“Last night, I was nervous,” said Jim Russell, a sixth grade science teacher at Denison’s B. McDaniel Intermediate School. “I’ve been teaching 22 years, and I wasn’t that nervous I don’t think even my first year.”
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Friday morning was gray and rainy in Denison, but the weather did little to dampen the school district’s excitement at unveiling the end results of two major construction projects. Hundreds of community members broke out their umbrellas and rain jackets to attend ribbon cuttings at the new Denison High School and the renovated Munson Stadium.
Six years ago, when Jamie Dugan started teaching science at Denison High School, she didn’t have a classroom.
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.
All summer, Denison Independent School District has been in a race against time. The District majorly renovated two campuses, built a new campus and renovated its stadium. With the start of school on September 2, it seems the District has completed all of these projects just in time.
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.
It wasn’t just school children who were returning to the classroom Monday. It was also was the first day of classes for students at Grayson College, and the start of several new programs within the institution.
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.
For thousands of kids all across Texoma, from pre-K to high school, Monday was the day around which the entire year revolves: the long-awaited, occasionally dreaded, first day of school.
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.