Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 01, 2019. This is the date for
FISH Camp (freshmen orientation). All Shelbyville High School incoming freshmen
and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this orientation. The orientation
will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Shelbyville Cafetorium and should conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m.
Information regarding graduation requirements for 2019-2020 incoming freshmen, the high school athletic program, and other high school activities available will be discussed. Lunch will be served and a tour of the high school campus will be given.
Please make plans for you and your child to attend FISH Camp!
Notice is hereby given that on the 15th day of July 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.
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A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held July 11, 2019, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.
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Volleyball Parent Meeting: July 26th at 6 p.m. in the HS cafeteria.
It is mandatory for players and their parent/legal guardian to attend.
The 2019 game schedule is attached below.
Coach Boone will be having an information meet for MS and HS athletes on July 24th at 6 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria.
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Timpson ISD and the Timpson STEM Academy is extremely proud and excited about the addition of Dr. Mihaela Munday. Dr. Munday has been teaching at Savanna State University in Georgia. Dr. Munday served as Interim Department Chair for the College of Education and was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. She taught undergraduate education courses in curriculum and assessment, instructional technology, educational foundations and grades 4-12 teaching math methods, while at Savanna State. Dr. Munday has previously been employed by Timpson, where she taught math, during 2010-2012. Dr. Munday will be teaching math once again in Timpson. She will teach dual credit math, in conjunction with Panola college, where she will be accredited. She will also be teaching other math courses at Timpson. Timpson STEM Academy will be greatly enhanced by the addition of Dr. Munday. Her addition will allow Timpson students to gain 15 hours of college-level math hours and complete their STEM endorsement. The STEM fields are one of the fastest growing job opportunities in Texas. Dr. Munday will serve as a resource to the STEM Academy, with her experience in grant writing and curriculum design. The experiences of Dr. Munday will enhance both the STEM and math programs in Timpson, giving our students an opportunity to be workforce ready or academically advanced.
Eleven Panola College student athletes have been named on a NJCAA All-Academic Team. Student athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams are First Team: 4.00 GPA, Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA, and Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA.
Panola College All-Academic First Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Hayden Collins – Cypress, TX, Thomas Grilli – Toronto, Canada, Edward William – Garrison, TX; in volleyball: Hannah Floyd – League City, TX.
Panola College All-Academic Second Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Jarret Whorff – Winnsboro, TX.
Panola College All-Academic Third Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Blaine Parker – Hallsville, TX, Cameron Stansberry – Port Neches, TX, Chase Hodges – Bossier City, LA, Raphael Leblanc – Trois-Rivers, Canada; in basketball: Alicja Falkowska – Lomianki, Poland, Maryia Adashchyk – Minsk, Belarus.
Three Panola College teams were also recognized as 2018-19 NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year by achieving a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher as a team. Teams honored were baseball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.
“We are honored to have athletic teams and student athletes who work hard not only in their sport, but also in academics,” said Don Clinton, Panola College Athletic Director and Vice President of Student Success.
See the attached Elementary School Supply List!
TIMPSON ISD ATTENDS STEM CONFERENCE - Timpson ISD/STEM Academy attended the College and Career Readiness Conference in Plano Texas. The keynote speaker, Jamie Casap, emphasized how the world is changing every moment that we are in it. He emphasized that we needed to move from educating kids in the 21st century and move to educating them for the 22nd century. The model T Ford doesn’t look like the Ford Mustang, the bag cell phone doesn’t look like todays Iphone, Orville Wright’s model airplane doesn’t look like todays supersonic jets, therefore a classroom shouldn’t look the same way it did in the 1800’s. Timpson ISD is a progressive school district and we are proud of the success our students are having in their collegiate classes, certification classes, and the wide range of opportunities they are given. Timpson’s class of 2019 graduated students with Level 1 certifications in welding and HVAC. The class of 2019 had 33 students graduate with Dual Credit hours, with McKenzie Burgay graduating core complete (42 college hours), and Rebecca Mathis graduating with her Associate’s Degree from Panola College.
One of the priorities of the Timpson T-STEM program is the development of embedded STEM activities in P-12 classes.
- Dr. Munday, Timpson ISD’s new Dual Credit Mathematics Professor stated, “The visit at the Cinemark USA, Headquartered in Plano, TX, was a great model for connecting high school students to possible careers, one of the strategic priorities for the TEA T-STEM programs. Involving as many industries as possible in school STEM days could bring students' interests in a variety of careers connected to the local needs.”
