Staff ITK - 1/25/18

Posted by Emily Parks on 1/25/2018

Perrin, Painting With a Twist adorn PLC campus

Student painting wall Have you ever heard that big things come in small packages? WOW! DOES IT EVER! Perrin received great news that a pleasant surprise will be delivered from a local art studio to get the students thinking creatively. Perrin Learning Center enthusiastically opened a large box of beautiful paintings from Painting With a Twist. Tedra Franklin, the owner, invited students to create a phrase or word for each painting that depicts their feelings on the topic of bullying or good citizenship. For example, students entries have been on courage, patriotism, and being your own hero. The students are very excited about this community project because not only will the top 7 students travel to Painting With a Twist where they will sketch their artwork on the canvas, they will get to keep their winning entry! You are invited to come out and view the halls adorned with signatures of our graduates that are on artfully painted trees.

Neblett Hosts Silver Cats Breakfast Feb. 8

Come meet Neblett Elementary School Principal Susan Taraba and learn how she and her staff are carrying on Sherman traditions and Building Bearcats every day at the Silver Cats Breakfast Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast will be served. Silver Cats if focused on providing Sherman ISD information for interested seniors (age 55+) in Sherman.

Sherman HS Hosts Clubs and Organizations Showcase

Sherman High School will be hosting an SHS Clubs & Organizations Showcase Monday, Jan. 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the SHS Cafeteria. The showcase is open to all SHS students and current 8th graders, and provides an opportunity to meet, connect, and find out information on all the clubs, organizations, and activities that Sherman HS has to offer. We highly encourage our students to participate in as many school organizations as possible during their time at SHS.

Sherman HS Swimmers Advance to Regionals

Swim team with ribbons Ten Sherman HS Swimmers advanced to regionals after placing at the district meet in Denton earlier this week. Congratulations to Bella Maldonado, Christina Wakeland, Grace Deffibaugh, Brenna Michaelsen, Grace Quick, Leslie Cornejo, Aldo Cornejo, Sam Aguilar, Dylan Schull, Michael Gajda, and Coach Thompson!

Board Briefs
The Sherman ISD Board Briefs provide an immediate update to the community and staff on board recognition and action following each meeting of the Board of Trustees, including special called meetings. Check out the latest board briefs online!

Board Approves 2018-19 Academic Calendar
Sherman ISD's Board of Trustees approved the district's 2018-2019 academic calendar Monday night, opting to start school on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and ending school May 23, before Memorial Day weekend. The calendar, which will close schools for winter break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 7, and spring break from March 11 through 15, was developed with feedback from staff and the community. Additionally, students would have two days off for a "Mini Fall Break" on Oct. 19 and 22, and a "Spring Holiday" on April 19, 2019. Check out the 2018-19 Calendar online.

Piner Spirit Night at Chipotle Feb. 17

Make dinner a selfless act by joining Piner Middle School for a fundraiser to support Piner FCCLA. Visit Chipotle, 875 Northcreek Dr. in Sherman, Saturday, Feb. 17, between 4 and 8 p.m. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the Piner FCCLA cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Piner FCCLA.

Candidate Forum on Education

The Grayson, Fannin, and Delta County School Boards invite you to attend a Candidate Forum on Education Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Cruce Stark Auditorium at Grayson College West Campus in Denison. Participating candidates include: Kevin Couch (R), Valerie Hefner (D), Brent Lawson (R), David Schaab (L) and Reggie Smith (R). This forum will highlight candidates positions on various education issues facing districts in Grayson, Fannin, and Delta Counties. Please plan to attend. Together, we can be a strong voice for the 5.4 million public school children in our state!

Board approves Construction Manager at Risk Rankings
In its latest action on the 2017 Bond program, the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees at its regular January board meeting approved Cadence McShane Construction as the top ranked candidate for Construction Manager at Risk over the construction of the new Sherman High School. As CMaR, Cadence McShane will oversee the construction project on behalf of the district and manage and control construction costs and services. The firm is ranked No. 13 nationally in the K-12 building market, No. 3 in the North Texas market, and have built more than 8.5 million square feet of educational space in the past 10 years. The firm’s recent project experience includes Red Oak High School in Red Oak ISD, McMillen High School in Plano ISD, the Allen ISD STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Center, Plano West Senior High additions and renovations, and Allen High School renovations. Sherman ISD expects to break ground on the new high school project this summer. For updated information on the bond process, visit

BOND UPDATE: New High School Design Survey Available

Bond Survey graphic Sherman ISD has begun the first phase of the new Sherman High School on a new site and is seeking community input. New questions will be posted periodically to inform the design of the campus. Visit the Bond Website to answer the current questions.

