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TISD NAMES ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Independent School District has named Tara Droske as Elementary Teacher of the Year and Robin Hilton as Secondary Teacher of the Year.  Both have moved forward for consideration as Region VIII Teacher of the Year. Droske, who has 12 years in education, serves as a Kindergarten Teacher at Morriss Elementary School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  Droske carries certifications in Generalist EC-4, English as a Second Language and as a Master Math Teacher. 

She completed the TISD Leadership Academy program and has served as a Teacher Mentor, Academic Team Lead for Campus Lighthouse Team, Teacher Retention Committee and Campus Quality Improvement Committee for Morriss Elementary. Droske believes that a strong teacher is constantly learning, changing, growing, collaborating, engaging their students, building relationships and growing leaders.  She is a lifelong learner and is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with others. Robin Hilton, TISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, is an 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Texas Middle School who has been in the field of education for 29 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in History from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an English emphasis from Henderson State University and a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  Hilton holds certifications in Arkansas for Middle School English, Middle School Social Studies and Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6.  In Texas, her certifications include Social Studies Grades 1-8, Elementary Self-Contained Grades 1-8 and Social Studies Grades 8-12. She has been a Mentor Teacher for TISD and Texas Middle School (TMS), served on the Campus Quality Improvement Committee for TMS and on the District Quality Improvement Committee for TISD. Hilton is a Grade Level Team Leader for TMS and a Student Teacher Mentor for Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

She has dedicated her life to teaching and fostering the love of lifelong learning in her students.  Hilton’s teaching style is to teach the child, not the subject, in an effort to make classroom learning fun and personal. Continue Reading →

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FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE TO CHILDREN AND TEENS, AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

Texarkana, TX – When the school year ends, summer meals begin. 

Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow and thrive – even when school is out.  With the Summer Food Service Program provided by Texarkana Independent School District Child Nutrition Department, children and teens ages 18 and younger can continue to eat healthy throughout the summer at no cost, just by showing up at a participating meal site. Texarkana locations, dates and times are as follows:

Highland Park Elementary – 401 West 25th Street:  Now – July 2 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.;

Westlawn Elementary – 410 Westlawn Drive: June 7 – June 25 (Monday thru Friday). Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.;

Texas Middle School – 2100 College Drive:  June 7 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Site closed July 5-9.;

Theron Jones Early Literacy Center – 2600 West 15th Street:  June 7 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Site closed July 5-9;

Town North Apartments – 4624 Elizabeth Street: June 7 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday). Breakfast 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:30 –Noon.  Site closed July 5-9;

Pecan Ridge at Rosehill – 2210 West 15th Street:  June 7 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. & Lunch 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Site closed July 5-9.;

The Oaks at Rosehill – 2100 West 12th Street: June 7 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday). Breakfast 8:30 -9:00 a.m. & Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.. Site closed July 5-9.;

Spring Lake Park Elementary – 4324 Ghio Fish Boulevard: June 7 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday). Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Site closed July 5-9;

Wake Village Elementary – 400 Wildcat Drive:  June 7 – July 30 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Site closed July 5-9;

OPTIONS Academic Alternative High School – Corner of Tucker & Johnson Streets on the Texarkana College campus:  June 14 – July 15 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. & Lunch 11:00 a.m. – Noon.  Site closed July 5-9;

Southwest Center – 3222 West 7th Street:  June 21 – July 23 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. & Lunch Noon – 12:30 p.m.  Site closed July 5-9;

Texas High School – 4001 Summerhill Road:  June 21 – July 29 (Monday thru Friday).  Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. & Lunch 11:00 a.m. – Noon.  Site closed July 5-9;

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JOSTENS CHOOSES ELEVEN THS STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS AS NATIONAL CONTEST WINNERS; ONE NAMED GRAND CHAMPION

Left to RightPeyton Sims, Abby Elliott, Caden Rainwater, Brooke Knight

Texarkana, TX – Winners of the nationally acclaimed Jostens 2021 Photo Contest were announced and eleven of the 91 selected photos were those of Texas High School Commercial Photography students, including one that was named Grand Champion. The annual competition, co-sponsored by Jostens and Wolfe’s Camera, celebrates the creative and innovative talents of student photographers from schools across the country.  The competition empowers students to positively capture their school experiences and share the stories of their entire school communities through photography. 