-According to Kristan Solomon, there were many break-out sessions that gave affirmation that Timpson ISD is doing all the right things to meet our goals for our students and community. Other districts that are ten years into their STEM/Early College venture have implemented the same programs and continually strive to create the same growth mindset and culture that we are cultivating right here in Timpson, Texas. We believe that Timpson will be the very model that other districts will try to replicate in the near future.
-Don Calhoon attended the conference was impressed that other content areas like social studies can apply the aspects of STEM.
Timpson High School is in the top 4 Best High Schools in East Texas, an honor bestowed upon us by US News and World Report. We are proud of our school district and proud to be a BEAR!!!
See the attached photo showing those attending STEM conference. Dr. Munday and Ms. Cindy Sessions attended but are not present in the photo.
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, July 8, 2019, beginning at 12:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.
1. Call to order
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Open forum
4. Consent agenda
a. Minutes of the June 10, 2019 meeting of the board
b. Monthly financial reports
5. Consider for approval
a. Bank Depository Contract Extension
b. TASB Update 113
c. TASB Delegate Assembly
d. 2019-20 Teacher Salary Schedule
e. Budget Amendments
f. August Board Meeting and Budget Workshop
6. Superintendent’s Reports
a. Teachers’ Supplies for 2019-20
b. Articles of Interest
c. General Updates
7. Executive Session
8. Open Session
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The planetarium in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Cole STEM Building will offer three shows on Saturdays starting June 29.
“The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” is a matinee show that takes viewers on a journey through the solar system before landing on the dwarf planet Pluto. The show is at 3 p.m., and tickets are $3.
“Supervolcanoes,” presented at 4:30 p.m., explores volcanic phenomena and lets audiences experience recreations of cataclysmic past eruptions on earth. Offered at 7 p.m., “Dark Universe” introduces viewers to two cosmic mysteries — dark matter and dark energy.
“Hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, sail out to the far reaches of space, and be there for the birth of our own galaxy while exploring how our understanding of the universe has evolved over time,” said Ed Michaels, planetarium director.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students, and faculty and staff with ID.
In addition to the regularly scheduled shows in July, the planetarium will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a special tribute. Prior to each show, visitors will view a recreation of the last three minutes of the moon landing using historic audio between the astronauts and mission control. Audiences will also get to view photos of the six Apollo landing sites using images taken by the astronauts.
“These are full panoramic views of the moon’s surface, and you will feel like you are standing on it,” Michaels said.
For more information, to make a group reservation or view the schedule, visit planetarium.sfasu.edu.
OPEN MEETING NOTICE
Stephen F. Austin State University
Board of Regents Special Called Meeting
June 29, 2019
Austin Building 307
The Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University will convene a special called meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, according to the following agenda:
CALL TO ORDER IN OPEN SESSION
The board will move to executive session for consideration of the following item:
Consideration of Individual Personnel Matters Relating to Appointment, Employment, Evaluation, Assignment, Duties, Discipline, or Dismissal of an Officer or Employee, including but not limited to the president. (Texas Government Code, Section 551.074)
RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
ESTIMATED ADJOURNMENT OF BOARD MEETING (approximately 2:30 p.m.)
On June 25, 2019, Jeremy Haken, Public & Government Affairs Advisor, Luke Hendricks, Production Supervisor, and Kim Smith, Operations Assistant, all from Chevron, presented Mrs. Natalie Oswalt, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and Mr. Daniel Hall, School of Energy Instructor, with a $20,000 donation to support Panola College’s School of Energy program.
“Chevron has been a consistent partner to our energy program for many years,” said Mrs. Oswalt. “Their support has allowed us to provide our students with up to date equipment and training enabling them to be ready for the workforce upon graduation. We truly appreciate Chevron’s continued partnership.”
Photo: (L to R) Natalie Oswalt, Luke Hendricks, Kim Smith, Jeremy Haken, and Daniel Hall.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University opens its SummerStage Festival with two performances of “The Reluctant Dragon” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame and adapted by Mary Hall Surface, “The Reluctant Dragon” features El Campo sophomore Cameron Wall as Glaston, the young boy who forms a friendship with the peace-loving Dragon, played by Nacogdoches senior Alexis Beck and Katy sophomore Erik Brockman. General admission tickets are $8.
