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School counselors help prepare students for each stage of life

School counselors have only eight hours in a workday to complete a mound of paperwork, endure long meetings and still find time for their students. Although local school districts may vary in size and needs, counselors interviewed said they have assumed the responsibility of supporting children and preparing them for their next stage of life.

Longtime Sherman competitor earns trip to regional spelling bee

After three years of making it to the Grayson County Spelling Bee and walking away empty-handed, Piner Middle School student Nick Estes was finally named champion Wednesday afternoon at Grayson College. Countless hours of studying with his family is what helped the eighth grader spell out “wikiwiki,” which means quickly, for the winning word in the 28th round.

Denison ISD teachers earn professional development on Twitter

In 140 characters or less, educators from one local school district were able to earn professional development credit from the comfort of their own homes Monday night. With technology becoming an essential tool for learning, the Denison Independent School District created “Tweet and Teach” as a new opportunity for educators to network and expand their knowledge outside a traditional meeting.

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S&S CISD exploring options for Southmayd property

SADLER — The S&S Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees are continuing to discuss options for a Southmayd property, located at 4204 Belknap St., that was acquired by the district last August. At the meeting earlier this month, the board decided to table the agenda item until more information could be gathered by the administration.

VAEP creates scholarship to honor Reagan, Grant Small

VAN ALSTYNE — Although the lives of Reagan and Grant Small were lost in a November 2015 fire , the Van Alstyne community is partnering with the Van Alstyne Education Foundation to keep the memory of the children alive for years to come. With the support of their mother, Karen Sparks Small, family friends have been working with the VAEF to create the “Reagan and Grant Memorial Scholarship,” an endowed fund for high school students.

Former student presents appeal dismissal to GC board

A miscommunication between a student and Grayson College instructors led to the dismissal of the student from the Texoma Regional Police Academy in May. Thomas Dobner, now a former student, filed a formal complaint two days after being released. As the final part of the grievance process, the student appeal was brought before the Grayson College board of trustees Tuesday night.

Fannindel ISD Superintendent announces retirement

LADONIA — At the end of the school year, the Fannindel Independent School District will be saying goodbye to its Superintendent Harvey Lynn Milton after 10 years. Before coming out of retirement and accepting the position in 2006, Milton had previously served as Ladonia High School Principal from 1960 to 1979.