PISD eyes program that would offer free breakfast, lunch to all students

PISD_Sign2The Paris Independent School District is weighing a federal program that would mean free breakfast and lunch for all students.

“We could say to every kid who comes to PISD, ‘Your meal is free, breakfast and lunch,’” Business Manager Tish Holleman said. “For our kids, that’s huge. We’ve got a lot of students on the bubble.”

In its last session, the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring every campus with 80 percent of its students in free and reduced lunch to offer free breakfast to all students. That would apply to Givens, Head Start, Justiss and the alternative school.

“If we can just get them to show up and eat the free food, that’ll be a great way to start the day,” Holleman said.

One problem is that if the district limited it to those four, it could cause confusion for students who transfer between campuses, she said. But it would be very expensive to do that at all campuses.

As an alternative, PISD may want to consider taking advantage of the United States Department of Agriculture community eligibility provision, she said. The program would make breakfast and lunch free for all students.

If a district has 40 percent or more of its population automatically qualifying for free and reduced lunch – such as migrant, homeless or Head Start students – it may qualify for the program. At 60.3 percent, PISD meets that requirement. Because of its numbers, 96.46 percent would be considered free lunches, and only 3.54 percent paid.

Federal funds cannot subsidize the paid lunches. If it does, the district can wind up having to repay some of the money. A la carte purchases from the snack bar can be used to offset that difference, since they are not covered in the program.

Participating in the federal program would eliminate the current application process, which Holleman said is a problem. Many decline to fill it out, or fill it out wrong or turn it in too late.

The program is new to Texas, Superintendent Paul Jones said. The district has until June 30 to decide whether or not it wants to participate. It is a five-year program, but the district could opt out after the first year if it did not work out as hoped.

If PISD stays with its current system, meals could cost 10 cents more next year.

Food is a big part of the federal funds for PISD, including $1.25 million in the national school lunch program, $500,000 for breakfast, $115,000 in USDA donated commodities, $40,000 for the summer feeding program and $24,510 for a fresh fruit and vegetable program at Justiss Elementary School.

PISD_04-14In other business:

  • The board moved next month’s meeting to May 12 at Paris high School.
  • Bob Williams with The Prudential presented seventh grader Sahil Prakash with the Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award for his Project BIKE (Preventing Bike Injuries Keeping Everyone Safe) program, which was an award-winning Future Problem Solvers community service project. Prakash was the youngest entrant. Williams said he has been with the program 10 years, and Prakash was the youngest winner he’d ever seen. Most are 16 or 17 years old.
  • Board members congratulated Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Robert High on his birthday and 50th wedding anniversary. “My wife’s not happy,” High said.

Justiss Elementary STAAR Boot Camp is underway

Justiss - STAAR bootcampSTAAR Boot Camp is underway for third grade students at Justiss Elementary.

Students are in “basic training” these last few weeks before STAAR reviewing Math and Reading skills for the big test at the end of the month.

Pictured front row (left to right): Katelyn Essary, Michaelyn Pendergraft, Angel Freeman, Jose Rangel , Jagger Moore, and Johnathan Jones; Back row: 3rd grade teachers: Wendy Fleming, Allison Hanley, and Tami Attebury

Aikin Kindergarten teacher named KOYN Teacher of the Week

Aikin - KOYN Teacher of the WeekAikin Kindergarten teacher, Peggy Ross, was selected KOYN Teacher of the Week. She was nominated by Caitlynn Cooke’s mother. She was presented with an Office Equipment Center Gift Certificate and a plant.

Pictured are Aikin Principal, Pat Gilbert and Kindergarten teacher, Peggy Ross with Davion Harrison, Caitlynn Cooke and Dustin Gilbert.

 

Students win prizes for Read Across Aikin

Kindergarten: Hailee Matlock Gillean and Mrs. Gilbert

Kindergarten: Hailee Matlock Gillean and Mrs. Gilbert

Aikin Elementary School students read more than 8,000 books in the month of March.

All students had chances to win prizes for reading books.  Principal Pat Gilbert recently awarded prizes by grade level for Read Across Aikin.

1st Grade: Alyssa Anderson and Eric Parish, teachers Renee Moree, Megan Groomes, and Mrs. Gilbert

1st Grade: Alyssa Anderson and Eric Parish, teachers Renee Moree, Megan Groomes, and Mrs. Gilbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Grade: Aubrey Coco with Mrs. Debbie McFadden

2nd Grade: Aubrey Coco with Mrs. Debbie McFadden

 

 

 

3rd Grade: Sophie Stone, teacher Jessica Smith and Mrs. Gilbert

3rd Grade: Sophie Stone, teacher Jessica Smith and Mrs. Gilbert

4th Grade: Juan Carlos Gonzalez with Mrs. Gilbert

4th Grade: Juan Carlos Gonzalez with Mrs. Gilbert

 

 

Looking Ahead in Paris ISD

paris_wildcats_paris_high_school_paris_texas_sticker-p217232992462645137z85xz_400Scheduled events on Paris ISD campuses for the Month of April:

April 1 – 14, 2014

Paris Junior High School — Incoming 7th grade cheerleaders raffle fundraiser for a $100 Mart gift card. Tickets $1. Last day is April 14th  the drawing will be held April 15th.

