In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

October is National Principals Month!

It’s National Principals Month and we want you to help us celebrate our Sherman ISD Principals! E-cards are available for you to send to your favorite principal at, and ideas for planning a campus celebration. Help make this a special month for our campus leaders that go above and beyond for our students each day. #ThankAPrincipal

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We're excited to kick-off and celebrate National Principals Month! This month-long recognition honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students. To honor our Sherman ISD principals, we’ve produced videos that feature them in their element. You will learn a little more about their love for education and why they enjoy being a principal in Sherman ISD! Today’s video features Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center Principal Deloris Dowell.#NationalPrincipalsMonth #BuildingBearcats
Deloris Dowell, Principal, Fred Douglass Early Childhood Center

Health Services

Wal-Mart Staff Immunization Clinics
Wal-Mart Pharmacy will hold staff immunization clinics on all campuses throughout the month of October. All vaccines are free with Sherman ISD insurance. Please bring your insurance card and click here to access the forms you are required to submit before receiving any immunization. The campus immunization dates and times are listed below.

Thursday, October 3

Sherman ISD Administration Building: 7:30am-8:30am

Fairview Elementary: 11:30am-12:30pm

Friday, October 4

Sory Elementary: 7:30am-9:30am

Tuesday, October 8

Perrin Learning Center: 7:30am-8:30am

Sherman High School: 11:30am-4:00pm

Thursday, October 10

Neblett Elementary: 7:30am-8:30am

PinerMiddle School: 11:00am-12:45pm

Washington Elementary: 1:00pm-1:30p

Friday, October 11

Crutchfield Elementary: 7:30am-9:30am

Dillingham Intermediate: 11:30am-1:00pm

Tuesday: October 15

Wakefield Elementary: 7:30am-8:30am

Jefferson Elementary: 11:00am-12:00pm

Fred Douglas ECC: 12:15pm-1:15pm

2019 Major Saver Campaign

Help support a Sherman ISD campus through the Sherman Education Foundation’s 2019 Major Saver Campaign. The Campaign will kick off Wednesday, September 25. Campaign collections will be September 30 - October 8, 2019. You may purchase a major saver card for only $15 and receive discounts and coupons from 21 area businesses.

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check, or online at The online sale can be credited back to your chosen school and student. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

This year’s Sherman card includes many of our popular offers from returning businesses and also includes new offers from Schulman’s MBG, Texoma Delivery, Firehouse Subs, Elevate Nutrition and more! Once you’ve purchased your card, be sure to download the Major Saver app and register your card so that you can access thousands of Major Saver’s additional discounts and deals!

If you have any additional questions about the campaign, please call the Major Saver campaign manager, Mary Beth Phipps at 816.554.7999 or SEF Director Kathy Bickerstaff at 903-891-6431.

Exchange Day-October 14, 2019

October 14 is scheduled as an Exchange Day (Comp Day) for some SISD employees. Staff members may comp out of this day by completing staff development training, including required trainings, and summer/weekend staff development. They essentially “exchange” this day of work done outside their normal calendar/schedule for the October 14 workday. Principals/directors will need to keep documentation (six-hour certificate) of the training(s) done for this exchange day. Certificates housed in Eduphoria is acceptable. When secretaries enter time for this day, they will need to enter nothing for professional employees and will need to enter an absence for the paraprofessional employees and code the absence as staff development.

If you have a recent hire, please inform your new hire of this day and encourage him/her to fulfill the exchange day requirement by completing the online required trainings (outside of the workday/schedule) and to submit a certificate. The expectation is for campuses to be closed on October 14.

If you have questions, please call Jill O’Neal at extension 2021

October 14 is not a scheduled workday for our cafeteria monitors, cooks, cafeteria managers/assistant managers, crossing guards, bus drivers, or bus assistants. This does not pertain to these workers.

Employees who work 197, 207, or 226 days may complete a training outside of their work schedule, or may take a personal business day, use comp time (if available), or take a flex day (if available).

Professional Development

Each school year staff members are required to complete a series of online compliance trainings. These trainings are located online through Region 10 ESC at the link below:

What does each staff member need to do?

1. Each individual will need to log into the Region 10 online learning site and complete the training by the specified due dates.

2. Provide a copy of the Region 10 Certificate of Completion to the campus administrator or designee for compliance documentation to be retained on campus for the current school year.

3. Staff Professional Development Portfolio: Upon completion of each module, staff should register in Eduphoria for each course and complete the Eduphoria survey.

Click here for the Region 10 required training portal.

Certified Employees Certificate Updates

If you are a certified employee, you will receive emails from the HR department when your certificate is about to expire. These emails are generated automatically. Once you have updated your certification, please let the HR department know you have updated your certificate. You can call extension 2020 or email and the expiration date on your certificate will be updated in TEAMS. You will continue to receive emails about your certification until you notify HR of the update.

Retirement Information & Dates

Dates for Retirement: As you are aware, SISD pays you for a portion of unused local leave at retirement. This is in accordance to Board Policy DEC(Local) and we want to make sure you are all aware of the timelines set out in this policy. It is not our intent to encourage anyone to retire, we simply do not want any employee to miss out on this opportunity.

If a professional contracted employee intends to retire at the end of 2020, he or she must submit a letter of resignation to Human Resources no later than 4:00pm on the date listed below:

187 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, February 27, 2019
207 Day Contract Employee- Tuesday, March 3, 2019
226 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, March 26, 2019

If a non-contracted employee intends to retire and desires payment for local sick leave, then he or she must submit a letter of resignation to Human Resources no later than two weeks prior to the last day of employment. If a retiring SISD employee does not meet this requirement, he or she will not be paid for any local sick leave upon retirement as determined by SISD Board Policy. If you have any questions about this, please email Human Resources Executive Director Jill O'Neal.

Upcoming District Events

Oct. 4 SHS Volleyball vs Lovejoy @ 5:30pm

Oct. 4-SHS Football vs Mesquite Poteet @7pm

Oct. 7-SHS Varsity Mixed Choir Performs with SOSU Choir at Kidd Key Auditorium @6pm

Oct. 8-Fred Douglass Open House @5:00

Oct. 8-SHS Volleyball vs Mckinney North @5:30pm

Oct. 9-Texas Education HR Day

Oct. 9-Staff Dollar Day Lunch (See link in ITK to Register today!)

Oct. 10-Drive for Your School at SHS @2pm-6:30pm

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Nominate a Teacher for Katy Country’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Program!

Here’s all you need to do to nominate YOUR favorite teacher:

Fill out the official online nomination form at the link below. This form may be completed by administrators, other teachers, parents and students. The more information received about the nominee, the better opportunity the nominee has to be chosen as the Katy Country Teacher of the Month by our judges.

Winners will be chosen once per month, September 2019 through May 2020.

Each month, judges will choose the winning teacher among the nominees and that teacher will receive a plaque and a check for $750.

Each month’s winning teacher is invited to the Katy Country studios for an interview where they are presented their award.


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