SHISD Mid-Week Message

Weekly Superintendent's Message for Spring Hill ISD

Panther Nation,

Spring Hill ISD wants to make you aware of a couple of threats that were made to area school districts on social media. Kilgore ISD received threats of a potential shooting yesterday and today and Longview ISD received a threat today. Both of those districts are working closely with law enforcement and their investigations of the threats. Spring Hill ISD has not received any threats at this time, however, we are monitoring this situation closely. Please be assured that Spring Hill ISD administration and school security staff are proactively working to keep our students and staff safe. One way Spring Hill is staying on top of these type of threats is a partnership with a company that monitors all public social media and internet traffic in a specific "geo map." The company sends immediate notification to the school administration of suspicious internet traffic related to student safety and potential threats.

It should be noted that making a threat of this nature is considered a crime. We take these types of threats very seriously and will continue to be alert to any potential threats to our schools. We will continue to monitor this situation as it develops.

Safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority. As a community, our best defense is the eyes and ears of the entire community working together to keep our students and staff safe. Please pay attention and report any potential threat.

Together we are #BetterInBlue

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Get Out and VOTE

The next election in Gregg County will be the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting is now, October 22 - November 2. You can find times and locations for early voting as well as other useful information at

Voting for Our Future to be Drug Free ~ Red Ribbon Week Red, White, & Blue Day

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Check out Pages 4-5 of 9 in the Electronic Version of the East Texas Review Below for a Message on Being Drug Free to Panther Nation from Superintendent Steven Snell

Superintendent Message on Red Ribbon Week

To the Student's of Panther Nation,

It’s October and that means Red Ribbon Week Campaign will kick off in our schools. Reb Ribbon Week is recognized nationwide annually in the month of October and is the largest and oldest drug preventative campaign. This year’s theme is Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free. Spring Hill ISD is proud to participate in this event. Campuses will schedule activities each day of the campaign. I ask you as parents to encourage your student(s) to participate and stand up in the fight against drugs. Research shows that children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

The mission of Spring Hill ISD is that as the center of our community, Spring Hill ISD is committed to the fulfillment of each learner’s intellectual, creative and physical potential through the collaborative efforts of exceptional educators, dedicated parents and integrated rigorous instruction provided in a safe environment. Drugs derail student dreams and goals and keep them from reaching their potential. At Spring Hill ISD, our students’ safety and well-being are our number one concern. We have worked diligently with our Board of Trustees, School Resource Officer, administrators, counselors, teachers, support staff and parents to provide a drug-free and safe environment for education.

Spring Hill ISD offers numerous leadership and student organization opportunities to keep our students involved, Student Council, National Honor Society, Z Club, athletics and fine arts. I am so proud of the organizations who have added service projects to their goals this year, such as the Blue Brigade and the cross country teams. Character and service are two areas that Spring Hill strives to promote in order to create well-rounded students.

Spring Hill’s vision for all students is to be a premier school district focused on engaged learning and student success. A premier school district has no place for drug use. Illegal use or abuse of drugs affect users physically, emotionally, and socially. Scientific research shows that smoking marijuana can have negative effects on the brain, heart, and lungs and contains 3 times the amount of tar found in tobacco. The health effects of methamphetamines may be the most noticeable because of its dramatic effect on the outward appearance of chronic users, such as rotting teeth, sores and abscesses. Meth also effects the body’s nervous system. Other effects of illegal drugs include increased risk of heart attack and stroke, a long list of psychological and physical problems from sleep disruption to severe anxiety, and the list goes on and on. There are emotional and social consequences to using drugs as well. Using drugs can cost you your friends and force you to give up activities that you enjoy. Drug use can cause users to become paranoid, aggressive and violent towards their family and friends. No one wants to be around someone like that!

