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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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LARGE TEAM NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION TITLE AND MORE AWARDED TO TEXAS HIGHSTEPPERS

Front Row: Amber Reynolds (Director), Lily Sewell, Olivia George, Endsley Norman, Mary Claire Wright, Evelyn Patterson, Helen Clark Hays, Briannah Hall, Hannah Williams (Assistant Director)Second Row: Leila Kinney, Mallory Hackworth, Malley Wallace, Madison Kennemore, Tatum Haugh, Morgan Williams, Savannah LeeksBack Row: Melissa Singleton, Liberty Maldonado-Cowan, Ella Graham, Hollan Palmore, Rylee McDuffie, Lydia Horton, Kalea Edmonds, Shelby Ross, Reese Langdon, Ava Simpson, Emma Giddings, Kamryn Jean, Lauren Roberson, Lizzie Debenport

Texarkana, TX – The Texas HighSteppers of Texas High School earned the Large Team National Grand Champion Title during the Danceline USA National Championship Competition in San Antonio, TX.  The team also received the Platinum Sweepstakes (for 95 average from each judge on each dance), First Place Best in Category for Novelty & Military Routines, Second Place Best in Category for Kick & Pom Routines and Third Place Overall Team. The HighStepper Officers brought home the Platinum Sweepstakes Award (for 95 average and higher on all dance routines) and First Place Best in Category for Jazz, Lyrical and Modern routines.  Officers were also named National Grand Champions for Large Team and received First Place Overall in Office Group category. Individual Awards included:  Olivia George – First Place Turn Technique, Second Place Solo and Solo Finalist; Shelby Ross – First Place Solo (Grade 9/10) and Third Place Kick Technique; Hollan Palmore – Second Place Solo (Grade 9/10) and Third Place Turn Technique; Helen Clark Hayes – Fifth Place Solo and Solo Finalist (Grade 11/12); Kalea Edmonds – Solo Finalist (Grade 11/12). Continue Reading →

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TISD PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION SET FOR APRIL 1-30

Texarkana, TX – Pre-K and Kindergarten students can discover who they can be at TISD by getting enrolled in the 2021-22 school year during the registration period of April 1 – 30. On Thursday, April 1, enrollment application forms GO LIVE online at www.txkisd.net.  At the same time, application packets can be picked-up from any TISD elementary campus location or the TISD Central Office at 4241 Summerhill Road. There will be an Application Packet Drive-Thru Pick-Up & Drop-Off Day on Monday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Location will be at TISD Central Office, 4241 Summerhilll Road. Registration Packets are requested to be turned in by Friday, April 30.  All packets received by this date will also receive a FREE Tiger T-Shirt for their student. Registering students must be four years of age (Pre-k) or five years of age (Kinder) by September 1, 2021 and live within the TISD Attendance Zone.  Transfer students and three year olds will be accepted on a space available basis. Continue Reading →

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TISD AWARDED GRANT FROM T.L.L. TEMPLE FOUNDATION TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES DUE TO COVID-19

Texarkana, TX – With a pandemic that has forced school districts into extended shutdowns and interrupted instructional routines, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation has found a way to address these challenges across rural East Texas by awarding 12 school districts grants totaling $377,000 to accelerate learning recovery in reading and math. “Pandemic related learning losses threaten our students’ academic and career paths and make it impossible for our East Texas communities to recover and thrive moving forward,” said T.L.L. Temple Foundation President & CEO Dr. Wynn Rosser. “Educational inequities existed before COVID-19, and, unfortunately, the most vulnerable students are bearing the heaviest burdens.”

From 34 applications, 12 school district finalists were selected.  The selected school districts reflect the diversity of K-12 education across T.L. L. Temple Foundation’s rural East Texas service area:

Selected school districts span the southeast Texas-Louisiana coastal border to the northeast Texas-Arkansas borderThe smallest participating school district serves less than 200 total students and the largest serves more than 7,000 total studentsAccelerated learning programs focus on varied grade levels, from early elementary to high school, and incorporate unique approaches, from intensive summer sessions to targeted interventions across the school year. Texarkana ISD received a grant of $30,000 that will be used to develop a 3-week summer experience in July.  The target audience will include up to 80 students and focus on English language learners and economically disadvantaged students who are currently in eighth grade going into high school for the 2021-22 academic school year. “The dynamic for our program will be the pairing of an eighth grade English teacher with a high school English teacher and an eighth grade math teacher with a high school Algebra I teacher,” said Holly Tucker, Chief Academic Officer for TISD. “The uniqueness is that we are embedding connected learning in an effort to make it relevant to the student’s interest and have real-world application.”

