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+ 2011-2012 #3 October 18 - November 3


Independent School District

Wednesday October 19, 2011

T eacher takes lear ning to next level

Editor’s note: This is another installment in a continuing series of articles featuring educators in Nacogdoches County. BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS McMichael Middle School teacher Susan Makatura told her eighth grade gifted and talented students, “I want your emotions in your speech.”

Nearly 40 countries will be represented in the competition, seven of which will be represented by 47 McMichael Middle School students. Students from Mike Moses Middle School will also participate in the competition. Each student represents one of six committees for their country, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Makatura listens while one of her Model United Nations students makes a point during discussion Tuesday in class at the school. The students are preparing for Region 7’s Model United Nations Conference at Stephen F. Austin State University in January.

Makatura Photos by Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel opens young minds to the world Makatura, standing, and her students share a laugh during a Model outside her United Nations class Tuesday at McMichael Middle School. Makatura introduces her students to international diplomacy in preparation for classroom, which upcoming local and state competitions. is generously adorned with All the students, except those serving as maps, peace signs and national flags from security council members, will write resolutions across the globe. In Makatura’s Model United to address international disaster scenarios, such Nations classes, students tackle mock global as global warming. All resolutions must be crises, learning leadership skills and gaining submitted by Nov. 18. confidence along the way. “We teach the kids about the real United Nations, and they learn how to write resolutions just like they do in the U.N.,” Makatura said. “They get assigned a country, and there are six delegates from each country, plus one security council member if, in the real U.N., that country is a security counsel country.”

“The security council is a special branch of the United Nations, and it deals with wars that are going on and trying to appease the wars,” Makatura said. Students serving as security council members will be given a scenario, such as an oil spill between two battling nations, at the competition. They will be tasked with finding a

way to appease the feuding countries and clean up the oil. “In the middle of them working on that, there is an earthquake in India, and so they throw another scenario at them,” Makatura said, “ ... because this is what really happens in the world — we don’t have one problem, we have multiple problems that happen.” The students write mock newspaper articles to demonstrate how they would announce the news, and they conduct behind-the-scenes negotiations, Makatura said. “By the end of the two days, they have to solve these problems,” she said. “They have to think on their feet.” In preparation, the security council students are collecting current event newspaper clippings to take with them to the competition so they can develop a practical solution. For the competition, students also make 3-D maps and collages. Historically, McMichael students have been award winners in the competition, Makatura said. In the spring semester, the students will prepare for the Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN) competition in May in Dallas. “There are no trophies (for GEMUN); the kids go there because they really want to learn about the U.N.,” Makatura said. “They get to debate their resolutions again, and they go into caucus. It’s so impressive to watch the kids.” Eighth-grader Elizabet Montoya, who will represent France, will compete in the Region VII Model U.N. Conference at SFA for the second time. Montoya said Model U.N. has given her a voice.

“I really like world problems and what’s going on with the world, and so I finally found a place where I could actually express what I thought about the problems,” she said. Eighth-grader Zachary Smith, who will represent Lebanon, said Model U.N. gives him a larger perspective of the world. “I think it’s a great learning experience for students to experience life in the U.N. and experience how other countries work and the history and culture of other countries,” Smith said. Makatura teaches three Model U.N. classes and teaches an additional 36 students in Model U.N. classes after school twice a week. Makatura was recently named the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) 2011 Region 7 Advocate of the Gifted award winner. She will be honored at a TAGT conference in Austin in December and given a plaque at the November NISD board meeting. During first and second periods, Makatura teaches English as a Second Language. In total, Makatura teaches more than 80 students. Her 11 years in public education, preceded by five years as an ESL teacher at Diboll Correctional Center, has irrefutably given her a passion for education. “I love this,” she said. “I love it for the kids.”

T oasts: T o the Pineywoods F air , A lpha Phi Omega and Dr agon C olin F r izzell Daily Sentinel

Toasts ... ... to the organizers, volunteers and supporters of the Pineywoods Fair for providing this community with another entertaining and successful event for our county residents, especially the youth who benefit from showing their agriculture projects every year at the fair. Hats off to the individuals and business owners who turn out every year at the premium sale and demonstrate their generosity in providing financial support to area youth. More than $128,000 was awarded Saturday night at the sale to youth who will use the money typically toward education or another ag project. This year’s fair was one of the more smoothly operating fairs in years, and organizers, county and Expo officials and local law enforcement expressed their appreciation to the many people who voluntarily and unselfishly offered time, talent, expertise and/or equipment to make it successful — people who do so each year without wanting or expecting recognition. Perhaps Commissioner Elton Milstead characterized it best in saying, “A lot of folks make this happen that no one ever knows about.” ... to the members of Alpha Phi Omega, a coeducational service organization at Stephen F. Austin State University, who volunteered to help the new owners of the Woden Grocery reopen the doors to the business that stood vacant on FM 226 for the past three years.

a 2011 HP Scholastic Junior All-American. Frizzell, who won two straight District 14-4A titles, is one of only 24 high school students in the country — 12 boys and 12 girls — selected to the prestigious scholastic list. Frizzell finished 10th in the Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship. As a student, he has a 104.40 cumulative GPA and is ranked No. 3 out of 421 students in the Class of 2013 at NHS.

T hr ee public hear ings set for school boar d BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS The Nacogdoches ISD will conduct three public hearings before Thursday’s meeting. At 5:30 p.m., board members will listen to suggestions for improvement plans for the district’s three campuses which were rated academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency (TEA): Brooks Quinn Jones, Carpenter and Thomas J. Rusk elementary schools. “TEA says if you have an academically unacceptable campus, you have to have a hearing so if someone wanted to come up and offer any suggestions on how to improve those campuses,” said Mike Green, NISD associate superintendent of business and operations. Improvement plans for the campuses will be presented and voted on during the regular meeting. The plans include changes to curriculum, decision-making and the use of technology.

The group volunteered its time as a community service project.

At 5:45 p.m., residents will have the opportunity to comment on the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) Report for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

... to Colin Frizzell, Nacogdoches High School junior and golf standout, who has been named

NISD, which had a general fund balance of $13.1 million at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal

year, was rated “above standard achievement” by the TEA. NISD had maintained a superior rating in years prior. Ratings are assessed on 22 items, such as district budgets, personnel costs and academic performance. During the regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., a public hearing will be conducted before considering the approval of the resolution to tax tangible personal property in transit which would otherwise be exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code, Section 11.253. “It’s property or goods that are stored in warehouses that can be taxed,” Green said. “Actually, there’s not any in Nacogdoches at this time. It’s a resolution in case in the future, like Walmart comes in and builds a big warehouse, then the goods that are in transit in that warehouse can be taxed for property purposes.” Such taxes would generate revenue for the district, he said. The board will also act on the annual school district audit for fiscal year 2010-11, the designation of areas that are short on teachers based on TEA’s guidelines, the nomination of candidates for the Nacogdoches County Central Appraisal District board of directors, and the first reading of a revised employee conduct policy. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the NISD board room in the Admin-istration Building at 511 S. University Dr. To view the agenda, visit

H I G H SC H OOL F OOT B A L L Top 4 vs. Bottom 4 in 14-4A BY BRANDON OGDEN 14-4A finally has some separation. There are four teams — John Tyler, Kilgore, Whitehouse and Jacksonville — who have put themselves at the top of the race, while Nacogdoches, Hallsville, Marshall and Pine Tree all have tall mountains to climb. Each 14-4A game this week features one of the four teams positioned at the top against one of the teams at the bottom. Wins by the Top 4 will increase the separation, but if any of the Bottom 4 teams can pull off an upset, it could make the district race that much more interesting. Here are this week’s games. Kilgore (4-3, 3-1) at Nacogdoches (1-6, 1-3): It’s hard to say it’s a must-win game for Kilgore with a 3-1 district record, but this is a game the Bulldogs need to win. With a home game against John Tyler and a road game against Whitehouse left on the schedule, a loss for Kilgore could create a complicated tie-breaking scenario. The Dragons, on the other hand, are just trying to be included in the playoff discussion. The only way to make that possible is winning their final three games, beginning with this home game. Nacogdoches will look to bounce back from its 39-21 loss to Marshall that ended with only 50 rushing yards and 165 yards of total offense. The Dragons are a team that averaged nearly 200 rushing yards per game before that performance.

Kilgore also features a strong running game, led by Ladarius Anthony, who has already committed to TCU. Jacksonville (3-4, 3-1) at Hallsville (2-5, 1-3): This is a difficult game to predict. Jacksonville is off to a strong start in district, but the Indians narrowly escaped with a 28-21 win over Pine Tree last week. Hallsville has had one of the tougher schedules to begin district, which means a win here could set the Bobcats up for a chance to rally for a playoff spot. Expect this to be a close contest throughout. Marshall (2-5, 1-3) at John Tyler (4-3, 4-0): Going into the season, many people thought this game would be for the district title. The Mavericks didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, though. Marshall lost its first three district games before bouncing back with a 3921 win over Nacogdoches last week. John Tyler has been the dominant team it was supposed to be, and this week will likely be no different. The interesting matchup will be John Tyler’s highoctane offense against an aggressive Marshall defense. Whitehouse (3-4, 3-1) at Pine Tree (0-7, 0-4): The Pirates came very close to picking up their first win of the season. However, Pine Tree let its opportunity slip through the cracks in the 28-21 setback to Jacksonville. The Wildcats suffered their first district loss at the hands of John Tyler and will be looking to take out their frustrations on Pine Tree.

F r om the hospital to the classr oom

Jay Knott strives to make Nacogdoches ISD a place for all kids Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in a series of articles profiling the seven members of the NISD board of Trustees. “Key People in Education” is produced through a partnership with the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association and The Daily Sentinel. BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS Nacogdoches ISD board member Jay Knott has dedicated his life to helping people, both young and old. After graduating from Nacogdoches High School in 1986, Knott joined the U.S. Army, spending almost five years in active duty. He spent an additional five years in the U.S. National Guard. “I did a total of 10 years of service,” he said. Knott began attending college while he was in the Army, taking correspondence courses through Duke University and the University of Maryland for advanced satellite programs. When he returned to Nacogdoches, he attended Stephen F.Austin State University. “I got within 30 hours of graduating and switched my major from psychology and communication to nursing,” Knott said. He graduated from Angelina College with an associate’s degree in nursing. Knott has spent the last nine years at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. He is now a surgical circulator, a registered nurse who serves as a patient advocate in the operating room.

“My mom’s been a nurse all my life,” Knott said. “I was cross-trained as a combat lifesaver and a combat medic while I was in the Army.” When Knott began contemplating a career in nursing, his mother allowed him to observe a CSection surgery. “I spent an entire day with her in surgery when I had a day off from school,” he said.

Now, the district has a positive fund balance of $12 million, Knott said. “We’ve come a long, long way in a relatively short period, of time and hopefully we have positively impacted the lives of kids,” he said. “If we haven’t prepared them for college, hopefully we’ve prepared them for life.”

“I was pretty much hooked at that point and decided that was what I wanted to do.” As a nurse, Knott ensures every patient strives for good health. As a board member, he works toward helping every student reaches their potential. Knott was elected to the board in 2003. He has since also served as vice president for four years.

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Jay Knott, district five representative on the Nacogdoches Independent School District School Board, poses in the atrium Tuesday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Knott has worked as a surgical nurse at Memorial Hospital for about six years and is in his ninth year on the board of trustees.

“I saw there were some problems we were having in the district, and I thought I could help out,” he said. “There comes a point when you can sit there and listen to the griping and participate in the griping, or you can stand up and do something about it. And I chose to stand up and do something about it.” At the time, there were rumors of mismanagement of funds, mistreatment of employees and belittling of children, Knott said. “We had a negative fund balance when I first got on the board — negative half a million,” he said. “We had a negative fund balance that was basically being hidden within paperwork.”

Next up — make NISD a TEA exemplary district, he said. Knott has spent a lifetime as an NISD stakeholder. After moving to Nacogdoches in 1977, Knott attended Raguet Elementary where G.W. Neal was principal at the time. Now, Knott has three children who attend NISD schools. “I look at it this way — if it’s going to be good for all kids, it’s going to be good for my kids,” he said.

