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Shelbyville Spring Band Concert/Spaghetti Dinner


 

 

The Shelbyville Dragon band will have their spring concert on Monday, May 20 @ 6:00 pm in the

Shelbyville spring band concert will be in the Shelbyville Gym.


The band boosters will be selling Spaghetti dinners, plate includes spaghetti (chicken or regular) and a dessert & drink. Serving will begin @ 5:00 pm . Plates are $10 each. 


Thank you for your support of the Dragon Band!

 

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting Minutes


 

 

 

 

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Excelsior 8th grade graduates


 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Row Left to Right:  Dane Walker, Breia Lout, Jada Jacobs, Dean Walker
Back Row Left to Right:  Maylin Ivey, Jamie Stotts, Rylan Chandler

 

 

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SFA Regents to meet


 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University will convene a special called meeting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 18, in the Austin Building, Room 307. 

 

CALL TO ORDER IN OPEN SESSION

 

Presentation and Board Action on Agenda Items:

1. Basketball Practice Facility Construction Initial Gross Maximum Price

2. Curriculum Changes for Fall 2019

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The board will move to executive session.

 

The meeting is expected to adjourn at approximately 8:30 a.m.

 

 

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Excelsior PTO Meeting Results


 

 

The Excelsior PTO met in the library on May 7, 2019, for its end of the year meeting. Brag tag trips, scholarships, and graduation were on the agenda.


The Election of officers for the 2019-2010 year was also held.


The following people were chosen as officers:

 

President - Gabby West

1st Vice President - Barbara Scates

2nd Vice President - Alice Howard

Secretary - Candyce Wagnon

Treasurer - Leslie Schulz


The Excelsior PTO meets once a month during the school year. All family members are encouraged to attend their meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TxDOT-Lufkin Project Celebration contest


 


Shelbyville High School students recently participated in the TxDOT-Lufkin Project Celebration contest. Annually, Texas Department of Transportation awards mini-grants to help sponsor Project Celebration lock-in or all night events. The funds can be used for post-graduation activities that focus on alcohol and drug free fun.

 

Shelbyville students chose to enter the traffic awareness display portion of the contest. The display had to be completed and submitted to TxDOT and remain on display at the entrance of the school. We are happy to announce that  Shelbyville High School won 1st Place in the display contest!

 

The award of a $1500 check was presented by Melissa McKnight of TxDOT on May 13, 2019 to Shelbyville High School Project Celebration. Project Celebration will begin at 11 pm on May 24, 2019 in the Shelbyville Gym/Bandhall.

 

 

 

 

 

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Center School Board Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin Track Results


 

 

 

Senior, Hunter Gates won Silver in the 200m with a PR time of 21.94. He also placed 4th in the 4x100m relay along with his teammates Connor Bragg, Boogie Lane, and Gunner Nelson missing the podium only by hundredths of a second. The same team of guys placed 5th in the 4x200m relay.

 

Junior, Connor Bragg won Gold in the Long Jump making him the back to back 2A State Champ. He jumped a PR of 22’9.75” on his final attempt to seal the deal. 

 

Freshman, Victoria Byrd took the Silver medal in the 100m with a 12.44. She also placed 4th in the Long Jump.

 

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SFA's Rusche College of Business awards scholarships to top point earners


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Stephen F. Austin State University students in the Rusche College of Business’ Career Success Passport program were each awarded $2,500 in scholarship funds as the top point earners. A total of $50,000 in scholarships is awarded to business students in the program each year.

 

During the semester, students compete for scholarship points by attending workshops and completing professional development activities, such as mock interviews and résumé critiques.

 

Pictured, from left, senior Kayla Benefield, human resources management major from Rowlett; junior Jose Gamez, accounting major from Houston; sophomore Stephanie Velez, sports business major from Houston; and freshman Aiyana Johnson, general business major from Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

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Center annual scholarship program


 

 

Center High School will host its annual scholarship program on Tuesday, May 14th in the high school gym; the program begins at 6:00 p.m.  Presenters are to report to the library by 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

 

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Tenaha Tiger News


 


May 11, 2019-MS Band Field Trip to 6 Flags-Arlington

May 12, 2019-Mother’s Day

May 13, 2019-STAAR: Grades 3,4,6,7 Math; Grades 5 & 8 Re-Test; Board Meeting

May 14, 2019-STAAR: Grades 3,4,6,7 Reading; Grades 5 & 8 Re-Test; Eng III EOC

May 15, 2019-STAAR: Grades 5 & 8 Science; Algebra II EOC

May 16, 2019-STAAR: Grade 8 Social Studies

May 17, 2019-Sound Post Music Festival; 7 & 8 Grade Boys to SFA; Senior Trip

May 18/19, 2019-HS Band Field Trip & Performance-6 Flags Arlington

May 20, 2019-6 Grade Sound Post in Canton

May 21, 2019-HS Awards Banquet 6:00 pm

May 23, 2019-Tiger Avengers-Tenaha’s Greatest Heroes  (Tiger Fest) 5,6,MS, and HS Bands will perform; Tiger Café’ will be open!