I would like to challenge our upperclassmen at each campus to be the leaders and support and encourage younger students to stay away from drugs. Turning down drugs, especially if you are at a party or hanging with friends, can be a little awkward and uncomfortable even for the most confident people. Just saying no can be difficult. Some other ideas of turning down drugs could be:

· “No, I’m good.” ~ then get really involved in your phone

· Pretend you did not hear them and then walk away ~ while walking away, you may also want to stare at your phone or head to the bathroom to avoid awkwardness

· “No thanks, I am really not into that”

· “Ummm, no. My mom (or dad) would freak out and I really don’t want to deal with that”

· “Nope. My friend or someone I knew overdosed and died”

· “Aw man, I can’t. My job (or school) could do a random drug test”

· “Oh no thanks, I have to go home (or to work, church, etc.) soon and I don’t want to look high”

· “No or no, thanks, I’m good”

As superintendent of Spring Hill ISD, I believe that God has put you in this journey of life to be great. The decisions you make today and the people you choose to surround yourself with will be the difference in a great life or one of mistakes. Take advantage of the opportunities that you are offered. Take charge of your future. Travel this journey drug-free.

Together we can keep our school free from drugs, together we can make it happen. Together we are #BetterInBlue!

With much pride,

Steven Snell

Superintendent of Spring Hill ISD

Video Credits

"Don't Vape" video prepared by high school students Dylan Murdick & Dominic Alexander. For additional videos, visit

Welcome Baby Colter Alan Beard

October 19, 2018, 12:36 am

7 lbs 9 oz

21 inches

Proud parents are Nick and Allison Beard

Even prouder grandparents are David and Cathy Reed

Welcome Baby Jace

October 23, 2018, 11:42 am

6 lbs 15 oz

20 1/4 inches

Proud parents are Justin and Brittany Jordan

Proud grandparents are Kim and Cindy Blevins

Welcome Baby Kenley Rose

October 15, 2018, 6:52 pm

6 lbs 11 oz

20 1/2 inches

Proud grandparents are Sam and Gwenda Wood

Panther Family Concerns

  • Please keep Edie Benton in your prayers as she recovers from surgery
  • Please keep Gail Powell in your prayers as she recovers from eye surgery

Celebrating National Principals Month

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Spring Hill Junior High National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

SHJH Custodial Staff Promotes Panther Spirit With Their #BetterInBlue T-Shirts


Michelle Smith serves popcorn to Amy Doron at the primary's Popcorn Fridays for Staff!

Fun Friday Turned into Magnificent Monday at the Junior High Due to the Rain

Junior high students earn the right to participate in Fun Friday as an incentive for some free time with their friends. Students with no office referrals and who have all of their work completed are eligible for this reward every 3 weeks. Keep up the good work!

Officer Askew's Junior High Leadership Class Visits Mr. Snell

Thank you ArtRageous for Sponsoring the Spring Hill High School Sophomore Trip to Attend the Kilgore College Production of the Lord of the Flies

Senior Tribute for the 2018-2019 Panther Yearbook

Dear Senior Parents,

The 2018-2019 Panther Yearbook Staff is offering Senior Tributes to help make your senior’s last high school yearbook as special as possible. Senior Tributes will include the name of your senior, the Senior Tribute Message, and the Senior Tribute Photos. It will be placed in the 2018-2019 The Panther in the size purchased.

In order to place your Senior Tribute, please visit:

Thank you,

Laney Driggers - Yearbook Editor

Alex Caron - Yearbook Editor

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the advisor.

Amy Blalock, Yearbook Adviser


Rain or Shine...You Can Count on the Blue Brigade

Congratulations Video Created by Panther's Paw Staff

Team Tennis Advances to the Regional Semifinals

#7 Spring Hill took on the Alvarado Indians in the Regional Quarterfinal Match and won 15-0. The Panthers swept through doubles to take a 7-0 lead. Lexi Penn would secure the 10th win for the Panthers to secure Spring Hill a spot in the Semifinals. Here are the results:

