Local Scholarships and Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Italy High School seniors received a Local Scholarship folder. This folder contains information/applications to apply for numerous scholarships. All local scholarships are due to Ms. Miller by Friday, March 7, 2014 unless otherwise noted on the scholarship information packet.

Movie Night at the George Scott Gym Saturday, December 21

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The Italy High School and Junior High School cheerleaders are sponsoring a Christmas movie night at the old gym this Saturday, December 21st. Movies, chili dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and a bounce house will all be a part of the fun that will begin at 5:30pm.

IHS Science Fair

Image: IHS senior, Zain Byers presented the first place experiment.

On Thursday December 12, junior and senior physics and anatomy students at IHS presented their science projects – first to the judges, and then to the public. Each project remained anonymous as the judges (Erica Miller, Marilyn Seidlitz, and Maggie Westrick) carefully studied each one. The students had imaginatively displayed their experiments, with colorful posters, props/materials, and research explaining their hypotheses and conclusions.

SAT testing location closures

Several students from area high schools are scheduled to take their SAT tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th. Due to the current weather situation and hazardous driving conditions several testing locations will be closed.

Italy ISD recognizes U.S. Veterans

Image: Veterans Johnny Jones and Weldon Holley rise during the playing of service songs by the Gladiator Regiment Band.

The Italy Independent School District honored United States Veterans Monday morning with a community wide program. Students from elementary school through high school were involved in honoring the men and women who have served their country.

2013 Italy High School Homecoming Week activity schedule

Italy High School Spirit Week’s planning in is full swing. Italy High School events coordinator, Vivian Moreland has released a complete schedule of events.

Editors Note: Due to necessary last minute adjustments, days and times of some events have changed (and could change again). Please keep checking this article for last minute updates.
Last update made 10/21/2013 11:35am.

Speaker, Steven Adair to address IHS student body

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Italy High School/Junior High School students from 7th to 12th will hear a presentation by speaker Steven Adair on Friday, October 25. This presentation will culminate the week long drug awareness campaign celebrated by the students. Adair’s presentation titled, “Hello, My Name Is,” is designed to challenge the students to evaluate themselves and the way they treat others around them — to live a life without labels.

Peer tutoring offered at Italy High School

Image: Tia Russell, a junior, is assisting Belina Silva, a 7th grader, with a math assignment.

Italy High School National Honor Society students are now offering peer tutoring in the library before school on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. and after school Mondays through Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The library is a great place for students who need a quiet homework place or for those who need help in their coursework.

Italy High School students speak out against bullying

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On Saturday, October 5th and 6th, FCCLA members of Italy High School attended the Peer Education Conference in Dallas, Texas at the Sheraton Hotel. They were exposed to a presenter who made a huge impression on them. Tina Meier, the mother of Meagan Meier, gave a moving speech about the suicide of her daughter, brought about by the damaging effects of cyber-bullying.

2013 IHS Homecoming parade entries sought

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Italy High School Homecoming 2013 is fast approaching (Friday, October 25 vs Cayuga). With that in mind, homecoming parade organizers are working tirelessly with area merchants, clubs and others to make this year’s parade a huge success. This year the theme will be “Dare to be a Hero.” If your group would like to be included in this years IHS Homecoming parade please contact Vivian Moreland.

Jon Cady motivates students to engage in learning

Image: Jon Cady brings excitement and enthusiasm to the classroom and the playing field.

Jon Cady is a new math teacher at Italy High School. He is also the new head baseball coach and an assistant football and basketball coach. Prior to coming to Italy, he was a teacher/coach at Mason, Buffalo and Mansfield. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Kinesiology.

Bobby Campbell teaches life lessons to his students

Image: Coach Bobby Campbell teaches his students that they can accomplish their goals through hard work.

Bobby Campbell is enjoying his first year on staff at Italy High School. In addition to teaching technology, health and leadership, he is also an assistant football coach, head power lifting coach and head track coach. Prior to coming to Italy, he was a teacher/coach for five years in Itasca, two years in Fairfield, eight years in McGregor and eight years in Temple.

Morgan Mathews brings expertise and energy to Italy High School

Image: Morgan Mathews brings energy and excitement to Italy High School.

When Morgan Mathews was hired as a teacher and the new Head Volleyball Coach at Italy High School, she brought expertise, energy and excitement with her. She wants her students and athletes to live up to their potential while having fun and working hard. She wants them to do their best and live for the moment because that moment only comes around once.

Italy ISD Parent Nomination for Gifted/Talented

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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).

Johnny Jones did not take the easy road to teaching

Image: Johnny Jones is happy to be back on staff at Italy High School.

Johnny Jones is very happy to be back at Italy High School. He taught history and AP government from the fall of 1997 to the summer of 2005 at IHS. He was also the softball coach. Under his leadership, the IHS softball team went 4 rounds into the playoffs twice in Class 2A.

David Graves believes teaching is his calling

Image: David Graves loves his position as Assistant Band Director at Italy ISD.

David Graves was hired this year as Italy’s Assisstant Band Director when Erica Miller moved to the counselor’s office. In school, he gravitated to the band hall and the trombone. He was not a jock due to his size, so being in the band was a good fit for him and started his life long journey in music. He served in the Air Force for four years and played in the Air Force Band.

Marshmallows in the classroom mean challenge and cooperation

Image: Brenya, Jorge and Amber start their project.

The Marshmallow Challenge is an activity meant to increase teamwork and brainstorming skills, said IHS Science teach Ms. Schweitzer. “I heard of the challenge from a TED Talk online. The students were told their goal: create the tallest free-standing tower out of the materials given to them, with a marshmallow placed on top.”

Jennifer Eaglen brings her many talents to the classroom

Image: Jennifer Eaglen is looking forward to an exciting year at Italy ISD.

Jennifer Eaglen is the new Consumer and Family Science teacher at Italy High School. The class includes Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness and Child Development. In the child development part of the class, the students use “real babies” that they must be responsible for and take care of from feeding and changing diapers. The “babies” let them know when something is wrong by crying, long and loud.