For the first time since the school year began, Marshall ISD officials returned to the old Marshall Junior High School Thursday to evaluate the feasibility of moving the old World War II monument to a new home, possibly at the high school. "This came up during our (school) bond campaign with the whole building of the new junior high and everything," said David Weaver, director of communications for MISD. "This was one thing that a lot of folks were understandably concerned about - the future of this monument. view article arw

Nearly 3,000 people gathered Wednesday for memorial services honoring 10 victims of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. The Holcombe family lost nine people across three generations in the November 5 shooting, including an unborn child. 36-year-old Crystal Holcombe was pregnant when she was killed. Three of her children were killed as well. Longtime family friend Susan Shanzer told Texas Public Radio that Crystal would occasionally babysit her grandkids. view article arw

Operating on the theory that there’s no time like the present to address a challenge, Baylor University is commendably stepping up to address a problem gaining more and more attention in society as state demographics and political winds shift. As Trib staff writer Shelly Conlon reports, Baylor’s School of Education is exploring a new undergraduate and graduate program for training bilingual educators — the very sort long cherished in public schools across Texas, including here in McLennan County. Department chair Larry Browning frankly acknowledges shortcomings in the past to tackle this growing need.  view article arw

Seguin ISD educators across the district got an early Christmas gift this week. On Tuesday, the Seguin Education Foundation headed to the campuses with the Matador Marching Band and paraded the halls with big checks. The board awarded nearly $65,000 to various classrooms, teaching groups, instructional coaches, librarians and more. The grants they funded ranged from Maker Space Labs to literacy programs, Flexible Seating, technology and technology-based programs, musical instruments, art supplies and funding for the attendance reward at Mercer Blumberg Learning Center —Taco Tuesday. view article arw

Once a year the Bandera Economic Development Luncheon, hosted by local realtor, Gary Johnston and Angelika Inzanti provides an opportunity for members of the community to visit with a state representative. This year State Representative Andrew Murr to spoke at an informal luncheon at Brick’s River Café in Bandera last Friday, on Nov. 10. view article arw

The New Caney ISD Education Foundation's F.A.N. Club (Funding Academic Innovation through teacher grants) delivered 39 grants across the school district Nov. 8. The Education Foundation strives to promote the success of New Caney ISD students by helping expand on the school district's programs. The foundation encourages teachers and other staff members to apply for grants to help enrich these programs. "With this latest round of grants, we've put over $545,000 back into our schools," said Melanie Dykstra, of the Education Foundation. view article arw

Fort Hood senior leaders and administrators from nine area school districts met Nov. 8 at the Community Events Center to address issues facing military-affiliated students and share best practices. During the Partners in Education Process Action Team meeting, military and education leaders from nine area school districts discussed issues affecting the well-being of military-connected students. Maj. Gen. JT Thomson, deputy commanding general for maneuver, III Corps and Fort Hood, and acting Fort Hood senior commander, noted the importance of the gathering. view article arw

College planning for Aledo ISD growth

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Weatherford College is looking at possibly developing land near the Aledo Independent School District in the near future, said interim president Brent Baker at a board of trustees meeting last week. The college owns an estimated 30 acres near the sprawling Walsh development in North Aledo. view article arw

In an effort to assist school districts ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Education Agency is asking other school districts to see if they have any excess instructional materials. Wichita Falls ISD Associate Superintendent Peter Griffiths presented a proposal to the Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon to participate in the efforts. The proposal was unanimously approved by the trustees – authorizing the district's operations department to assist those districts. TEA organized an Instructional Materials Need List that districts can utilize by listing excess materials they have that can be requested by other districts. view article arw

Throughout the week, students in the Waxahachie Independent School District have turned to artists as part of the annual Go van Gough art program. The fine arts program is done in conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art and is available to students in first through fifth grade. The program is designed to bring in trained volunteers to schools to lead experiences that encourage students to look closely at works of art, ask and answer questions and make connections with art. view article arw

A little more than a month after his heart attack, Red Raider offensive tackle and All-American (1975-77) Dan Irons finally met the faculty and staff at Lubbock-Cooper ISD he credits with saving his life. Irons is now a school furniture and equipment salesman. On October 2, he was meeting with Lubbock-Cooper ISD officials at the school's administration building when he collapsed in the parking lot and went into cardiac arrest.  view article arw

