Schools in Russia will begin teaching students how to assemble AK-47 assault rifles, an activity planned as a tribute to what would have been the 100th birthday of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the weapon. Russia's Education Ministry published a set of methodological guidelines on Tuesday that called for nationwide lessons on the AK-47, claiming that the classes will "foster patriotism, help schoolchildren form a Russian identity, and allow them to understand the value of defending their fatherland," according to online newspaper Meduza. view article arw

Big news out at Dawson in Welch, basketball has returned at the high school level. Wednesday, the Dragon boys held their first practice under head coach Layne Sheets. Last year Sheets was the boys basketball coach at Coronado, but he left to be the Superintendent at Dawson. Now he will be coaching the boys team. “First of all its great to have a first day of practice out here. We haven’t had a team for a couple of years in high school. It’s been great to add that back for boys & girls.” view article arw

From the moment Ms. Briceno’s third-graders leave her classroom, a sense of calm begins to work its way through them. The windchime they pass along the way paired with the fragrance of wildflowers help. However, it’s most likely their knowledge of where they’re headed, the dimly lit mindfulness room at Rodriguez Elementary. Students practice rhythmic breathing, talking about what’s bothering them, and releasing their stress through body movements like wiggling their hands to the sky. view article arw

Jacksboro Elementary School, much like the two other schools in Jacksboro ISD, is looking to improve and described their goals during the October board meeting. At Jacksboro Elementary, six goals for the 2019-2020 school year were provided. Using the Marzano High Reliability School and Arts and Science of Teaching model, the school wants to provide the most updated, rigorous practices and methods of instruction. view article arw

A local student is being called a hero after her school bus driver had a medical episode. The incident happened Monday on a bus filled with Schlather Intermediate School 5th and 6th graders. According to a Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD spokesperson, the school bus driver had a medical episode while driving Monday Afternoon. The incident occurred off Landmark Haven. view article arw

One teen from Round Rock ISD is petitioning the district to get the day after Halloween off. According to the Change.org petition he wants to “be with the boys” and with more than 15,000 signatures, he's not alone. view article arw

Despite a student petition that garnered over 10,000 signatures, McKinney ISD is still planning to hold school the Friday after Halloween. In a statement released Tuesday, the district said students are in for a scare. view article arw

On Nov. 5, the Conroe Independent School District community will have the chance to vote for two bond propositions, together totaling $677.37 million, with the promise of no tax rate increases. Earlier this year, a larger bond proposal was rejected at the ballot box, but the district has restructured its bond proposal and is trying again. One of the biggest changes is that one of the most contentious parts of the original package has been removed and will be voted on in a separate proposition: $23.8 million for artificial turf to be put on district high school fields. view article arw

Conroe ISD trustee Dale Inman defended his critiques of Willis ISD for allowing a drag queen to teach a cosmetology class. On Oct. 18, a Willis High School cosmetology teacher hosted a drag queen who performs under the name Lynn Adonis-Deveaux to speak in front of the class. Community Impact Newspaper was unable to confirm Adonis-Deveaux’s legal name. view article arw

Teachers get sick too, and we all know who replaces them when they aren't able to make it to the classroom.. substitutes. Currently, Midland ISD needs a lot more of them. "School districts don't run if you don't have qualified substitutes," said Woodrow Bailey, Chief of Human Capital Management.  view article arw

The Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation has secured some new robots to help build a better workforce. According to a release, the advanced manufacturing robots will build a skilled human pipeline in advanced manufacturing. view article arw

Non-Texans may think of the Lone Star State as a paragon of both social and fiscal conservatism. But in the heart of its capital city, the Austin ISD school board unanimously approved a sexual education curriculum that, according to draft documents, answered questions about whether anal sex hurts, how activity such as that can be done “safely,” how to combat “homophobia,” or what can be done about feelings of gender dysphoria including surgery on minors (see some sample screenshots below). Some of the proposed standards would be taught as early as the third grade, which raised the ire of parents earlier this summer. view article arw

Katy ISD released official enrollment numbers for its high schools to the University Interscholastic League on Tuesday, the first sign that the 2020-2022 realignment for the state’s governing body of athletics is looming. When the next school year starts, for 2020-2021, Katy ISD will have nine high schools. Jordan High School opens in August 2020. view article arw

Melissa Funk has been teaching at Waters Elementary for six years. When she started teaching the fourth grade three years ago, she decided to allow her students to come up with a unique way to greet her in the mornings. “I tell them as soon as they join my classroom at the beginning of the year that they need to come up with the handshake and so it’s very personalized to them, and they get real excited,” said Funk, “Some of them are kind of apprehensive because they’re not sure what to kind up with but they get very excited and can’t wait to show me their handshake.” view article arw

The students and faculty at Needville ISD are inspiring us all this week! Here's why: view article arw

As Veterans Day approaches, Mesquite ISD is doing something to honor those in the community who have served the country. This Saturday, Mesquite ISD will honor veterans by serving them a free full traditional breakfast at Applebee’s in Mesquite. Veterans only need to show their military ID or driver’s license with veteran designation to get their free breakfast. view article arw

The Southside Independent School District sent a letter to parents Monday notifying them that a state-issued ID is no longer required to gain full access to its campuses. Superintendent Mark Eads said in the letter that school visitors can show any form of government-issued photo ID to gain entry to Southside campuses. view article arw

