Suphur Bluff students have been busy the last few weeks, competing in contests, going on educational field trips, raising funds for the Dallas Ronald McDonald House and getting ready for state tests.
Last week, Sulphur Bluff FFA members Clay Townsend, Cole Townsend, Chris Wright, Dylan Pattersoand Cody Vance competed against 12 other teams at the Barbecue Build-Off host by Sulphur Springs High School FFA. While the building team did not place in the top three for their smoker constructing skills, team cook Cody Vance did earn second place for his cooking skills. He made steak, baked potatoes, onions, mushrooms and banana pudding.
Raney Cortez, Kendra Jock, Dylan DiDonato, Brian Sauers, Tyler Raine, Katelyn McDonald, Casey Gore, Cade Argenbright and Hudson Northcutt traveled over the weekend to Stephen F. Austin State University to represent Sulphur Bluff in math, writing, speaking and literary competitions.
Fifth graders just completed the 10-week D.A.R.E. course presented by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Cummings. The students learned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the effects they have on your body, and how the decisions we make affect others. Each was awarded a diploma Thursday, April 18, during a graduation ceremony in the Sulphur Bluff Library.
Sixth grade, juniors and seniors visited the Holocaust Museum to enhance their study of World History and literature. Sixth grade had just finished a book about this era called “Number the Stars.”
The school collected a total of 87,762 coke tabs for the Dallas Ronald McDonald House. Fifth grade donated the most with 24,797 tabs. They will receive a pizza party! The school did not make it’s goal of 100,000, so Principal Amy Northcutt won’t have to dance at the next pep rally. Currently, the under way is the Pennies For Patients Drive for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The drive will end April 30. The class that donates the most will win an ice cream party.
SB students, like all others across the state have been preparing for this week’s state tests. STAAR testing starting Tuesday of next week. On Tuesday, third, fourth, sixth, seventh and 11th graders will take the math test. On Wednesday, third, fourth, sixth and seventh graders will take reading test while fifth, eighth and 11th garders take the science test. On Thursday, the social studies test will be administereed to eighth and 11th graders. Students and teachers not testing are asked to keep in mind that there will be other students testing on their hallway. Also, when students break for lunch, they will need to be sure not to disturb those still testing. High school and junior high students need to use the outside cafeteria door and stay out of the elementary hallway during their lunch times. All testers are encouraged to get plenty of sleep the night before each test and to eat a good breakfast the day of the test.
Seniors are reminded to get their PTO Gene Landers Scholarship applications in soon. The deadline to apply is May 3. Applications are available from Judy Jones. Two scholarships totaling $1,000 will be awarded.
Tickets are still being sold by junior high students and teachers. Cost is $1 per ticket for a chance to win four Schlitterbahn Water Park tickets, which are valued at $188. These funds will supplement funds provided by PTO for junior high Accellerated Reader field trips. Each student was asked to sell at least 10 tickets eac. The students hwo sells hte most tickets will be rewarded. All tickets and money are due in April 26. The drawing is April 30 for the water park tickets.
Juniors and seniors are preparing for the Junior/Senior Prom which begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
Cafeteria manager Patti Alberts reminds students and parents to take care of students’ lunch accounts. As the last six weeks of school begins, students are reminded that all charges must be paid by May 10. After that, meals must be paid for on a weekly basis so that there are no outstanding bills when school is out.
The school is also joining with other schools from across the region to help out schools in West.
“This tragedy has interrupted the lives of every person in that community in one way or another. I have been in contact some with Dr. Crawford, superintendent of West ISD, and Phil Gerik, consultant with Region 12. It is my understanding that 3 of 4 campuses are not useable and that Connally ISD is supplying a campus for West students to use beginning Monday. They have a huge endeavor before them to make this possible. Therefore, I am asking for your help in assisting the West teachers and students in trying to make this transition and recovery as doable as possible. Region 8 is accepting donations for the classroom to deliver to West. West ISD will be resuming classes on Monday. Approximately 550 of those secondary students (grades 6 - 12) will be attending classes at nearby Connally ISD. The West ISD students and teachers will need boxed secondary teacher and student supplies to go to these classrooms,” Jason McCullough, deputy executive director for Region 8 Education Service Center, in a release to schools.
Secondary student supplies requested include: red, black or blue pens; pencils and erasers; loose leaf notebook paper; brad, pocket folders; map pencils; markers; kleenexes; binders; composition notebooks; rulers; backpacks; pencil bags; highlighters; graphing paper; graphing calculators; sticky pads; glue sticks; pencil sharpener; 3x5 index cards; and bottles of water.
Secondary teacher supplies requested include: red, black or blue pens; dry erase markers; composition notebooks; paper clips; staplerand extra staples; manilla folders; sticky pads; masking tape; scotch tape; push pins; graphing paper; ruler; inspirational posters (classroom decoration); 3-hole punch copy paper (reams); stackable folder trays; electric pencil sharpener; markers; and bottles of water.
Contact the school for more information about donating to help West teachers and students.
The 2013-2014 school calendar has been approved and is available in Bear Tracks newsletter or on the school website.
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