NLHS Offers Orientation for New Graduation Plan for Freshmen in 2014-2015

North LamarTexas has introduced new graduation plans for high school students. While current high school students do have some new options for graduation, the law directly impact incoming 9th grade students.

North Lamar High School will host an orientation on Monday, April 28 for parents and students who will be freshmen during the 2014-2015 school year.  Beginning at 5:00 p.m., teachers and student representatives will have information stations set up in the high school cafeteria on classes, organizations, and clubs offered at NLHS.  Then at 6:00 p.m. in the NLHS auditorium, the new graduation plans will be explained so families can make the right course decisions.

The Texas Legislature has changed high school graduation requirements for student who will be freshmen during the 2014-2015 school year.  The one graduation plan, called “Foundation High School Program (FHSP), allows more flexibility for high school students to pursue either higher education or a career pathway.  In addition to the FHSP, students will have the opportunity to earn endorsements and performance acknowledgments.

Parents and incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend the orientation April 28 at North Lamar High School and to decide the best path for your student’s graduation plan.

PJC presents 7th Annual Drama Student Showcase Friday & Saturday

“Fool for Love” with Austen Naron and Paige Collins

“Fool for Love” with Austen Naron and Paige Collins

The works of playwright Sam Shepard will be the focus of the Seventh Annual Student Showcase, presented by the Paris Junior College Department of Drama. The showcase will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater on the Paris campus.

“Though many might recognize Sam Shepard’s film career,” said PJC drama instructor and showcase director Alex Peevy, “it is his career as a playwright that has garnered such immense respect in the acting community. Shepard’s scripts are known for their twisted plots, gritty characters, and haunted families, set against desolate southwestern backdrops.”

PJC drama students will present four scenes from Shepard plays, including a scene from “Paris, TX,” as well as a selection of poems.  Scene work includes “Fool for Love” with Austen Naron and Paige Collins; “Action,” with J.J. Freelen, Derek Dacus, Samantha Turner, and Elizabeth Schneider; “Curse of the Starving Class” with Taren Sartor, Cody Rice, and Kaytlyn Zimmer; “Paris, TX,” with Haley Hines and Riley Collard.

Reading poetry and serving as crew are Schneider, Rice, Turner, Tori Hunt, Jessica Gallaghan, Marcus Kraut, and Zimmer.

The showcase is an integral part of Paris Junior College’s performing arts season and it gives patrons a chance to see what has been worked on in students’ courses.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information call 903-782-0488 or email pjcdrama@parisjc.edu.

 

Looking Ahead in Paris ISD

parisisd logoApril 21-30, 2014

Paris High School

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Students who wish to audition for positions in next year’s Colorguard attend daily practices in the Band Hall

 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paris High School

8:00 a.m. – Noon – Saturday School – Students make up for excessive absences

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – ELA TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level ELA test

 

Paris Junior High School

Planner Checks

 

Crockett Intermediate School

2:45 p.m. – 6th Grade STAAR Pep Rally

 

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Art Club A

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – Math TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level math test

 

Paris Junior High School

Math STAAR Test – 7th Grade

Social Studies STAAR Test -8th Grade

 

Crockett Intermediate School

STAAR Math Test – 6th Grade

 

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Dynamic Drummers

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

Math STAAR Test

 

Lamar County Head Start

11:30 a.m. – Read With Me – “Making Number Sense” workshop to follow

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paris High School

Balfour Orders – Balfour will be on campus during lunch to deliver cap & gown and other graduation product orders

8:35 a.m. – Science TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level science test

 

Paris Junior High School

Reading STAAR Test – 7th Grade

Science STAAR Test -8th Grade

2:00 p.m. – Awesome Bucks Auction

 

Crockett Intermediate School

STAAR Reading Test – 6th Grade

STAAR Science Test – 5th Grade

 

Justiss Elementary

Reading STAAR Test

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Family Reading Night – Library

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Class Picture Day

 

Lamar County Head Start

“Riding the Transition Train”  – Getting Ready for Kindergarten Workshop

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – Social Studies TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level social studies test

 

Paris Junior High School

Choice Sheets sent Home – current 7th grade students

Field Trip Scholarship Applications Due

 

Aikin Elementary

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Lamar County Head Start

5:00 p.m. – F.I.S.H 101 – Last FISH Workshop – “Tying it all

Together!”

