Bearcat Connect

Sherman ISD Parent Newsletter

Bearcat Connect is a parent newsletter packed with information about recent happenings, upcoming events, and Sherman ISD news to keep you engaged in your child's education.

Our students are extremely important to us and so are you. Please enjoy this monthly newsletter designed to keep our parents connected.


Have you watched the first day of school video? Enjoy!

SISD Child Nutrition

Did you know that you can view the Breakfast & Lunch Menus online? You can view, download and save them at

FREE AND REDUCED MEAL REMINDER: If you haven't completed a new free and reduced meal application, please go to or visit the front office of any campus and they can provide you with a paper application to fill out. Applications are due by September 26 to remain on the Free and Reduced meal program.

SISD Child Nutrition September Events


Date Event

12 Walking Tacos
21 TryDay Friday: Strawberries & Yellow Bell Pepper

Secondary (Dillingham, Piner & SHS):

12 Fish Tacos with Sriracha
18 National Cheeseburger Day

Elementary and Secondary:

27 National Pancake Day / Chocolate Milk Day


The SISD Child Nutrition Department is continuing the #TRYDAYFriday at all elementary campuses where students are able to try a veggie and fruit. Many elementary students across the district tried something completely new to them. We are proud to introduce students to healthy options, even if some items are an acquired taste. Enjoy the photos of students trying Radish and Watermelon. #BuildingBearcats

Radish Trials

Who doesn't like Watermelon?

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Sherman ISD launched a new video series - #BearcatStory. This weekly series will share stories from alumni, their experiences while in school and how they continue #BuildingBearcats. Enjoy the first three stories below.

New Sherman High School Groundbreaking Slated for October 1

In early August RPMx Construction began the earthwork phase of construction for the new Sherman High School. The work, scheduled to last two to three months, will prepare the site for building later this calendar year. Mass grading of the roughly 100-acre site will involve moving dirt to support the building’s foundation, athletic fields, parking lots, and building structure, that will start to emerge in January of 2019.

With the excitement of the start of construction, the district is preparing to celebrate the momentous occasion. The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sherman High School will be held on October 1, 2018, at 6 pm at the construction site, located at Steeple Chase and Hwy 1417. The entire community is invited to the groundbreaking event and we look forward to seeing all of the Sherman ISD employees there.

Sherman ISD Academic Calendar

Want to know when your student will be out of school? View the Academic Calendar online.

Bus Routes and Bus Drivers Neeeded!

If you need information on bus routes or would like to drive for SISD, view the SISD Transportation Department website.

Volunteer Today!

Sherman ISD is always looking for volunteers to help at each campus. If you would like to learn more, read to students, help with campus events or simply do whatever is needed at a campus, please view the Volunteer Opportunities section of the website. You can help us in our quest of #BuildingBearcats.

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Are you registered to vote in Grayson County?

The general election will be held on November 6, 2018. In order to participate in the general election, you must be registered to vote by October 9 ,2018. Early voting will take place October 22-November 2, 2018.

Grayson County Voter Information Requirements:

  • You must BE REGISTERED to be eligible to vote.
  • You can register to vote at any time; however, you must be registered at least 30 days before an election in which you wish to vote.
  • Voter registration is permanent, IF YOU KEEP YOUR REGISTRATION CURRENT. You must notify the voter registrar of any changes in information such as name change, moving to a new location within the county, or a change in your mailing address.

To research information on candidates in your area, visit and you may click here to learn about candidates’ positions on public education issues.

Around the District

Jefferson and Washington Elementary Receive State Honor Roll Recognition

Jefferson Elementary and Washington Elementary have both been recognized as an Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll school for their efforts during the 2017-2018 school year. The Educational Results Partnership recognizes high-performing schools across the state for their success in improving academic achievement for all children. Specifically, both campuses received this recognition for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

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Jennifer Fosheé Loves Art!

