Spring Hill ISD

District Newsletter

A Message from the Superintendent

Below you will see photos of one of Spring Hill’s newest outdoor classrooms. We are in the final weeks of the project and are very excited about our progress. Our number one priority at the moment is to assure that the grass is growing a root system in order to withstand a cold winter. This is why we ask that all citizens stay off of the grass during these critical growing months.

In my 17 years in education, I have always heard people talk about extra-curricular activities as a non-essential function of school districts. Some believe we should place all district funds into the classroom. Whether it is a band student, the robotics team member or the cornerback for the football team, the skills our students learn through these extra-curricular activities teach: perseverance, team work, leadership skills, pride, dedication, time management, integrity, and many other quality characteristics that we desire in our graduates.

It is my hope that these fields will be utilized to their maximum potential in assuring that we meet the Spring Hill Vision of becoming a premier school district focused on engaged learning and student success. ~ Wayne Guidry

Spring Hill ISD Eyeing Student Wellness

Employees Unite With Superintendent Wayne Guidry to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle Through Participating in the "Thirty for 30 Exercise Challenge"

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SHISD Joins Governor Greg Abbott in Celebrating National Principals Month

The most important part of ensuring that young Texans can fulfill the potential of their bright futures is providing our children with a rigorous and well-rounded education.

Principals are a vital part of our children's educations as they set the academic tone for their schools by working collaboratively with teachers to build high academic standards, set performance goals, and utilize best practices for achieving those goals.

At this time, I encourage Texans to learn more about the contributions of elementary, middle, and high school principals and the roles they play in ensuring every child has access to a high quality education in a safe, supportive environment.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott joins me in wishing you the best.

~ Greg Abbott

Homecoming 2019

Education Foundation Proudly Presents the 2019 Distinguished Faculty / Alumni Award Recipients

The Education Foundation recognized its 2019 Distinguished Faculty / Alumni Award Recipients at the Homecoming pep rally on September 27 at 3:30 pm in the high school gym. A reception to honor these award winners was held from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Spring Hill Museum at 3211 Spring Hill Rd.

Congratulations to the following award recipients!

Larry Risinger, Class of 1961

Larry Risinger, nominated by Rita Odom, is honored today as one of our Distinguished Alumni for his outstanding achievements in high school and for his continued dedication and support of Spring Hill ISD and community. Larry is a graduate of the SHHS Class of 1961, excelling in all sports throughout his high school career. He attributes his memorable years at SH to numerous teachers that made an impact on him throughout his school time.

After high school he attended Kilgore College for an Associate’s Degree; then graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BS in Economics/Math. Larry later received his M. Ed Administration from SFA.

Larry began his educational career at Spring Hill ISD in 1984 as a teacher before serving as the high school principal before his retirement in 2004. Larry mentions many colleagues and friends that he worked with including: Coach Maurice Cook, Mitzi Neely, Linda McGarvey, Jan Spaceck, Pat Gatons, Nancy Green, Debbie Carter, Gene King, Steve Clark, Dorothy Sparks and Superintendent Mike Crossland.

As a representative of Spring Hill, Larry served on the City Council for 5 years; and was honored as Principal of the Year by the Texas HS Journalism Teachers Association.

Always active within the community, Larry coached Little League baseball, was a 4-H leader in Angelina and Gregg Counties, and has served in various capacities within his church.

Larry and his wife Sandra have 2 children who graduated from Spring Hill ISD, Jennifer Risinger Stapleton, Class of 1994 and Steven Risinger, Class of 1987.

We thank you and recognize you Mr. Risinger for your continued devotion to the school and community of Spring Hill.

Teri Brown Burns, Class of 1980

As the first and ONLY Spring Hill Athletic Secretary ever, Teri Burns is ALL THINGS SPRING HILL! As one of our recipients, Teri is honored today as Distinguished Alumni, Class of 1980; and also a Distinguished Faculty member.

Graduating from Kilgore College in 1982, Teri went on to teach dance and twirl in the community. She became the Pre-School director at Elmira Chapel Discovery School prior to becoming part of the Spring Hill ISD staff. Teri has worked with the district for 23 years working in various areas before becoming the Athletic Secretary. She devotes countless hours to the district to meet the needs of the coaching staff.

Teri was honored by the local “Because I Care” chapter as a donor through “Be the Match” for donation of stem cells. Her match was able to provide for an individual in Europe. Teri stated, “It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done.” Teri has also served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Forever Friends, and as a PTA volunteer.

Teri and her husband, Don, live in Spring Hill and enjoy attending SH activities and spending time with their family and grandchildren.

Nominated by friend and classmate Jodie Hilburn, Teri is a Proud Panther. She has been a part of this community since 1970 and has watched it grow to become the premier school district in East Texas. We thank you Teri, for your continued commitment and dedication to Spring Hill ISD.

Michelle Moore, Class of 1983

Michelle is the Chief Public Defender for Burnet County and is nominated by Sharon Gathright. She is honored here today as one of our Distinguished Alumni for her outstanding and tireless efforts for those wrongly accused.