For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 and visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu for other show dates and times. The SummerStage Festival, which also features “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, continues through July 12.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, announced the recipients of SFA and Friends of the Visual Arts scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year at the opening of the 35th Annual Art Alliance Spring Show. More than $25,000 in scholarships was awarded.
• Sarah Bone, Richmond sophomore, awarded a Friends of the Visual Arts Scholarship;
• Erik Ordaz Lozano, Mexico City, Mexico, graduate student, awarded the Piero Fenci Scholarship for the Ceramic Arts;
• Ethan Donart, Sugarland junior, awarded the Art Alliance Scholarship and a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Mason Cullen, Cypress sophomore, awarded the Jack McKinney Memorial Art Scholarship and a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Madeline Castillo, League City senior, awarded the Eloise Chambers Adams Art Scholarship and a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Erin Kimball, incoming freshman from Flower Mound, awarded a Friends of the Visual Arts Scholarship;
• Aldo Ornelas, Chihuahua, Mexico, graduate student, awarded a Friends of the Visual Arts Scholarship;
• Shelby Locklin, Southlake junior, awarded a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Chloe Garrett, Orange sophomore, awarded a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• John Allen, Houston junior, awarded a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Joshua Castro-Donathen, Houston senior, awarded a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Savannah Heim, incoming freshman from Flower Mound awarded a 2019 School of Art Scholarship;
• Kailan Counahan, Rusk graduate student, awarded a 2019 School of Art Scholarship; and
• Emma Livingston, incoming freshman from Flower Mound, awarded a Regents’ Scholarship.
The Friends of the Visual Arts also sponsors and awarded the following five scholarships named for retired or current professors:
• Typhanie Shepherd, Lufkin junior, awarded the William E. Arscott Art Scholarship;
• Allison Silcox, Winnie junior, awarded the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship;
• Lucille Coleman, Yoakum senior, awarded the Charles D. Jones Art Scholarship;
• Cameron Sweet, Duncanville junior, awarded the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship; and
• Ericka Bates, Nacogdoches sophomore, awarded the Gary Parker Art Scholarship.
Talbot also announced the awards for the 36th Annual Art Alliance Spring Show held in the Art Building galleries. Juror was Michelle White, chief curator of the Menil Collection, Houston, and juror of Texas National 2019. She chose three art works to receive a cash award: Haley Campbell, Nacogdoches sophomore, for “Zorn Master Copy,” Jack Shanklin, Thousand Oaks, California, graduate student for “Teapot no. 1” and Typhanie Shepherd, Lufkin junior, for “Minglin’ Mingo.”
For information about the School of Art, call (936) 468- 4804 or visit http://www.art.sfasu.edu.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Given” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
The website https://www.giventhemovie.com describes “Given” as the simple yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle. Told through the visceral experience of a 6-year-old, “Given” follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations. Set in wave after wave of stunningly visual Earthscapes, “Given” blooms into a tender yet stirring exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his familial bonds and their reverence for nature.
Directed by Jess Bianchi, “Given” runs 72 minutes.
This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton and Main Street Nacogdoches.
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
Cutline: “Given” follows a surfing family from their island home through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations. The documentary will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, in The Cole Art Center.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Area residents are seeing SummerStage everywhere!
Stephen F. Austin State University theatre students involved in the School of Theatre’s SummerStage Festival have entertained young and old at East Texas libraries and at the Texas Blueberry Festival in downtown Nacogdoches. SummerStage posters are all over town. Ads and feature articles are in local newspapers. Students’ interviews have been heard on area radio stations.
But the only place to experience the SummerStage Festival is in W.M. Turner Auditorium in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Sponsored by Tipton-Ford-Lincoln, the festival, which runs June 27 through July 12, features the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and the beloved children’s story “The Reluctant Dragon.”
Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame and adapted by Mary Hall Surface, “The Reluctant Dragon” is the charming tale of an unlikely friendship between a young boy and a peace-loving dragon, and it’s about overcoming prejudice and fear in a small medieval domain. Theatre students have been taking the tale on the road where area children have enjoyed a sampling of what’s to come when the play opens the festival on Thursday, June 27.
“The children at the library performances really seemed to engage with our actors, and that was only a reading of the story,” said Dr. Slade Billew, assistant professor of theatre and director of “The Reluctant Dragon.” “I know that young people and adults alike will connect with the full performance and enjoy the fun and energy of the show.”
