Apr

05

Posted by : admin | On : April 5, 2017

By Toni Garrard Clay
AISD Communications Coordinator
ATHENS–Thanks to a solid foundation of community support, 2017 is a year of building at Athens ISD — literally. Topnotch instruction and dedicated leadership continue to flourish within the walls of each campus while new walls rise around the district.
At Athens High School, the courtyard that once stood empty between the main building and the high school annex is now a construction zone. A new structure is rising up to tie the two facilities together into a single footprint.
A Career and Technical Education (CTE) building to the north of the annex is on track to be completed for the fall of 2017, and within the main high school building, renovation of existing space is planned. Upon completion, AHS students will enjoy new science classrooms, a new and larger shop class, and a new gym that will allow all students to assemble under roof in one space for the first time in years.
“This building project is not only good for the students and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Blake Stiles, “it’s good for the community at large. I believe strongly, as I know others do, that as our schools thrive, so do our communities. This is an important and critical moment for us all.”
In addition to the work at the high school, all three elementary schools, which accommodate grades pre-K through fifth, are part of the master construction plan. The work there – which should be finished by or near the 2017-2018 school year – includes a new and larger library at Central Athens and new assembly/activity spaces at Bel Air and South Athens.
Just in time for the 2017 football season, the public will also enjoy brand new (greatly needed) restroom facilities at Bruce Field. The restrooms are part of a building on the east end of Bruce Field that will also serve concessions to both home and visitor sides. On the west end, a new field house will accommodate a weight room, the football program and the girls and boys soccer programs.
Even as construction continues, the primary focus remains on what happens in the classroom. All Athens ISD campuses once again “Met Standard” on the most recent Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings. Public schools in Texas receive one of three ratings: met standard, met alternate standard or improvement required. In order to meet standard, a school must satisfy criteria in areas such as student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. Athens ISD has done that at all three elementary campuses, the middle school and high school, securing a districtwide “met standard” label. In addition, banners of academic achievement continue to flourish across the district.
In other news, Athens ISD, in conjunction with Trinity Valley Community College, will begin offering an HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) certification program to Athens High School students in the fall of 2017. The program is possible thanks to AISD securing a Texas Workforce Commission Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant which covers 95 percent of the purchasing price for necessary training equipment.
AISD’s attention to detail when it comes to financial matters was reflected once again in the most recent report of the Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System. The district achieved a perfect score of 100 points and an accompanying “superior” rating.
As 2016 came to a close, the board of trustees was also informed that the TEA awarded $120,339 in compensatory funding to the school district through the Highly Qualified Pre-K Grant Program. Money spent on pre-K for supplemental curriculum, progress monitoring, highly-qualified teacher professional development, parent involvement and technology is reimbursed through the grant.
“Athens ISD is a leader among school districts in East Texas,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims. “We have outstanding instructors and outstanding leadership at each of our campuses. In fact, we have some of the absolute finest campus-level leaders anywhere around. It’s a great time to be a Hornet.”

