Dayton, TXBeaumont Enterprise

Local teams qualify for football state tournament

Two of Southeast Texas’ most successful football programs will send their 7-on-7 squads to the state tournament after qualifying on Saturday. West Brook and Port Neches-Groves each earned their state spot with wins at a qualifier event in Dayton that featured 16 total teams. Both teams will now be in the Division I bracket later this month at the state tournament.
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Houston, TXHouston Chronicle

On Sports: Covering high schools during COVID was exhausting and exciting

As a high school sports writer, this was without a doubt the hardest year of my career. As a global pandemic impacted the nation, the University Interscholastic League had to adjust the high school calendar, and it put a lot of sports on top of one another. There was never a great time to take off or get some rest like usual.
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Liberty, TXHouston Chronicle

Liberty tops Calallen for second state softball title

AUSTIN – When the final fly ball safely reached her second baseman’s glove, pitcher Kaci West began jumping for joy. She and the two other Liberty seniors finally had the second bookend title they coveted all year. The Lady Panthers trailed early against Calallen in the Class 4A state championship...

Crosby High School’s stormy Graduation Ceremony ended with fireworks

Crosby, TX. – Friday, May 28, 2021 at the Crosby ISD football stadium, better known as “The Jungle” for the home of the school’s Cougar mascot, approximately 8,000 family members and friends poured into the stands for the 2020-2021 commencement ceremony. The weather forecast for the 7 PM event had...

Dayton ISD honors retirees

Each year at this time, school districts around the state honor those employees that will be retiring. Although this year brought many struggles and obstacles, it is now time for Dayton ISD to honor their own retiring teachers and support personnel. This year’s group of retirees has three hundred and forty-three (343) years of combined experience with an average career of twenty-eight (28) years. Dayton ISD is proud of these twelve individuals and the contribution that each one of them made to make Dayton ISD a better place. The impact that they have had on students and faculty alike is not something that can be measured. Their ability to reach students and inspire them to greatness will certainly be missed.

Dayton 5th Graders Celebrate

As a challenging, yet successful, school year comes to a close, Dayton elementary schools hosted Fifth Grade Farewell Luncheons for their current fifth graders that will soon become middle schoolers. The luncheons celebrated these students’ growth and achievements throughout their elementary years. Students were encouraged to wear their “business casual” while enjoying an upscale, three-course meal catered by Dayton ISD’s new Bronco Cafe. The luncheons were held on each of the elementary campuses for Dayton ISD: Dr. E.R. Richter, Kimmie M. Brown, and Stephen F. Austin, with all 5th graders participating. It was a fun day celebrating the end of their elementary school years and building excitement as they transition into middle school. Dayton ISD appreciates the hard work of so many: the administrators, the teachers, and the Bronco Cafe for making this a special memory for the students.

Cleveland HS boasts record number of graduates

Cleveland High School graduated 423 students at commencement exercises on Friday, May 28. That number is a record not only for Cleveland HS but for any school district in Liberty County, and it beats last year’s previous record of 393, also set by Cleveland High School. Another 83 Cleveland HS students graduated through the District’s alternative school at Douglass Learning Academy.

Two Hardin HS teachers share 100-plus years in teaching

Not many teachers can say they’ve spent more than a half-century educating and shaping young minds. At Hardin High School, two teachers share that distinction – Tom Catchings with 55 years and Kenneth Skidmore with 51 years. Catchings, affectionately referred to by students and staff as “Tom Cat,” has worked...
Liberty County,

Liberty ISD shifts to four-day school week this fall

Liberty ISD students are moving to a four-day school week this fall. The plan was initiated by the District’s board of trustees and supported by parents and teachers who were surveyed by a 3 to 1 margin, according to Superintendent Dr. Cody Abshier. Students will start the year attending school...

Dayton ISD promotes Hostetler to elementary assistant principal

Dayton ISD would like to announce that Mrs. Cynthia Hostetler will be joining the administrative team at SFA Elementary as an Assistant Principal. Mrs. Hostetler is no stranger to SFA as she has worked there as a teacher and interventionist for the past 16 years. Mrs. Hostetler is excited about her new role, “I look forward to working with a great team that I will help support in creating a strong community partnership in order for students to reach their maximum capacity. I want to assist Mrs. Wortham in developing a collaborative team that develops a sense of unity and supports teachers in their mission to encourage and engage their students’ minds. I want Dayton to shine!”

Dayton HS students show off their skills at art show

This year, the Dayton High School Art Department put on its Fourth Annual Art Showcase. When the art show was founded, artwork was featured from all schools within the district from Kindergarten through 12th grade. However, due to the pandemic, the format needed to change to accommodate the District’s COVID protocols.

Hostetler named new SFA Elementary assistant principal

Dayton ISD is pleased to announce that Mrs. Cynthia Hostetler will be joining the administrative team at SFA Elementary as an Assistant Principal. Hostetler is no stranger to SFA as she has worked there as a teacher and interventionist for the past 16 years. “I look forward to working with...

TEA releases statistics on local middle schools

AUSTIN – Urgent to the education process is work on educating 6th through 8th Graders. On April 22 the Texas Senate added more legislation to keep students up with the nation as focus shifts on testing to determine proficiency in a year when less than expected students are yet returning to the classrooms. Updated TEA statistics have been released concerning Crosby Middle and Highlands Junior High. Both are remarkably similar and surprising in differences. Highlands Junior High has a student population of 1,185. The student population of Crosby Middle is 1,428.
Henderson, TXBeaumont Enterprise

H-J ISD breaks ground on Henderson Middle School

Hardin-Jefferson ISD on Monday morning broke ground on a new middle school, auditorium and athletic complex in a ceremony attended by local, state and federal officials. The occasion comes after years of careful planning, reviews by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the passage of two bond issues. Buildings across...