NH SA A : Scholar ships help students r each dr eams The gift that keeps giving BY MILTON PITTS Class of ’54 Every one of the 551 scholarships awarded by Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association represents a person like you or maybe a group like “The Founders” who wanted a deserving NHS student to have a chance at pursuing their dreams. The motives for creating scholarships are many — need for a tax-deduction; payback, appreciation for help received along the way; honor, recognition of a significant person; memorial tribute to a loved one for a life welllived; compassion, desire to afford an opportunity for a NHS senior to enroll in higher education or vocational school. Scholarships at through the alumni association can be established by outright gifts of cash, real estate or other assets; testamentary bequests or remainder interests of trusts or annuities. There are many approaches, if the desire is present.

over could create a legacy that would live forever. Congress passed legislation in December 2010, extending the IRS charitable rollover through Dec. 31, 2011. You can meet your required minimum distribution this year, pay no tax on the distribution, and support the charities of your choice. Persons aged 70½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 to charity tax-free. No income tax is required and no incometax deduction is allowed. However, such gifts count toward your required minimum distribution and reduce any potential future estate-tax burden. If you are motivated to do so, call Milton Pitts at 936-560-6353 for information. Thursday October 20, 2011


One interesting approach would be to purchase a single premium immediate annuity. Interest rates are so low, if you had $1 million in a bank certificate of deposit, your income would be less than $15,000 per year which is considered below poverty level. With the annuity, you or you and your spouse could receive a guaranteed income for life of approximately 4 to 7 percent, depending on your ages. If you named the alumni association or any other charity of your choice as beneficiary, after the death of the annuitants, any money left

Andrew D. Brosig/ The Daily Sentinel Bus drivers LaTonya Wallace, left, and Phillip Jones helps students practice evacuating a school bus at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School in Nacogdoches on Wednesday. The week of Oct. 17 to 21 is National School Bus Safety Week.

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Senior has scored in every district game for Dragons BY BRANDON OGDEN The Nacogdoches Dragons entered the 2011 football season with several options at wide receiver. But after the graduation of Arsenio Hall from the 2010 squad, it was unclear who would step up and be the go-to guy. Senior Tim Williams has filled that role, especially since the beginning of District 14-4A play. “Right now, he’s our most complete receiver,” Nacogdoches head coach Scott Ford said. “He’s become involved even more in the office and is a very dependable option for us.” In the first three games of the season, Williams had six catches for 62 yards and no touchdowns. In four district games, Williams has had a touchdown reception in every game and 15 catches for 208 yards. “I just try my best to make big plays for the team,” Williams said. “It feels pretty good when I’m able to score a touchdown and help give us a chance to win games.” It has seemed that Williams has been very comfortable getting into the end zone, as of late. “That’s the name of the game,” Ford said. “Tim is an ex-tailback and has the ability to make a big play.” Part of what has helped make Williams a complete receiver is his ability to block on the edges, an underrated skill for a position that is glorified for making catches.

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Nacogdoches wide receiver Tim Williams, center, battles to hang on to the ball while pressing for extra yardage Friday against Marshall. The Dragons return home Friday to host Kilgore at 7:30 p.m. at Dragon Stadium.

Ford complimented Williams on his blocking ability, something Williams takes a lot of pride in. “I spend every day practicing my blocking,” Williams said. “I know it’s very important in our offense.” With a quarterback like Damion Johnson who runs to the outside often, it’s crucial that the receivers make their blocks to create running room. Aside from blocking for his quarterback, Williams has also developed a nice connection with Johnson on passing plays. “If I see him open, I throw it to him, and I know he’s going to catch it,” Johnson said. “He has a lot of athleticism. I would say he’s become my go-to guy.” Williams will look to continue his touchdown streak, when he and the Dragons host Kilgore at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium.

Player s of the W eek Daily Sentinel



Two Nacogdoches Dragon football players were rewarded for their efforts in Friday night’s 39-21 loss to Marshall.

The Outstanding Defensive Dragon Player of the game was Jacques Yarbrough. The senior defensive back made intercepted two passes and returned one 88 yards for a touchdown.

Nacogdoches (17-19, 5-7) will host Kilgore at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Nacogdoches JV defeated Pine Tree (14-25, 25-20, 25-19). SarahBeth Shipp had seven aces. Qymeka Jackson had three kills. Ambria Curl had six kills. DIamond Woodson had two blocks. C’najai Newsome added 15 digs. The Nacogdoches freshmen lost to Pine Tree (20-25, 10-25). The Nacogdoches volleyball Dig Pink match will be Oct. 25 at Dragon Coliseum. The event is to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

Tipton Ford will donate $100 to the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in Yarbrough’s name.


The Outstanding Offensive Dragon Player of the game was Tim Williams. The senior receiver caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

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Allsport Dynamics and Karczewski Bradshaw Law Firm will donate $100 to the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in Williams’ name. Congratulations to both players from the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association, Tipton Ford, Allsport Dynamics and Karczewski Bradshaw Law Firm .


Pine Tree sweeps Nac Daily Sentinel The Nacogdoches Lady Dragons were swept by Pine Tree (11-25, 14-25, 15-25) in District 14-4A volleyball action Tuesday night in Longview. Ashton Brown had five kills and two blocks for the Lady Dragons. Victoria Hetrick had 10 digs. Charity Page had two kills and a block. JiShidra Stegall had two kills. Sydney Watson added 10 assists.

Nacogdoches wins meet vs. Longview, Whitehouse The Nacogdoches High School swim team defeated Longview and Whitehouse in a meet Oct. 11 in Nacogdoches. The Dragons scored 585 total points in the victory as Longview finished with 248 points, and Whitehouse scored 139 points. The NHS team will be back in action Saturday, welcoming 16 other schools for the Dragon Invitational beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Lehmann Swim Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Nacogdoches. Here are the results from the Dragons’ last meet. 200 Yard Medley Relay: Girls — Taylor Adams, Lene Claussen, Alexa Srader and Miranda Cheever, first place; and Emily Shaw, Marin Sandoz, Jessy Hughes, Rachel Lopez, third place. Boys — Lucas Kahn, Luke Scoggins, Ryan Ewing and Charles Mize, first place; and Christopher Nett, Brannen Mullican, Levi Stovall and Mason Cheatham, second place.

200 Yard Freestyle: Girls — Mita Coker, first place; Hughes, second place; and Cloey Hammonds, sixth place. Boys — Daniel Morgan, first place; James Young, second place; and Mize, third place. 200 Yard IM: Girls — Adams, first place; Srader, third place; and Sandoz, fourth place. Boys — Nett, first place; Scoggins, second place; and Ethan Stovall, fourth place. 50 Yard Freestyle: Girls — Cheever, first place; Lopez, third place; and Ceilia Morones, fourth place. Boys — Kahn, first place; Ewing, second place; and Sam Verret, third place. 100 Yard Butterfly: Girls — Claussen, first place; Hughes, second place; and Lopez, fifth place. Boys — Mize, first place; Levi Stovall, second place; and Verret, third place. 100 Yard Freestyle: Girls — Cheever, first place; Morones, second place; and Allison Jeffrey, fifth place. Boys — Ewing, first place; Cheatham, second place; and Austin Irwin, third place. 500 Yard Freestyle: Girls — Coker, second place; Carmin Willis, third place; and Hammonds, fourth place. Boys — Morgan, first place; Young, second place; and Justin Baker, third place. 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Girls: Alexa Srader, Jessy Hughes, Marin Sandoz and Mita Coker, first place; and Emily Shaw, Cecilia Morones, Rebecca Fedun and Rachel Lopez, third place. Boys — Charles Mize, Ryan Ewing, Daniel Morgan and Lucas Kahn, first place; and Sam Verrett, James Young, Levi Stovall and Mason Cheathem, second place. 100 Yard Backstroke: Girls — Adams, first place; Srader, third place; and Shaw, fourth place. Boys — Kahn, first place; Nett, second place; and Irwin, fourth place. 100 Yard Breaststroke: Girls: Claussen, first place; Sandoz, third place; and Fedun, fourth

place. Boys — Scoggins, first place; Mul-lican, third place; and Daniel McClinton, sixth place. 400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Girls: Taylor Adams. Mita Coker, Miranda Cheever and Lene Claussen, first place; and Emily Shaw, Cecilia Morones, Allison Jeffrey and Rebecca Fedun, third place. Boys — Christopher Nett, Nett Coker Mason Cheatham, Sam Verret and Daniel Morgan, first place; and James Young, Brendon Hughes, Levi Stovall and Austin Irwin, second place. Friday October 21, 2011

B oar d nets $312K savings with contr act \ District saves money on custodial materials BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS After three months of consideration, the Nacogdoches ISD school board approved a contract with GCA Services Group, which will provide custodial services for the district. GCA, which is slated to hire the district’s current custodial staff pending background checks, promised to save NISD an estimated $312,000 within a year by buying materials at a discounted price. However, three members of the board opposed the motion to approve the contract. Trustee Almarie Henderson-Shumate, who voted in opposition to the contract, expressed concern for the change to the employees’ benefits, which will now be provided through GCA.

“The savings that you guys are talking about — I don’t see how you can do that without some corners being cut,” Henderson- Shumate said.

engage them, both through positive relationships but also build on our academic performance,” Knox said.

Custodians employed by GCA could accumulate up to $3,000 in medical expenses which they would have to pay out-of-pocket, according to health insurance plans provided through GCA.

The curriculum for Carpenter Elementary students will also be more rigorous, he said. “(We’ll) train our teachers to use a variety of strategies because our students aren’t all the same,” Knox said.

Under the health insurance plans NISD provides, custodians could also accumulate $3,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses depending on the plan chosen. NISD Superintendent Fred Hayes, who voted for the contract, said he spoke to admin-istrators in some of the 160 districts that GCA serves and received positive feedback. Trustees had discussed the contract in the past two monthly meetings. The company will take over management of the district’s custodial services beginning in Decemeber. The contract is valid for one year and eligible for renewal annually. In other business, no one commented during three public hearings the board conducted in conjunction with Thursday’s meeting.

Student performance will be monitored for the remainder of the year, he added. At TJR Elementary, curriculum- based assessments will be developed based on the STAAR test, which will take the place of the TAKS test this year. “The components of their school improvement plan is, of course, to guarantee a viable curriculum, that all decisions are data-driven, timely and they’re targeted support,” Knox said. “Of course, getting that parent involvement is most important.” Board members approved the plans, which are already in action, Knox said.

The first hearing offered members of the public to comment on improvement plans for district’s three campuses which were rated academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency (TEA): Brooks Quinn Jones, Carpenter and Thomas J. Rusk elementary schools.

The second public hearing gave residents the opportunity to comment on the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) Report for the 2009-10 fiscal year. NISD, which had a general fund balance of $13.1 million at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year, was rated “above standard achievement” by the TEA.

Improvement plans for the campuses, which include changes to curriculum, decision- making and the use of technology, are required by TEA.

Ratings are assessed on 22 items, such as district budgets, personnel costs and academic performance.

NISD Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction Ronny Knox detailed the plans, which were developed with the help of teachers, principals and administrators, he said.

NISD had maintained a superior rating in years prior, said NISD Controller Max Mc-Carley.

“We contracted with Dr. Mack Hines to come in and work with us on our African-American students (at BQJ Elementary) and how to

Due to low interest rates on investments and the costly renovation to Nacogdoches High School, ratings fell, he said.

During Thursday’s meeting, a third public hearing was conducted to gather public input on resolution to tax tangible personal property in transit which would otherwise be exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code, Section 11.253. The resolution, which passed, allows for the taxation of goods in transit, such as products stored in Walmart warehouse, McCarley said. “Currently, there’s no such entity operating in our school district but in the future if one were to be built and constructed here, our appraisal district would know how to respond or how to act accordingly, based on this motion,” he said. Such taxes would generate revenue for the district, Mc-Carley said. The board nominated board members Lisa Mize and T.D. Howarth as candidates for the Nacogdoches County Central Appraisal District board of directors. The board also approved the district’s annual audit for fiscal year 2010-11, the designation of areas that are short on teachers based on TEA’s guidelines, and the first reading of a revised employee conduct policy which specifies appropriate communication between teachers and students via electronic media, such as Facebook. “It establishes how teachers can communicate with students outside of the classroom,” said NISD Communications Director Marty Prince. “When it’s outside the classroom, it has to be about school.”

