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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elkhart High School student athletes turned in another strong performance at the 2019 District 20-AAA track and field meet at Westwood High School April 3-4.
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.
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.
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…
Palestine school board members on Thursday accepted the resignation of Lauren Stewart, a junior high teacher and coach charged with inappropriate conduct with a high school student.
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.
A junior high school teacher turned herself in to the Palestine Police Department shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, following allegations that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a female high-school student.
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.
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.
National recording artist, and PHS alum Art Sherrod, Jr. spoke with, and performed for students at Palestine Junior High and High Schools Friday.
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.
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.
Third grade students from Anne Brantley's and Michelle Boone's Southside Elementary School classes perform "This Land is Your Land" during a program Monday honoring area veterans.
A Palestine High School student was injured in the woodshop class Thursday afternoon. The instructor, a certified Emergency Medical Technician, provided immediate care, the student was transported via Life Flight to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
Most local superintendents oppose the new Texas Education Agency's rating system. By relying too heavily on test scores, they said, it fails to provide a balanced and accurate picture of student learning.
Thanks to a bonanza fundraiser, Operation Read has raised more than enough dough — $20,000 — to purchase four books for every pre-K, Kindergarten, first- and second-grade child in Palestine schools, including students in the Palestine and Westwood districts.
Aiden Jackson reads his own comic book replicated from Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants and the Talking Toilets.
Aiden Jackson, 10, didn't like to read, but he loved to draw. He drew cartoon characters and comics. He enjoyed cutting out paper figures, both in school and at home.
Texas ranks high for student bullying, but it is only one of eight states without both anti-bullying laws and policies. The other states without such policies: Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Arizona, and North Carolina.
Most of them were not walking when what has come to be known as 9-11 happened, yet the cataclysm that changed this nation in so many ways has also helped define the post-911 generation.
This Week's Circulars
Elizabeth Eilenberger Rollins, 59, died at home in Palestine on June 25th. A memorial service will be held at 3PM on Saturday, July 20, in the Chapel of the First Christian Church with Rev Jordan Byrd officiating.
Cheryl Grimes Davis, 62, died peacefully on July 13, 2019 after a courageous fight with cancer. She is proceeded in death by husband Jerry Davis and parents Hervey and Carolyn Grimes. She is survived by daughter Nicole Carmona and husband Gil, sisters Andrea Sims and husband Lane, and Leah V…
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