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GROESBECK – The Grapeland Sandies went into their bi-district round matchup against the Frost Polar Bears and showed why they were the overwhelming favorites.

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Just an hour after receiving four new books Wednesday morning, Kindergarten students at Northside Primary School already have plans for what to do with them—at home.

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After a $40-million Westwood school bond was defeated Tuesday, opponents said many bond supporters accused them of not caring about students or the community.

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Tucked away behind Palestine's Southside Elementary School, the Curious Museum is more than a science museum; it's also a hotbed for research in one of the latest education trends: STEAM.

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Students at the University of Texas at Tyler's nursing program in Palestine have carved out some fun this Halloween with a pumpkin decorating contest. They're using their medical knowledge to inject a little humor into their day while relieving stress.

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The YMCA and Westwood schools have, together, created an after-school program for Westwood students, starting Jan. 7, that would save parents money and expand activities for kids.

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Second grade students from Westwood Primary school visit Palestine Rotary's Safety Town to learn about traffic rules and safety and the importance off recognizing street signs. Officer Joseph Tinsley of the Palestine Police Department was on hand to manage the traffic flow.

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Listen to these sixth grade students at AM Story Intermediate School as they play piano music on Korg electronic keyboards. Teacher Julie Bell teaches a class of 12-14 students at a time, and says they learn about four books of music a year—just like taking four years of private lessons.

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Jahliyah Symone Wiggins, 11, said she always wanted to study piano because her aunt had one in her home. As a student at A.M. Story Intermediate School, she's doing it – not at her aunt's house but in a school piano lab filled with electronic keyboards.

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Palestine High School's Varsity Choir is trying to raise $48,000 to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March. 

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In an after-school program at Southside Elementary, second grade kids are learning to use code—the building blocks of computer programming; in the coming months they eventually will use it to build a robot.

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Join some of Westwood's third grade students and Assistant Principal Lance Satterwhite as they have learned to encourage each other as passengers on the 'Energy Bus,' a character education program that teaches responsibility and ownership.

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When Westwood teachers and staff boarded a school bus their first day back to work in August, they weren’t told where they were heading. The bus buzzed with anticipation, however, as staff members neared their destination.

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With the Nov. 5 election looming, Westwood schools have one month to persuade voters to approve a $40-million bond package similar to the one voters narrowly rejected, 410-415, in May. Early voting starts Oct. 21.

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Visit Westwood Primary School, where Superintendent Wade Stanford had fun sharing Johnny Appleseed with one of the school's six Kindergarden classes Thursday. Jessica Brown and her class are shown at the end.

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More than 300 cyclists will compete in El Camino 105, the Texas Gravel Adventure, Saturday, starting in Old Town Palestine and racing all over Anderson County. The race has grown from a leisurely bicycle ride to a competitive 105-mile race that will draw 350 professional and amateur cyclists…

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Options for career exploration continue to grow at Palestine High School's Career Technology Education program. In fact, with a new floral design class, opportunities are blooming.

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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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Obituaries

Services for Henry C. Michalak,97,of Palestine will be 1:00pm Wednesday,November 20,2019 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Military graveside will be1:00pm Friday, November 22,2019 at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. Mr. Michalak died Thursday,November 14,2019. View online www.herri…

Marjory Maffitt Jones, daughter of James Ulric "Shorty" & Marjory Kingsbury Maffitt, passed away Nov. 15, 2019, in Stillwater, Ok.

Funeral services for Robert Douglas "Bob" Hullett, age 84, of Palestine are scheduled for 10 AM Friday, November 22, 2019 at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Chapel in Palestine. Graveside services will follow at 2 PM at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite. Arrangements are under the dire…