Michelle graduated from Spring Hill ISD in 1983 and Texas A&M with a Political Science Degree in 1987. Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas with a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law, Michelle began her career as the Wichita County Public Defender in 1991.

In 1995, Michelle began work for Dallas County Public Defender's Office as one of the attorneys on the Texas 7 case involving George Rivas, a trial covered by major media outlets, including CNN. Beginning in 1993, she began working on post-conviction cases as part of her job. While in Dallas, she was involved in the freeing of 9 actually innocent men who were wrongfully accused of crimes and headed the Innocence Project of Texas as President. She also served as a supervisor at the Criminal Clinic at the SMU Dedman School of Law.

In her work with freeing the wrongly convicted men, she appeared on The View, 60 Minutes, Larry King Live as well as a TV series, "Dallas DNA." She also began working with the exonerees through the Texas Exoneree Project to help the men get back on their feet after a lengthy imprisonment.

In 2011, she started the new Burnet County Public Defender's Office as the chief. In 2013, Burnet County Public Defender's Office was awarded the Texas Gideon Award for outstanding work in the field of indigent defense. She continues work with the Exoneree Project as well as the House of Renewed Hope, a non-profit run by exoneree Christopher Scott that investigates claims of actual innocence.

Thank you Michelle for your work and commitment to the people in which you serve.

Jose Sanchez, Class of 1994

Jose was born in Mexico City, Mexico and came to Texas in 1981 as an undocumented immigrant. He was raised in Longview, attending Spring Hill ISD from kindergarten till graduation in 1994, where he finished as the class Salutatorian. He then attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on an academic scholarship and received his B.A. in 1998. While at Texas A&M, he was the President of the Latino students organization. After graduating from college, Jose attended Texas Tech Law School in Lubbock, Texas. He received his J.D. in 2001. In May, 2014, he graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Masters in Public Administration. In 2016, Jose joined as of counsel the law firm PayneMitchell Law Group of Dallas, Texas.

In 2005, Jose opened his law firm, Jose Sanchez Law Firm, PC in Longview, Texas. He handles personal injury and immigration cases. Jose has also handled a variety of litigation matters, contract disputes, insurance claims and employment issues as well as criminal defense. Jose has tried over several jury trials to verdict and has won millions for his clients. Jose was also selected to be one of twenty Texas attorneys to be chosen to participate in the prestigious 2010-2011 Texas State Bar Leadership Program and won the best leader award from the group.

Jose is the leader of the growing Latino community in East Texas. He organized and led the immigration march in 2006 in Tyler, Texas in which over 4,000 people attended and which landed him on the New York Times.

He travels throughout the USA fighting and marching for an immigration reform and meeting with important national leaders. Jose is sought out by local media, businesses, and groups to speak; and has maintained a weekly radio show in Spanish in East Texas for the last 10 years discussing current news and politics that affect the Latino community.

Nominated by Jason Odom, for his dedication to this community, we congratulate you as one of our 2019 Distinguished Alumni.

Presenting SHISD's 2019 Homecoming Queen J'Dee Stovall and Her Court

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Senior Queen Candidates

Alumni Association Annual Car Show

Coach to Cure MD #FightingForFinn

Coach to Cure MD #FightingForFinn

Finn was born on September 13, 2017 with ten perfect fingers and ten perfect toes, a bright-eyed angel who not only completed our family, but made it whole. Each smile, each simple milestone has been a celebration. Our world came to a halt just nine blissful months later, when Finn was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The rare, aggressive genetic disease causes rapid muscular deterioration. Our happy, energetic boy will soon struggle to walk or do any normal childhood activity. DMD is incurable and irreversible, eventually destroying the muscles that control the heart and lungs, proving fatal.

Right now, Finn is one of the lucky ones. Nearly two years old, he is still not showing any delays or developmental issues. Like any toddler, he loves football, his puppy Owen and playing with his big brother at our home here in Spring Hill. His life far from normal, however, traveling frequently to see a Duchenne specialist in Massachusetts, preparing for an aggressive steroid regimen that is his only chance at slowing the disease. Despite the constant poking, scans and long office visits, Finn remains a cheerful, shining light for not only his family, but everyone he meets. His sunny demeanor is an inspiration for those around him to stay positive under the ticking clock of a terminal illness as they fight to save his life.

Time is not on our side. The doctors are doing what they can, but it's up to the rest of us to do our part. One in every 3500 boys born each year are diagnosed with DMD, and yet there is a huge lack of awareness or fundraising for the research that could find a cure. Each post, each share, each dollar raised is one step closer to saving the lives of each of those children, including our precious, happy boy. Please join us as we stand up to the insurmountable odds and Fight for Finn. Just 1$ helps!!