Attending a live theatre production like “The Reluctant Dragon” together as a family can strengthen relationships, according to Cleo House, director of the School of Theatre.
“Theatre inspires creativity in children, and a by-product of that creativity is self-expression and the ability to problem solve,” House said. “Of course, it is a fun time for them and the entire family. Believe it or not, research shows that families that attend the theatre together can increase their bonds to each other. It’s helpful to know that while you’re attending the theatre, you are doing many positive things at once.”
“The Reluctant Dragon” will be presented at 10 a.m. June 27 and 28 and July 5, 8, 10 and 11; at 2 p.m. June 27; and at 6:30 p.m. July 12. General admission tickets are $8.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with additional material by Jay Reiss and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, is about an eclectic group of sixth graders who make their way through a spelling competition where each, eager to win, reveals his/her hopes, struggles and passions through songs. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. July 9 and 12. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. This show has some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences (PG-13).
Pay-what-you-can performances for both SummerStage shows are on July 8.
All performances are in Turner Auditorium. Griffith Fine Arts Building is located at 2222 Alumni Drive. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu.
Cutline: On the road in Mount Enterprise performing scenes from “The Reluctant Dragon” are SFA theatre students, front from left, Wylie junior Drake St. Pierre; El Campo sophomore Cameron Wall; Wichita Falls sophomore Shelby Miller; Lufkin junior Katie Hargroue; back from left, Nacogdoches senior Alexis “Alli” Beck; Sour Lake senior Ian Ritchey; Katy sophomore Alexis Hargy; Baytown sophomore Triston Haq; and Katy sophomore Erik Brockman.
Parents can register their child for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year now! Click the link to our Tenaha ISD web page for a complete set of instructions. Existing students click the following link: http://tenahaisd.com/Page/1014 and follow the directions.
If you have any trouble registering student(s) please call Tenaha ISD 936-248-5000 ext. 401. If you do not have a computer and or internet access, computers will be available at Tenaha high school August 5th-14th for registration use.
All new students and new transfer student must enroll at the Tenaha High School office from August 5th-14th, 8:30am-3:00 pm.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University has received $1.8 million in funding from the Greater Texas Foundation, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and the James I. Perkins Family Foundation to support the JacksTeach STEM teacher preparation initiative in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
JacksTeach is a replication site of the UTeach Institute, a nationally recognized STEM teacher preparation program. Students in the program earn a four-year bachelor’s degree and a secondary teaching certification without adding any additional semesters of coursework.
Immersing students in a curriculum geared toward STEM education and connecting them with master teachers, JacksTeach ensures students graduate prepared for a variety of career options, including teaching, business, industry or continued study.
“This targeted approach to STEM secondary-teacher preparation is a positive step toward alleviating the severe shortage of qualified secondary STEM teachers throughout the primarily rural East Texas region and across the state,” said Dr. Kimberly M. Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
The first two JacksTeach courses provide an opportunity for students to explore STEM teaching as a career option. Tuition rebates are issued upon successful completion of the courses with additional scholarships and internships possible for those who continue to progress toward certification.
“Our focus is on the support of JacksTeach students as they navigate through their own education to a career in teaching,” said Dr. Lesa Beverly, co-director of JacksTeach and professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “We will provide mentoring and encourage a strong sense of community among the JacksTeach students while they are at SFA and after they enter their own classrooms.”
For more information, call (936) 468-3960, email email@example.com or visit the JacksTeach Center in the Bush Mathematical Sciences Building, Room 103.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Work is well underway to make this year’s 12x12 Scholarship Fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University another success.
The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch pieces of art created by approximately 80 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas. Anyone may silently bid on the unique one-of-a-kind pieces, according to Crystal Hicks, event committee chairwoman.
“The 12x12 event is the main fundraiser for the FVA,” says Hicks. “It’s a fun and lively night, and the FVA members work for months to collect the art and plan the evening.”
Silent bidding ($250 minimum) begins Tuesday, July 2, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House and will continue up to the day of the art party, which is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the art center. Starting bids drop to $100 the night of the event, and raffle tickets will be sold five for $20.
“You could possibly take home a valuable piece of art for a $20 investment,” said Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries.
The purpose of 12x12 is to raise funds for the FVA scholarships and grants that that are awarded to SFA art students. Between $12,000 and $15,000 is awarded annually in scholarships to deserving students in the School of Art.
