In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

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September Elementary Teacher of the Month

Ms. Smith is the first-grade Team Lead Teacher at Neblett Elementary and a member of the Campus Improvement Plan Team. She enjoys her job and recently served on the SISD panel to discuss successful behavior strategies with the SISD Board of Trustees. She is always improving her skill set and helps anyone on her team who is in need. Congratulations Ms. Smith!

September Secondary Teacher of the Month

Sherman High School recently established a new credit recovery program and Mr. Rawlins has been instrumental in setting the program’s priorities and goals. He brings a unique understanding and extensive experience in credit recovery courses, and our students are benefiting from his innovative instructional practices. Congratulations Mr. Rawlins!

September Employee of the Month

Ms. Scoggins is the Lead Instructional Coach at Piner Middle School and she is the most experienced in this role at our secondary campuses. She enjoys continuing her education and is currently pursuing her administration certification. She has helped lead on the Piner campus as an admin intern and is always willing to provide instructional support. She organizes teaching and learning rounds and gives feedback that feeds forward. Congratulations Ms. Scoggins!

September team of the Month

The Sherman High School Counseling Team is working hard to help all students achieve their academic and personal goals. The team goes above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of our students that may be experiencing trauma, or simply just need a listening ear. This year, they’ve been busy managing class schedules, conducting class meetings, and planning Open House and College 101 nights. Mary Ann Hill, Lorena Tidwell, Michelle Burton, Jennifer Pruiett, Cindi Kent, and Aileen Hays, congratulations on being Team of the Month!

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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Health Services

Wal-Mart After Hours Clinic
Wal-Mart Pharmacy will hold an after-hours flu clinic TODAY (October 16) starting at 5 pm-6 pm at the Sherman Walmart Supercenter for any SISD staff members who missed the opportunity to receive a vaccine during one of the campus clinics. Spouses or children (7 years +) who need to get their flu shot are welcome as well. They will have all of our usual vaccines available and children under 18 will need a parent to fill out a consent form. There will be a table set up right inside the main entrance closest to the pharmacy in the store (not the grocery entrance). There will not be a need to wait in the pharmacy line; they will have the consent forms at the table and will be able to give the vaccines immediately. If you have additional questions, please contact the Walmart Staff Pharmacist at 903-815-7274.

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 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.


Upcoming District Events

October-National Principals Month

Oct. 18- SHS Football at Texas High at Tiger Stadium @7pm

Oct. 18- SHS Volleyball vs Wylie East @5:30/6:30

Oct. 21-25 - National School Bus Safety

Oct. 21-27- Safe Schools Week

Oct. 22 SHS Volleyball at Lovejoy @5:30/6:30

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

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