Bearcat Connect


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. Please enjoy this monthly newsletter designed to keep you connected!

district announcements

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The online application window for the Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center’s PreK, Head Start and Early Head Start programs will open on March 18, 2019, at 9:00am.

To begin the SISD online application process to qualify for this program, parents will need the following information:

  • Proof of Income: 2018 Tax Form 1040

  • W-2

  • 4 paycheck stubs for each job and for each person employed we will not accept check stubs for the month of April 2019

  • SSI

  • Pell Grants

  • Child Support & if you received TANF

Qualifications for Pre-K Include:

  • Child must be 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2019
  • Child must live in the Sherman ISD School District

  • Language other than English (child will be tested on April 3 or 4 and a later date to see if they qualify by language.)

  • Homeless

  • Income eligible

  • SNAP/TANF will need the EDG #

  • Medicaid Card (please bring with you)

  • Active Military- Verification of Military ID

  • Foster Care- verification letter from DFPS or other official documentation showing child is or was in DFPS care

  • Star of Texas Award- child of a person awarded the Star of Texas Award (peace officer, firefighter or emergency medical first responder)

Qualifications for Head Start/ Early Head Start Include:

  • Child must be 0-3 or 3 or 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2019

  • Child must live in the Sherman ISD School District

  • Homeless

  • Income eligible

  • TANF or SSI (will need letter from these organizations)

  • Foster Care- verification letter from DFPS or other official documentation showing child is or was in DFPS care

*A child must qualify to be in the Head Start, Early Head Start or PreK Program. Completion of the application does not qualify a student for the program.

Parents needing additional assistance with the online application process, or access to a computer may come to Washington Elementary located at 815 S. Travis to complete the applications online on the following dates:

Monday, March 18, 2019-8am-4pm

Tuesday, March 26, 2019-4pm-7pm

After completion of the online application, parents must finalize documents in person at the SISD Administration Building located at 2701 Loy Lake Rd. on the following dates:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 3:30 pm -7:30 pm

Thursday, April 4, 2019 -8am-1pm

Parents will need to bring proof of income to finish the application process. Proof of income includes 2018 1040 Tax Form for everyone in the household, 4 most recent paycheck stubs (from December to March), or the other items listed below for each program.

For more information, visit www.ShermanISD/PREKor email

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Sherman ISD is proud to participate in #EscapeTheVape19 - a Regional Anti-Vaping Awareness event. National Author & Speaker Robb Holladay will be visiting our district and our students will be studying and discussing the dangers of vaping. Sherman Independent School District will be hosting a Parent Forum that will be open to surrounding communities March 18th, 6 PM at Sherman High School.

sherman isd holds texas sized art showcase

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Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the Texas Big Art Day Showcase hosted by the Sherman ISD Visual Arts Department. Creative works by SISD art teachers and students were on display for the Texas-sized, single-day art event celebration, in honor of Youth Art Month. Each campus planned activities to honor the day by creating and displaying Texas-themed artwork, hosting gallery walks and unveiling the new Bearcat Art Gallery at Sherman High School.

“We really could not think of a better day to open the new art gallery than on Texas Big Art Day. It is perfect.” SHS Art teacher Sherry Young explained about the grand opening of the Bearcat Art Gallery that will display student artwork at SHS.

“The gallery is right in the front entrance of the school, and anyone visiting our building will eventually end up in the gallery,” Young said. “We have talented students, and we constantly put their work out in the community. I think having this art gallery at the school is something that we all can appreciate and enjoy each day.”

Texas Big Art Day raises awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our schools and communities. SISD Elementary Art Facilitator and teacher Jennifer Fosheé believes the day is essential because it gives art teachers in Sherman ISD the opportunity to showcase their art program and develop community relationships.

“One of the goals for SISD Visual Arts is to enhance community involvement in art through programs and events,” she explained. “Art has always had a long history of bringing people together. We want students to be able to experience an engaging Big Art Day while fostering community relationships.”

