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SFA to present two touring versions of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'




NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Ring in the holiday season with Stephen F. Austin State University as the College of Fine Arts presents not one but two stage versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The first event is a musical extravaganza for the entire family, and the second is especially geared toward sharing the holiday classic with younger audiences.

Gather the family and celebrate the spirit of Christmas in spectacular fashion with PerSeverance Productions’ presentation of the holiday tale in a University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

“This production not only features top-flight professional performances, costumes and effects,”  said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series, “it also incorporates dozens of actual Christmas carols! Everyone that attends will leave brimming with holiday cheer.”

Based upon Dickens’ famous classic, “A Christmas Carol” is a heartwarming story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a greedy, heartless miser to a generous, loving friend to everyone. Three ghostly visits – from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future – leave an indelible impression on Scrooge. Filled with kindness and the true spirit of the Christmas season, Scrooge changes his selfish ways and opens his heart to those around him.

“With all the splendor, magic and joy of the holiday season, this fabulous gift of a show overflows with 26 beloved yuletide songs and warm good humor,” Shattuck said.

Prior to the show, Dr. Steven J. Marsden, professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, will present an informative talk about Dickens and “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the show’s corporate sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

The Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA will present two performances of Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Turner Auditorium. This version targets children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

“Students will delight in this classic tale of Scrooge, the ghosts, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim,” Peterson said. “Virginia Repertory Theatre brings all the characters to life on stage in this lively and heartwarming musical performance that brings all the joy, sentiment and meaning of Dickens’ story without being too scary for young audiences.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.




Panola College to present Christmas in Carthage



Panola College will present “Christmas in Carthage” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Carthage Civic Center.


This annual celebration of all things Christmas will feature the Panola College Concert Band, Panola College Jazz Band, Panola College Chorale, the Panola Pipers, Panola Honor Choir, Bulldog Belles, dancers from Rowe Performing Arts, and other performers.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.


Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College band director, at or call 903-693-2027.







SFA Steel Band to perform traditional calypso selections



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Steel Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present its fall concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. Ben Tomlinson, adjunct professor of percussion in the School of Music, the student ensemble will perform a number of traditional calypso selections from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago and additional tunes from around the world.

Among the works on the program is “Chunk,” a funk tune composed by Oklahoma City-based composer Jamie Wind Whitmarsh. This rendition will include an extended percussion solo to feature the band’s “Engine Room,” which includes drumset and a percussionist playing hand drums and other auxiliary percussion within the Steel Band.

“‘Chunk’ is an upbeat tune with colorful harmonies and rhythms that really challenge the ensemble’s timing and ability to fit in the pocket,” Tomlinson said.

Also on the program is Ray Holman’s “Pan in My System,” which Tomlinson describes as fast and upbeat and “a challenging soca chart that is sure to be a crowd favorite.”

The Steel Band will perform “The Peanut Vendor” by Moisés Simons. The tune has been recorded more than 160 times and has been included in the United States Recording Registry by the National Recording Preservation Board.

“Arranged by ensemble member Ethan Ainsworth, ‘The Peanut Vendor’ is arguably one of the most famous pieces of music to come out of Cuba,” Tomlinson said. “Released in the 1930s, this tune was responsible for ‘rhumbamania’ in the United States, introducing U.S. listeners to Cuban music.” Ainsworth is a senior music major from Hallsville.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit





Cole Art Center announces special Thanksgiving holiday hours



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s historic downtown gallery, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, but open during regular gallery hours during the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday week.

The art center will also be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22,  for the Main Street Nacogdoches Jingle and Mingle holiday event, featuring extended shopping hours for downtown retail stores, live entertainment, food trucks and more.

Currently showing at Cole Art Center is “Picturing Books: Illustrations in Print from the 15th to the 20th Centuries,” Vol.  I. Curated by Dr. John Handley, director of SFA’s art galleries, and Dr. David A. Lewis, professor of art history, the exhibition, presented in two volumes, offers a series of “chapters” that explore the evolution of the printed illustration, beginning with the Incunabulum (meaning the first 50 years of the printed book), including the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493, and continuing up to the 20th century.