Mar

30

Posted by : admin | On : March 30, 2017

The News Staff Reports
FRANKSTON–The Malakoff Tigers sure do make their games exciting. After taking an 11-2 lead into the fourth inning, the Tigers held on for a 12-10 victory over Frankston March 28.
The Tigers scored two runs to lead off the game after Jake Lee was hit by a pitch, Ethan Snow walked and a Dalton Kennedy single to score Lee. Snow scored on a steal of home. Malakoff extended the lead to 8-0 in the second inning. Cully McCoy singled with one out and Chase Busch sent McCoy to third on a single. Z. Bailey knocked in McCoy with a line drive single to left to make it 3-0. Tyler Crawford singled to right to load the bases. After Busch stole home, Bailey followed suit, stealing home himself to make it 5-0. Tyler Russell walked and stole second and Kennedy singled to drive in Lee. Russell then stole home to make it 8-0. The Tigers widened the lead to 11-0 in the third inning after a walk, three singles and a hit by pitch.
Frankston started its comeback in the third inning. The Indians scored two runs on a walk, a double and a single to cut the margin to 11-2. Frankston added another run on a lead-off home run to left field by the first batter of the inning. Frankston kept chipping away, scoring twice in the fifth on two doubles and a hit by pitch to make it 11-5. Three more runs for the Indians in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run to center field brought the home team to within three runs at 11-8.
Two walks and two singles gave the Tigers one of the runs back in the top of the seventh, giving them a 12-8 lead heading into the final half inning. The Indians would not go quietly however, as they scored two more runs on three hits and a walk to get to within 12-10 with one out in the inning. McCoy came on to pitch and retired the next two hitters via a fly-out and a strike out to get the save for the Tigers.
Three hitters for the Tigers had two hits in the game. Lee was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI, Kennedy was 2-5 with three RBI and Bailey was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Everyone that played reached base in the game. Snow pitched five and two-thirds innings for the win.
In a game on March 25, the Tigers took a big lead against Elkhart and held on for the 9-8 win against the Elks. In that game, Ethan Snow went 2-3 with three runs scored and two runs batted in for the Tigers to lead their 12-hit attack. Russell went 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI and Burkhalter was 2-3 with a walk, a run scored and two runs batted in for the Tigers. The Tigers will be in action at 6 p.m. March 31 when they play a road game at Teague.