Flu Resources Available Online

Thanks to the Grayson County Health Department for sharing information on how to prevent the flu and what to do if you come down with it. Remember, wash your hands, and do not send your kiddos to school until they are fever free for 24 hours! Check out the flu info online.

Circle of Success Grant Applications Online

The Grant Application Form for 2018 Circle of Success grant requests is accessible again this year as an online fillable form.  Before you begin, it is important to review the Guidelines for Grant Applications for some helpful tips and information. Key words for successful grants: enriching, enhancing, innovative, creative, educational. To apply, fill out your fillable form online, download, and submit to Kathy Bickerstaff at! Feel free to contact Kathy Bickerstaff at 903.891.6431 or by email with any questions or for assistance.

Partners in Education: Employee PERKS program benefits staff

The Sherman ISD Partners in Education PERKS program provides employees special discounts on products and services from local businesses in the Texoma community. It is offered to employees free of charge and is a small way SISD and the community can thank you for your continuing effort and dedication to provide an excellent education for the children of our community. Check out the current PERKS!


Upcoming Dates

1/29/2018 100th Day of School

1/29/2018 3:30 PM Varsity Tennis Dual Match - Greenville HS
1/29/2018 5:00 PM V / JV Ladycats Softball vs Bells - Scrimmage
1/30/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer @ Braswell
1/30/2018 4:00 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer vs Braswell

1/30/2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dillingham Theater Arts Parent Night-Cafeteria

2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018 American Heart Month
2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018 Black History Month
2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018 Career & Technology Month
2/1/2018 Sory 4th Grade to Austin/Capitol
2/1/2018 Special Olympics @ Denison Middle School
2/2/2018 American Heart Association Go Red Day
2/2/2018 - 2/3/2018 SHS Swimming Regionals @ Mansfield
2/2/2018 4:30 PM 9 / JV / V SHS Boys Soccer vs Denton Ryan
2/2/2018 4:30 PM 9/JV/V SHS Lady Basketball vs Wichita Falls
2/2/2018 4:30 PM JV SHS Basketball vs Wichita Falls
2/2/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer @ Denton Ryan
2/2/2018 6:00 PM 9th SHS Basketball vs Wichita Falls
2/2/2018 7:30 PM Varsity SHS Basketball vs Wichita Falls
2/3/2018 V / JV Ladycats Softball at Frisco Independence - Scrimmage
2/5/2018 - 2/14/2018 Kindness Week
2/5/2018 Fitnessgram Begins 3rd and 4th Grade
2/5/2018 - 2/9/2018 School Counseling Week

2/5/2018 1:30 PM Neblett Jump Rope for Heart

2/6/2018 4:30 PM 9/JV/V SHS Lady Basketball @ Denison
2/6/2018 4:30 PM JV SHS Basketball @ Denison
2/6/2018 4:30 PM V / JV Ladycats Softball at McKinney Boyd - Scrimmage
2/6/2018 6:00 PM 9th SHS Basketball @ Denison
2/6/2018 6:00 PM Jefferson K-2 Musical
2/6/2018 7:30 PM Varsity SHS Basketball @ Denison
2/7/2018 Crutchfield College Day - wear your favorite College shirt
2/8/2018 JV Tennis at Denton Ryan Raider Winter Tournament
2/8/2018 8:30 AM Jefferson N.E.D. Kindness Show
2/8/2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sory Kindergarten Musical Program
2/8/2018 6:30 PM Fairview 3rd Grade Play “I Have a Dream”
2/9/2018 Jefferson Jump Rope For Heart During Each Specials Class
2/9/2018 March For Fitness Begins
2/9/2018 - 2/10/2018 Varsity Tennis at McKinney Tournament
2/9/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer @ Wichita Falls
2/9/2018 4:30 PM JV SHS Basketball vs Wichita Falls Rider
2/9/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer vs Wichita Falls
2/9/2018 6:00 PM 9th SHS Basketball vs Wichita Falls Rider
2/9/2018 7:30 PM Varsity SHS Basketball vs Wichita Falls Rider
2/10/2018 Varsity Ladycats Softball at Celina - Scrimmage