Myla Wilson leaving Italy ISD

Image: Myla Wilson is taking a fabulous job opportunity at Desoto ISD.

Myla Wilson has been the principal for Stafford Elementary for a very short time. And in that short time she has had a big impact on our school. We now have a student council and a choir to name just a few of the positive programs she instituted. Her last day is this Friday. She has been offered a wonderful job opportunity with DeSoto ISD.

Preserving our roots

Image: LaJada Jackson mistress of ceremonies.

Thursday morning the cafeteria was full with students, teachers, family and friends celebrating Black History Month. With the help of the choir, students and guest speakers, it was a huge success.

Science Fair at Stafford Elementary

Image: James Berry (2nd grade) took second place for his experiment on types of soil to use for planting.

It has been a while since they have had a science fair at Stafford Elementary but the students and staff picked up the ball and ran with it. The science fair was quite the success. The students tried really hard and you could tell it in their projects.

It’s been a great first semester

Image: Myla Wilson (principal) is ready for the challenges the second semester brings with preparing for the STAR test.

It is tough being the new kid on the block. But when you work with some of the best teachers and staff it makes it easy. Myla Wilson has made it through her first semester as principal at Stafford Elementary and is ready for the second semester.

Don’t ever give up, even if you are told “NO.”

Image: Michael Finklea. a known children’s author, visits many schools teaching the students you can do anything if you just don’t give up.

Everyone knows Stafford Elementary tries very hard to give our kids everything they need for a good education. And that they help the students realize their potential and back it up with guests that reinforce the positive. Such as Michael Finklea the author of children’s books such as Fester the Pester, Tardy Marty, Creepers, Creepers Part Two and many more.

Teaching the value of giving at Stafford Elementary

Image: Jaylon Lusk, Carson Holley, Tanner Chambers, Sydney Lowenthall and Lajada Jackson make up part of the Stafford Elementary student council.

Everyone I know has a change jar. You know, the jar you put all your change in when your pockets and purse are full. You don’t want to carry it around so you put it in a “change” jar. Well, after a while that change adds up quick and this is exactly what the students at Stafford Elementary learned when trying to help the victims of hurricane Sandy.

Christmas Spirit decks the halls at Stafford Elementary

Image: Talk about a Christmas wonderland!

As you walk down the halls of Stafford Elementary you think you have stepped into a Christmas wonderland. Christmas lights in all colors adorn the ceilings and Christmas trees decorated in fine style line the halls. There is even a hall with beautiful green wreaths hanging from the ceiling hand made by Stafford students.

Italy Schools participated in area wide USA Bowling Special Olympics

Image: Montavian McDaniel Stands to receive his bronze metal.

Italy Elementary and Italy High School CBI students recently participated in the Special Olympics Bowling tournament held at USA Bowl in Dallas. According to Mrs. Young (High School CBI teacher) and Mrs. Cox (Stafford Elementary CBI teacher) the students were excited and ready to bowl and I would say they were right on target by all the ribbons and medals they brought home.

Trunk or Treat at Stafford Elementary

Image: These students are having fun.

This year at Stafford Elementary the students were treated to “Trunk or Treat” coordinated by the Stafford Elementary PTO. The teachers, staff and lots of parents handed out lots of candy from the trunks of their cars and trucks. The back parking lot was filled with students and creatively decorated vehicles. They went all out!

Italy ISD Gifted and Talented Program nominations due

November 9th is the last date to nominate students for the gifted and talented program at the elementary and the high school. If anyone wants to nominate a student to be tested for the Gifted and Talented Program, they should get the required paperwork submitted to Melissa Bedard at the elementary or to Sharan Farmer at the high school. The Gifted and Talented nomination forms are on the IISD website under Special Programs.

Stafford Elementary needs your help!


Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and family members as well as the entire community. Stafford Elementary along with help from Italy PTO want to give your children a wonderful Halloween treat! But they need your help.

Six Weeks Honor Assembly at Stafford Elementary

Image: Myla Wilson (principal) is welcoming the crowd and introducing Tatum Adams for singing the Star Spangled Banner.

It is that time again! It is time to celebrate Stafford students for a job well done at the awards assembly for the first six weeks of school. And again, as usual, everyone was there in the cafeteria. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and tons of relatives were seen clapping loudly for the great job the students had done.

Italy Volunteer Firemen teach fire safety

Image: Miss Hellner’s fourth grade class enjoying Fire Safety Week at Stafford.

Monday at Stafford Elementary the Italy volunteer firemen drove up in their beautiful, red shinny fire engine. No, there was not a fire! These wonderful volunteer firemen of the Italy Volunteer Fire Department donated their time to the students to help them learn how to be safe in case of a fire.

Stafford Elementary Spotlight: Amy McCleskey

Image: First grade teacher Amy McClusky

Amy McCleskey started college not knowing what she wanted to do. She knew it had to be something that involved interacting with children because of her love for them. Her career choice was between teaching and pediatric nursing. Lucky for Stafford Elementary she chose teaching and has now taught there for ten years.

We are begining at the beginning

Image: Tracy Williams, Kindergarden teacher at Stafford Elementary

Kindergarten, what a wonderful grade to teach! The students are thrilled to be at school and can’t wait to learn everything you have to teach them. They are like little blank books ready for their pages to be written in. Stafford Elementary has just the right teacher for the job.

Stafford Elementary Meet the Teacher Night

Image: Mrs. Hellner (4th grade teacher) and Evie Hernandez.

The halls of Stafford Elementary were filled to the “gills” with children, parents, teachers and staff. You guessed it, it was Meet the Teacher night Thursday evening. And you could hear parents asking their children aren’t you excited to go to school? The answers were varied with, can’t wait, no, yes, and oh boy baby!

Our loss – Cedar Hill’s gain

Image: Mr. Miller has had a great year at Stafford Elementary but now is taking the position as principal in Cedar Hill.

Jason Miller (Stafford Elementary principal) will be missed. We will no longer see his smiling face at 7:15 am meeting and greeting the students as they get off the bus. Nor will the students hear him tell them every day in the gymnasium that every day is a new day with endless possibilities and each day is going to be the best day ever.

This is dedication


Everyone knows how dedicated our Stafford Elementary teachers are to the students. The students love the teachers and the teachers love the students—that is proven every day in the classroom. The teachers go above and beyond in every sense of the word.

Last Six Weeks Honor Assembly for Stafford Elementary

Image: Congratulations, job well done.

Can you believe it? It is summer already. Where did the time go? Recently, at the Italy High School campus, in the old gymnasium, Stafford Elementary students were being honored for all their hard work, good behavior and good grades. Not only were the students being honored but teachers and staff were also being honored for all the hard work they have put in over the school year.

Peri Patterson has a ‘knack’ for teaching

Image: Peri Patterson teaches third grade at Stafford Elementary and just loves it.

Peri Patterson knew at a very young age that she wanted to teach children. It started back when she was about fourteen years old when she would help her grandmother teach her Sunday School class. She was good at it, had a “knack” for it and loved teaching the little ones. She now has twenty-nine years of teaching under her belt.