In the Know

AN INTERNAL NEWSLETTER FROM THE SISD COMMUNICATIONS DEPT.

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Welcome Back!

The first day of school is always an exciting time. We hope that you had a wonderful day and wish you all a great week!

Bearcats Celebrate Convocation!

Positive energy filled the Sherman High School Auditorium as Sherman ISD hosted its annual convocation on August 6. The Bearcat family received a warm welcome from convocation host Sean Vanderveer and the campus mascots. The Sherman High School Band started off the event with the playing of the National Anthem and school fight song.


The event continued with a speech from Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Hicks. He gave a warm welcome to all new to district teachers and focused on the district’s vision statement and convocation theme, “A Community of Excellence; Everyone. Everywhere. Everyway.” The featured Keynote speaker, John Seidlitz of Seidlitz Education gave inspiring words that focused on taking advantage of opportunities to connect with all students in diverse classrooms.


To close out the event, the Sherman ISD Board Band did a classic rock and pop medley that brought the audience to their feet.

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Sherman Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Teachers

Due to some well-deserved retirements, promotions, family moves and some new positions for student growth, we are excited to welcome 73 new teachers and 14 new professional staff members to our team this year. This group enjoyed the 13th annual Sherman Chamber of Commerce New Teachers Luncheon and met members of our supportive Bearcat community.#BuildingBearcats
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School Cash Online

We are very excited to announce the launch of School Cash Online, an online payment system that allows parents to pay for student fees and school items. School Cash Online is our preferred method of payment moving forward. For teachers and staff, this means considerable time saved when planning, processing, and handling cash payments. No more collecting checks and counting cash!


Teachers, sponsors, fine arts directors, and coaches - for any of your field trips, pizza days, athletic fees, or any other items you have for students to purchase/pay, please fill out the attached Event and Activity Form and submit it to your campus secretary/bookkeeper. They will then be able to post this item on School Cash Online. Registered parents will receive a notification when the item becomes available for purchase for their child. This will help reduce the amount of overdue and forgotten payments. To view success strategies for teachers using School Cash Online, click here.


Our official launch date is Friday, August 16 and full district implementation will be done by January 2020. Once we are launched, please encourage your students and parents to enroll by registering at https://shermanisd.schoolcashonline.com.


We are excited about this great solution for teachers and parents. In order to make this successful, we need our staff to promote paying online at every opportunity. Remember, when you have an item you would like to collect fees for, please use the attached Event Template Form and forward it to your campus secretary/bookkeeper in order for the item or fee to be made available online. To encourage parents to make their payments on School Cash Online, please include the following link in your communication to parents (https://shermanisd.schoolcashonline.com).


To view the Parent Intro to School Cash Online video, click here.

If you have any additional questions, please click here to review the new Activity Fund Procedure manual and forms or contact your campus secretary/bookkeeper.

SHERMAN ISD SCHOOL GUARDIAN PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW OPEN

The safety and security of Sherman ISD students and staff are paramount, and the District fully understands that SISD staff are first on the scene in the event of an emergency intruder situation. As a result, the Board of Trustees established local policies CKC, DH, and GKA to facilitate the implementation of a School Guardian Program. This program permits selected and approved employees to receive the necessary training and carry a concealed firearm on Sherman ISD property. An application process is currently available for interested and eligible employees. If you would like to consider applying as a School Guardian, please contact Tyson Bennett, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, at tbennett@shermanisd.net or 903-891-6415.

Human Resources

Employee Pay Rates: Please log on to the Frontline (TEAMS) Employee Self-Serve portal and check your pay information for the 2019-2020 school year. That portal can be found at https://sherman.teams.hosting/servicecenter/EntryPointSignOnAction.do. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Human Resources department.


Start of School: Please give your campus principal/director your employee handbook receipt, certificates for any required training(s) you completed over the summer, and a copy of your teaching certificate, classroom assistant certificate and/or professional license.


Benefit Enrollment- New Employees: All new employees need to enroll in or decline benefits. You may choose to do this in person, or enroll online. Representatives will be at the Service Center on August 5 and August 12 (8am-4pm) to help with your enrollment. These days are teacher workdays on the campus, please inform your principal/director when you come to the Service Center to enroll during the day. The enrollment window closes on August 19. Attached, you will find information on electronic enrollment.


Benefit Enrollment- Current Employees: It is time to make sure you have made all of the changes you intended to make in your benefit enrollment for 2019-2020. As you are aware, open enrollment occurred in the spring for all employees. If you need to make changes in your selections, please log on and make those changes. In addition, if flexible spending arrangements or health savings accounts were not re-enrolled at your on-campus enrollment in May, you need to reconfirm your enrollment at this time online. The enrollment window closes on August 19. Attached, you will find information on electronic enrollment.

Upcoming District Events

Aug. 14 - Start of BOTA Canned Food Drive

Aug. 15 - 17 - SHS Volleyball Tournament at Granbury

Aug. 16 - Texas Rangers Honor Teachers of the Year

Aug. 19 - SISD Board Meeting @ 5pm

Aug. 20 - Volleyball at Chisholm Trail 5:30/6:30

Aug. 29 - BOTA Community Pep Rally @ 6pm at Municipal Grounds

Aug. 30 - BOTA Spirit Day @ 5pm-7:15pm

Aug. 30 - BOTA Football Game @ 7:30pm

Upcoming Community Events

Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Training provided by Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma and Texoma Community Center for mental health providers, school personnel, and anyone else that works with individuals that have been exposed to trauma.


About this Event


Trauma is a prevalent factor in the lives of many of the people with which we interact daily. Research informs us that 67% of the population has experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience. As community members, it is valuable to increase our knowledge of trauma, its’ impact, and how to provide care through a trauma-informed lens. In this interactive workshop, participants will:

• Increase their understanding of trauma,

• Learn about common impacts and effects of trauma,

• Gain knowledge about trauma-informed care, and

• Identify how trauma-informed care policies and practices can enhance the work they are doing.

To register for this event, click here.

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