Parents and community members are an integral part of Big Art Day and were invited to participate in campus activities. Sory Elementary hosted a gallery walk for parents during lunch time that showcased students’ Romero Britto inspired heart collaborations and more. Wakefield Elementary promoted art literacy by having students listen to stories and create a work of art in response. Washington Elementary hosted an all-day art corral for parents to make art with their child at different stations throughout the school. As an added touch, local artists were invited to the campus to create live art pieces throughout the day.

“The art stations for Big Art Day at Washington provides everyday objects or basic art materials,” Fosheé said. “We hope that families can walk away with that experience and perhaps carry into their homes.”

To keep up with the Texas theme for the Big Art Day showcase, Dillingham students created artistic Lone Star state flags that are exhibited throughout the school, and Neblett Elementary students made Texas inspired artwork and signs that explain the importance of art education. Piner Middle school students set up various stations inside of their art classroom for students and parents to create decorative flowers and ladybugs to celebrate the springtime weather in Texas. Crutchfield Elementary students had an exciting lunchtime experience with a Texas-themed painting demo led by the student art club, and Jefferson elementary students rotated throughout the day between three different art stations focused on different types of art creation. Fairview Elementary rounded out the Big Art Day campus activities with students creating artistic birds that will be displayed on the campus PBIS day later in March.

Sherman ISD Recognizes 104 Students as Superintendent Scholars

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The Sherman ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized Sherman High School sophomores and Piner Middle School seventh-graders who have shown academic excellence.

A total of 104 tenth-graders, who ranked in the top 20 percent of students who took the PSAT test in the fall, and seven Piner Middle School seventh-graders, who qualified as Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) students, were honored as 2019 Superintendent Scholars.

“We started this recognition three years ago because we wanted to recognize academic excellence and ensure that we have the support systems and processes in place to get our students to the next level,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Hicks explained. “We want to recognize all the hard work our students have done in their classes, honor our students for their efforts, and encourage them to continue to work hard so that we can continue to celebrate academic success.”

The group of sophomores will take the PSAT in the fall of 2019 as juniors, and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will utilize their scores to identify students who meet the requirements for National Merit Scholar status. Beginning this semester, SHS will provide additional study opportunities and online resources to help students prepare.

Piner students receiving the Duke TIP honors did so by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level STAAR test. These students took either the SAT or the ACT and can qualify for a variety of recognitions based upon their scores. Duke TIP provides all students who participate with opportunities for enrichment both in the school year and during the summer.

We want to congratulate each of these scholars on their current level of achievement and support them in their continued success.

shs students compete at fccla regional conference

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Sherman High School Family Career Community Leaders of America students excelled in competition during the annual FCCLA regional conference in Waco, TX. More than 1,500 students from the region attended the conference, including 17 Sherman High School students.

Students competed in 11 different contests highlighting CTE skills learned throughout the year. The events help members become stronger leaders in their families, careers, and communities. The top five places from each event advance to the state competition to be held in Dallas April 4th-6th.

Congratulations to the following Sherman High School FCCLA students that will advance to the state competition:

Event: Teach and Train

Hannah Anderson-2nd Place

Proficiency Event: Mystery Basket

Jaden Monoghaham-1st Place

Leo Bautista-2nd Place

Ragen Zachary-4th Place

Proficiency Event: Serving up Success

Cade Carney-1st Place

Star Event: Illustrated Talk-4th Place

Dystan Le-4th Place

Star Event: Culinary-4th Place

Haley Klas

Connie Rosas

Keyera Cox

Crutchfield Elementary Excels in Service Learning Project

For a community service learning project, Crutchfield Elementary School recently set a goal of collecting 2,000 water bottles for the community organization “Take it to the Streets.” Students created a service learning project they named "Hydrating the Homeless" to help give back and keep those in need hydrated. Take it to the Streets will hand out the collected water bottles in the Grayson County area as well as provide food and other resources for the homeless. Campus leadership used the service project as a teaching opportunity, allowing students to act out of the kindness of their heart.

Counselor Susan Simmons shared that she is very proud of the students for taking the project to heart.

