SHISD Mid-Week Message

Weekly Superintendent's Message for Spring Hill ISD

Passion First

Panther Nation, We are in October and that means it is time to focus on Mind Set #2: Passion First. Passion first teaches that we are each a unique expression of human existence and that our lives should be focused on finding our unique genius and sharing it with the world to the maximum extent possible. People do not give 100% if they are not passionate about the task at hand.

I am thankful that in Spring Hill ISD we are very passionate about our students, our team and the teaching and learning process. I believe that teaching is a calling and not a job. I also believe that the reason Spring Hill is a premier school district is that we are committed and passionate about fulfilling our students' intellectual, physical, and creative potential, which is why our mission statement comes to life daily in the classrooms.

I encourage each of you to reflect on what you are passionate about when it comes to Spring Hill ISD. I encourage each of you to focus on your students' strengths, let them explore interests, encourage them to engage in service projects and to have authentic conversations with them about the material they are learning.

Here is an excerpt from our book, "The combination of performance and persistence is the core ingredient to the fulfillment of all great dreams." Find something that you are passionate about and make a difference this month! -Steve Snell

Family Concerns:

  • Please keep my wife Amy in your thoughts and prayers as she lost her mother this week. She was an exceptional person who devoted her life to her family and the community through service. She will be missed. - Steve Snell
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Katie Billingslea in the recent loss of her grandmother

Celebrating National Principals Month

Spring Hill ISD is proud to honor our principals as we celebrate Nationals Principals Month!

Rusty Robinett, High School Principal

David Lynch, Junior High School Principal

Dana Robertson, Intermediate School Principal

Deanna Turner, Primary School Principal

Thank you for your outstanding leadership in the recent "A" rating in accountability we received from the Texas Education Agency.



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National Principal's Month

Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.

Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Each October, NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.

National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgments from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.

High School Principal Rusty Robinett, Junior High Principal David Lynch, Intermediate Principal Dana Robertson, Primary Principal Deanna Turner...We Appreciate You!

Congratulations to the HS National Honor Society Inductees

SHHS National Honor Society inducted 30 new members into its chapter. There was a great turnout of returning seniors to support the inductees. Officers led the ceremony like the leaders they are daily. President Tyler Newman did a beautiful job of leading the officers. There was a reception in the high school library following the ceremony.

Superintendent Steven Snell with Commissioner of Education Mike Morath

Commissioner Morath invited me to join him for dinner to share with him and a few other superintendents how Spring Hill ISD achieved an "A" rating in the recent accountability release. It was a great meeting and I appreciate the time he took to listen and show interest in the great things going on in East Texas public schools.
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SHISD Spotlights Volunteer Casey Reed

My name is: Casey Reed.

I volunteer at: Spring Hill ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

I have volunteered there since: September 2018.

My duties there include: As a parent chair, I consult regularly and provide advice to the superintendent and his/her administration on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.

The people who benefit from this are: All Spring Hill ISD students, staff, and community.

I volunteer there because: Research shows healthy children do better in school — from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. We as diverse community members have the opportunity to have a voice and instill our community values in meaningful and positive impactful ways in the lives of 2,011 students. Can you imagine if we could help 2,011 students lead happy healthy lives? What a difference they could make in East Texas and around the globe as they grow and enter into the world.

I also volunteer at: Spring Hill PTA, North East Texas Brain Injury Coalition and Mobberly Baptist Church.

My hometown is: Arlington.

I live in: Longview.

I have lived there since: Nine years in East Texas; three in Longview.

I work at/my profession is: Licensed athletic trainer at Christus-Good Shepherd Medical Center Sports Medicine Department.

My hobbies include: Crafting, reading, training for my first half-marathon and visiting Major League Baseball stadiums with my husband (21 down, nine to go).

My family members are: My husband, Derek and two daughters, Harper and Hannah.

I would encourage people to volunteer because: I was very lucky to be raised in a community with schools where I knew without a doubt that my teachers, staff and administration loved and supported me. Throughout my school career, I watched as my mom served as a room mom, president of the PTA and booster clubs, and sometimes simply ran errands for school. She modeled to me why being involved and willing to lend a hand to those who may not have as much or just need encouragement is important. No one person or school district can do it alone. I believe living in community and having a servant’s heart is what God calls each of us to do.

Upcoming activities at this organization or about this upcoming event: We continue to recruit Spring Hill ISD School Health Advisory Council members for the 2018-19 school year. This quarter, we are working to have EpiPens donated to all of our campuses and provide personal hygiene kits to students in need. Also, Longview Type One Diabetes Foundation has reached out to Spring Hill ISD and the health advisory council about hosting a Type 1 Diabetes walk-a-thon in November. We hope to reveal details soon. Call the SHISD administration office at (903) 323-7740 if you are interested in becoming a parent or community member of the health advisory council.

