Sweetwater Independent School District Board of Trustee Recognitions for October

The Sweetwater ISD School Board made recognitions at the beginning of the October meeting at Sweetwater High School's HUB. Gypsy Jangle, Bealls, Higginbotham Brothers, and Wildflower Boutique were recognized for their willingness to partner with SISD through various mechanisms. The Board also recognized teachers and students of the month from each campus and presented State of Texas STAAR Distinction Designations for the District.

Gypsy Jangle

Gypsy Jangle

Bealls

Bealls

Higginbotham Brothers

Higginbotham Brothers

Wildflower Boutique

Wildflower Boutique

Sweetwater High School

Sweetwater High School

Sweetwater Middle School

Sweetwater Middle School

Sweetwater Intermediate School

Sweetwater Intermediate School

East Ridge Elementary

East Ridge Elementary

Southeast Elementary

Southeast Elementary

Cowen Early Childhood Center

Cowen Early Childhood Center

Sweetwater Intermediate School

Sweetwater Intermediate School

East Ridge Elementary

East Ridge Elementary

Zach Birdwell Named Sweetwater High's Alumni of the Month Spotlight

Zach Birdwell was named Sweetwater High's "Alumni of the Month Spotlight" for October

  • Sweetwater High School Class of 2009

  • Graduate - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor:  Exercise and Sport Science 2013

  • Currently the Offensive Coordinator for Football and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Groveton ISD.

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 ruthann.campbell@sweetwaterisd.net
 

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SISD Superintendent, Dr. George McFarland, Releases Statement

FROM: Dr. George McFarland, Sweetwater ISD Superintendent

As the designated spokesperson and superintendent for the Sweetwater Independent School District, I am issuing the following statement:

At the Sweetwater High School pep rally this morning, a student and a member of the Sweetwater ISD staff got into a physical altercation. Pursuant to the District’s customary personnel practices, an investigation was initiated into the matter to determine the culpability of the parties involved.  In this case, pending the outcome of its internal investigation, SISD took the further action of notifying local and state law enforcement officials of the incident.  

Sweetwater ISD will continue to cooperate with state and local law enforcement to the fullest extent permitted by law.  The employee involved in the altercation has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the District’s internal investigation.

State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information, as well as confidential personnel information; consequently, the District cannot provide further information on this matter.  The District takes this incident very seriously and will take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe and nurturing environment. 
 

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Texas National Bank Awards Good Grades Pay Winners from Spring Semester

Thirty-four Sweetwater High School students made the A-Honor Roll in the 6th six weeks of the 2016-2017 school year, and Texas National Bank continued with its commitment to recognize and award one lucky scholar from each grade with $50.

The winners of the Texas National Bank Good Grades Pay Award for the 6th six seeks of the 2016-2017 school year were Madyson Gilmore (9th Grade), Mackenzie Pyle (10th Grade), Kurt Wetsel (11th Grade), and David Serrano (12th Grade).

Other students making the A-Honor Roll were:

Ninth Grade: Madilyn Baucum, Kei’Arriyen Griffin, Lily Smola, Collin Stafford, and Gabriella Ukabi.
Tenth Grade: Skye Bishop, Maria Chavez, Jonathan Davis, Kara Lehnert, Brianna Moriel, and Cyera Pieper.

Eleventh Grade: Jason Hoover, Mason Maxwell, and Jaelynn Page.

Twelfth Grade: Caroline Beaty, Mallory Carney, Kensi Chowning, Annaliese Espinoza, Kaitlyn Foster, Kaitlyn Gholson, Debra Hefner, Lauren Jones, Baylie Lindsey, Christa Martin, Jennifer Medellin, Rhylee Meneses, Daniel Olguin, Bryson Rule, Amber Smith, and Sidney Timmer.

Congratulations to those who made all A’s during the six week period, and to the Good Grades Pay winners. Texas National Bank wants to remind students to apply themselves, set goals, and study hard, because Good Grades Pay!

The Good Grades Pay program was established by Texas National Bank in 2012 to encourage Sweetwater High School students to do well in school and pursue higher education. To date, the bank has awarded $5,600 to local students.