H I G H SC H OOL F OOT B A L L Nac hosts Kilgore

BY BRANDON OGDEN The Nacogdoches Dragons will look to put an end to their threegame skid when they host the Kilgore Bulldogs at 7:30 tonight at Dragon Stadium.

Kilgore (4-3, 3-1) enters the game on a hot streak, winning four of its past five contests. The Bulldogs will hope to continue that momentum in this road contest, with John Tyler and Whitehouse still remaining on the schedule. Kilgore has been no stranger to close games in District 14-4A action with three of its four games being decided by 10 points or less, including last week’s 31-21 victory over Hallsville. Quarterback Riley Toler threw for 140 yards on just 6-of-12 passing with two touchdowns for Kilgore in the win. The Bulldogs’ strength is their running attack, led by Ladarius Anthony, who has already committed to TCU. Anthony rushed for 109 yards on 21 carries last week. Dondra Halton also had a solid game, rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown. The Dragons (1-6, 1-3) will look to find an answer for Kilgore’s running game a week after giving up 503 yards on the ground in a 39-21 setback at Marshall. Nacogdoches, which also has had plenty of success running the football behind quarterback Damion Johnson and running back Derrick Fields, will look to bounce back from last week’s total of 50 yards on 27 carries. The Dragons will also look to cure their secondhalf struggles. Nacogdoches has been outscored 55-21 after halftime in the past two games. Nacogdoches also took a three-game losing streak into last year’s meeting and responded by rolling to a 47-24 win over the Bulldogs in Kilgore. The Dragons outscored the Bulldogs 270 in the second half of that game after trailing 24-20 at the break. Michael Dove had three catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The Dragons will travel to Jacksonville next week before returning home to host Hallsville for the season finale on Nov. 4.

Saturday October 22, 2011


McMichael wins games Daily Sentinel The McMichael Middle School football teams defeated Whitehouse this week at McMichael. McMichael eighth grade took a 44-14 victory over Whitehouse Thursday night. Standouts for McMichael were Kevin Ramirez, Xavier Cruz, Riley Perry, Kerry Rivera, Dorian Williams, Alex Gregory, Marco Santoyo and Damien Yabrough. McMichael (2-2, 2-0) will play at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Marshall. McMichael seventh grade Black took a 24-6 win over Whitehouse. Standouts were Jaylon Douglas, Antoine Holcomb, William Timmons and Joshua Norman. McMichael seventh grade Gold took a 14-0 win over Whitehouse. Standouts were Devonte Johnson, Odiyecee Lathan, Phillip Jones, Tyler Hall and JaKevin Tolbert. The seventh grade teams will be at Marshall on Tuesday.


Monument to coaches unveiled BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS Dozens gathered for a tearful monument dedication to former Nacogdoches High School coaches L.H. Mathews and Gean Hale at Dragon Stadium before Friday’s game against Kilgore.

“To those of you who helped fund this tribute, the fact that you still hold our fathers and husbands so dear in your hearts touches us more deeply than we can express,” said Chip Mathews, L.H. Matthew’s oldest son who spoke on behalf of the Mathews and Hale families. The coaches, who led the team to numerous victories in the 1960s, left behind a legacy. “Coach Hale and Coach Mathews were hired to come to Nacogdoches in 1952,” said Rick Still, Class of 1965 running back and NHS alumnus who helped lead the fundraising effort for the monument. “The Dragons had fallen on hard times. In fact, the team had only won one game in the preceding two years, and I think the year before they had only scored one touchdown.” The pair turned the team around. Mathews, athletic director and head coach from 1952 to 1965, and Hale, assistant coach who later became athletic director and head coach after Hale’s departure, were the most successful coaches in the school’s century-long history. During their tenure, the team tallied 111 victories, 65 losses and five ties and claimed four of NHS’ nine district championship wins. Building a monument in honor of the men had been a long-time wish of the members of the Class of 1965. The duo won 70 percent of the games they coached. Members of the Class of 1965 exceeded their goal of raising $22,000 to erect the HaleMathews Tribute Monument, which now sits beside Dragon Stadium, by $8,000. Additional funds will be given to recipients of the HaleMathews Scholar- ship in May. Since the HaleMathews Scholarship Fund began in 2003, 13 students have been awarded $1,000 each.

Former players had worked nearly two years to erect the monument. On Friday evening, the dream became a reality when the monument, which displays memorial plaques for the coaches set atop a nearly 5foot-tall granite platform, was unveiled.

Virginia Mathews, L.H. Mathews’ wife, said her pride in her husband and the NHS team is so strong that she has gone to every Dragon home game since 1952. Virginia was reunited with players still grateful half a century later.

“My only regret is we didn’t get it before they passed on,” said Grady Allen, Class of 1965. “But I think they’re up there looking tonight.” While playing for the Dragons, Allen was awarded a full scholarship to Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1968, and later became a linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. Allen said he attributes his success, both in football and in life, to the men who coached him in high school. The men were more than just honorable coaches, but honorable men as well, Allen said. During World War II, Hale was serving as a major in the Army Air Corps and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, while flying the China-Burma-India hump, a military action against Japanese forces. Mathews was a staff sergeant in the Army, serving with the 142nd Field Artillery, during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi troops in Bastogne, Belgium in 1944. Several people who knew Mathews and Hale came to the event to share the lifelong memories they made with them.

Dustin Anderson The Daily Sentinel Wesley Molandes, Grady Allen and Rick Still stand at a monument Friday of Gean Hale and L.H. Mathews.

“They don’t ever forget you,” she said. “These boys remember and I think sometimes when they hug me maybe they’re thinking of their coach.”

H igh School F ootball ’DOGS RUSH PAST NAC

The Bulldogs (5-3, 4-1) jumped out to an early

Bulldogs send Dragons to fourth-straight loss

BY BRANDON OGDEN Kilgore used a dual-threat rushing attack to send the Nacogdoches Dragons to their fourth straight loss, a 28-16 decision in District 14-4A football action Friday night at Dragon Stadium. Dondra Halton rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries, and Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel TCU-bound Ladarius Anthony Backup quarterback Patrick Ledet (18) finds a hole in the Kilgore defense to set up added 110 yards and two a Josh Robertson touchdown moments later in the second quarter Friday at touchdowns on 23 carries to Dragon Stadium. help the Bulldogs rush for 232 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run from Anthony in the yards on 45 carries as a team, while the Kilgore first quarter. They extended their lead to 14-0 defense held Nacogdoches to well below its midway through the second quarter with a 20rushing average at just 100 yards on 29 carries. yard pass from Riley Toler to Mason Nestleroad. Toler was 8-of-11 through the air for 104 yards with an interception and the touchdown. He was 6-of-7 in the first half with the interception being his only non-completion. Cole Banner intercepted the pass for the Dragons, and they moved the ball with an 11play drive, but Kilgore’s Hector Peralez picked off a pass attempt by Damion Johnson in the red zone to keep the Dragons off the board. Johnson and the Dragon capitalized on their next trip in the red zone as he found Josh Robertson for a 14-yard scoring strike with 7 seconds left in the second quarter to cut the Kilgore lead to 14-7 at the break. Figure 1 Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Nacogdoches receiver DeAndre Foster (12) reaches for an incoming pass as the Kilgore defense closes in during the second quarter Friday at Dragon Stadium.

Johnson was 14-of-29 through the air for 150 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed for 42 yards on 17

carries. Robertson caught four passes for 68 yards and two scores. Nacogdoches looked to stop Kilgore on the first possession of the second half, but the Bulldogs converted on a 3rd-and-7 attempt with a 43yard pass from Toler to JD Jones to keep the drive alive. Kilgore punched it in five plays late on a 1-yard run by Toler to make it 21-7. The Dragons stayed within striking distance as Tanner Dean nailed a 40-yard field goal late in the third quarter to cut the score to 21-10. Nacogdoches forced Kilgore to punt on the next possession, but the Bulldogs quickly got the ball back on an interception by Cooper Coldiron, which set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Anthony to give the Bulldogs a 28-16 advantage.

The Dragons later added a 38-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Robertson. The Bulldogs blocked to point-after attempt, and time eventually ran out on the Dragons. Jones led Kilgore in receiving with two catches for 53 yards. Tim Williams had six catches for 64 yards for Nacogdoches, but ended his string of four straight games with a touchdown catch. Derrick Fields led the Dragons on the ground with 43 yards on 10 carries. Nacogdoches (1-7, 1-4), which hasn’t won since a 42-21 victory over Pine Tree on Sept. 23, will travel to Jacksonville Oct. 28, before returning home for the season finale against Hallsville on Nov. 4.

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Lady Dragons fall to Kilgore Daily Sentinel The Nacogdoches Lady Dragons opened their match with Kilgore with a Game 1 win, but fell in four sets (25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 19-25). Taylor Layton had three aces and 13 digs for the Lady Dragons. Cami Guicastro had two aces, six kills and three blocks. Charity Page had two aces and 13 kills. Ashley Laird had two aces. Peyton Shofner had six kills. Victoria Hetrick had 12 digs. Sydney Watson dished out 19 assists, and Morgan Farrell added 11 assists. Nacogdoches (17-20, 5-8) will host John Tyler at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dragon Coliseum for the annual Dig Pink game. The Nacogdoches JV defeated Kilgore (22-25, 25-16, 25-11). Ambria Curl had eight kills. C’najai Newsome had six aces. SarahBeth Shipp had 11 digs and 12 assists. The Nacogdoches freshmen defeated Kilgore (25-22, 25-11).

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Nacogdoches outside hitter Peyton Shofner, right, slips a kill past a Kilgore defender during the second game of the match Friday at Dragon Coliseum.

Sunday October 23, 2011

T een hur t in hit and r un

16- year-old in stable condition BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS A 16-year-old boy was hit by a pickup about 11:45 p.m. Friday in the 4400 block of North University Drive, according to Logan Finch, traffic investigator for the Nacogdoches Police Department. Gary Brown, a Nacogdoches High School junior who is a member of the NHS choir, was the victim, according to NISD Communications Director Marty Prince. According to the NPD report, the driver, Matthew Hamilton, 22, called dispatch and said he thought he had possibly hit a person with his 2004 Ford F-150. He said he had left the scene and returned to his house. Officers responded to the area and found Brown laying in a ditch. Hit-and-run charges against Hamilton are pending, Finch said. Brown, who sustained injuries to his head and lower back, was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his brain, Prince said. “They were able to relieve that pressure,” she said. “He was responding to direction. They asked him to make some specific movements and that was a good sign.” Officials at the hospital listed Brown in stable condition Saturday afternoon. NHS Principal Nathan Chaddick visited Brown after his surgery Saturday, Prince said. “We believe he’s doing well,” Prince said. Brown had came home from his shift at McDonald’s Friday night and then was hit while he was jogging on University Drive, she said.

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Sarah McMullan Founder and artistic director, Lamp-Lite Theatre When I walked into the lobby at Lamp-Lite Theatre during the final weekend for “Nunsense II,” the musical comedy, I was surprised to see a group of 26 neatly dressed students chattering in another language. “Good,” I said to our box office managers, “They won’t need to know perfect English to enjoy the show; after all, music is the universal language, and this little musical is just pure fun.” Yes, enjoy it they did. I saw them smiling and laughing as they walked out of the theater with the rest of the crowd after the show. Talking with Katherine Whitbeck, one of the sponsors and also one of the five stars of “Nunsense II,” I learned more about our guests. They were Burmese students whose first languages are Kerannie and Spanish. English as a second language teachers Inosencia McClendon joined Katherine Whitbeck and Spanish teacher Cinthya Olvera along with Terry McClendon, Vivian McClendon and Jose Olvera in chaperoning the students. Katherine said, “The purpose of the outing was for the new students to experience American culture in the performing arts and to practice their listening skills by watching live theater. They also learn to get along with the Englishspeaking citizens of Nacogdoches.” We were impressed with the politeness and vitality of the young people and wish to thank all the people who made the outing possible. A thank-you to Nacogdoches High School for providing this out-of-the-classroom educational opportunity.

M ar ching band competition Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Derrick Fields (3) lowers his shoulder to plow through the Kilgore defense during the first quarter Friday at Dragon Stadium.


especially in the first half when they were penalized five times for 50 yards.

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Nacogdoches went to the air more than usual. Johnson and Patrick Ledet combined for 33 pass attempts, connecting on 16 for 176 yards.

