IHS Art Club t-shirts are available now


The Italy High School Art Club is selling t-shirts to help raise funds for art show expenses as well as their spring trip. Please contact Mrs. Seidlitz, Italy High School Art Club sponsor (room 307, 972/483-7411) to get a t-shirt and support the students.

Stafford Elementary needs your help!


Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and family members as well as the entire community. Stafford Elementary along with help from Italy PTO want to give your children a wonderful Halloween treat! But they need your help.

Six Weeks Honor Assembly at Stafford Elementary

Image: Myla Wilson (principal) is welcoming the crowd and introducing Tatum Adams for singing the Star Spangled Banner.

It is that time again! It is time to celebrate Stafford students for a job well done at the awards assembly for the first six weeks of school. And again, as usual, everyone was there in the cafeteria. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and tons of relatives were seen clapping loudly for the great job the students had done.

2012 IHS Homecoming parade entries sought

Image: Float in last year’s homecoming parade.

Italy High School Homecoming 2012 is fast approaching (Friday, October 19 vs Crossroads). With that in mind, homecoming parade organizers are working tirelessly with area merchants, clubs and others to make this year’s parade a huge success. This year the theme will be “Gladiator Pride.” If your group would like to be included in this years IHS Homecoming parade please contact Vivian Moreland.

Italy Volunteer Firemen teach fire safety

Image: Miss Hellner’s fourth grade class enjoying Fire Safety Week at Stafford.

Monday at Stafford Elementary the Italy volunteer firemen drove up in their beautiful, red shinny fire engine. No, there was not a fire! These wonderful volunteer firemen of the Italy Volunteer Fire Department donated their time to the students to help them learn how to be safe in case of a fire.

Stafford Elementary Spotlight: Amy McCleskey

Image: First grade teacher Amy McClusky

Amy McCleskey started college not knowing what she wanted to do. She knew it had to be something that involved interacting with children because of her love for them. Her career choice was between teaching and pediatric nursing. Lucky for Stafford Elementary she chose teaching and has now taught there for ten years.

We are begining at the beginning

Image: Tracy Williams, Kindergarden teacher at Stafford Elementary

Kindergarten, what a wonderful grade to teach! The students are thrilled to be at school and can’t wait to learn everything you have to teach them. They are like little blank books ready for their pages to be written in. Stafford Elementary has just the right teacher for the job.

A Passion for teaching

Image: Sue Morrison with her pre-K-3 students.

Have you ever heard of a teacher working for the same school for forty-one years, retire for two and return to teaching at the same school? Well, that is exactly what Sue Morrison has done at Avalon Elementary. She is now going on her forty-third year of teaching at Avalon ISD.

Matthew Patterson, ready to take on the science world at IHS

Image: Matthew Patterson, new science teacher at Italy High School, is preparing for a great year of science.  With a hands-on approach to learning, Patterson plans a lot of experiments with the students.

The new science teacher at IHS, Matthew Patterson, has new goals for his students. "My goal is to raise the test scores and to help Italy HS become recognized. “I want to do this by getting students interested in science again. I would also like to have a part in making the students Italy HS better people in all aspects of their lives.”

Stafford Elementary Meet the Teacher Night

Image: Mrs. Hellner (4th grade teacher) and Evie Hernandez.

The halls of Stafford Elementary were filled to the “gills” with children, parents, teachers and staff. You guessed it, it was Meet the Teacher night Thursday evening. And you could hear parents asking their children aren’t you excited to go to school? The answers were varied with, can’t wait, no, yes, and oh boy baby!

Together we make a difference

Image: Dr. DelBosque is very proud of Avalon ISD, the teachers, the students, the staff and the community.

August twenty seventh brings a brand new school year which means a brand new start for Avalon ISD. David DelBosque (superintendent) said, “This will be a Happy New Year. No, it is not December 31st but the first day of school also brings to us a brand new start. If we can dream it, imagine it or think it, it all can become attainable through hard work and working together.”

IHS Back to School Bash tonight, Thursday, August 16


Reminder to all 9th through 12th grade students that the annual IHS Back-to-School-Bash is tonight, August 16th. The event will begin at 8:15pm and will be held at 871 Stafford Road just south of Italy. Burgers and all the fixings along with water games, volleyball, and more will be available to the students at this fun event held in their honor.

Our loss – Cedar Hill’s gain

Image: Mr. Miller has had a great year at Stafford Elementary but now is taking the position as principal in Cedar Hill.

Jason Miller (Stafford Elementary principal) will be missed. We will no longer see his smiling face at 7:15 am meeting and greeting the students as they get off the bus. Nor will the students hear him tell them every day in the gymnasium that every day is a new day with endless possibilities and each day is going to be the best day ever.

This is dedication


Everyone knows how dedicated our Stafford Elementary teachers are to the students. The students love the teachers and the teachers love the students—that is proven every day in the classroom. The teachers go above and beyond in every sense of the word.

Fresh perspective with a new pair of eyes

Image: Blake Godwin, new member of the Italy High School teaching staff, found some pennants, flags and some awesome memorabilia and is using them as decorations in the class.  “I want the students to see what the FFA history has been in this chapter,” Godwin proudly replied.

Blake Godwin has been hired by Italy High School as the new Ag teacher. This is his first appointment teaching and with all the new information, he has a great new perspective on things. “I would like to see this organization grow and develop into a program the community can be proud of and help out when we need it.”

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Teaching English and Softball-a winning hand

Image: Coach Wayne Rowe is one of the newest teachers hired at Italy High School.

Coach Wayne Rowe, one of the newest members of the Italy High School staff, has been teaching for 15 years and wants to put IHS on his resume. Coming from Scurry Rosser ISD, Rowe teaches English and coaches softball. Eager to begin the school year in Italy, Coach Rowe has plans of preparing the students in and out of the classroom.

Dale Hansen Football Classic Scholarship Application

Image: Application – page 1

The application for the Dale Hansen Football Classic academic scholarship has been released and ready for eligible senior boys and girls to complete. One Italy High School senior boy and one Italy High School senior girl will be awarded anywhere from $500 to $1,000 towards college expense. 

Italy Junior High/High School Supplies List

The 2012 – 2013 school year will be here before we know it. As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we are asking that each student bring the following supplies during registration. Registration dates will be posted during the month of July.

IHS principal talks about getting serious in the fall semester

Image: Erica Miller, Lee Joffre and Andi Windham are part of the interview committee for new teachers.

It’s 100º plus outside and the streets are scorching. Swimming and playing are things on the minds of IHS students, as well it should be. However, when August rolls around, school should be uppermost on the minds of students. Luckily we have someone looking out for our kids’ future and serious minded about it.