In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

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If you’ve recently driven by the new Sherman High School construction site, you’ve seen an abundant amount of dirt and bulldozers in action. If the opportunity to drive by the construction site and relish in its progress has escaped you, don’t worry. Sherman ISD has you covered.


Starting in April, district staff, parents, and community members will be able to see day-to-day construction progress of the new high school online. Two high-definition web cameras have recently been installed at the site by photo construction company OXBlue. One camera is positioned on the northwest side of the project with the second located on the southeast side. Each camera will take a picture approximately every ten minutes, and the images will be uploaded to a live web link.


“When people visit our website we want them to feel as if they are part of the construction,” SISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tyson Bennett expressed. “The camera angles have been positioned to give viewers the best optical views of construction for the main building, multipurpose activity center, and athletic fields.”

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The live web link will give online visitors the option to download photos of the construction project directly to their device. The website also allows people to view and download an automatically generated time-lapse video of the entire constructions project at any time.


Sherman ISD Director of Communications Kimberly Simpson said that the district is excited to provide the community with a convenient way to stay connected with the construction of the new high school and overall bond progress.


“We’ve continuously provided weekly video updates that feature our construction progress and our community expressed how much they appreciate the production of those videos,” Simpson said. “We are now enhancing our community’s bond experience and providing an interactive tool that connects them to the construction in real-time from anywhere in the world.”


Each camera contains a wide-angle lens with a heavy duty enclosure developed for the construction industry. The cameras also include unlimited remote storage which will allow the cameras to operate each day of construction until the project is complete.


“As we see the school emerge from the ground, we want our community to feel engaged in the construction process and take pride in the new Sherman High School,” Bennett said. “We are forever grateful to our community for making the new SHS a reality.”



In 2017, voters approved a $176 million bond election to address several district needs, which included the construction of a new Sherman High School. August 8, 2018, marked the start of construction of the new school that will welcome students at the start of the 2020 school year. To view the new Sherman High School live web link page or for additional SISD bond updates, visit www.ShermanISD.net/BondUpdate.

Fairview Elementary Teacher Nominated for State Award

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Mike Gillum, a physical education teacher at Fairview Elementary, has been nominated for the 2019 Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TAHPERD) Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes professional members of the organization who are primarily responsible for and demonstrate excellence in teaching elementary physical education programs. These individuals exemplify the highest standards of accomplishment and strong and vigorous leadership.

Gillum is surprised and excited to be nominated by TAHPERD.

"I may or may not win it but it's quite an honor to be nominated for the entire State of Texas by our State P.E. organization," Gilluam said.


Candidates for this award must have been a TAHPERD member for three years immediately preceding their nomination. Congratulations on your nomination Mr. Gillum!

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Statewide Birth-Five Needs Assessment Survey

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Early Learning Council are conducting a statewide birth-five needs assessment to better understand the needs of those accessing, providing, and supporting early childhood programs and services for children ages birth to five.

As part of this needs assessment, the Council is conducting a statewide survey from March 25 through April 5, 2019.


The survey is intended for:

  • Families;
  • Staff of early childhood programs and services (childcare, Head Start, public prekindergarten, early childhood intervention (ECI) and home visiting);
  • Staff of early childhood organizations (membership organizations, advocacy organizations, workforce boards, ESCs, etc.); and
  • Community organizations/partners (businesses, health service providers, local governments, religious organizations, etc.).


The survey can be accessed at: https://tea.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUeyDqwqLh2u8V7.


Questions intended for families and staff of early childhood programs and services are available in both English and Spanish.


The survey results and the statewide needs assessment will be utilized by the Texas Early Learning Council to establish a statewide strategic plan. The strategic plan will focus on improving coordination and collaboration, promoting partnerships, increasing quality, reducing duplicative efforts, efficiently utilizing resources, and easing a child’s transition into kindergarten.


The statewide birth-five needs assessment is required for the Preschool Development Grant awarded to Texas by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education. This grant is a collaboration between the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Texas Department of State Health Service, TEA, the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

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Sherman-Denison MPO Survey

Sherman continues to grow and having a say in the long-range transportation plan is important. The Sherman-Denison MPO is updating its long-range transportation plan this year, commonly known as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is updated every five years, as required by federal law, to plan for the area’s major transportation investments needed to keep up with our region’s growth and development trends.


The MTP will guide federal, state, and local funding over the next 25 years to address congestion and transportation needs in the North Texas region. Part of this plan is to survey residents within Grayson County on their wants and needs. The survey result will count towards the scoring.


Please take the time to complete the survey and makes comments to help keep Sherman Projects at the top of the list.


Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WQZMYS

Website: http://www.sdmpo.org/page/2045MTP

SISD Employee Transfer Window Now Open

The employee transfer window is now open. Employees may request a transfer for the 2019-2020 school year until Friday, May 10, 2019. Employees may not request a lateral transfer for the 2019-2020 school year after May 10, 2019. All lateral transfer decisions should be made by Friday, May 31, 2019. If you have questions about this, please contact the Human Resources Department at 903-891-6410. Please visit with your supervisor prior to requesting a transfer.