Dragons continue to struggle The Nacogdoches Dragons’ struggles continued Friday night in a 28-16 loss to Kilgore, the fourth straight setback for the Dragons. Facing a strong rushing attack led by Ladarius Anthony, who has already committed to TCU, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and did just enough to force the Dragons to play from behind the rest of the game. A week after Marshall did something teams haven’t been able to do — slow down Nacogdoches quarterback Damion Johnson — Kilgore implemented the same game plan and was able to keep Johnson from using his legs to ignite the Nacogdoches offense.

The bulk of the completions went to Tim Williams and Josh Robertson. Williams, who has established himself as the Dragons’ ace receiver, hauled in six catches for 64 yards. Robertson, in his first game back in the rotation, had four catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns — a 14-yarder late in the second quarter and a 38-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Johnson had one big run — an 18-yard gain on his first attempt of the second half — but was held to negative yards on his final six carries. When the Dragons did get big plays on the ground, they were negated by holding penalties,

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Derrick Fields (3) lowers his shoulder to plow through the Kilgore defense during the first quarter Friday at Dragon Stadium.

The Dragons also received a 40-yard field goal from Tanner Dean. Despite the 1-7 record and a 1-4 mark in District 14-4A, Dean — who as a senior just joined the football team this season — has been a huge lift for Nacogdoches. In 2010, the Dragons probably would have never even attempted a field goal from that distance, but it shows the faith the coaching staff has in Dean, who has also provided a boost on kickoffs for the Dragons, consistently putting the ball near the end zone. Cole Banner also had a big night for the Dragons on defense. Banner intercepted a pass and made several touchdown-saving tackles. The Dragons return to action Oct. 28 in Jacksonville. It will be a rematch of last season’s

12-overtime classic in Nacogodches, an 84-81 victory for Jacksonville. Other 14-4A scores Friday were Hallsville 30, Jacksonville 28; John Tyler 56, Marshall 35; and Whitehouse 70, Pine Tree 48. In the Whitehouse victory, Hunter Taylor was 27-of-52 for 539 yards and nine touchdowns, which tied the state record set just last week by Fort Worth Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris. Seven of those touchdowns went to Dylan Cantrell, who had eight total catches for 158 yards.

SW I M M I NG Nac wins meet Daily Sentinel The Nacogdoches High School swim team won its Dragon Invitational Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Nacogdoches. The boys scored 202 points to run away with first place. The girls finished in second in their division with 138 points, just behind Lewisville, but the total score of 340 points was 140 points more than second- place Lufkin. Charles Mize and Jessica Brown were the swimmers of the meet for Nacogdoches.

Photos by Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Daniel McClinton swims the breaststroke in the second leg of the boys 200-yard relay at the Dragon Invitational on Saturday at the Lehmann Swim Center on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nacogdoches.

Here are the individual results from Nacogdoches swimmers: 200-yard medley relay: Girls — Mita Coker, Taylor Adams, Lene Claussen and Miranda Cheever, first. Boys — Christopher Nett, Luke Scoggins, Ryan Ewing and Lucas Kahn, first; Brendon Hughes, Ethan Stovall, Levi Stovall and Nick Creasy, fifth; Josh

Srader, Daniel McClinton, Lyle Nelson and Michael Fuentes, seventh. 200-yard freestyle: Girls —Coker, second; Jessy Hughes, fifth; Emily Shaw, eighth; Cloey Hammonds, 11th; Rebecca Fedun, 12th; Carmin Willis, 13th. Boys — Daniel Morgan, second; Mize, fourth; James Young, seventh; McClinton, 11th; Josh Srader, 16th; Gage McCarty, 17th; Hunter Delacambre, 20th.

Cheatham, sixth; Tanhui, sixth; Creasey, 13th; Fuentes, 18th; Villanueva, 23rd; Gage McCarty, 24th; Delacambre, 25th. 500-yard freestyle: Girls — Coker, third; Hammonds, seventh; Brown, eighth; Willis, ninth. Boys — Morgan, second; Young, fourth; Austin Irwin, sixth; Justin Baker, eighth. 200-yard freestyle relay: Girls — Lopez, Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Hughes, Sandoz and Alexa Srader swims the backstroke in the first leg of the opening heat in the girls 200-yard medley Alexa Srader, third; relay during the Dragon Invitational Saturday at the Lehmann Swim Center Romero, Fedun, Shaw and Morones, fifth; 200-yard individual medley: Girls — Claussen, Jeffrey, Brown, Landry and Hammonds, eighth. third; Alexa Srader, fifth; Marin Sandoz, Boys — Morgan, Verret, Nett and Mize, third; seventh; Nandy Romero, ninth. Boys —Nett, Levi Stovall, Cheatham, Hughes and Tanhui, third; Scoggins, fifth; Brannen Mulllican, ninth; fourth; Young, Creasey, Baker and Scoggins, Justin Baker, 10th; Nelson, 11th. ninth; Villanueva, Delacambre, Kim and Cox, 16th. 100-yard backstroke: Girls — Adams, first; 50-yard freestyle: Girls: Cheever, second; Rachel Alexa Srader, fourth; Shaw, ninth. Boys — Nett, Lopez, eighth; Cecilia Morones, 12th; Allison first; Hughes, sixth; Irwin, ninth; Josh Srader, Jeffrey, 13th; Jessica Brown, 15th; Landry Allen, 13th; Kim, 15th. 17th. Boys — Kahn, first; Ewing, seconds; Justin Tanhui, sixth; Mason Cheatham, seventh; 100-yard breaststroke: Girls — Fedun, 10th. Hughes, eighth; Sam Verret, 10th; Levi Stovall, Boys — Scoggins, fifth; Mullican, 13th; 12th; Creasey, 15th; Fuentes, 17th; Ethan McClinton, 23rd. Stovall, 20th; Thomas Cox, 24th; Poh Boy VIllanueva, 25th; Wunil Kim, 31st. 400-yard freestyle relay: Girls — Adams, Coker, 100-yard butterfly: Girls — Claussen, third; Lopez, ninth. Boys — Mize, second; Verret, fifth; Levi Stovall, sixth; Nelson, 10th; Ethan Stovall, 12th. 100-yard freestyle: Girls — Adams, fourth; Cheever, fifth; Morones, 12th; Romero, 13th; Jeffrey, 19th. Boys — Kahn, third; Ewing, fourth;

Cheever and Claussen, first; Romero, Fedun, Shaw and Morones, fifth; Jeffrey, Willis, Brown and Hammonds, eighth. Boys — Morgan, Mize, Ewing and Kahn, first; Young, Irwin, Stovall and Tanhui, fifth; Baker, Mullican, McClinton and Nelson, seventh; Josh Srader, McCarty, Villanueva and Fuentes, ninth.

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Members of the Mike Moses Middle School Dragon Dance Team for 20112012, led by Tori Brown, front row, from left, are Kailey Ellison, Victoria Reynolds, Catherine Weems, Reagan Fitch, Katie Chidester and Laura Dunn; and back row, LaPortia Montgomery, Hailey Layton, Sierra Smith, Taylor Williams, Abby Tatum, Jasmin Upshaw and Jordan Deckard. Not pictured are Allie Whatley, Kailyn Southerland and Sadajia Henry.

V ideo confer ence for chamber lunch Fourth Friday set for Oct. 28 Daily Sentinel Get an update on Nacogdoches ISD at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon to be held from noon until 1 p.m., Oct. 28 at Hotel Fredonia, sponsored by The Daily Sentinel. The chamber will use videoconferencing software to bring speaker Supt. Dr. Fred Hayes to the meeting. Hayes will be out of town but will participate in the presentation and answer questions. “One of the district’s 100day goals is for 100 percent of our classroom teachers to integrate an instructional technology component in every lesson every day,” Hayes said. “For our students to compete in a world economy, we need great curriculum and great teachers, but for our students to excel, we must recognize that the concept of education is changing. Education today is more than what goes on inside the walls of a school. Technology has exposed our students to more learning opportunities than any time in history.

“For our students to truly excel, we need to have the best tools and technology possible — technology that develops their problem-solving skills to meet the demands of jobs that have not even been thought of, yet,” he said. Hayes’ educational philosophy includes viewing “... education as the foundation of this great country and what sets the United States apart from all other countries.” He believes that every young person shall be given the opportunity to receive an education regardless of his/her economic status, race/ethnicity, competency level or any other issue.” NISD is committed to raising the rigor and relevance of the students with an excellent education that prepares them not only to compete – but to excel – in work and college environments, according to Hayes. An educator for the past 22 years, Hayes served as superintendent for Athens ISD from 2006 until 2011. He is a former high school principal for Clear Creek ISD and the Jacksonville and Tyler school districts, and he is a former Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ “High School Principal of the Year.” Hayes earned his doctorate from Baylor University and master’s degree in education from the University of Texas in Tyler. He is married to Gay Lynn Hayes, and they have two children and four grandchildren.


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The luncheon serves as the chamber’s monthly membership meeting, and all from the community are invited to attend. Reservations are required by Oct. 25, and lunch is $16 at the door. Event registration form is posted at nacogdoches. org and includes a safe “pay online” option. All attendees will be entered in a $50 cash drawing, and every chamber member is entered in a $250 drawing, but must be present to win. Both drawings are sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.

Monday October 24, 2011

“If the student’s not in class, we can’t teach them,” Knox said. “The more they’re out of class the further they fall behind.” For the first six weeks of the semester, attendance was 97.24 percent, higher than the 100-day goal, said NISD Police Chief Doug Plough. To meet the goal, the district must maintain the percentage until Dec. 10, Knox said. Maintaining a high rate of attendance can be difficult with PreK students, but Plough said he’s working to fix that.

G oals set for 100th day of classes

Currently, all NISD classrooms have Internet access, a document camera and an overhead projector, Knox said.


Many have Promethean boards, he added.

For Nacogdoches ISD administrators every day is an opportunity for improvement.

“We want instructional technology infused into every day, every lesson that we do so that students are engaged,” he said. “Our students, when they’re out in the world, they’re digital natives.

Administrators at NISD prep for future

To mark the 100th day, Dec. 10, that NISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes has been with the district, administrators hope to meet five goals for increasing attendance, technology use, parental involvement, ELL parent programs and business partnerships. Administrators sent lists of the goals to teachers district wide last week, said Ronny Knox, NISD Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction. “The concept we’ve been working on for a while,” Knox said. “The concept arose out of our council meetings with Dr. Hayes, to set up some short-term goals that every person in the district can focus on.” A task force was created to determine the goals, he added. With increased attendance comes increased state funding, but with their first goal administrators are aiming to close the district’s achievement gaps.

“We’ve got to offer that same kind of experience when the students come into the classroom.” The goal is achievable because the technology is already in place, Knox said. Currently, there are PTAs for every campus, he said. “We want to get more parents involved,” Knox said. For non-native English speaking parents, the district offers Noche de Familia, ELL parent programs after school. “We bring the parents in and teach them how to speak English, how to help their children with their homework, and show them what the children are learning so they can be a viable resource for students,” Knox said. Administrators aim to expand the programs. “Our kids are going to benefit from that,” Knox said.


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Now there are 30 participants in the program. The goal is to boost that number to 60. Administrators hope to develop partnerships with local businesses to create opportunities for students, such as volunteerism, Knox said. “We’re looking at starting with major companies here in Nacogdoches to provide men-tors,” Knox said. “We’re not necessarily looking for financial support.”


promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

Tuesday October 25, 2011

SF A , school distr icts wor k to for ge a path to college University awarded $7.4 million grant

Administrators are asking businesses to adopt a school.


Knox said he’s hopeful local business leaders will speak to students about varied career paths and “why it’s important to stay in school.”

Stephen F. Austin State University was recently awarded a $7.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to aide students on their path to college.

NISD now has partnerships with Etech and Fredonia Baptist Church.

“We’ll be following one group of seventh-graders, 1,482 of them in five school districts, as they move from seventh grade through to their first year in college,” said Barbara Davis, director of the GEAR UP Project at SFA.

Next semester, administrators will identify new goals to achieve within 100 days of the start of the spring semester, he said.

