Principals from David Crockett Elementary and William B. Travis Elementary accepted a donation check from representatives from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program Friday morning. Both schools received a donation of $500 from Exxon Mobil to assist in learning opportunities at their respective campuses. view article arw

Representatives from The University of Texas at Tyler visited the Robert E. Lee High School campus this morning to present six deserving seniors with Presidential Fellow Scholarships. Through the scholarship, these six seniors will receive four years of tuition and associated costs completely free. view article arw

Orangefield ISD receives grant

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Orangefield ISD has been awarded a Harvey KIDS Education Fund grant in the amount of $59,000 to be used toward the refurbishment of the elementary and high school libraries. The grant was made possible through Educate Texas, whose mission is to increase post-secondary readiness, access and success for all Texas students. Educate Texas, along with their funding partners launched relief funds aimed at helping Texas students along the road to recovery from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

The Education Foundation of Canyon ISD hosted their annual gala to raise funds for students and teachers of the area. The Education Foundation of Canyon ISD is a non-profit fundraising organization that provides support for students and teachers in CISD through grants, programming, and scholarships.   view article arw

Devon Energy surprised Decatur’s Carson Elementary in January with a $10,000 Science Giants grant award. Science Giants is an awards program established by Devon that recognizes schools for helping students excel in science and preparing them for college and future careers. view article arw

The second annual Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament benefiting the Hallsville ISD Education Foundation reeled in some critical funding for Hallsville ISD classrooms this Saturday. Thirty-eight fishermen, making up 19 teams competed Saturday to see who could catch the most and biggest fish. view article arw

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation handed out 33 innovative teaching grants, tallying $88,000 Friday. The NEF Grant Brigade visited 17 campuses around the district, surprising educators with the various grants. view article arw

From pedal desks to drones and robots to parental involvement programs, this year’s Brownsboro ISD Education Foundation grants covered the spectrum of school needs. Every year, the foundation distributes grants to Brownsboro ISD teachers. Teachers must apply for the grants, and it’s a competitive process, said Larry Goddard, foundation advisor. view article arw

From pedal desks to drones and robots to parental involvement programs, this year’s Brownsboro ISD Education Foundation grants covered the spectrum of school needs. Every year, the foundation distributes grants to Brownsboro ISD teachers. Teachers must apply for the grants, and it’s a competitive process, said Larry Goddard, foundation advisor. “The range of ideas from our educators is impressive, forward-thinking, with students' successes as top priority” Goddard said. This year, the foundation gave out an estimated $15,000 in grants, Goddard said. This year’s recipients included: view article arw

Marshall High School and Marshall ISD officials accepted a donation for more than $8,000 Tuesday morning from Sonic Corporation for the purchase of 25 new Chromebooks to be used in the MHS Math and English departments. The donation of $8,136.50 was presented to the school district by Sonic's Shane Ray, Managing Supervisor. Representing MISD and MHS during the presentation were Tina Brown, MHS Principal; Karen Hampton, MHS Administrative Assistant; and Hutcherson Hill, MISD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services. view article arw

After a decline in reading rates throughout the WFISD, educators are now seeing results from a program in place since October they hope will turn that decline around. Thanks to the James and Vicki McCoy Foundation, what's called Scientific Learning was purchased with a three-year grant worth $660,000. Brayden:  "Then he makes a funny face or sometimes he like, makes the thing move." view article arw

Dow funds Danbury ISD STEM education

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Danbury ISD Superintendent Greg Anderson doesn’t have any children, besides the 700 students in the district, but he helped start something that he wants to live on long after he is gone. The Danbury Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising money for the school district, which is necessary because legislation is making it difficult for school districts to get the funds they need, Anderson said. The foundation is successfully raising money and granting it to teachers and schools thus far, with Dow Chemical Co. recently granting $10,000 to fund Danbury’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. view article arw

American Airlines awarded McKinney ISD $25,000 for the district’s student aviation program on Jan. 19. “The grant that we received from American Airlines is going to be used for flight simulators that will allow our students to get flight training hours without having to pay for flight time in the air,” Todd Young, MISD senior director of college and career readiness and AVID said in the release.  view article arw

Hutchinson Middle School science teacher Jason Brewer is the fifth recipient of KCBD's One Class At A Time donation sponsored by Frontier Dodge and Spirit Automotive. Through online nominations, Brewer was selected to receive a check for $500 to use in his classroom in Lubbock ISD. The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity that will also receive $500. view article arw

Tanner Coy Miller, an Upshur County 4-H member from Gilmer, Texas, won a $8,000 scholarship after placing in the top ten in the 122nd Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Beef Challenge organized by the Superintendents of the Junior Beef Heifer Show. Beef Challenge is a unique contest putting a participant’s knowledge on beef cattle production to a rigorous test during the legendary Stock Show.The first obstacle is a comprehensive written exam covering a myriad of cattle production subjects that participants must conquer.  view article arw

Nursing, automotive and veterinarian courses at H.M. King High School will soon allow for additional certification opportunities after the Kingsville Independent School District was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency. During Monday’s regular meeting of the KISD school board, Roger Hill,  director of instructional services, and Amanda Huebner, H.M. King dean of instruction, presented trustees an overview of the TEA School Redesign Grant, a two-year grant designed to assist Title I campuses in implementing new and improved learning environments in order to increase student achievement. view article arw

Tomball ISD was named as a finalist in the 17th Annual HEB Excellence in Education Awards program in the large school district division. The award was designed to recognize outstanding school districts demonstrating a commitment to student achievement through innovative programs, parent and community involvement, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators. view article arw

