Paris ISD’s Future Problem Solving Program brings home international wins

Evan de la Garza, Zachery Nation, Madeline Petrikas, and Austin Whitaker

Evan de la Garza, Zachery Nation, Madeline Petrikas, and Austin Whitaker

Paris students won an international grand championship, three first place awards and one second place award at the International Conference at Iowa State University.  They are coached by Debb Fleming, Sandra Strom  and Dr. Janet Dickey.

Team Problem Solvers (from left) Evan de la Garza, Zachery Nation, Madeline Petrikas, and Austin Whitaker won first place out of 54 teams in the Junior Division.

Madeline Petrikas won Grand Champion (Project H.O.P.E.) in Individual Community Problem Solving Junior Division. Shikha Prakash’s Operation: Save Your Skin placed second in the senior division.

FPS Madeline Petrikas Grand Champion

FPS Madeline Petrikas Grand Champion

Operation Tobacco Know won first place in community problem solving. They were represented by (from left) Brianna Rogers, Keller Stripland, Evan de la Garza, Kaitlynn Hutchings, Taylor White and Gavin Hollje. They placed sixth in presentation of action plan.

Brianna Rogers, Keller Stripland, Evan de la Garza, Kaitlynn Hutchings, Taylor White and Gavin Hollje.

Brianna Rogers, Keller Stripland, Evan de la Garza, Kaitlynn Hutchings, Taylor White and Gavin Hollje.

Molly Jackson won first place with her team of scenario writers.

Justiss Socrates Students Donate Digital Thermometers

Justiss - Socrates donationJustiss Elementary Socrates students donated digital thermometers to families in need and to Justiss nurse Jeri Kay Johnson for use in her office.  Nurse Johnson will disperse the thermometers throughout the year to families in need.

Those donating pictured from left to right are (back row) Tavi Schaller, Jaelyn Lee, Keshawn Wallace and Mayra Barrios standing next to Nurse Jeri Kay Johnson and  (front row) Erica Barber, Amiah Tyson, Tekiyah Marshall, Paula Torres and Johnathan Jones.

Paris ISD School Board Approves Budget for 2014-15 School Year

The Paris ISD School Board approved the 2014-15 budget last night at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The budget includes raises for all PISD employees.

PISD_Sign2Board members Tracy Bawcum and Regina Williams were both sworn in for new terms.  The current board officers will remain the same with George Fisher as president, Dr. Bert Strom as vice-president and Becky Norment as secretary.

During the meeting, the board also approved the recommended hiring of new teachers, extended the dumpster service contract and renewed the custodial service contract.

During the May meeting, the board was given information regarding the possibility of offering free lunch to all students. However, business manager Tish Holleman told the board last night that since they are uncertain of how logistically the program will work and if it would affect funding and grants, they are not going to proceed at this time. Hopefully as other school districts in the state begin to offer universal lunch, those issues will be resolved.  Current state laws do require PISD to offer Universal (free) breakfast on four of PISD campuses.

The board also approved the new local policy guidelines that were rewritten by a TASB consultant, except for two policies that Superintendent Paul Jones felt needed to be pulled and rewritten.

Paris Junior High School student conducts book drive for West ISD

PJH 8th grader Erin Bankston with booksMembers of the 2013-2014 Lone Star Youth Leadership Council completed a West ISD Book Drive group service project to help rebuild West ISD’s school libraries.

The goal was for Council members to work together to collect and provide books to help restock West ISD’s school libraries which were damaged in the devastating April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion.

Twenty-seven (27) Council members collected books in their communities which span the state, from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. All types of books were collected including fiction, non-fiction, class sets of classics, reference books, and more. All together, the students collected 6,500 books which were sorted, boxed, and delivered to West ISD to coincide with the one year anniversary of the explosion.

Erin Bankston, an 8th grader at Paris Junior High School, set up a collection area at the School library. Through her efforts, and the donations by schoolmates, teachers, staff, and the Paris community, she collected 600 books for West ISD Book Collection.

Erin said, “I am very grateful and proud to know that my time spent collecting books for the West ISD libraries will benefit children for many years and help them grow in their education.” Erin’s sponsor and Science Coach, Jodi Andoe, said, “Erin has dedicated a large amount of time and energy to this project and her efforts will definitely benefit many West ISD students.”

Erin is the daughter of Nita and Michael Bankston.



PJH students inducted into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

PJH NJHS Inductees 2014The Paris Junior High Chapter of NJHS recently inducted 56 seventh graders. Membership in the NJHS is based on scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

The NJHS ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for middle level students.  NJHS is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, which also sponsors the National Honor Society.

Pictured: 1st Row:  Bryan Torres, Ka’Dazsha Price, Brian Wright, Miracle Valenzuela, Jackson Rogers, Kobe Savage, Harmon Ragsdale, Axeel Rodriguez, Carol Starnes, Alyssa Tacuyan, Rhea Tabora 2nd Row:  Jeremy Seals, Sean Lehenbauer, Alyssa Gilmore, Coby King,

August Kyle, Ansley Downs, Abby Cannon, Madisyn Bolton, Alan Garcia, Kyler Beshirs, Kobe Dixon, Mason Ragsdale, Evelyn Brown  3rd Row:  Phillip Nichols, Gloria McIntire, Amil Mitchell, Sonia Gooch, Heather Hawkes, Marjorie Calderon, Lizbet Martinez, Nick Leija, Andrew Bush, Tatyanna Hurd, Akeirria Garvin, Kellen Floyd, Sahil Prakash   4th Row:  Erika Palomares, Litzy Ortiz, Asher Andoe, Kili Neal, Darius Ellis, Jack Davidson, James Neal, Baleigh LaForge, Jermiia Mosley, Skyla Mackey, Michayla Hawkes, Tyrinee Perkins, Emma Napier    Not pictured:  Daniel Blackmon, Alexis Gomez, Grace Hamm, Casia Johnson, Michael McCann, Easton Vaughan