Carolyn Mullican and Monica Rogers Attend Texas Teacher of the Year Awards

Carolyn Mullican (SISD Elementary) and Monica Rogers (SISD Secondary) attend the Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony in Austin for all Regional Teachers of the Year this past week.

For more information about the Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Program please go to  https://www.tasanet.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=23&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=3513&PageID=1

Carolyn Mullican 3rd from Left

Monica Rogers 5th from Right Front Row

East Ridge Elementary School Celebrates During Sweetwater High Pep Rally

From Dr Ron Morris -

Students from East Ridge Elementary joined the high school students and staff for the September 8th Pep Rally. "The western theme excited our students who demonstrated their Mustang Pride as they cheered the Varsity Football Team toward victory against Big Spring High School," said Carolyn Mullican who is a second grade teacher at East Ridge.

The highlight of the Pep Rally was the support from United States Gypsum Co. (USG) Administrator Kathy Arrant who volunteered her time to teach East Ridge and SHS Teachers the country western barn dance.  Kathy is a New York native who has taught country western dance for more than 20 years.  She also offers free dance lessons to the public at Bucks Live each Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

"The teachers were terrific to work with, "said Kathy, "but the cheerleaders were naturals!  During the practices leading up to the Pep Rally the SHS Cheerleaders quickly learned multiple dance routines and assisted by teaching the teachers."

Sweetwater High School is proud to have partners like USG.  The relationships our students build in the community is another reason SHS is the premier high school in the Big Country.

USG Employee Kathy Arrant volunteered for two weeks to help make the SHS vs. Big Spring HS western themed pep rally with East Ridge Elementary School a success.

USG Employee Kathy Arrant volunteered for two weeks to help make the SHS vs. Big Spring HS western themed pep rally with East Ridge Elementary School a success.

Sweetwater High Students Work With KXOX Radio to Produce Commercials

For the fourth year seniors enrolled Students at Sweetwater High School were able to work with KXOX to write and record a school commercial that will be aired during live broadcasts of varsity football and volleyball games this fall. "Students are great to work with," said KXOX Broadcaster Richard Ferguson.  "Having their energy in the building brings additional excitement to my work day."

In addition to SHS, all district schools recorded commercials highlighting accomplishments and achievements. "Our message is simple," said Senior Jaelynn Page, "SHS is the best school because our teachers  provide legendary student support, we have opportunities to volunteer in the community, and no other school in our area partners with TSTC, Western Texas College, and Angelo State University."

Moreover, students also focused the commercial on leadership opportunities on campus through extra-curricular activities, UIL competition, DECA, and FFA to name a few of the long list of student programs on campus. What students felt was most important was that Sweetwater High School excels in developing student leadership. During the 2017-2018 school year Teachers, Students, Parents, and Administrators will focus on their work to become the premier high school in the Big Country.

Sweetwater High School Seniors Kobe Clark, Jaelynn Page, Tristan Longoria, and Journee Pugh work with KXOX Broadcaster Richard Ferguson to record two SHS commercials that will air during varsity football and volleyball games.

Sweetwater High School Seniors Kobe Clark, Jaelynn Page, Tristan Longoria, and Journee Pugh work with KXOX Broadcaster Richard Ferguson to record two SHS commercials that will air during varsity football and volleyball games.

Laura Duclos Named Sweetwater High's 'Alumni Spotlight' for September

Laura Duclos named Sweetwater High's "Alumni of the Month Spotlight" for September

Sweetwater High Class of 2013
Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - 2016

Currently attending City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism, New York City

Laura has held many positions in the news industry including time at KCBD and Fox 34 News in Lubbock.

Do you know a Sweetwater High School graduate who should be recognized in our Alumni Spotlight? Please submit their information (including contact information) via email to SHS Counselor RuthAnn Campbell at ruthann.campbell@sweetwaterisd.net

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New Sweetwater High School Painting of Senior Parking Places Tradition

From Sweetwater High School -

Painting of Senior Parking Spaces 2017

This year SHS Senior student drivers will have the opportunity to paint/personalize a parking space on campus. The paint/personalized parking spaces will be an additional $5 to the cost of the 2017-18 parking permit. The parking spots are limited to Seniors and on a first come, first serve basis. The parking spaces go on sale Monday, July 31st in the SHS Office. The proceeds of this fund raiser will go to Blow-Out.
The Painting Party will be Thursday and Friday evening,
August 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. August 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A Senior Parking Design Request form must be approved before painting.

