In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

SHERMAN ISD RECOGNIZES AMERICA'S SAFE SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK!

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Sherman ISD proudly joins school districts throughout the nation to recognize America's Safe School Week and School Bus Safety Week. We also recognize and thank the Sherman ISD Safety and Transportation Department’s staff and bus drivers that help to ensure the safe and efficient transport of students each day. The Safety and Transportation Department will be celebrated with a cookout this Friday in honor of the week.

National School Bus Safety Week

America's Safe Schools Week

On Monday, SISD kicked off America’s Safe Schools Week with our First Responder Cookout! We welcomed more than 60 City of Sherman first responders to the cookout to show our appreciation for their service and protection of our schools and community.
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National Principals Month Celebration

We're excited to continue our celebration of National Principals Month! This month-long recognition honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students. To honor our Sherman ISD principals, we’ve produced videos that feature them in their element. You will learn a little more about their love for education and why they enjoy being a principal in Sherman ISD! Today’s videos feature Sory Elementary Principal Steven Traw and Washington Elementary Principal Amy Pesina. #NationalPrincipalsMonth #BuildingBearcats
Steven Traw, Principal, Sory Elementary School
Amy Pesina, Principal, Washington Elementary School

Sherman High School Bearcat Marching Band Receives 1st Division Rating

The Sherman High School Bearcat Marching Band received a 1st division rating at the Region 25 Marching Contest this past weekend. After a late-night of traveling, the band pulled together and had their best performance of the year. This Saturday, the band will compete in the Area B 5A Marching Contest at the Little Elm Athletic Complex at 10:15 am. Your support is appreciated in advance! #Gobearcats

Do you know about our Technology Helpdesk?

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How to Submit a Helpdesk ticket

Did you know that if you have any issue with technology in your classroom, need technology training, or have other questions about technology, you should submit a Technology Helpdesk ticket? A Helpdesk ticket automatically communicates your request to the Sherman ISD Technology Team. After your ticket is received in the Helpdesk system, it is reviewed and routed to the appropriate Technology Team member who will address your request. Once your ticket is entered into the system, you can track the progress of your request. Please see the directions below for creating a Helpdesk ticket. Thank you for helping us provide quality technology support!


Creating a Technology Helpdesk Ticket is easy as 1, 2, 3!


  1. Log in on the sso.shermanisd.net page. Select the District Help Desk icon.
  2. On the right-hand side of the screen, select the NEW TICKET button.
  3. Please complete the form to submit a ticket.

Do you have an innovative teaching and classroom idea?

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Educators approach teaching in many different ways. Some of the most innovative and creative classrooms are developed from a thought or idea. Do you have an innovative teaching idea that you’d like to share with us? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please click the image below to share your ideas with us so that we can help you achieve your classroom innovation goals. You must be signed in to your district Google account to submit an idea.

The 2019-2020 United Way Campaign is Underway!

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The United Way drive is underway at Sherman ISD. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated. If you would like to contribute, please fill out the form below and return it to your campus coordinator by October 31, 2019. If you currently give through payroll deduction you do not need to fill out the form. You have until October 31, 2019, to make your United way Donation!


If you do not currently give to United Way, please consider making a pledge/donation. The pledge/donation form can be downloaded from the link above. Once you have completed the pledge/donation form, please return it to your campus coordinator Judy Hightower, Katie Baker or Julie Mitchell, or at the SISD Administration building. If you have any additional questions about donating, please contact the United Way Campus Coordinators, Judy Hightower at extension 2005, Julie Mitchell at extension 2017, or Katie Baker at extension 2012.


The District Incentives are:

  • Campuses that reach 90% participation will receive an ice cream party.
  • The campus that has the highest per capita will receive a cookout.
  • Those individuals who donate at least $120/ year ($10 a month) will earn jeans days. You will be able to wear jeans with a school/district shirt on Mondays ONLY starting Monday, November 4 through December 16.


Service Center Fundraiser

October 21-Soup's On Lunch (Additional Info sent to Service Center Staff through email)

October 28-30-Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest

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Educators approach teaching in many different ways and some of the most innovative and creative classrooms are developed from a simple idea. Do you have an innovative teaching idea that you’d like to share with us? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to share your ideas with us so that we can help you achieve your classroom innovation goals. You must be signed into your district Google account to submit an idea.

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Certified Employees Certificate Updates

If you are a certified employee, you will receive emails from the HR department when your certificate is about to expire. These emails are generated automatically. Once you have updated your certification, please let the HR department know you have updated your certificate. You can call extension 2020 or email hr@shermanisd.net and the expiration date on your certificate will be updated in TEAMS. You will continue to receive emails about your certification until you notify HR of the update.

Retirement Information & Dates

Dates for Retirement: As you are aware, SISD pays you for a portion of unused local leave at retirement. This is in accordance to Board Policy DEC(Local) and we want to make sure you are all aware of the timelines set out in this policy. It is not our intent 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 4:00pm on the date listed below:

187 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, February 27, 2019
207 Day Contract Employee- Tuesday, March 3, 2019
226 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, March 26, 2019

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 email Human Resources Executive Director Jill O'Neal.

Nominate a Teacher for Katy Country’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Program!

Here’s all you need to do to nominate YOUR favorite teacher:


Fill out the official online nomination form at the link below. This form may be completed by administrators, other teachers, parents and students. The more information received about the nominee, the better opportunity the nominee has to be chosen as the Katy Country Teacher of the Month by our judges.


Winners will be chosen once per month, September 2019 through May 2020.

Each month, judges will choose the winning teacher among the nominees and that teacher will receive a plaque and a check for $750.


Each month’s winning teacher is invited to the Katy Country studios for an interview where they are presented their award.


CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE A TEACHER TODAY!

Upcoming District Events

Oct. 25-SHS Football vs Wylie East at Bearcat Stadium @7pm

Oct. 28-SHS StuCo Halloween Carnival at SHS @6pm-8pm

Oct. 31-Halloween

Nov. 1-Grayson College Senior Day

Nov. 1-SHS Football at West Mesquite @7pm

Nov. 2 SHS Girls Basketball vs Honey Grove/Anna (Scrimmage) @5pm

Nov. 5-Election Day

Nov. 7-Knight Furniture Concert Series @6:30pm

Nov. 7-SHS STRONGpalooza @ Texas Roadhouse

Nov.8-SHS Girls Basketball at Frisco Independence (Game time TBD)

Nov. 9-SHS Boys Basketball Bearcat Madness at SHS @9am

Nov. 13- SHS Boys Basketball at North Mesquite (Scrimmage) @5pm

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