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Paris High School

Career Fair – Student receive information on various career and occupational options in this annual event in the auxiliary gym

 

Paris Junior High School

Character Education Lesson – Personal Character Reduces

Negative Peer Pressure

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Crockett Band to Sandy Lake

 

Aikin Elementary

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. – School Store

 

Justiss Elementary

Field Day

7:30 a.m. – Spirit Sales in Cafeteria

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Chrysler Test Drive!! – come test

drive a car and Justiss will earn money for each test drive

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Paris High School

8:00 a.m. – Noon – Saturday School – Students make up for excessive absences

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Paris High School

3:00 p.m. – Spanish National Honor Society Induction – New student members are inducted into the PHS chapter during a ceremony in the cafeteria

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Planner Checks

Spring Book Fair – PJH Library

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

6:00 p.m. – Informational session for parents of students who

will be in 7th grade for the 2014-2015 school year. Weger Auditorium at PJH

 

Justiss Elementary

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Art Club B

 

Lamar County Head Start

5:30 p.m. – Meet the Principal – Transition Workshop

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Choice Sheets Due  for current 7th Grade Students Outdoor Education Cooking

Spring Book Fair – PJH Library

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

 

Crockett Intermediate School

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – El Dia del Nino

 

Lamar County Head Start

10:30 a.m. – Read With Me – “Growing Green” workshop to follow

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Spring Book Fair – PJH Library

2014-2015 Scheduling – Current 7th Grade students visit computer lab to enter course and elective information in Social Studies

classes.

Justiss Elementary

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Family Reading Night – Library

Lamar County Head Start

Noon – Let’s Get Healthy – Fitness and Food Workshop

 

Paris Junior College Celebrates 39th Creative Writing Awards

PJC Creative Award Winners 4-16-14Talented writers were honored at the 39th year of the Paris Junior College writing awards on Wednesday.

“This ceremony gives us a chance to recognize and encourage our students in their writing endeavors,” said organizer and PJC English instructor Marsha Dennis.

David King of Quinlan received the Outstanding Student in English. Stephanie Bradford, from Sulphur Springs, was named Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language and Iliana Chakarova, from Bansko, Bulgaria, received Outstanding Student in English as a Second Language.

Dometreus LaWayne “Bo” Pruitt of Paris was named Journalism Student of the Year, for the second year in a row. Taylor McCloure of Pattonville received The Paris News Scholarship of $500.

Swingers of Birches, the anthology of first prize-winning entries published by the Communications and Fine Arts Division and produced by the PJC Print Shop, was distributed at the reception following the awards ceremony. To receive a copy, contact the English Department.

Winners by category include:

Argumentative/Informative Essay: First, “Flames of Society,” Elizabeth Flick of Blossom, PJC; Second, “Airport Security,” Elizabeth Zimmerman of Paris, Paris High School. Judged by Kathie Wells, Instructor, Gifted and Talented program (retired), Sulphur Springs ISD, Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Narrative Essay: First, “Choices of My Life,” Amy Hampton of Bonham, PJC; Second, “A Naked Clock,” Kelli Lahman of Paris, Paris High School; Third, “Academics,” Danielle Carraway of Paris, Paris High School. Judged by Boyd Minner, Jr.; Professor of English; Navarro College, Corsicana, TX.

