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Teacher of the Month
Spring Hill ISD is proud to recognize Tory Coggins, Second Grade Teacher at Spring Hill Primary School, as Teacher of the Month.
Tory says: I have been married to my husband, Andrew, for almost 25 years. We have two daughters and a son; Brooke (19), Brantley (17), and Michael (15). Brooke is a freshman at Texas A&M studying Chemical Engineering and Brantley is a senior at Spring Hill HS who will attend the University of Arkansas school of business next year. Michael is currently a freshman at Spring Hill HS. We also have two dogs, Molly and Bella, and a cat named Sugar Plum. Between Michael and Brantley, we are involved with the Spring Hill golf, tennis, soccer, and basketball teams as well as the Blue Brigade Band. We stay busy but have fun and wouldn’t want it any other way!
We are originally from South Carolina but have lived in many locations across the country. In total I have relocated seven times since marriage and have lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and California. In fact, this is the third time I have lived in Texas and my second stint in Longview as a teacher at Spring Hill.
Number of years working at Spring Hill: This is my thirteenth year in education, and I have spent four of those years in the Spring Hill School District.
Her favorite thing about her role: The little ones are where my passion lies, and literacy is very important to me. I firmly believe that engaged reading at an early age leads to a positive student educational experience for the duration of their time in school. I also love the strong community feel in our district and the supportive teamwork-based environment at my school.
Support Staff of the Month
Congratulations to Donna Clark on being named Spring Hill ISDs Support Staff of the Month!
Donna says: I graduated from Longview High School, I have lived here all my life. I work in Title 1 for first and second grade students. I worked at Pine Tree Primary for 25 years, before coming to Spring Hill Primary.
I have three wonderful children, twin daughters and a son. I have two grandsons ages 14 and 7 and a granddaughter who is 4 years old. I have a pet dog that is half boxer and red heeler named Baxter. My favorite hobby is fishing and I enjoy shopping for old furniture and restoring it for a new look.
Number of years working at Spring Hill: I have been with Spring Hill Primary for three great years.
Her favorite thing about her role: The best part of my job is watching each of my students growth and progress each day. I love my job. It is always a joy to come and work at a great school with wonderful co-workers and amazing leaders. I feel like this is my second family.
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Panthers Honor Long-Time Coach With Memorial Tournament
Spring Hill Panther Tennis hosted a tournament this week to pay tribute to the legacy of former coach Holly Ford.
Ford worked as a coach and teacher at Spring Hill for 22 years before retiring in 2018. Under her direction Panther tennis teams won several district championships. In 2015 the team placed third at the UIL 4A State Team Tournament. That same year Ford was named Texas Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year in Class 4A.
“Holly had a great influence on this program for many years and has helped more teachers, coaches, and students than we will probably ever know about,” said Spring Hill tennis coach Will Stewart. “She helped me get started when I took this job in 2019 and was a source of advice for me until her passing. She was a fantastic coach who cared deeply about her players.”
Ford passed away in January 2020. She was inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame later that year.
“Coach Ford led the tennis team with kindness, compassion for every player, and selflessness,” said Spring Hill junior Jayden Marsolan.
Spring Hill Intermediate Promotes Literacy Through Book Clubs
The importance of literacy is being shared with students at Spring Hill Intermediate through book clubs. Librarian Jayne Pleasant and Assistant Librarian Sherry Phillips are organizing the book clubs for students in third, fourth and fifth grade to encourage deeper engagement with stories.
Students are assigned a different book depending on their grade level. Titles include, “The One and Only Ivan,” “Pippi Longstocking” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” After reading designated chapters, each group meets to discuss the story and how they relate to it. They also make predictions about what will happen next.
“The students really enjoy being in a small group and getting to talk about their feelings for the characters in the novels,” Librarian Jayne Pleasant said.
A book-related activity such as making a character bookmark, watching a live stream video of gorillas and penguins in their habitats, and solving word search puzzles, is incorporated into each session to help students engage with the book. To wrap up the book club, each group will watch the movie adaptation of their book to see how it compares with what they read.
“This is a very fun and rewarding literacy activity,” Pleasant said.
To allow for social distancing, one student from each class was selected to take part in the book clubs. Library staff plans to host more book clubs in the future.
Students Learn About Civic Action and Participation At Spring Hill Junior High
Students at Spring Hill Junior High recently learned about civics and how to be engaged, active citizens through a hands-on process.
Marissa Church’s eighth grade U.S. history classes participated in a civics program in which they identified issues that were important to them, collaborated to find solutions, and put those solutions into action. The classroom program is modeled after the Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute.
Some of the issues identified by students included racism, domestic violence, poverty, environmental impact, school dress code, and homelessness. Once identified, classes discussed what programs and resources currently exist to assist with finding a long-term solution. “This process really drives students to become problem solvers,” Church said.
Students have taken action on the issues by creating an awareness video on the topics of racism and bullying, collecting supplies for One Love Longview, participating in Coalition for a Drug Free Youth meetings, and creating a school recycle program.
“The goal is for students to feel like they can make a difference and equip them with skills so that as they grow they know how to be engaged in their community,” Church said.
Teams Host Panther Alumni Games
Former Spring Hill High School players matched up against the current Panthers in Alumni games earlier this year.
The boys varsity soccer team came away with a 5-2 victory over the alumni in the annual match that reunites old friends.
"It’s really fun getting to see and play past teammates," senior Brian Vaca said. "And of course we wanted to win, so we didn’t go easy on them!"
On the softball field, the alumni Panthers were able to beat the 2021 Panthers 16-12.
"Over the years, we’ve all heard about Coach Comfort and the girls who played for him," senior Samantha Schott said. "They truly left a legacy for Spring Hill Softball but also Spring Hill Athletics. It was an honor to finally meet them, get to play against them, and also experience their competitive nature as a team. The alumni game will be an event I look forward to in the future!”
If you are a former Spring Hill ISD student or staff member, the Alumni Association would like to connect with you. Contact Annette Wolverton at email@example.com.
Students Learn Research and Presentation Skills in AP Seminar
Students in Kristi Montgomery's AP Seminar class completed team research projects and presentations recently. Students in AP Seminar learn to combine information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Students may earn college credit for AP Seminar by passing the AP exam.
ETPCU Shows Support For Spring Hill ISD During Texas Public Schools Week
Thank you to East Texas Professional Credit Union for delivering Fabulous Cookies to our schools in celebration of Texas Public Schools Week! Spring Hill ISD is fortunate to have such a great community of businesses and families who support and encourage our staff and students each day.
Blessed to be a Spring Hill Panther: Proud Past...Promising Future
- TEA "A" Rated district
- K-12 Education
- Premier school district in East Texas
- College and Career Readiness best in the area
- Low teacher / student class ratio
- Honors, dual-credit, gifted & talented, Career & Technical Education, and numerous local courses offered
- UIL Academics, robotics, theatre/drama, band, drill team, cheerleading, athletics and bass club activities offered
- State award winning band
- Education Foundation
- Boys and Girls Club
- District enrollment at an all time high
- Designated as a District of Innovation by the Texas Education Agency
- Outstanding parent and community support
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