Because the exhibition contains books and other printed items that are hundreds of years old, the materials will be displayed under protective glass. Viewers will be able to “see” additional pages in the books by scanning codes on mobile devices, including phones.

Volume 1 runs through Jan. 5. Volume II will be presented in the early spring semester and will run through March 29.

A vintage Christmas display featuring antique ornaments, decorations, dolls and toys of bygone eras will be added Dec. 3 through Jan. 3.

Regular gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public and are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, William Arscott, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.




Congressional Art Competition exhibition to show in Griffith Gallery


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.


The artwork submitted for the competition by high school students residing or attending school within U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert’s congressional district will be displayed in Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.


“Historically, art and its expression have always been vital to our culture,” Gohmert said. “One of my own daughters is a very gifted artist with her pieces showcased in the U.S., China and Germany, so art has certainly played a substantial role in my family’s life.

“Fine art needs to be a part of our children’s lives and can be instrumental in our children’s developmental capacities for so many aspects of a fulfilling life,” he added. “It seems that every year we have even more students with incredible talent and creativity that makes me shake my head in awe. Our congressional district is extraordinarily blessed with very talented art teachers who have nurtured superbly talented students, and the way the Griffith Fine Arts Gallery at Stephen F. Austin State University showcases each piece of art while being so incredibly hospitable to our students should make every East Texan proud.”


The entries will be exhibited beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3, and will be displayed through Saturday, Dec. 7, when an awards ceremony will be held, and an open house/reception will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will close following the reception.


Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, and is open this fall from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The exhibition will open at 9:30 a.m. prior to the awards ceremony on Dec. 7.


First place winner will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries.


First place winning entry from this congressional district will be displayed in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol; the second-place winning entry will be displayed in Gohmert’s office in Washington; and the third-place winning entry will be displayed in Gohmert’s district office in Tyler.




San Augustine Football




WOLVES ROLL by BULLDOGS and move on to AREA PLAYOFF game! Here's the scoop! They will play Normangee on Friday (November 22nd). The game time is 7 p.m at Crockett HS Stadium. We are the home team. Tickets are $5/$3. Passes include THSCA/District 9 and 12 AA and Senior Citizen. 








CMS: Students Who Make a Difference - 1st Nine Weeks



Center Middle School introduces Students Who Make a Difference for the first nine weeks. Teachers are asked to nominate exceptional students encompassing all or most of these qualities: 

- A leader - always prepared for class 
- Strives to make good grades 
- A hard worker 
- Model student 
- Kind and considerate of others 
- Helpful to teachers and peers 
- Punctual 
- Strives to be a better student 
- Exemplifies the qualities of #givemefive.




The students chosen for this honor include sixth-graders, Adrian Hernandez and Damayi Parra, seventh graders, La’Niyah McCollister and Gabby Ordaz, eighth-graders, Kevin Morin and Logan Meyer.

Center Middle School staff had these comments about our Students Who Make a Difference:

Adrian Hernandez:

Mr. Michael Cloudy: Adrian is a great student! He listens well in class and always comes ready to learn new things.


Damayi Parra:

Mr. Michael Cloudy: Damayi is a very bright young lady! Always has a smile on her face and is one of my standout students that works hard and is a very helpful and supportive classmate.
Mrs. Humber: Damayi is a bright student that continues to show determination and hard work is the key to success. Not only is she concerned with getting her work done but helping others to be successful!

Mr. Jalen Hubbard: Damayi is an outstanding student. She comes to class everyday prepared to reach new heights. She also takes the time to help others in need. She exemplifies what it means to be a hardworking student. Damayi’s education is very important to her, and I look forward to watching her grow and become successful.

La’Niyah McCollister:

Mr. Randy Hagler: LaNaiyah is a wonderful young lady whose cheerful personality and positive attitude is an inspiration to all those in her presence. She has a caring spirit and has a strong motivation to succeed.

