SHISD Mid-Week Message

Promoting Great Things in a Great School District


  • The Lady Panthers Basketball team will face Canton Friday, February 19, at 6 pm in the Winona ISD High School Gym
  • The Boys Panther Basketball team will face Paris in the first round of the basketball playoffs on Tuesday, February 23, at 7:30 pm. The game will be held at Emory Rains High School. The address of the school is 1651 W. US Hwy 69, Emory, TX 75440-0247. We hope to see you there supporting our team! Congratulations Panthers!

To paraphrase Clemson Head Cooach Dabo Swinney, We might not be favored, but we are not the underdog either!

Go Panthers!


Time to Vote!

Early Voting Continues Through February 26

The Texas Primary Election is March 1, and early voting runs February 16-26. Participation by educators is critically important, as the primary result often determines the overall election result in Texas! Many education organizations have put together websites and materials to assist educators in getting out the vote. Note: The Texas Parent PAC, a bipartisan political action committee for parents and others who support high-quality public education, has released its list of endorsements of Texas legislative candidates.

Panther Nation, You have heard me talk about the upcoming elections for a while now. You can see from the signs around campus that early voting has started. I cannot stress the importance of voting in this election. Defend public schools! Defend your TRS benefits! Defend your profession! Get educated and Go Vote!

Critical State open positions that directly affect us:

  • Texas House of Representatives
  • Texas Senate
  • State Board of Education

Kudos and Family Concerns

  • Please keep the family of SH Senior Cameron Hawkins in your thoughts and prayers this week. Cameron lost his brother, a 2014 graduate of SH, this past weekend.
  • I would like to recognize Penny Fleet for the EXCELLENT PRESENTATION at the February board meeting on the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). She was able to communicate a lot of data very well this year in a very concise manner. - Barbara S.
  • I just wanted to let you know that both Tony White and Denny Lind have turned in their needs assessments. My THANKS TO THEM for getting it finished early!! I truly appreciate their efforts. -Barbara S.
  • I would like to recognize Chenena Martin for the job that she does with PEIMS reporting and enrollment monitoring. There are 4 PEIMS submissions each year and she has done an EXCELLENT JOB with each one. Further, Chenena collects the data for the weekly monitoring of student enrollment. Student counts drive state funding, and detailed attention to student counts is critical for school districts. THANK YOU Chenena for ALL THAT YOU DO! - Barbara S.
  • Monday night the Lady Panthers went out and really competed against some great athletes, and fought tooth and nail as a team to get a win. I was so proud of them and they are true Panthers. I am glad that they earned 32 more game minutes to go represent Spring Hill. That was their immediate chant seconds after the final buzzer. - Coach Pope

  • I have to brag on the staff of the Intermediate and Primary Campuses! Today they came together for vertical alignment meetings and great discussions about INSTRUCTION was happening! It was a very productive day where teachers discussed the key TEKS that are addressed in their grade and content and then brainstormed with other grade levels on how to achieve mastery of the TEKS for students!! Kudos to Primary and Intermediate for paving the way for student success K-5! - Amy Doron

My favorite Picture of the week!

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SH Intermediate Teachers modeling best practices!

In honor of digital learning day the intermediate has been having "plickers" parties in PLCs. Plickers are a way to conduct a formal assessment mid-lesson with a simple coded card. Students work independently and data is available instantly for teachers to monitor student understanding instantly! This is a picture of some fabulous 3rd grade teachers learning how to use!

Cool Creations Wall at SH Intermediate

SH Intermediate students are doing some cool things in Robotics. LEGO magazine has a section where kids can submit pictures to the company and if they are chosen their picture will be in the next LEGO magazine issue. Mrs. Simpson encouraged her students to create something awesome and submit the pictures to the magazine. She also created a Cool Creations Wall. Students can submit one picture per week and explain it to the class. It has been really awesome to see their creativity outside of the classroom. Thank you to Mrs. Simpson for inspiring excellence and creativity in the classroom.

Panther Nation! It's Time to Order your Yearbook!

Go to and order your copy of this year's Panther Year book!

Panther 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run March 19th @ 8am

This event is open to people of all ages and experience, from walkers to experienced runners. The 5K is a chip timed event with 1st -- 3rd places awarded in each age category. The 1 mile is a fun run that is not timed. It will be a healthy and fun activity for the whole community. Proceeds from the Panther Fun Run will go towards the Spring Hill PTA annual grants and scholarships.

You can register online here.

In order to make this a successful event, sponsors are needed to underwrite some of the expenses. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please see the attached document.

Volunteers are also needed! If you can help the day of the race, please sign-up here to volunteer.

Thank you to everyone for their support and we hope to see you at the Panther 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run!!

Junior Achievement "JA for a Day" Coming to SHJH March 4th

Junior Achievement will present "It’s My Future" curriculum to all 8th grade students at Spring Hill Junior High School on Friday, March 4th in the "JA in a Day" format.

