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Spring Hill ISD Trustees Name Superintendent Lone Finalist

Penny Fleet has been named the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent by the Spring Hill ISD Board of Trustees. Fleet has served as SHISD Interim Superintendent since January.

“Her years of experience and her knowledge from serving at every level of education will prove to be a valuable asset in leading the district,” said Board President Mark White. “Upon being named interim superintendent she provided strong leadership and stability at a time when the district needed it. We were prepared to conduct an extensive search, however because her performance was at such a high level we realized early on that we had something special in Mrs. Fleet. We believe she is the best person to lead Spring Hill. She has earned this.”

Fleet has 37 years of service in education, which includes ten years as a classroom teacher and coach, 12 years in administration, and 15 years at Spring Hill working in curriculum and special programs. She received her Bachelor of Science from Centenary College of Louisiana, and her Masters in Administrative Education and Superintendent Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.

The board will meet to officially name Fleet Superintendent following the state-required 21 day waiting period.

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Teacher of the Month

Spring Hill ISD is proud to recognize Becky Jones as Teacher of the Month. Becky is the librarian and UIL Modern Oratory teacher at Spring Hill Junior High.

Becky says: I enjoy reading, playing tennis, camping, traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends, I have been married to Dennis Jones for 42 years. We have two daughters (Ashley and Andrea) and two grandsons (Owen and Oliver).

This is my 27th year at Spring Hill. I taught 3rd grade for 19 years and have been a librarian for the last eight years. I have a long history with Spring Hill. Both my husband and I are Spring Hill graduates as well as both of our girls.

One of my favorite things about being a librarian is when a student comes back telling me how much they liked a book that I recommended. I also love my UIL Modern Oratory students. It is so rewarding to see them take a topic, that they initially know very little, and to develop a speech that ends with their opinion supported by facts.

Support Staff of the Month

Congratulations to Emily Holmes on being named Spring Hill's Support Staff of the Month! Emily is an RN and works as the Junior High Nurse.

Emily says: I've been a pediatric nurse for 14 years, and this is my first year as a school nurse. I've been married to my husband, Matt, for 12 years, and we have two little girls- Isla, 6, and Gray, 3. I was a 13 year Panther, then received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Texas Baptist University. My first job was as an administrative assistant in the administration office here at Spring Hill, so I feel invested in this district.

Junior High is the best because of the rapid growth and development -- we have 6th graders coming in who are stretching themselves to learn band, art, sports and academic UIL events for the first time. By the time they leave as 8th graders, they are confident, excelling, and finding what they truly love. They literally blossom before your eyes. I feel so much pride with each of their milestones and accomplishments.

In my free time, I love to watch The Office, go on walks, read, garden, and laugh obnoxiously loudly with my girls.

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Panthers Win UIL Academic State Title

Spring Hill High School students had an outstanding performance at the UIL Academic State Championships recently. The Spring Hill Calculator team won first place honors. Team members are David McFatridge, Ashton Thomas, Jacob Kimbrough, and Jacob Gerfen.

The Mathematics team consisting of Thomas, McFatridge, Gerfen, and Jace Jones finished second. The Number Sense team made up of Thomas, McFatridge, Easton Ballard, and Marshall Bodenheimer finished third.

The teams are coached by Debby Bass. "I am so proud of these teams," Bass said.

Spring Hill Teachers Recognized by GLOBE

Greater Longview Organization for Business and Education (GLOBE) recently honored local teachers who exemplify high standards of the teaching profession. Congratulations to 2021 GLOBE Teacher of the Year Honorees Mary Lightfoot and Debbie Moroney!

Mary Lightfoot teaches eighth grade math at Spring Hill Junior High. This is her 27th year in education. She has taught math to fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. "I have been blessed to work in five outstanding school districts and with hundreds of wonderful teachers, administrators, counselors, and custodians." Lightfoot said.

She loves teaching and says she can't imagine doing anything else.

“I believe in teaching students to take risks, and give a good effort without being intimidated by failure,” Lightfoot said. “I believe in teaching students to seek the desire to be successful and persevere when it doesn't come easily. I am a teacher of students first and math second.”

Debbie Moroney teaches second grade at Spring Hill Primary. Her teaching experience over the last 38 years has included working with a diverse population of children.

She began her professional career designing an ESL program for a new population of Laotian students. This challenging environment helped her develop a flexible teaching style that emphasized the importance of reaching out to each individual child. She also learned the importance of community, parents, and teachers working as a team for the benefits of the children.

Over the years, she utilized these experiences as a traditional regular education classroom teacher, special education teacher, gifted and talented teacher, and as a teacher in an urban diverse population school.

"I believe, based on my early teaching experiences, that all children are unique and have something special to add to a community of learners," Moroney said. "My role as their teacher is to develop a safe environment, present a curriculum that incorporates different learning styles and abilities and holds each student to high expectations."

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Spring Hill Junior High Math and Science Team Receives First Place Honors at TMSCA State Competition

The Spring Hill Junior High math and science team recently competed in the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) state competition. The team finished in first place overall.

“This is such a big accomplishment for Spring Hill because this is the first time in TMSCA history we have been state champions,” said Janna Graham, Junior High math/science teacher. “I cannot express how incredibly proud I am of these students for their well-deserved success.”

In addition to the team finishing in first place, Bon Kim won first place in Number Sense, Mathematics, and Science for seventh grade, and Emerson McFaul won first place in Science for sixth grade.