Mrs. Deborah Midkiff: La'Niyah McCollister is a role model for other students and teachers because she works hard to achieve her goals academically, in sports, and in her personal interests, such as learning American Sign Language. She always has a positive attitude while doing it all. She even inspires me to go over and beyond what I initially believe I can do. She will change the world for the better now and in the future.

Mrs. Tyler McElligott: La'Naiyah is a fantastic representation of role model. She is kind, resilient, and determined. She always gives her very best efforts; she is always working towards being a better student and person. I am blessed to be her teacher. She lights up the room with her joyous attitude.

Mrs. Jessica Gurley: LaNiyah always comes in with a positive attitude and ready to learn. She is respectful and always willing to go the extra mile in everything she does! I love having LaNiyah in my class!

Gabby Ordaz:

Mrs. Jessica Gurley: Gabby is a super sweet and respectful student who goes above and beyond on any task you give her. She is helpful and encouraging to others - I love having her in my TX History class!

Mrs. Laura Hightower: I'm proud to have the pleasure to teach Gabby Ordaz. She is a great leader in and out of the classroom. She is willing to help others when asked and always has a smile on her face.

Mr. Randy Hagler: Gabby is a joy and a delight for any teacher to have in the classroom. She has a strong motivation to succeed and a kind heart and a wonderful smile as well.

Logan Meyer:

Mrs. Anita Williams: Logan truly is a student who "makes a difference" because he is never satisfied with anything less than excellence. He constantly challenges himself to do better and be better. These are characteristics of the "making of a leader" and if more of our students possessed these traits, our school and our community would be better as a result.
Mrs. Jennifer Armstrong: He is always on time to class, always works well in class, and always has his work completed on time. He participates in class discussions as well, and helps his neighbors when needed.

Mrs. Gladys Andrews: Logan is a gentleman. He has not been at CMS for very long, but he has proved himself to be a hard worker, always polite to his peers and respectful to all.
Mrs. April Bloys: Logan is an awesome student who always tries his best!
Mrs. Jessica Gurley: Logan always comes into class with a smile. He is new to our campus but he fits right in. Logan is a very positive influence to others and has a great work ethic. He is truly a joy to have in my class!


Kevin Morin:
Mrs. Jennifer Armstrong: He is very helpful in class. He is always on time, always on task, and always has his work completed.

Mrs. Jennifer Moon: Kevin Morin is an outstanding student. He is very respectful and a hard worker. He has met his ‘my five goal’ on all of his math tests this year. I enjoy having Kevin in my classroom.




Shelbyville High School State UIL Qualifiers




-On November 12, Shelbyville High School students Dawson Jackson, Hagan Crumpton, Ava Silva, and Aubree Camp competed at the U.I.L. region congressional debate contest. The University Scholastic League describes congressional debate as a contest that "models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world  social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches."





Aubree Camp placed 6th, Ava Silva placed 3rd, and Hagan Crumpton placed 2nd. Ava Silva and Hagan Crumpton will compete at the state meet in Austin, TX  in January. 





Joaquin Area Playoff Game



Joaquin vs Alto (Area Round) 
Location: Lufkin (Abe Martin Stadium) 
Game Time: Friday @ 7:30
Admission: Adults $7 Students $5 
Passes Accepted: THSCA & District 10 & 11 AA
We are the Visitors. 




SFA art student to compete in 'Forged in Fire' episode


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A Stephen F. Austin State University art student will compete in an episode of “Forged in Fire” that will air between 9 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, on the History Channel.

Nacogdoches junior Kevin Burgess is an art metals student studying with Lauren Selden, professor of metalworking and jewelry in the School of Art.

Produced by Outpost Entertainment, “Forged in Fire” is a competition in which four bladesmiths compete in timed elimination rounds to forge bladed weapons for a chance to win a $10,000 prize and be named a “Forged in Fire” champion. In its seventh season, the competition, which is judged by experts in weapon history and use, tests some of the best in the industry as they attempt to re-create historic weapons.

The road to the reality series competition began in the summer of 2018 when Burgess, at the urging of a friend and fellow bladesmith, signed up online as a contestant. After an initial  screening process, Burgess was required to complete a form where he outlined his experience and described the bladesmith equipment he used and the longest blade he had forged.

