Board Brief 4.22.19

First Order of Business

Neblett Elementary Students Lead US and Texas Pledges During Board Meeting

The Neblett Elementary Student Council led the US and Texas pledges during the board meeting. Each member of the Neblett Student Council is a proud student ambassador for their campus and perform numerous duties throughout their school. Under the direction of Mrs. Vickie Giger, the group meets once a month to vote on a Neblett Fun Day activity and each year the group votes on a campus service project. This year, students selected the ARF House for their project, which is a sanctuary for abandoned or abused dogs. The students have created posters and a dog house display to raise money to support the organization.

Neblett Elementary


Superintendent's Report


Student Recognitions

UIL Academics Regional and State Qualifiers

Eight Sherman High School students qualified for the regional UIL Academic competition at Prosper High School following several top finishes at the District 5-5A Academic Meet March 26 at Princeton High School. In order to advance to Regionals in UIL Academics, students must have finished in the top three places in their events or been a member of a first place advancing team during the district competitions.

Students that advanced to UIL Academic Regionals are:

  • Abdullah Hossain
  • Colton Fisher
  • XinYi Ye
  • Shi Zhu
  • ShiJie Zhu
  • Jasmin Leon
  • Sarah McGinn
  • Kayson Bridges

UIL Academic Individual District Champion

Abdullah Hossain-Calculator

UIL Academic Team District Champion

  • Number Sense Team
    • Abdullah Hossain
    • Colton Fisher
    • XinYi Ye
    • Shi Zhu
  • Calculator Team
    • Abdullah Hossain
    • ShiJie Zhu
    • Colton Fisher
    • XinYi Ye

UIL Academics


Sherman High School Choir State Solo & Ensemble

The Sherman High School choir competed at the Region 25 UIL Solo and Ensemble contest with 40 vocal soloists, 2 ensembles, and 1 piano solo. The group received a total of 19 excellent ratings and 21 superior ratings and a total of 19 students that received superiors ratings will advanced to the state competition in June.

Choir Solo & Ensemble state qualifiers are:



Kaylan Alexander

Jacob Anderson

Sarah Beaver

Lillian Boessen

Emma Brockelman

Molly Brown

Skylar Davis

Natalie Ellis

Hugo Govea

Rachel Guevara

David Hart

Diedra Hart

Sarah McGinn

Donzja Orr-Knight

Gustavo Romero-Guardado


Women's Small Ensemble

Lillian Boessen
Molly Brown

Sarah McGinn


Piano Solo:

Kortney Dunn



March Staff of the Month Recognitions

Elementary Teacher of the Month

Beverly Warren is the fourth-grade team lead at Wakefield Elementary and is known for motivating her students and team members. When you walk inside her classroom, students are engaged in either whole group or small group instruction and her classroom management is evident through smooth transitions and student-led activities. She is involved in the after-school Adventures Program and works most evenings tutoring, supervising, and building relationships with students.

B Warren

Secondary Teacher of the Month

Courtnee Kendrick is new to Dillingham Intermediate this year and fits right in with her Dillingham family. She teaches fifth-grade English Language Arts and has become an important part of the school’s reading department.  Ms. Kendrick has worked hard throughout the year to plan engaging lessons for her students and is excited to return back to the campus next year as a fifth-grade reading and social studies teacher.


Team of the Month

When anyone drives by one of our schools, their first impression is based on how the grounds of the school look. The community looks to our grounds crew as we do to make sure that everyone knows we care for our children and our teachers and they never disappoint. In cold or hot weather, this crew maintains all of our spaces and does it with care. It is because of this team that our outdoor areas are always well kept and we are proud that they are part of the Sherman ISD family.

Sherman ISD Grounds Crew

Jeff Hinton-Supervisor

John Barron

Joe Brown

Cleo Frost

Larry Moss

Alex Rathy

Larry Rawls

Marcus Stiggers

Grounds Crew

Employee of the month

Josefina Diaz currently serves as the Sherman High School custodian lead. She always has a smile on her face and is meticulous in performing all kinds of cleaning and maintenance tasks at SHS to ensure our students and staff have a clean learning environment. Ms. Diaz is a daily example for the rest of her team of a loyal and dependable employee. She is always the first to answer when called and works incredibly hard every day keeping the building clean. Her hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and several people that she encounters commends her strong work ethic and positive attitude.

Employee Diaz

Substitute of the Semester

Dianna Gibson is a substitute teacher at Sherman High School. She always does a great job and during her free time, she is more than happy to assist on the campus in any way possible. The SHS administration team realizes that substitute teachers like Ms. Gibson create a successful learning environment in the classroom which helps with student achievement every day and they are proud to have her on their team.

Sub of the Semester

Lowe’s Home Improvement Recognized as Sherman ISD Community Partner

Lowe’s Home Improvement is dedicated to supporting Sherman ISD and over the years, has donated materials and manpower to fulfill various campus projects. They’ve provided supplies and staff to help several of the elementary campuses build wooden coin banks, flower beds, and planters. They also awarded the Sherman High  School construction program with a $25,000 grant to build a small two-story house which will be a transition home for North Texas Youth Connection. We thank Lowe’s for their continued support of Sherman ISD.



Special Recognitions

Sherman ISD  Elementary Music Teachers Recognized

The Sherman ISD Board of Trustees recognized the Sherman ISD elementary music teachers for doing an outstanding job of educating students in music education. The music teachers have recently implemented a brand new music curriculum that not only works toward building the musical skill level of each student but also develops his or her appreciation of music. Through their classes, students are exposed to musical scales, musical notation, the art of singing and music history. This school year, our elementary music teachers have planned and performed more than 35 concerts and events for our students including school board meetings, school programs, and events around the Sherman community. Through these performances, they have reached more than 7,000 parents, family members, and community members with their love of music.

  •    Crutchfield Elementary-Junar Ortega
  •    Fairview Elementary-Kerri Sturm
  •    Jefferson Elementary-Brionne Mitchell
  •    Neblett Elementary-Priscilla Burns
  •    Sory Elementary-Geri Griffin
  •    Wakefield Elementary-Dustin Hensley
  •    Washington Elementary-Lori Hartman
  •    Dillingham Intermediate-Justin Lemaster & Laura Jenk

Music Teachers



Sherman ISD School Board Approves Technology Upgrades


All Sherman ISD campuses will receive updated technology next school year after the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees recently approved a $3.3 million district-wide technology upgrade.

The upcoming technology enhancements will be the first full-scale technology upgrade for the district in 12 years and will provide all teachers with a laptop and docking station, a 75-inch interactive wall panel, and a wireless document camera. Sherman ISD instructions staff will also transition from desktops to laptops.

In the spring of 2018, the Sherman ISD Cross-Functional Technology Committee, comprised of teachers, principals, students, and parents began meeting to identify new technology that would enhance student learning. In the fall of 2018, SISD teachers previewed an interactive projector and panel and provided feedback to the committee. Based on that feedback and research, the SISD technology department presented the information during the April board meeting, and the board approved the recommended upgrades and technology toolkit. The upgrades will meet the district’s objective to increase teacher mobility and instructional flexibility within the classroom, improve student interdependence and collaboration, and increased the connectedness between students inside the classroom and beyond.

In the spring of 2018, Sherman ISD began wireless and infrastructure upgrades and in March of 2019, additional upgrades, which included a new classroom sound, bells, and paging system were installed. During the third phase, teachers will receive their new laptops in the summer so they can begin the 2019-2020 school year with a new device. All upgrades are scheduled to be completed before the end of the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year.