Thousands of student photographers from across the country submitted entries.  Photo contest submissions were judged by a panel of four judges consisting of professional photographers and photography instructors.  The judges focused on storytelling, quality, showstoppers, originality and thoughtfulness. Nine categories were featured in this year’s contest:  Academics & Community Service; Graduation; Landscape; Photo Illustration & Manipulation; Portrait; Sports:  Athletes in Action; Sports:  Sidelines & School Spirit; Student Life & Traditions and Yearbookers in Action. National winners were: 

Abby Elliott – Grand Champion.  Receives $1,000 and a Nikon SLR Camera.  Abby also won Third Place in Sports Action, two Honorable Mentions in Sports Action and one Honorable Mention in Student Life;

Peyton Sims – First Place Photo in Portrait and in Student Life. Receives $500 for each First Place along with photography accessories;

Caden Rainwater – First Place in Sidelines and School Spirit.  Also two Honorable Mentions in Academics and Student Life.  Receives $500 for First Place award;

Brooke Knight – Fourth Place in Academics. Award-winning photos will be showcased on the Jostens Look Book which serves as a mode of inspiration for yearbook staffs across the country –

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE STUDENTS RECEIVE TOP AWARDS DURING REGIONAL UIL OAP

(Left to Right)Maddie Frost, Jeremy Creek, Braylen Garren

Texarkana, TX – During the recent Regional UIL One-Act Play competition held on April 14 in Frisco, TX, three Texas High School students were honored with individual awards. Maddie Frost was named as an All-Star Cast Member. Jeremy Creek received Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and Braylen Garren was named Outstanding Tech. Continue Reading →

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Liberty-Eylau High Students Win $1500 in TxDOT PSA Contest

Texarkana, TX: Liberty-Eylau High School students show off the $1500 check they received for placing second in the TxDOT Traffic Safety Public Service Announcement competition held in March. The students created a video about the hazards of distracted driving and competed against 12 other schools from the TxDOT Atlanta District which covers a nine-county area of Northeast Texas. The funds will go towards this year’s Project Celebration at the school. Pictured students, Michael Huddleston, Kiahryn Stewart, Ranard Warren, Crystal Leiva (English teacher), Kaylee Doss, Mykaela Walthall and Taliyah Fields . Continue Reading →

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TEXAS MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND BRING HOME FIRST DIVISION RATINGS & SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY

Texarkana, TX – The Texas Middle School Symphonic Band received  First Division Ratings, from all six judges, in both Concert and Sight-Reading during the recent UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest held in New Boston, TX. With this success, the band was awarded the prestigious Sweepstakes Trophy. Members of the band are:  Sebastian Aguilar, Zaiden Arnold, Cashay Austin, Acelyn Barefield, Samuel Baumgardner, Madison Beaird, Xavier Briggs, Ivan Calixtro, Asia Camble, Antonio Chavez, Eric Dominguez, Sophia Escobar, Ryan Fuller, Riley Gamble, Justin Gentry, Zayne Givens, Abigail Gold, Kevin Golden, Jazmin Gonzalez, Miyanna Grady, Shuntairra Grundy, Marshall Hackworth, Kylie Hanning, Angel Hatley, Daniel Hawley, Kason Henderson, Emely Hernandez, Itzel Hernandez, Caden Horne, Francisco Jinez, Trace Johnson, Graham Jones, Caleb Lauterbach, Miriam Martinez, Ryker Meadows, Jack Mills, Aidyn Morris, Lessly Moya, Deshaun Norful, Caleb Oswald, Tulsi Patel, Brooke Pearce, Hayden Phelps, Alyssa Reed, Ashlynn          Shuman, Maria Silvacruz, Hayden Simon, Frandavion Smith, Kristen Smith, Davin Standridge, Sydney Swift, Ryan Taylor, Peyton Tullos, Hayden Tyree, Kameron Valerio, Cassie Waddell, Haley Waddell, Dominique Ware, Austin Williams, Cayden Williams, Lela Williams.