Mar

30

Posted by : admin | On : March 30, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
KEMP–Trinidad Trojan track athletes recently participated in the ’Jacket Relays at Yellowjacket Stadium in Kemp on March 24. Four athletes placed in five individual events at the meet that was comprised of larger Class 3A schools. Trinidad was the smallest school attending the meet.
In the boys’ division, Jerry Bannister placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.83. Seth Monroe finished sixth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 15.03.
On the girls side, Mystic McClintock placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 19.60. Erica Airheart finished tied for first in the high jump event with a jump of four feet- eight inches, tying with two other athletes. Airheart also placed second in the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 32 feet, nine inches. Airheart’s jump was almost five feet further than the third place jump.
The Trinidad varsity girls 4 x 100 M Relay team made up of Airheart, Ashlee Stevenson, Jade Shoulders and Uneka Grant finished sixth in the event with a time of 1:01.57.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans are getting set for their district meet, which will be April 13 in Teague.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
TOOL–Tool Elementary School Principal Christa Calhoun and Malakoff Elementary Principal Ronny Snow received Region 7 awards in recognition of High Progress as Title 1 schools.
Federal Programs Specialist Vicki Weatherford presented the awards. Snow was also recognized as High Performing which means the school scored in the top 25 percent in performance.
Snow was also presented with an award from the Governor of the State of Texas in recognition of his being named District Educator of the Year by his alma mater Sam Houston State University. Snow received that honor at the university during an award ceremony March 4.
Superintendent Perry commented what an honor it was to receive such a distinction from one’s alma mater. “We are very proud of Mr. Snow,” he said.
The board saw a demonstration from Pasha French’s fourth grade class who recently learned about electrical circuits. Killian Ireland, Anna Svoboda and Alek Green presented a hands-on demonstration of what they have learned.
Superintendent Perry read for the first time, Update 107, an update to district policy. He gave the board what he called the “cliff notes” version and the board members were provided with the entire update.
Notable changes were in the gifts section which allows the superintendent to accept gifts on behalf of the district unless they are real property or have a condition attached to them, fund-raising which reinforces the requirement for parent-teacher groups and organizations to have principal approval in advance for all fund raising efforts. Perry pointed out that this has been an issue in the past with the school not being aware of a fund-raiser in progress.
The other portion Perry expounded on regarded compulsory attendance. In the State of Texas under §25.085[2], compulsory attendance applies to students who are at least six years old as of September 1 of the applicable school year. The law requires a student to attend public school until the student’s 19th birthday, unless the student is exempt under §25.086.
Exemptions currently include children who are enrolled in a private or parochial school, children who are eligible to participate in a special education program and cannot be served by the district, children who have a physical or mental condition of a temporary or remedial nature and are recuperating or children who are expelled. (There are others. For full information refer to §25.086, available online.)
For students who are homeschooled, the district requires a dated letter on file from the parent or guardian stating such. Perry added that if the district has evidence that a child is not being educated, the district can then investigate and pursue legal action to compel attendance. There must be a good reason, Perry added. The board will have time to review this update and vote on it during the next board meeting.
In other business, the board:
• approved the district calendar for the 2017-2018 school year with school starting Aug. 28 and ending May 25. May 29 is listed as a possible bad weather make-up day.
• noted current enrollment is 1,302, attendance at 94 percent down from 96 percent last year. Perry noted they would have to do well this last 10 weeks in order to get back up to 96 percent. Pervasive illness during the third six weeks (including closing one day), caused the drop in attendance numbers,
• approved five struck-off properties to be sold in the Henderson County Sheriff’s sale May 2,
• made plans for board members to attend summer leadership institute,
• approved Superintendent Perry to serve on the Region 7 ESC Regional Advisory Committee 2017-18.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Sports Writer
MARTIN’S MILL– The Trinidad Trojans ran into a hot-hitting team in their 17-2 defeat at the hands of Martin’s Mill, March 21 at Mustang Sports Park. The Trojans were battered for 12 runs on 11 hits in the rough first inning.
After two groundouts in the top of the first inning, the Trojans got a man on when Colby Snider walked with two outs. The next hitter foulded out to the catcher to end the inning for Trinidad.
In the home half of the first inning, the first three batters for Martin’s Mill reached on base-hits. An error brought home the first run of the game. The five-hole hitter singled to drive in two more runs, putting runners at second and third. Two more singles brought home two more runs. The Mustangs used two triples, two singles and an error to score seven more runs, going up 12-0 after one inning of play.
In the top of the second inning, the Trojans again got a man aboard when Tristan Fletcher walked on five pitches. Jaden Garcia grounded into a fielder’s choice and the next two hitters struck out to end the inning.
Martin’s Mill added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. The first batter was hit by a pitch and the next batter walked to put men at first and second. The third hitter in the inning laced a double to left field to drive in two runs. After an infield single, an error scored the third run of the inning for the Mustangs.
The Trojans settled down after the rough first inning, but by then it was too late to catch a team that was on fire offensively. The Trojans got back two of the runs in the top of the third inning. Kaleb Mines led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. After a fielder’s choice by Nate Williams, Jerry Bannister knocked a single to center field with Williams was running on the play and Williams scored from first on the base hit. Bannister stole second base and Snider was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with just one out. Bannister came around to score the Trojans’ second run of the game after a successful double steal by he and Snider caused an overthrow by the Martin’s Mill catcher, allowing Bannister to trot home with the run.
In the bottom of the third inning, Martin’s Mill scored two runs on a double and two singles.
Bannister went 1-2 with a run batted in, a run scored and two stolen bases. Snider reached base twice and had a stolen base. Jaden Garcia also had a steal in the game.
Snider pitched the first two innings for the Trojans. Williams came on in relief in the third inning.
The Trojans will be back in action at 6 p.m. Friday, March 31 when they travel to Kerens to battle the Bobcats in a District 20-2A battle.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Lady Tiger junior small forward/power forward Jalie Dawson has been selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Basketball Team.
Athletes are nominated by member coaches and selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association Basketball All-State Committee at their annual meeting during the UIL girls state basketball tournament.
Dawson has alreadybeen selected as the District 18-3A Offensive Most Valuable Player and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region team member for her play this season.
The five-foot, seven-inch Dawson averaged 21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game for the Lady Tigers, who won the bi-district championship with a 48-46 victory over Maypearl before losing to Little River-Academy in the area round of the state playoffs, 70-50.
Malakoff Head Basketball Coach Meghan Hyde was proud of the accomplishment of her junior player. “It’s an awesome honor, especially as a junior to be selected for the All-State team. Jalie has been huge in our program since her freshman year, she has tons pressure on her year after year, but still rises to the occasion.” said Hyde.
Hyde said she is excited to see what the future holds. “She is such a competitor and has a great work ethic. I can’t wait to see what she will do her senior year.”

