IHS Holds Mock Election

Image: Election workers tabulate — Coach Coleman and the senior government class takes care of the vote count.  Each was tabulated and carefully watched.

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.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meetings, October 19, 2009

Image: Agenda, October 19, 2009

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.

Junior High KO’s Hubbard in 4 rounds, 26-6

Image: Trevon Robertson — He’s got his gloves and his mouthpiece, Trevon’s ready to enter the turf ring and go four rounds with Hubbard.

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.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting October 13

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.

Parent Nominations for Gifted/Talented

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).

Stafford Book Fair a Great Success

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 Scholastic Book Fair at Stafford Elementary

Image: Students and Clifford — These students couldn’t get enough of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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.

Italy High School surrounds the town with Homecoming

Image: King Oscar — Senior Oscar Gonzales wins the crown for Homecoming King.

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.

Italy Homecoming 2009 schedule of events

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.

Avalon ISD Subscribes to Flashalert

Image: Avalon ISD’s Dome  - During Monday night’s storm the community of Avalon was invited to come sit out the storm in this multi purpose dome.

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.

Whirled Peace!

Image: Many, Many Pinwheels — Stafford students display their pinwheels with pride.

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.

Italy Homecoming Parade 2009

Image: One of last years’ floats

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.

IHS Homecoming Nominees Announced

Image: Queen nominees and class Princesses — (L-R Back Row) Freshman Princesses Jameka Copeland and Sierra Harris, Sophomore Kaitlyn Rossa and Junior Shelbi Gilley; (Front Row) Senior Queen Nominees-Meagan Hopkins, Drew Windham, Lexie Miller and Courtney Westbrook

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.

Kristie Holley lives a childhood dream

Image: Kristie Holley — Kristie Holley is Stafford Elementary’s new sixth grade teacher.

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.

PSAT testing date set at Italy High School

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.

Italy’s 7th Grade football team beat the rain

Image: Takes time for a pose — Jesica Wilkins stops cheering for a Kodak moment.

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 Avalon ISD’s newest aide

Image: Ronola Shears — Ronola Shears is Avalon’s newest aid and the love for her pre-schoolers has convinced her to go back and get certified to teach.

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.

Milford ISD Meet the Teacher Night

Image: Superintendent Meeting Parents — Don Clingenpeel meeting the parents at Meet the Teacher Night. Mr. Clingenpeel said, “We are looking forward to a great year, our ratings were high this year and we are going to pick up where we left off and go from there.”

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.”

Avalon ISD Meet the Teacher Night

Image: Mrs Day welcomes parents — Margret Day (principal for Avalon ISD) welcomes everyone back to school.

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.

Lighthouse For Learning


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.

Italy Athletic Booster Club goes full steam ahead

Image: Italy is #1 — The newest design by Barry Byers is a great new t-shirt for the Athletic Booster Club.

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.”

Parker opens the way for communication

Image: Tanya Parker — New IHS principal, Tanya Parker, explained to parents in a meeting Tuesday night, she expects excellence from each student.

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.

Parent Meeting At Italy High School

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.”

Hobbs Feed Awards Scholarship

Image: Roy and Hobbs — Roy Glaspy, recent graduate of Italy High School, stands with his mom, Lisa Poarch and Joyce and James Hobbs of Hobbs Feed Store.  Roy is the first recipient of a scholarship from the newest business in town.

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.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting August 17, 2009

Image: Italy ISD School Board Meeting Agenda – August 17, 2009

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.