Education

Wed
02
Aug

Longtime WPISD educator retires

Winifread Williams was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her 32 years of loyal and dedicated service in Wills Point ISD.

 

The plaque was presented to Williams by Superintendent Scott Caloss on May 30, 2017.

 

While working for WPISD, she was selected teacher of the month several times by her co-workers.

 

Williams is a graduate of Marshall High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wiley College and a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

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Mon
31
Jul

Martins Mill ISD board conducts final meeting before school starting

The Martin’s Mill board of trustees held its last meeting of the summer July 24 prior to the start of the new school year in August. 

Trustees were busy with approvals regarding the upcoming school year.  The meeting began with the approval of the budget and tax rate for the district. 

The budget was balanced with no tax increase but a decreased appraisal value due to the storm damage suffered by the district.  

During the principal’s reports, the board reviewed the teacher and student schedules for both elementary and high school.

The staff development calendar shows the teachers returning to the campus on Friday, August 11th and the campus calendar shows students beginning the school year on Wednesday, August 23rd. 

Trustees were given an update on current facility improvements during the superintendent’s report.

Wed
12
Jul

Life Lessons and Gutter Balls

One of the greatest things about being a teacher is learning from my students. I have learned a lot about myself by interacting with kids throughout the years. My latest lesson came from a trip to the bowling alley with my Life Skills class.

The kids were excited to go and wasted no time donning shoes and bowling balls when we hit the door. I, on the other hand, spent a good portion of time on the ride over thinking of all the things I needed to do this week and how I could get them all done. This bowling was cutting into my dwindling time.

Wed
05
Jul

Fruitvale ISD reviews damage, construction of facilities

A meeting of the Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees was held June 15, board member Bill Hunt was not in attendance.

Superintendent Rebecca Bain updated the board on the most recent storm damage. “The recent rains on Memorial Day weekend caused additional water damage to the high school which sustained damage during the April 29 tornadoes,” said Bain.

“The tornados evidently pulled out 43 plugs at the end of each row of metal roofing. When the gutters filled with water, the path of least resistance was to fill the underside of the metal roof then into the high school. The district has completed the cold remediation from the tornados therefore the district’s first order of business is to repair the roof before more water or mold causing additional damage. After the roof is repaired, the district can start replacing the damaged drywall but the district is waiting on the insurance company to decide whether the roof is to be repaired or replaced.”

Mon
03
Jul

The Value of Parents and Communities in Schools

With the first day of school fast approaching, my mind is swirling with ideas I want to try this school year. Among the many ideas I am tossing around, parent and community engagement are among my top priorities. Research overwhelmingly demonstrates when parents are involved actively in their children’s schooling, their children perform better academically and socially. Research also shows when communities are involved actively in schools, schools improve tremendously, regardless of how high or low schools perform. Parental and community involvement are cost effective, immediately available mechanisms to improve student achievement and school performance.

Tue
27
Jun

University News

More than three, 900 Baylor University students were named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll for the 2016 fall semester. To be named to the Dean's List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
The following student from Ben Wheeler was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2016 fall semester.

Cassidy Jo McCoy, Hankamer School of Business.

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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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