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Athens Hornets will be sending two powerlifters to the state meet in Abilene after the pair finished in the top two at the regional meet March 9 in Malakoff.
The state powerlifting meet is March 25 at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.
Athens senior Noah Bush finished second in the 220-pound division with a total weight of 1,455 pounds.
Bush lifted 565 in the squat, 375 on the bench and 515 pounds on deadlift.
Walt Mahmoud also advanced with a second-place finish in the 148-pound division. Mahmoud lifted a total of 1,125 pounds with a 440-pound squat, 260-pound bench and 425-pound deadlift.
Bush and Mahmoud are the only two Henderson County area lifters to advance to state in Class 4A.
Other lifters from the Hornet powerlifting team advanced to the regional meet and placed well in their respective divisions. Maalik Hall finished in seventh-place in the 198-pound division.
Antonio Miranda finished in 10th place in the 198-pound division. Athens athlete Shemar Willis finished seventh in the 220-pound division and Hornet powerlifter Anthony Lopez was eighth in the 165-pound division.
Other Henderson County lifters also participated in the regional meet. Malakoff’s Chandler Prnka placed fourth in the 123-pound division, while Cody Wilbanks placed 10th in the super heavyweight division. Tristan Castillo placed fifth in his 132-pound weight class, while fellow Bulldog Victor Quevedo finished 11th in the 198-pound class. Mikey Marshall placed fifth in the super heavyweight class.

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Lady Hornets, led by senior Sam Smith’s two home runs, rapped out 14 hits in their 11-4 home victory over Mexia March 14 at Peg Cain Field.
Smith went 3-4 with the two home runs, three runs scored and three runs batted in to pace the Lady Hornets, who are now 6-11 overall and 2-0 in District 18-4A play.
Bianca Garcia had four hits in four at-bats for the Lady Hornets, including a double. Garcia had three runs batted in and scored three runs on the night. Smith started the Lady Hornet scoring with her first home run of the night in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Lady Hornets a 2-0 first-inning lead.
Mexia answered in the top of the third inning, scoring three times on just one hit. The Black Cats scored on a fielder’s choice and a two-run single. The Lady Hornets tied the game on a run-scoring bunt single by Lindzey Roberts, making the score 3-3.
The Lady Hornets offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two run double by House, an Alicia Grogan single, a sacrifice by Jennifer Bradford and a single by Kelli Gartman that drove in the final two runs of the inning. The Lady Hornets led 9-4 after five innings of play.
Smith belted her second home run of the evening in the bottom of the sixth inning, extending the Lady Hornet lead to 10-4. The final run scored on an error by Mexia, allowing Grogan to score from second base for an 11-4 lead.
Bayleigh Collins went 1-4 with a run scored, Gartman was 1-2 with two walks, two runs batted in and a run scored, Tyler Greene had a hit and a run scored, Grogan had one hit in four at bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Roberts also added a hit and an RBI.
Kristin House pitched a complete game for the win, giving up five runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts, while walking three batters. Only three of the runs were earned.
In a game on Monday, March 13, the Lady Hornets outlasted Palestine 15-12. Gartman led the Lady Hornets with five hits in six at-bats, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Gartman had a triple and two doubles in the game, along with a steal.
The Lady Hornets will be back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 when they travel to Madisonville.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers basketball team got its share of post season district awards, including Jalie Dawson’s recognition as Co-Offensive MVP.
Dawson claimed the most prestigious award of all the Lady Tigers, but other gained notable recognition. Juniors Charlsey Stearman and Taliaha Dora gained a place on the All-District First Team, showing promise for next year when they are seniors.
Sophomore KeiKei Walker and senior Kerrian Toliver were named to the All-District Second Team.
Kamry Hurd, Kerrian Toliver and Charlsey Stearman were named to the All-Academic Team.
The Lady Tigers had a succesfull season, defeating Maypearl 48-46 in the Bi-District round of the State Playoffs before losing to Little River Academy 70-50 in the Area Round.
The complete District 18-3A award list is as follows:
District MVP: Jordan Jenkins, Buffalo
Offensive MVP: Kadaja Nickleberry, Teague and Jalie Dawson, Malakoff
Defensive MVP: Ashley Nickleberry and Samantha Pate, Buffalo
Newcomer of the Year: Mollie Dittmar, Buffalo
Sixth Man Award: Cady Drake, Teague
Coach of the Year: Chris Nickleberry, Teague and Jozette Jenkins, Buffalo
First Team All-District
Lauren Pate, Buffalo, Destanee Roblow, Teague, Zytaria Herod, Teague, Kennedy Bennett, Teague, Charlsey Stearman, Malakoff, Taliaha Dora, Malakoff, Kaydee Honeycutt, Leon, Sarah Grace Merry, Leon, Baylee Williams, Frankston, Trinity Boggs, Frankston, Jordon Carter, Westwood, Monica Wilson, Westwood.
Second Team All-District
Jabria Simmons, Elkhart, Naomi Williams, Elkhart, Allie Hayes, Elkhart, A’sia Bradley,Buffalo, Hannah Eakin, Buffalo, Madison Steen, Teague, Mallorie Sims, Teague, KeiKei Walker, MalaKoff, Kerrian Toliver, Malakoff, Jayla Hawkins, Frankston, Bradlie Crowley, Leon, Cameron Davidson, Leon, Janzel Baroy, Westwood, Chelsey Walker, Westwood.

