Fan Bus for Italy High School Students


There will be a fan bus for Italy High School students who would like to attend the football game in Hubbard Friday. The bus will leave the football field at 6 on Friday. Permission slips will go home with high school students Tuesday and must be returned, to Mrs. Ballard, by the close of business on Wednesday. Students should pay close attention to the weather for Friday and dress appropriately.

Central Baptist Church of Italy will sponsor Operation Christmas Child


Girls in Action from Central Baptist Church in Italy will sponsor an Operation Christmas Child with a “Fill the Shoebox” Packing Party on Sunday, November 8, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Bring your bags of items to Central Baptist Church, 113 S. Ward St., in the Fellowship Center. You can help pack the boxes if you want to!

Ellis County Prescription Drug Take Back Events Collect 927 lbs.

Ellis County citizens participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, September 26, 2015. After cleaning out their medicine cabinets of expired and unused Prescription and Over-the-Counter medications, and dropping them off at one of the Prescription Drug Take Back Locations around the county for an environmentally safe and proper disposal.

High school locked down temporarily

Parents and Community: The following information is being provided to help understand a situation that occurred today. At approximately 1:09 PM employees of the high school became aware of a domestic disturbance on Park St. The Italy police department was notified. The decision was made to enter a Code Yellow Lock Down. This type lock down prevents students, and community members from leaving and/or entering the building. During the lock down the faculty and staff ensured all doors were secured and students were safe.

Italy Main Street Market & Community Wide Garage Sale—Saturday, October 24, 2015


Italy will once again have the Italy Main Street Market & Community Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The focal point of this event will be an opportunity for community members in and around Italy to set up mini-garage sale booths in Italy’s downtown Pavilion. Citizens are urged to have garage sales at their home as well. It will be a great opportunity for you to clean out a closet or two as well as finding your next piece for that DIY Pinterest project you have been wanting to do.

Dog Found


If you know who this very adorable dog belongs to, please contact me at 469.285.9854. Found on October 8, 2015 in the vicinity of Stafford Elementary.

Obituary: Jack Guthrie, Sr., 1924 — 2015

Jack Guthrie, age 91, of Italy, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Italy. He was born October 4, 1924 in Avalon to Alvin W. and Elfie (Green) Guthrie. Jack was a loving father, grandfather and great/great grandfather. He was the pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Italy for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Guthrie, December 21, 2009.

Parent Nomination for Gifted/Talented at Stafford Elementary is underway


Italy ISD offers services to gifted and talented students in a variety of formats. If your student is not currently identified as gifted and talented, and you believe that your child shows these tendencies, then you may nominate him/her for the screening process which is divided into three elements: standardized test of mental ability, teacher judgment based on observation and characteristics, and standardized achievement test scores (if available).

Obituary: William Randle Compton, 1954 — 2015


Randy fought a long brave battle with Head & Neck cancer and was called home to rest on Friday October 2, 2015. His family would like to express how very blessed and honored Randy and his family were by all of the love, support, and prayers they have received the last few years from their wonderful family, friends, church family, and coworkers.

Lady Gladiator Volleyball Senior Night October 13, 2015


The Senior Lady Gladiator volleyball players will be congratulated on a job well done in volleyball throughout their years in high school on October 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM in the dome for senior night. Let’s pack the dome to make this a special night for the seniors! Afterward, please stay to yell for the Lady Gladiators as they defeat Garland-Alpha! We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

Italy’s National Night Out will feature Kickball games!


The Italy Police Department are putting final plans together for the 2015 National Night Out to be held on Tuesday, October 6th. from 6pm to 9pm This year’s event will be held at the Upchurch Ball Fields where two of the fields will be used for friendly kickball games for ALL ages.

Italy ISD Child Find Notice

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students.

Gladiator Athletic Booster Club Meeting set for Wednesday, September 23

The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club has called a meeting for Wednesday September 23, 2015 at 7pm in HS Library. We will be discussing solutions to improve the program to make us even stronger. If you have any ideas or comments please feel free to join us. The Athletic Booster Club is always looking for volunteers to help make this club successful.

Gladiator Booster Club’s Fall Sports Program Personal Ad Order Form


Here is your chance to purchase a personal ad for your son or daughter in the 2015 Fall Sports Program. This is a great opportunity for you to say a “good luck and farewell” in the program you can keep for years to come – at a completely reasonable price. Re- member these memories last forever! In addition to supporting a great school and sports program, your son or daughter will be thrilled to see the personal recognition.