May 27, 2019-Memorial Day Holiday; State Solo Ensemble

May 28, 2019-Elementary Awards 9 am

May 29, 2019-MS Awards 9 am

May 30, 2019-Early Release; End of Grading Period; Graduation 7 pm; Tenaha Youth Center will serve free hamburgers for LUNCH on May 30 Immediately after Graduation Practice for the Class of 2019.

 

May 31, 2019-In-service/Student Holiday

 

Tenaha High School introduces the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian

 

Congratulations Seniors!

 

 

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Tenaha ISD Regular Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Timpson Bear Update


 


May 13 – Athletic Banquet – Good Hope Family Life Center – 6:30           

----------------- p.m.

 

May 16 – High School Scholarship Program – 6:00 p.m. – Auditorium

 

May 17 – High School Awards Program – 10:00 a.m. – Auditorium

 

May 18 – Jr./Sr. Prom

 

May 20 – Senior Celebration – 6:00 p.m. - Auditorium

 

May 22 – Middle School Awards – 9:00 a.m. – Bear Drive Gym

 

May 23 – Kindergarten Graduation – 6:00 p.m. - Auditorium

------------------Middle School Graduation – 7:00 p.m. – Event Center

 

May 24 – Sr. Pancake Breakfast – 9:00 a.m. – Sr. Walk-Through

----------------- High School Graduation – 8:00 p.m. – Event Center

 

Elementary Robotics News - Recently the Timpson Bearbots participated in the Region 7 Education Service Center’s Primary Robotics Celebration. The challenge this year was for students to build a business with games and/or toys. Their first job was to complete a survey where they asked peers, community members, and parents for suggestions on a business idea. They had to plan, design, and program a robot to help with their business or actually be a product that they would sell. Part of their project was journaling and creating a notebook to display with their showcase. Their notebooks included their business plan, survey, journal entries, budget, and coding blocks.

 

The Dallas Cowbots created a “Tacklebot” that would help teach kids how to tackle and play football. They created a football field, small shop area, and packaging label for their product. In their code they added a sound block so the “Tacklebot” would say “hut hut” before moving across the football field to tackle the players. The Dallas Cowbots team included Shane Mikesh, Ira Land, and Brecken Behrens.

 

The Glittery Unibots created a waiterbot for their Glitter Grande restaurant and candy shop. They used a motion sensor for their robot so that when someone waved for help it would stop. They also used a sound block in their code where their robot after stopping would ask “how may I help you?” Their candy shop included candy containers and their restaurant included tables and chairs. The Glittery Unibots team included Brylee Tipton, Bailee Furnace, and Mattyson Barbee.

 

The Ultimate Robotic Coders created a game board with obstacles to go through. Their game board included a start, finish, a ball pit, rocket ship, a Zinga toy, a tunnel, a coloring coordinating station, and other obstacles. Their robot was a “dragon t-rex car” that pulled the gamers across the game board. Their selling point was that “kids of all ages would want to come play because it was kinda amazing.” The Ultimate Robotic Coders team included Brooklynn Nettles, Kamryn Fontenot, and Korbyn Fontenot.

 

The Dream Team created PBJ’s Slime Shop. They presented a commercial where they asked, “Do you like to make slime but hate the mess?” “Come to PBJ’s Slime Shop to have fun with NO MESS to clean up.” Their robot had a mop that would rotate to clean up liquid and an extendable side arm that would scrape the slime off the floor. They had a “Make and Take Slime” area in their store along with a “New Product” display. Their new product was cotton candy slime. The Dream Team included Poppy Tyler, Joleigh Jourden, and Bianca McCollister.

 

After the showcase all the students were able to create their own miniature golf putt-putt course using recyclable materials. They were then able to play other students’ golf courses and keep

track using their scorecard.

 

P.S. Also the Timpson School Print Shop created our Robotic t-shirts with help on the design by Mrs. Allie Dupnik!  Thank you! Thank You!

