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Piner students ace new math program

For those who grew up using a pencil, paper and textbook to learn, “Think Through Math” might seem like a game instead of school. But despite its computer-based, reward-centric appearance, students at Sherman’s Piner Middle School have been learning a great deal through the program. So much, in fact, that the school was named number one in the state for progress made over the summer.

First week at new DHS passes smoothly

After years of construction, the new Denison High school was opened to the public last month amid great fanfare. Classes began on Tuesday, September 2, in the brand new $60 million facility. But that, to a large extent, is where the excitement ended.

Sherman High School PTA to hold fundraiser

The Sherman High School Parent-Teacher Association will hold its annual “Spirit Day” on Friday, September 12. The PTA’s only fundraiser of the year, Spirit Day is a community pep rally before the first Sherman High School home football game of the season.

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Texas judge overturns state’s school finance system

AUSTIN, Texas — A state judge overturned Texas’ school finance system for the second time in 18 months on Thursday, ruling that the Legislature’s funding boost last year failed to fix a system that is unfair and inadequate for the state’s 5 million public school students.

Austin College Wind Symphony needs players

With the countdown to the Austin College 2014 fall term nearing the single digits, another season for the College’s concert band, the Austin College Wind Symphony, also is nearing. Director Robert Archer, adjunct instructor of music at Austin College, invites qualified brass, percussion, and wind musicians from the community, student body, and faculty to audition for membership. Openings are available in most sections.

DISD to hold elementary meet the teacher events Thursday

All five Denison Independent School District elementary schools will host their meet the teacher events Thursday evening to allow families and students to ask questions, get to know teachers and explore classrooms before school begins September 2. Each campus’ event follows a slightly different schedule.

Honey Grove High School band wins top honors

HONEY GROVE — When Honey Grove Band Director JoAnn Syring learned her group of students was named the top division 1A band in the state of Texas, the first person she told wasn’t a principal or administrator. It was head drum major and high school senior Natalie Ferguson.

Children not registered for school need to come prepared, officials say

Monday is the first day of school for Sherman, Van Alstyne, Pottsboro and many other local districts. For families whose students are returning to the district they attended last year or have already enrolled, kids need to come on the first day with all their school supplies, lunch money and plenty of encouragement. But for new and transfer students not yet enrolled in a district, parents and guardians need to come on the first day ready to provide information and fill out forms.

SHS upperclassmen welcome freshmen, offer advice

“As you can see, I’m not doing anything,” Sherman High School Principal Peggy Van Marter said, stepping out of the way for a group of oncoming freshmen. When school starts on Monday, Van Marter won’t be so laid back, but at Friday’s new student orientation, she knew the event was already in good hands. “The kids run the whole thing.”