 

April 1 – 25, 2014

Lamar County Head Start

Registration for School Year 2014-2015

 

April 1 – 30, 2014

Aikin Elementary

Registration for School Year 2014-2015

Justiss Elementary

Registration for School Year 2014-2015

Givens Early Childhood Center

Registration for School Year 2014-2015

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Paris High School

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

Paris Junior High School

9:00 a.m. – Noon – Super Saturday for STAARs

 

Aikin Elementary

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 3rd & 4th grade Socrates students will visit the Perot Museum in Dallas

 

Justiss Elementary

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 3rd & 4th grade Socrates students will visit the Perot Museum in Dallas

 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – Biology Benchmark Test – Students in biology classes prepare for STAAR assessment by taking benchmark test

 

Paris Junior High School

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

6:00 p.m. – Pre-UIL Choir and Band Concert – Weger Auditorium at PJH

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Sky Ranch Field Trip – 5th Grade

 

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

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Week of the Young Child – “Purple Day and Pep Rally” Wear

Purple and bring show and tell items that are special to you

9:30 a.m. – PHS Cheerleaders perform

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paris Junior High School

UIL Junior High Choir Contest – Mt. Pleasant

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Sky Ranch Field Trip – 5th Grade

 

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Dynamic Drummers rehearsal

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – Extended Day Tutorials

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Week of the Young Child – “Super Star Visitors”  PHS

athletes will read a book to each class

 

Lamar County Head Start

11:30 a.m. – Read With Dad – Family Literacy Workshop

 

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Paris High School

Six Weeks Tests – Students take six weeks tests in period 7

class

 

Paris Junior High School

Band Concert Festival – Pleasant Grove

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Sky Ranch Field Trip – 5th Grade

 

Justiss Elementary

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

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Week of the Young Child – “Art Day” Students create

masterpieces to display around the school, at other campuses and around town

 

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Paris High School

Six Weeks Tests – Students take six weeks tests in periods

4, 5, and 6 classes

NET-OLE Contest – PHS students compete in variety of Spanish

language skills contests at Texas A&M-Commerce

 

Paris Junior High School

Noon – PTO Meeting – Room 15

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Deadline for payment to Medieval Times – 6th Grade Field

Trip

 

Aikin Elementary

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

Spring Pictures

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – Extended Day Tutorials

5:30-7-30 p.m. – Family Movie Night

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Week of the Young Child – “Science Fun and Field Trip”

Students participate in fun science experiments and tour the Lamar County

Livestock Show

 

Lamar County Head Start

9:30 a.m. – Live Stock Show at Fair Grounds

Noon – Nutrition Workshop – Nutrition Workshop “Healthy

Snacking” with Mitzie Pirtle

 

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Paris ISD

Staff Development/Student Holiday – Head Start/Pre-K – 8

ONLY

Instructional day for students in grades 9-12

Fifth Six Weeks Ends

 

Paris High School

Instructional day for students in grades 9-12

Six Weeks Tests – Students take six weeks tests in periods

1, 2, and 3 classes

 

Paris Junior High School

Incoming 7th grade PJH Cheerleaders – Cheer money for

uniforms is due

9:00 a.m. – Noon – Super Saturday for STAARS – PJH

Cafeteria

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Paris ISD

Future Problem Solvers State Bowl Competition – Austin

 

Paris High School

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

excessive absences

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Paris ISD

6th Six Weeks Begins

5:30 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting – Elaine Ballard

Administration Building

 

Paris Junior High School

Incoming 7th grade PJH Cheerleaders Fundraiser money is

due

Planner Checks

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

 

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

 

Justiss Elementary

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Art Club B

 

Lamar County Head Start

Week of the Young Child – Head Start Celebrates Children

1:15 p.m. – Balloon Launch

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paris High School

Educational Talent Search – A representative will be on

campus during lunch to visit with students

 

Paris Junior High School

UIL Band Contest

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

6:00 p.m. – Parent Information Meeting – Summer 2014 trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City for current  6th, 7th, and 8th grade

students – Cafeteria

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Spring Pictures

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Dynamic Drummers rehearsal

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

Justiss Elementary

Easter Bunny Pictures

9:00 a.m. – Kindergarten Program – Classes of Gaither, Allen and Gulde

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – Extended Day Tutorials

6:00 p.m. – Kindergarten Program – Classes of Gaither, Allen and Gulde

Givens Early Childhood Center

Commerce Planetarium Field Trips – Classes of Smith, Miller and Dingman

Lamar County Head Start

Week of the Young Child – Head Start Celebrates Children

9:30 a.m. – Bean Races

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paris Junior High School

UIL Band Contest

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

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

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Commerce Planetarium Field Trips – Classes of Brazeal and Vick

Report Cards Sent Home

 

Lamar County Head Start

Week of the Young Child – Head Start Celebrates Children

10:00 a.m. – Annual High Hat Day

Noon – Parent Committee Meeting – Planning Workshop

1:15 p.m. – Rainbow Bubble Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Report Cards Home

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – STAAR Pep Rally – A Lunch – 10:56 -11:22 a.m. and B Lunch – 11:48 a.m. – 12:14 p.m.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

Aikin Elementary

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

Justiss Elementary

9:00 a.m. – Kindergarten Program – Classes of Little, Moree and Stewart

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – Extended Day Tutorials

6:00 a.m. – Kindergarten Program – Classes of Little, Moree and Stewart

Givens Early Childhood Center

Commerce Planetarium Field Trips – Classes of Gallegos, Bell and Gall

Lamar County Head Start

Week of the Young Child – Head Start Celebrates Children

Color Extravaganza Day

Friday, April 18, 2014

Aikin Elementary

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. – School Store

Justiss Elementary

7:30 a.m. – Spirit Sales in Cafeteria

1:10 p.m. – STAAR Pep Rally

 

Lamar County Head Start

Week of the Young Child – Head Start Celebrates Children

9:00 a.m. – Spring Egg Celebration – PHS Wildcat Stadium

10:45 a.m. – Easter Hat Parade and Easter Hunts – Please check teacher newsletters for specific times.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paris High School

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