A year and a half ago, with support from the superintendent and the Trustees, the Dallas ISD’s Racial Equity Office was established to identify and remove obstacles to creating a level playing field for all students to succeed.  The department is already making a positive impact with an intentional, focused and measurable approach. During its first year, the office worked to identify inequities in the district, not only in student achievement but in student access to things such as technology, specialized programming, and well-maintained facilities. As it celebrates its first year and a half, the office has led the way in the implementation of three major initiatives that are reshaping the landscape of quality education for Dallas’ children. view article arw

Three weeks ago, the Bryan city council approved a Bryan school district request to limit public access during school days at city parks next to Branch and Bowen elementary schools. School board member Felicia Benford-Boxley reported at the last school board meeting that they told city officials during a joint meeting that they are still working on the guidelines. view article arw

To many youngsters, Halloween is one of the best times of the year. Who wants to worry about going to school the next day when you could be staying home eating candy? That seems to be the sentiment of many students in Round Rock ISD. According to Change.org, a petition to get their district to cancel the day after Halloween has gained more than 12,000 signatures. view article arw

Everything is different these days and biology class has changed too. Students at Rice Middle School have biology in a bottle. It's basically an aquarium at the bottom and a terrarium at the top. "At first, I thought the Bottle Biology would be easy, but it was hard," student Nami Adenle said. Everything has to be tracked, measured, charted and explained. view article arw

Before crossing the stage next year, Pine Tree senior Isabella Nix is hoping to bring more attention to an issue that impacts students across the school district: Poverty. "I recognized a need with certain Pine Tree students," said Nix. "If we can help, let's do it." It was a simple observation by Nix. She says she realized that not every student is as fortunate as the next one, and she decided to do something to help those in need.  view article arw

Education Austin doesn't want the Austin Independent School District to move forward with plans to close a dozen schools. The teacher and employee union held a rally and press conference at AISD headquarters Monday night and asked school board trustees to postpone the November 18 vote for a year. view article arw

The Keller ISD board of trustees approved an agreement with The University of Texas at Arlington to bring the Texas Work-Study Mentorship Program to high school students. The program is part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30TX plan, a strategy designed to help 60% of Texans ages 25-34 years old obtain certificates or degrees by 2030. view article arw

The students are taking the district's scientific calculators that students work hard with (and often break) and are cracking them open to try to get them running again. view article arw

Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men.  Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM), from Futures Without Violence, is the only evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills. view article arw

A new sex education curriculum is coming to schools in the Austin Independent School District despite a lot of opposition. The AISD board unanimously approved the new sex-ed curriculum early Tuesday morning just after midnight. The new curriculum will affect students in grades third through eighth. Each grade level has a different education plan and will include lessons about sexual orientation and gender identity. view article arw

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, so it’s only fitting that the Conroe Independent School District held a dyslexia information night on Oct. 24 to educate the community about the new program the district is using to assist students with dyslexia. This was not the first time a dyslexia information night was hosted by CISD, but it was the first time with the new program Reading By Design. Before the new program, CISD was using the Neuhaus Education Center program. view article arw

The Corpus Christi Independent School District hosted its 4th Annual Disability Awareness celebration today, October 26. The event was held at Veterans Memorial High School, and many agencies that serve children with disabilities were available on-site. Different schools from all over CCISD set up booths at this event and provided free informational materials for students with disabilities. view article arw

The impending departure of Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen is shaking the Legislature in many ways, as it should. When a powerful politician with a promising career is forced to step down because of ethical lapses, changes are in order. For the Republicans who control both chambers, one shift is overdue — renewed respect for the concept of “local control,” the ability of cities, counties and school districts to make their own decisions as much as possible. This shouldn’t be a reach for any Republican … because it was a cornerstone of their party just a few short years ago. But in recent sessions, some Republicans have been trying (and sometimes succeeding) to take more and more power from local government — often because those entities were controlled by Democrats. view article arw

Two teachers from Frenship and Levelland are being recognized in Austin today as Texas Teachers of the Year. Sara Simpson from Oak Ridge Elementary, Frenship ISD was selected as Region 17 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Cathrine McMahan from Levelland Middle School, Levelland ISD was selected as Region 17 Secondary Teacher of the Year. view article arw

Big congratulations are in order for one of Ysleta Independent School District's teachers. Michelle Sandoval was named the 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year on Friday. Sandoval, an eighth grade teacher at Parkland Middle School, was named Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators at a special ceremony and luncheon in Austin, Texas. It's the states highest honor for middle and high school teachers view article arw

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named Weatherford ISD Crockett Elementary third-grade teacher Karen Sams as 2020 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In addition, Michelle Sandoval, an eighth-grade math teacher from Ysleta ISD, was named the 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Sams was chosen to represent the state as Texas Teacher of the Year in the National Teacher of the Year competition. view article arw

October is Principal Appreciation Month, and Superintendent Stacey Brister recognized Little Cypress-Mauriceville principals during the October Board meeting. Superintendent Stacy Brister, left, Little Cypress Intermediate Principal Michael Ridout, Little Cypress Junior High Principal Jason Yeaman, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Ryan DuBose, Mauriceville Middle Principal Kim Cox, Mauriceville Elementary Principal Carie Broussard, and Little Cypress Elementary Principal Kayla Casey. view article arw

Conceptual designs for high school improvements, significant savings for taxpayers and much more were presented during Tuesday’s Denton school board meeting. Perhaps the most visually impressive section of the evening included the renderings of future renovations at Guyer and Ryan high schools. Most renovations and additions will be toward athletic facilities in an effort to bring them up to the level of the new Denton High School, which is currently under construction. view article arw