“They required you to have forged at least a 15-inch blade at some time in your career, and at that point, I had forged a blade only about 13 inches long,” he said. “I had a big chunk of material left over from another project, so I went crazy and forged a full 32-inch arming sword.”

Burgess was then contacted by show officials for a Skype interview where he displayed some of his creations. From that point on, it was a waiting game until this past summer when he was contacted again for a final interview to determine if he would actually compete. In early August, he flew to the forge location where filming began.

The results of the competition will be aired Wednesday night.

Burgess first became interested in bladesmithing about four years ago after watching “Man at Arms: Reforged” YouTube videos where skilled bladesmiths recreate weapons from TV shows and video games. He is currently a member in and an apprentice with the American Bladesmith Society, hoping to eventually pursue journeyman distinction.

He started his college career at SFA studying computer science but soon changed his major to art where he could follow his passion. Following graduation, he plans to earn a master’s degree with the hope of teaching bladesmithing at the college level.

“Bladesmithing is something I am really passionate about,” he said, “and I’d like to pass that on to the next generation.”




Shelbyville FFA Fruit Sale



Shelbyville FFA fruit sale is going on this week. Please call the High School or see any Shelbyville 
FFA member to order.  Call 936-598-7323 and ask for Kaelee Fallin or Michael Elliott.



Tenaha Tiger News

Please visit our district web page for other details on our school and activities: (The calendar provides the most up to date events)

Tenaha ISD also has a facebook page

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November 16, 2019-JVB/VB Palestine Scrimmage 10:00 am

November 18, 2019-Board Meeting; FIRST Report; Panola College Financial Aid Assistance for Seniors 7:00 pm; JH G/B in Garrison 5:00 pm

November 19, 2019-JVG/VG vs Center (Home) 5:00 pm

November 21, 2019-3rd Grade Thanksgiving Feast; JVB in Wells

Nov. 22nd -  23rd JVB/VB in Wells; MS B/G Tenaha Tournament 4:30 pm (Tiger Gym CLOSED for floor repair until further notice)

November 25-29, 2019-Thanksgiving Holiday

November 25th-JVG/VG in Colmesneil 1:00 pm; JVB/VB in LaPoynor 3:00 pm

November 26th-JVG/VG in Gary 12:00

November 29, 2019-VB Tyler Classic 4:30 pm

November 30, 2019-JVB/VB vs Lindale in White House

December 2, 2019-JHB/G vs Timpson in Tenaha @ 4:30 pm

December 3, 2019-JVG/VG in White Oak 5:30 pm

December 4, 2019-JHBB Pictures (G/B); Daughter of Republic in 2nd Grade; Tiger Day Early Release 1:30 pm

December 5-7, 2019-VG/VB in Lipan Tournament

December 9, 2019-JVB/VB in Tatum; JH B/G vs Woden in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 10-13, 2019-STARR TESTING (Algebra 1; Biology; US History)

December 10, 2019-STARR English I; Elementary/JH UIL; JVG/VG vs White Oak in SEC 5:30 pm

December 12, 2019-VG in Gary Tournament; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Field Trip to SFA (Christmas Carol Play); STARR Testing: English II; Businessmen’s Banquet in Tenaha Cafetorium 6:00 pm; Elementary/JH UIL

December 13, 2019-MS District Band Tryouts @ Carthage (7 & 8 Grades Only); PPO; Test Make-up

December 14, 2019-ACT; HS Region Band Tryouts @ Henderson (9-12 only)

December 16, 2019- Special Closed Board Meeting; JH B/G in West Sabine 4:30 pm

December 17, 2019-Christmas Concert (All Bands); JVG/VG in Garrison 5:00 pm (District Game); JVB/VB in Henderson

December 20, 2019-Early Release; JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) District Game; JVB/VB vs Carlisle in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 23-30, 2019-Christmas Holiday

December  26-28, 2019-Holiday Hoops

January 1, 2020-New Year’s Holiday

January 2-3, 2020-Holiday; JVB/VB in Joaquin; JVG/VG in Joaquin (District Game) 4:30 pm

