Sheldon ISD

December 9, 2021

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The Sheldon ISD Scoop is an internal newsletter produced by the communications department and designed to share events, news and spotlights for Sheldon ISD employees. To submit a story idea, email Emily Conklin at
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Sheldon Newsroom

Sheldon recognizes 2 employees for customer service

Sheldon ISD partners with Woodforest Bank to recognize employees quarterly for demonstrating exemplary customer service. Employees are nominated by their peers or community members to earn a CARE Award which stands for Caught Acting and Responding with Excellence.

This month, Sheldon ISD is recognizing KASE Academy teacher Margaret Offill. Ms. Offill is described as innovative, handling situations with grace and professionalism. She views education as a calling not just her career and has made a difference in so many students’ lives. Ms. Rosalva Gutierrez is an attendance clerk from Cravens Early Childhood Academy. She was nominated for her hardworking and caring attitude. She is described as dependable, helpful, polite and professional.

Each recipient receives $100 from Woodforest Bank and is recognized at a school board meeting. Nominations will open for the next CARE Award winners in January 2022. View all of the district’s winners at

Spirit of King gifts due Friday, December 10

Friendly reminder, Spirit of King gifts are due back to your campus coordinator by Friday, December 10.

The “Spirit of King” program is expected to provide for over 300 children again this year. This is all due to the overwhelming generosity of the students and employees of Sheldon ISD. We hope your participation will again help children to have a nice Christmas.

Please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor if you have any questions.

Survey available to help us plan for growth!

As student enrollment growth increases, Sheldon ISD requests the feedback of community members to prioritize long-range facility needs.

The district has experienced significant growth since its previous bond election in 2016, growing by approximately 2,100 students (roughly 20%). On December 8, the district held a Town Hall Meeting to inform the community of demographic trends in student enrollment growth (which is approximately 300-400 students annually) and explain components of a previously called bond election from 2020. The 2020 election was canceled due to the pandemic and school closures. However, growth in student enrollment has continued, and to keep up with the standard of facilities our families have grown accustom to, as well as safety and security measures, technology and opportunities for students, Sheldon ISD school board members and administration want your feedback as the district plans for long-term facility needs. See how we are growing here.

One of the first steps as we plan for the future is gathering the input of our community. The district has launched a 10 question survey to gather feedback to take back to the school board and administration for review as planning continues.

Click here to watch the video that explains the long-range planning process as well as provides information on the demographic report in Sheldon ISD from 2021.

Town Hall - December 8, 2021

December 17 is a Staff Work Day

Christmas Break begins for students on Friday, December 17 through Wednesday, January 5. December 17 is a staff work day. Employees return to work on on Tuesday, January 4.

SEF Innovative Teaching Grants open Feb 1, 2022

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Opportunities to pursue a master's degree

Please see the message below regarding an opportunity for a master's in instructional technology:

Greetings from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

As educators, we recognize the importance of a growth mindset and the significance of life-long learning, and we have definitely learned the value of technology over the last couple of years. At Texas A&M University-Texarkana, we offer several excellent educational opportunities aimed at the professional growth of teachers and administrators. In this email, we would like to highlight the Master of Science in Instructional Technology. We understand the need to make learning available and affordable for working professionals and feel this degree will benefit you greatly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to serving your educational needs.

Academic Program: Instructional Technology (ITED)

Delivery Format: Online

Description: Welcome to Instructional Technology (IT) at Texas A&M University -Texarkana. We improve learning in diverse contexts using a wide range of tools, methods, and innovations. IT programs prepare students to be leaders in diverse learning contexts. These contexts include: K-12 public or private schools, military learning, museum education, online education, adult training, internet-mediated content development and delivery (also known as e-learning), workplace learning initiatives in business and industry, public/non-profit training, and higher education. Instructional Technology is one of the fastest growing fields in both business and education.

Required Hours: 36

Contact: Dr. Kevin Williams – Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

Phone: (903) 223-3028


If you would like to find out more, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Kevin Williams (contact info above) or email Ms. Susan Gleason, Graduate Admissions Coordinator.

