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.



Superintendent's Report

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.

Team 84

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.



Student Recognitions

Skills USA

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

 Criminal Justice


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

Info Tech


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

Christian Chinchilla-Furniture/rocker

Javier Gonzales-Furniture/rocker

Jonathan Manzales-Welding/Smoker

Fischer Nelson-TeePee Construction

Bryan Perez-Furniture/cooler

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

AV 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.

County Spelling Bee



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

Haley Klas

Connie Rosas

Keyera Cox



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


Emma Mahjoobi

Conner Grissom

Mia Passanisi

Jax Dixon

Victoria Antholz

Cameron Barnes

Adrian Pine

Ivy Scruggs

Naiya Dockins

Anna Durham

Ethan Smith

Ali Banda

Hudson Teague

One Act



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.