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SISD revives scholarships for top students

For 20 years, Sherman Independent School District has had a policy stating that its top students will be given a $1,500 scholarship from the Board of Trustees. But this came as news to some Board members. At their Monday night policy review workshop, the Board heard that this policy has not been followed for some time.

DISD hears updates on construction, enrollment

At Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Henry Scott shared some encouraging numbers with the Denison Independent School District Board of Trustees. After a long period of stagnation, DISD’s enrollment figures have now risen by 1.5 percent for the last two years in a row. The district started the new year with 4,515 students, breaking the 4,500 mark for the first time in several years.

SISD searches for bilingual strategies

During Monday’s Sherman Independent School District Board meeting, the Trustees heard some startling statistics on English language learners. Lauren Dill, the district’s director of bilingual education, said that over the course of seven years, the number of students in SISD’s bilingual and English as a second language programs has increased from 900 to over 1,500 this year.

Construction continues at Tom Bean Elementary

TOM BEAN — It will still be months before the disjointed jumble of buildings that make up Tom Bean Independent School District are fully reconfigured into a modern facility under a single roof. Until then, it’s still a lot of walking for Principal Patrice Counts.

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.

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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.

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.