Guidelines for your Design Sketch:

Think of your space as at-shirt you would wear to school. Your parking spot must meet dress code approval. Keep it classy! Any design associated with gangs, advertising drugs, alcohol, violence, obscene slogan, handicap symbols or symbols that my cause confusion or promote illegal activities will not be allowed nor approved. You may include your name, jersey number, instrument you play, your hobby, famous quotes or slogans and anything unique to you that meets administrative approval. Make it fun!

Paint Requirements:

WATER BASED EXTERIOR LATEX paint is the only type of paint that can be used. Students will also need to leave an approximately four inch unpainted border between the white parking space lines and the paint in their parking spot. Please use blue painters' tape to ensure this border is accomplished. You may purchase WATER BASED EXTERIOR LATEX paint at Higginbotham's in Sweetwater (Consider sharing with others). All paint will be the responsibility of the student.

UNAPPROVED PAINTS:

 No oil based paints
 No reflective paint
 No spray paint
 No fluorescent paint
 No paint sprayers
 No clear coat

What to Bring to the Painting Party:

Be sure to bring your approved design/sketches with you on paint day. Also, you will be responsible for all paint brushes, rollers, paint pans and paint tape. A broom to sweep off your spot before painting will save you lots of time. You will want to bring lawn chairs for your entire family, a canopy or market umbrella, sunscreen, drinks, stencils, rags for cleaning, sacks or bags to dispose of trash, a drop cloth and paint clothes. This will be a really fun activity for the entire family and we hope to make this a great memorable tradition for all Seniors for years to follow!

Download a PDF of the Instructions Here

 

Kendra Chowning Named Sweetwater High Alumni Spotlight of the Month

Kendra Chowning

Sweetwater High Class of 2010
University of Texas, Austin - Kinesiology/Psychology, 2013
Parker University - Doctorate of Chiropractic, 2017

Currently a Chiropractor at Angelo Back & Rehab in San Angelo, TX

Do you know a Sweetwater High School graduate who should be recognized in our Alumni Spotlight? Please submit their information (including contact information) via email to SHS Counselor RuthAnn Campbell at ruthann.campbell@sweetwaterisd.net

Breakfast to Remain Free at All Sweetwater ISD Elementary Campuses

We would like to make a correction to a news article that was published in the Sweetwater Reporter on Tuesday July 18, 2017 -

It was reported that breakfast prices were increasing 10 cents at our Intermediate School thru High School. This information is incorrect. The SISD School Board voted to increase breakfast prices 10 cents at the Middle School and High School during Monday's meeting. Breakfast remains free at all SISD Elementary Schools including Sweetwater Intermediate School.

Melinda McCarty Named New District Administrator in Sweetwater ISD

Superintendent Dr. George McFarland named Melinda McCarty as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Sweetwater ISD at a specially called board meeting held on Monday, July 24th at the Sweetwater ISD Board Room.  Mrs. McCarty holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Education Administration from Sul Ross State University. She was most recently Executive Director of Academics for Texas Leadership Charter Academy with campuses in San Angelo, Midland, Arlington and Abilene.

McCarty taught mathematics at Abilene High School, was an Assistant Principal and Instructional Specialist in Abilene ISD, a superintendent intern for Wylie ISD, and a campus principal for Texas Leadership Charter Academy.  She holds Elementary, Special Education, Principal and Superintendent certifications, and is completing a Fellowship in Curriculum Leadership from Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

A native of Abilene, McCarty’s family has strong ties to Sweetwater, as several of her aunts and uncles graduated from Sweetwater High School, and some family still lives in the area.   “Mrs. McCarty brings an enormous amount of knowledge in the areas of curriculum and instruction to the district, as well as an incredible work ethic that will help propel Sweetwater ISD into the upper echelon of schools in academic performance in this region,” Dr. McFarland said.  “In addition, having worked with her previously in an administrative capacity, I know she values the importance that I place on putting students first in everything that we do here in the district,” he added.

Of her new role, McCarty said, “The focus on purpose, people and pride will allow us to center everything we do on making the educational experience the best for the children of Sweetwater. I look forward to forging relationships with the students, educators and citizens of Sweetwater as we build on the strong traditions already established here, and as we continue to grow the level of Pride there is in being a Mustang!”