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School bell rings Aug. 22

| August 18, 2016
School bell rings Aug. 22

Mike Kelley lauds the dedication of Janet Moss while awarding her a pin for 35 years of service in Springtown. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Convocation gears up SISD personnel

BY NATALIE GENTRY
There was plenty to cheer about at the annual Springtown Independent School District (SISD) convocation Aug. 15.
After an introduction by SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley, Dr. Hal Kinkeade of First Baptist Church gave the invocation, asking for guidance for teachers and administrators in their endeavors during the coming school year and for protection for the students and their parents as well.
Student council president Conner Kelley lead those assembled in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge.… Read the rest

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Compass rose

| August 18, 2016
Compass rose

Andrea Hungerford helps provide support to first-year teachers through the SISD First-Year Teacher Mentor Program. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Hungerford helps first-year teachers navigate through the SISD mentor program 

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Imagine aspiring to be a mountaineer. You have all the gear you need and endless enthusiasm, but you’ve never so much as climbed a tree.
You’re basically left with two options: either take your first trip with an experienced climber, or strike out on your own and hope for the best.
Everyone knows it isn’t in a mountaineer’s best interest to go it alone the first time, and the same can be said about first-year teachers.… Read the rest

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Pro tem to Reno mayor: ‘Resign’

| August 18, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Eric Hunter, mayor pro rem for the city of Reno, stunned citizens and employees alike when he stepped to the mic during the Citizen Participation portion of the monthly city council meeting Monday, Aug. 15 and called for Mayor Lynda Stokes to resign immediately.
Hunter’s request comes on the heels of a decision by Parker County Commissioners Court to terminate its agreement for police dispatch services with the city effective Sept. 30.
Reading from a prepared statement, Hunter said:
“I’ll start with a quote from Senora Roy: ‘Doing the right thing is not always easy, and it’s not always popular, but isn’t it enough that it’s right?’
“Earlier I spoke to the mayor regarding the future of this city, and currently our future does not look bright.… Read the rest

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Returning home

| August 18, 2016
Returning home

When the doors are opened at Goshen Creek on Aug. 22, administrators expect 545 students, more than any other SISD elementary. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Many SISD faculty and staff members find the perfect fit is their hometown

BY CHRISTINA DERR
They came back.
Next week many Springtown Independent School District (SISD) students will return to familiar classrooms, hallways, and schools, and they will be in good company.
More than 75 members of the 2016-17 SISD faculty and staff members are SISD alumni.
SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said faculty and staff members who have a history as former students within the district bring about specific benefits not only for their students, but for the district, including lower employee turnover rates.… Read the rest

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Facing No. 1 and No. 2 Back-to-Back

| August 18, 2016
Facing No. 1 and No. 2 Back-to-Back

The Springtown volleyball team, including Gabby Terry (3), endured seeing No. 1 in 3A , Jewett Leon, and No. 2, Peaster, in consecutive matches.  Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Motley’s crew

| August 11, 2016

New Springtown Police Chief has vision of a community unified with the PD

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown’s new police chief, Tony Motley, has only been on the job for a week, but he is drawing from a career in law enforcement that spans over two decades to help shape his vision for Springtown’s police department.

A career in the Sunshine State
During his 22 years in law enforcement in Florida, Motley was an officer for a city in Pinellas County which is in Tampa Bay between St. Petersburg and Tampa.
He worked as an officer and detective for two years before being promoted to sergeant.… Read the rest

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New school year looms

| August 11, 2016

Parental accesses substantial

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The new school year is just around the corner and Springtown Independent School District (SISD) is continuing to incorporate programs that encourage family and community involvement in students’ education.

Family access to student info via Skyward
SISD offers Family Access by Skyward.
This system allows parents and guardians to easily keep track of their students while at school.
The service permits families to view attendance, grades, schedule, progress, assignments, and emergency information.
For more information about Family Access, see the SISD website under District Relations, Skyward Family Access, then Features and Benefits.
In order to begin using Family Access, guardians will need a login and password which can be obtained by signing and returning the Family Access Enrollment Form found on the website.… Read the rest

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Springtown woman studies in Thailand

| August 11, 2016
Springtown woman studies in Thailand

Sutton helps animals in veterinarian program

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Savannah Sutton, 20, of Springtown, spent two weeks in Thailand this summer helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian.
“Traveling to Thailand truly changed my life,” Sutton said.
“It was definitely an eye opening experience that helped me decide the course of my future.”
The veterinary service program with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, takes students to Thailand to volunteer alongside a staff veterinarian.
For one week, students volunteer at the Animal Rescue Kingdom dog shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The shelter is home to over 100 dogs that have been rescued after being abandoned, beaten, or abused.… Read the rest

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Practice, Practice, Practice

| August 11, 2016
Practice, Practice, Practice

The Sound of Springtown awakens early and hits the blacktop to prepare for the coming school year. It takes many practices and repetitions to become one of the top bands in the state – a reputation SOS enjoys, and earns, annually.                        Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Dogs attack, kill calves

| August 4, 2016
Dogs attack, kill calves

 

Some of wild pack remain on the loose

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A “pack” of dogs killed a calf and injured two others Sunday, July 27 around 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Longhorn Drive between Azle and Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to the call when the homeowners reported one of the calves died following the mauling in an enclosed round pen where the calves were kept.
Dogs are known to run loose in the area in a pack of two to six, but it isn’t known where they live or if they are strays.… Read the rest

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