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Bobby Austin, a U.S. history teacher at Nacogdoches High School attended a oneday teacher workshop on the U.S. Constitution sponsored by Humanities Texas. The workshop faculty included scholars of constitutional history, including Michael Les Benedict of Ohio State University, Charles Flanagan of the National Archives, Joseph F. Kobylka of Southern Methodist University and Jerold L. Waltman of Baylor University. Participants attended lectures and presentations and joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources such as historic letters, maps and pamphlets. The workshop was held at Kilgore’s Region 7 Education Service Center. Special emphasis was placed on newly added or revised standards in the state’s U.S. history curriculum. Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs

SFA will partner with Angelina College, Nacogdoches ISD, Woden ISD, Lufkin ISD, Hudson ISD and Central ISD for the next seven years. The GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness Readiness) project is aimed at increasing college awareness, Davis said. “We really start in seventhgrade building that expectation of college,” Davis said. “Not just a four-year university, we ask them to plan for some type of post secondary education, whether it be a technical school or a community college.” A post secondary education will enable students to enter the job market as a skilled employee, Davis said. SFA just completed a similar project with nine school districts. The project lasted six years, following 1,548 students of the Class of 2011 from sixth through 12th grade. The results of the project were astounding, Davis said. “Never in (Lufkin High School’s) history had 100 percent of their students in that graduating class had an acceptance letter from some post secondary education,” she said.


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Within the nine school districts, 98 percent of the students received a formal acceptance letter to a college, Davis said. Because the grant ended, continuing the project to evaluate the success of students in their first year of college was not possible, Davis said. Now, project leaders are taking it a step further to follow students of the Class of 2017 to college.


SFA received a score of 104, out of 110, for the grant. “The creative ideas and planning that we received from each of the districts are the reason for our wonderful score,” said Woden ISD Superintendent Brent Hawkins. The approval process for the grant was very competitive, Davis said. “This is very special to be selected,” she said.

“We’ll be giving them services, such as tutoring, during that first year in college,” Davis said.

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Throughout the next seven years, the students will visit colleges during seventh, eighth and ninth grade.


No charges filed in hit and run

“In the previous grant, every student visited at least three colleges,” Davis said.

No charges have been filed against a man who reported that he hit a person with his pickup on Friday night and left the scene, according to police.

In high school, college coaches, in addition to school counselors, will meet with the students and their parents.

Gary Brown, a 16-year-old Nacogdoches High School junior, was found laying in a ditch with injuries to his lower back and head.

“It’s really just to walk them through that process of applying for college,” Davis said.

“The last report we had on the victim was that he was still in intensive care,” Nacogdoches Police Sgt. Greg Sowell said.

The project is not directed toward students from lowincome families. “It is every child in that grade level,” Davis said. “Because what we’re really looking for is creating that whole culture of college, increasing expectations of all students.” Plans for the grant have not yet been solidified, but strategies for upping college awareness and readiness include parent involvement, professional development and a more rigorous curriculum, Davis said. “One of the important components in this grant is building in more Advanced Placement courses,” she said. Davis said she also hopes to bring national speakers to the districts. Nearly 300 applications were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and 47 partnership grants awarded in 24 states, seven of which were in Texas.

NHS Principal Nathan Chaddick has been to the hospital to see Brown several times and said Monday that he is doing much better. “He is much improved,” Chaddick said Monday afternoon. “He started physical therapy today, and he’s not out of ICU yet. He’s ready to get real food and he’s tired of ice chips — you know that’s a good sign. All the counselors and administrators have been up to see him, and he’s really improving.” According to an NPD report, the driver, Matthew Hamilton, 22, called police close to midnight Friday and said he thought he had possibly hit a person with his 2004 Ford F-150. He said he had left the scene and returned to his house. Officers who responded to the 4400 block of University Drive found Brown laying in a ditch.


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Dig Pink, Senior Night

It is unknown how long Brown was in the ditch before emergency personnel arrived, Sowell said. “Our records indicate that the time of the call was 11:57 p.m.,” Sowell said. “Our first unit checked in the area at 12:05 a.m. and several other units followed.” The officers couldn’t find evidence of an accident, so they began a foot search of the area, he said. “At 12:27 a.m., officers on foot located the victim inside the woodline, next to a fence, several yards off the roadway,” Sowell said. Brown had been laying there for at least 30 minutes before receiving medical attention, according to police reports. On Saturday, Brown underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his brain, NISD Communications Director Marty Prince said. “He’s been able to hold conversations, and that’s huge,” she said. “It’s definitely a blessing that he’s still with us and so responsive.” Several of the NHS clubs that sell snacks after school to raise money for their organizations are all donating their week’s proceeds to Gary to raise money, the student council is collecting money in the commons each day and NHS is putting out a school email encouraging everyone to donate. The goal is to present “a large check for Gary and his family to show him how much his NHS family cares for him,” Prince said. “Gary is in my class, and he is an outstanding student in every sense of the word,” NHS teacher Emily Taravella said. “We are devastated about his accident, and we all want to help him.” It was reported that Brown had come home from his shift at McDonald’s Friday night, and then was hit while he was jogging on University Drive.



Lady Dragons host John Tyler on eventful night

BY BRANDON OGDEN Tonight will be a big one for the Nacogdoches Lady Dragon volleyball team. The Lady Dragons will host their third annual Dig Pink event in a match against John Tyler at 7 at Dragon Coliseum. With it being the final match of the regular season and the final home contest, it will also be Senior Night. One Lady Dragon in particular will be a part of both occasions. Tory Cook, one of two seniors for the Lady Dragons, will play the final volleyball match of her high school career. Her mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer and went through chemotherapy treatment Oct. 13. “It hits closer to home for me this year,” Cook said. “I want to play well, not only for me, but for her.” Dig Pink is an event created by the Side-Out Foundation used to help raise money for breast cancer through volleyball. “All the girls will be wearing pink socks and bows,” Nacogdoches volleyball coach Ben Belshaw said. “We will be handing out flyers and taking donations. We also recognize cancer survivors in attendance. It’s been a good thing for us to be a part of. “A lot of these girls have been affected by cancer, in one way or another, either with family members or friends.” Belshaw’s mother is also a cancer survivor. The Lady Dragons will also recognize their two seniors — Cook and Jishidra Stegall. “They’ve both been a part of what we’ve been doing here, trying to build this program,” Belshaw said. “Tory had a good game against Whitehouse. J.S. has been


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good for us up front.” “It’s been fun to be around everyone,” Cook said. “It will be fun to play one more time,” Stegall said.”

though,” Brown Sr. said. “He remembers other things. That’s what I was worried about because with head injuries you never know what to expect and with the swelling, brain damage can occur really quickly.”

Nacogdoches, which only won seven games last season, enters tonight’s finale with a 17-20 overall mark and a 58 record in District 14-4A.

Gary has been speaking with people and, even just a few hours after his surgery on Tuesday, was up and walking around, his father said.

Wednesday October 26, 2011

Second sur ger y successful for NH S teen Child improving after accident

BY ERIN MCKEON Gary Brown, a 16-year-old Nacogdoches High School junior who was hit by a pickup late Friday, had a second brain surgery on Tuesday, his father Gary Brown, Sr. said. This second surgery has been a good one, though, he said. “The first surgery was to relieve the swelling in his brain from the head injury, and they took a piece of his skull off to help until the swelling went down,” Brown Sr. said. “Now, they’ve replaced that.” Gary also received spine and rib fractures when he was hit by a Ford F-150 just before midnight on Friday, Oct. 21 and thrown near the woodline in the 4400 block of University Drive, according to police reports. The driver, 22-year-old Matthew Hamilton, did not stop at the scene, but called police later and said he might have hit a person. After conducting a foot search of the area, Gary was found unconscious inside the woodline, next to a fence and several yards off the roadway, Nacogdoches Police Sgt. Greg Sowell has said. He had been laying there for at least 30 minutes before receiving medical attention, police reports indicate. “He (Gary) did tell me he really didn’t remember a whole lot about after he was hit because he was unconscious, but he knows what’s going on now,

Brown, Sr. said he was worried on Friday night when he didn’t hear from his son after Gary got off work, but figured he was just tired. “He always calls me when he gets off work and I text him every morning when I go to work,” Brown, Sr. said. “... and then his brother called me around 4 in the morning and I just lost it.” Gary lives in Nacogdoches with his 22-year-old brother and his father lives in Oklahoma. “I tried to get him to come over there (Oklahoma), but he wanted to follow his brother,” Brown, Sr. said. It was reported that Brown had come home from his shift at McDonald’s Friday night, and then was hit while he was jogging on University Drive. Brown, Sr. said that is his understanding of what happened, too. “I did get a chance to talk to him after they found him and brought him to the hospital and he was telling me, ‘Daddy, I love you,’ and then he asked me, ‘What time is it? I’ve got to go to work.’ He’s just started working and he’s really proud of his job,” Brown, Sr. said. Several of the NHS clubs that sell snacks after school to raise money for their organizations are all donating their week’s proceeds to Gary, the student council is collecting money in the commons each day and NHS is putting out a school email encouraging everyone to donate. The goal is to present “a large check for Gary and his family to show him how much his NHS family cares for him,” NISD Communications Director Marty Prince has said. Brown, Sr. said anyone who knows his son, loves him. “He’s just the sweetest kid, he’s real caring and he’d give you the shirt off his back,” he said. “He knows what


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to do, you don’t have to tell him what to do and he’s really smart and just as sweet as can be.” Gary is looking forward to college and has told his father that he wants to be a doctor. The 16-year-old is also working on getting his driver’s license, and once he does, he’ll be getting his father’s car so he can drive to work and to school, Brown, Sr. said.

H I G H SC H OOL V OL L E Y B A L L J. Tyler defeats Nacogdoches

The Nacogdoches Lady Dragon volleyball team fell to John Tyler 19-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 21-25 on Tuesday in the season finale for Nacogdoches at Dragon Coliseum Tuesday night. Charity Page led the team with 15 kills. Ashton Brown had six kills and three blocks. Other contributors were Taylor Layton, 10 digs; Victoria Hetrick, 11 digs; Ashley Laird, three aces; Morgan Farrell, two aces and nine assists; and Sydney Watson, 28 assists and three aces. The varsity finished 17-21 overall and 5-8 in District 144A. The freshman team won 25-20. The junior varsity lost 25-16, 24-26 and 10-25.


Band students to hold barbecue fundraiser Nacogdoches High School Band students have begun selling tickets for a barbecue fundraiser to be served from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $8; the meal includes baked beans, potato salad and a cookie. Tickets must be pre-purchased from any sevenththrough 12thgrade Nacogdoches ISD Band member and may be presented at the door for a sit-down meal in the NHS Commons or presented at either of two drive through areas. “Excitement has built regarding this activity due to the Pearl Harbor invitation,” said NISD director of bands

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Lady Dragon junior outside hitter Charity Page drives a kill between a pair of John Tyler defenders during the opening game of the match Tuesday at Nacogdoches High School.

Glynn Wells. “Not only will this activity benefit the future trip, but it will allow the Band Booster organization to continue to provide services and activities for middle and high school band students that the normal instructional budget cannot manage.” The NISD Band Boosters provide some meals and charter buses for out-of-town trips; awards scholarships to students pursuing music education as a career at Stephen F. Austin State University and awards and other incentive items for middle school students. The NISD band program has a long history of success and Wells attributes that to the teaching of the middle school programs.


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“The study of music must be taken seriously at each level, with solid fundamentals being the foundation from the very beginning.” The NHS Band has just earned it’s 31st UIL First Division Rating since 1980 and has almost as many UIL Sweepstakes Awards.

——— The barbecue dinner is held in conjunction with the “NHS Band Night” and “Senior Night” scheduled for the Friday, Nov. 4, football game. The halftime performances will include the twirling line, the Band, and McMichael and Moses middle school twirlers performing a combined dance/twirl routine

B oar d chair man a per fect fit

Thomas D. Howarth uses his business abilities to help NISD Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series of articles profiling the seven members of the NISD board of trustees. “Key People in Education” is produced through a partnership with the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association and The Daily Sentinel. BY AUSTIN KING With a business degree and more than two decades of work at Badders Law Firm under his belt, NISD board chairman Thomas D. Howarth is more than qualified to contribute to the Nacogdoches ISD board of trustees. “I am constantly in touch with the general public at work, and that affords me the opportunity to be an effective communicator, and more importantly, an effective listener,” said Howarth. “My business degree from SFA gave me the fundamentals for budgeting and other areas of business.” Howarth joined the NISD board in May 2005. Though Howarth did not attend NISD schools, his wife, Angela Westmoreland, and sons Tyler and Grant were all NISD students.