The awards help students defray the costs of special projects for art classes or M.B.A./B.A. exhibitions. Some recipients have attended conferences or gone on school trips that will help with their professional development. This has included Maymester trips for art students to go to Italy. The organization also awards scholarships for elementary school students to attend the SFA Art Academy.
“The FVA’s mission is to support the arts in our community,” said Hicks. “Thanks to events like the 12x12 and other initiatives throughout the year, we’re able to see firsthand how the funds we raise benefit students and art lovers alike.”
The annual 12x12 art auction and party is a summer favorite of many East Texans, but no one appreciates the effort that goes into the planning and the donated art more than the students who benefit from the work of generous volunteers and artists.
“I became involved in the 12x12 event when I was an adult student at SFA,” said Michelle Filer, donating artist. “I saw firsthand how the scholarships and grants allowed students the opportunity to create art and follow their dreams by enabling them financially to afford to do so. I believe a sign of a strong and thriving community shows through the viability of its support of the arts.”
“Local artists, as well as former students and professors, provide original works of art for this event,” Hicks said. “It’s a blast to rub elbows with the artists and other art lovers. The 12x12 show is more than just a fundraiser; it’s a way to celebrate and grow the art community in the area.”
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about 12x12 or to become a sponsor, call The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-6557.
Cutline: This entry by Wally Knight is among the artwork that will be available for bidding in this year’s 12x12 Scholarship Fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA. Silent biding starts July 2 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The upcoming performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Stephen F. Austin State University may present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Nacogdoches family.
Jamie and Rosalyn Couch and their son, Jason, will perform together as characters in the musical comedy in W.M. Turner Auditorium in Griffith Fine Arts Building – the same building where SFA students Jamie and Roz first met while auditioning for a play some 27 years ago.
“My husband and I first met at an audition in 1992 for a Downstage Theatre production of ‘Overruled’ by George Bernard Shaw,” Roz said. “We were cast as husband and wife. Little did we realize that not only would we be married in real life six years later, but we would one day have a son, Jason, who would be a theatre student at our alma mater. Now, we have the incredible privilege of treading the boards of Turner Auditorium again, this time as a whole family.”
The SFA School of Theatre’s SummerStage Festival runs June 27 through July 12, and in addition to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” it features the beloved children’s story “The Reluctant Dragon.” The festival is sponsored in part by Tipton-Ford-Lincoln.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with additional material by Jay Reiss and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, is about an eclectic group of sixth graders who make their way through a spelling competition where each, eager to win, reveals his/her hopes, struggles and passions through songs.
In “Bee,” Roz plays Rona Lisa Peretti, the very enthusiastic organizer of the competition. She keeps the spelling bee running smoothly and provides color commentary about the spellers. Jamie plays Vice Principal Douglas Panch, a frustrated and somewhat cynical educator who finds his faith in and understanding of human nature both renewed and enriched by the experience of meeting the kids of the bee. Jason plays contestant Chip Tolentino.
“Chip Tolentino has been a fun character to expand on over the course of the rehearsal process,” Jason said. “Although he's used to getting his way, his experiences in the bee take him down a few notches, and he begins to understand that 'life is random and unfair.'”
Growing up in Mesquite, Roz Rommel participated in theatre throughout high school. She was the first female tech director at North Mesquite High School as well as historian for the school’s International Thespian Society Troupe.
“During high school, I participated in SFA’s High School Summer Theatre Workshop,” she said. “The Theatre Department impressed me with its quality and convinced me to choose SFA for my college career.” She came to SFA in 1990 to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, double-majoring in theatre and English.”
At SFA, Roz performed in many Mainstage Series productions, including “Once upon a Mattress,” “Talking Pictures,” “Mistress of the Inn,” “Gypsy,” “Pippin” and “Romeo and Juliet.” She also did technical work for a number of other Mainstage productions and acted in and performed tech work for many Downstage productions.
Jamie’s interest in theatre began as a theatre-goer in high school, but his decision to step onto the stage came in college.
“I was an English major who was seeking greater insight and understanding regarding dramatic literature, especially Shakespeare,” he said. “I didn't want to be an English professor whose knowledge of drama was limited to what was printed on the page. I needed a practical understanding of how the theatre worked. I also wanted the language of Shakespeare to be as familiar to me as my own modern American English. I obtained all that – and so much more.