Jennifer Fosheé’s passion for art is noticed as soon as you walk inside of her classroom at Washington Elementary. Her love of art is also featured in a recent article published in the Herald Democrat’s Entertainment and Life section.

“Art is my life so I'm excited about sharing my joy and passion for it,” Fosheé expressed after reflecting on the fact that she's being highlighted for something she has loved since her childhood.

In the article, Fosheé describes growing up in San Antonio and how her creative passion developed as a child. She also explains how she uses her love of art to enhance her students in Sherman ISD.

“I believe if I can get children excited about art, in turn I am getting them excited about school,” she said. “I'm constantly learning new art techniques, which carries over into my classroom.”

Fosheé has taught at Washington Elementary for the past six years and is currently in her 15th year of teaching. In 2017, she took on the role as Elementary Art Facilitator for Sherman ISD and helps to advocate and refine the district’s elementary art curriculum.

To read the full article and learn more about Ms. Fosheé, please click here.

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Jefferson Elementary Custodian Vital to Campus Success

From arriving to school early to unlock the campus doors, to maintaining clean hallways and classrooms, custodians in Sherman ISD do whatever it takes to ensure that all teachers and students educate and learn in a safe and healthy environment.

At Jefferson Elementary, custodian Gary Cooper wouldn’t have it any other way. He has served the district as a custodian since 2003 and prides himself on managing the custodial needs of the campus.

“I look forward to opening up the building and making sure everything is secure for the teachers to enter the building,” he said. “I love my job as a custodian and I look forward to providing for the teachers and making sure everything is taken care of.”

On a daily basis, Cooper is mopping the floors, cleaning bathrooms and ensuring that all areas utilized by students, teachers and staff are well kept and clean. Jefferson Elementary Principal Tammy MacDonald says the campus depends on his proper building maintenance as well as his positive personality.

“Cooper has a unique sense of humor and we can always rely on him to lighten the mood,” she said. “It’s fun to have someone that not only knows his job but has a relationship with the staff. He’s a part of the family.”

Cooper often takes time out of his day to check up on students and encourage them to do their best during school. His main priority is ensuring students have the support they need while they are engaged in learning and that campus cleanliness is kept at a high standard.

“We try to grow together as custodians and do everything that’s right with our custodial procedures,” he explained. “If you see something laying on the floor go ahead and pick it up regardless of who put it there.”

Literacy Specialist and veteran teacher Sebrina Stiggers believes that Cooper is a difference maker at Jefferson Elementary.

“He helps out around our campus and does more than is expected of him. The spills, the clean ups, the trash pickups and cafeteria duty are all just a small part of what he does at Jefferson,” she said. “He makes a difference in my day and it is very much appreciated.”

Cooper simply believes he is just doing his job.

“Whatever they need and ask I am willing to do it,” Cooper added.

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Sherman High School FFA

Sherman High School FFA recently attended the Harris Livestock Showmanship Clinic at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds. FFA members attended clinics with their show lambs and learned about feeding, grooming and selecting animals. They also received several hours of showmanship practice and one on one time with an instructor.

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SHS College Night is September 18th!

More than 55 colleges in attendance.

College Fair Booths located in the SHS cafeteria 6-8 P.

Free College Night T-Shirt for SHS Seniors (must show school ID)

Food Trucks on site for families to purchase dinner:

  • Magic Smoke BBQ
  • Bacon Brothers Burgers and BBQ
  • Correcaminos
  • Kona Ice

Informational Workshops - SHS Little Theater

  • 6:15-6:30 How to Survive Social Media for College Acceptance (Sean Vanderveer, SISD’s Web & Social Media Coordinator)
  • 6:40-7:10 How to Apply to College (Michelle Burton, Lead Counselor)
  • 7:15-7:45 How to Pay for College (Grayson College Financial Aide Rep)

SuperMatch College Search - In Labs B104 and B105 you will be able to experience Naviance, the Sherman ISD college and career readiness tool. Complete this activity and be in a drawing for a FREE iPAD!

