SHISD Mid-Week Message

Promoting Great Things in a Great School District

Spring Hill ISD Rocks!

Spring Hill Primary & Intermediate Rock

Panther Nation,

These are interesting times in our country and for public education. From excitement on one side for our newly elected president to protests on the other side with little room for middle ground. Public schools seem to be fighting a battle as well.

With the legislature in full swing, public schools seem to be attacked from several angles: vouchers, school finance, and the latest A-F report cards. Mark Twain is credited with the quote that “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

That may be true, but I have confidence in our leadership from East Texas. While I will do everything in my power to engage with our legislators and fight for things that benefit Spring Hill and public schools (including better health coverage for teachers), I am proud that Spring Hill ISD puts all of the politics aside. Our teachers and staff stand as examples of a learning community dedicated to the future of all children and committed to a standard of excellence in education, character, and community regardless of politics.

There is no doubt in my mind that whatever hand we are dealt by the state, we will win! There is not a day that goes by without a reminder of how special Spring Hill ISD is. Thank you staff for doing what you do each day at the highest level possible.

Like the video above says, Spring Hill Rocks!

With great pride,

Steve Snell, Superintendent


  • Keep Carol Procell in your thoughts and prayers. She had surgery recently and it went well. She will be recovering over the next few weeks. Prayers for a speedy recovery.
  • Kudos to all 2nd and 3rd grade teachers!

    On Friday they met together to vertically plan and the outcome was great! It was a discussion filled day of ideas and strategies to help our students succeed! I'm so proud of the 3rd grade teachers for showing how well they know their own TEKS! Also, what a great feeling to know that Deanna Turner and the team of 2nd grade at the Primary have our backs! Thanks to all the teachers for making a huge leap into academic success for our students! - Amy Doron

  • Deanna Turner and I want to especially thank Michelle Malloy for her hard work in helping our students create a video to enter into the TASB "Why Our Public School Rocks" contest! Here is the link to Why Our Schools Rock. Michelle is a joy to work with and encourages creativity among myself and others around us! Kudos to Michelle! - Amy Doron and Deanna Turner

  • Just wanted to send you a quick note to brag on the HS office staff! Today, Hagen needed an official transcript from SHHS sent to Ranger College (he is transferring to play baseball). They open play this Friday and would have been ineligible until the school received it. I called the high school office at 1:19 to explain the situation and by 1:26 Cheryl had sent the transcript and even called me back to let me know it had been taken care of! Can't tell you how much that means to me as a parent! Kudos all the way around!!! Thanks for all you guys do! SH Parent, Misty Turner

District of Innovation

Based on HB 1842, SH has started the process to gain a District of Innovation distinction. The first meeting was held in the Junior High Library from 4-5 pm on Wednesday, January 11. We will have a 2nd meeting in February. The meetings are open to the public and we encourage families, businesses, staff and students to attend.

Potential benefits of becoming a District of Innovation include:

  • Local control: Districts decide which flexibilities best suit their local needs.
  • Customization: Districts can create an innovation plan for a level of school (e.g., only high schools), grade level, or a single campus.
  • Autonomy: Districts must submit a District of Innovation plan to the commissioner of education, but approval is not required.
  • Flexibility: Districts will have the flexibility to implement practices similar to charter schools, including exemptions from mandates such as: school start calendar, 90% attendance rule, class-size ratios, site-based decision-making processes, certain student discipline provisions, use of planning and preparation periods, teacher appraisal requirements

January is School Board Appreciation Month

January is Board Appreciation month. SH board is composed of extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing the school district. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. Spring Hill ISD has one of the most dedicated and committed boards in the state of Texas. Take a moment this month to thank a board member for their service and support of the students and staff of SHISD.

Gratitude for our School Board shown this month

The board members were blown away as they were presented lawn chairs from administration from each campus, great dessert, and many tokens of appreciation from the staff and students of SHISD. Every campus had a hand in this month's board appreciation and celebration. Special thanks to Leann Holder and Sarah Lange from the Primary for decorating and providing dessert.