Nacogdoches High School Band officers for 2011-12.

Tyler is 23 and graduated from Baylor. Grant is a sophomore at Sam Houston majoring in music therapy. “Both of my boys received excellent educations and were supremely prepared for college,” Howarth said. Howarth graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 1982. He received his business degree from SFA in 1987. “I originally ran for trustee because I had hoped to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of kids,” said Howarth. “I wanted to be on the board to try to make NISD a better place for students and teachers and all other stakeholders.” As a member of the NISD board of trustees, Howarth keeps the general public in Howarth mind. He is also a member of the Nacogdoches County Central Appraisal District Board of Directors representing NISD.


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“I try to do a whole lot more listening than talking,” said Howarth. “Being an ear for other taxpayers when they have concerns or questions is very important.” ——— To honor the leadership efforts of “Key People in Education,” Gound Chevrolet has made an annual contribution to the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The NHSAA is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Membership is open to all people interested in supporting student scholarships and honoring the pride and history of Nacogdoches High School.

R ed R ibbon W eek to pr omote dr ugfr ee lifestyle National observance is celebrated Oct. 23 through Oct. 31

The Region 5 Prevention Resource Center, a program of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, along with local Nacogdoches County schools have joined efforts in promotion of healthy, drugfree lifestyles during Red Ribbon 2011. “Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and, by far, the largest drug prevention campaign in the country. This week is about encouraging our kids to be drug-free,” said prevention coordinator Melissa Mallory. “Many of our youth are choosing not to use drugs, that should be celebrated.” The national observance will be celebrated is celebrated Oct. 23 through 31, with the theme being “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug-Free.” “It’s a chance for our local schools to support our services and to be both visible and vocal in our desire for drugfree schools and communi-ties,” Mallory said. Nacogdoches County schools have been equipped with various resources to have a successful week. In addition to red ribbons and wristbands, the resource center has provided activity and coloring books, bookmarks, pamphlets, posters and stickers for distribution to all nine districts in the county and each schools.


Thursday October 27, 2011

DR T br ings histor y to life

November marks 120th anniversary of club BY MEAGAN O’TOOLE-PITTS In the days when a Texan’s only shield from the hot sun was a wide-brimmed hat or a hand-sewn bonnet, that’s where the story of Texas begins, said Susan Aikin, member of the Stone Fort Daughters of the Republic of Texas. “We didn’t have sunscreen. We didn’t have sunglasses,” Aikin said. “And guys, you worked sometimes all day long, all week long in the field, getting it ready to be planted.” For the past four years, Aikin has visited area schools to tell students the story of Texas using replicas of 1800s artifacts. Last year, Aikin spoke to more than 800 elementary and middle school students. Texas was once a part of Mexico, Aikin explained to Woden Elementary students Wednesday, before American settlers of the land revolted against Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna and won the state’s independence from Mexico in 1836. The Lone Star State became the 28th state of the union in 1845. Using replicas of period clothing and tools, Aikin shows students what life would be like for them if they were living at that time. “I’m going to talk to you about Texas, when we were part of another country,” she said. At the end of this year, her trunk of replicas will have been trekked to 12 schools. For the past 120 years, since its founding in November 1891, the DRT has worked to preserve the memory of those who fought for Texas independence. The Daughters of The Republic of Texas is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation, according to the DRT website.

For information about Red Ribbon Week, call 569-7678.


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“Hunting trips could last for days,” Aikin said. Children were shown a horn that was used to hold gunpowder and different types of bullets used at the time. Every part of the raccoon was used, not just the fur for the infamous hats now synonymous with Davy Crockett but also Andrew D. Brosig The Daily Sentine

the bones for Susan Aikin of the Stone Fort Daughters of the Republic of Texas shows a reproduction pair of settlers shoes to fourth- sewing needles, grade students at Woden Elementary on Wednesday. Aiken, a retired teacher, has been visiting classrooms around the Aikin told the area talking about Texas history recently. class. “What DRT is about is perpetuating the legacy of the people that lived before the Republic, during the Republic and fought for the Republic, and to keep the history alive,” Aikin said. “You do a lot of that through genealogy, hence the genealogical society that we are.”

When Aikin visited Angela Beard’s fourth-grade class at Central Heights Elementary last month, students were most surprised by the lax manner in which money was divided, Beard said.

Each member of the DRT is a descendant of someone who lived in the Republic of Texas. “I had to prove and everyone in this group had to prove that we had family, great, great, great, great grandparents that lived in Texas before 1845,” Aikin told the class. One way of preserving history is sharing stories of the Republic with children so they can be told to the next generation, Aikin said. “Education is a big part of all of that,” she said. “We go out and present the trunk. We also have our essay contest. We have chapters for children.” At Woden Elementary Wednesday, students learned what their Texas ancestors had in mind most of the time — survival.

“They would have a dollar coin, but instead of having quarters to make 50 cents, they would just break it in half and then break it in fourths,” she said. Initiatives such as these by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas reinforce fourth-grade curriculum, said Carol Odom, a fourth-grade teacher at BrooksQuinn-Jones Elementary.


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“For a good many of my students, seeing things, as opposed to just reading about them, being able to touch them and view how they were used is a lot more beneficial,” said Odom, in reference to Aikin’s visit to her class this semester. Woden Elementary fourth-grader Reece Peterson, right, is decked out as a Tejas settler while Susan Aikin, state media chair for the Stone Fort Daughters of the Republic of Texas, talks about some of the equipment he might carry Wednesday at the school in Woden. Aikin, a retired teacher, has been visiting classrooms around the area recently talking about the history of Texas.


TJR students will likely not be permitted to take their laptops home, said NISD Technology Services Director Leslie Garakani. In a separate initiative, NISD administrators are planning to implement a one-to-one laptop program for all eighth and ninth grade students starting next school year. “Next year, we will begin equipping our high school students with laptop comput-ers,” said NISD Superintendent Fred Hayes in a statement. “The implementation will be a process, and will take some time due to funding issues.” By the start of the 2013-14 school year, Hayes said it is his hope that each student will possess a laptop computer.

L aptop pr ogr am moving in at T J R

“We will be training teachers in the use of laptops in their daily instruction and will provide support through the process,” Hayes said.


The program is a necessary step in bringing education into the modern age, Garakani said.

School will equip fourth, fifth-graders next semester Nacogdoches ISD is bringing students into the new age. Some students from elementary to high school will soon have laptop computers as a learning tool. Thanks to a school improvement grant from the Texas Education Agency, Thomas J. Rusk Elementary will be able to equip every fourth and fifth grader with a laptop as soon as next semester. “Because we did not meet AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress), we get extra funds and through TEA you can request different strategies,” said TJR Principal Malinda Lindsey. “We are still pending approval.” TEA will give TJR $49,000 in base funding and more than $151,000 of funding for effective strategies, such as the implementation of a oneto- one laptop program. “We’re utilizing both of those funds to purchase laptops,” Lindsey said. TJR is slated to purchase 225 laptops for students and teachers. “The students will be more engaged in the learning process,” Lindsey said. “Most of our students in the 21st Century are very tech savvy.”

“One of the things that we face ... is that students are still subjected to the 1950s model of instruction,” he said. “Now that we’re in the technology age, students are engaged on a whole new level. Many of them are walking around with mobile devices and they have access to the Internet.” The one-to-one laptop program will engage students, he said. “One of the things you can anticipate with the onetoone program is an increase in collaboration between the students and their teachers,” Garakani said. Administrators plan to purchase up to 900 netbooks, equip them with wireless Internet and institute a learning management system, such as Blackboard, a web portal which allows students to complete homework, take quizzes and participate in discussions normally confined to the classroom.


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Having lessons and discussions online gives students a better chance of keeping up with their studies when absent, Garakani said. Funding for the program has not yet been secured. “We’re still in the process of identifying those funding sources,” Garakani said. Once funding is secured, administrators will set off on a plan to equip students in other grade levels with laptops in the coming years, he said. Policies for the use of the laptops had not yet been drafted. “The device will be something that’s owned by the school that we’re basically loaning to the student for the duration of their academic career,” Garakani said. Eighth and ninth graders will likely be allowed to take their laptops home, Garakani said.

T he pain of budget cuts

Texas handled the school budget woes better last time Daily Sentinel It didn’t take long for Texas public schools to feel the pain of the savage budget cuts they incurred this year. The whopping $4 billion reduction is already resulting in fewer teachers and overcrowded classrooms. Now, reports the Houston Chronicle, thousands of our elementary school children are in classrooms that exceed the state class cap of 22 pupils per teacher — 6,000 classrooms this fall, compared with 2,238 last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas lost 900 school jobs in August, a month that usually sees an increase as districts gear up for a new school year. It need never have come to this. Gov. Rick Perry and state lawmakers refused to consider increasing revenues or dipping into the state’s rainy day fund, at that time more than $9 billion, to mitigate the cuts. But why not? Texans were willing to consider both,


especially the rainy day fund. This is exactly the kind of crisis it was designed to forestall. And what is most distressing is that Texas has faced this exact problem before, and chose to support our education system, rather than jeopardize it for years to come. In 1987, Texas lawmakers faced an economic climate much like today’s: The recent oil price collapse had sparked a statewide recession, unemployment was skyhigh, real estate was depressed, and tax revenues were down billions of dollars. And Gov. Bill Clements had just won re-election pledging no new taxes. Lawmakers of both parties reasoned that the best way they could lift the state out of its dependence on the vagaries of oil and gas and build a diverse business climate was to support education: So they did. They put through the largest tax increase in Texas history: $5.8 billion. State officials had already laid the groundwork for reform; in 1984 a landmark bill was passed that reworked school finances, funded full-day kindergarten, capped elementary class size at 22 and created the prekindergarten program. This year many of these gains are in jeopardy. And it’s not over: Next year, schools face another $2 billion in cuts. If this isn’t a rainy day, what is? The Houston Chronicle

Students compete in all-r egion choir Daily Sentinel

Twenty-eight students from Mike Moses Middle School and McMichael Middle School sang their way into allregion choir in Hallsville Oct. 8. “It really was a great day in NISD” said choir director Jennifer Weems. “I am so extremely proud of all the students who participated in the auditions. They represented NISD well.”


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Forty-two students from Mike Moses Middle School entered the competition, and 21 made the all-region choir. McMichael Middle School sent 17 students, and seven of those students qualified. Other school districts in the region include Tyler, Lufkin, Whitehouse, Henderson, Jacksonville and Longview. The Region 21 auditions held at Hallsville High School began at 7 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m. Each participant was required to perform excerpts from two songs and sight-read a line of music without accompaniment. The students spent months in preparation and just a few minutes singing; most of their day was spent waiting — in anticipation — for the results. “The students were required to learn three choral pieces and audition individually before a panel of judges,” Weems said. “It was blind judging, so the judges could not see the students and the students were assigned a number so the judges did not know who they were or what school they represented.”

Mike Moses students, front row from left, are: Kaylee Sutton, Emily Lambright, Regan Knott, Zoey Stovall, Daniela Emborgo and Diana Escutia; second row, Reagan Fitch, Elizabeth Ewing, Salma Salazar, Nadia Lopez, Atzuri Espinoza and Neida Camacho; and back row, Laportia Montgomery, Gabie Bedgood, Allie Whatley, Sadajia Henry, Walker Pahlman, Re’Keita Kennedy, Nikolaas Van Kley, Justin Reyna and Laura Dunn.

The all-region students from Nacogdoches ISD students will join the 180 other Region 21 finalists for a clinic and concert Nov. 12. Their day will be spent in rehearsals with a voice technician. That evening, they will perform a concert at the University of Texas at Tyler. From there students will have an opportunity to qualify for prearea. Any students who qualify will advance to area competition with the hopes of making it to the all-state contest.

T wo is better than one

Yarbrough has second game with multiple interceptions BY BRANDON OGDEN When Jacques Yarbrough gets an interception in a game, he doesn’t stop with one. As a junior, Yarbrough intercepted two passes in a 41-20 victory for the Nacogdoches Dragons over Carthage.

McMichael students, front row from left are; Keyawna Phillips, Karen Rodriguez, Daisy Cabral and Samantha Byrum; and back row, Evalyn Arriaga, Cameron Davis and Armani Scott.