Boys Doubles

1. Patel/Castleberry def. Baker/Burgard 6-0, 6-1

2. Moore/Massey def. Alvarez/Murray 6-0, 7-5

3. McNabb/J. Couch def. Howard/Meyer 6-1, 6-2

Girls Doubles

1. Penn/Morton def. Payan/Geer 6-0, 6-1

2. Nichols/McKelvey def. Sherrer/Kline 6-1, 6-3

3. Croom/Montgomery def. Bone/Frazier 6-2, 6-4

Mixed Doubles

1. Barnhill/Z. Couch def. Lara/Gentry 6-4, 6-1

Boys Singles

1. Kavin Patel def. Santiago Alvarez 6-0, 6-0

2. Collin Castleberry def. Sam Baker 7-5, 7-6(7)

3. Micah Moore def. Will Burgard 6-1, 6-1

4. Alston Massey def. Ryan Murray 6-3, 6-2

Girls Singles

1. Lexi Penn def. Marisela Payan 6-0, 6-1

2. Emmaline Nichols def. Robin Sherrer 6-0, 6-0

3. Maz Morton def. Emily Geer 6-1, 6-1

4. Logan McKelvey def. Morgan Kline 6-0, 6-0

The Panthers will travel to Dallas on Wednesday to compete in the Regional Tournament. Spring Hill will play Thursday against the winner of Melissa and Argyle! Keep cheering on your Panthers as we make a run for State!

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Congratulations State Qualifying Cross Country

REGIONAL 2018 MEET RECAP- by Coach Jordan Alford

ONE team, ONE dream.

“Three crucial parts of SHCC success”

There are honestly no words to describe the feeling watching the excitement, as hearing the words “State Bound”, meaning, a job well done. Watching the excitement of kids finally able to embrace the a dream, they’ve been seeking for years. Beyond just the simple word, the moment represented more that just one more race. And nobody knows it better than a SHCC runner.

The first part of the dream started years ago, with small group of boys and girls, laying the foundation of what was to come. Runners who gave all they could, to “Build the Hill”, as they made their own path as a SHCC runner. Some state qualifiers, others Regional qualifiers, and some who never made it past district. However, it’s taken them all to arrive at this moment. We did it!

The second, are the runners themselves in 2018. They know first hand what this moment means…a phrase known well in SH distance running over the years, finally became a reality…STATE. Starting the morning was Sophomore, Samantha Schott (10th), arriving at regionals, missing the qualifying mark in 2017, by a mere 20 seconds. And from the start she positioned herself to prove in 2018, missing the mark wouldn’t happen. And with a stronger focus, harder training, and determination, she punched her ticket to Roundrock for 2018.

For boys, the road had been a long time coming. Starting years ago, as JH runners just trying to find their place and challenge themselves. Coming off of the 2017 season in 12th place, the focus had to change off of we. Teamwork was the main component added, despite being hard at times to revolve your own speed and training with someone else, the proof came throughout the season. Adding in new runners, and molding the experienced. Made up of five juniors, a pair of sophomores, and a lone freshmen…this group isn’t the most intimidating one around. However, those things along with heart can do mighty things when joined together. Leading the pack was, junior Kalen Barlow (8th & automatically qualifying), yet it was the combined efforts of Barlow and six other determined panthers, who would make heads turn as a team unheard of, became known.

Lastly, the third and critical part in our road to success, were the teammates who weren’t in the race, but who’ve equally done the work, and know the road as well. It is my true belief that these individuals are what separates SH from anyone else. This group, are the dedicated teammates who are just as much apart of the success as any.

There is no doubt October 22nd will always be a memorable day. A day that proved anything is possible, if you work as ONE, and have the heart of SH Panther. #Statebound2018 #dreamsdocometrue


8th – Kalen Barlow – 16:24 (52 sec PR)

26th – Caleb Hutchinson – 17:05 (1 min 23 sec PR)

28th – Nick Bodenheimer – 17:08 (33 sec PR)

34th – Austin Martin – 17:15 (19 sec SB)

40th – Marshall Bodenheimer – 17:21(38 sec PR)

54th – Haden Bray – 17:42 (52 sec PR)

70th – Mason Hancock – 18:07 (8 sec PR)

VARSITY GIRLS – No Team (out of 165 runners)

10th – Samantha Schott – 12:31

Cooler Weather is Here! Be Sure to Check-Out the YBA's Annual Sweatshirt Sale

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Christus Good Shepherd Invites You to Join Them for Their Pumpkin Glow

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Christus Good Shepherd Presents: Costume Contest, Pumpkin Glow, Yummy Treats, Games & Prizes

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SHISD is Proud to Honor its Veterans with a Luncheon and Recognition at the Football Game

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Education Foundation Hosting Designer Handbag Bingo

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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.

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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