Staff ITK - 2/7/18

Posted by Emily Parks on 2/7/2018

Staff Survey Available Online

As we continue to build a world class school district, team member feedback is essential in identifying and recognizing excellence as well as areas for continued improvement. Therefore, now through Wednesday, Feb. 14, all staff members of Sherman ISD are asked to take a short staff survey. The survey, which will only take 7-10 minutes to complete, will help inform district, department and campus planning. Questions include feedback on staggered start time and customer service perceptions of district departments. A high response rate will help ensure accurate representation of district, campus, and department needs, so all employees are encouraged to complete the survey. The Sherman ISD Staff Satisfaction Survey is available online. For questions regarding access to the survey, contact Emily Parks in the Communications Department at

Happy National Counselors Week!

School Counseling Week Join us in thanking and honoring our Sherman ISD School Counselors during annual National School Counselors Week. Sherman ISD counselors are: Dawn Dupuis, Carla Gafford, Sharon Gibson, Vickie Giger, Theresa Littlefield, Leslie Rich, Susan Simmons, Renea Taylor, Michelle Burton, Margie Keefer, Hope Lewis, Cindy Parson, Brook Pinkston, Krista Potter, Jessica Reeves, Peggy Savage, and Karen Strickland. We truly appreciate their dedicated service to our students through social and academic guidance and mentoring. Click here to learn more about our school counselors.

LAST CALL: 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.

BOND SURVEY: New High School Exterior Design

New High School entrance The newest bond survey question focuses on the exterior typology of the school and the community’s preference for the visual look of the campus, which the design team will use to guide the development of the new Sherman High School. Visit the Bond Website to answer the current questions.

FFA Wins Big at Ft. Worth Stock Show

Congratulations to all of the Sherman FFA Members who participated in the Ft. Worth Stock Show. Overall, Sherman FFA had 42 exhibitors and 54 projects participate in this show. Click here for photos. Top awards include:

  • Kylie Harlan, 12th Grade - Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer Youth Show, Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer Open Show
  • Drake Stephens, 9th Grade - Best of Breed Tan Rabbit
  • Anthony Acoba, 12th Grade - Blue Ribbon Ag Mechanics Projects
  • Kassi Cook, 12th Grade - Blue Ribbon Ag Mechanics Projects
  • Rozi Ross, 10th Grade - Blue Ribbon Ag Mechanics Projects
  • Caitlyn Browder, 9th Grade - Best of Variety Black New Zealand rabbit, 2nd Place Polish rabbit
  • Destiny Nicholson, 10th - Best of Variety Palomino Rabbit
  • Cullen Olson, 3rd Grade - 2nd Place Mini Rex
  • Riley McLain, 9th Grade - 2nd Place Florida White Rabbit
  • Jackson Harlan, 8th grade - 3rd Place Shorthorn Plus Heifer
  • Julia McGrath, 12th Grade - 3rd Place Brangus Heifer
  • Morgan Bradshaw, 10th Grade - 4th Place Yorkshire Gilt
  • Peyton Little, 11th Grade - 7th Place Red Angus Heifer and he also caught a calf in the calf scramble and received a $500 certificate towards purchasing a heifer for next year!

Neblett Hosts Silver Cats Breakfast Thursday

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 at 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast will be served. Silver Cats is focused on providing Sherman ISD information for interested seniors (age 55+) in Sherman.

Piner's Taylor Van Kirk Wins Educator Award

Piner Middle School teacher Taylor Van Kirk was awarded the Austin College PreService Educator of the Year award, and Sherman ISD is so very proud of her! Van Kirk is a first year teacher in Sherman. She is heavily involved in student life and the Sherman community. Congratulations Taylor! 

Piner, Dillingham students win All Star Cast, Crew honors

Middle School One Act Play Three members of the Piner Middle School and Dillingham Intermediate theatre cast and crew received honors at the UIL One-Act Play competition Feb. 2. Dillingham sixth grader, Emma Mahjoobi, and Piner Middle School seventh grader, Jax Dixon, each received All-Star cast medals, and seventh grader Mario Diaz received a medal for his outstanding work as Sound Technician with their 2018 entry, “The Trial of Goldilocks.”

 Perrin Awarded Math, Science Grant

Math and Science Grant winner Zack Honeycutt, from Douglas Distributing in Sherman, presented Perrin Learning Center Principal Jim May, Mrs. Carrasco, PLC Math teacher, and Mrs. Cowley, PLC Science teacher, a $500 check to the Math and Science departments. The funds will be used to take students on a STEM field trip and purchasing tutorial lessons. Congratulations Perrin Learning Center.

Neblett 2nd Grade Hosts “Off Their Rockers” Musical Feb. 22

Neblett Elementary second grade will host the fun-filled musical “Off their Rockers” Thursday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Neblett Elementary, 1501 Gallagher Drive.

Board Briefs Available Online
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.

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

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 4:30 PM V Ladycats Softball @ McKinney Boyd - Scrimmage
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 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
2/13/2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Boys 9th Soccer vs Gainesville
2/13/2018 4:00 PM Boys JV / V Soccer vs Denison
2/13/2018 4:15 PM Ladycats JV2 Soccer @ Allen
2/13/2018 4:30 PM JV SHS Basketball @ Denton
2/13/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer @ Denison
2/13/2018 5:30 PM V / JV Ladycats Softball vs McKinney North
2/13/2018 6:00 PM 9th SHS Basketball @ Denton
2/13/2018 7:30 PM Varsity SHS Basketball @ Denton
2/15/2018 Track at Denison (Relay Meet) - JV / V Girls & JV / V Boys
2/15/2018 - 2/17/2018 Varsity Ladycats Softball at Sulphur Springs Tournament
2/15/2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Crutchfield 4th Grade Musical Program
2/16/2018 Special Olympics @ Van Alstyne (8 & Up Only)
2/16/2018 8:00 AM Varsity Tennis at South Hills Tennis Tournament
2/16/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer vs WF Rider
2/16/2018 4:00 PM Ladycats JV2 / JV / V Soccer @ WF Rider
2/17/2018 Random Acts of Kindness Day
2/17/2018 2:30 PM Varsity Tennis Dual Match - Yukon HS
2/19/2018 No School: Staff Development Day
2/19/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9th Soccer @ Anna
2/20/2018 3:30 PM JV Tennis Greenville Dual Match
2/20/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer @ Denton
2/20/2018 4:00 PM Ladycats JV2 / JV / V Soccer vs Denton
2/20/2018 5:30 PM V / JV Ladycats Softball vs McKinney High
2/22/2018 Track at Denison - JV / V Girls & JV / V Boys
2/22/2018 - 2/24/2018 Varsity Ladycats Softball at Allen Tournament
2/22/2018 6 PM Neblett 2nd Grade Program
2/22/2018 5:00 PM Neblett Coffee with Principal
2/23/2018 8:00 AM Varsity Tennis at Mansfield Timberview Tournament
2/23/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer vs Braswell
2/23/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer @ Braswell
2/24/2018 11:00 AM JV Ladycats Softball vs Frisco Heritage
2/26/2018 7:00 PM School board Meeting
2/27/2018 4:00 PM Boys 9 / JV / V Soccer @ Ryan
2/27/2018 4:30 PM JV / V Ladycats Softball at Wichita Falls Rider
2/27/2018 5:30 PM Ladycats JV / V Soccer vs Denton Ryan