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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.”

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GC extends registration deadline

Grayson College is extending the registration deadline for Fall semester enrollment. Eligible returning students are able to complete enrollment online and new students may visit the Main or South Campus to sign up for the new semester.

SISD looks to community to plan for future

For the first time since 1997, Sherman Independent School District is taking an in-depth look at its long-term goals. The Board of Trustees voted Monday to contract with Plano-based educational consultants N2 Learning to create a strategic plan for the district.

SHS to welcome new students Friday

Sherman High School will host its annual new student orientation from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. The day will be an opportunity for all new SHS students – upcoming freshmen as well as transfer students of all grades – to tour the building, meet students and staff, and get used to life at Sherman High School.

Freshmen get a taste of new DHS

On Tuesday morning, over 300 upcoming freshmen in matching green t-shirts got a taste of what life will be like in the new Denison High School. An annual tradition hosted by the student council, DHS Fish Camp helps kids fresh out of middle school get an idea of what to expect over the next four years.

SISD Board examines state test results

State accountability scores were the main topic before the Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday evening as the administration worked to shed light on the ways which the State of Texas determines its guidelines.