Raffle for Dobsonian telescope is underway

Image: Raffle Prize

The Italy High School junior class will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a telescope. The scope is an 1100mm x 135mm Dobsonian with two eyepieces, a 3x barlow, a halo type spotting scope, and a cherrywood base. It is currently on display in the Italy High School library.

IJH Boys look strong against Irving North Hills

Image: Roldan pressures — Kevin Roldan(41) pressures the outlet pass.

The Italy 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams thrilled fans inside the Italy Coliseum on Thursday. The 7th Grade team picked up their second win this season, both wins coming against Irving North Hills, while the 8th grade team lead for three quarters before losing by 2-points in their rematch with Irving North Hills.
Scores and stats from the Italy Jr High Girls’ games against Irving North Hills are also included at the end of this article.

January 2010 is School Board Recognition Month


Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to help highlight the contributions of dedicated men and women who take the time to care about our local schools. The Italy ISD will join districts across the state to thank board members for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing local school districts.

Balloons headed to the North Pole

Image: Balloons With Christmas Wishes — I see my note!

Last Friday around 11:45 Stafford kindergartners could be seen sending many multi colored balloons up into the sky. But these were not just ordinary balloons, oh no, these balloons had letters to Santa Claus inside. They were headed to the North Pole.

NJHS Inducts New Members

Image: Smiling new faces — Name Withheld, Megan Hooker, Jessica Wilkins, Bailey Walton, Joseph Pitts, Taylor Turner, Monserrat Figueroa, Adam Michaels, Cody Medrano, Anna Westbrook,  and Justin Wood. (Not pictured is Jessica Garcia).

Friends and family gathered together in the IHS band hall on Thursday night to honor the new inductees for the National Junior Honor Society. New officers were elected and sworn in to their new jobs.

Italy High School has decoration contest

Image: The Winners! — Mrs. Davis, Morgan, Nathon, Blake and Mr. Destafani stand in “their” hallway.

The CB&I class were the unanimous winners in the annual hallway decorating contest at Italy High School. These students wanted to get the school in the swing of the season and this message was loud and clear by their hallway decoration creation.

Vivian Moreland receives top teaching award

Image: Special guests — Vivian Moreland sits with her family and Italy ISD administrators and trustees.

Vivian Moreland, Italy High School English teacher, was honored at a surprise assembly Monday morning at the school as one of the Top 10 teachers in the State of Texas. In addition to the Italy Board of Trustees, High School faculty and students were in attendance to honor her.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, December 15, 2009


On Tuesday, December 15th the Italy ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Band Hall of the Italy High School campus and will begin at 7:15pm. Agenda items include monthly financial reports and a budget amendment. There is also an agenda item regarding the drainage problem with the football field.

Fifth annual Reading Marathon scheduled at Italy High School

The fifth annual Reading Marathon will be in full swing Dec. 7-11 at the Italy High School Library! Students, faculty and staff will be participating in a week-long event that will have someone constantly reading in the “Reading Parlor” in the library from 8 a.m. Monday morning December 7 until school dismisses at 3:20 p.m. Friday, December 11.

Awards and more awards

Image: Cute Sixth Graders — Amber Hooker, Julissa Hernandez,Cassidy Childers and Ashlyn Jacinto proudly display their honor ribbons.

Friday morning at 9:00 AM the gymnasium at Stafford Elementary was filled with smiling students and lots of friends and family members. They were there to see all the awards being given out for the second six-weeks honors assembly.

Corrections made 11:00am, November 30, 2009.

Veterans honored at local program

Image: John Henry Greer — Elmerine Allen Bell held the portrait of her Great Uncle John.  He registered for World War I in our hometown around 1917.  He traveled to France as a foot soldier and still has a copy of his registration papers.

Red, white and blue were the colors of the day on Wednesday. Local veterans were honored at Italy High School with a commemorative program and a reception. Special music, photographs of days gone by and a guest speaker were on the agenda.

Today’s pep rally could win free Casey Donahew concert for school


Today the Italy High School cheerleaders will host a pep rally for the Gladiator football team as they travel to Itasca to take on the Wampus Cats. But this is no everyday pep rally. The radio station 106.9 The Ranch will be at the pep rally to determine if Italy High School is worthy of being awarded a free Casey Donahew Band concert! The students are asking that EVERYONE come to the pep rally today!

Goblins, Witches and Monsters – Oh No!

Image: Here Comes the Parade — We have an angel, Santa’s helper and a really cute clown heading the parade.

Lots of smiles and lots of laughter could be seen and heard on Friday in the halls of Stafford Elementary. The reason for this? – It was the Stafford Elementary’s annual parade of costumes. Some of the cutest little monsters, aliens, witches, goblins, ballerinas, and even a little baker man could be seen parading the halls.