“In the years since I first auditioned and was cast in a production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as a sophomore in college, I've performed in over 40 productions,” he said “I've done musicals, children's shows, many classical plays, and worked with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. I've been an assistant director, a stage manager and a combat choreographer, but the vast majority of my experience has been as an actor. The theatre has enriched my life immeasurably. It's how I met my wife, who also happens to be my best friend.”
Being raised by two people with an extensive amount of experience with theatre greatly influenced Jason’s interest in acting. His first role was in a community theatre production of “A Christmas Carol.” He was 6 and portrayed Tiny Tim.
“I've participated in numerous theatre programs, such as Junior Jacks, and I acted throughout my entire high school career,” he said. “I can't put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity to be in a Mainstage musical.”
Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA and director of the play, has known Roz and Jamie for years. Jamie performed in “Hamlet” the first semester Bacarisse was at SFA and again in “Blithe Spirit,” both directed by Allen Oster. Over the years, she has seen Roz perform as different characters at events at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village.
“When it was decided that we were going to do this musical, I knew that I wanted to have real adults play the adult parts,” Bacarisse said. “I asked Roz to participate first, and then we broached the idea of Jamie joining the show. I wanted to work with alumni of the department. And it worked out that they are celebrating an anniversary while we are doing this!” (The Couches will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in July.)
It wasn’t until after the adult characters were cast that auditions were held for the students to play the ‘kids,’” Bacarisse said. “It was just good luck and talent that landed Jason in the same show.”
Today, Roz is owner of Rozjam Entertainment, providing singing telegrams and other entertainment in the Nacogdoches area. Jamie is a faculty member in the Department of English and Creative Writing in SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Jason is a freshman theatre student at SFA.
“‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is a musical, so it’s great fun, and in particular, it’s enormously creative because it includes audience participation and comedic ad libs,” Roz said. “Everyone in the cast is amazingly talented, and I often feel like my character – amazed at their (as Rona says in the play) ‘extraordinary ability.’
“Although Jamie and I performed in several productions together in college, the chance to perform with him as well as Jason may be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I’m savoring every moment,” Roz added.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. July 9 and 12. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. This show has some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences (PG-13).
“The Reluctant Dragon,” based on the book by Kenneth Grahame and adapted by Mary Hall Surface, is the charming tale of an unlikely friendship between a young boy and a peace-loving dragon, and it’s about overcoming prejudice and fear in a small medieval domain. “The Reluctant Dragon” will be presented at 10 a.m. June 27 and 28 and July 5, 8, 10 and 11; at 2 p.m. June 27; and at 6:30 p.m. July 12. General admission tickets are $8.
Pay-what-you-can performances for both shows are on July 8.
All performances are in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.
For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu.
Cutline: Jason, Roz and Jamie Couch rehearse a scene from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a feature of this year’s SummerStage Festival at SFA. The festival runs June 27 through July 12 and also features the children’s show “The Reluctant Dragon.”
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – New dates for Guitar Camp offered by the Music Preparatory Division of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University are July 23 through 26.
Larry Greer, who teaches guitar at SFA and Angelina College, is camp director. The camp is from 2 to 3 p.m. each day at the Music Prep House, located at 3028 Raguet St.
Lessons are designed for students ages 10 and up. Tuition is $50, and guitar rental is $10. Lessons are provided in rock, country, classical and jazz. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Register for the camp by visiting www.music.sfasu.edu/prep, or contact Music Prep director Pat Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call (936) 468-129l. Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Star Re-Test Information - The schedule for STAAR re-test is as follows:
STAAR EOC English I-Monday, June 24, 8:30 AM
STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, and US History-Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 AM
STAAR EOC English II-Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 AM
STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Math-Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 AM
STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Reading-Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 AM
**Free breakfast is served every morning until 8:30 a.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria**
Timpson Independent School District
PO Drawer 370
Timpson, TX 75975
The Summer camps keep rolling at Panola College this summer as they host the Drum Major Camp this week! This specialty camp offers expert instruction for high school drum majors from all over East Texas. "We have 32 drum majors from 18 schools. 27 high school and 5 junior high. 3 UIL Regions are represented, Regions 4,22, & 10.
Students as far south as Nederland, north to DeKalb, and west as Jacksonville are represented. It has been a great turn out for our first camp here at Panola College and we are excited about making it grow" says Panola College Band Director Dwaine Hubbard. The Final Competition and the camp day will be Friday at 10:00 AM at the CHS Indoor Facility.