"Some students brought individual bottles, some families brought a case of water, some churches donated and we had one student gather a large number of water bottles," she said.

First-grader Alannis set a personal goal of collecting 800 bottles for the service project. She set outside of a local grocery chain and ended up with 1,663 bottles.

“The Bible says it is better to give than receive, so I wanted to help,” she expressed.

Take it to the Streets founder Camille Snider says the Crutchfield Elementary collection is amazing and will be a great help to those in need.

“We give out bottles of water weekly and this is a tremendous help," she said. "I believe it is a real world connection for the students to better understand how some people are living.”

The students at Crutchfield collected a total of 6,020 bottles.

49 Sherman High School students advance to SkillsUSA State Competition

Forty-nine Sherman High School students will advance to the SkillsUSA state competition after a successful showing in the SkillsUSA district meet in Waco, TX. SHS students brought home the second highest medal count of the competition with 35 medals and several students finishing in the top three placements in different events. Students finishing in the top three will compete in April during the state competition in Corpus Christi, TX.

Congratulations to the following Sherman High School SkillsUSA State Qualifiers:

SkillsUSA- Health Science State Qualifiers

Eduardo Deluna- Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl

Taylor Cox-Nursing Assistant, Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl

Scottlynne Lyons Basic Health Care Skills

Mikayla Posada- Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl

Miriam Vera- Medial Math, Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl

SkillsUSA Criminal Justice State Qualifiers

William Berry- Building Search

Hunter Kelley- Building Search

Cody Smith- Building Search

Jason Sutton- Building Search

Kinzie Bond- Display Panel

Mikaela Guerrero-Display Panel

Kaelyn Mullens- Display Panel

Janet Viera- Display Panel

SkillsUSA-Information Technology State Qualifiers

Kadin Allen - IT Quiz Bowl , Technical Computer Applications, Information Technology Services

Nathan Branson - IT Quiz Bowl

David Cowart - Robotics - Urban Search and Rescue

Leon Denton - IT Quiz Bowl, Technical Computer Applications

Colton Fisher - IT Quiz Bowl, Related Technical Math

Benjamin Gardner - Robotics - Urban Search and Rescue

Aiden Hill - IT Quiz Bowl

Dylan Sloan - IT Quiz Bowl, Information Technology Services

SkillsUSA-Construction Team State Qualifiers

Nathan Bowles -Community Service

Jesus Chavez-Team Works

Taylor Cox -Community Service

Julio Dominguez-Team Works

Emory Holmes -Welding Sculpture State

Fischer Nelson -Community Service

Rafael Rameriz- Team Works

SkillsUSA-Construction Project State Qualifiers

Nathan Bowles-TeePee Construction

Christian Chinchilla-Furniture/rocker

Javier Gonzales-Furniture/rocker

Jonathan Manzales-Welding/Smoker

Fischer Nelson-TeePee Construction

Bryan Perez-Furniture/cooler

Landry Pierce-TeePee Construction

Rafael Rameriz-Furniture /cooler

Angel Sanchez-Furniture /cooler

Esmeralda Santiago-TeePee Construction

Carl Settle-TeePee Construction

SkillsUSA-Welding State Qualifiers

Ramon Acosta-Welding innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary

Victor Banas Beltran-Welding / Bench

Alvin Hogue-Welding innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary

Anthony Gionfriddo-Welding innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary

Jose Guadiana-Welding / Bench

Alex Hernandez-Welding Innovative/ Wildlife sanctuary

Christian Hernandez-Welding / Bench

Marco Hernandez-Welding Bench

SkillsUSA A/V Production State Qualifiers

Theo Knight-Audio/Radio Production

Javier Perez--Audio/Radio Production

SkillsUSA Animation State Qualifiers (Picture not available)

