How important is politics to students at the local high school? According to the senior government class in Italy, elections are a priority and according to teacher, Coach Steven Coleman, life lessons are to be learned as well.
On Monday, October 19, 2009 the Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a Board workshop followed by a regular monthly meeting. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the superintendents office. The regular meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be conducted in the band hall of the Italy High School Campus. Both meeting locations can be found at the Italy High School campus at 300 South College.
The Italy High School and Junior High have released their “A” and “A/B” Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2009-2010 school year.
Reminiscent of Rocky III, when Rocky Balboa was pitted against Mr. T’s Clubber Lang character, the Italy Junior High whipped the Hubbard Jaguars in four rounds of football. Hubbard, with only a tie on their record coming into the game, now have a loss to go with that tie thanks to a surging Italy Junior High team that improved their record to 2-1.
After monitoring staff and student illness-related absenteeism, our school district will dismiss @ 1:30p.m. on both Thursday & Friday, October 15th and 16th.
McTeacher Night was Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and just about everybody from Italy was at McDonalds showing their community support to help raise money for Stafford Elementary.
Due to the heavy rains and road closings the parent meeting and booster club meeting that was scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. The meetings will be rescheduled.
Italy ISD offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years and to children from birth through 21 years who have a hearing or visual impairment.
On Tuesday, October 13, immediately following the Italy High School/Jr High Parent meeting, the Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet. Coach Craig Bales, Italy ISD Athletic Director will speak at the meeting. Parents/Guardians who have interest in Italy ISD athletic programs are asked to attend.
Mark Jackson, Milford volunteer fire chief, and his volunteers presented fire safety tips for Milford elementary students Thursday.
Carter Blood Drive will be at Italy High School on October 8th from 10:30 to 5:00 in the old gymnasium. Please, come out and help save a life by donating blood.
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).
The Italy Independent School District is working with local, county, state and federal authorities to ensure that we are prepared for flu season this fall and winter. Be assured that Italy ISD is taking extra sanitation measures every day at every building on campus.
Last week’s Scholastic Book Fair was absolutely fantastic! Our total sales were $7,547…breaking all records! Because our sales were over $5,000, we are able to take 60% of sales for profit…plus some additional profit rewards for hosting family night, lunch with someone you love, decorating for the theme, teachers’ classroom wish lists, and One for Books. That means that our Stafford students will enjoy $4,689.48 in more books for the library!
The Italy High School Class of 1989 celebrated their 20-year reunion during Homecoming weekend in Italy on Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday evening from six o’clock to 7:30 the place to be was Stafford Elementary in the library. There were books, books and more books. Along with all the books were students with their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all trying to decide which books they were going to purchase.
With careful planning and coordination, the Italy High School Homecoming Parade came off without a hitch. The entries moved up College Street and straight downtown before they headed back to the dome. It looked like the strong spirit of the Gladiator was standing straight and tall.
The 2009 Italy High School Homecoming festivities will begin this Friday, September 25. The afternoon will be chocked full of activities beginning at 3:00. Both the High School and Stafford Elementary campuses will be releasing students from classes early so that everyone can join in the fun.
There was no one more excited or happier about getting a Monolithic Dome for Avalon ISD than David Del Bosque (superintendent). He really loves their dome. So it was very apt behavior when a storm was arriving last night to invite the community to sit out the storm in the Avalon Multipurpose Center.
Tonight is Family Night at the Stafford Elementary Book Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. All parents, grandparents and friends can join the students for a fun-filled night at the book fair. The Book Fair will be held in the Library at Stafford Elementary, 301 Harris Street, Italy.
The Student Council took charge of the voting and the student body decided on five senior candidates for Homecoming King 2009. The winner will be crowned on Friday.
At ten o’clock Monday morning at Stafford Elementary the front yard of the school was covered with Stafford students holding whirling pinwheels up in the sky. It was quite a site to see! The students made the beautiful and brightly colored pinwheels themselves and were excited to be part of the International Day of Peace project.
The Italy School Board of Directors held a special called meeting Monday evening to discuss the school’s overall Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas for the 2007-2008 district year.
It is not too late to enter your bike, trike or any other entry into the homecoming parade. The parade will start at 3:00 on Friday, September 25, 2009. Please begin lining up at 2:30. If you do not have an entry in the parade, please come out and support our Italy Gladiators by rooting them on. We hope to see everybody there.
The Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a called meeting and a regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 21, 2009. The meetings, which are open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the band hall of the Italy High School Campus at 300 South College.
Homecoming is just around the corner and with the George Scott Memorial Scholarship dinner, football games and the alumni returning for one more look at the old alma mater, the time has come for class princesses and queen nominees.
When Jennifer Holley was attending college she had every intention of being a research scientist. Finding a great cure to an incurable disease really appealed to her. Upon further study of her career choice she decided it was not for her.
From the time Kristie Holley was a little girl she always wanted to be a school teacher. Kristie said, “When I was a little girl I would line up my dolls and play school. I always wanted to be a teacher.” Now Kristie is living that childhood dream at Stafford Elementary as their new sixth grade teacher.
