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Texas High School Student Newspaper Wins Pacemaker Award

Texarkana, TX – The Texas High School student newspaper was among 29 scholastic publications to receive the National Scholastic Press Association’s prestigious Pacemaker award. The 2021 winners were announced virtually during the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, presented virtually Nov. 13, 2021. In October, 66 newspapers, newsmagazines and specialty magazines were named Pacemaker finalists. The finalists represented 18 states and the District of Columbia as well as the United Kingdom. Continue Reading →

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TISD To Host Community Summit: Stakeholders Encouraged to Attend

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District is asking parents, students, staff and the community to join them for a Community Summit on Thursday, October 21.  The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 3941 Summerhill Road. “As part of our Strategic Planning process, it’s now time to embark on an endeavor towards IMAGINE 2026 in an effort to evaluate TISD’s current strengths and challenges in meeting the 21st-century needs of our students,” said Dr. Doug Brubaker, TISD Superintendent of Schools. “Strategic planning is an ongoing integrated process in high performing organizations. Over the course of the next several months, TISD will implement a strategic planning process,” Brubaker continued.  “Through visioning, developing a mission, examining core values, setting achievable goals and yes, imagining, TISD can move toward attainment of more advanced instructional programming and facilities.”

TISD has hired Cambridge Strategic Services, Dr. Kevin Castner and Dr. Wayne Harris, as consultants to provide critical support for the development of the strategic planning process. Cambridge Strategic Services will provide feedback and monitoring support during the first year of the strategic planning process deployment. Continue Reading →

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Texas Middle School and Texas High School Orchestra Students Earn Placement in Regional Orchestra

(left to right):Teagan Jones, Helen Chen, Peyton Curtis, Yufan Zhang, Sienna Hart, Amy Salinas, Elizabeth Sharp, Ashlee Salinas, Jasiel Guzman

Texarkana, TX – Several Texas Middle School and Texas High School Orchestra students have earned placement in the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Orchestra during auditions held on October 9. Selected Texas Middle School students included:  Sienna Hart (7th Grade) – 2nd Chair Cello; Amy Salinas (7th Grade) – 2nd Chair Viola; Jasiel Guzman (8th Grade) – 24th Chair Violin; Ashlee Salinas (8th Grade) – 5th Chair Cello; Elizabeth Sharp (8th Grade) – Principal 1st Chair 2nd Violin; Yufan Zhang (8th Grade) – Principal 1st Chair Viola. Texas High School students were:  Helen Chen (11th Grade) – Violin; Peyton Curtis (11th Grade) – Violin; Teagan Jones (11th Grade) – Violin. These students, along with other top orchestra players in northeast Texas, will perform in an All-Region concert on Saturday, December 4 in Tyler, TX. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NAMED COMMENDED STUDENT IN 2021 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School 2022 senior, Doug Kyles, has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Kyles is the son of Amy and Lance Kyles. Continue Reading →

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EVAN LIKINS, TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST

Texarkana, TX – Evan Likins, Texas High School Senior, has been named a Semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. An estimated 16,000 students were chosen for this honor based upon high school academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received and highest scoring in the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Likins will now move forward to the Finalist selection to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. As a four-year varsity member of the THS TigerSharks, Likins has been named twice to the All-State selection, was a member of the 4 x 100 Free Relay Team who broke the school record at the State Swim Meet in February 2021 and is a four-year AAU Junior Olympic Swim Qualifier and Medalist. He is also a four-year varsity member for Cross Country and Track, where he was named a Regional Qualifier in 2021. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Police Provide School Safety

As summer comes to and end and school gets ready to begin, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department wants to remind motorist School Zones will be in effect. Texarkana Arkansas Schools start on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be working random school zones to help keep you and your family safe as they head to school. Traffic fines are doubled in school zones and officers will be conducting traffic enforcement within these school zones with zero tolerance. Special emphasis will be placed on speeding violations, use of cell phones as well as careless driving and improper passing. These are a few reminders regarding school safety:

It is illegal to pass a school bus from any direction while the busses’ red lights are flashing.Put your cell phone down!!! Continue Reading →

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IMPORTANT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DATES FOR TISD PARENTS & STUDENTS

Texarkana, TX – Important back-to-school dates for Texarkana Independent School District parents and students have been announced. Texas High School Freshman Orientation, known as Tiger Camp, will be held on Tuesday, August 3 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center & John Thomas Theatre, 3941 Summerhill Road.  Student registration will be from 5:15-6:00 p.m.  During Tiger Camp, Freshmen students will enjoy the opportunity to meet with THS Faculty and Academic Advisors, get ID cards, tour the campus, get information on bus passes, lunch forms and learn about the many THS organizations and departments.  Tiger Camp will end with fun for all – a THS Pep Rally. 

