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Transportation Service Facility Update

At the board meeting on September 21, 2015, the School Board accepted a bid for the new service center from Plyler Construction. The construction project will start this month, and the projected completion date will be June 2016. The bid included a storage freezer, which will allow for extra storage for the Food Services Department, as well as a cover for the buses and fuel tanks to provide protection from environmental conditions.
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Pair compete at CX DEBATE

Tucker Gattis and Kendal Rainey recently competed at the Princeton Novice Meet on Saturday, September 26th. Gattis and Tucker placed 6th out of 24 teams. As individuals, Kendal placed as the 10th overall speaker and Tucker was 15th out of 46 competitors. This is a great accomplishment as they were competing in their first tournament against high school competition.

Four Band Members Recognized

Four members of the Cardinal Pride Band, Sam Brister, Parker Brady, Michael Waters, and Michael Rivera, recently competed at St. Mark's School in Dallas for a spot in the ATSSB Region 25 All-Region Jazz Band. All four were selected, and three advanced to the Area round of competition.

Faculty Feature

Shannon Edwards

Mrs. Edwards is the new middle school assistant principal here at PISD. She has been in education for over 19 years. Her career initially started in Salisbury, MO. Her family then moved to Oklahoma where she taught in Calera for one year and Caney for three years. During each of those years, she served as a softball and basketball coach. In 2002, the family moved to Bonham where Mrs. Edwards served until her move to Pottsboro. She taught high school mathematics and coached basketball, volleyball, and softball. In 2005, she started her career as an administrator at the elementary and junior high campuses.

Erin Fish

Mrs. Fish is the newest member of our 3rd grade teaching team. Her degrees include a Bachelors in Early Education, a Masters in Library Science, and a Masters in Educational Administration. She started teaching first grade in her hometown in Tennessee. After two years there, she decided to make Texas her home. She became the start-up Pre-K director and teacher at Ector ISD, and followed that up with two years serving at Frisco ISD.

Gym Floor Being Revamped

The high school gym floor will soon have a new look. On September 21, 2015, the school board approved to have the floors sanded, painted, and refinished. Since the high school first opened it's doors in 2000, only basic maintenance has been completed on the floor. The floors are set to be finished by the end of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Come and be a part of the one-act musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, presented by the PISD High School Theater Department. This tale of several socially-awkward youngsters finding joy, heartache and a purpose in competing at the regional spelling bee will be sure to entertain. The performances will take place on October 22nd at 7pm and on October 24th at 2pm and 7pm.

The Platform

October is Digital Citizenship month. Digital citizenship, by definition, is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. As we continue to embark on this 1:1 initiative, and as students have devices in hand on a consistent basis, it is vital that the acceptable use of devices is addressed. There are many resources available to teachers and parents online, but one particular website does a fantastic job at getting information in the hands of teachers, parents, and students.

Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization based on of San Francisco, CA. Their aim is to provide education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. Originally, Common Sense Media would review books, movies, TV shows, video games, websites, etc. and rate them in terms of education content, positive messages/role models, violence, and profanity, which, in turn, helped parents make media choices for their kids. While they still offer that service to parents, Common Sense also publishes many educational resources.

One of the products that Common Sense has promoted for school use is a K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum. This curriculum offers lesson plans, student handouts, videos, and interactive components that span three topic areas: Safety and Security, Digital Citizenship, and Research and Information Literacy.

Other features available through this organization include:

  • Digital Passport - Online Curriculum designed to teach children how to safely and responsibly navigate the internet.
  • Graphite - An online resource for teachers that allows them to review and rate educational technology.
  • Family Guides - Comprehensive guides that aid parents while the students are home.

Follow Us!

The district is rolling out several methods of communication this year. It is our hope that this newsletter will serve as a great informational piece, however, for daily/weekly updates, please follow the social media outlets that the school manages.

1st Annual "Bet on the Cards" Event is a Success

The 1st Annual "Bet on the Cards" fundraiser was a huge success. The amount raised, from sponsors and evening guests, crested at over $40,000. Much of that money will be put directly into the classroom through Foundation Grants. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who played a part in making the event extraordinary.

Photos by Jady Photography

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PHS Needs Your Help!

The high school is searching for pictures of Pottsboro veterans for the Veteran’s Day program slide show. They would like veterans from all eras, and are especially interested in pictures of PHS graduates that have served or are currently serving in the military. If you have any pictures that you would like to share, please contact Sherry Stephens at the email below. Pictures need to be submitted by November 1st in order to have the slide show ready for the Veteran’s Day program on November 11. Thank you for your help.

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PHS Needs Your Help!