 

 

 

 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


 

 

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Panola College to host The Great American Read Hosted by PBS in Cooperation with the Anne Ray Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting


 

 

 

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit based on the popular PBS television series, The Great American Read. The program was an eight-part series that aired in fall 2018. It explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels as chosen in a national survey. It investigated how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

 

The series was the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. It also launched a book club with accompanying Facebook page and a website devoted to the series that are continuing to reach audience members and book enthusiasts today.

 

The television series featured entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country which will be included as part of the exhibit. It was comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books was revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examined concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results of a nationwide vote were announced to reveal America’s best-loved book. The community is encouraged to visit the exhibit to learn America’s choice.

 

The Library will have the 100 novels on display with accompanying materials from the television series May 13 – August 2, 2019. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library’s summer operating hours Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email library@panola.edu.

 

 

 

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Panola College Hires Smith as New Men's Head Basketball Coach


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panola College has hired Aaron Smith as the new Men's Basketball Coach.  Aaron Smith will be taking over a Panola program that has risen to the top of the Region XIV standings over the last 4 years under departed head coach Grant McMillan, with a 2017 Eastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the 2017 NJCAA National Tournament, and 4 straight NJCAA Regional playoff berths. 

 

 “I am absolutely thrilled to be the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Panola College,” said Coach Smith. “Words cannot express how grateful I am to President Dr. Powell, athletic director, Mr. Don Clinton, and the entire Panola family. I look forward to building on this already wonderfully laid foundation and I cannot wait to get to work.” 

 

Smith comes to Panola after spending 4 years at Jacksonville College where he led the Jaguars to back to back Region XIV South Zone Championships in 2018 and 2019.  His teams have been known as some of the hardest teams to guard in Region XIV and they have averaged 93 points per game during his tenure. 3 out of 4 of Smith’s seasons have produced 20 or more wins and he has coached 6 members of the All-Region 1st or 2nd Team and 1 Honorable Mention All-American in Christian Barrett.  In addition, each of the past two seasons he has earned Coach of the Year from texasjucobasketball.com.

 

Prior to his head coaching tenure at Jacksonville, Smith served briefly as an assistant coach under, then head coach, Jody Bailey prior to Bailey’s departure for the University of New Orleans.  Before joining Jacksonville College, Smith spent 5 years in total in the AAU Summer Basketball ranks.  He started the FV 5:17 program, which he grew into one of the premier summer programs in the ultra-competitive Dallas summer basketball circuit.  While leading FV 5:17, he sent numerous players on to the Division 1 level and another player who is currently playing professionally in China.

 

Coach Smith is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University (2008) where he was a standout scorer who had the privilege of earning Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Week his senior season.  His playing career continued as he was the 4th Overall Pick in the 2008 CBA Draft and won the CBA Championship in 2009 as a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry coached by 4-Time NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson.  Smith also spent time playing in France and Bulgaria. He also earned his Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017.

 

Smith, and his wife Keri, have been married since June 2016 and they have a 19-year-old son, Cameron Carson, and a 2-year-old daughter, Nicole.

 

 "We are excited to have Aaron as our new head basketball coach.  He has proven he knows how to win on and off the court,” noted Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services and Athletic Director at Panola College. “We feel confident that he will continue the winning tradition that has been established and will truly make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes." 

 

 

 

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Ms. DeeDee Derbonne's 2nd grade class Field Trip


 

 

Ms. DeeDee Derbonne's 2nd grade class and Mrs. Rondalyn Neal's 4th grade class enjoyed a field trip to Olive Garden in Lufkin, Texas May 8, 2019.  This was a reward trip for collecting money for the Pasta for Pennies Program/Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.


Ms. DeeDee's class was the top collector with Mrs. Rondalyn's second place. Pre-K thru 5th grade did a great job collecting and helping patients and families that are fighting blood cancers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiger News


 

Teacher Appreciation Week

 

May 8, 2019-STAAR: US History EOC

May 9, 2019-BETA Induction & Awards 6 pm; STAAR: Biology EOC; Progress Reports

May 11, 2019-MS Band Field Trip to 6 Flags-Arlington

May 12, 2019-Mother’s Day

May 13, 2019-STAAR: Grades 3,4,6,7 Math; Grades 5 & 8 Re-Test; Board Meeting

May 14, 2019-STAAR: Grades 3,4,6,7 Reading; Grades 5 & 8 Re-Test; Eng III EOC

May 15, 2019-STAAR: Grades 5 & 8 Science; Algebra II EOC

May 16, 2019-STAAR: Grade 8 Social Studies

May 17, 2019-Sound Post Music Festival; 7 & 8 Grade Boys to SFA; Senior Trip

May 18/19, 2019-HS Band Field Trip & Performance-6 Flags Arlington

May 20, 2019-6 Grade Sound Post in Canton

May 21, 2019-HS Awards Banquet 6:00 pm

May 23, 2019-Tiger Avengers-Tenaha’s Greatest Heroes  (Tiger Fest) 5,6,MS, and HS Bands will perform; Tiger Café’ will be open!

