Italy ISD to begin a Bass Club


With high school scholarship opportunities and bass tournament trails spreading like wildfire through Texas, several Italy High School students with a passion for fishing have decided to start a Bass Club at Italy ISD.

Civil Air Patrol 5k Color Run

Image: Everyone is getting ready to run!

The members of Italy ISD’s newly formed Civil Air Patrol hosted a 5k Color Run for the citizens of Italy. The run was about 3 miles long of which participants could run or walk. On the way, members of the Civil Air Patrol would cover participants with a colored powder from head to toe. Teachers, coaches, citizens from Italy, as well other towns, participated in support for the Civil air Patrol.

Civil Air Patrol Parent Meeting


Parents of 6th Grade students who are interested in becoming a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol should attend an informational meeting with their 6th graders on Monday, September 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high/high school library.

Italy HS Freshman Parent Meeting

Parents of High School Freshmen there will be a meeting Monday, September 14, 2015 from 6-6:30 in the high school cafeteria. You will have an opportunity to meet the high school staff members that are the Freshman Sponsors and discuss opportunities to help the class over the next four years. Please make arrangements to attend.

Italy High School students speak out against bullying


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.

Italy High School holds NHS induction ceremony

Image: Newest officers inducted for 2013-2014:
(L-R) Montserrat Figueroa, Jesica Wilkins, Emily Stiles, Taylor Turner, Anna Riddle and Zain Byers

On May 28, Italy High School welcomed the newest members into the Italy Chapter of the National Honor Society. The 10th grade students were recommended by their teachers and are required to have five qualities which are Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character and Citizenship. They were required to have a 90 or above average in the five core subject areas for their 9th and 10th grades. The students were also required to record all awards, accomplishments and community service they performed in this same time frame. These new members will perform community service and participate in leadership training throughout the upcoming year.

Italy High School NHS/NJHS collecting donations for West


The Italy High School NHS and Junior High School NJHS will be hosting a fundraiser for the city of West, Texas. Over the course of 4 weeks they will be collecting monetary donations of any size, including change. The NHS/NJHS members will be bringing donation buckets to the elementary school and local businesses in order to bring our whole community together to help the residents of West.

IHS FCCLA club hosted a festival

Image: Coach Nate Skelton sat still as the pie-in-the-face contest took a messy turn.

On November 10, 2010, the Italy High School FCCLA club hosted a Fall Festival benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, which distributes food throughout our community. The group collected $188.65 in change. Just 14 cents will buy a pound of food for hungry families.

Fresh perspective with a new pair of eyes

Image: Blake Godwin, new member of the Italy High School teaching staff, found some pennants, flags and some awesome memorabilia and is using them as decorations in the class.  “I want the students to see what the FFA history has been in this chapter,” Godwin proudly replied.

Blake Godwin has been hired by Italy High School as the new Ag teacher. This is his first appointment teaching and with all the new information, he has a great new perspective on things. “I would like to see this organization grow and develop into a program the community can be proud of and help out when we need it.”

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Italy High School Cheerleaders host IYAA Cheer Camp

Image: IYAA Cheerleaders work on painting signs for the upcoming homecoming game during their private cheerleading camp hosted by the Italy High School cheerleaders.

In cooperation with IYAA Cheerleading (Italy Youth Athletic Association), the Italy High School Cheerleaders and their cheer sponsor, Clover Stiles, recently hosted the IYAA Cheer Camp, a private clinic and a fundraiser for the IHS Cheerleaders held inside the Italy Gladiator Coliseum.

Gladiator Pride, that’s what’s up!

Image: A row of gold — Community member Tommy Rossa, Cowpasture Insurance (with the assistance of Erick Thompson, Game On Athletics, and Italy ISD school board member Larry Eubank) has worked tirelessly on this project.

If you haven’t already, hopefully you will get a chance to see the flags adorning our downtown today. In honor of homecoming and striving for a strengthening of community spirit for our Italy Gladiators (past and present), several business men of the community hung over 30 flags on the sidewalk awning poles of downtown Italy last evening…and it looks awesome!!!

Italy FCCLA and FFA Awards Program

Image: Megan and Lexie — FCCLA President and Vice President give instruction before the banquet.

Italy High School was the site of the 61st Annual FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leaders of America) and FFA (Future Farmers of America) banquet this week. Awards were given after a wonderful meal of lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. Steve Gaylord was the special guest speaker for the evening.

Students from Italy represent our area well

Image: Trevor Mott — Trevor Mott makes selling a lamb look easy.

The Ellis County Expo came like a whirlwind, as it always does, and is gone in a flash. However, left standing were winners of all categories and levels. From pigs to shop projects, the students in Ellis County 4-H and FFA came from Ennis, Waxahachie, Palmer, Midlothian, Red Oak, Maypearl, Milford, Ferris, and, of course, Italy.

Italy exits Ellis County Youth Expo with a trough full of ribbons

Image: Show us your buckle! — Grand Champion winner Jaclynn Lewis receives a new belt buckle.

Members of the Italy FFA, the Ellis County 4-H and the FCCLA entered their lambs, goats, heifers, steers, hogs, desserts, shirts, photos and drawings into the Ellis County Youth Expo Show & Sale with high expectations. By the end of the week long event, expectations were met as Italy’s hard working students left with a trough full off ribbons and even a Grand Champion Buckle to boot!

Crownover selected Grand Champion in San Antonio

Image: Dan Crownover, May May and entourage

Italy High School senior, Dan Crownover, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship at the San Antonio Stock Show last Saturday when his heifer, May May, was chosen as Grand Champion over 76 other animals. She beat out 308 heifers and was selected as the Grand Champion at the Ft. Worth Stock Show earlier this year.

Raffle for Dobsonian telescope is underway

Image: Raffle Prize

The Italy High School junior class will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a telescope. The scope is an 1100mm x 135mm Dobsonian with two eyepieces, a 3x barlow, a halo type spotting scope, and a cherrywood base. It is currently on display in the Italy High School library.

FFA/FCCLA Banquet planners need a head count

The 60th annual IHS FFA/FCCLA banquet is coming up. We would like to invite all FFA members and their parents to join us in celebrating the 2008-2009 year. The banquet is on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 7:30 in the Dome. We will be announcing the new officer team for the 2009-2010 school year and presenting awards to FFA members for their hard work this year.

NHS and Student Council sponsors fundraiser

Italy High School is thinking about recycling, which is a good thing these days. NHS and Student Council are pulling together their resources to help our town. If you are interested in eliminating a little clutter around your house, maybe you can coordinate with these students.