Kendra Chowning Named Sweetwater High Alumni Spotlight of the Month

Kendra Chowning

Sweetwater High Class of 2010
University of Texas, Austin - Kinesiology/Psychology, 2013
Parker University - Doctorate of Chiropractic, 2017

Currently a Chiropractor at Angelo Back & Rehab in San Angelo, TX

Do you know a Sweetwater High School graduate who should be recognized in our Alumni Spotlight? Please submit their information (including contact information) via email to SHS Counselor RuthAnn Campbell at

New Ambassador Program Allows Community Members to Learn About SISD

Download a PDF of this information and application from here

The SISD Ambassador Program is being implemented to serve as an instrument through which citizens of the community may gain a better understanding of public school operations, specifically tailored to the operations of Sweetwater ISD. The program will give participants the opportunity to learn more about:

* the district mission, vision, values, and goals
* district operations with regard to business operations and school finance
* curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the district, as well as district extra-curricular and co-curricular program offerings
* board member roles and responsibilities, and
* superintendent role and responsibilities

The program may be of particular interest to individuals who might be interested in running for the school board in the future, but is certainly not limited in that capacity, as it will provide any Sweetwater citizen with a better understanding about school district operations, the reasoning for many of the district’s operational decisions, and it will provide better insight as to why SISD is a great school choice for our community and its children.

Who may attend:  The program is open to citizens interested in learning more about the Sweetwater ISD, its role in the larger community, and how the district functions toward meeting its mission of ensuring that all students have opportunities to be successful in their learning for life. The program is limited to 15 individuals who choose to register as a participant (due to the limited number of spaces, we do ask that if you sign–up, you are making a commitment to attend all 4 meetings). The selection process will be based on efforts to create a group that is highly representative of the SISD Community.

What is the cost:  The program is free of charge, but is limited to the first 15 people who sign-up. The only commitment we ask of participants is a commitment of their time to attend all 4 meetings.

When are the dates:  
September 12, 2017- 5:30-6:30 pm
October 10, 2017- 5:30-6:30 pm
November 14, 2017- 5:30-6:30 pm
December 12, 2017- 5:30-6:30 pm

How to Sign-up:  Contact Mrs. Laura Bedgood, Secretary to the Superintendent, at 325-235-8601 x 104, for an application.;  deadline to apply is August 25, 2017.

Additional info:  There will be a small meal provided for participants at each of the 4 meetings. Location will be set once district operations calendars are finalized, but meetings will likely be at an SISD facility.

New Sweetwater High School Painting of Senior Parking Places Tradition

From Sweetwater High School -

Painting of Senior Parking Spaces 2017

This year SHS Senior student drivers will have the opportunity to paint/personalize a parking space on campus. The paint/personalized parking spaces will be an additional $5 to the cost of the 2017-18 parking permit. The parking spots are limited to Seniors and on a first come, first serve basis. The parking spaces go on sale Monday, July 31st in the SHS Office. The proceeds of this fund raiser will go to Blow-Out.
The Painting Party will be Thursday and Friday evening,
August 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. August 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A Senior Parking Design Request form must be approved before painting.

Guidelines for your Design Sketch:

Think of your space as at-shirt you would wear to school. Your parking spot must meet dress code approval. Keep it classy! Any design associated with gangs, advertising drugs, alcohol, violence, obscene slogan, handicap symbols or symbols that my cause confusion or promote illegal activities will not be allowed nor approved. You may include your name, jersey number, instrument you play, your hobby, famous quotes or slogans and anything unique to you that meets administrative approval. Make it fun!

Paint Requirements:

WATER BASED EXTERIOR LATEX paint is the only type of paint that can be used. Students will also need to leave an approximately four inch unpainted border between the white parking space lines and the paint in their parking spot. Please use blue painters' tape to ensure this border is accomplished. You may purchase WATER BASED EXTERIOR LATEX paint at Higginbotham's in Sweetwater (Consider sharing with others). All paint will be the responsibility of the student.