Two weeks ago, Yarbrough double-dipped again, this time at Marshall. With Nacogdoches trailing 6-0 in the second quarter, Yarbrough grabbed a pass deflected by teammate Cole Banner and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown. “It was a gimme,” Yarbrough said. “He had thrown one near me, and I didn’t get it, but I knew I’d get the next one. Right when I caught it, I was thinking end zone.”


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He also intercepted another pass late in the first half of the game against Marshall. “Over the last few weeks, he’s been really good for us,” Nacogdoches defensive coordinator Corey Chancellor said. “He’s a very good defender against the run and the pass.” Yarbrough was more of a cover guy during his junior season, but this year he has been called on to blitz more from his weak-side safety position. “Against Whitehouse, we went into a special defense where we used him as our designated blitzer,” Chancellor said. “He is fast, so it makes it hard for offensive linemen to block him. He is also very physical, which makes him an asset in stopping the run. He also has the tools to make plays against the passing game, which he showed against Marshall.”

I have to stay focused on my assignment and be ready to make a play.”


14-4A meet today for NHS team BY BRANDON OGDEN The Nacogdoches High School cross country team will hope to pace itself to a regional berth when it competes in the District 14-4A meet today in Jacksonville. The varsity boys’ race — which is a 5K — will begin at 9 a.m. The varsity girls’ race, a two-mile event, begins at 9:45 a.m. Nacogdoches coach Gari Dial likes her runners’ chances of qualifying for the Class 4A, Region II meet, which will be Nov. 5 in Arlington. “I’m really optimistic,” Dial said. “The times have gone down, and the kids have adapted really well to our training. We have a competitive running district. If we get a good pace and run well, I think there is a good chance we can get to regionals.” The Top 3 teams and Top 10 individuals in each varsity race will qualify for the regional meet. The boys will attempt to qualify as a team, while the girls, with only three varsity runners, will be competing as individuals.

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Dragon defensive back Jacques Yarbrough (9) pulls in an interception near the Nacogdoches end zone to shut down what would have been a first half touchdown by Marshall on Oct. 14 in Marshall

Whether he is asked to come up and stop the run, or drop back against the pass, Yarbrough said he feels comfortable. “Both are great,” the senior said. “There isn’t too much of a difference. I just like going out there and making plays for our team.” Yarbrough and the Dragons have two games left, starting with a road game against Jacksonville Friday night. “We are focused on Jacksonville,” he said. “I know

The Dragons — Kyle Wallace, Taylor Seaman, Daniel Morgan, Kendall Whitbeck, Eduardo Moreno and Kenneth Hale — have won two of their last three races, taking first in Jacksonville and Crockett and second in Grapeland. “We ran at Jacksonville earlier this year and won, so hopefully that experience will help,” Seaman said. “As a team, we want to get to regionals,” Wallace said. Wallace, one of three seniors, finished in second overall at the meet in Jacksonville. His best time this year is 18:07.


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“Our goal is for everybody to get their best time of the year,” Wallace said. Whitbeck, a freshman, had a fifthplace finish this season, and his best time is 18:08. The Nacogdoches High School cross country teams will compete in the District 14-4A meet today in Jacksonville. Pictured are the boys team, bottom, and girls team, right. Also in the right photo are coaches Clarence McMichael, left, and Gari Dial,

Members for the varsity Lady Dragons are Yudith Flores, Cindy Hernandez and Mandi Pearson. “All of our girls have the ability to run well and advance to regionals,” Dial said. “We hope to get at least one or two in the Top 10.” Seaman, whose best finish and time this year is ninth and 18:25, said the team’s strategy will be to pass as many individuals from the top teams to increase their chances of recording a strong team finish. Other best finishes and times for the Dragons this year are Morgan, 10th and 18:34; Moreno, 12th and 18:46; and Hale, 11th and 18:39.

T wo Dr agons ear n honor s

Top finishes and times for the Lady Dragons this year are Flores, fourth and 13:46; Hernandez, fifth and 13:49; and Pearson, 12th and 14:45. The junior varsity girls, who will run at 11 a.m., are Jewelisa Olalde, Jennifer Moreno and Stephany Reyes. Contributed photos

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Tipton Ford will donate $100 to the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in Banner’s name.

Two Nacogdoches Dragon football players were rewarded for their efforts in Friday night’s 28-16 loss to Kilgore.

The Outstanding Offensive Dragon Player of the game was Josh Robertson.

The Outstanding Defensive Dragon Player of the game was Cole Banner. The senior safety had an interception and made several touchdown-saving tackles for the Dragons.

The junior receiver caught four passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Allsport Dynamics and Karczewski Bradshaw Law Firm will donate $100 to the Nacogdoches High School


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Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in Robertson’s name. Congratulations to both players from the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association, Tipton Ford, Allsport Dynamics and Karczewski Bradshaw Law Firm.

had captured an 84-81 victory over the Dragons in 12 overtimes, which broke the national high school record for overtimes in one game. The rematch of that epic battle will be at 7:30 tonight at the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville.

NH S hosting J H tennis Daily Sentinel

Last year’s meeting had some major playoff implications. Tonight’s game holds playoff weight, as well.

Nacogdoches High School tennis coach Patrick Howard will be hosting tennis practice for junior high players through the end of November.

A win for Jacksonville could clinch the Indians a spot in the playoffs, depending on outcomes of other games in District 14-4A, but it will at least increase their odds.

All students in seventh and eighth grades in NISD are encouraged to come to the NHS tennis courts between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Dragons are in a must-win situation. A victory for them, paired with a Marshall loss to Whitehouse, will make their season finale with Hallsville for the final playoff spot.

For more information, go to the tennis courts at the designated times or call the NHS athletic office at 5608183.

M cM ichael sweeps J ’ ville Daily Sentinel

The McMichael Middle School seventh-grade football teams defeated Jacksonville Tuesday night in Jacksonville. The Gold Team (6-1) took a 33-0 victory, and the Black Team (5-0) won an 18-6 decision. Standouts were Philip Jones, Jalen Douglas, Tyler Hall and Da’Travian Cumby. Friday October 28, 2011

H istor ic r ematch

Dragons, Indians meet one year after record-setting game BY BRANDON OGDEN The last time the Nacogdoches Dragons and Jacksonville Indians met on the football field, they made history. The game kicked off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2010, just like any other football game. When the game finally ended, the date had changed to Oct. 30, and the Indians

Jacksonville (3-5, 3-2) is coming off a 30-28 loss to Hallsville, which snapped the Indians’ three-game winning streak. The Indians are led by sophomore quarterback Andrew Black. He’s thrown for 1,288 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he’s also been intercepted 11 times. Black also has 548 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, accounting for much of Jacksonville’s total offense and scoring this season. “They like to throw it up for grabs,” Nacogdoches head coach Scott Ford said. “They have some big, athletic receivers they like to throw to. There will be some opportunities for turnovers that we have to capitalize on.” Nacogdoches (1-7, 1-4) is coming off its fourth straight setback, a 28-16 decision against Pine Tree. “We played better,” Ford said. “We just have to continue to improve. We have to be better on offense and get the ball in the end zone. We also have to improve our tackling and be more physical. “The one area where I feel we have an advantage is special teams. We have to be better in every area and play a complete football game.” Nacogdoches will host Hallsville Nov. 4 in the final regular season game.


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C R OSS C OUNT R Y Dr agons take 4th in 14-4A Daily Sentinel

The Nacogdoches Dragons placed fourth as a team in the District 14-4A cross country meet Thursday in Jacksonville. Senior Kyle Wallace placed 14th with a time of 18:10.42 for the Dragons, who failed to qualify for the regional meet. Other finishers for the Nacogdoches boys were Kendall Whitbeck, 19th, 18:44.03; Daniel Morgan, 23rd, 18:54.02; Eduardo Moreno, 26th, 19:14.79; Taylor Seaman, 32nd, 19:49.01; and Kenneth Hale, 34th 20:00.43. Hallsville won on the boys’ side. Whitehouse’s Try Hayden was the top individual finisher, followed by Marshall’s Troy Jones. On the girls’ side, Nacogdoches sent three individuals and didn’t qualify for the team standings. Lady Dragon results were Yudith Flores, 19th, 15:55.98; Cindy Hernandez, 20th, 15:56.99; and Mandi Pearson, 31st, 16;43.97.

Jay Neal/Jacksonville Daily Progress Nacogdoches’ Kyle Wallace, center, runs in the District 14-4A cross country meet Thursday in Jacksonville. Wallace finished 14th overall in the race.

Pine Tree won as a team on the girls’ side. The top two finishers were Whitehouse’s Anna Hayden and Pine Tree’s Christina Nelson.

I N H ONOR OF F I R ST -G R A DE T E ACHE R Daily Sentinel

Jo-El Taylor’s 3-year-old class and Kenya Brouton’s pre-k class hold up the food that was donated in honor of Kelly McLaughlin, who died last Friday from cancer, along with Lisa King, director of The Right Step Children’s Preschool. McLaughlin taught first grade at Brooks Quinn Jones Elementary School, where she did her student teaching Dustin Anderson The Daily Sentinel while going to school at SFA. “I can’t say enough about Kelly. She was a giving person, it was in her nature, and she helped everyone. She had high expectations for the school, her class and herself,” Brooks Quinn Jones Elementary principal Rachel Johnson said.


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I ndians r ally past Dr agons

Jacksonville defeats Nacogdoches, 42-31 BY BRANDON OGDEN JACKSONVILLE — Sophomore Andrew Black accounted for 355 total yards and six total touchdowns to lead the Jacksonville Indians to a 42-31 victory over the Nacogdoches Dragons Friday night at the Tomato Bowl. The loss for the Dragons (1-8, 1-5) ended their slim playoff hopes in a game where they led 31-28 with 6 minutes left after a 31-yard field goal by Tanner Dean. Jacksonville responded with a 53-yard kickoff return by Xavier Mosley to set up a 24-yard strike from Black to Darrell Minifee to give the Indians a 35-31 lead with 3:51 left. That was one of two touchdown passes by Black, who was 15-of-27 through the air for 169 yards with three interceptions.


Jacksonville tied the game last in the third quarter with a 2-yard run from Black, but Johnson’s 55-yarder came just 38 seconds later to help the Dragons regain the lead. A 14-yard scoring run by Black early in the fourth quarter helped Jacksonville tie up the game to set up the final six minutes. Three Dragons intercepted passes. Lineman JaBraylon Garner picked off a pass after Jacques Yarbrough rushed Black, and Garner returned it 40 yards to set up the Dragons’ first score.

He also rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries. He also caught a 28-yard pass on a trick play. Nacogdoches went three and out on its next drive, but forced Jacksonville to do the same to get the ball back at its own 11-yardline with 1:04 left in the game. On the first play from scrimmage, Nacogdoches lost its second fumble of the game, both recovered by Jacksonville’s Zach Woodson. Two plays later, Black ran in his fourth rushing touchdown of the game, a 6-yard scamper, to make the score 42-31. Jacksonville then recovered an onside kick to put the game away. Jacksonville overcame a stellar performance by Nacogdoches quarterback Damion Johnson. The senior rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder in the third quarter. Johnson also threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-23 attempts. Both scoring passes were to Tim Williams, who hauled in five catches for 89 yards. The first quarter saw Johnson run in a 1-yard score for the Dragons and Black with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 7-7 after a quarter. Nacogdoches scored twice in the second quarter, a 32yard pass from Johnson to Williams and a 19-yard pass from the same duo. Black mixed in a 12-yard strike to Minifee in between as the Dragons led 21-14 at the break.

Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel Nacogdoches receiverTimWilliams,center,scambles through a trio of Indian defenders on his way to his second touchdown of the first half to put the Dragons up 20-14 Friday in Jacksonville.

Yarbrough intercepted a pass on Jacksonville’s first possession of the second half at the Nacogdoches 1yard-line, keeping the Indians from the end zone. Nacogdoches responded by taking the ball down to the Jacksonville 12, but lost a fumble on a 3rd-and-1 play to give Jacksonville the opportunity to tie the game. The final Dragon pick came in the end zone by LB Harrison late in the third quarter with Nacogdoches holding a 28-21 lead. Minifee led the Indians (4-5, 4-2) with five catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Chandler Hamilton had four catches for 74 yards for Nacogdoches. The Dragons will host Hallsville next week in the season finale.


