Education

  Alto ISD librarian starts mobile library to bring books to students

Jayanna Davis said the school district’s library was unaffected by the tornadoes in April but flooded a few weeks later.

  WEBXTRA: Houston dance company performs for Lufkin Middle School students

  Texas Army National Guard wows Central Heights students with Chinook helicopter

  Alto ISD proposes $10.5 million bond package

Chancellor bans vaping from ‘every inch of the Texas A&M system’

  Lumberjack Express food truck takes walk-up orders

  Lufkin High School launches program to grow student leaders in community

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  SFA, NEDCO in Nacogdoches team up to encourage businesses to hire interns

  Nacogdoches ISD holds groundbreaking for new elementary school

  Lufkin ISD promotes importance of physical activity with Bring Your Loved Ones to P.E. Day

  Deaf Awareness Week: Lufkin students display art inspired by sign language

  Lufkin ISD students create art in recognition of Deaf Awareness Week

Nacogdoches ISD superintendent to update public on school construction projects

  Famed Latin American folk singer dubbed the Voice of Americas

A close friend and SFA professor has described Godoy as the Bob Dylan of Latin America.

  Lufkin Middle School implements new mentoring program

Lufkin Middle School will be implementing a new mentoring program for 6th graders.

  Sensory room at Lufkin High School dedicated to former superintendent’s son

Jo-Jo's Sensory Room helps students with special needs much like the young man the room is named after.

  Alto ISD will resume Thursday on regular schedule

According to the district’s Facebook page, students will be released at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Panola College’s food pantry ‘feeds the need’ of its students

  Lufkin Education Foundation surprises teachers with grants for innovative projects

Marshall ISD bus involved in hit-and-run; no students on board

Texas Tech Chancellor’s residence and furniture to be auctioned

Wiley College hosts annual Back to School Bash

  Two Nacogdoches women team up with nonprofit to host back-to-school resource fair

  Natural history museum in Lufkin uses modern technology to examine mummified falcon

A CAT scan allowed museum officials to examine the preserved anatomy of the bird.

Etoile ISD announces school delay

Due to a power outage, Etoile ISD has announced a delayed start for Friday.

  Grit, Grace, Gratitude: New SFA president delivers first State of the University address

Dr. Scott Gordon gave his first official presentation during Thursday's address.

  SFA University Series brings world-famous, award-winning entertainment to Nacogdoches

The 2019-20 season brings another versatile and exciting lineup of shows.

  Alto ISD embraces challenges of new school year as students return for first day

It was the first time many students returned to their respective campuses since a tornado damaged the high school building on April 13.

Dr. Scott Gordon confirmed as ninth SFA president

According to a press release, Dr. Scott Gordon was unanimously confirmed by the SFA Board of Regents to be the ninth president of the university during a specially called meeting Saturday.

Pittsburg Elementary teachers flush forlorn student bathrooms, create fabulous facilities with art

The second, third and fourth-grade students at Pittsburg Elementary School should be excited and inspired when they see the newly-redesigned facilities

Texas Education Agency releases accountability ratings

Thursday, the Texas Education Agency released its 2019 state accountability ratings. This year, the agency rolled out a new rating system for schools, using an A-F system.

VIDEO: Kilgore Middle School teachers are so excited about back to school, they made a lip-sync video

They’re dancing and singing their way into the 2019-2020 school year, and they shared the video on YouTube so everyone could get pumped up for school with them.

School start dates across East Texas

Here are the start dates for school districts across the area.

  Historic bond, teacher raises boost moral for Nacogdoches teachers ahead of school year

Nacogdoches ISD welcomed more than 400 educators back to school Tuesday at the district’s annual convocation.

  Lufkin ISD ‘very pleased’ with district’s overall TEA accountability rating

Lufkin ISD received a performance score of 89, according to a school official.

Former Lufkin, A&M standout Jorvorskie Lane to hold annual school supply giveaway

He’s always had a heart for kids in Lufkin, College Station, and Kingwood.

Texas Tech professor says parent involvement linked to student success in the classroom

With the beginning of school just around the corner, it’s time for parents and caregivers to help their children get started on the right foot.

Ways to take advantage of Texas tax free weekend

When parents think of Back to School often times the first thing on their list is supplies or clothing — but stocking up on things your child needs throughout the entire school year could save you money — if you do it now.

8 ways to avoid going into debt while back-to-school shopping

Here are 10 essentials and 10 non-essentials; buy one, avoid the other

Etoile schools to offer free lunch and breakfast for all students

The school's participation in a national CEP program has made this a possibility.

  Nacogdoches ISD police officer arrives to two masked individuals in his office

A Nacogdoches ISD police officer arrived for work Monday only to discover two masked subjects inside his office.

  All-clear issued after suspicious object found at Lumberjack Apartments in Nacogdoches

The object, described as looking like a drive-thru bank canister, was found outside the apartments Tuesday morning.

Loophole allows wealthy families to get aid meant for needy students

Federal authorities were notified last year that some parents in Illinois were transferring custody of their children to friends or relatives to make it appear they came from poorer backgrounds and to make them eligible for more financial aid.

  Nacogdoches ISD offering grief counselors to friends of student killed in crash

Nacogdoches ISD is offering counseling to its students following the death of one of their recent graduates.

  Lone finalist for SFA president talks first impressions, educational philosophy

If everything goes as planned, Dr. Gordon will be named as the university’s 9th president by Aug. 12.

Required physical exam proved successful, two students diagnosed with heart murmur

Last week, the U.I.L. started requiring physical exams for students in school marching bands across the state, and that new requirement has already proven successful.