The PSAT/NMQST will be administered at Italy High School on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. The PSAT is a standardized test that provdies practice taking the SAT. It also enables students to enter the NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The cafeteria at Stafford Elementary was filled with laughter and fun on Friday at lunch time because Stafford Elementary was celebrating Grandparents Day. Lots of grandparents were on the scene bringing lunch and sharing a meal with their grandchildren.
Stafford Elementary Library will host its annual Scholastic Book Fair the week of Sept. 21-25. The fair will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Friday from 8-10 a.m. in the library.
Although Italy’s 7th Grade football team tied the Palmer Bulldogs 0-0 in their Thursday scrimmage, they did manage to beat the rain. Italy did forgoe it’s last offensive series due to lightning and ultimately rain. However, the 8th Grade and JV teams will have to wait until next Thursday against Malakoff.
Ronola Shears was happily living and working in Dallas for CBI as assistant to the controller. It has always been her husband’s (Terry Shears) dream to move from the big city to a small town and purchase a house with a few acres of land. Two years ago this dream became his reality which meant Ronola had to commute from Avalon to Dallas. “It was a very hard year commuting back and forth from Avalon to Dallas. I wouldn’t get home until seven at night,” explained Ronola.
Brandy Hamilton was quite surprised when she realized her passion was for teaching. She had gotten her degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting. Never did she think she would end up teaching and loving every minute of it.
Cockran always wanted to be a teacher. Before she started her teaching career she was a “stay at home mom”. “I always wanted to be a teacher but waited until my children were old enough to begin my teaching career. When my children started school, I did too.”
The Avalon Eagles are starting their third year in organized football. Avalon’s, JV and Varsity Six-Man Football squads scrimmaged the Bynum Bulldogs in Bynum this past Friday. The Eagles expect to have their best season since first putting on the shoulder pads back in 2005.
Milord ISD had a wonderful turn out for Meet the Teacher night Thursday evening. Marilee Byrne, (principal of Milford ISD) said, “We are glad that so many of our parents came. This is probably one of the better turnouts that we have had for Meet the Teacher Night in several years and we are so excited that our parents are interested. This way we can have more parent involvement and partnership with the parents in educating our students.”
The halls were over flowing with happy parents, smiling students and all the teachers at Stafford Elementary Thursday evening for “Meet the Teacher Night”.
Avalon ISD was ready for Meet the Teacher Night. Everyone was there Thursday evening. Students and parents were meeting teachers and learning where all the class rooms were located. Teachers were happy to meet their new students and ready to make this year a good one for all.
Does the Japanese art of Raku sound like it would be fun to learn? How about the Chocolate Lovers Workshop? “Sample 7-11 kinds of chocolate while learning interesting facts.” Knitting, crochet or basic dog obedience are interesting. It’s time to register for class and just a simple drive north will start your life time of adventures.
On Tuesday night, at the conclusion of the parent meeting with Ms. Parker, the new principal at Italy High School, the Athletic Booster Club past president, Becky Milligan, addressed the parents, “If you are a parent of an athlete or support Italy athletics, we invite you to join the Booster Club. The club has new fundraising ideas and we want to build a program that will keep building.”
On Tuesday night, the Italy High School cafeteria was filled with parents, faculty and school board members to meet the new principal, Tanya Parker. Superintendent, Jimmy Malone, introduced the newest member of the administration to the crowd.
New principal at Italy High School, Tanya Parker, has invited all high school and jr high parents to a short meeting on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00pm. “At this meeting, I want to welcome you to the 2009-2010 school year, share my vision and focus, inform you of where we stand as a school now, and where I would like to see us in the future. I will also be asking for volunteers to assist in this ‘journey’ as well as to assist in planning the roadmap of our future,” Parker wrote in a recent letter to all parents. Parker wants all parents to “come together as a learning community with a common vision and focus with an emphasis on academic and athletic excellence.”
The Italy School Board of Trustees adopted a tax rate of $1.2410 per $100 valuation at its monthly meeting held Monday evening.
On Saturday morning, the birds were singing, the sun was shining and all was right with the world. That’s how some people felt. That was the day Roy Glaspy was awarded the first scholarship given by Hobbs Feed on Hwy 77 and 34, next to Mansell’s. The newest business in town, owners Joyce and James Hobbs want to be a part of this community.
Marilee Byrne is the principal for Milford ISD. “One of our biggest accomplishments this year was we were able to make recognized in our accountability rating and we are very proud of that.”
The Board of Trustees of the Italy ISD will have a meeting on Monday, August 17, 2009. The meeting will begin with a budget workshop that will move into a budget hearing. The board will then reconvene into the regular monthly meeting. Agenda items for this meeting include the consideration of purchasing a 2010 School Bus and adoptions of resolutions setting the tax rates.
Carolyn Maevers is a very dedicated principal for Stafford Elementary. Her goal for her students is for them to do their best and aim for the top scores in school and in life.
Margret Day, principal of Avalon ISD cannot wait for school to start. She was very impressed with what the students accomplished last year and cannot wait to see what they will achieve this year.
School is just around the corner, so that means homecoming is right behind. Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2009. Last year marked the return of the Italy Homecoming parade.