January 6, 2020-Teacher In-Service /Student Holiday

January 7, 2020- JVG/VG vs Timpson (Home) District Game 4:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Timpson in Tenaha

January 8, 2020-Student Early Release

January 9, 2020- JH B/G vs San Augustine in Tenaha 4:30 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 pm

January 10, 2020-End of 3rd Week Grading Period; JVG/VG in Martinsville (District Game)  4:30 pm; JVB/VG in Martinsville

January 11, 2020-Area Band Tryouts @ Chapel Hill; JH B/G in Mt. Enterprise Tournament

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Check out our NEW products! These make Great Christmas Gifts!!!

Tenaha ISD Sportswear Store.

Just hold the Ctrl down and click on the link.

Adult and youth sizes available.

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Reminder: Tenaha Together Committee continues to support our community and needs the communities support as well.

A few of the things that have been done since the organization of the Tenaha Together Committee includes lights and tree for the square, banners around town,  and the beautiful brick signs entering the town.

Please, if you can make a donation to continue projects like these, send it to: Tenaha Together  c/o Scott Tyner - P. O. Box 318, Tenaha, Texas 75974


Something New: Businesses that would like to place their business card on the Tiger News may contact Brenda Lucas at or by calling 936-248-5000 ext 201 for details.



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Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

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Timpson ISD Bear Update 11/15/2019

Counselor’s Corner - Seniors and Parents.....


Mrs. Metcalf reports there are two very important scholarships that have "opened" this week!  

  • The Austin Bank Scholarship is now available, and must be postmarked by FEBRUARY 28th!  The application is attached, there is a link on the school website and there are extra copies in my office.  Be sure to have your scholarship essay and three character reference letters prepared for this application and many others.?
  • The National FFA Scholarship application opened November 1st, and is due January 15th.  Ms. Hooper has expressed that she is very happy to help you and we will meet with senior FFA members during 2nd breakfast on Tuesday, November 19th to help create your login for the application.  The link to the scholarship is on the school website, and here: 

Seniors, please do NOT wait until the last minute to ask for reference letters or touch-up your scholarship essay!  Thanks.


Cafeteria News – The annual Thanksgiving Feast will be next Thursday, November 21st.


Timpson Independent School District
PO Drawer 370
Timpson, TX 75975


For Austin Bank Scholarship click here.


Joaquin School Board Meeting



Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of November 2019 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.


The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda attached to and made a part of this Notice. If, during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.001 et seq., Texas Education Code, will be held by the School Board at the date, may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes:

AGENDA FOR November 18th, 2019


1. Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD may have member(s) via video conference call – Texas Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code)

2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance

3. Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five
minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

4. Report/Information items:

4.1 Monthly Financial Report – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.2 Hand out Board Operating Procedures to be acted on at the December Board Meeting
4.3 Maintenance update on Roofing Project
4.4 Update on Improvement Project
4. 5 Vantage Points TASB Update 114
4.6 Correspondence
5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:

5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
5.2 Approve 2019 Independent Auditor’s Report
5.3 Approve Substitute Employee List
6. Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting

7. Designation of date and time of next meetings: December 16, 2019 6:00pm

8. Adjournment



SFA preservice teachers head back to middle school to help their future students


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — If given the choice, most people would not revisit their middle school years. But preservice teachers in Stephen F. Austin State University’s community responsiveness and engaged advocacy in teacher education program, or CREATE, attended Mike Moses Middle School as students — including eating lunch in the cafeteria, dressing out for physical education and taking math tests — all to enlighten their approaches to teaching.


CREATE was developed last year by Associate Professor Dr. Lauren Burrow in the Department of Elementary Education and Professor Dr. Heather Olson Beal in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership. As part of this program, preservice teachers take courses at SFA, intern in Nacogdoches Independent School District classes, receive mentoring from families in the district and volunteer in the community.


