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Ominous messages sent from false telephone numbers sent Palestine High School into lockdown Tuesday and Wednesday, Palestine Independent School District officials told the Herald-Press Wednesday.

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After expanding its pre-K program by opening it to all four-year-olds, Palestine Independent School District needed five additional classrooms at Washington Early Childhood Center. The classrooms serve an added 88 students, pushing enrollment in PISD's Pre-K program this year to 268.

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Hundreds of grandparents visited area elementary and primary schools on Friday and Monday, part of the celebration by local schools of National Grandparents Day, officially the first Sunday after Labor Day.

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Palestine's University Academy charter school started fresh last week, when classes began in a new modular building with 12 additional classrooms – including, for the first time, kindergarten and first-grade.

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The Palestine High School Choir will travel to New York City to sing at Carnegie Hall in March 2020. In this video, they sing, "My Country Tis of Thee." Recorded: AUgust 2019.

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When the Palestine Varsity Choir sang at a district competition in April, they knew their material, but they didn't know they were also auditioning to sing at Carnegie Hall.

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To reward Palestine Independent School District teachers and employees for jobs well-done, members of the Palestine school board doubled this year's state-mandated pay increases.

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Six local churches have blessed the parents of students in Grapeland Elementary School this year. They purchased the entire supply list for each student in grades Pre-K 3 through Fifth.

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Lorenzo Navarette of BWA Architects, the company designing Westwood's proposed 21st century schools, describes the process of working with school districts and stakeholders in the planning phases.

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Westwood resident Hattie Kitchens skipped the May election for a proposed $39-million school bond. She didn't feel she knew enough about the plans for the school district's first major rebuilding project in 40 years.

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An additional $3 million to Palestine Independent School District, including raises of roughly $5,000 for 300 teachers, is just one of the benefits schools districts statewide will get from a $11.6-billion finance law.

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Rev. Jordan Byrd explains how the YMCA is piloting a new program, known as the Character Development Learning Institute, sponsored through a $10,000 grant from the YMCA's national program. Byrd works directly with about 60 kids, ages 8-12, attending the Y's summer camp.

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They may not know it, but the 8-12 year old kids attending the Palestine YMCA's Summer Camp are part of something big — the Character Development Learning Institute.

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Westwood's Monica Wilson has committed to play basketball for Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a four-year college in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. While playing for the Lady Eagles, Wilson will pursue a business degree and plans to become a real estate agent. After leading the Lady Panthers as point…

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University Academy of Palestine will reach another milestone this week, graduating its first senior class. Fourteen graduates will cross the stage Saturday morning at the University of Texas at Tyler, along with graduates from sister campuses in Tyler and Longview.

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The last harvest of the year for students at Elkhart Elementary included 53 pounds of produce: potatoes, kale, onions, green beans, carrots, and mint. The harvest came through an Anderson County Master Gardeners program.

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Local students interested in fields like banking, electrical, auto mechanics, construction, and landscaping will have the opportunity to get hands-on training this summer – and get paid for it.

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Steven Bates, a student in Ginny Gayso's Pre-K class at Westwood Primary, reads a booklet with phonetic sounds.

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Education innovations don't typically come from federal or state dictates. They come, quietly and without fanfare, from dedicated local school teachers.

Classes resumed at A.M. Story Intermediate School Tuesday afternoon, roughly an hour-and-a-half after it was placed on lockdown, following the discovery of a note stating a firearm was somewhere on campus.

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A.M. Story Intermediate School was placed on lockdown shortly after noon Tuesday, after school officials discovered a note stating there was a firearm on campus.

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Westwood Independent School District could go back to the voters with a bond proposal and rebuilding plan as soon as Nov. 5, Superintendent Wade Stanford told the Herald-Press Monday. Architects are already tweaking the rebuilding plan, based on community concerns.

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Only 20 percent of graduating seniors in Texas receive college degrees. So Palestine Independent School District works not only to prepare students for higher education, but also prepares them for employment with its Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

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The Sunshine Guild, Palestine Regional Medical Center's volunteer organization, granted $11,000 in scholarships Tuesday to 11 students at its annual luncheon. It also named volunteer Mickie Lamberth its seventh Honorary Member.

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A buzz spreading around Palestine’s Northside Primary about the makerspace, a new activity next to the science lab, has grabbed the attention of most of school’s 500 students.

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While legislators in Austin, including Palestine’s own Cody Harris, are working to pass measures to increase teacher salaries, the Palestine school board has beat them to the stick, so to speak, as they have already increased teachers’ incomes and incentives by as much as $5,700 per year.

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Early voting on Westwood Independent School District's $39-million bond package starts Monday and runs to the end of the month. Extending up to 30 years, the bond would fund the district's first major construction project in 40 years.

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To improve school readiness for all students, the Palestine Independent School District will offer preschool to families of all income levels, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The free program will apply to all children 4 years old on, or before, Sept. 1, 2019.

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The Palestine Independent School District has made pre-Kindergarten education a top priority, with full-day, fully-funded school classes to all four-year-old students who don't qualify for Head Start or other programs. The district estimates it doesn't serve pre-K programs to more than 100 s…

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Michele Herbert-Reyes and Teresa Castillo of UNIDOS. Castillo will be one of the instructors teaching conversational Spanish to interested area residents starting Feb. 18 in an UNIDOS-sponsored class.

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A junior high school teacher is on suspension, awaiting termination after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an adult high school student were confirmed by district officials.

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Sweet saxophone music and words of wisdom graced the Palestine High School band hall Friday. Professional musician and PHS class of 1991 graduate, Art Sherrod, Jr., was in the house.

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Former language arts teacher Rebecca Huff takes over as principal of Elkhart Middle School, effective Monday. In December, members of the Elkhart school board offered her a one-year probationary contract.

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Deputy Sheriff Pat Green travels to schools in Anderson County for 10-12 weeks in the fall and spring to teach elementary students that saying “no” to drugs is in their best interest—and she has no doubt that it works.

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Obituaries

Graveside services for Brooklynn Grave Smith-McLelland will be held Saturday, September 28 at Neches Cemetery in Neches. Brooklynn was born September 18 and is survived by her parents, Christa Marie Smith and James Elgin McLelland. Emanuel Funeral Home of Palestine is in charge of services.

Joyce Marie Bacon Davis, 63, of Crockett died 9-11-2019 in Crockett. Funeral will be at 11AM,Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Crockett under the direction of Emanuel Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Casey Lane Cox, 39 of Weatherford, will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, at Bailey & Foster Chapel, with Rev. Jordan Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Cemetery. Mr. Cox passed away Monday.