If you are interested in volunteering to help, please contact Mr. Moore at the Jr. High and he will get you plugged in. Volunteers are required to attend a one hour training prior to that day and then will present their lesson/activity six times on March 4.

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Panthers Win Bi-district Round Game vs. LEISD

Congratulations to Coach Pope and the Lady Panthers. They won a thrilling game against the 1st place Liberty-Eylau basketball team. They will play Canton at 7 pm in the Winona ISD High School Gym. I had the pleasure of speaking to this excited group of young ladies yesterday. I could not be more proud of their coaches and how they work together as a team.

Here is the news article from LNJ. Almost everyone knew, or had heard, Spring Hill was not your typical fourth-seed coming out of District 16-4A.

Still, the Lady Panthers had to hold their breath when Liberty-Eylau senior Lakena Dunn got an off-balanced, 10-footer at the final buzzer. The shot hit the rim and bounced away, giving Spring Hill (18-9) a, 50-49, Class 4A bi-district win over the Lady Leopards Monday at Texas High's Tiger Center.

With the Lady Panthers leading 25-13 with 4:28 left in the first half, Dunn poured in seven unanswered points, and teammate Rynesha Fort added two free throws to make it 25-22 for L-E (21-8).

Spring Hill's Ann Hollas scored back-to-back buckets as the Panthers rebuilt a 30-24 cushion at intermission.

Hollas scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half to lead the Lady Panthers, adding 10 rebounds to complete a double-double. A'kia Larke finished with nine points, with Julie Hodges and Kayla Crowe contributing seven points. Jayla Landrum added six points for the Lady Panthers, who will meet the winner of Mabank and Canton, who play tonight in Wills Point.

Dunn practically kept L-E in contention with 14 of her 17 points in the first two quarters. The Leopards also dominated the boards 28-16 in the first half and forced 13 turnovers.

It was guards Fort and Reynolds turning it on offensive in the second half to rally L-E to a 36-34 lead with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Fort scored twice in a 21-second stretch to put the Leopards on top.

Hollas came up big for Spring Hill again, converting a conventional three-point play and another free throw to give the Panthers a 40-36 cushion going into the final eight minutes.

Larke and Landrum scored in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter to make it 44-36. Reynolds answered for L-E with two baskets, but it was still a six-point difference until Dunn buried her third trey of the game with 1:48 left to make it 50-47.

Hollas was fouled with eight seconds left. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, with Dunn rebounding and driving the length of the court to put up the final shot.

Dunn finished with a team-high 17 points, with Reynolds contributing 11.

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Commissioner Morath Announces Launch of Texas Gateway

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced the launch of the Texas Gateway (, a free online resource library for educators and parents provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The Texas Gateway not only builds upon the success of TEA’s online learning community Project Share but also expands access to resources—such as videos, interactives, formative assessments, professional development courses, and other classroom support materials—designed to strengthen classroom instruction to help every student succeed.

"The Texas Gateway reflects many months of work and collaboration with our educators who asked TEA for an avenue that promotes a Texas-specific approach to online resources," said Commissioner Morath. "And while teachers will no doubt find the resources on this site to be valuable tools, items found on the Texas Gateway are also available to parents, students, and all Texans at no cost."

Commissioner Morath noted that the Texas Gateway provides open access to instructional resources that align with theTexas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the state standards that describe what students should know and be able to do at every grade level. A majority of the current resources focus on middle school and high school subjects in English language arts and reading, math, science, and social studies. Each resource contains a lesson or series of lessons that introduce a new idea or skill and then give the learner opportunities to practice and apply what he or she has learned.

While Project Share relied heavily on the use of usernames and passwords, the Texas Gateway does not. Visitors to the Gateway are able to search and use resources by grade level, subject, TEKS, and keywords. Upon identifying resources that may be helpful in supporting students, parents and teachers can voluntarily create and manage personal accounts to save lists of resources. The saved lists can then be easily shared with other teachers, parents, and students.

Educators may also search and self-enroll in online professional development courses. Science Safety Training for High School and Career and Technical Education (CTE) 101 are the first two courses to go live in the new system. Other popular courses such as Science Safety Training for Middle School, Science Safety Training for Elementary School, professional development for CTE courses acceptable as math or science credits, and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Academies will go live during the spring semester. The self-paced courses allow educators to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits as they complete interactive lessons designed specifically for Texas educators.

The list of resources and courses, which were developed in response to teacher feedback and requests, will continue to grow, and with the transition to the Texas Gateway, resources and courses will be easily shared with education service centers (ESCs) and districts through integration with local online learning solutions. Over the next few months, TEA will work with ESCs and school districts to share content and to gather feedback on future goals for the Texas Gateway.

To learn more about the Texas Gateway and the available resources, please visit or contact TEA

In case you missed this article last week, LNJ did a story on the SH 7 on 7 program