May 27, 2019-Memorial Day Holiday; State Solo Ensemble

May 28, 2019-Elementary Awards 9 am

May 29, 2019-MS Awards 9 am

May 30, 2019-Early Release; End of Grading Period; Graduation 7 pm

May 31, 2019-In-service/Student Holiday

 

 

 

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Panola College Sends Six Cowboys to College National Finals Rodeo


 

 

 

 

The Panola College Rodeo Team went back into action April 26-27 in Wharton, Texas, and wow was it great!

 

Panola College Sophomore, Tyler Johnson, dominated the Bareback Riding. Tyler won the event with an 82-point bareback ride. The win just pushed Tyler into more of a commanding lead in the regional standings. Tyler Johnson is the Southern Region Champion Bareback Rider, and will be moving on to the CNFR, in Casper, WY. Coach Collins says “Tyler has worked toward this goal for 2 years. Last year he shattered his leg and was unable to qualify. Tyler will be there and I promise he has done his homework, if you’re going to beat Tyler you better be prepared. He’s definitely on a mission!”

 

Logan Cook, the 2018 and 2019 All-Around Champion, does it again! Cook won 3rd in the Saddle Bronc Riding were he finished the year in the number 2 position. Logan will be attending his 3rd CNFR, in both the Saddle Bronc Riding and the Tie down Roping. Logan has won both his All-Around titles by competing in 3 events, Tie Down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding and Team Roping. Jeffrey Collins says “Logan is simply amazing, he can ride, rope and do anything a horseback you ask him to do. He will win a National Title and many more to come. We will miss him when he is gone, and this team is a whole lot better because of his presence here at Panola. I think when you look up the word “cowboy” in the Dictionary there should be a picture of Logan Cook, or as we call him Cookie.”

 

Jackson Williams took the title home in the Steer Wrestling with a 5.1 second run. Jackson is a Sophomore that will graduate and move on to AUM (Arkansas University at Monticello). Jackson’s win pushed him to 5th position in the Southern Region Standings. Williams weighs about 145 and has been placing in most of his events, and it’s an extremely physical event that is generally dominated by heavy weights.

 

Macon Murphy, Tie down Roper from Keatchie, La., won 3rd place with a 9.3 second run. Macon has been fighting for a spot in the top three in the regional standings all season. The points he earned at Wharton pushed him into the number 3 position, and he is moving on to the CNFR. Coach Collins says “Macon is a determined hard working young man. His horse is always in good shape and well attended to also. I expect great things from both of them. The great thing is he is just a freshman, and we get him back next year!”

 

Daylon Swearingen won 3rd in the Bull Riding to clinch a spot at the CNFR as well. Daylon was out first semester with an injury, and had to make up for lost time. Swearingen ended up the season 5th overall in the Bull Riding, enough to qualify as a team member. Daylon is a Sophomore and will be returning next year to compete in all three rough stock events the Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and the Bull Riding. Daylon also finish 2nd in the Bareback Riding with an 81-point ride. The two placings totaled together helped him to win the All-Around title at that rodeo.  

 

Campbell Grove, Sophomore moving on to Sam Houston State University, won 3rd in the Girls Barrel Racing. Campbell has been winning on a fairly young horse named P, a 5-year-old. Coach Collins says “Campbell is a great kid that has been a great asset to our program here, we will miss her. I know she has a great future in our sport, and in life. She is an amazing young lady and I am glad we got to be a small part of her life.”

 

The Panola College Ponies are the 2019 Southern Region Men’s Team Champions! That means 6 men are moving on to the CNFR. Those men are pictured below:

 

 

 

Daylon Swearingen  Bull Riding

Logan Cook   Saddle Bronc Riding and Tie Down Roping

Macon Murphy  Tie Down Roping

Ross Freeman  Bull Riding

Tyler Johnson  Bareback Riding

Not pictured: Clayton Lowry  Team Roping

 

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Shelbyville School Graduation


 

 

Shelbyville High School Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony will be May 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm in the Gym/Bandhall. 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville HS Academic UIL State Medalists


 

 

Shelbyville High School students competed at the Academic UIL State Meet last week.  Sophomore, Molly Windham is the AA Academic UIL Ready Writing State Champion. 

