Erica Miller, Counselor Italy JHS/HS

Image: Erica Miller, Counselor Italy JHS/HS

Erica Miller, the counselor at Italy JHS/HS, wears many hats. From counseling to scheduling to coordinating many events, her determination to do her job well shows. She enjoys working with students and putting them on a track for success.

Lee Joffre, Principal Italy JHS/HS

Image: Lee Joffre, Principal Italy JHS/HS

Lee Joffre, Italy’s secondary campus principal, is serving his fourth year as a Gladiator. He enjoys working with his staff and students whether it’s academically or supporting their extra-curricular activities.

Varsity Basketball girls honored at School Board meeting

Image: Lady Gladiator Basketball 2014-15
(L-R) Coach Melissa Fulmer, Brycelen Richards, Lizzie Garcia, Emmy Cunningham, Cory Chance, Tara Wallis, Taleyia Wilson, K’Breona Davis, Coach Tina Richards
Not pictured – Lillie Perry, Alex Minton, Kortnei Johnson, T’Keya Pace, Brooke DeBorde, Janae Robertson, Annie Perry, Vanessa Cantu

The Lady Gladiator varsity basketball squad, who finished 6-0 in district and are advancing to the area round on Friday, were recognized by the school board during their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. The Lady Gladiators are ranked 15th in TGCA (Texas Girls Coaches Association) and 20th in the TABC (Texas Association of Basketball Coaches).

Lady Gladiator Softball scrimmages Red Oak Life — play ball!

Image: 2015 is sure to be a great year for Italy Softball !!!

Italy gets the most out of a friendly scrimmage against visiting Red Oak Life as the Lady Gladiators continue to polish up their armor and sharpen their swings.

Take advantage of the warm weather tomorrow (Saturday, February 14th) and watch our “Valentine Sweethearts of Sand” host Blooming Grove and Palmer for a three team round-robin tournament.

Italy High School’s FCCLA students sail through Regionals

Image: FCCLA 2015 Competition Participants
Back Row: Taylor Perry, Zac Mercer, Lupita Rincon, Julissa Hernandez, Chace McGinnis, Marlin Hernandez; 
Front Row: Ana Luna, Kirsten Viator, Jennifer Eaglen, Tia Russell, Kirby Nelson, Halee Turner

This past Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th, Jennifer Eaglen, teacher and sponsor for Italy High School’s FCCLA program, accompanied students competing in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America’s Regional Competition. These students came home with several awards and accolades. This year’s theme was ‘We Are Anchored in Success,’ and our Italy Gladiators proved that to be true. Of the 11 students who had entries, 9 will advance to state competition in Corpus Christi on April 8th-11th, 2015.

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Junior Class Parent Meeting: Monday, February 9, 2015

Junior class parents interested in assisting with prom arrangements and hearing updates on the big event are invited to attend a parent meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the high school library. If you cannot make it but would like to volunteer time or resources, please contact the junior class lead sponsor, Mrs. Windham, by emailing her at or calling the high school and leaving a message for her to contact you (972)483-7411.

Grill cheeses & homemade soup being served during tonight’s JH basketball games


Lady Gladiator softball supporters will be serving up some goodies in the foyer during tonight’s junior high basketball games in the dome starting at 5:00pm. There will be hot and fresh homemade soups, four different kinds. From taco soup to potato soup and two others so there is sure to be one to fit your tastebuds. In addition to the delicious soup, the Lady Gladiator softball staff will be cooking hot and fresh grill cheese sandwiches. And if this isn’t enough, there will be Doris Mitchell’s famous Rice Krispie treats too! Come and get it!

Italy Junior High 8th grade science class and the International Space Station


The 8th grade science class had the opportunity to link up with the International Space Station last week. The students were able to send photo requests during certain orbits to the astronauts. The students were studying weather so they were using a real time weather map while pin-pointing coordinates on the globe and requesting a photo from the ISS of the location. The students had a total of 250 photos taken.

Obituary: Judy Turk, 1946 — 2015

Judy Turk, age 68, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Ennis. She was born October 11, 1946 in Waxahachie to W.A. and Maggie Lou (Warren) Hyles. Judy graduated from Italy High School in 1966. She worked at Town Hall Estates Nursing Home in Hillsboro for over 20 years, where she was the activity director. Her work was her calling and she loved to help take care of people. She was like a mother to everyone she took care of.

Obituary: Paula Harris, 1929 — 2015


Paula Harris, age 85, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab. She was born April 21, 1929 in Iredell, Texas to William L. and Abby (Russell) Morgan. Paula graduated from Italy High School in 1947 and worked for the post office for 25 years. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church and served as an Elder at the Park Presbyterian Church in Italy where she enjoyed serving the church. She loved to sew and cook, specializing in fried chicken and chocolate pie. Paula was a loving mother and grandmother.