Stafford Elementary principal, Jason Miller, is requesting the community attend “We Remember…9/11.” This solemn service will be held at the flag pole on Stafford Elementary’s front lawn on Monday, September 12 at 8:46am. The Stafford students will recite the pledges and recognize a moment of silence as a sign of unity at the flag pole. They are asking that everyone wear the colors Red, White, or Blue.
The new Italy ISD Superintendent, Barry Bassett, welcomed the parents, students and faculty to the George Scott Gym Thursday night. The seats were filled with eager students anticipating seeing old friends, meeting new ones and school starting.
The sidewalk leading up to the doorway at Stafford Elementary was lined up with students and parents ready to meet the teachers during last Thursday’s “Meet the Teach Night.” Students, teachers and parents are ready for the new school year to begin and of course that begins with meeting the teachers.
Registration dates for Italy ISD have been set for the week of August 8, 2011. These registration dates pertain to new students for both Stafford Elementary and the Italy High/Junior High School and will then conclude with registration for existing Italy High/Junior High School students. All new student registration will take place at the Italy High School Campus, 300 College Street. Please read over the following information carefully to ensure what date your student needs to register.
Wyatt Ballard is just a cute kid, just by looking at him you would not know what challenges he faces. Wyatt is autistic. With lots of love, patience, hard work by his parents and teachers he is thriving. He is now ten years old and is going into the fourth grade.
Friday of last week was Field Day at Stafford Elementary. Everywhere you looked out on the field there were smiling faces, students running and jumping and playing games. Teachers were cheering them on and helpers were handing out the gear they needed to participate in various games and obstacles courses.
Felicia Burkhalter was very excited, happy and surprised to be selected as Employee of the Month. She said, “This is such an honor.”
As you walked into the cafeteria at Stafford Elementary you would have been scared if you didn’t know that all those wild animals were just our cute first graders putting on their annual “Deep in the Jungle” program. Everywhere you looked you were surrounded by lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, cheetahs, crocodiles and even elephants.
Beverly Cox went to Baylor University and graduated with a degree in interior design. She did her internship and decided interior design was not for her. She tried working with her Dad in his brokerage business and was still not satisfied. Then she decided to get her teaching certificate in alternative education and now knows this is where her heart is. She now is the CBI (community based instruction) teacher at Stafford Elementary.
Can you believe it? It is already the fifth six weeks of school. One more six weeks before school is out for the summer. But the students have stepped up their pace and once again did themselves proud with their good grades and over all accomplishments.
April is the designated month of Autism Awareness. Stafford Elementary’s CBI teacher, Beverly Cox held a special assembly to help students have a better understanding of how autism affects their autistic friends.
Stafford Elementary First grade students were studying about life cycles this year. One of the favorite life cycles the students learn about is the chicken, which of course includes eggs and baby chicks.
Italy ISD will be having their Pre-K and Kindergraten Roundup May 2nd through May 6th. Please call and make an appointment. All appointments must be made by April 29, 2011.
Mrs. Morgan’s first grade class came up with an idea to get grandparents more involved in school with their grandchildren. Kids just love to have their grandparents come to school. Usually they only get to visit grandchildren in school on Grandparent’s Day.
Stafford Elementary is hosting an assembly for 3rd & 4th grades in recognition of this condition. The event will take place on April 18th at 9:30am in the cafeteria.
Charlotte Morgan was selected as the “Teacher with Heart” by her peers at Stafford Elementary.
The “Tiger of the Month” award is an incentive for students to learn and be the best they can be. Each month a student is chosen from each grade (pre-k thru 6th) and honored with the award. Pictures of the “Tigers of the Month” are displayed on the bulletin board down the the sixth grade hallway.
We want champions, anyone can be a champion if you never give up, encourage others and do your best. That is the theme behind the NED special assembly.
To help inspire the Stafford Elementary 5th grade class, who will be taking the TAKS test on Monday and Tuesday, school faculty and the 4th and 6th grade students thru a pep rally in their honor, Friday inside the school’s cafeteria.
Jane Medrano was in shock when she learned she was selected as the Italy ISD Employee of the Month. “I was thoroughly shocked when I was told I was receiving this award. I feel privileged and honored.”
Meg Lyons went to college and earned two associates degrees, started out in the business field and did lots of office work. But something was missing. She just couldn’t figure out why she was not happy.
The fourth six weeks assembly at Stafford Elementary was a lot like the last one, lots and lots of awards were being given out. There were many happy and excited students accepting their awards, a lot of them were receiving extra recesses and ice cream coupons from Sonic.
Where else but Stafford Elementary can you go back in history and see Davy Crockett and Stephen F. Austin? These two fine gentlemen showed up at Stafford Elementary around 1:30pm on March 2nd.