This year, three groups of preservice teachers in the program also went back to middle school as part of the “student-for-a-day” experience at Mike Moses in late October and early November. Olson Beal said the idea for this experience came from similar programs she and Burrow read about in education journals. They thought middle school would be a good place for SFA preservice teachers to blend in.


“This experience is based on the radical trust of all the parties involved,” Burrow said. “We want the preservice teachers to really understand what it’s like to be a student here. A lot goes on even between classes.”


Once they arrived, the preservice teachers were assigned to a grade and received their schedules from Claire Bray, assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Mike Moses.

“It’s an incredible learning experience,” said Bray, who believes all teachers should attend school as students every five years to remember what it’s like. She said Mike Moses’ students are familiar with SFA preservice teachers walking among them because the school is hosting 80 SFA interns this year.


Kaylee Greene, an elementary education senior from Lake Jackson, initially worried she wouldn’t be able to relate to the kids. “But I was actually surprised at how welcoming the students were and how well we bonded.” She discovered middle school students “need the same amount of attention and love” as the elementary school students she plans to teach.


Audrey Diakun, an art education senior from Carrollton, was nervous about finding her way around the campus. However, “The students were really sweet and helpful,” she said.

Greene and Kassidy Perry, an elementary education senior from Chapel Hill, also worried about getting through the long day. “I was shocked at how many times lunch detentions were threatened as the day went on, not because of the teachers, but because I know I was restless, so I can only imagine what the 12-year-olds around me were feeling,” Perry said. “Eight hours is a really long time to be learning without adequate breaks. I want to teach younger kids, so this will be even harder for them.”


Both Greene and Diakun said their favorite classes – teen leadership and PE — eased their restlessness with physical activity outside the classroom.


All three preservice teachers said they gained insight during this experience that will impact the way they teach, and they recommend other preservice teachers be middle schoolers for a day. Perry also thinks this experience “would be very intriguing for parents if they can blend in. They can see how different types of students react to different types of teachers.”


Greene had some advice for future participants in the experience: “Just be sure to drink your morning coffee in advance.”


For more information on CREATE, contact Olson Beal at or Burrow at


Tenaha Basketball Schedule


Joaquin Football


The Joaquin Pep Rally time change it will now start at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019.


Joaquin Vs Shelbyville 
(Bi-District Playoff Game) 

Location: Henderson ISD
Date: Friday, November 15th
Time: 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $5

Passes: THSCA, District 11 & 12 2A, Senior Citizens, and Military





Tenaha School Board Meeting






Tenaha ISD Public Meeting





Listen to Center's Play-off Game against Hamshire-Fannett Friday on the radio or online!




Center Broadcasting and The Roughrider Radio Team will cover Center's First Round Playoff Game Friday night against the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns from Woodville High School.


The Stadium Pre-Game Show begins at 7:00 with coach and fan interviews, overviews of the match-up featuring players Tyler Herndon and Jake Hanson, as well as a visit with the CHS sophomore cheerleaders.


Kick-off is 7:30.

The Raymond Motor Company Halftime Show features halftime analysis with Coach Tracy Adair, live coverage of the Roughrider Band's performance, and a special interview with Jacob Garcia and Jesus Gonzalez, the Roughrider State Qualifiers in Cross Country this fall.


Stay with them through post-game live from the field.  Find the broadcast on your radios at KDET 930 am, on your desktops and laptops at, or on your smartphones through the free "Tune-In App."  Simply download the app and type "KDET" into your search bar.





Tenaha Tiger News




November 12, 2019-JVG/VG BB in Cushing 5:00 pm; Elementary-Tenaha Masonic Lodge presents Fantastic Teeth 9:45 am; Seniors in Center @ College Fair 9:00 am

November 14, 2019-JHG in Joaquin 5:00 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 am

November 16, 2019-JVB/VB Palestine Scrimmage

November 18, 2019-Board Meeting; FIRST Report; Panola College Financial Aid Assistance for Seniors 7:00 pm

November 19, 2019-JVG/VG vs Center (Home) 5:00 pm

November 21, 2019-3rd Grade Thanksgiving Feast; JVB/VB in Wells; JHB/G Tenaha Tournament 4:30 pm

