Dawson Independent School District provided an update on the school year Oct. 21. Improvements and renovations have been ongoing throughout the district, and students from each campus have celebrated numerous accomplishments since the school year began.

According to Stacy Henderson, Dawson ISD Superintendent, the district's enrollment is at 560 students, with a daily attendance average of 96.71%.

Henderson reported several planned improvements, with new water fountains ordered for the Elementary campus.

“We would like to have all district water fountains replaced by the start of school next year,” Henderson stated. Some of the fountains will also include bottle filling stations.

New doors will be installed at the Elementary gym, and the Elementary first through third grade hallway and Pre-K/Kindergarten hallway are scheduled to be remodeled in this month.

All elementary restrooms are expected to be remodeled over the next few weeks, and the sidewalk joints were repaired at the Field House.

“We will have about $200,000 to use on additional projects listed in our bond that are not directly related to the gym,” she stated.

It's been a busy, but enjoyable month at the Elementary campus, according to Principal Andrea Farish.

The campus hosted a Playdoh and Pirates Family Academic Event Sept. 17 that allowed students and family members to participate in hands-on math, science, and literacy activities.

The following day, teachers and staff participated in Acellus embedded training with representatives from the Acellus Academy. Trainers traveled from Kansas City, Missouri, and joined teachers in the classroom to answer any questions and provide target data and reports from the program.

Kona Ice visited campus at the end of the day Sept. 19 and 20, and Southwest Dairy’s Mobile Classroom brought TEKS based learning outdoors.

To wrap up the month of September, the Elementary school hosted its monthly morale activities in the teachers’ lounge with a popcorn refreshment bar and monthly staff lunch.

“We have one staff member recently diagnosed with breast cancer, so we took the opportunity to dedicate our luncheon to her,” Farish stated. “We were able to raise over $700 to help her during this difficult time with a campus t-shirt sale and a Jeans for a Cause campaign.”

During the first part of October, teachers trained with DMAC data analysis trainers and Education Galaxy specialists to receive small group training that will benefit their campus and further drive and target instruction.

The Pre-K and Kindergarten classes visited the College Hill Pumpkin patch in Hillsboro Oct. 14 for a TEKS based field trip, and the campus had a special presentation later that afternoon for Katie Golden, winner of the Cotton Patch Hero recognition. Cotton Patch headquarters and local Corsicana Restaurant representatives visited the school to award Golden with a years’ worth of Cotton Patch and $1,000 for the Dawson Elementary Campus. Golden was chosen based on the difference she makes in the community and the lives of students.

Elementary Paw Pride Ambassadors packed shoeboxes to help families in need during the upcoming holidays and also participated in a Firefighters Appreciation event for local first responders in honor of Fire Safety month.

Red Ribbon Week kicked off with hallway contests, writing contests, spirit dress-up days and an appearance from JLine Dance Crew, who traveled from New York to bring a drug-free and anti-bullying message to students.

Principal Robert Bray reported the many accomplishments of Junior High and High School students who competed in FFA events at the East Texas State Fair, Heart O' Texas Fair, and the State Fair of Texas.

At the East Texas State Fair, Ty Williams was named Division Winner and Overall Reserve Champion in Public Speaking; Devin Abram earned Reserve Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking; in the Market Steers division, Jason Mullins and Jordan Dechaume claimed first place, Ashlyn Matthews was second, and Kylie Rogers and Lexi Murray were third.

During the Heart O' Texas Fair, Beau Woodall earned second, third, fourth, and fifth with his heifers, and Lexi Murray took first and third, with Ashlyn Matthews placing third and fourth, Kylie Rogers and Jordan Dechaume taking fourth and fifth, and Jason Mullins in seventh place.

Zane Monger competed in Ag Mechanics and was named Class Winner and Division Champion. He received a $500 scholarship to Texas State Technical College.

In the calf scramble, Ashlyn Matthews, Kylie Rogers, Beau Woodall, and Cooper Williams all received certificates.

At the State Fair of Texas, Ty Williams was named Division Reserve Champion in Public Speaking; competing with their steers, Lexi Murray earned third place, with Kylie Rogers, Ashlyn Matthews, and Jordan Dechaume taking fourth.

Zane Monger was named Class Winner in Ag Mechanics.

Competing in Cross Country events, Karina Del Toro was eighth overall and qualified as an individual.

Reagan Coston was seventh; Keith Washington eighth, and Jakob Jankowski earned tenth place overall.

Each runner qualified as individuals, and the boys' team qualified as the third place team. Team members include Dillon Easley, Cade Onstott, Lance Lachney, and Jason Jones.

Dawson's Bulldogs remained unbeaten in district play Friday night, Oct. 25 and clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 56-0 victory over Frost.

Other student accomplishments and campus announcements include:

• Will Brumley and his Dawg Pack Group have been doing a great job keeping fans excited along with the Dawson cheerleaders.

• The district purchased new computers for the yearbook.

• The senior class attended a presentation at TSTC in Waco addressing the many opportunities offered for continuing their education after graduation.

• The National Honor Society had a successful blood drive, which many kids and faculty members participated in.

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