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Sulphur Bluff school is a mecca of activity, with anti-bullying awareness week, a canned food drive, toy drives, PTO meeting and various other events on the calendar.

Last week, local veterans were honored during a program at the school. Participating veterans included Michael Thompson, grandfather of prekindergardner Hayden Jones and husband of paraprofessional Sherri Thompson; Gaylon Hume, grandfather of Kaylon and Blake Hume and Tyler Cannon; and Shane Rogers, father of Cassie and Elizabeth Rogers and Brian Sauers. Also participating was 2013 SB High School graduate Dustin Foster, who is currently serving in the military.

The SB FFA Chapter Quiz Bowl, Greenhand and Creed Speaking Teams also competed in and placed in the District Leadership Development events last week. 

Jase Neal won first place in the District Greenhand Creed Speaking, advancing him to the area competition held over the weekend in Grand Saline where he placed seventh. 

“Jase outdid himself at competition last week. Jase’s work ethic is really what gets him there,” agriscience teacher Ron Abner said on Friday.

Senior Casey Gore also placed fourth in creed speaking. The Greenhand Team came in seventh in their category and the Senior Quiz Bowl Team placed fifth. 

Other FFA members participating included Hailey Halbert, Jaden Goldsmith, Aline Hernandez, Erin Zeringue, Hudson Northcutt, Landon Dorner, Raney Cortez and Summer Fischer.

SB Beta Club is hosting Anti-Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 18-22, with daily activities to support the national theme, “The Future Is Ours — Safe, Fun and Connected.” Each day students are asked to dress for the “day,” but are reminded that all outfits must still adhere to the school dress code. Monday will be camouflage day, “Don’t Blend In, Stand out Against Bullying!” Tuesday is “Hippie Day,” promoting “peace, love and anti-bullying.” Wednesday is “Redneck Day,” teaching students “you might be a redneck if you stand up to bullies.”  Thursday students are encouraged to show they are on the “bully-free team” by wearing a favorite jersey or clothing with team logo. Friday’s Character Day encourages kids to “be a star and don’t be a bully.” For more information about the national bullying campaign, go online to anti-bullyingalliance.org.

Beta is also hosting a Toys 4 Tots Drive for local families who need extra help this holiday season. Last year, the drive provided help for 17 students. Those interested in helping may do so one of two ways: make a check out to S.B. Beta Club with Toys 4 Tots in the memo line or donate a new unwrapped gift in the designated Beta’s Toys 4 Tots Drive drop-off box in the front office by the Dec. 13 deadline. Local SB families or people who know of families in need of help for the holidays can complete and return a Toys 4 Tots form to the school ASAP. Forms ask simply for parents’ names and contact information; name, age, grade of the child, along with the child’s shoe, sock, undergarment, pants and shirt sizes, and a few need/wish list items for all children in the family. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Sharon Cox or Mrs. Tressie South at 903-945-2460.

Sixty coats were also donated to help keep area residents warm during the cooler months. SB Beta Club officers delivered the coats to CANHelp for distribution.

There’s also a Blue Santa barrel in the front entry to the school to accept donations of new toys should anyone wish to help local law enforcement ensure no county children go without Christmas this year through the annual drive.

SB Family, Career and Community Leaders of America kicked off their canned food drive to benefit local families Monday, Nov. 18. Each class is challenged to bring as many cans as possible to do the most good helping others.

FCCLA will also be hosting Read Across the Bluff Nov. 22 at the school.

The Parent Teacher Organization will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the school cafeteria.

Families are invited to join their students Thursday, Nov. 21, for a traditional Thanksgiving lunch, complete with turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, fruit, salad, a roll and cobbler. To eat, simply check in with Sharon Cox at the front desk upon entering the campus.

Not sure when your student will be having lunch? Prekindergarten, kindergarten, first and second graders will eat at 10 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. for third, fourth and fifth graders. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders’ lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. Lunch for high school students will begin at 12:22 p.m.

School picture retakes will be Dec. 11.

SB Elementary and Junior High are gearing up for UIL Dec. 4 and 5. School will dismiss at noon for those students not involved in UIL those afternoons.

— Compiled from information submitted by SBISD's Bear Tracks newsletter




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