Finn participated in the coin toss at the Friday night lights homecoming game. Please donate and support Coach To Cure MD ~ Paula Florczykowski

Spring Hill ISD welcomed Harlen the Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob from the Friday Night Scoreboard Show heard on KYKX 105.7 and the Ranch 104.1 ~ 2019 Marconi Finalists

Senior quarterback Gage White handed off the microphone to Harlen the Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob to lead the September 20 Friday morning pep rally. Each year various sponsors honor high school students throughout the East Texas area with a chance to win a $1005 scholarship. Casey Mudoh was presented with a certificate and a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper while Lexi Gossage, Emily Cook, Dina Zeid and Sara Alligood were presented with a certificate and fresh flowers in addition to the chance at the scholarship.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • Teacher Jordan Alford - sponsored by East Texas Professional Credit Union
  • Coach Brandon Joslin - sponsored by East Texas Professional Credit Union
  • Student Athlete Casey Mudoh - sponsored by the Made Rite Company
  • Cheerleader Lexi Gossage - sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Tx Spine & Joint Hospital
  • Pacesetter Emily Cook - sponsored by Doug's Paint & Body
  • Band member Dina Zeid - sponsored by H & W in Marshall
  • Future Apache Sara Alligood - sponsored by Tyler Junior College

JORDAN ALFORD ~ KYKX Teacher of the Week - Sponsored by East Texas Professional Credit Union

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BRANDON JOSLIN ~ KYKX Coach of the Week - Sponsored by East Texas Professional Credit Union

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Just Can't Hide That Junior High Panther Pride

Future Panther Cheerleaders Attend Mini Camp Hosted by SHHS Cheerleaders

Mini Cheer Camp 2019
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Start With Hello...Everyone is Someone at Spring Hill ISD

The high school Leaders' Core and Student Council have been working together to promote "Start With Hello Week", an initiative by Sandy Hook parents to try to increase school connectedness and reduce student isolation.

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SHJH Celebrates Start With Hello Week

Start with Hello Week is dedicated to teaching students the importance of including others and how to meet new people. Wednesday was "No one eats alone" day. Students sat at the lunch table of their birthday month and were encouraged to meet someone new. Friday students sat in a the ball pit at lunch and got to know someone new by asking questions and creating a secret handshake.

Student Led Groups Meet for See You at the Pole for a Moment of Silence

SHJH Participates in JA in a Day

Imagine spending an entire school day with a classroom full of students who are excited to have you there, and are anxious to learn how to be successful in the global economy.

JA in a Day is a special Junior Achievement delivery method that facilitates the partnership between a business and school. Like all JA programs, business volunteers help educate and inspire youth about the connection between education and success in the workplace, and give them hope for the future.

JA in a Day is different from other JA programs only in that the entire JA program is covered in the course of one school day. At the end of the school day, the students will have completed all five JA lessons and will have earned their JA certificate. Normally, this process would take five weeks to complete.

Curriculum training and support is provided by Junior Achievement. Thank you to our local business men and women who gave of their time for Spring Hill Junior High.

Panthers Stick Together to Support Coach of the Week Jonny Louvier

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Panthers Blow Past Eagles, 34 - 6

Calling all Panthers Grades K - 6

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Panther Fan Run Through Was a Huge Success

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Pep Rally Schedule for the 2019 Football Season

8:30 am Pep Rally Schedule:

  • September 13 - White Oak game
  • September 20 - Rusk game
  • October 18 - Liberty Eyleau game (Pink Out)

3:30 pm Pep Rally Schedule:

  • September 6 - Bullard game
  • September 27 - Malakoff game (Homecoming)
  • November 8 - Pittsburg game (Blue Out, Senior Night)

All pep rallies will be held in the high school gym.

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Panther Radio

Panther Fans,

For live play by play action of the Panther football games, click on the link below.

Lady Panther Basketball Team to Play at the American Airline Center in Dallas

The Spring Hill Lady Panthers Basketball team will be playing a game against McLeod at American Airline Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Once you purchase a ticket it will allow you to be able to stay and attend the Mavs vs Charlotte game. During the Spring Hill game, you may sit wherever you like, but once the game is over you must move to the seat number which is printed on your ticket. We will begin to presale the tickets for the prices listed below. If you have any further questions or need to purchase a ticket, please contact Coach Dee Lewis by September 30, dlewis@shisd.net.

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Blessed to be a Spring Hill Panther: Proud Past...Promising Future

  • TEA "A" Rated district
  • Superior FIRST Rating (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
  • K-12 Education
  • Premier school district in East Texas
  • Low teacher / student class ratio
  • Honors, dual-credit, gifted & talented, Career & Technical Education, and numerous local courses offered
  • UIL Academics, robotics, theatre/drama, band, drill team, cheerleading, athletics and bass club activities offered
  • State award winning band
  • Education Foundation
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • District enrollment at an all time high
  • Designated as a District of Innovation by the Texas Education Agency
  • Outstanding parent and community support
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Spring Hill Independent School District...The Hidden Treasure of East Texas

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Find us in the App Store

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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.

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Baseball / Softball Field Update