For parents of THS Freshmen, a Parent Orientation will be held on the same day from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the John Thomas Theatre. Nash Elementary School (100 Burton) will hold their Pre-K & Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, August 5.  Parents/Guardians can select which session to choose – 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.  The event will give parents and students the opportunity to meet with school faculty, learn more about the school and the curriculum and tour the campus. Waggoner Creek Elementary (6335 Gibson Lane) will also host their Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, August 5.  Orientation will be from     5:30-6:00 p.m. with classroom visits and campus tours from 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Texas Middle School will hold a 6th Grade Academy Orientation and Schedule Pick-Up on Thursday, August 5. Students enrolled in the STEM Academy will have their orientation from 5:00-6:15 p.m.  Those students enrolled in the IDEAs Academy will have their orientation from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  All orientations will be held in the Texas Middle School Gym, 2100 College Drive. Continue Reading →

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TISD RECEIVES $1.7 MILLION GRANT FOR THE CREATION OF COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District has been awarded a $1.7 million grant for the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.  Grants were awarded to 46 school districts from 164 applications submitted. The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, funded through Texas Education Agency, is a one-year grant which works toward helping students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other education services to the families of participating children. “This grant enables TISD to connect more deeply with our community and provide our students with opportunities for academic support and enrichment,” said Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent of Schools. Selected participant schools will be: Highland Park Elementary, Nash Elementary, Spring Lake Park Elementary, Texas Middle School, Theron Jones Early Literacy Center and Westlawn Elementary. “The TISD After-School Centers on Education, developed for the 2021-22 school year, will become the perfect complement to the regular school day in TISD,” said Holly Tucker, Chief Academic Officer.  “All curricula, content and activities will be designed to reflect, enhance and coordinate with the school day.  All activities will be intentionally selected to address the needs identified from assessments and campus improvement plans.”

Coding, boot camps, robotics, architecture design, scientific explanation and culinary arts are examples of enrichment activities that will be offered.  “Our program will be well-suited to embody and drive learning – engaging our students by focusing on their interests, fostering an environment where they can take part in hands-on activities and providing opportunity to connect with others who share their interests and passions,” continued Tucker. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA DEPARTMENT ONLY SCHOOL TO RECEIVE THREE GOLD STARS

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School’s student-produced yearbook, print newspaper and online newspaper were honored with top state awards by the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC). The Tiger yearbook was one of four in Texas to receive a Gold Star, while the Tiger Times Online Newspaper was one of five in the state to win a Gold Star and the Tiger Times print newspaper was one of six to be awarded the Gold Star.  Texas High School was the only school in Texas to receive three Gold Stars for outstanding achievement in student newspapers and yearbooks. Eight student staff members had their work earn Tops in Texas by ILPC.  To win a Tops in Texas award, a student journalist, or group of student journalists, must first win a First Place award in their respective UIL classification.  Then, their work must win First Place within a competition of other first place winners in the UIL classification.  Texas High School students receiving Tops in Texas are:

Meredith Green, Kayla Teague & Haley Wood – Theme Selection;

Stephanie Jumper & Peyton Sims -Photo Story;

Caden Rainwater – Sports Column, Online Sport Feature Photo;

Aislyn Echols – Editorial Page Design;

Peyton Sims – Online Portrait. Additionally, 34 students earned a total of 93 individual achievement awards for their efforts in yearbook, newspaper and online newspaper which represent some of the state’s and nation’s finest scholastic journalism.  They are: 

Bethany Arnold:  Honorable Mention Sports Action Photo;

Carrigan Brush:  Third Place Sports Spread;

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Will Carter: First Place Clubs/Organizations Spread; Second Place Clubs/Organizations Feature Story;

Cayli Clack: Second Place Feature Spread; Second Place Student Life Spread; Honorable Mention Captions;

Ellison Davis: Third Place Sports Spread;

Logan Diggs: Honorable Mention Feature Writing; Honorable Mention Video Story;