In this small, rural town situated among the farmland and rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, residents of a certain age worry about the younger generation. They recall a time when industrial jobs provided a solid path to the middle class for those with a high school diploma and a willingness to work hard. They know those days aren’t coming back. “The mindset 15 to 20 years ago was you could just graduate high school and land a job at one of the factories,” says village mayor Jay Jackson. “But a lot of those jobs have moved on and the ones that are here require some higher education.” view article arw

Property owners in several neighborhoods in The Woodlands Township and Municipal Utilities District 386 that are in Harris County will have their properties reappraised for post-Hurricane Harvey damages and possibly receive refunds. Jack Barnett, chief communications officer for the Harris County Appraisal District, said reappraisals for property damaged by Hurricane Harvey and the associated rains and flooding were approved by the district after requests were made by The Woodlands Township Board of Directors and officials with MUD 386. view article arw

A trip to the Bands of America Grand Nationals is rare and expensive. So when high school band programs consider attending, they must ask themselves if they’re good enough to belong there. Last weekend, Marcus and Flower Mound’s bands proved that they were. view article arw

Always celebrate great accomplishments - js-  The hallways at Boyd schools will be mostly silent Thursday to give students, faculty and community members a chance to witness school history. The district has canceled classes with the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets set to make their debut at the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships at 11 a.m. at the Culwell Center in Garland. The Lady Yellowjackets take on Goliad in the 3A semifinals. view article arw

The Washington D.C. spotlight was on the Port Aransas Independent School District this morning. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited schools there to get an update on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. That recovery is ongoing. Just getting kids back to campus took more than a month. Today, nearly three months after Harvey, students and teachers still try to find normalcy. Secretary DeVos reassured them the federal government is there for the long haul. view article arw

Tyler Independent School District looked to the success of its past students as it planned out its march into the future. It has been an eventful year for Tyler ISD. The district thrived during its first year since 1970 out from under a federal desegregation order, saw the number of Improvement Required campuses drop for the fourth year in a row, passed the largest bond in the history of the district to replace its ailing high schools and just this week announced plans to restructure its middle school programs across the district. Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford provided the updates about the district’s progress and upcoming plans on Wednesday during his State of the District address at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. view article arw

The iconic strains of holiday classics such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Jingle Bell Rock” fill a small room labeled “Orchestra” at Dripping Springs High. Inside are seven students, part of a before-school orchestra club, who make their stringed instruments sing in preparation for upcoming holiday-themed events. view article arw

Midway Independent School District is set to conduct a $20,000 demographic study that will help it evaluate potential growth in the next five years. Superintendent George Kazanas announced the plan at Wednesday night’s school board meeting, following the results of a districtwide survey released in July about where residents would like to see the McLennan County’s second largest school district go next. Of 1,400 survey respondents, 45 percent stated they believed the district was overcrowded and suggested a new high school, middle school, ninth-grade center or career and technology campus to address the issue. view article arw

Lubbock-Cooper ISD has raised more than $30,000 to benefit the students and staff of Aransas County ISD in Rockport, Texas as their schools recover from destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. District administrators adopted Aransas County ISD upon learning that, like Lubbock-Cooper, the ACISD mascot is the Pirate. The several week-long campaign was named "Pirate Strong for ACISD." The two-part fundraising efforts began in September with each of Lubbock-Cooper's eight campuses hosting week-long coin drives among students. view article arw

Donna North High School students Miguel Lopez, Briana Martinez and Miguel Martinez were accepted into NASA’s prestigious High School Aerospace Scholars Program. Every year, NASA encourages Texas high school juniors pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to apply to its summer program for an opportunity to learn about STEM possibilities. “I’m so happy that I put in the effort of writing the essays,” Lopez said. “It’s mind blowing to say the least because not everyone can get in.” view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees on Monday decided to extend the district's custodial contract with outside firm GCA Services Group for another year in a split, 5 to 1 vote. Marshall ISD trustee Barbara Alexander opposed the decision to renew the custodial company's services for another year on Monday, stating she didn't believe they were doing a good job. Marshall ISD trustee Mrs. Charles Wilson was absent on Monday and trustees Brad Burris, Chase Palmer, Ted Huffhines, Cathy Marshall and Helen Warwick voted for the measure. view article arw