The TMS Band is under the direction of Kevin Sutton.  Assistant Band Directors include:  Dillon Davis, Kayla Ogden, Dominique Phillips and Paul Stivitts. Continue Reading →

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MORRISS ELEMENTARY ROBOTICS TEAMS MAKE A COMMOTION DURING TCEA VIRTUAL ROBOTICS CONTEST

Texarkana, TX – During the recent Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Virtual Robotics Contest, teams from the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School had an opportunity to spark their creativity and outside of the box thinking. Students became creators, videographers, and promoters while still using the Engineering Design Process as they worked through the competition experience for Whirl-bots Motion Commotion. (Team pictures below)

Participants designed, built and coded their own unique whirling mechanism powered by a robot, recorded all the action, uploaded their video to the TCEA virtual platform and then promoted their video to get people to vote. Winning Teams were:

*Team Tiger Sharks – Most Votes Award – Olivia Catamin, Haatib Fayyaz, Maddox Gomez & Lizzy LaGrone;

*Team Tornado – Great Teamwork Award – Rylie Bixler, Garrett Fite, Micah Hammonds & Carley Whatley;

*Team Twirl – Enthusiastic Award – Mary Ellen Andrus, Tyllie Cain, Cash Durham & Dawson Shaw.             Other participating teams were:

*Team Dynamite – Caroline Andrus, Jacob Killian, Tobias Paez & Charlie Pitman;

*Team Ocean Breeze – Kate Keller, Gabriel Mills-Hardy, Jeremiah Pitts & Zoey Wilson;

*Team Thunderstruck Machines – Tim Bickham, Natalie Debenport, Josh Powell & Sage Stussy. TCEA is dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the use of technology. It has played a vital role in increasing technology funding and access for Pre-K-16 schools for nearly 40 years and supports educators in the field who are enhancing curriculum with digital tools. Continue Reading →

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NASC NATIONAL GOLD COUNCIL OF EXCELLENCE AWARDED TO TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL

ONLY TWO IN TEXAS TO SHARE HONOR

Texarkana, TX – For the thirteenth consecutive year, the Texas High School Student Council has earned the National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). Out of an estimated 9,000 member councils, only 242 in the country were recognized with the highly-esteemed award given for exemplary record of leadership, service and activities which improve school and community.  In the state of Texas, only 33 high school councils were honored.  Most importantly, Texas High School is only one of two councils in Texas to receive this award for 13 consecutive years. “Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Nara Lee, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of Student Leadership.  “NatStuCo applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Councils awarded the gold level of the award have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS TIGERS TEDDY BEAR & BLANKET DRIVE APRIL 5 – 30

Texarkana, TX – To bring awareness to April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, all TISD Elementary School campuses will be accepting donations of Teddy Bears and Small Children’s Blankets from April 5 – 30. Items collected will be donated to area Child Protective Services and Police Departments. As part of our efforts, Allie Graves, Miss Texas Outstanding Teen and 2020 Graduate of Texas High School, recorded a special message that was played out to elementary classrooms this morning.  To view, visit:

For more information, contact:  Sherry Nelson at 903.793.7561 ext. 1305 or sherry.nelson@txkisd.net. Continue Reading →

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TIGER THEATRE COMPANY REGIONAL BOUND FOR ONE-ACT PLAY PERFORMANCE

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School’s Tiger Theatre Company’s Performance of Silent Sky was selected as one of two schools to advance to the Regional UIL One-Act Play to be held on April 14, 2021 in Prosper, Texas.  Thirty-two schools will compete in each division, 1A – 6A, at the Regional level. Additional awards received during the UIL One-Act Play Bi-District competition were: Jeremy Creek and Maddie Frost for All-Star Cast; Lia Graham as Honorable Mention All-Star Cast; Salem Karr for Outstanding Tech. Front Row: Stephanie Jumper, Cate Rounds, Beth Dietze, Maddie Frost, Anabeth Icenhower, Lia Graham, Riley WhiteCenter Row: Gabbie Boswell, Savannah Hallenbeck, Braylen Garren, Sydney Watts, Tyler Unger, Mary Warren, Carly Hickerson, Bonnie Flieder (Assistant Director)Back Row: Melissa Newton (Director), Salem Karr, Jane Kate Mitchell, Zane Johnston, Mason Smallwood, Doug Kyles, Jeremy Creek, Austin Barwick Trent Hanna (Technical Director)
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