Aislyn Echols: First Place Editorial Page Design; Second Place Editorial Page Design; Second Place Personal Opinion Column; Honorable Mention Editorial Writing; Honorable Mention Online Editorial Writing;

Abby Elliott: Second Place Photo Portfolio; Second Place Photo Slideshow; Honorable Mention Online General News Photo;

Meredith Green: First Place Theme Selection;

Graci Henard: Second Place Online Editorial Writing; Second Place Online Sports Column;

Reagan Hickerson: Honorable Mention Personality Profile;

Olivia Huckabee: Honorable Mention Sports Feature Story;

Raven Ivory: Third Place Index Spread;

Stephanie Jumper: First Place Feature Page Design, First Place Photo Story; Second Place In-Depth News/Feature Package; Second Place News Feature; Second Place Online Feature Writing; Honorable Mention Personal Column; Honorable Mention Online Personal Column; Honorable Mention Online Personal Opinion Column;

Doug Kyles: Third Place News Feature; Third Place News Page Design; Honorable Mention Online Sports News Story;

EmmaGrace Kuhl: Third Place Online Sports Feature Photo;

Reese Langdon: First Place Infographic/Sidebar;

Assad Malik: Third Place Video Story; Honorable Mention Multimedia Package; Honorable Mention Video Story;

Macy Maynard: First Place Online News Feature;

Braden McKinnon: First Place Sports Page Design; Third Place Sports New Story;

Margaret Mutoke: First Place Personal Column;

Endsley Norman: Third Place Sports Spread;

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Katey Pappas: First Place Infographic/Sidebar;

Evelyn Patterson: First Place Club/Organization Spread;

Caden Rainwater: First Place Feature Photo; First Place Sports Column; First Place Sports Feature Photo; Second Place Page One News Magazine Design; Second Place Online Photo Portfolio; Second Place Portrait; Second Place Sports Action Photo; Third Place Online Portrait; Third Place Sports Feature Photo; Honorable Mention Multimedia Package;

Alex Reed: Second Place Academic Feature Story; Honorable Mention Student Life Feature Story;

Cate Rounds: Second Place In-Depth News/Feature Package; Third Place News Writing; Honorable Mention Online Sports News Story;

Zoe Rushing: Second Place Online Feature Writing;

Lily Sewell: Third Place Index Spread; Honorable Mention Personality Profile;

Peyton Sims: First Place General News Photo; First Place In-Depth News/Feature Package; First Place Online Portrait; First Place Photo Story; First Place Portrait; Second Place In-Depth News/Feature Package; Second Place Page One News Magazine Design; Second Place Photo Slideshow; Third Place Club/Organization Photo; Third Place Online Feature Photo; Third Place Photo Story; Third Place Video Story; Honorable Mention Multi-Media Package (2);  Honorable Mention Online News Feature; Honorable Mention Online Photo Portfolio; 

Allyson Smith: Second Place Online Computer Art; Second Place Online Student Artwork; Third Place Feature Photo; Third Place Online Student Artwork; Third Place Student Art; Honorable Mention Online Computer Art; Honorable Mention Student Art;

Kayla Teague: First Place Theme Selection;

Haley Wood: First Place Theme Selection;

Mary Claire Wright: Second Place Academic Spread;

Full Staff: Second Place Ad Design; Second Place Yearbook Headlines. Continue Reading →

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TISD OFFERING A SUMMER JUMP START FOR KINDERGARTEN TO SECOND GRADE STUDENTS

Texarkana, TX – TISD is reaching out to parents/guardians of students, incoming Kindergarten to Second Grade, for their Jump Start Camp slated for July 12-30. Launching for the first time this summer, Jump Start Camp allows students to have fun and get ahead during an in-person academic and enrichment 12-day program.  Transportation to and from the camp will also be provided. “We are thrilled to offer this jump start for our incoming K-2 students to accelerate their academic progress moving into the 2021-22 school year,” said Jennell Ingram, Summer Program Coordinator for TISD.  “It is important for our students to receive targeted, focused instruction that will address any potential learning loss as a result of COVID.”

“Outside of the academics, a few of the fun and engaging opportunities for students during Jump Start Camp will include miniature golf, culinary arts, creating musical instruments, puppetry, art projects and team sports,” shared Kristi Lewis, Jump Start Coordinator. For more information, contact:  Jennell Ingram at 903.793.7561 ext. 1306 or jennell.ingram@txkisd.net.  Registration is also available online at www.txkisd.net. Continue Reading →

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