Cultural Change in Upper Egypt from the late Middle Kingdom through the Second Intermediate Period: A New Analysis of the Ceramic Material.” The doctoral hooding took place on June 9, 2017, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, and degrees were conferred at the university-wide convocation on June 10, 2017. Ayers teaches at the University of Chicago and excavates at the ancient provincial capital of Tell Defy in Egypt. She is the daughter of Gerald and Molly Ayers of Grand Saline and a 1999 graduate of Grand Saline High School.

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Thu
01
Jun

Heritage

Edgewood ISD seventh grades visited the Edgewood Heritage Park for a school tour during the last days of the 2016-’17 school year. The students also held a contest for the best costume.

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Thu
01
Jun

VZC Retired Teachers award scholarships

The Van Zandt County Retired Teachers awarded two Van Zandt County students with scholarships.

Clay Rylie Alsobrook of Martins Mill High School was awarded a scholarship. He is the son of Clayton and Freida Alsobrook.

Emma Elliott of Grand Saline High School was also awarded a scholarship. She is the daughter of R. Paul and Libby Elliott.

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Thu
01
Jun

TVCC donates supplies to CPS children

The faculty, staff and students of the Trinity Valley Community College Terrell campus led by Tyson Spizzirri and Amanda Leyva recently collected 25 bags of items to donate to local children who are placed in Child Protective Services.

The total donation amount between cash donated and items was over $1500.  The items were dropped off at the CPS office in Canton to be used for children in the Van Zandt, Kaufman, Henderson, and Rains county areas. With the need being so great, another drive is planned during the 2016-17 fall and spring semesters.

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Thu
20
Apr

Open enrollment to begin at MMISD

Martins Mill ISD will be pre-registering students for the 2017-‘18 school year.  Starting on Monday, April 17, the following information can be brought to Martins Mill Elementary office during school hours, Monday through Friday.

Pre-K, Head Start and Kindergarten students need to bring the child’s birth certificate, shot records and Social Security card, proof of Martins Mill ISD residency (example: electric bill, water bill etc.)

For Head Start, bring proof of income along with the documents listed above.

Pre-K and Head Start students must be age 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2017.  Head Start only, will be accepting children that are age 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2017.

Kindergarten students must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2017.

Call Martins Mill Elementary at 903-479-3706 for more information or help.

Tue
18
Apr

Edgewood ISD moves to full day Pre-K program

During their regular monthly meeting March 20, the Edgewood ISD Board of Trustees decided to move from a half-day to a full day Pre-K program.

Superintendent Andy Baker stated the district was very excited about the change. “We have monitored our Pre-K program and students for the last two years to determine their levels of preparedness for kindergarten and elementary school,” said Baker. “We believe that by moving to a full day Pre-K program, we will be able to provide a much stronger educational beginning for Edgewood’s 3 and 4 year olds. This stronger beginning should help these students throughout their elementary school years.” The change will take effect for the 2017-18 school year.

In other business, the school board election scheduled for Saturday, May 6 was cancelled. Originally, EISD had three people signed up to run for school board places #6 and #7.

Mon
20
Mar

MM trustees approve awning, discuss TRE

Martins Mill ISD Board of Trustees took to business March 7 by recognizing students of the month for March. In elementary, Grace Godwin and Santiago Reyes were introduced by Principal Suzzette Stringer.  Junior high student Samantha Nicodemus was introduced by Principal Don Layton.  High school student Yuyao Huang was unable to attend due to a softball game but will be presented at the next meeting. 

Sun
19
Mar

City of Edgewood proclaims poison prevention week

Edgewood Mayor Steve Steadham began the Feb. 27 Edgewood City Council meeting with a proclamation observing March 19-25, 2017, as Poison Prevention week in the City of Edgewood. The proclamation stresses the importance of proper handing and disposal of household chemicals as well as education on the safe guards individuals need to take in their homes, according to Steadham.

After the proclamation, city officials took to business passing an ordinance concerning the use of Edgewood City Park and also announced that a city park board was established.

The council approved an ordinance that would regulate the use of the Edgewood City Park.

Wed
15
Mar

GISD trustees talk awards, maintenance


Photo by Ayla Rightenour Indian award recipients for the month of February were Jase Melton, Adam Davis and Delana Meyer. Not pictured is Carson Brown.

The Grand Saline ISD Board of Trustees presented several awards and were given a maintenance facilities update in addition to hearing the superintendent’s report during their regular monthly meeting recently.

Indian Awards

Adam Davis received the Indian Award for the month of February. Davis likes to play baseball and his favorite subject in school is math.

Davis wants to be a baseball player when he grows up. His teacher, Mrs. Sherman, says he is a joy to have in her classroom. He is a hard worker, courteous and polite, according to his teacher.

The Indian Award recipient for the Intermediate School was given to Carson Brown. Brown was unable to attend due to an end of the year basketball tournament.

His teacher says he is always respectful, polite and willing to help others. Brown always does his best and works great with every student in the class and he is a joy to have on campus, according to his teacher.

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