Pictured (L to R): Mike Fernandez, Tecka Mobley, Kurt Wetsel, Mackenzie Pyle, Vickie May, and Dr. Ron Morris.  Not pictured: Madyson Gilmore and David Serrano

Pictured (L to R): Mike Fernandez, Tecka Mobley, Kurt Wetsel, Mackenzie Pyle, Vickie May, and Dr. Ron Morris.  Not pictured: Madyson Gilmore and David Serrano

Latimer Burnett Earns College Scholarship at Permian Basin Fair Pig Show

From Cory Rains, SHS Teacher -

This past weekend Latimer Burnett earned a scholarship at the Permian Basin Fair Pig show. The Permain Basin Fair gives several thousands of dollars in scholarship money each year and we are really proud of Latimer on earning one of these. 

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Carolyn Mullican and Monica Rogers Attend Texas Teacher of the Year Awards

Carolyn Mullican (SISD Elementary) and Monica Rogers (SISD Secondary) attend the Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony in Austin for all Regional Teachers of the Year this past week.

For more information about the Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Program please go to  https://www.tasanet.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=23&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=3513&PageID=1

Carolyn Mullican 3rd from Left

Monica Rogers 5th from Right Front Row

East Ridge Elementary School Celebrates During Sweetwater High Pep Rally

From Dr Ron Morris -

Students from East Ridge Elementary joined the high school students and staff for the September 8th Pep Rally. "The western theme excited our students who demonstrated their Mustang Pride as they cheered the Varsity Football Team toward victory against Big Spring High School," said Carolyn Mullican who is a second grade teacher at East Ridge.

The highlight of the Pep Rally was the support from United States Gypsum Co. (USG) Administrator Kathy Arrant who volunteered her time to teach East Ridge and SHS Teachers the country western barn dance.  Kathy is a New York native who has taught country western dance for more than 20 years.  She also offers free dance lessons to the public at Bucks Live each Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

"The teachers were terrific to work with, "said Kathy, "but the cheerleaders were naturals!  During the practices leading up to the Pep Rally the SHS Cheerleaders quickly learned multiple dance routines and assisted by teaching the teachers."

Sweetwater High School is proud to have partners like USG.  The relationships our students build in the community is another reason SHS is the premier high school in the Big Country.

USG Employee Kathy Arrant volunteered for two weeks to help make the SHS vs. Big Spring HS western themed pep rally with East Ridge Elementary School a success.

USG Employee Kathy Arrant volunteered for two weeks to help make the SHS vs. Big Spring HS western themed pep rally with East Ridge Elementary School a success.

Sweetwater High Students Work With KXOX Radio to Produce Commercials

For the fourth year seniors enrolled Students at Sweetwater High School were able to work with KXOX to write and record a school commercial that will be aired during live broadcasts of varsity football and volleyball games this fall. "Students are great to work with," said KXOX Broadcaster Richard Ferguson.  "Having their energy in the building brings additional excitement to my work day."

In addition to SHS, all district schools recorded commercials highlighting accomplishments and achievements. "Our message is simple," said Senior Jaelynn Page, "SHS is the best school because our teachers  provide legendary student support, we have opportunities to volunteer in the community, and no other school in our area partners with TSTC, Western Texas College, and Angelo State University."

Moreover, students also focused the commercial on leadership opportunities on campus through extra-curricular activities, UIL competition, DECA, and FFA to name a few of the long list of student programs on campus. What students felt was most important was that Sweetwater High School excels in developing student leadership. During the 2017-2018 school year Teachers, Students, Parents, and Administrators will focus on their work to become the premier high school in the Big Country.

Sweetwater High School Seniors Kobe Clark, Jaelynn Page, Tristan Longoria, and Journee Pugh work with KXOX Broadcaster Richard Ferguson to record two SHS commercials that will air during varsity football and volleyball games.

Sweetwater High School Seniors Kobe Clark, Jaelynn Page, Tristan Longoria, and Journee Pugh work with KXOX Broadcaster Richard Ferguson to record two SHS commercials that will air during varsity football and volleyball games.