North Lamar ISD Calendar for August

North LamarSchool starts August 25th, and back-to-school activities begin during the month of August at NL ISD.

Mon 4 – 15

  • 8:00a – 12:00p Panther Prep – School ready program for select incoming 1st – 5th graders.

Mon 4

  • Stone Honor Band Rehearsals begin -
  • 7:30a NLHS Cross Country workouts @ track begins -
  • 8:00a NL Volleyball Season Begins -
  • 6:00p First Day of Fall Football Practice @ NL athletic complex -

Tue 5

  • NLHS Senior Portraits with Lifetouch – cafeteria -

Wed 6

  • NLHS Senior Portraits with Lifetouch – cafeteria -

Fri 8

  • 7:45a NLHS Marching Band Pictures with Lifetouch – gym -

Mon 11

  • 6:00p Board Meeting – Adm. Office -

Wed 13

  • 8:30a – 1:00p NLHS PANTHERS FIRST Freshman Orientation -

Thu 14

  • NLHS Football Team Pictures with Lifetouch in the fieldhouse -
  • 8:30a – 3:45p New Teacher Orientation -

Fri 15

  • NL Panther Football Scrimmage @ Prairiland -

Mon 18

  • NL Staff Pictures -
  • 8:00a – 3:45p Staff Development @ NLHS -

Tue 19

  • 8:00a – 3:45p Staff Development -
  • 4:30p – 5:30p Parker Kindergarten Parent Meeting/Meet the Teacher -

Wed 20

  • 9:00a – 3:45p Staff Development -
  • 4:00p – 5:30p Bailey Back-to-School Bash -
  • 4:00p – 5:30p Higgins Back-to-School Bash -
  • 4:00p – 5:30p Everett Back-to-School Bash -
  • Aug. 20 – 8:30 a.m. – NLISD CDL physicals at the bus barn 

Thu 21

  • 8:00a – 3:30p Staff Development -
  • 3:45p – 5:15p Stone Schedule Pick Up and Meet the Teacher -
  • 4:30p – 6:00p Parker Back-to-School Bash -

Fri 22

  • NL Panther Football Scrimmage Daingerfield @ NL -
  • 8:00a – 3:45p Teacher Workday -
  • 9:00a Substitute Teacher Orientation in Bailey Music Rm. -

Mon 25

  • 1st Day of School

Fri 29

  • 7:30a NL Panther Football vs. Commerce @ NL

NL School Board Member Dave Osborne to Resign

North LamarDave Osborne, North Lamar ISD School Board Trustee for the past ten years, turned in his resignation letter on Monday morning, July 28th during a special session.

The school board met in a special meeting on Monday morning and agreed to accept applications for the trustee position.

The school board will vote to accept his resignation at the regularly scheduled meeting on August 11th. Applications will be accepted for a ten day period following that meeting.

School Board President Paul Drake said, “He was a tremendous board member, his insight is going to be missed, what else do you say, he will be greatly missed.”

On July 28th, the NL ISD Board of Trustees also voted to hire new superintendent John McCullough.

PJC Starting Jazz Ensemble

saxophoneExpanding jazz throughout the community while educating and enriching students by learning jazz music is the goal of a new class starting this fall at Paris Junior College.

“Students do not have to be music majors to play,” said PJC music instructor and director of choirs Philip Briggs. “We have scholarships for jazz band musicians and they can be in any field of study.”

PJC is seeking instrumentalists with at least a high school level of playing experience and competence. Instruments include trumpets, trombones, percussionists, keyboardists, and woodwinds (alto, tenor or bass saxophone). PJC will supply percussionists and keyboardists, all others should have their own instrument.

“We will have open call auditions and scheduled auditions prior to the beginning of fall semester,” said Briggs. “Probably the third week of August. Contact the music department about the scholarship application at 903-782-0343 or email This should be a lot of fun.”


North Lamar ISD Hires New Superintendent

John McCullough

John McCullough

During Monday night’s board meeting, the North Lamar ISD board of trustees voted unanimously to hire John McCullough as the new superintendent.

John McCullough was the superintendent at Sulphur Bluff ISD for the past two years and will be replacing longtime NLISD Superintendent James Dawson.

PJC watchmaking student receives scholarship

Angelica Guevarra of Laredo with PJC horology instructor Frank Poye

Angelica Guevarra of Laredo with PJC horology instructor Frank Poye

A charitable trust and foundation combined efforts to award a scholarship in horology to Paris Junior College student Angelica Guevara, of Laredo. Horology is the art of watchmaking, one of several programs taught through PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology.

“I believe Angelica was one of seven students who received the award nationally,” said PJC horology instructor Frank Poye.

The funds came from a donation by the Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation of $7,500 to the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ELM Charitable Trust. Recipients must be students studying watchmaking and watch repair. PJC belongs to the Research and Education Council of the AW-CI. Each year fund trustees award an equal share of available funds to students at REC member schools.

Students must receive a recommendation from watchmaking faculty to be eligible. ELM stands for Education in watch and clock repair, Library funding to lend horological texts and publish horological books, and Museum funding to preserve unique timepieces and tools for study, research and local viewing. The Institute is located in Harrison, Ohio.

For more information on PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, call 903-782-0380.

“Not bad!” said Poye of the scholarship. “We are pleased on her behalf.”