Mr. Dunn and SHHS Art Students Design Logo for the Spring Hill Roaring Chorus

Mrs. Rachel Smith and the 5th Grade Honor Choir from SHI would like to extend a big thank you to Mr. Budd Dunn and select Spring Hill High School Art students for their design of our new logo! The 5th Grade Choir has been "re-branded" as the Spring Hill Roaring Chorus! All 65 Roaring Chorus members signed a thank you card for Mr. Dunn and it was presented it to him.

Welcome Baby Emma Reese Elder!

Born 10/9/18

6 lbs 3 oz

18 inches long

Proud parents: Sydney Jester and Zack Elder

Proud grandparents: Norma and Chris Jester

Thank you to Christus Good Shepherd Health System and Longview Fire Department for Their Donation

Missie Banda, RN CCRN, with Good Shepherd Health System and Amy Dodgen, EMS Section Chief, with Longview Fire Department, donate six bleeding control kits in conjunction with the Stop the Bleed Campaign.

Pictured L to R - Junior High Principal David Lynch, Primary Principal Deanna Turner, Amy Dodgen, District RN Jaymie Walton, Intermediate Principal Dana Robertson and Missie Banda.

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The Blue Brigade at Mineola Marching Festival

Spring Hill Cross Country Wins District

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#7 Spring Hill Tennis Team Wins District

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#7 Spring Hill took on #22 Bullard in our last district match of the season! Spring Hill took a 5-2 lead after doubles. The Panthers started out strong in singles with every player playing with heart and determination to finish strong. Alston Massey got Spring Hill the tenth win to secure the District Title for the Panthers. The Panthers defeated Bullard 14-5!

Boys Doubles

  1. Patel/Castleberry def. Sloan/Hodges 6-4, 6-3
  2. Moore/Massey def. Magan/Landgrof 6-2, 6-1
  3. McNabb/J. Couch def. Gunn/Cummings 6-3, 7-5

Girls Doubles

  1. Penn/Morton lost to Wills/Minton 6-4, 2-6, 10-12
  2. Nichols/McKelvey def. Breedlove/Rhyne 6-4, 6-1
  3. Croom/Montgomery lost to Hayes/Vidal 2-6, 4-6

Mixed Doubles

  1. Barnhill/Z. Couch def. Harden/Peacock 3-6, 6-4, 10-7

Boys Singles

  1. Kavin Patel def. Dylan Sloan 6-0, 6-0
  2. Collin Castleberry def. Robert Peacock 6-3, 7-5
  3. Micah Moore def. Houston Hodges 6-1, 6-3
  4. Alston Massey def. Sonni Magan
  5. Zach Couch lost to Clark Gunn 2-6, 6-0, 7-10
  6. Carson McNabb def. Colton Berryhill 8-2

Girls Singles

  1. Lexi Penn def. Abbi Wills 6-4, 6-3
  2. Emmaline Nichols def. Hailey Minton 6-2, 6-1
  3. Maz Morton def. Kallie Hardin 6-3, 6-1
  4. Logan McKelvey def. Alex Breedlove 0-6, 6-2, 13-11
  5. Raygan Barnhill lost to Audrey Rhyne 6-4, 2-6, 6-10
  6. Kennedy Croom lost to Olivia Hayes 3-8

Next week begins playoffs. Continue to support your Panthers as we make a run for the State Tournament!

Athletic Booster Club Unveils the new Panther Tunnel...

...Thanks to the Following Sponsors:

East Texas Professional Credit Union

Guaranty Bank & Trust

Hometown Hardware

Horn Custom Homes


Slim Chickens

Panther Homecoming 2018

BTH Panther Radio

Panther fans who are not able to make it to the football games on Friday night, can now listen live on Panther Radio for play by play action.

Free Seminar for Parenting in the Digital Age ~ Sponsored by Spring Hill First Baptist Church

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SH Education Foundation Upcoming Events

We Back the Blue/Panther 1000 Annual Campaign Drive

McAlister’s Night

Tuesday, October 16, 5 pm

Designer Handbag Bingo

Tuesday, November 6

Doors open 5:30/Games 6:15 pm

HS Cafeteria

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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.

SHISD Welcomes Copeland's of New Orleans as our Newest Partner as a Marquee Sponsor

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Download the Spring Hill ISD App and Stay Connected

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