The West Oso Independent School District is moving forward with a proposed all-girls school. During Monday night's meeting school board members listened to a presentation by the Young Women's Preparatory Network. view article arw

Next week, you will likely be focused on turkey and stuffing, but this week, you have the opportunity to get some salad inspiration. On Thursday, November 16th there will be a Harvest Salads and Dressings class held at Rudder High School. The class is part of the series of culinary classes put on by the City of Bryan in partnership with Bryan ISD. view article arw

The Smithville City Council voted Monday night to have properties in the city that have been damaged by flooding reappraised. Bastrop County has been affected by five major floods since May 2015, with the latest caused by Hurricane Harvey in August dropping more than 23 inches of rain in Smithville. Officials have estimated over 100 homes were at least partially damaged in Smithville by Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Gage Kemp was 17 when he first became homeless. “The home I grew up in, there was a lot of drug abuse and violence, and I got bullied a lot,” Kemp said. “My parents were on hard drugs, and my dad told me to get out. It was in that moment I realized I was free, in a sense.” Over the next several years, Kemp spent his days in Dallas hitchhiking and finding work while spending nights on streets or under bridges — relying on the charity of others for food and supplies. view article arw

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees approved an expansion of STEM programming at the high school level during a meeting Tuesday evening. With board members JoAnn Purser and Susan Jones absent, the board voted unanimously to approve a dual enrollment agreement with Central Texas College. The agreement covers a high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for high schools in the district beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. view article arw

One of the most common concerns Tyler ISD faced while selling its bond package to the community was: What about the middle schools? At Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the district presented a look at what those answers might entail. Early in the planning process for the May high school bond package, the question of timing for middle schools came up. The district still had several middle school facilities that needed to be renovated, as well. During the exploration process, it became apparent to the board that the middle schools needed a comprehensive plan before new facilities were decided upon view article arw

Corpus Christi Independent School District is in discussion to replace the old Carroll High School located off of Weber Road with a brand new school.  The school board approved an action that would reimburse the district for the purchase of land in a new location. The reimbursement would come from a future bond election for the new school. view article arw

Plano ISD trustees voted to adopt a 2018-19 academic calendar that has students in school a week earlier when compared to the 2017-18 school year. Students will begin their classes on Aug. 13, 2018, a Monday, and end on May 24, 2019, a Friday. Winter break will begin Dec. 24, 2018, and end on Jan. 4, 2019. The newly adopted calendar contains the earlier start-and-end dates of the two calendars presented Tuesday evening. The calendar that was not adopted would have had students in school on Aug. 15, 2018, a Wednesday, and end on May 29, 2019, also a Wednesday. view article arw

Lewisville ISD is getting close to adopting its academic calendar for the 2018-19 school year, but it wants the public’s input first. LISD is considering four options. Two of them, options C and D, are based on the “traditional” calendar in which school would start Aug. 27, per state law. The last day of school would be June 6. The district is also offering two options where school would start the second full week of August. This is possible because LISD voted in May to become a District of Innovation. Under that distinction, districts are provided flexibility on certain state-mandated requirements, such as a uniform start date. view article arw

Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as “boy toy” and “trophy wife.” WWBT reported Monday that the teacher at the school outside Richmond, Virginia, had downloaded the worksheet from the internet. The superintendent for Hopewell schools said it was never part of the curriculum and not appropriate for middle school students. The schools says additional measures have been put in place and the matter is now considered a “personnel issue.” view article arw

That a body armor company would even consider marketing bulletproof panels for student backpacks is a sad commentary on the non-academic problems facing our nation’s schools. A recent Washington Post article recently focused on Florida Christian School in Miami, which is offering an order form on its website for the purchase of bullet-resistant panels designed to go into students’ backpacks. The panels, with a price tag of $120 each, are being marketed by Applied Fiber Concepts, a company owned by the dad with two children in the nondenominational private school. view article arw

Also at Monday’s meeting, the Midland ISD board approved a change to local policy that will eliminate corporal punishment. The board, by unanimous vote, decided to prohibit the use of corporal punishment, which means that moving forward “students shall not be spanked, paddled, or subjected to other physical force as a means of discipline for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.” view article arw