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Wed
21
Feb
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SISD board recognizes middle school science and robotics teams

During the Feb. 13 Silsbee ISD school board meeting, trustees recognized the Edwards- Johnson Memorial Silsbee Middle School Robotics and Science Fair winners.

The winners were presented by Science Department Chair Jena Cameron, who was introduced by Principal Sunee Stephens.

The students presented their projects to the board, and gave detailed information on each. Cameron explained to the board that the Robotics Teams must solve a real-world problem by building a prototype robot. The teams begin the year by researching, then building the robot before adding more research.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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Caring educator at JJAEP retires

By Tim Collins

Lifting troubled students out of their circumstances and encouraging them to struggle through their schoolwork can be a difficult task that takes a lot of care

That's why the Hardin County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program at the Hardin County Courthouse was sad to see Alice Calloway retire in January.

Calloway was born in Newton and began teaching in the 1950s before moving to work for the Silsbee ISD in the 1960s. She retired in 1998.

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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LISD school board narrows field to 3 for superintendent

By Dannie Oliveaux

LUMBERTON — Three finalists selected for the Lumberton ISD superintendent’s position will be interviewed this week, according to School Board President James Kersh.

The school board held a special meeting Feb. 1. During the meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss the superintendent applicants and approve the number of applicants to be interviewed.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ scholarship deadline set

AUSTIN – Applications for the 2018 “Don’t Mess With Texas” Scholarship contest are now being accepted.

Eligible applicants include any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university in the coming year.

Presented in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the “Don’t Mess With Texas” Scholarship contest will award one $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships in June.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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School library receives grant money

SOUR LAKE — The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries announced the first round of 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative grants totaling more than $850,000 will be distributed to 17 school libraries damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Harvey.

Henderson Middle School, in the Hardin-Jefferson ISD, was one of 17 school libraries that will receive funds.

 

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Wed
17
Jan
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H-E-B presents eighth annual Community Challenge

AUSTIN — It’s Time Texas (ITT), an Austin-based nonprofit that works yearround to advocate and activate healthier lifestyles for all Texans, kicked off the new year Jan. 8 with its annual “Community Challenge.”

Presented by H-E-B, the “Community Challenge” is the only statewide health competition of its kind, taking place through March 4.

The eight-week campaign is free and designed as a fun way to incorporate healthier habits into daily routines, all while earning points for one’s hometown.

 

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Wed
10
Jan
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Hardin County schools top, bottom out rankings list

By Tim Collins

Children At Risk, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children through research, education and public policy, released its annual Texas School Rankings list for 2017.

The list factors student performances on STAAR reading and math tests, each campus' overall performance, improvements in test results, and college readiness factors such as graduation rates, SAT/ACT participation rates, and rates of participation in AP/IB tests, to determine how schools rank throughout Texas.

The methodology of the ranking also factors in elements such as economic bias, adjusting for schools in economically disadvantaged districts who may not have the advantages other schools have.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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Abbott declares ‘School Board Recognition Month’

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has declared January as “School Board Recognition Month.”

“In Texas, we place immense value in our youth. We protect them, guide them, and are always working toward a better tomorrow to secure our young people’s bright and precious futures,” said Abbott. “We also understand the tremendous value of education in young people’s lives and strive to ensure our state provides our youth with the opportunity to receive a rigorous and well-rounded education that will function as the foundation upon which their dreams will be built into reality.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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KHS guest speaker

Edward Realzola, of Sam Houston State University, shared information on Big Thicket biodiversity to Kountze High School students on Dec. 20. Approximately 125 teens learned about the scientific process and his inventory work with whirligig beetles. Realzola spent several weeks in December at the Big Thicket National Preserve’s Field Research Station in Saratoga completing his Thicket of Diversity research.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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SHS robotics team heads to state

The Silsbee High School’s robotics team, GOLD!, competed in the Pasadena ISD VEX In the Zone tournament at the Lewis Career and Technical High School and emerged as tournament champions from a field of 40 teams on Dec. 9.

The win advances the team to the VEX Robotics state championship tournament in February. This is Silsbee High School’s second year to compete in VEX Robotics, an international competition that yearly culminates in a world championship with representation from more than 40 countries

 

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