Poetry: First, “Paper Heart,” Sarah Mann of Paris, Paris High School; Second, “Tears Fall in the Month of May,” Derek Dacus of Paris, PJC; Kristin McConnell of Paris, PJC; Fourth, “The First Day,” Wendy Perea of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center. Honorable Mention: “My Child,” Sarah Sansom of Paris, PJC. Judged by Shelby Armstrong, Instructor of English, Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas.

Research Essay with Documentation: First, “Farming of the Future,” John Herrmann of Paris, Chisum High School; Second, “The Scarlet Letter: Unforbidden Love,” Danielle Carraway of Paris, Paris High School; Third, “Living Wills,” Stephanie Hogue of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center; Fourth, “Pearl: In & Out of the Text,” Kaileb Williamson of Paris, Paris High School. Honorable Mention: “Robert Louis Stevenson: Bluntly Unmatchable,” Daniel Colin of Paris, PJC; “Integration of Technology in Education,” Corinna Morphew of Paris, Chisum High School. Judged by Mary Clark; attorney, retired; world traveler and travel column writer; Paris, Texas.

Regional Literature: First, “The Life of a Cherokee,” Charlie Foster of Soper, Okla., PJC; Second, “High Cotton,” Elizabeth Flick of Blossom, PJC; Third, “A Description of Paris,” Kaileb Williamson of Paris, Paris High School. Honorable Mention: “Wilfred Owen’s Use of Poetry to Mirror the Harsh Realities of Warfare, Then and Now,” Glendle Wharton, Paris, PJC. Judged by Toni McMillen; Instructor of English; Collin College; McKinney, Texas campus.

Short Story: First, “Rebel Ray of Sunshine,” Aldyn Lee Green of Pickton, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center; Second, “Saving Lucas,” Kaileb Williamson of Paris, Paris High School; Third, “Desolation,” Matthew Draeger, Paris, Paris High School; Fourth, “The Brave,” Kelli Lahman, Paris, Paris High School. Honorable Mention: “Ginger and Thyme,” Kaytlyn Zimmer of Paris, PJC; “Galactic Warriors,” Stephanie Gray of Sulphur Springs, PJC-Sulphur Springs Center. Judged by Carolyn Brown; Curriculum Supervisor; Port Arthur ISD, Port Arthur, Texas.

Cutline: The 39th year of the Paris Junior College creative writing awards was held Wednesday, April 16. Top award winners are shown, from left: Stephanie Bradford of Sulphur Springs, Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language; Iliana Chakarova of Bansko, Bulgaria, Outstanding Student in English as a Second Language; David King of Quinlan, Outstanding Student in English; Dometreus LaWayne “Bo” Pruitt of Paris, Journalism Student of the Year. Taylor McCloure of Pattonville, The Paris News Scholarship of $500. First place submissions are compiled into the anthology, Swingers of Birches.

PHS Project Graduation Flamingo Fundraiser Kicks Off

Flamingo Flock PhotoThe people living in Paris are no strangers to quirky fundraisers.  Friday evening, Paris ISD was visited by a flock of 24 pink flamingos.  The flamingo sighting was all for a good cause, an effort to raise money for Paris High School Project Graduation to help keep kids safe on graduation night.  Project Graduation will be “pinking” yards from now until June 1.

“For a donation of $10, you can ‘pink’ your neighbor with 12 pink darlings and  pass the love along,” said Committee Chairman, Jeanne Kraft.  “Larger flocks of 24 birds for $15, 36 for $20, and a super size flock of 60 for $30 are available,” she added.  “Anti-Flamingo insurance” is available for $10 to ensure no flock lands your way.

You can donate and “pink” your neighbors by calling migration specialists Kelly Cade (903-227-7161) or Gina Nance (903-517-9591) between now and May 31.   For more information, contact Kraft at 903-517-1098.

Residents can also purchase Anti-Flamingo Insurance for a premium of only $10.

The fundraiser kicks off on April 21 and runs through the end of May.

For more information or to donate, contact Jeanne Kraft at 903-517-1098, Kelly Cade at 903-227-7161, or Gina Nance at 903-517-9591.