Nov. 22nd -  23rd JVB/VB in Wells; MS B/G Tenaha Tournament 4:30 pm (Tiger Gym CLOSED for floor repair until further notice)

November 25-29, 2019-Thanksgiving Holiday

November 25th-JVG/VG in Colmesneil 1:00 pm; JVB/VB in LaPoynor 3:00 pm

November 26th-JVG/VG in Gary 12:00

November 29, 2019-JVB/VB Tyler Classic

December 2, 2019-JHB/G vs Timpson in Tenaha @ 4:30 pm

December 3, 2019-JVG/VG in White Oak 5:30 pm

December 4, 2019-JHBB Pictures (G/B); Tiger Day Early Release 1:30 pm

December 5-7, 2019-VG in Lipan Tournament

December 9, 2019-JVB/VB in Tatum; JH B/G vs Woden in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 10-13, 2019-STARR TESTING (Algebra 1; Biology; US History)

December 10, 2019-STARR English I; JVG/VG vs White Oak in SEC 5:30 pm

December 12, 2019-VG in Gary Tournament; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Field Trip to SFA (Christmas Carol Play); STARR Testing: English II; Businessmen’s Banquet in Tenaha Cafetorium 6:00 pm; JH UIL

December 13, 2019-MS District Band Tryouts @ Carthage (7 & 8 Grades Only); PPO; Test Make-up; JVB/VB in Winona 5:00 pm

December 14, 2019-HS Region Band Tryouts @ Henderson (9-12 only)

December 16, 2019- Board Meeting; JH B/G in West Sabine 4:30 pm

December 17, 2019-Christmas Concert (All Bands); JVG/VG in Garrison 5:00 pm (District Game); JVB/VB in Henderson

December 20, 2019-Early Release; JVG/VG vs Woden (Home) District Game; JVB/VB vs Carlisle in Tenaha 4:30 pm

December 23-30, 2019-Christmas Holiday

December  26-28, 2019-Holiday Hoops

January 1, 2020-New Year’s Holiday

January 2-3, 2020-Holiday; JVB/VB in Joaquin; JVG/VG in Joaquin (District Game) 4:30 pm

January 6, 2020-Teacher In-Service /Student Holiday

January 7, 2020- JVG/VG vs Timpson (Home) District Game 4:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Timpson in Tenaha

January 8, 2020-Student Early Release

January 9, 2020- JH B/G vs San Augustine in Tenaha 4:30 pm; Businessmen’s Meeting 11:30 pm

January 10, 2020-End of 3rd Week Grading Period; JVG/VG in Martinsville (District Game)  4:30 pm; JVB/VG in Martinsville

January 11, 2020-Area Band Tryouts @ Chapel Hill; JH B/G in Mr. Enterprise Tournament




Timpson Bear Update



TLB Volleyball – Congratulations Timpson Lady Bears on a great season!!


Bear Football – Bears vs. Groveton on Thursday night 11/14/19 at Rusk High School at 7:30 p.m. We will be VISITORS and entrance prices will be $5.00/ Adults and $5.00/students.  District and Senior Citizens passes will be accepted. 






Center School Board Meeting




A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held on November 14, 2019, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.


Click here for the agenda:







FAFSA Workshop at Tenaha ISD




Tenaha ISD and Panola College will be working together to provide assistance to parents and students filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA workshop is for Senior students and their parents.  The workshop is scheduled for Monday, November 18th, 7pm in the Tenaha High School Cafeteria.  Denise Welsh from Panola College will be on hand to provide assistance in completing the federal financial aid application for college.  


PARENTS WILL NEED TO BRING THEIR 2018 TAX RETURN IN ORDER TO COMPLETE INFORMATION ON FAFSA.  Please contact Karen Fallin at 936-248-5000 ext. 504 with any questions.  



1 of 7,503 LaRock and Cooks to sign letters of intent to NTCC




Both Kalei LaRock and Jasmine Cooks will be signing letters of Intent to Northeast Texas Community College. 


The signing ceremony will take place in the CHS library at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019.



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