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Paris ISD – News

Paris ISD Employees Receive GROWL Award

Paris ISD principals named employees and students for the October GROWL Award “Getting Results from Outstanding Wildcat Leaders” Customer Service Award – “U – Understanding.” Winners are Dacey Dingman at Head Start, Teresa Mitchell at Givens, Nevaeh Rhodes at Justiss, Peggy Ross at Aikin, Andria Lawson at Crockett, Eva Dickey at Paris Junior High, Sharon Ashmore at Paris High School, and Michael Johnson at Travis High School of Choice.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Althea Dixon and Superintendent Paul Jones conducted a drawing for grand prizes sponsored by AHI Facility Services. Sharon Ashmore and Michael Johnson received the gift certificates. Remaining winners received $15 gift certificates from Applebee’s. ​​​​​​​


Paris ISD Elementary Schools Nominated For National Award

Aikin and Justiss Elementary Schools have been nominated to receive a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School award for the 2017-2018 school year by the Flippen Group.

Two years ago, school administrators began an initiative to transform its campuses into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with love for learning.

After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Paris Independent School District leaders chose to bring Capturing Kids’ HeartsⓇ to its campuses. Teachers and staff have learned processes to connect students with their peers and adults on campus and to create classrooms where students are excited to learn every day.

As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, the schools have experienced higher student engagement and an increase in positive student-teacher relationships.

“Since our staff began working with the Capturing Kids’ Hearts model, we’ve seen a marked decrease in office referrals and a measurable increase in positive student response to the connection building techniques emphasized in the program,” said Aikin Elementary principal Kimberly Donnan. “Our test scores are steadily improving, and valuable relationships built with our students and their families.”

“Capturing Kids’ Hearts has given us the tools to truly make a difference in our students’ lives by starting where it counts, their hearts,” commented Justiss Elementary principal Renee Elmore. “Our teachers do a wonderful job of building relationships and getting to know their students so that they can then impact their education.”

Each school considered for this award based on observation; a level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys; and data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

A Flippen Group site team will visit Aikin Elementary and Justiss Elementary to observe the progress taking place and decide whether the campuses qualify to become a recipient of this year’s award. The team will gather additional quantitative and qualitative data and interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. A matrix of critical measurements compiled from the campus observation. Finally, an additional survey will be conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning.

Following the site visit, the selection team will review all accumulated data and select the campuses to be this year’s recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.

Additional information on Capturing Kids’ Hearts is available at www.flippengroup.com.


The following three seniors were selected by TGCA for Volleyball All-State Honors

Academic All-State:
Katy Hall
Sunny Scruggs
All-State Teams
Deagan Dingman

Crockett Intermediate School Girls Pre-Athletics announces November winners

Crockett Intermediate School’s girls Pre-Athletics program announced winners of the Ladycat Pride Award and Athlete of the Month for November.

According to coach Deanne Dial, “Our Ladycat Pride winners demonstrate the characteristics of a Paris Ladycat. They work hard every day, excel in the classroom, have good attitudes, show integrity, and have good character. Our Athlete of the Month demonstrates the same characteristics as well as excellent leadership and skills.”


Crockett Intermediate School Boys Pre-Athletics announces November winners

Crockett Intermediate School’s boys Pre-Athletics program announced the winners of the Wildcat Pride Award and Athlete of the Month for November.

According to coach Barrett Shirey, “The criteria for the Wildcat Pride Award is showing Wildcat Pride in everything we do, hustle, have good character, show respect, make good grades, have good behavior, and say ‘yes, ma’am/sir.’ Athlete of the Month is doing all that plus going above and beyond and standing out above all the rest of the athletes.” Over 120 students participate in the program.