Upcoming Early Release Schedule for Friday 1/17 and Monday 1/20

Upcoming Early Release Dates:

There will be an Early Release for Everyone at SISD on Friday, January 17th, to support our County Stock Show. 

There will also be an Early Release for Students on Monday, January 20th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The remainder of this day will be Staff Development for employees.

Student Early Release Schedule

J.P. Cowen & Southeast Elementary - 12:15

East Ridge Elementary - 12:20

Sweetwater High School - 12:50

Sweetwater Intermediate - 12:55

Sweetwater Middle School - 1:00

Dismissal time for employees will be 1:15 on Friday and regular dismissal time on Monday.

Superintendent Terry Pittman Thanks SISD School Board

This year’s theme of Hearts and Hands is perfect to call to mind the many ways our local school board members contribute to the education of our schoolchildren.

First of all, the heart is where all school board service is born. In its purest form, the desire to serve is a selfless attitude, a desire to help someone other than yourself. Serving on a school board is a generous gift to our community.

School board members donate many hours of their time—preparing for meetings, attending meetings, and attending school-related functions and events. The word “donate” is an important one in that sentence; school board members are volunteers, receiving no pay for the work they do to help our school district. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their willingness to serve. 

Secondly, combined with the generous impulse of the heart, the hands make the desire to serve become reality. The hands represent the follow-through, implementation, and actual work of the school board member, and make no mistake, there is hard work involved.

Whether the work involves stretching the district’s dollars as far as humanly possible, or whether the work is taking the time to understand complicated legislation affecting our schools, or whether the work is speaking up to help community members see the vision of what can be provided for our children—it takes both the heart and the hands to make a valuable school board member in a community.

January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas. Join me in taking a moment to thank the school board members in our community. We couldn’t make it without them!


Sweetwater Strong,

Mr. Terry Pittman
SISD Superintendent

Thank A Sweetwater ISD School Board Member Today

Thank a School Board Member

(Sweetwater) – Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. These men and women are the school board members of Texas.

January is School Board Recognition Month and Sweetwater ISD will take this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools.

“It’s more important than ever before that the public shows support for public education. Board members face critical challenges in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand strong and guard against anything that takes away from our children and undermines our public schools,” said Mr. Terry Pittman, Sweetwater ISD superintendent.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students. In these challenging times, they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Mr. Pittman said.

Major district achievements accomplished recently under the board’s leadership include the iPad Initiative that expanded with the additional $200,000 grant, the Cool Schools Grant that paid for $1.1 million in new air conditioning, and $2.5 million in energy management improvements that will be paid through the energy savings.

The board members serving Sweetwater are Genevieve (Ginny) Mayes, Becky Jimenez, Mark Meneses, Russ Petty, Nancy Johnson, Leah Andrews and Neal Hoover.

“Our district benefits from the contributions of the dedicated efforts of these local citizens who truly care about our kids. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $24 million, 2279 students, 380 employees, and 6 campuses. We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education,” he said.

'Miss School - Miss Out' District Contest Winners Announced

Sweetwater ISD Assistant Superintendent Kathy Smartt announced the winners of the district's 'Miss School - Miss Out' contest today.

Winning Secondary Students were: 

Poster - Maddie Berry (SHS)

Essay - Kurt Wetsel (SMS)

Video - Annaliese Espinoza (SHS)


Winning Elementary Students were: 

Poster - Kate Hall (SIS)

Essay - Christyn Allen (ER)

Video - Mrs. Freeman's Kindergarten Class (SE)


These winning students will be honored at the School Board Meeting on Monday, January 20th at 5:30 at the Administration Building and will receive their prize gift cards at this time.

You Miss School - You Miss Out!


SHS Students Carney & Chowning Pass Servsafe Exam

Culinary Arts students Kayla Chowning and Megan Carney successfully passed Servsafe. Servsafe is a nationally recognized certification that was developed by the National Restaurant Association. This program and certification educates food handlers on food safety and sanitation guidelines. According to teacher Carissa Adkins, "These girls worked hard and studied hard, congratulations!"

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SHS Art Students Decorate Entrance to School Auditorium

SHS art students painted Christmas trees to decorate the entrance into the high school auditorium. In no particular order: Mark Lawrence, Savannah Hall, Zoe Yutong, Ricardo Alvarado, Peyton Moore, Victoria Carley, Megan Davis, Maddie Berry, Morgan Whitley and Kayla Wofford.

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SHS Robotics Team Places 23rd out of 60 at Regionals

The Sweetwater High School BEST Robotics Team competed at Regional Competition in Dallas recently. The team placed 23rd out of the 60 in attendance. Coach Kathy Witt reported that her students more than doubled their score at their local competition this year.

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Janice Wagner Named Southeast's Star of the Week

Mrs. Janice Wagner was named Southeast Elementary's Star Staff Person of the Week today. According to principal Peggy Elliott, Mrs. Wagner "helps keep the Southeast office in order and is very helpful to staff and parents."

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