October 19 – November 3


Sunday October 30, 2011

L ocal school teacher s will per for m in play BY ROBBIE GOODRICH

The advertisement for the Lamp-Lite Theatre production of “I Never Sang For My Father” describes the play as a “classic soul searching drama” especially dedicated to “our high school students.” “The ageless tension between the generations come into sharp focus as father (Tom) and son (Gene) struggle for recognition and respect, as a son desperately seeks his own father’s attention and love, and a loving mother is caught in the middle.” The upcoming production, slated for Nov. 4 through 6 at the Lamp-Lite Theatre, features seven school teachers performing in it, some in reprised roles that have special meaning to them. For Nacogdoches High School ESL/English teacher Katherine Parrish Whitbeck, being part of the cast was something she immediately knew she wanted to do upon first reading the play in 1988. She is reprising her role as Alice, “the sister who has been disowned by her father.” “Just reading Gene’s words, ‘But still, when I hear the word “father,” it matters,’ affected me so profoundly that I knew I had to experience this drama as a live performance,” Whitbeck said. She directed the NHS production of “I Never Sang For My Father” in 1998, four months after her father. C.T. Parrish, died, and appeared in the first Lamp-Lite production of it two years after her mother, Patsy Parrish, died. Some of the actors also teach the play in their classrooms in a learning experience that reaches several levels, according to NHS English teacher Keith Aiavolasiti, who plays the part of the son, Gene Garrison. Aiavolasiti said his students enjoy seeing the drama move “from the page to the stage.” “We read it together in class orally,” he said, “but there sure is a lot of difference (in seeing it performed). Plus, we have a lot of kids who are visual learners, and seeing

it helps them. There’s something exciting about seeing something live, more so than a movie.” Aiavolasiti also believes the experience teaches the students theater etiquette, adding that one reason he seldom ever goes to the cinema is because “kids get up and talk and move around.” With live theater, the students are taught “you can’t disturb other people, and you can’t disturb the actors and actresses.” “And, it puts them in a setting where they are surrounded by adults in a mature and intellectual setting,” he said. Written by Robert Anderson, the play was first presented in New York in 1968 and was adapted into a movie starring Gene Hackman in 1970, earning a number of Academy Award nominations. It was revived on Broadway in 2010. “It’s really a timeless play,” Aiavolasiti said, adding that recent YouTube interviews of the newest cast had the characters saying Anderson was 20 years ahead of his time when he wrote the play. The family conflict, dealing with aging parents, a patriarch who is more concerned with providing material things for his family than of being a nurturing father are all issues to which many families can relate to this day, Aiavolasiti said. “With the dynamics of the characters, any age person can relate in some way,” he said. The play also features Pat Harris, writer and retired teacher, reprising her role as the elderly mother, Margaret Garrison. She has performed with the cast in two previous productions of this show for Lamp-Lite audiences. “Each time we’ve staged this drama of family struggling to hold onto fragile relationships,” Harris said, “we’ve been touched by the many comments offered by audiences who recognize similar behavior or even their own family members through one or more of the characters we portray.” The role of the father, Tom Garrison, is special for Doug Moore, who now teaches math at Center High School. He first played the part when he was teaching at NHS.


October 19 – November 3


The play was part of the English curriculum and provided an opportunity for the students to “see their textbook come to life.” The next time the play was produced, his students at Woden High School visited Lamp-Lite. The new public information officer for NISD, Robby Robertson will take on his first role with Lamp-Lite, playing the part of Marvin, the Undertaker, joining fellow NISD actors. Kerron Joseph, who will play the part of the Porter, is another newcomer to the acting stage at Lamp-Lite. In high school, he performed in a few local productions in his native Trinidad and Tobago. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, he now teaches math at NHS. Nicole Ferrell, also an English teacher at NHS, takes on the role of the nurse. She said that even playing a small part in this production emphasizes what she teaches in her classroom. “I Never Sang For My Father” will run for one weekend at the Lamp-Lite, Nov. 4 through 6. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Audience dress is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Tickets are available at the regular Lamp-Lite outlets.

H I G H SC H OOL F OOT B A L L Playoff hopes end for Nacogdoches Brandon Ogden The Nacogdoches Dragons have one game left on the schedule. After letting one slip away in a 42-31 setback to Jacksonville Friday night in Jacksonville, the last game will be for pride, one last chance for the seniors and one more building block for the underclassmen for next season. The Dragons entered Friday’s contest with slim playoff hopes, needing wins in their final two games and a Marshall loss to Whitehouse. Marshall did its part by losing to Whitehouse. It looked like Nacogodches was going to complete its first leg of the twogame parlay. The Dragons either had a lead or were tied for more than 44 minutes against the Indians.

Andrew D. Brosig The Daily Sentinel Dragon senior receiver Jay Fowler (20) eyes a gap in the Jacksonville line as he rolls to the outside during the second half Friday at the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville.

A 31-yard field goal by Tanner Dean gave Nacogdoches a 31-28 lead with 6:00 to play. When Jacksonville scored on a 24-yard pass from Andrew Black to Darrell Minifee with 3:51 to play, the Indians had their first lead of the night — 35-31 — and it went downhill from there. Jacksonville pushed all the right buttons to close the game. The Indians forced and recovered a fumble, scored another touchdown and recovered an onside kick in the final two minutes, officially ending Nacogdoches’ playoff chances. Despite the loss, Friday night was one of the better performances from the Dragons this season. It was definitely the best passing outing for Nacogdoches. Damion Johnson was 15-of-23 — 6-of-7 in the first half. He had a string of eight straight completions, beginning with a successful fake punt — for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdown passes were to Tim Williams, who has been an extremely bright spot for Nacogdoches in District 14-4A competition. He had five catches for 89 yards Friday. Nacogdoches also did a good job of forcing turnovers and miscues by the Indians. The Dragons intercepted three passes, forced five fumbles and pushed Jacksonville to goal-to-go situations from long distances.


October 19 – November 3


The Dragons also got to see two big pieces to the future of their defense step up and make big plays — sophomores Shawn Matthews and Brian Scott. Both listed at 6-2, 205, Matthews and Scott are strong tacklers and have huge upsides.

authorize the high school as an approved certified Microsoft office specialist testing center. This will provide the opportunity for qualified students to test at NHS and earn a certification in one or more of the Microsoft office specialist areas.

Nacogdoches will return home Friday to host Hallsville in the 2011 season finale. It will be the final home game and the conclusion of the high school careers of 22 Dragon seniors.

Dr. Tim Clipson from SFA will lead the opening session Monday morning. Participants can choose from a variety of 45-minute breakout sessions during the course of the day. Topics will include Word 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2007, Access 2010, Accounting Basics, Tips for Using An Interactive Whiteboard or Promethean Board, Interactive Flipcharts, Cool Tools for Technology, Photoshop Tips and Tricks, Soft Skills, Personal Financial Literacy, and Bullying and Sexting. Two sessions are being led by Mary Ann Canell and Rebecca Lanham, CTE teachers from Nacogdoches High School. Bill Long, Marsha Bayless and Kelly Noe, professors from SFA, will also be among the presenters for the conference which will conclude a session presented by Lamartiniere and Brooks about how to to authorize their schools as a certified Microsoft office specialist testing center in order to provide the certification for their students.

NH S, SF A to host business meeting Daily Sentinel

Nacogdoches High School and the Rusche College of Business of Stephen F. Austin State University have joined to host the Texas Business Technology Educators Association Annual Cluster Conference to be held Monday, Nov. 14, in the Mc-Gee Business Building at SFA. The theme of the conference is “Finding New Opportunities.” Deborah Crenshaw, Region 7 president for the technology educators group, from Nacogdoches High School, and Dr. Ann Wilson, business department chairwoman and associate professor at SFA, have planned the sessions and details of the conference. Carolyn Mathews and Dr. Marsha Bayless, association members, have also assisted with conference planning. Mathews will host the pre-conference social for conference participants Sunday evening, Nov. 13, in her home. Earlier pre-conference activities include Microsoft Office Specialist Testing and Part II Advanced Technical Credit Training for teacher participants, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, at Nacogdoches High School. Dr. Bill Wilson, technical credit training program coordinator from SFA has organized teacher to lead the Part II of the training in 10 businessrelated courses for teacher participants. Members from the career and technology department at the high school will assist Ken Lamartiniere from Region 7 Education Service Center, Nita Brooks from CCI Learning, and Sandy Dubose of Certiport with the MOS Testing. Jeannie Summers with Nacogdoches ISD career and technology has coordinated with Lamartiniere to

The deadline to register is Nov. 7. The deadline to register for the MOS testing is Nov. 1. Conference details are available at: kharraid/tbtea/default.aspx.

Pictured, front row from left, are Deborah and Carolyn Mathews; and back row, Dr. Ann Wilson, Jeannie Summers and Dr. Marsha Bayless


October 19 – November 3


C hoir s to per for m Nov. 1 Daily Sentinel

The Choral Union and Women’s Choir of Stephen F. Austin State University will present a joint concert, “Impressions,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Both choirs will be performing secular and sacred songs that explore the themes of living, loss and love as experienced through the senses, said Dr. David Howard, SFA associate director of choirs and the ensembles’ director. The Choral Union will open the concert with two Italian madrigals by Salamone Rossi. Tenor Joseph Dennis, McKinney senior, will then join the choir in singing Leos Janácek’s “Elegie na smrt dcery olgy (Elegy on the death of my daughter, Olga)” and Claude Debussy’s “Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans,” a setting of three poems by the poetprince Charles d’Orléans. The Women’s Choir will perform Baldassare Galuppi’s “Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110), followed by two song cycles of poems. René Bernier’s “Sortlèges ingés (Ingenuous Spells)” is a grouping of seven songs set to poems by Maurice Carême, and Gwyneth Walker’s “Songs for Women’s Voices” are set to poems by Anna “May” Swenson. The Choral Union is an auditioned 70-voice mixed choir composed of music and nonmusic majors. Dr. Geneva Fung serves as the group’s accompanist. Portugal graduate student Bruno Ribeiro accompanies the 25voice Women’s Choir. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For information, go to or call 468-6407.

Tuesday November 1, 2011

Oppor tunities to honor our local vets Daily Sentinel

Our community has a unique opportunity next week to truly honor and recognize veterans of all wars — past and present. A monumental effort has been under way by a group of citizens who understand the sacrifices all veterans have made and who are hoping the community comes together to show its appreciation of veterans’ service, according to Karen Rushton, project chairwoman. “Honoring Those Who Served” originated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-day Saints and a desire for members to perform a meaningful community service project. “We considered several things, but we just sort of landed on this, thinking ‘let’s serve our veterans,’” Rushton said. Members of the community, businesses, schools and churches have the opportunity to participate. Events include individual churches honoring their veteran members on Sunday, Nov. 6. Monday, Nov. 7, is designated as a family day featuring flag displays at homes, posters displayed throughout the community and collection boxes placed in businesses and schools for collecting items that will be sent to active-duty soldiers in Christmas care packages. I’m hoping to see lots of red, white and blue in the yards of homes all over town. In the very least, we should all fly our stars and stripes proudly that week. If you see a particularly patriotic display, you can nominate it for the home decorating contest. Forms outlining contest rules and nomination requirements will be printed the first part of next week in The Daily Sentinel. During the week, winners of poster, essay and poem contests will be published in The Daily Sentinel. The


October 19 – November 3


winning displays in the home decorating contest will also be published. Thursday, Nov. 10, will feature a multi-troop Boy Scout flag retirement ceremony at 7 p.m. at 3307 Center Highway. Anyone who needs to properly retire a U.S. flag can contact Robert Ault at 936-553-5352. On Friday, Nov. 11, members of the community are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to work and school. Free golf and lunch will be provided at Woodland Hills Golf Course for veterans and active-duty military. And an appreciation service for veterans and memorabilia display from various wars will be held at Hotel Fredonia beginning at 6:30 p.m. Flags that have flown over the Capitol in Washington and in Baghdad will also be part of the memorial service. The annual Veteran’s Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 12, will wind up the week’s celebration, followed by a lunch hosted by the Fredonia for veterans in active duty and their families. The parade gets under way downtown at 11 a.m. Doug Richardson, chief deputy for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, is heading up the parade line up. Groups or organizations still interested in participating can contact him at 936-560-7772 or by email at Individuals, organizations and businesses that wish to take a more active role in the observance either by participating in other activities or helping to sponsor a specific event can contact Rushton at 936-569-6625 or at


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