TASA awards Avellaneda local recipients of 2018 Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship. The Texas Association of School Administrators named Elmer Avellameda one of the 2018 recipients of its Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, which the organization has awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. view article arw

The Georgetown ISD Education Foundation is a nonprofit that helps the district secure financial support to maximize learning opportunities within GISD, and they received a boost in funding Tuesday afternoon in the form of a $100,0000 check from a business with Georgetown ties. The third annual State of the District fundraising event saw GISD and GISD Education Foundation officials giving updates on the district’s progress and plans for 2018. Money from ticket sales went toward the education foundation, which supports the district in serving 11,500 students. view article arw

Jacksboro High School students will soon have the opportunity to register for a carpentry program after the district was approved for a Perkins Reserve Grant for $73,000. "For someone to get out and become a master carpenter they have to complete 8 units of studying and it usually takes about 2 units per year, so we're looking into a 4-year program to finish up everything," Dwain Milam, Jacksboro ISD Superintendent said.  "We feel like we can start our students here and get through units 1,2 and 3 before they graduate."  view article arw

Overton ISD helped save the environment the past year – and saw a significant savings at the same time. According to OISD Superintendent Stephen Dubose, the first year of the school’s energy conversation project exceeded expectations, netting a total savings of $113,711 to beat conservative estimates by more than $20,000. The district’s partnership with Climatec was spawned in part by ongoing maintenance costs tied to air conditioning systems. view article arw

When former Arlington High School student Kris Hawbaker was named one of the Texas Rangers Richard Greene scholars in 2003, he didn’t yet envision flying the U. S. Navy’s slickest new warplane designed to fight the global war on terror. And he definitely had not even dreamed about being named the Pilot of the Year for the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance. view article arw

Bonham schools have once again been awarded the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grants to enrich math and/or science instruction in the classroom. The grants of $500 each were made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation through McCraw Oil Company and Kwik Chek Food Stores. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency awarded a $450,000 planning grant to Midland ISD to assist in designing a transformation zone to provide campuses with autonomy and innovation. Midland ISD, according to a press release, is one of eight districts to receive the grant for the upcoming school year. The TEA’s division of system support and innovation created the program to assist districts with designing a transformation zone.  view article arw

The Texas Association of School Administrators has named a local superintendent as a recipient of the 2018 recipients of its Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship, which the organization has awarded annually since 2014 to outstanding doctoral students pursuing careers in educational leadership, with particular emphasis on the superintendency. Tanya Larkin, the Superintendent of Pampa ISD, is among the recipients. She, along with two other recipients from Round Rock ISD and Corsicana ISD, will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship during the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin Jan. 28 through 31.  view article arw

Georgetown ISD trustees heard updates Monday on bonds, community engagement strategies and more.Here are three takeaways: view article arw

Huntington ISD board of trustees designated a $1,000 grant from Georgia-Pacific to be used for the fifth-grade intermediate science program. view article arw

Christmas came a little early for 17 EPISD campuses receiving $44,000 in grants from the Albertsons Companies Foundation during the re-grand opening ceremonies of two of its stores. view article arw

Longview ISD trustees have awarded almost $1 million in incentive pay for high-achieving teachers. The board this week unanimously approved Longview Incentive for Teachers pay for performance during the 2016-17 school year on state accountability ratings. LIFT awards, along with other district incentive pay, to staff members was up about $170,000 compared with the $820,000 that was paid this past year and more than doubled the $350,000 given to district staffers in 2014-15, the first year of the program. view article arw

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be working with two local school districts to teach students and their families about the importance of adopting healthy eating and exercise habits to combat obesity. The UTRGV Department of Health and Human Performance in the College of Health Affairs received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health to research childhood obesity. Faculty members in the department who are involved in the grant are: view article arw

Several Ector County Independent School District teachers were surprised with grants today made possible by Odessa businessman John Bushman. Bushman donated $100,000 that went to campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards due to low state test scores. Part of the award went to the teachers that wrote the grants. Each grant was $20,000 and the teacher or teacher that wrote them would get $10,000. In one case, two teachers wrote a grant and they had agreed to split the $10,000 with each of them receiving $5,000. view article arw

DONNA — The Donna school district board of trustees voted late Tuesday evening to place Superintendent Fernando Castillo on paid administrative leave effective Friday.  The decision came after three hours of executive session and with a 4-3 vote in favor of the suspension. This after Castillo received less than favorable reviews in a district audit released in September.  view article arw

The challenge is set! Recently, the Brownsboro Independent School District Foundation, representing over nine communities in a 200- square mile area, received word that a challenge donation of $5,000 was received. For ever dollar donated elsewhere, the Edwin A. Blue and Janice Owen Miller Charitable Fund held by the East Texas Communities Foundation will match equally up to the cumulative total of $5,000. view article arw

 State funding goes only so far, Angleton ISD Superintendent Patricia Montgomery said. “Unfortunately, the state does not provide us with the funds for everything we need,” she said. view article arw

The Education Foundation of Odessa has awarded $37,529.04 in Special IR Grants to ECISD teachers at campuses within ECISD that find themselves on their third or fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability ratings. Teachers at Blackshear Elementary, Goliad Elementary, Noel Elementary, Pease Elementary, Zavala Elementary, and Ector Middle School were invited to apply for funding through a special grant cycle for funds to help enhance student learning in their classrooms for the spring 2018 semester. view article arw