Steps for requesting a transfer for the 2019-2020 School Year:


1. Log into the Employee Service Center in TEAMS. Your username and password are the same as your email and network username and password

2. Click on My Employment Record.

3. Click on My Employee Transfer Request.

4. Click on the Job Category.

5. Find the job(s) you are interested in applying for and check the appropriate boxes.

6. Complete all tabs under Transfer Details.

7. Click Submit.

8. If you decide to make any additions or changes to your request, please make sure you remember to hit Submit each time.

Summer Professional Development

Sherman ISD will be hosting a Region 10 Summer Roadshow this summer at Dillingham Intermediate. Because we are hosting and seats fill up fast, we get a two week advance on registration! There are many great offerings to consider and we encourage you to click the image below to start planning for your summer professional development today!
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Summer School applications are now available!

Employees interested in working summer school may now apply through the Employee Service Center in TEAMS. Teachers wanting to apply for the LEP Pre-K and Kindergarten summer positions should apply for Summer School Teacher- ESL EC-4 or Bilingual EC-4, depending upon their current certification. Summer school dates and pay rates are listed below.


Steps for Applying for Summer School


1. Log into the Employee Service Center in TEAMS. Your username and password are the same as your email and network username and password

2. Click on My Employment Record.

3. Click on My Employee Transfer Request.

4. Click on the Job Category.

5. Click on Summer School.

6. Find the job(s) you are interested in applying for and check the appropriate boxes.

7. Complete all tabs under Transfer Details.

8. Click Submit.

9. If you decide to make any additions or changes to your request, please make sure you remember to hit submit each time.


SUMMER SCHOOL DATES & PAY RATES


Sherman High School:

Director- $320 Daily Rate- June 3-July 3

Teachers- $240 - full day/ $120 – half day - June 3-July 3

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule- Morning and Afternoon Sessions:

8:00-12:00- 4 hours

12:30-4:30- 4 hours


Piner Middle School and Dillingham Intermediate School:

Director- $240 per day- June 3-June 28

Teachers- $180 per day- June 3-June 28

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:30-2:30- 6 hours


LEP PreK/ K Summer School:

Director- $280 Daily Rate- May 28- June 27

Teachers- $210 Daily Rate- May 28- June 27

May 28, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:00-3:00


Boot Camp

Lead Teacher: $175 Daily Rate- June 3- July 3

Teacher: $150 per Daily Rate- June 3- July 3

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:00-12:30


JDC

Teacher: $150 per Daily Rate- June 3- July 3

June 3, 2019 will be a planning day for teachers and staff.

Student Schedule:

8:00-12:30


ESY

Teacher: $30 per hour - June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27

Assistant: $15 per hour- June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27

Student Schedule: 8:30 to 1:30


Attendance Clerks: $14.00 per hour

Classroom Assistants $13.00 per hour (LEP campus only)


Times of Day for Personnel

One the summer school schedule, times for instruction are listed. Staff schedules will be 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the instruction times listed.


Summer School Pay

The pay for all summer school personnel is considered extra duty pay. Personnel will only be paid for days in which they are present. The one exception is for directors that miss a day in case of an urgent and previously approved work-related event.


SISD Employees will only be paid for days worked outside of their regular yearly contract.

Upcoming District Events

Apr. 4 District Track and Field Meet Day 2 @12pm at Lovejoy High School
Apr. 5 District Tennis Tournament @8am at Lovejoy High School
Apr. 5 SHS Baseball vs Wylie East @7:30pm at Veteran's Field
Apr. 5 SHS Softball vs Princeton High School @ 7:00pm at Old Settlers Park
Apr. 7 - 13 - National Library Week, National Volunteer Week

Apr. 7 - TACS State Academic Challenge

Apr. 9 - STAAR Testing - Grades 4 & 7 Writing, 5 & 8 Math, English I

Apr. 10 - STAAR Testing Grades 5 and 8 Reading

Apr. 11 - STAAR Testing - English II

Upcoming Community Events

Gallery Off the Square at Ideation Station- First Thursday Artists Reception

Thursday, April 4th at 5:30

For more info click here


Fairview Choir Mini-Concert

Thursday, April 4th from 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Knights Furniture

108 W Lamar Sherman, TX

For more info click here


Sherman Jazz Classic

Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th

For times, tickets and locations click here


Keep Sherman Beautiful Trash – Off

Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Meeting at Corner of Loy Lake and Taylor in Sherman (Planet Fitness parking lot).
They will have donuts to start your morning and free t-shirts until they run out!


GENTS VII Barbershop - 2nd Year & Customer Appreciation

Saturday, April 6th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

213 s. Travis, Sherman, Tx 75090

For more info click here


Grayson County CAC Crystal Ball

Saturday, May 4th at 6:00 PM

See attached flyers for sponsorship and invitation

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