SH Theater Camp Coming Soon!

The Spring Hill Theater Department will be hosting a Theater Camp for grades K-8th on Saturday, February 4th from 8:30am-12pm at the High School Little Theater.

Students will be split into appropriate age groups. Students will participate in theater warm up, games, crafts, improvisational acting and more. The cost is $20. Students will perform a short skit for parents starting at 11:30am.

For more information contact Becky Smith at

Artrageous provides Texas History Music Concert

Artrageous sponsored our 4th grade Texas History musician Brian Burns! It was a great show packed with facts and music about Texas! Kudos to Artrageous for supporting fine arts and Texas History education!

PTA Providing Teacher Appreciation Breakfast this Month

Spring Hill's PTA provided Teacher Appreciation Breakfast at each campus this month! Thank you from all of us in SHISD!

Coach Peurifoy gets Intermediate's Panther Pride Award!

Congratulations to Coach Peurifoy!!!

Coach Peurifoy was chosen for the Panther Pride award because of the hard work and dedication he gives our students. Coach works with large classes on a daily basis but creates an atmosphere of learning that is FUN! He truly inspires his students to have fun while being active. There’s a new dance move going around… Is that something that Coach Peurifoy created??? Most likely! I observed DrumFit the week before Christmas break and it was awesome! Let’s not forget the skating that took place last semester, as well. I wonder how many skates he helped put on? It doesn’t matter to Coach Peurifoy because he did it for the kids, and the kids LOVE skating! Thank you, Coach, for your hard work and dedication to the health and fitness of our students!

SH Pacesetter Mini-Camp 2017

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The Pacesetters held their annual mini-clinic last Saturday! Over 80 dancers from K-8th grade attend!!! They learned some dance and stretching techniques and a fun routine that they will be performing at the boys' varsity basketball game half time on Tuesday, January 31st.
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Letter of Appreciation to the SH staff from Trustee Shelton

To the administrators, teachers, and staff,

A year ago I made what some people termed a "highly questionable decision" and decided to run for school board. Many of the people that I spoke to about this decision had a very negative forecast as to what I should expect if elected. At best this made me rethink my decision, but nonetheless I knew that God was leading me to run and He must have some type of plan. Thankfully there were some very encouraging souls out there who were very positive and otherwise optimistic about the opportunity. Due to the naysayers I went into this role expecting to serve thanklessly behind the scenes, to field a relentless stream of complaints, to be ever dodging an angry mob of people wielding torches and pitchforks, and to find my only solace by sailing away on an ocean of my own tears. Many people asked me if I knew what I was getting myself in to.

Seven months later, I could ask those same people if they knew what they were missing. And though trials may come I am convinced that SHISD has nothing but a bright future ahead.

In all seriousness I ran for school board because I wanted to honor and serve Spring Hill and help protect and advance the culture of excellence that we encountered when we moved here. I ran to honor not to be honored, I ran to serve not to be served, and I ran to appreciate not to be appreciated. I never expected to walk into a room with my name painted onto multiple banners, scripted into the icing of cookies, embroidered onto some really cool chairs, or to in any way be in the spotlight of countless man hours of effort. So for me the scene that I encountered at the last board meeting was humbling to say the least. Frankly I was shocked.

I want you all to know that how thankful and truly overwhelmed I was by your show of support for me and the rest of the board as well. The culture at Spring Hill is unlike any other I have ever known, and it should be as you are the ones who have created it. So from the bottom of my heart I give you my sincerest thanks for your show of appreciation and support.

Your humbled trustee,

Ben Shelton

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Panther Nation - Get the APP!!

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Panther Nation,

Want to get updates before, during, and post game wrap ups? Download the VNN app and customize to your liking. Below are the 3 easy steps to Panther updates:

  • Go to the app store and download the VNN app.
  • Then open and search for Spring Hill ISD.
  • Once you have SHISD, you can customize the app to get updates from your favorite SH athletic teams grades 7-12.

It's that easy.

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