 No oil based paints
 No reflective paint
 No spray paint
 No fluorescent paint
 No paint sprayers
 No clear coat

What to Bring to the Painting Party:

Be sure to bring your approved design/sketches with you on paint day. Also, you will be responsible for all paint brushes, rollers, paint pans and paint tape. A broom to sweep off your spot before painting will save you lots of time. You will want to bring lawn chairs for your entire family, a canopy or market umbrella, sunscreen, drinks, stencils, rags for cleaning, sacks or bags to dispose of trash, a drop cloth and paint clothes. This will be a really fun activity for the entire family and we hope to make this a great memorable tradition for all Seniors for years to follow!

Download a PDF of the Instructions Here


Melinda McCarty Named New District Administrator in Sweetwater ISD

Superintendent Dr. George McFarland named Melinda McCarty as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Sweetwater ISD at a specially called board meeting held on Monday, July 24th at the Sweetwater ISD Board Room.  Mrs. McCarty holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Education Administration from Sul Ross State University. She was most recently Executive Director of Academics for Texas Leadership Charter Academy with campuses in San Angelo, Midland, Arlington and Abilene.

McCarty taught mathematics at Abilene High School, was an Assistant Principal and Instructional Specialist in Abilene ISD, a superintendent intern for Wylie ISD, and a campus principal for Texas Leadership Charter Academy.  She holds Elementary, Special Education, Principal and Superintendent certifications, and is completing a Fellowship in Curriculum Leadership from Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

A native of Abilene, McCarty’s family has strong ties to Sweetwater, as several of her aunts and uncles graduated from Sweetwater High School, and some family still lives in the area.   “Mrs. McCarty brings an enormous amount of knowledge in the areas of curriculum and instruction to the district, as well as an incredible work ethic that will help propel Sweetwater ISD into the upper echelon of schools in academic performance in this region,” Dr. McFarland said.  “In addition, having worked with her previously in an administrative capacity, I know she values the importance that I place on putting students first in everything that we do here in the district,” he added.

Of her new role, McCarty said, “The focus on purpose, people and pride will allow us to center everything we do on making the educational experience the best for the children of Sweetwater. I look forward to forging relationships with the students, educators and citizens of Sweetwater as we build on the strong traditions already established here, and as we continue to grow the level of Pride there is in being a Mustang!”

Breakfast to Remain Free at All Sweetwater ISD Elementary Campuses

We would like to make a correction to a news article that was published in the Sweetwater Reporter on Tuesday July 18, 2017 -

It was reported that breakfast prices were increasing 10 cents at our Intermediate School thru High School. This information is incorrect. The SISD School Board voted to increase breakfast prices 10 cents at the Middle School and High School during Monday's meeting. Breakfast remains free at all SISD Elementary Schools including Sweetwater Intermediate School.

Sweetwater High School FFA Students Receive State Lonestar Degrees

From SHS Ag Teacher Cory Rains -

Congratulations to Sweetwater FFA members that received their State Lonestar Degree at convention this year!

The Lonestar Degree is recognition of hard work, determination, and record keeping skills for the students' FFA involvement.  Jaelynn Page and Latimer Burnett are pictured.  (Not pictured, but also received their degrees were Tate Rainey and Jeanne Chapman)  Way to go y'all!

Also, Kyrsten Smith was voted as state runner up in the talent contest where she performed in front of 11,000 plus. So very proud of Kyrsten!

Marc Butler Named Sweetwater High School "Alumni Spotlight" for July

Sweetwater High School's "Alumni Spotlight" for July -

Marc Butler

SHS Class of 2016

United States Army:
Graduated basic training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO with the highest honor in sharp shooting.

Graduated from A.I.T. Training in Ft. Lee, VA with honors.

Currently stationed at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX.



Do you know a Sweetwater High School graduate who should be recognized in our Alumni Spotlight? Please submit their information (including contact information) via email to SHS Counselor RuthAnn Campbell at

SISD Announces Mustang Football Season Ticket Availability Schedule

Mustang Football Season Ticket Availability Schedule - Option deadline is July 5th with remaining seats available to the public on July 6th. There will be five home games this coming season at a cost of $45 per seat. Please call 325-235-8601 for more information. GO BIG RED!