Mar

09

Posted by : admin | On : March 9, 2017

ATHENS–The Athens Hornets boys basketball team had a good season, finishing with a 25-7 record and playing in the regional quarterfinal playoff match.
Lone senior Jabrile Richardson was named to the second team on the All District 18-4A squad, while juniors Miles Koehler and Gary Lyons were named to the first team. Junior Javiry Bowman was named to the second team. Junior Chris Taylor was named to the honorable mention team.
Academic all-district team members were senior Brandon Arroyo, junior Adrian Givens, Lyons, Taylor and junior Alec Scott.
The Most Valuable Player of the district went to Mexia senior Shemar High, and Offensive Player of the Year went to Fairfield senior E.J. Ransom.
Defensive Player of the Year went to Madisonville junior Tommy Holiday and Fairfield junior Kolby Adams was named Newcomer of the Year.
Complete District 18-4A awards were:
MVP: Shemar High, Sr., Mexia.
Offensive Player of the Year: E.J. Ransom, Sr., Fairfield.
Defensive Player of the Year: Tommy Holiday, Jr., Madisonville.
Newcomer of the Year: Kolby Adams, Jr., Fairfield.
All District First Team
Malcolm King, Sr., Mexia; Miles Koehler, Jr., Athens; Gary Lyons, Jr., Athens; Sam Bennett, Jr., Madisonville; Jailyn Tatum, Jr., Fairfield; Akeem Jackson, Sr., Fairfield; Eric Rhodes, Sr., Palestine.
All District Second Team
June Rischer, Sr., Fairfield; Kasey Williamson, Jr., Madisonville; Chris Mathews, So., Mexia; Javiry Bowman, Jr., Athens; Jabrile Richardson , Sr., Athens; Kadarius Spurlock, Sr., Palestine; Jaise Oliver, So., Fairfield.
Honorable Mention
Kolbe Branch, Jr., Fairfield; Nick Porter, Jr., Madisonville; Deontae McAdams, Sr., Madisonville; Kendall Moffett, Jr., Madisonville; Cornelius Merchant, Jr., Madisonville; Travion Carter, Jr., Mexia; Davion Carter, Jr., Mexia; Tykieston Gamble, So., Mexia; Chris Taylor, Jr., Athens.
Academic All-District
Athens: Brandon Arroyo, Sr; Adrian Givens, Jr.; Lyons, Jr.; Taylor, Jr.; Alec Scott, Jr.
Fairfield: Jaise Oliver, So.; James Reed, Jr.
Madisonville: Tyrese Brown, Fr.; Sam Bennett, Jr.; Kasey Williamson, Jr.
Mexia: Travion Carter, Jr.; Davion Carter, Jr.