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.
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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.
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.
“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.”
Parents, family and students gathered in Austin College’s Hughey Gym on Friday as the College formally welcomed its incoming freshman class. For its fall semester, Austin College has accepted 360 incoming freshman, and 44 transfer students.
School administrators call it “index two.” It’s the number the Texas Education Agency uses to measure the progress students make on reading and math tests from year to year. But for the 289 schools across Texas who missed state guidelines for index two this year, the number can overshadow student success in other areas.