January has been a busy month for our teachers and staff. This is the time of year the staff is wrapping up the first semester and preparing for the challenges of the second semester.
I was able to fly over the Italy ISD construction sites today with my drone. Check out the videos and pictures.
The fair will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. in the dome.
Vendors are welcome to apply for a space at the fair. Vendor invitation and application forms are attached to this article.
This evening the Gladiator basketball teams will host Cayuga High School at The Dome. I have asked the administration team to help enforce some common expectations during the game.
Nurse Guilliams, the district RN for Italy ISD, would like to extend her thanks to you for the successful blood drive that was done on December 14th, 2016. There were 56 blood donations that day!
The Italy ISD School Board approved a resolution outlining their top legislative priorities entering the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. The passing of this measure is the latest in a collective effort by the superintendents and school boards of Region 10 to communicate the top areas of interest that stand to impact the students they collectively serve.
On December 14th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Carter Blood Care will have donation buses set up at Stafford Elementary and Italy HS. See the article for information on scheduling your donation.
As we head into colder weather it is important for all of us to know and understand the district’s Inclement Weather Procedures. Please follow the link to our web page for these procedures.
This weekend many of the staff and student groups will be a part of the Italian Christmas Festival that is hosted by the City of Italy. We are looking forward to being a part of the fun.
On Monday, November 14th, 2016, several students and both campuses were recognized for achievements they’ve recently received.
The Italy ISD School Board met this past Monday. During the meeting, they voted to pay for the expansion of the detention pond that will be south of the football field. This was the final step in the process to help the families in the “Old Addition” who have been experiencing flooding during recent rains.
The power is out at the Italy High School campus. Thus, the phones and computers are out. All are safe and students, administrators and teachers are doing well.
Italy ISD is currently seeking a cafeteria manager position. Please apply on Region 10, Teacher Job Network or contact Ofelia Martinez at email@example.com.
This morning at Stafford Elementary the construction company hit an electric line that buried under the old foundation. We will be assessing the situation and notifying parents of any changes to our schedule.
Italy ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. The Italy ISD administration office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.
It is an exciting time to be a part of the Italy community. Our students, parents, teachers and neighbors are making us great!
Attached are the 2016 Accountability Reports for Italy Independent School District. Both of the campuses Met Standard as measured by The Texas Education Agency. Congratulations to Italy High School for earning 4 Distinction Designations as measured by the Texas Education Agency.
This week Stafford Elementary is hosting the annual Book Fair. Due to construction, the book fair is being held in the gymnasium. I hope that each member of the community will be supportive of the book fair. The proceeds benefit the library.
This morning I walked the demolition site at Stafford Elementary. The progress is coming along well.
During their meeting on September 1, 2016 the Italy City Council voted to waive the .06 cent per square foot permit fees for the construction of the Italy ISD facilities. In a called meeting on Tuesday night, the Council voted to rescind that and restructure the construction permit fees. Lee Joffre, Superintendent of Italy ISD addressed the council with the following comments.
I could not be more proud of the student leadership at Italy High School.
This week the construction team is preparing for demolition of old wing at Stafford and the Vo-Ag building.
Although we had some adjustments due to impending construction and the weather, the first week of school went very well.
Italy Independent School District offers career and technical education programs from the 16 nationally established career cluster areas. Admission to these programs is based on interest in subject, aptitude, required prerequisites, and course availability.
As we move toward the first day of school, it is important you are aware of some adjustments to our plans for the beginning of school.
Italy Independent School District welcomes you to the 2016 – 2017 School Year. The teachers are reporting this week and soon the students will be filling our halls. It has been a busy summer to get ready for them. We have accomplished much and look forward to continued growth for our community and students.
At a called board meeting July 18, 2016, The Italy ISD Board of Trustees named Mr. Leroy V. Joffre as the lone finalist for the Superintendent position. Mr. Joffre is currently serving Italy ISD as the High School Principal.
Italy JH/HS and Stafford Elementary 2016-2017 dates you need to know for August. Mark your calendars!
The State Board of Education (SBOE) is issuing a survey in English and Spanish to seek public input about the state’s current assessment and accountability programs and gather suggestions for future program development. The survey will be open online to all Texans through June 30.