  SFA’s new children in the workplace policy facing opposition

The policy refers to children 13 and younger and is dependent on other childcare options.

  Lufkin ISD approves 5 percent raise for employees

The school board chose to spend even more allocating 40 percent of the additional funds for raises.

  SFA announces lone finalist in search for new university president

The announcement comes after a six-month intensive search.

  Nacogdoches ISD strengthens fine art program by integrating curriculum with core subjects

The district is expanding art education into primary grades.

  Huntington ISD to provide school supplies for upcoming academic year

School starts on August 15.

  Tyler County teacher creates Facebook group for classroom wish list donations

Facebook group organizes Amazon wishlists for teachers to donate supplies to each other

Kilgore College, UT Tyler enter agreement on nursing degrees

UT Tyler and Kilgore College on Friday entered an agreement to improve pathways for students to earn nursing degrees.

New UIL rules will require physicals for marching band students

Football and volleyball two-a-days are about a month away. By the time the athletes hit the gridiron or court, they have to have their sports physicals done. A new rule from Texas’ University Interscholastic League, or UIL, is requiring another group of students to that list this summer.

UT-Austin will provide free tuition to undergrad students with family incomes below $65,000 starting in 2020

Seeking to make college more affordable, the University of Texas will use some of its oil money to dramatically expand the financial aid it offers to low- and middle-income undergraduates on its flagship Austin campus.

  Central ISD chosen by NASA to present protective helmet design at Langley Research Center

After nearly a month of waiting, the team found out they were chosen to present their model to members of NASA.

  Lufkin ISD finalizing construction plans for three major school bond projects

The projects are funded by a $75 million school bond passed in May 2018.

  SFA Planetarium explains the workings of our universe in deep space summer series

Every year, the planetarium invites kids to watch a number of films that explore our planet, galaxy, and universe.

  Kurth Memorial Library to host ‘dinosaur dig’ for kids

Sand was brought into the library to create a dig site where numerous simulated fossils are buried.

  Nacogdoches ISD board works to finalize lower tax rate following passage of Texas school finance bill

NISD’s chief financial officer says blanks still need to be filled before the tax rate is adopted.

  Veterinarian lauds Texas Tech vet school’s future impact on East Texas: ‘It’s going to fill a large hole in our industry’

Dr. Bradley Clary says the decision will benefit owners of large animals and livestock in rural areas.

  Creativity meets ingenuity as kids explore Nacogdoches Public Library’s ‘cardboard challenge’

Kids have always loved transforming cardboard boxes; Tuesday, those imaginations went to work with nearly limitless supply.

NISD proposing $2M facelift to baseball, softball, tennis facilities

Three Nacogdoches ISD athletic facilities could soon be getting repairs.

  Alto ISD preparing new portable buildings to serve as classrooms

While the school district’s students are enjoying their summer break, Alto ISD employees will be busy preparing newly delivered portable buildings to serve as high school classrooms before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Wiley College creating career closet for students

The closet will allow students to come in, pick out a professional outfit for an interview and keep it all for free.

  Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin to host free conference for new and expecting parents

The event will focus on raising emotionally-healthy children, organizers say.

  Nacogdoches ISD educators explain benefits of pay raise after House Bill 3 passage

The law should allow for an average of $4,000 in pay hikes for educators in the state of Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs $11.6 billion school finance measure into law

The high-priority bill boosts per-student funding and reduces property taxes across the state.

  Buckner International kicks off annual ‘Shoes for Orphan Souls’ program

Throughout the month of June, community members can drop off new shoes and socks at various locations across Angelina County.

  Central ISD students accept NASA mission to design helmet to protect astronauts from radiation

While most kids are on summer vacation, the “Central Space Station” team has been hard at work.

Governor Abbott signs Amarillo representative’s bill that aims to provide mental health services to students

Amarillo representative Four Price's House Bill 18 was signed by Governor Abbott and is intended to give additional mental health services to students in Texas public schools.

  Nacogdoches library buys in to graphic novels growing popularity among young readers

Every cent of a $2,500 Texas Book Festival Grant was used to purchase more than 160 graphic novels.

  Nacogdoches student who received more than $1 million in scholarships: ‘I want to explore my interests’

Nacogdoches student receives over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants from several universities.

  San Augustine, Jasper ISDs awarded grant to help ‘reconstruct’ future of former students

The grant provides “opportunity youth” with resources to set them up for success in the future.

  SFA ROTC prepares for new physical fitness standard ahead of Army’s official release

The new fitness test will eliminate sex and age-specific test standards.

  Impact Lufkin offers SFA graduate student opportunity to share research on community perceptions

The research project was launched after seeing a lack of minority students pursuing higher education,

VIDEO: Henderson police officer runs 50-yard dash with students at field day

In honor of the 11th Annual Sarah Murphy Invitational Field Day, the Henderson Police Department posted a video of one of its officers competing in a 50-yard dash with a group of children on its Facebook page.

Angelina College celebrates 50th anniversary with carnival

Music, rides, games, and entertainment will be free to the public.

  Nacogdoches Dragons hope spring practice builds bond with new coaching staff

The Nacogdoches football team has new energy as they hope their new head coach can continue what the retiring Bobby Reyes started in turning around the Dragon football program.

  Students to finish out school year at elementary and middle schools on Alto ISD campus

KTRE’s Donna Mccollum talked to the principal about what they are hoping will be accomplished for the rest of the school year.

  Foundation teams up with community businesses to donate prom night essentials to Alto students

The It’s Bigger than Us Foundation helped to provide young men and women everything they need for a night to remember.