New initiative in Sheldon ISD

The Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) program is a new SISD initiative to reward, retain and recruit highly effective teachers on every campus while providing a realistic pathway for top SISD teachers to earn six-figure salaries. Click here for details.

Employee Assistance Program available for staff and household members

Employees and family members in the household now have access to LifeWorks, an Employee Assistance Program. See the attachments for more information on the program and its available resources, including a mobile app!

Website log in information is available below:

Username: sheldonisd

Password: lifeworks

For resources and more information, click here.

Are you receiving texts from Sheldon?

Employees and parents can receive texts from Sheldon ISD. The good news is your number is in Skyward which syncs automatically with School Messenger, the district's automated phone system. There are three ways to ensure your cell number has been opt in for text messages:

  1. Email the payroll department with your cell phone number at

  2. Stop by the payroll department to complete a form.

  3. Complete a change form online: (THIS IS THE EASIEST WAY)

To complete the online form:

  1. go to

  2. go to departments on the menu bar and click Payroll.

  3. on the right hand side Employee Information Change form or click here.

Please allow for a few business days to ensure that the change to your form has been made.

You can also text 'Y' to 67587. This is the short code number to receive texts alerts from Sheldon ISD and schools in the district.

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Treat yourself to Employee Perks

BRAND NEW! Sheldon ISD is launching SISD Employee Perks. This web page will be updated frequently with incentives and perks for Sheldon ISD employees thanks to local businesses in our community. Check back often because the perks keep comin!

Click the link below to access the perks.

Partner Spotlight

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Important Reminders

Keep voice mailbox clear

Please be sure to check and delete any voice mail messages that you no longer need. This is so when parents call, they are able to get an empty voice mailbox instead of the message that alerts them a staff member's mailbox is full. Thank you for your assistance!

Sign up online to give back through the employee scholarship fund

Each year Sheldon ISD employees donate a small portion of their paychecks to provide scholarships to graduating seniors. Last year, the Employee Scholarship Fund gave $16,000 to deserving seniors. Please consider a donation to this program. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Please click the link below and make a difference in the future of our students:

Join in the fun and spread positive vibes on social media

This month, we are treating staff and students to positive compliment. Post a photo or video of you and tag @SheldonISD.
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Apply for donations and grants internally FIRST!

Please make sure that you are following the Sheldon ISD processes to apply for grants and ask for donations. Before you post to Donor Choose or participate in any other type of crowdfunding, it must be approved by the campus level administrator. Please complete these forms below for donations.

Additionally, if you are applying for a grant, please complete the form in Eduphoria under Formspace/General Forms/Permissions prior to applying for a grant. If you have any questions, please ask your building principal or department supervisor.

The link to apply for grants is listed here:

Did you know your Amazon account can support Sheldon ISD students and teachers?

Supporting students and teachers in Sheldon ISD is easy and automatic using AmazonSmile. By shopping using this link:
AmazonSmile donates to the Sheldon ISD Education Foundation!

Once you have chosen a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases, your selection is stored and every eligible purchase made at will result in a 0.5% donation to the Sheldon ISD Education Foundation.

There is no need to create a new Amazon account using AmazonSmile. You may use the same account on and AmazonSmile.

To visit the AmazonSmile frequently asked questions page, click here.

Upcoming Dates

  • Dec. 17 - Staff Work Day, Student Holiday
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 3 - Christmas Break
  • Jan. 4 - Staff Work Day, Student Holiday

COVID-19 Quick Links for Staff

COVID-19 Lab-confirmed Positive Reporting Form

This form is to be completed by SISD employees only if you have a lab-confirmed positive test. There is no daily screening form that needs to be completed.

Employee COVID-19 Health Guidelines

Please click here to access the Sheldon ISD Employee Procedures for the 2021-22 school year.

Employees are not required to complete a daily form for self-screening. The only form that should be completed is if an employee is lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive.

COVID-19 Safe Start Plan -2021-22

Sheldon ISD releases updated guidelines for health and operations for the 2021-22 school year.

Click here to read the safe start plan. Sheldon ISD will continue to update the dashboard with positive COVID-19 cases daily by 5 p.m. here.

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