Board Brief 3.25.19

First Order of Business

Jefferson Elementary Students Lead US and Texas Pledges During Board Meeting

The Jefferson Elementary F.L.A.G. Club led the US and Texas pledges during the board meeting. The group is made up of about 24 students whose main task is to learn the history of the US and Texas flags and practice how to properly raise and lower their school flags daily.  The Jefferson Elementary F.L.A.G. Club is under the direction of Jefferson Principal, Dr. Tammy MacDonald.

Jefferson FLAG Crew


Superintendent's Report


February Staff of the Month Recognitions

Elementary Teacher of the Month

Lauren Hayes is an English Second Language teacher at Jefferson Elementary that makes her students feel valued and successful. Each student she works with receives specialized instruction and opportunities to build skills and fluency in their second language. She also supports all English language learners by using different strategies throughout her lessons. She supports teachers and has taken the lead on guiding them during TELPAS training. Additionally, Hayes is an advocate for English language learners and establishes strong relationships with parents of her students to ensure the best learning experience possible.    

Lauren Hayes


Secondary Teacher of the Month

Steve Schutts has a passion for all students to learn math. Most importantly, he wants his students to learn and makes himself available for those that request extra help. His students express that he relates math to everyday life and makes learning fun. Schutts consistently seeks out quality professional development opportunities and freely shares his ideas and expertise with his peers. Outside of teaching math, he currently serves as the club sponsor for Mu Alpha Theta, he is a member of the Campus Crisis team and is the head coach of the Sherman High School golf team.            

Steve Schutts


Team of the Month

The Sherman ISD Instructional Coaches are considered the “go to” people on each campus for training, guidance and teaching resources. They help our teachers develop instructional methods, lessons planning, new assessment practices and practical strategies for engaging students. This school year, the team has worked diligently supporting teachers with new instructional initiatives, and they have enhanced the PLC work at each campus. They are an important piece in helping our new teachers get acclimated in Sherman ISD, and they support with developing processes and procedures for teacher success. Congratulations to our Instructional Coaches for always going above and beyond for Sherman ISD. Members of the Sherman ISD Instructional Coach team are Kelly McLaughlin, Holly Burns, Janna Taylor, Christy Payne, Regina O’Malley, Audra Johnson, Kelley Steinley, Shannon Scoggins, Lynnae Harrell, and Brian Seay.    

IC team


Employee of the Month

Greg Howse is an essential part of our special education team. In addition to providing guidance to autism and behavior support teams, he is responsible for psychological, mental health and special education counseling services for the District. As the lead for autism and behavior, Howse participates in several student evaluations to help students process their problems, plan goals and actions and have a positive learning experience. Despite his busy schedule, he is always available to staff and parents and strives to meet the unique needs of every student.   

Greg Howse


Community Partner of the Month

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is committed to supporting Sherman ISD by serving as the Adopt-A-School partner for the staff and students at Wakefield Elementary. The church supports the school by purchasing snacks for students during STAAR testing and Christmas gifts for students and their families in need. They provide school supplies for students and organize the prayer partner program between church members and staff. Some of the church members also participate in the Grandparent program at Wakefield to support students. We are very appreciative of their dedication to Sherman ISD.

Community Partner.


Student Recognitions

SHS Orchestra Students Advance to State

The Sherman High School Orchestra students recently competed at the regional UIL solo and ensemble contest in February. The Sherman ISD Board of Trustees recognized a total of 11 students during the Monday night board for receiving certification to advance to the state solo and ensemble competition in June.

Congratulation to the following UIL State Solo and Ensemble Qualifiers:

Orchestra State Soloists:

Amara Gutierrez-Cello

Maddi Dorris-Viola

Thomas Wynn-Piano

Sam Kratochvil- String bass

Shijie Zhu-Piano

String Trio performing Bach's Trio Sonata No. 5, mvt. 3


Thomas Wynn

Noel Cobb


Duncan May

String Quartet performing Haydn's Menuetto


Brendan Smith

Sydney Harman


Katie Plumlee


Diana Cuellar



Special Recognitions

Sherman ISD Art Faculty Recognized

The Sherman ISD Visual Arts department is comprised of talented artists whose mission is to educate our students by implementing our rigorous art curriculum to improve students’ art skills and creativity through critical thinking, motivation, and passion for the arts. This group of educators was honored during the Monday night at the SISD Service Center building with an art reception that featured their own artwork collection. The service center lobby was filled with high-quality art pieces that showcased each teacher's artistic talents and skills.

Members of the Sherman ISD Art Faculty are Amber Parenteau, Vivienne Pitts, Rebekah Roberts, Katherine Hearn, Marie Woodson, Kendra Keefer-McGee, Jen Foshee’, Joshlin White-Turner, Shelly Pilcher, Dottie Doyle, Anna Jenson, Kaylea Daubenspeck, Catherine Chavez, Sherry Young, and Chico Aleman.

Art Faculty




Alternative Programs Update

Sherman ISD has a variety of alternative education programs that meet the needs of our diverse population of students. By fostering interpersonal skills, motivation, engagement, and study skills, our programs are designed to ensure student success and address the academic and emotional support needs of our students that typically cannot be met in a regular classroom setting.

The following programs allow Sherman ISD to equip students for success in a diverse and complex world to maximize their academic achievements:

Perrin Learning Center

  • Serves students from birth-three years of age through the Early Head Start program
  • Provides alternative education option for students through the Academic Alternative High School program

Boot Camp

  • Offers long-term and short-term educational services through the juvenile detention center
  • Promotes academic instruction programs and positive behavior strategies.

D.A.E.P-Disciplinary Alternative Educational Placement

  • Serves Sherman I.S.D. students with serious disciplinary issues, generally for 15-45 day assignments, away from their home campus

The Alternative Education Placement program, located at Perrin Learning Center, has a self-paced curriculum for students that want to accelerate their education. The program is currently serving 82 students with 15 graduating this year. The program’s success has been directly correlated to the Sherman ISD Alternative Program’s teachers and administrators who have intentionally connected with students to produce positives outcomes.

The Disciplinary Alternative Educational Placement and Boot Camp programs focus on supporting student needs in a structured learning environment. Both programs help students meet academic expectations, learn responsibility, and experience success every day. be a successful student. Last year the Boot Camp program finished with 17 graduates and students in the program now are currently on pace to meet the goal of 1200 course completions this school year. On the secondary level, DAEP has served 137 students this year from Piner Middle School and Sherman High School, and only two students have required a second placement. That total is down from 39 students from last year.

Additionally, by helping to uplift students and provide them with as many opportunities to succeed, Perrin Learning Center now offers a four-hour class schedule which allows time for after-school employment that would otherwise not be an option. Students are also provided with opportunities to visit local businesses and post-secondary programs to help them achieve their goals after high school graduation.