Tyker Danner- 3D Visualization & Animation

Zarin Earnhart- 3D Visualization & Animation

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During the February board meeting, Sherman ISD provided an inside look at the new Sherman High School with a video-based presentation highlighting a variety of spaces and programs through architectural animation. The new SHS design video features an introduction by Superintendent David Hicks, and personal quotes from community and staff members about the positive impact the new SHS building will have on the city and district. Final design plans for the new SHS building will include a grand entrance and walkway, natural lighting inside of the building, a pride walk, outdoor learning areas and career and technical education spaces.
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learning in action!

march calendar

upcoming events

District 903-891-6400 Calendar | Facebook | Website

11-15 Spring Break

18 Staff Development / No School for Students

26 Report Cards sent home

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

18 Spring Individual and Group Pictures

27 Kids Heart Challenge Begins

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

19 PTA Parent Meeting

22 PBIS Day

25 Math MOCK 3rd & 4th grades

26 Reading MOCK 3rd & 4th grades

27-29 4th Grade Writing Camp

29 Coffee with the Dillingham Principal

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

18 Online Applications Open

18 Online Application Assistance @ Washington Elementary 8A - 4P

26 Online Application Assistance @ Washington Elementary 8A - 4P

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

20 Spring Pictures

20 Story Dogs in the Library

21 Eagle Celebration during Lunches

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

25 4th Grade Mock Reading

26 4th Grade Mock Math

28 Helicopter

28 1st Grade Program 6P

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

28 Husky Honors KG & 1st 8:15A

28 Husky Honors 2nd - 4th 9:15A

28 2nd Grade Music Program 6P

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

25-28 Book Fair

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

25 Enrichment Clubs

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

Coffee with the Dillingham Principal:

26 @ Dillingham 7:45A

28 @ Jefferson 7:45A

29 @ Fairview 7:45A


1 @ Crutchfield 7:45A

2 @ Neblett 7:45A

4 @ Washington 7:45A

5 @ Sory 7:45A

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

21 Band - Texoma Benchmark Assessment 6P

22 Spring Dance 6P

26 Band UIL Assessment Concert & Symphonic Bands

27 Band UIL Assessment Honors Band

30 Choir All Region Auditions

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

20 Field Trip to First Texoma National Bank

22 Speaker - Todd Bass of Fast Signs

26 Field Trip County Commissioners Court

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

18-19 Escape the Vape

21 Strong-A-Palooza

25 UNT Pep Rally

march sports events

8 Boys Freshman, JV, & V Soccer vs McKinney North

8 Girls JV & V Soccer @ McKinney North

8 Girls V Softball Alumni Game @ Old Settlers Park

11 Boys Freshman Baseball @ Wylie East

12 Boys JV & V Baseball vs Wylie East

12 Girls V Softball vs Sulphur Springs

14 Boys & Girls V Track @ Whitesboro

15 Boys JV & V Baseball @ Lovejoy

16 V Powerlifting @ THSWPA Girls State Meet

16 Boys Freshman Baseball @ Frisco Centennial

16 Boys JV Baseball vs Braswell

18 Boys Freshman Baseball vs Lovejoy

19 Girls 7th & 8th Grade Track @ Denison

19 Boys JV & V Baseball @ McKinney North

19 Boys JV & V Soccer @ Denison

19 Girls V Softball @ Princeton

19 Girls JV & V Soccer vs Denison - Senior Night

20 Coed JV Tennis @ Denton Braswell Tournament

21 Boys & Girls V Track @ Whitewright

22 Coed V Tennis @ Richland

22 Boys JV & V Baseball vs Denison

22 Girls V Softball @ Lovejoy

23 V Powerlifting @ THSWPA Boys State Meet

23 Boys Freshman Baseball @ Durant

23 Boys V Baseball vs Poteet

25 Boys Freshman Baseball vs McKinney North

25 Boys Freshman Baseball vs Wylie East

26 Coed JV Tennis @ Denton Ryan

26 Boys JV & V Baseball vs Princeton - League Night

26 Girls V Softball @ Denison

29-30 Coed V Tennis @ Galveston

29 Boys JV & V Baseball @ Princeton

29 Girls Varsity Softball vs Wylie East - Teacher Appreciation Night