County school news

Martins Mill

PSAT will be given Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Senior portraits will be taken Wednesday, Oct. 14

There will be a pep rally from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

End of the nine week grading cycle is Friday, Oct. 16.



Hallie Randall Elementary School invites parents, teachers and community members to come by the elementary office to pick up a form to nominate a student for the gifted and talented

The FFA students are beginning their meat and cookie dough sales.  They will have early delivery this

year. To receive an order before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please contact email or any of the FFA students for ordering information.

There will be a school board meeting Thursday, Oct. 14.

End of the first nine weeks grading period is Friday, Oct. 15.


County school menus Oct. 12-16

Edgewood ISD


All Grades

Monday-cereal with toast, pancakes with choice of fruit topping, juice, choice of milk

Tuesday-cereal with toast, gravy with biscuit, fruit, jelly, juice, choice of milk

Wednesday-cereal with toast, scrambled eggs, fruit, jelly, juice, choice of milk

Thursday-cereal with toast, breakfast pizza, fruit, jelly, juice, choice of milk

Friday- cereal with toast, cinnamon roll, fruit, jelly, juice, choice of milk


Option 1 – All Grades

Monday-beef macho nachos, refried beans, corn, assorted fruit, choice of milk

Tuesday-popcorn chicken, green beans, baked potato, roll, assorted fruit, choice of milk


Area ISD menus Oct. 5 through Oct. 6

Fruitvale ISD


All Grades

Monday-pop tarts or cereal with graham crackers, assorted juice, slice apples, milk

Tuesday-blueberry pancakes or cereal with graham crackers, bananas, apple sauce, milk

Wednesday-biscuit and sausage or cereal with graham crackers, oranges, raisins, milk

Thursday-honey buns or cereal with graham crackers, assorted juice, pineapples, milk

Friday-breakfast pizza or cereal with graham crackers, apple sauce, raisins, milk


All Grades

Monday-cheese pizza, stromboli, broccoli salad, Italian vegetables, pineapple tidbits, red apple, milk


School Notes


DARS will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the high school library.

Hallie Randall Elementary School is inviting parents, teachers and community members to come by the elementary office to pick up a form if you wish to nominate a student for the gifted and talented program.  Nominations should be submitted no later than Oct. 20.


Fall Picture Day is Oct. 8.  Lifetouch will be on campus to take photos of all students for the yearbook.

There will be a Pink Out the Panthers Pep Rally at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Those attending are asked to wear pink for cancer awareness.

Grand Saline

The second six weeks begins Monday, Oct. 5.

Parent Huddle will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The 4H will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the intermediate school cafeteria.


Democracy, Patriot essay contests gearing up

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Auxiliary of the United

States Post 9171 of Canton are in the process of delivering the information to local schools and home-schooled youth concerning the group’s yearly essay competition.

The Voice of Democracy Essay contest is open to students in grades nine through 12. This year’s theme is “My Vision for America.”

The Patriot Pen Essay competition is for students in grades sixth through eighth. Its theme is “What Freedom Means To Me.”

“This competition gives students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship and voice their opinions about democracy and patriotism,” said local VFW and Auxiliary spokesperson Diane Farmer. “These essays can also help later when they apply at colleges.”

For questions about the essay contest, call Farmer at 903-833-5140.


Manna School Food Drive begins Oct. 1

The 2015 Manna School Food Drive is about to begin. 

Each school chooses when they would like to hold the food drive on their campus. The drive runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 20. 

Schools who have participated in past years included Canton ISD, Edgewood ISD, Fruitvale ISD, Grand Saline ISD, Martins Mill ISD, Wills Point ISD and Pecan Ridge Day Care.

Last year winners were: Canton Elementary School – first place with 2,922 pounds; Pecan Ridge Day Care – second place 2,191 pounds collected; and Martins Mill ISD – third with 1,648 pounds. 

Manna officials said they offered congratulations congratulated to all the participating schools.  The schools all received plaques and the winners, of course, got bragging rights for the year, they said.


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Photos courtesy of Melisa Rhodes Left: Lyndi Luttrull, president of Texas 4-H Council from Wise County, speaks about family involvement at the Van Zandt County 4H kick off earlier this month. Right: From left, Kayla Salazar, Hailey Bass, Sabrina Swinford, and Wesley Smith slice up watermelon for serving at the 4H kick off sign up.

The Van Zandt County 4-H Membership Kickoff and Parent Orientation was a huge success, according to organizers of the event. 

The crowd of 120 people was welcomed by Van Zandt Count AgriLife Extension Agents Tommy Phillips (Ag) and Melisa Rhodes (FCS.)   

To begin the evening the Van Zandt 4-H County Council President Sabrina Swinford introduced her fellow county council officers and council members who were in attendance for the festivities. 

Then Rhodes introduced the evenings guest speaker Lyndi Luttrull, the State 4-H council president for 2015-’16. Rhodes shared with the audience how Luttrull comes from a family whose roots run deep with involvement in 4-H. 


TVCC to offer hip hop class

Trinity Valley Community College’s Continuing Workforce Education department will offer a hip hop dance class beginning Oct. 12.

The six week class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Monday in the Student Union Building on the Athens campus.

Assistant choreographer/recruiter for TVCC Cardettes Sarah Cadungug will lead the class.

“Each week we will learn a new style of hip hop with a fun combination,” Cadungug said. “Participants will definitely leave the class knowing lots of new dance moves while also feeling good.”

For more information, visit or call 903-675-6212. Email for detailed information.

The class is open to high school and older students. Cost of the class is $79.


Area school menus 9-28 to 10-02

Edgewood ISD


All Grades

Monday–cereal with toast, breakfast burrito, fruit, jelly, juice, choice of milk

Tuesday–cereal with toast, pancakes with fruit, juice, choice of milk

Wednesday–cereal with toast, breakfast muffin, fruit, juice, choice of milk




Option 1

Monday–chicken rings, roll, mashed potatoes with gravy, seasoned broccoli, choice of milk

Tuesday–ranch chicken, charro beans, broccoli and cauliflower, choice of milk

Wednesday–chicken or beef stir fry, red bell pepper, oriental vegetables, choice of milk


Big Mack visits Fruitvale

Courtesy Photo

Hallie Randall Elementary students enjoyed a presentation with Venetia Stanley and Big Mack, the bloodhound with Just Kids Hands on Pet Education Sept. 10 in the old Fruitvale gym.

Kindergarten through fifth grade students were all in attendance and 12 students were chosen to assist Stanley and Big Mack.  The students were Ryland Robinson, Scott Hukill, Brock Pearce, Kenley Akins, Lilly Shaver, Cash Whitaker, Brooklyn Brown, Jaxen Carver, Lindi Abbott, Madilyn Westbrook, Brent Shelton, Alison Lanham, Alyssa Pendleton and Emily Servin.  The students also received a free T-shirt. 

Stanley and Big Mack demonstrated a “Can Do Attitude” by allowing the students to assist with leading, giving commands and learning the proper handling of dogs. 

Stanley and Big Mack will be back to visit with individual classrooms on the “Seven Habits of Happy Kids.”

The students said they loved working with Big Mack.


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