Students can use Naviance to filter the criteria they are seeking in a post-secondary institution. Naviance will develop a "BEST FIT" grade based on the search criteria the student selects. The more filters the student enters, the better fit the college or university will be for the student.

Dynamite Drummers Represent Neblett Elementary

The Dynamite Drummers represented Neblett Elementary at the Sherman ISD Spirit Day Celebration before the Bearcats' first home game on September 7th. This group of drummers included students in grades 4th-7th who came together for a great performance with tons of spirit! Congratulations to the Neblett Knights for a job well done! #NeblettKnights #DynamiteDrummers #OnceADrummerAlwaysADrummer #BearcatStory

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Sory Elementary 4th Graders Showcase Leadership and Reading Skills

Sory Elementary fourth graders are gaining great experience in becoming campus leaders and good mentors/role models for the younger students on their campus. Each morning, fourth graders can be seen reading books to their fellow kindergarten peers in the cafeteria before the start of classes.They are developing their leadership skills and good reading habits.

SHS Theatre Presents Eurydice

September Calendar of Events

Sherman ISD Events

District 903-891-6400 Calendar | Facebook | Website

10 Homecoming Parade in Downtown Sherman
14 Progress Reports go home
14 Homecoming Game
15 SEF Fun Run @ Municipal Building 8 A
17-21 College Week

Crutchfield Elementary School 903-891-6565 Calendar | Facebook | Website

17-21 College Week Fun

17 Wear Neon Colors

18 Wear College T-Shirt

19 Wear College Day Clothes

20 Wear Silly Socks

21 Wear Crutchfield School Colors

Fairview Elementary School 903-891-6580 Calendar | Facebook | Website

11 PTA General Meeting 6 P

17-21 College Week

24-28 PTA Book Fair

24-28 Book Fair

Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center 903-891-6545 Calendar | Facebook | Website

17-21 College Week

27 Multicultural Parade 9 A & 12:30 P

Jefferson Elementary School 903-891-6610 Calendar | Facebook | Website

17-21 College Week Celebrations
19 Story Dogs in Library 10-11 A

Neblett Elementary School 903-891-6670 Calendar | Facebook | Website

12 Picture Day
17 Guest Speakers to discuss Occupations
18 Teachers share about college with students
19 Wear College or School Shirts
20 Student Career Dress Up
21 Wear your Neblett Shirt

Sory Elementary School 903-891-6650 Calendar | Facebook | Website

13 Coffee w/ the Principal – PTA Meeting 8:30-10 A

17-21 College Week

Wakefield Elementary School 903-891-6595 Calendar | Facebook | Website

28 Picture Day

Washington Elementary School 903-891-6700 Calendar | Facebook | Website

17 Read to Succeed – bring your favorite book
18 Focus on Graduation – Teachers wear Cap & Gown for group photo 7:30 A
19 College Spirit Day – Wear College T-Shirt with Jeans Day
20 Our Future is Bright! – Career Day for K-4

Dillingham Intermediate School 903-891-6495 Calendar | Facebook | Website

11 PTA Spirit Night @ McAlisters
15 6th Grade Choir Perform at Arts Fest 10:30 A – Municipal Lawn Gazebo
21 5th Grade Open House 5:30-6:30 P
21 6th Grade Open House 7-8 P

Piner Middle School 903-891-6470 Calendar | Facebook | Website

15 Choir Performance @ Sherman Arts Fest

18 Piner Band at Piner Game
28 Piner Band Night at Varsity Game

Perrin Learning Center 903-891-6680 Calendar | Facebook | Website

12 City Hall 9-11 A

Sherman High School 903-891-6440 Calendar | Facebook | Website

10 Homecoming Parade 6:30 P - Downtown Sherman
13 Homecoming Revue 7 P – SHS Auditorium
14 Homecoming Game 7:30 P - Bearcat Stadium
15 Homecoming Dance 8 P
18 College Night 6-8 P - SHS Cafeteria

