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Board Brief 2.25.19
First Order of Business
Fairview Elementary Students Lead US and Texas Pledges During Board Meeting
The Fairview Elementary Student Council led the US and Texas pledges during the board meeting. The group is made up of about 20 students that exhibit positive behavior and exceptional leadership skills. The Fairview Elementary Student Council is under the direction of Mrs. Teresa Littlefield.
January Staff of the Month Recognitions
Secondary Teacher of the Month
Ms.Tatiana Davis is an asset to Washington Elementary and has a passion for teaching. Her great love for students is what motivates her to look for new ideas to enhance the learning inside of her classroom. If you visit Ms. Davis’ class, you will see evidence of best instructional practices that include hands-on and student-centered learning. Her classroom is a place where goal setting is commonplace, learning is significant, and achievement is celebrated.
Elementary Teacher of the Month
Ms. Erin Achimi is a motivator and a passionate leader on the campus of Piner Middle School. Each day, she not only leads her teaching Team 74, but she directs the Piner Middle School Science Department as well. She recognizes and nurtures the capabilities of every child by providing opportunities for all students to respond, participate and contribute to their learning experience. Mrs. Achimi completes all of her duties with grace, and never misses a beat. She’s a positive co-worker and has an energetic attitude.
Team of the Month
As an 8th grade academic team, Piner Middle School’s Team 84 strives to build their students up every day. They have outstanding team communication, they meet daily, and they even have a team classroom poster to synchronize student expectations. To promote their team spirit, they created a Team 84 T-shirt to showcase team spirit. Their positive moral spreads throughout the campus, and they genuinely care about their student and each other. Team 84 members are Breanna Luelf, Betty Mullins, Katie Henderson, Ashley Thompson, and Jeff Walter.
Employee of the Month
Ruthy McCurrin is the secretary for Mr. Jim May at Perrin Learning Center. She wears many hats and helps with the campuses special programs and serves as the Spanish interpreter. She is willing to come in early and stay late to get the job done and is always helpful to parents and students, no matter how busy she may be at that moment. She is a real example of service with a smile and provides top notch customer service.
Forty-nine Sherman High School students will advance to the SkillsUSA state competition after a successful showing in the SkillsUSA district meet in Waco, TX. SHS students brought home the second highest medal count of the competition with 35 medals and several students finishing in the top three placements in different events. Students finishing in the top three will compete in April during the state competition in Corpus Christi, TX.
Congratulations to the following Sherman High School SkillsUSA State Qualifiers:
SkillsUSA- Health Science State Qualifiers
Eduardo Deluna- Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl
Taylor Cox-Nursing Assistant, Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl
Scottlynne Lyons Basic Health Care Skills
Mikayla Posada- Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl
Miriam Vera- Medial Math, Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl
SkillsUSA Criminal Justice State Qualifiers
William Berry- Building Search
Hunter Kelley- Building Search
Cody Smith- Building Search
Jason Sutton- Building Search
Kinzie Bond- Display Panel
Mikaela Guerrero-Display Panel
Kaelyn Mullens- Display Panel
Janet Viera- Display Panel
SkillsUSA-Information Technology State Qualifiers
Kadin Allen - IT Quiz Bowl, Technical Computer Applications, Information Technology Services
Nathan Branson - IT Quiz Bowl
David Cowart - Robotics - Urban Search and Rescue
Leon Denton - IT Quiz Bowl, Technical Computer Applications
Colton Fisher - IT Quiz Bowl, Related Technical Math
Benjamin Gardner - Robotics - Urban Search and Rescue
Aiden Hill - IT Quiz Bowl
Dylan Sloan - IT Quiz Bowl, Information Technology Services
SkillsUSA-Construction Team State Qualifiers
Nathan Bowles -Community Service
Jesus Chavez-Team Works
Taylor Cox -Community Service
Julio Dominguez-Team Works
Emory Holmes -Welding Sculpture State
Fischer Nelson -Community Service
Rafael Rameriz- Team Works
SkillsUSA-Construction Project State Qualifiers
Nathan Bowles-TeePee Construction
Fischer Nelson-TeePee Construction
Landry Pierce-TeePee Construction
Rafael Rameriz-Furniture /cooler
Angel Sanchez-Furniture /cooler
Esmeralda Santiago-TeePee Construction
Carl Settle-TeePee Construction
SkillsUSA-Welding State Qualifiers
Ramon Acosta-Welding innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary
Victor Banas Beltran-Welding / Bench
Alvin Hogue-Welding innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary
Anthony Gionfriddo-Welding innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary
Jose Guadiana-Welding / Bench
Alex Hernandez-Welding Innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary
Christian Hernandez-Welding / Bench
Marco Hernandez-Welding Bench
SkillsUSA A/V Production State Qualifiers
Theo Knight-Audio/Radio Production
Javier Perez--Audio/Radio Production
SkillsUSA Animation State Qualifiers
Tyker Danner- 3D Visualization & Animation
Zarin Earnhart- 3D Visualization & Animation
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County Spelling Bee Recognitions
The Grayson County Spelling Bee had nine qualifying participates and two of those spots belonged to students from Sherman ISD. Shamoy Khamal (7th Grade) from Piner Middle School and Zayd Boutkhil (6th Grade) from Dillingham Intermediate both advanced to the county spelling bee and represented Sherman ISD in the academic tournament. Zayd placed third overall in the competition and Shamoy placed sixth overall. Both students plan to return back to the county competition next year to represent Sherman ISD once again.