 

Senior, Jasmine Osby placed second in AA Academic UIL Computer Applications.

 

 

Left to Right: Jasmine Osby, Molly Windham 


Congratulations!


We are Dragon Proud! 

 

 

 

 

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SFA planetarium to premiere new shows


 

 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Two new planetarium shows offering educational experiences for audiences of all ages will premiere Saturday, May 11, and run through June 22 at the Stephen F. Austin State University Cole STEM Building.

 

Geared toward children but open to all ages, “The Little Star That Could” tells the story of a star’s journey throughout the Solar System as viewers learn about the Milky Way. The show is at 3 p.m., and tickets are $3.

 

“This is an engaging and fun show that introduces children to the wonders of stars and planets,” said Ed Michaels, planetarium director.

 

“Journey to the Stars” takes visitors on a dazzling tour of space and time to experience the life and death of stars. It will show at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students, and faculty and staff with ID.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at the planetarium box office 30 minutes before each show.

 

The planetarium has shows every Saturday, with group shows available throughout the week by reservation.

 

To learn more, view the schedule or make a reservation, visit planetarium.sfasu.edu/home.

 

 

 

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Shelbyville High School Events


 

 

Shelbyville High School upcoming events


May 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am  High School Awards
May 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm  Scholarship Day
May 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm Spring Band Concert
May 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm FFA Banquet
May 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm Graduation Ceremony

 

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Ferguson, Hudson named 'Faculty of the Year'


 

 

 

Dwayne Ferguson and Darrell Hudson were named 2018-2019 Panola College Faculty of the Year at an appreciation dinner on May 2.

 

Dwayne Ferguson was named Technical Faculty of the Year. In his 27-year career as an instructor at Panola College, he has taught business and computer courses. In addition, he produces the online Panola College Catalog, sponsors an organization for business students, has converted several courses to Open Education Resources, and has worked on the College’s reaffirmation process.

 

“To his peers, Mr. Ferguson is known as an instructor who goes out of his way to help the students he instructs and advises to ensure their paths to success,” said Natalie Oswalt, Dean of Arts, Sciences and Technology. “He knows the answer to any question other faculty members need help with.”

 

Darrell Hudson was named Academic Faculty of the Year. Hudson, who teaches biology at Panola, has worked at Panola College for 24 of his more than 30 years in education.

“Mr. Hudson is known as an instructor who always displays a pleasant demeanor, is confident and thorough, patient and kind-hearted, and goes the extra mile before and after class to be sure the students understand the material,” Oswalt said.

 

Panola College faculty members nominated their peers for the awards, and all faculty members had the opportunity to vote on the nominees.

 

“Both of these faculty members are passionate about teaching and spend numerous hours throughout the semester to ensure students are successful. Panola College is fortunate to have exceptional faculty members who are centered on student success,” Oswalt said.

 

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Tiger News


 


Teacher Appreciation Week

 

May 7, 2019-STAAR:Algebra I EOC

May 8, 2019-STAAR: US History EOC

May 9, 2019-BETA Induction & Awards 6 pm; STAAR: Biology EOC; Progress Reports

May 11, 2019-MS Band Field Trip to 6 Flags-Arlington

May 12, 2019-Mother’s Day

May 13, 2019-STAAR: Grades 3,4,6,7 Math; Grades 5 & 8 Re-Test; Board Meeting

May 14, 2019-STAAR: Grades 3,4,6,7 Reading; Grades 5 & 8 Re-Test; Eng III EOC

May 15, 2019-STAAR: Grades 5 & 8 Science; Algebra II EOC

May 16, 2019-STAAR: Grade 8 Social Studies

May 17, 2019-Sound Post Music Festival; 7 & 8 Grade Boys to SFA; Senior Trip

May 18/19, 2019-HS Band Field Trip & Performance-6 Flags Arlington

May 20, 2019-6 Grade Sound Post in Canton

May 21, 2019-HS Awards Banquet 6:00 pm

May 23, 2019-Tiger Avengers-Tenaha’s Greatest Heroes  (Tiger Fest) 5,6,&MS Band will perform; Tiger Café’ will be open

May 27, 2019-Memorial Day Holiday; State Solo Ensemble

May 28, 2019-Elementary Awards 9 am

May 29, 2019-MS Awards 9 am

May 30, 2019-Early Release; End of Grading Period; Graduation 7 pm

May 31, 2019-In-service/Student Holiday

 

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