26 Theater - Eurydice 6 P - SHS Walter Carpenter Auditorium

28 Theater - Eurydice 6 P - SHS Walter Carpenter Auditorium

29 Theater - Eurydice 2 & 6 P - SHS Walter Carpenter Auditorium

Community Events

Date Event

11 Patriot's Day: First Responders Flag Ceremony at Landmark Bank 9 A

12 Coffee & Donuts Career Fair at Home Instead 9-11 A

13 Poetry Jams Open Mic 5:30-7:30 P - Gallery Off the Square

14 Star Party at Austin College 9:30-11 P - Adams Observatory

14 Grayson College THRMA Fall Conference 8:30-3 P

15 Sherman Arts Fest & SEF 5k Fun Run Sherman Municipal Lawn 9 A – 4 P

September Sports Events

Date Event

10 Piner Boys 7th Football vs Pinoeer B@5:30, A@7 P - Bearcat Stadium
11 SHS Coed Var Tennis at Princeton High School 3:30 P
11 SHS Girls Volleyball at Gainesville – 9th 5:30, JV 5:30, Var 6:30 P
11 Piner Boys 8th Football at Pioneer B@5:30, A@7 P - Reedy
13 SHS Boys 9th Football vs Liberty 5 P – Bearcat Stadium
13 SHS Boys JV Football at Liberty 7 P
13 Piner Girls 7th Volleyball vs Frisco Cobb C 5:30, B 6:30, A 7:30 P - Piner
13 Piner Girls 8th Volleyball vs Frisco Cobb C 5:30, B 6:30, A 7:30 P - SHS
14 SHS Boys Var Football vs Liberty @ 7:30 P - Bearcat Stadium *Homecoming
15 SHS Girls 9th and JV Volleyball at BonhA TournAent Times TBA
15 SHS Boys & Girls Cross Country at SEF Arts Fest Run 8 A
17 Piner Boys 7th Football at Cobb B@5:30, A@7 P – FISD Memorial Stadium
18 Piner Boys 8th Football vs Cobb B@5:30, A@7 P - Bearcat Stadium
18 SHS Coed Var Tennis vs Wylie East High School 3:30 P (Played at Denison)
18 SHS Girls Volleyball at Princeton – 9th @ 5:30, JV @ 5:30, Var @ 6:30 P
20 SHS Boys 9th Football at NW High School 5:30 P
20 SHS Boys JV Football vs NW High School 6 P – Bearcat Stadium
20 Piner Girls 7th & 8th Volleyball at Frisco Maus C 5:30, B 6:30, A 7:30 P
21 SHS Girls Volleyball vs Wylie East Var 5:30, JV 6:30, 9th 6:30 P - SHS
21 SHS Boys Var Football at NW High School 7 P
22 SHS Boys & Girls Cross Country at Lovejoy XC Fall Fest 8 A
24 Piner Boys 7th Football vs Maus B@5:30, A@7 P - Bearcat Stadium
25 Piner Boys 8th Football at Maus B@5:30, A@7 P – Memorial High School
25 SHS Coed Var Tennis at Lovejoy High School 3:30 P
25 SHS Girls Volleyball at Lovejoy HS – 9th @ 5:30, JV @ 5:30, Var @ 6:30 P
27 SHS Boys 9th Football vs McKinney North 5:30 P - Bearcat Stadium
27 SHS Boys JV Football at McKinney North 5:30 P
27 Piner Girls 7th Volleyball vs Frisco Trent C 5:30, B 6:30, A 7:30 P - Piner
27 Piner Girls 8th Volleyball vs Frisco Trent C 5:30, B 6:30, A 7:30 P - SHS
28 SHS Girls Volleyball vs McKinney North Var @ 5, JV @ 6, 9th @ 6 P - SHS
28 SHS Boys Var Football vs McKinney North 7 P - Bearcat Stadium *Youth Night
29 SHS Boys & Girls Cross Country at Denison XC Invitational 8 A