The Betty Ann Harrel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Deken Taylor (third from right), Pittsburg High School graduate and former student of the late Betty Ann Harrel. Harrel was a long-time teacher at the Pittsburg Intermediate School and taught for more than 30 years. On hand for the presentation of the scholarship from the Harrel-Abernathy families were (left to right) Jennifer Burgess, Mary Lou Spradling, David Abernathy, David H. Abernathy, and Shelli Harrel.



Six scholarships were awarded to Pittsburg High School graduates of the Class of 2017 by Pittsburg Intermediate School staff. The Leroy Hendricks Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by Pittsburg Intermediate School, were awarded to (left to right) Esmeralda Suarez, Shalem Guerrero, Tyson Brockman, Taylor Porter, Rebekah Hicks, and Caitlyn Wildey. Hendricks worked at the school at the time of his death in 2009. The school staff raises money through fund-raising for this scholarship. Anyone who would like to donate to the scholarship fund can contact the Pittsburg Intermediate School at 209 Lafayette St., Pittsburg, TX 75686 or call 903-855-3395.


Board approves to increase for breakfast, lunch prices

By Keith Merrill | For The Gazette

Coming this fall, school breakfast and lunches will increase after Pittsburg Independent School District trustees unanimously approved the measures at their June 19 meeting.
Jean Carrell, director of CTE/ELL Services presented a report to the school board that was broken into two segments -- adult meal pricing and student lunch pricing.
She reported that current pricing for adult meals is not in compliance with applicable guidelines. 
Carrell recommended that adult meal prices be increased from $3.50 to $3.75 to bring the program into compliance.  
The increase would become effective during the 2017-18 school year.

Read complete story in June 29 issue of The Gazette.


New STAAR Report Card provides parents with stronger info, resources

From Staff Reports


PIS student selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy

HOUSTON -- Taryn Keefer, a student at Pittsburg Intermediate School in Pittsburg ISD, has been selected to travel to Houston/Galveston to participate in a summer 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. 
Her selection was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, and a nomination from her teacher Ashlee Perry. 
She will join a delegation of outstanding students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. Keefer will visit significant sites in the Houston/Galveston area including NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Battleship Texas State Historic Site, the Port of Houston, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, The Health Museum, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  


Vasquez and Wildey selected for ‘Rising Lone Star’ award

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) selected Jose Vasquez and Caitlyn Wildey of Pittsburg High School to receive the 2017 “Rising Lone Star” award. 
Ratcliffe’s staff formally presented the awards to the students last month. The “Rising Lone Star” award recognizes extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice or community service demonstrated by high school students in Texas’ 4th District. The recipients are nominated by their principals, administrators or counselors.
Vazquez was nominated for using his talents as an artist to produce artwork for the Pittsburg High School Veterans Day Program. He served actively on the Pittsburg High School Student Council and was president of the Interact Club. 
Wildey was nominated for her inspiring efforts help to make sure that the special education students at her school felt accepted and loved. 


Pittsburg PS students raise money for American Jump Rope for Heart event

From Staff Reports

The Pittsburg Primary School participated in the American Jump Rope for Heart event. 
The students jumped rope during their regular physical education time at school.  
They raised $2,612.  
“I am so proud of the students, we talked about the importance of eating healthy and exercising daily to take care of our heart.” said Turnette Truitt, the school’s physical education teacher.  “The students worked very hard and were awarded prizes for their participation.”
She added the students  had heart healthy posters hanging in the gym to promote better food choices and the students enjoyed reading the posters. 
“We also had a poster for students to write names of their family or friends that is suffering from heart disease,” Truitt said.


Twirlers win trophies at Bullard meet

Twirlers from Pittsburg Junior and High School brought home several trophies as they competed in the fourth annual Bullard High School Twirling Competition recently.
The ensemble group of Skyler Brown, Julianna Sewell, Jennifer Rodriquez and Hailey McNatt placed first in the multi-baton twirl division.
The group will perform the same routine at the UIL State Twirling Competition in Pflugerville on May 28.
There were also several individual award winners at the Bullard competition.
Rodriguez took third place in 11-12-grade multi-baton twirl. Sewell was second and Brown finished third in the 9-10-grade multi-baton twirl. 
All three girls will perform their solo routines at the state meet.
Sydney Smith placed fourth in the 7-8-grade baton dance twirl.


Pittsburg High students recognized for competing in SkillsUSA event

Pittsburg High School  sophomore Gabriel Gutierrez was recognized at the Pittsburg Independent School District school board meeting for his recent win at SkillsUSA Texas Leadership and Skills Conference.
He competed in the Medical Math event in Corpus Christi last month. 
Gutierrez placed first at district competition in Waco prior to being named the state champion on April 9, after scoring 98 percent on his exam. He competed against schools of every size across the state. 
His competition involved answering questions about the SkillsUSA National Organization and calculating medication dosages, measurements, concentrations, solutions and conversions. SkillsUSA is a national organization in 54 states and territories that works to prepare students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. 
He will be attending the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 19.


NTCC hosting ‘iCan Kids Discovery College’

rtheast Texas Community College will host its iCan Kids Discovery College on July 10-20. 
Children ages 8-16 can choose from a variety of fun, interactive classes that will meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks (eight classes total). 
Early registration is currently underway. 
The schedule is as follows:
• Photography: 8:30-10 a.m., NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16
• Robotics I: 8:30-10:30 a.m., NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16
• Cooking with Chef Reeves: 8:30 a.m. to noon, NTCC Culinary Arts School in Pittsburg, Ages 10-16
• Soccer: 9:00-10:00 a.m., NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16
• Graphic Design: 10-11:30 a.m., NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16
•    The Mad Scientist: 10-11:30 a.m., NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16
• Engineering Design Project: 10 a.m. to noon, NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16
•    Comic Book Creation: 10:30 a.m. to noon, NTCC main campus, Ages 8-16


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