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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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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;

For more information, contact:  903.792.2231 ext. Continue Reading →

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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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