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Palestine Junior Service League sponsored “Sticky Brain,” by mentalist and magician Grant Price of Fort Worth, last week at Westwood, Palestine and Elkhart high schools. Price spoke and performed for roughly 1,000 students at the three schools last week for the League’s annual arts program, …

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In its Thursday meeting, the Palestine Independent School District Board of Trustees discussed the schools’ enrollment, financial and academic achievement reports as the district enters into its third year of living with the pandemic.

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Nineteen Frankston Middle School students competed in the preliminary round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Spellers went before a panel of judges to display their spelling and vocabulary skills. Eighth grade student Wesley “Huck” Slater was the champion and seventh grade student Wyatt…

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Elkhart High School senior Alana Canaday said she has played her way to the competitive 3A All-State Band for two years in a row. She believes her success is due to hard work and plans to study music education at the University of North Texas in Denton this fall.

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Retired school counselor Jeanette McClennon found herself stuck at home during the pandemic but continued her influence by writing poems. Her new book, Character Educational Messaging, addresses students’ emotional needs and creates opportunities for middle school teachers and students to di…

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Elkhart’s United Church Charities provides a monthly food pantry, help with electricity expenses, and large doses of love and compassion to folks in the community. The nonprofit is a joint effort among local church and school leaders to combine resources and reach out to people in need.

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A group of second grade students at Elkhart Elementary recently participated in the Chef Program and got to decorate sugar cookies.

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With 16 years of experience in education, Corey Hines is bringing insight, communication, and transparency to Neches schools as the district’s new superintendent. Hines joined Neches schools in early October following the retirement of former Superintendent Randy Snider in June. 

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Residents of Westwood Independent School District voted 610 to 432 to pass a $38 million bond to improve and expand facilities. Fitzpatrick Architects, Pfluger Architects, and Jackson Construction have been working on plans for renovating buildings on the Westwood Junior High campus, which w…

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Former Westwood Superintendent Marvin Thompson is voicing his support for the district’s $38 million bond issue, which residents will cast ballots for Tuesday. Thompson served as superintendent of the Westwood Independent School District for 21 years, from 1986 to 2006.

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Sixty years ago, the building that housed Westwood High School served students well, but a lack of improvements since the 1960s is now affecting student learning. The campus, now home to Westwood Junior High, sprawls out among four or more buildings but offers minimal space and resources for…

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Palestine Independent School District’s regular board meeting Monday focused chiefly on school finance and pandemic recovery. Though not struggling financially, PISD students’ academic performance and attendance are both affected by the pandemic. 

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The Texas House approved legislation on Thursday that would restrict transgender student athlete participation in school sports, clearing a notable hurdle for supporters of the measure after similar legislation sailed through the Senate and stalled in the House three times prior this year.

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There will be a free Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference to learn more about the impact of Alzheimer's/dementia including useful resources and information for caregivers.

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The Palestine Independent School District had a chance to show off its new industrial arts facility on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and showcase of the career and technical education department.

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Westwood residents will vote on a $38 million bond in November, thanks to thorough research and planning by the school district’s long range planning committee. Approved by Westwood’s school board in August, the proposed bond issue provides funding that addresses district-wide safety, access…

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Elkhart schools broke ground on a new $1.6 million construction project for agriculture education this week. Trustees of the Elkhart Independent School District shoveled dirt Monday in support of expanding the district’s agriculture program, which serves roughly 300 students.

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With the pandemic still on everyone’s mind, school has started and most children are attending in-person classes. Extra care needs to be taken by motorists sharing the roads with school buses, children walking or on bicycles, and even lots of new teen drivers taking their first car trip to school.

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Roughly 300 kids are starting off the school year on the right foot with a new pair of shoes thanks to First Blessing Shoe Ministry. Community members donated $20 per child to provide new socks and a pair of brand-name shoes at First Christian Church Saturday.

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Each year, as summer draws to a close, schools and families begin their back to school preparations. Whether you are sending your child off to school for the first time, transferring to a new district or starting your last, first day in your senior year, there is always new information and k…

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University Academy at Palestine will begin school in August with a new director, Ummi Bodede, and visible upgrades. Structural improvements include a new brick facade and outdoor sports court. The University of Texas at Tyler K-12 charter school has an enrollment of 250 and is part of a dist…

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Texas families who relied on the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer card, which previously provided a one-time benefit of $285 for students receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for another round of food aid for the 2021-22 school year.

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Palestine schools will use a large portion of a $7.9 million grant to purchase online software that targets gaps in student learning. The district’s portion of a nationwide grant known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) aims to redress academic achievem…

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In a special called meeting of the Westwood Independent School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, the long range steering committee presented an extensive recommendation for the future of Westwood schools.

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