What educational leaders develop and achieve in East Texas, through these grants, will be shared as a guiding model for rural communities everywhere that are trying to address COVID-19 learning losses. Continue Reading →

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THS ORCHESTRA STUDENTS EARN SUPERIOR RATINGS AT UIL SOLO & ENSEMBLE; ONE HEADED TO STATE COMPETITION

Texarkana, TX – Superior Ratings for performances were given to Texas High School Sophomore Orchestra students, Teagan Jones and Marchaz Pruitt during the Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest in Longview, Texas on March 6. Jones performed a Level 1 Violin Solo for memory and also qualified for the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest. Pruitt performed a Level 1 Cello Solo. Both students are instructed by Steve Bennett, TISD Orchestra Director and THS Assistant Band Director. Continue Reading →

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SUPERIOR RATINGS EARNED BY TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL ART STUDENTS DURING REGIONAL VIRTUAL VASE COMPETITION

Front Row: Amelia Stansbury, Julia Ryden, Aislyn Echols, Juliett Gonzales, Reece Parkes, Payton SmithBack Row: Anna “Gracie” Yates, Zoe Rushing, Emma Tucker, Teagan Jones, Astrid Vilalobos, Teacher Taya ShermanNot Pictured: Chloe Alzaga, Britney Ankton, Allyson Collins, Montrell Denmark, Joseph Derrick, Valeria Escalera, Jayla Estell, Marcos Garcia, Hope McDonald, Hannah McElhiney, Peyton Sims, Teachers: Katie DeWolfe, Tyson Feemster, Shea Phillips

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School art students garnered 25 Superior Ratings during the Region VIII Virtual Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) held in late February. Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, VASE provides the opportunity for students to bring artworks created in their art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standards-based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork.  The jurors look for originality of concept, technical expertise and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent. 

Jurors evaluate the student artwork using the following standard:  Rating 4 Superior; Rating 3 Excellent; Rating 2 Average and Rating 1 Below Average.  Students compete on four different experience levels depending on the credits in art that the student has received at the time of the regional event. Receiving Superior Ratings were:  Chloe Alzaga, Britney Ankton, Allyson Collins, Montrell Denmark, Joseph Derrick, Aislyn Echols, Valeria Escalera, Jayla Estell, Marcos Garcia, Juliett Gonzales, Teagan Jones,   Hannah McElhiney, Hope McDonald, Reece Parkes, Zoe Rushing, Julia Ryden, Peyton Sims, Payton Smith, Amelia Stansbury, Emma Tucker, Astrid Vilalobos, Anna “Gracie” Yates

Art teachers are:  Tyson Feemster, Shea Phillips and Teya Sherman, Katie DeWolfe. Continue Reading →

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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENT TEAM WINS SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY AT ATPI CONFERENCE

Left to Right: Logan Diggs, EmmaGrace Kuhl, Abby Bunch, Sydney Rowe, Braylen Garren, Brooke Knight, Peyton Sims, Abby Elliott, Bethany Arnold, Caden RainwaterNot Pictured: Michelle Gonzalez, Teresa Sanchez, Angela Olalde, Assad Malik

Texarkana, TX – Texas High School Commercial Photography students participated in the Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) 2021 Virtual Winter Conference on February 26-27, 2021.  Students produced individual contest entries as well as competed as teams in various photography competitions. The THS Commercial Photography Student Team took the overall competition by earning the ATPIWC21 Sweepstakes Trophy for scoring the highest number of award points. Individual contest results were:

Abby Elliott – First Place Social Media Contest Food; Second Place Advanced Art Portfolio; Honorable Mention Social Media Contest Animal;

Braylen Garren – Third Place Social Media Contest Animal; Honorable Mention Exposure Hands-On Workshop; Honorable Mention Social Media Contest Cold;

Michelle Gonzalez – Honorable Mention Social Media Contest Animal;

Brooke Knight – Third Place People’s Choice Award; Honorable Mention Cropped Competition;

Assad Malik – Superior Video Hands-On Workshop; First Place Social Media Contest Cold;

Jonathan Naples – First Place Advanced Photojournalism Portfolio

Angela Olalde – Superior Composition Hands-On Workshop; Excellent Cellphone Landscape/Cityscape; Honorable Mention Portrait Posing; Honorable Mention Two Light Sources;

Caden Rainwater – Honorable Mention Social Media Contest Cold; Honorable Mention Social

Media Contest Food

Sydney Rowe – Second Place Social Media Contest Light;

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Peyton Sims – Superior Cellphone Landscape/Cityscape; Superior Lighting Track Two Hands-On Workshop; Superior Portrait One Light Source; Superior Portrait Posing; Superior Two Light Sources; Excellent Composition Hands-On Workshop; Excellent Exposure Hands-On Workshop; First Place Advanced Art Portfolio; First Place Social Media Contest Animal; Second Place Social Media Contest Food; Third Place Social Media Contest Cold; Third Place Social Media Contest Pattern; Honorable Mention Depth of Field Hands-On Workshop; Honorable Mention Picture Package. Continue Reading →

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