Summer school for grades 5 & 8 will continue as scheduled to ensure academic success. The last day for summer school for grades 5 & 8 will be Thursday, June 16, 2016.
The summer school schedule for students who need to retake the high school End-of-Course exams has not been changed.
When the academic year comes to an end and our school cafeterias close, our kids still need nutritious meals to help nurture mind, body, and spirit. At Italy ISD, we will ensure that our students get free healthy meals during the summer vacation through our Summer Food Service Program. The Texas Department of Agriculture administers this program to connect Texas children in need of good nutrition during the summer months.
Please keep sending Box Tops to the Italy campuses. All submissions are appreciated and are used to fund a few ‘extras’ many faculty would not have otherwise. Thank you, Gladiator Nation!
Italy ISD will honor the military for Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9:00am in the George Scott Coliseum. All veterans and community are welcome to attend.
Parents and Community: The following information is being provided to help understand a situation that occurred today. At approximately 1:09 PM employees of the high school became aware of a domestic disturbance on Park St. The Italy police department was notified. The decision was made to enter a Code Yellow Lock Down. This type lock down prevents students, and community members from leaving and/or entering the building. During the lock down the faculty and staff ensured all doors were secured and students were safe.
From today through October 30 the Italy ISD Yearbook is on sale for $35. After October 30 the price goes up to $40. Print out the form and return to your child’s school or drop of to Kelli Ballard in the High School’s front office. You can also order online at www.jostens.com If you have an questions please contact Mrs. Eaglen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Matters will be providing influenza immunization at the times and locations listed below.
The annual George Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund barbecue dinner will be held Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Italy High School Cafeteria. Cost for the meal is $12 per person. The meal will be catered by Bubba’s of Ennis.
Italy ISD has called for an early release due to pending inclement weather. Students will be released at 1:00 p.m. and busses will run at 1:00 p.m.
Emergency Management Officials are closely watching a pending storm. Italy ISD will notify the community via the Italy Neotribune, social media and text blasts if there is a need for the dome to open. Should there be a need to open the dome we will enforce a “No Pets Allowed” policy for the safety of our community members.
After reading Mr. Morrison’s letter, I decided to call the superintendent and find out for my self if some of the things in the letter are true. Here are my findings.
Italy Bond Issue — What they’re not telling you . . .
With voting clearly underway for Italy ISD’s 2015 Bond, I was ecstatic when Stafford Elementary’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Davee Garcia, contacted me to discuss a writing project that she and her fourth grade students were planning. The fourth graders were beginning their persuasive writing unit and had decided to write about the bond election. Their task was to write a persuasive paper of why someone should vote for or vote against the bond. I was asked to present to the class as the “bond expert.”
Excitement mounts as one of Italy’s own, David Weaver, returns to his hometown as the new athletic director and head football coach for Italy ISD as he urges the citizens of Italy to Vote YES for the Italy ISD Bond on May 9th! — Carpe Diem!
Attention parents of Italy ISD student. Your deadline to order a 2014-2015 yearbook is quickly approaching. This year the yearbook will NOT be ordering extra yearbooks.
Attached is the Notice of General Election received from the Italy ISD Administration office.
￼￼As the election season draws near, inaccurate rumors regarding the Italy ISD bond continue to grow. Perhaps the biggest one is the idea that construction at Stafford Elementary will take a back seat to additions and renovations at the high school. This is completely untrue.
Superintendent Jaime Velasco will be hosting an information meeting about the proposed school bond on Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Italy Community Center. Refreshments will be served.
Today, Monday, April 6, 2015, is one of three dates that there will be a Question & Answer Session regarding the $12m Italy ISD bond issue. There will be a campus tour at 6pm followed by the Q&A session held in the Italy High School band hall at 7pm. Bring your friends and neighbors and learn first hand what the school district is proposing and how it might affect you and your community.
Italy students will make-up one of two days for inclement weather this Friday.
The Italy ISD Building Committee will meet on Monday, February 2, 2015, in the Italy High School library. The meeting is open to the general public. Committee members will be discussing future renovations and possible new construction projects for Italy schools.