Sherman High School Family Career Community Leaders of America students excelled in competition during the annual FCCLA regional conference in Waco, TX. More than 1,500 students from the region attended the conference, including 17 Sherman High School students.
Students competed in 11 different contests highlighting CTE skills learned throughout the year. The events help members become stronger leaders in their families, careers, and communities. The top five places from each event advance to the state competition to be held in Dallas April 4th-6th. Congratulations to the following Sherman High School FCCLA students that will advance to the state competition:
Event: Teach and Train
Hannah Anderson-2nd Place
Proficiency Event: Mystery Basket
Jaden Monoghaham-1st Place
Leo Bautista-2nd Place
Ragen Zachary-4th Place
Proficiency Event: Serving up Success
Cade Carney-1st Place
Star Event: Illustrated Talk-4th Place
Dystan Le-4th Place
Star Event: Culinary-4th Place
Middle School UIL One-Act Play
Theater Arts students from Dillingham Intermediate and Piner Middle School represented Sherman ISD during the UIL One Act Play contest at Denton Ryan High School. Sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students competed against seven other schools in the North Texas area and placed in several events.
The production of “Liza and the Riddling Cave” included 12 cast members and three crew members. Three students received medals for their work, under the direction of theater arts teacher Ms. Mary Newman. Sixth-grader Conner Grissom received the All-Star Cast medal, eighth-grader Tucker Khader received a medal for Best Technical Sound Director, and eighth-grader Mia Passanisi received an Honorable Mention cast medal. Ms. Newman attributes the students’ success to hard work and dedication in preparation for competition.
“Each student worked very hard and did an outstanding job,” she expressed. “This is a very challenging play that is usually performed at the high school level. The judge was very impressed with our play, and our students did an excellent job of representing Sherman ISD.”
Congratulations to the cast and crew:
Lighting Director: Tucker Khader
Sound Director: Brennan Brooks
Stage Manager: Elliot Keefer-McGee
Scenery: Marayah Clark, Matthew Golightly, Tanner Mueller
Curtains: Ryland Kyzar
Superintendent Scholars Recognized
The Sherman ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized Sherman High School sophomores and Piner Middle School seventh-graders who have shown the highest level of academic excellence.
A total of 104 tenth-graders, who ranked in the top 20 percent of students who took the PSAT test in the fall, and seven Piner Middle School seventh-graders, who qualified as Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) students, were honored as 2019 Superintendent Scholars.
“We started this recognition three years ago because we wanted to recognize academic excellence and ensure that we have the support systems and processes in place to get our students to the next level,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Hicks explained. “We want to recognize all the hard work our students have done in their classes, honor our students for their efforts, and encourage them to continue to work hard so that we can continue to celebrate academic success.”
The group of sophomores will take the PSAT in the fall of 2019 as juniors, and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will utilize their scores to identify students who meet the requirements National Merit Scholar status. Beginning this semester, SHS will provide additional study opportunities and online resources to help prepare these students to exceed next year.
Piner students receiving the Duke TIP honors did so by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level STAAR test. These students took either the SAT or the ACT and can qualify for a variety of recognitions based upon their scores. Duke TIP provides all students who participate with opportunities for enrichment both in the school year and during the summer.
Student Support Services Department Update
School counselors play a vital role in maximizing student achievement and helping to develop student’s academic and interpersonal skills. Sherman ISD counselors are an essential part of our campus leadership teams and contribute to student success daily.
One of our core values as a school district is to provide the academic and behavioral support that enables each student to be his or her best. Aileen Hays, the new student support counselor, serves students at Piner Middle School and Sherman High school and provides emotional, personal, and academic counseling. She also responds to at-risk students, conducts interventions with crisis and emotional health issues, and advocates for student needs.
Amelia Vierstra has also joined the team as a behavior specialist and provides behavior support to teachers and students with a direct focus on behavior assessment, behavioral goal setting for students, and developing and implementing classroom management plans with teachers.
Providing additional support to all campuses and helping improve students’ social skills and emotional awareness remains a goal for our district. This school year, programs such as Rachel’s Challenge, Lions Quest, and Mix It Up Day, have been implemented to help students become socially aware and develop the skills and strength of character needed to succeed as adults. As a result, students have successfully planned, organized and participated in different events that promote kindness, empathy, self-control, and leadership. School counselors and teachers utilize these programs to help students resolve emotional, social, or behavioral problems and ultimately ensure student success.
New SHS Design Presentation
Sherman ISD provided an inside look at the new Sherman High School with a video-based presentation highlighting a variety of spaces and programs through architectural animation. The new SHS design video features an introduction by Superintendent David Hicks, and personal quotes from community and staff members about the positive impact the new SHS building will have on the city and district. Final design plans for the new SHS building will include a grand entrance and walkway, natural lighting inside of the building, a pride walk, outdoor learning areas and career and technical education spaces.