Members of the Spring Hill Junior High Math and Science team include:

Eighth graders Caden Castleberry, Elizabeth Cockrell, Aidyn Edney, Diego Flores, Arsh Singh, Drew Smith, Bryce Socoteanu, Angelena Vega, and Lillian Young. Seventh graders Jack Cooper, Javier Glave, Alex Graham, Bon Kim, and Kristen Wardlaw. Sixth graders Keismann Johnson, Silas Mackey, Emerson McFaul, Brandon Rumfield, and Ethan Seeley.

"These hard working students come before school, during lunch periods, and Saturday's to compete,” Graham said. “What a testament to their dedication to wake up early on a Saturday morning to take a math or science test.”

Field Trip Fun

Kindergarten students at Spring Hill Primary are exploring farms, zoos, aquariums and beaches - all without ever leaving the building! Jami Jones and Laura Hill are hosting “Field Trip Friday” in their classrooms over the next several weeks.

“Field trips have always been a great extension of our classroom learning,” said Jones. “Since we cannot go on any field trips this year due to COVID, we decided to bring the trip experience to our classroom.”

Students learn about each “destination” by taking video tours, making crafts, reading books, and completing math activities. An interactive TV in the classroom enables teachers to utilize many great online resources.

“The trips are a great balance of technology, hands-on experiences, and fun,” Jones said. “The kids look forward to our "Field Trip Friday" and anxiously await the announcement for the next trip.”

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Students Take Part In Project Tornado

Fifth grade students at Spring Hill Intermediate recently participated in Project Tornado. KLTV Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto shared his severe weather knowledge with students in a live Project Tornado presentation. He discussed weather safety at home and on the road, wind patterns, lightning, flooding, and made suggestions on the best way to prepare for a tornado. Students also received a Project Tornado Booklet that included various activities, as well as tornado facts, safety tips and trivia.

Parent Access to STAAR Scores

Spring Hill is introducing an easy way to access your child’s STAAR Scores.

STEP 1: Log into your Skyward Family Access account.

STEP 2: If you have more than one child, choose the child whose scores you’d like to review.

STEP 3: From the top right hand corner, select the “District Links.”

STEP 4: Select TEA Assessment from the dropdown box.

STEP 5: Your child’s STAAR Testing Information will come up on the screen.

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When you click the link - TEA Assessment - you will see the Student Portal for your child:
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The Student Portal offers parents and students:

  • A history of their scores for each assessment taken in the past 10 years
  • Detailed results for each assessment taken
  • Ability to view all released test questions and how they performed
  • Resources to assist parents in understanding their child’s score, understanding the STAAR test, how to help their child prepare, and FAQs.

High School End of Course testing scores should be available June 15. STAAR test scores for third through eighth grades should be available June 28.

If you have questions about your child’s STAAR scores, please contact their campus for more information.

National Honor Society Raises Money for Longview Animal Shelter

The National Honor Society at Spring Hill High School recently hosted "A Cause for Paws" fundraiser benefiting the Longview Animal Shelter. The organization raised $1200 to donate to the shelter.

NHS members sold paw print wristbands for $20. In return for purchasing the wristband, girls were allowed to wear athletic shorts to school for a month and boys were allowed to wear hats to school for a month. Senior Brantley Coggins suggested the fundraiser. Once approved, she also created posters and helped spread awareness of the shelter's need for donations. Coggins, along with Kaylee Montgomery and NHS advisors Kristi Montgomery and Lindsay Brazell, delivered the check to the shelter.

"NHS is filled with members who are not only dedicated to academics, but are also dedicated to serving the community," said Montgomery.

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School Health Advisory Committee Shows Support to SHISD Departments

To express appreciation for their hard work during an unprecedented year, the School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) treated the Maintenance, Custodial, Transportation, Food Services and Nursing departments to a meal.

SHAC provides guidance, recommendations and other assistance to the board of trustees in order to promote healthy lifestyles and academic achievement for Spring Hill ISD students.

Thank you, SHAC!

Spring Hill ISD Hosts Sports Physical Clinic

Spring Hill ISD and Christus Health System recently teamed up to provide free athletic physicals to students from six area schools. The event took place at the Spring Hill High School gymnasium and athletic wing.

"We had over 1300 athletes from Spring Hill and surrounding areas," said Katie Billingslea, Athletic Trainer. "More than 20 doctors worked diligently for four hours to get all of these kids cleared and ready for the upcoming school year."

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PTA Makes Spring Hill Staff's Day

Thank you Spring Hill PTA for supporting Spring Hill teachers and staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, and always!

Dates To Remember

Tuesday, May 11
Math STAAR - Grades 3-8

Wednesday, May 12
Reading STAAR - Grades 3-8

Thursday, May 13
Science STAAR - Grade 5

Wednesday, May 19
Student Early Dismissal - No Campus Care

Thursday, May 20
Last Day of School - Student Early Dismissal - No Campus Care

Friday, May 21

Staff Professional Development Day

High School Graduation

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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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Spring Hill ISD Partnerships

Spring Hill ISD would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support through the marquee partnership program. Proceeds help support:
  • Classroom technology
  • Fine arts exposure and experience
  • Support athletic programs
  • Innovative classes for sports marketing and game day production
  • Scholarships

For advertising information, please contact the superintendent's office at 903-323-7740.

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