In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

Sherman ISD Celebrates National School Counseling Week!

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National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), is being celebrated this week to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

To each of our school counselors, we say thank you and we hope that you enjoy your week!

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Wakefield Elementary School Principal Eartha Linson recognized as Living Legend

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Today we highlight black history right from within Sherman ISD!

Wakefield Elementary School Principal Eartha Linson received the "Living Legend" award from Grayson College student group Black Print. Annually the student group hosts the Black History Month program which honors individuals with the living legend honor based on their work and passion for improving our community. This year's program theme was "Leaving Our Mark on the World: The Next Generation," and that certainly aligns with the work Mrs. Linson does on her campus. Each day she is dedicated to guiding students to succeed while inspiring a strong passion for learning. She believes in nurturing student development by bridging the community, home, and school for our students and their families. She is a great principal, and this honor is well deserved. Congratulations, Mrs. Linson! #BearcatProud #BlackHistoryMonth

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Four Sherman High School students committed to play sports at the next level during the SHS National Signing Day event. Congratulations to our Bearcats who will continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level.

Ethan Bedgood

  • University of Texas at Tyler
  • Baseball

Brenna Michaelsen

  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Swimming

Gage Smith

  • West Texas A&M
  • Football

Bailey Tillotson

  • University of Arkansas Rich Mountain
  • Girls Soccer

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Piner Student Wins Grayson County Spelling Bee

After 17 rounds of competition, eighth-grader Shomoy Kamal is the 2020 Grayson County Spelling Bee champion! Shomoy's winning word was 'Officiant' and he will now advance to the regional competition in Dallas on March 7, 2020. Click here to check out KTEN's news story about the big win for Shomoy.

Survey for New Sherman ISD Director of Athletics position now open

Your opinion counts! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to provide feedback on the new Sherman ISD Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education position. If you have suggestions for questions to ask the candidates or important qualities you would like the candidates to possess, please include that information in the comment sections of the questions on the survey. Thank you for your input.


GO RED Day Is February 7

Mark your calendars! On Friday, February 7, National Wear Red Day, our district will GO RED to support the mission of the American Heart Association: to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Thank you to everyone that made a donation to receive a shirt. Be sure to wear them next Friday!
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2020 Retirement Reminder

SISD pays you for a portion of unused local leave at retirement. This is in accordance with Board Policy DEC (Local). We want to make sure you are all aware of the timelines set out in this policy. The intent of this information is not to encourage anyone to retire, we simply do not want any employee to miss out on this opportunity.

If a professional contracted employee intends to retire at the end of 2020, he or she must submit a letter of resignation to Human Resources no later than 4:00 pm on the date listed below:

187 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, February 27, 2020
207 Day Contract Employee- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
226 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, March 26, 2020

If a non-contracted employee intends to retire and desires payment for local sick leave, then he or she must submit a letter of resignation to Human Resources no later than two weeks prior to the last day of employment. If a retiring SISD employee does not meet this requirement, he or she will not be paid for any local sick leave upon retirement as determined by SISD Board Policy. If you have any questions about this, please call the SISD Human Resources Department.

Texas Boys State nominations are now open

Sherman High School Counselors are seeking nominations for current SHS junior males to participate in the Texas Boys State program in Austin this summer, June 7th - June 12th. If you would like to nominate a student to participate, please contact Michelle Burton via email at

The Texas Boys State program

For a quick overview of the impact of the program, please click on this link for testimonials from both previous delegates and University level educators:

For 75+ years, the one-week-long Texas Boys State program has used the concept of “Learn by Doing” to teach incoming High School Seniors (class of 2020 for our next session) these main points:

* A new appreciation for patriotism (flag etiquette, service to both our state and our country, and an understanding of the part they are to play in society as they become adults)
* New and lasting friendships with young men from across the state
* A better understanding of how to build consensus through civil discourse and debate
* Knowledge of the two-party political system and putting that knowledge into action
* An eagerness to be a servant leader in their schools and communities (if they do not already possess such a characteristic)

Each year, over 1,100 rising High School Senior young men are provided an opportunity to develop leadership skills in a fast-paced, energetic program unlike any other that exists in our state! Each year’s program is scheduled from Sunday through Friday, during the second week of June, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Please check the website for this year’s exact program dates.

What we are seeking from you

We want your nominations of qualified rising Seniors! We are working with the University of Texas at Austin (where we hold this event) to accommodate up to 1,200 young men, and we are excited to offer your school the chance to send qualified young men to this program! Specific facts/details about the program are available in the attached fact sheet and associated brochure.

The Profile of the “best” Boys State delegate

So you know, the best Boys State representatives possess the following characteristics:
* Strong Academic performance/a “quick study” – this fast-paced program requires these young men to learn quickly and adapt to changing situations, so academic strength is a must
* Excellent interpersonal skills – gets along well with others; possess a balanced perspective and shows maturity for his age; well mannered and self-confident (without being arrogant)
* Leadership skills – those who thrive at Boys State are those that “lead leaders” in your schools and are seeking to “change” your schools for the better
* Solid oratorical skills – Excellence in persuasive speaking and confidence in large group settings is helpful
* A hard worker – someone who will “jump in” and volunteer versus sitting on the sidelines and cheering

We hope you find the time to nominate today. For additional information, please contact Michelle Burton.

Upcoming District Events

  • February 6 - Knight Furniture Concert Series with Piner Varsity Choir @ 6:30pm

  • February 7 - Lonestar Chef competition @11am in Waco, TX

  • February 7 - Girls Basketball at McKinney North @ 6:15

  • February 7 - Boys Basketball vs McKinney North @ 7:15

  • February 7 - Girls Soccer vs Wylie East @ 7:15

  • February 7 - Boys Soccer at Wylie East @ 7:15

  • February 10 - Texas Reads One Book Kickoff All-Day

  • February 10 - School Board Meeting @5pm

  • February 11 - Elementary 4H GEAR Expo at Boys and Girls Club at 11:30am

Community Events

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