Stafford Elementary has scheduled a Title I Math and Reading meeting for Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 pm in the Stafford Elementary library. The meeting will be an information sharing session on ways to help your child at home. There will also be an opportunity for parents to share their questions and concerns.
Tammy Wallis (Stafford Principal) wanted to come up with a way for teachers to be recognized for their outstanding teaching skills and hard work they put in everyday. Thus, the Teacher’s Heart Award. This award is awarded every six weeks. This time the award went to third grade teacher April Mathers.
At Stafford Elementary you will see green recycling bins in every classroom. Stafford Elementary has joined up with the City of Italy in the city’s effort to recycle.
On March 2, Stafford Elementary will be celebrating two big events, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Mrs. Wallis, the Principal Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Stafford Elementary Teachers are having a “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30am in an effort to reorganize a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
The third six weeks P.A.W.S. assembly was quite a show. More and more students were receiving more and more “tiger” awards. The students were excited and growing with anticipation as each name was called hoping to hear their name called soon.
Monday was the one-hundredth day of school for the students at Stafford Elementary. To celebrate this event the pre-k, kindergarten and first grade classes came together and enjoyed some activities using the number one-hundred.
What does it take to be a good teacher? Patience, love of children, good education, the ability to teach what you know, would probably be some of the qualities you would look for. These qualities are just what Stafford Elementary’s new Title One Math teacher, Sara Muetzenberg has going for her.
Christmas secrets and Christmas surprises are alive and well with Christmas coming upon us. Children are dreaming of Santa Claus and surprises that will be left under the tree. Everyone would like to see Santa and lucky Stafford students got to do just that!
As you walked into Trinity Mission last Thursday morning your ears were delighted with tunes of Christmas songs being sung by Stafford Elementary second grade students. You could see smiles on the faces of the residents and you could even hear some of them singing along.
The Italy ISD will see three new faces when the new semester begins, according to Charles Williams, superintendent.
December 7th Stafford Elementary’s second grade through sixth grade students participated in Academic UIL along with the seventh through eighth grade students from the High School campus.
Peri Patterson has been teaching for about thirty years. She loves what she does and loves to help teach and nurture as many students as she can. She has been teaching at Stafford Elementary for approximately twenty five years, she has taught kindergarten and now teaches third grade and just loves Stafford Elementary. She was chosen for the “Teacher with Heart” award for the second six weeks of school.
It is that time again at Stafford Elementary. Time to recognize the teachers that did not miss a single day in the second six weeks of school.
What better way to encourage students to strive harder than giving them incentives such as “Tiger of the Month?” Who doesn’t want to go down the hall and see their picture up on the wall letting everyone know, “job well done?”. Well, that is what is happening at Stafford Elementary.
The sixth grade at Stafford Elementary came up with a school creed, “Believing in ourselves today…Achieving great things tomorrow.”
Tammy Wallis (principal) has introduced two new learning programs for the computer for the students and teachers at Stafford Elementary. They are “Study Island” and “Reading Eggs.”
Wednesday morning Stafford Elementary was visited by the Morris Brothers. The students were laughing, dancing and cheering to all the fun the Morris Brothers brought to the “stage.” They were even chanting, “school is cool.”
For ten years Holly Spraberry has been teaching kindergarten at Stafford Elementary, until this year. She now teaches computer skills to kindergarten all the way up to the sixth grade.
Tobin Davis starting teaching physical education at Stafford Elementary October first. She hopes to help students get exercise and fun at the same time.
Lacey Reavis is the new Kindergarten teacher at Stafford Elementary. She started at Stafford six weeks ago and is loving her job.
Red Ribbon Week, (October 25th – 29th) is celebrated each year at Stafford Elementary teaching the students about drugs. The students make a pledge to not ever do drugs and seal it with their hand print. Along with learning about drugs every day during Red Ribbon Week is filled with fun.
Even scarier than the first day of school was Halloween dress-up day this past Friday at both Italy High School and Stafford Elementary. Teachers as well as students participated in the gory fun.
In keeping with fire safety week, students at Stafford Elementary were also learning how to evacuate a bus in dangerous situations last week. School bus drivers had their busses lined up and were ready to share their important tips on how to evacuate the bus in an emergency.
Friday morning at 8:45 am the Stafford Elementary cafeteria was filled with smiling students, parents and teachers. It was the first six weeks award assembly now known as P.A.W.S. (Positive Academics of Winning Students). And winners they are.
Tammy Wallis (Stafford principal) has just started an attendance incentive at Stafford Elementary for the teachers. The winners get to enjoy a free meal at Chili’s.