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Tenaha Tigers Headed to Regional Quarter Finals - March 4, 2015
Submitted by Judy Monroe

The Tenaha Tigers will face the LaPoyner Flyers Friday, March 6, at 7:30pm at Leon High School in Jewett, Texas. Tenaha ISD will release school at 2pm on Friday to allow time to travel. A Tiger Fan Bus will be traveling to the game. Tickets for fan bus are $12.00 (includes admission to game) on a first come first serve basis. The Fan Bus will be departing from the Tiger Gym Parking lot at 3pm with a planned stop in Buffalo along the way for meal/restroom. The fan bus will be returning immediately after the game.

If Tigers win they will play Saturday at 2pm. A fan bus will be provided. Tickets for fan bus Saturday will be $12.00 (includes admission to game) on a first come first serve basis. The bus will depart from the Tiger Gym parking lot at 9:30 am and a scheduled stop in Buffalo for meal/restroom. The bus will return to Tenaha immediately after the game.

Fan Bus:
All students/children must be accompanied by an adult. Students grades 9-12 may ride fan bus without an adult. All tickets prices are $12.00 which includes admission. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

Tickets are available for purchase from 11am today until Friday at noon. Tickets may be purchased at Tenaha high school. Tickets may be purchased Saturday at the high school prior to 9:30am departure.

Fantastic Teeth Fan Club in Tenaha ES - February 17, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Members of the Tenaha & Joaquin Masonic Lodges sponsored and handed out dental kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club to Tenaha 1st Graders last week.

The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club is a program created by Masonic Home and School of Texas (MHS) to help children and parents learn to prevent painful dental problems.

Each kit included a timer, toothpaste, floss, and a new toothbrush. 1st graders were given a brief lesson by Mrs. Crystal Linebarger on how to use their kits and how to properly care for their teeth.

Special Thanks to Mr. Jerry Agnew, Mr. Jay Wilson, Mr. Vance Jordan, Mr. Les Gill, & Mr. Ron Barker for presenting the kits to Tenaha 1st Graders!


Tenaha HS Band Students Perform at Regionals - February 11, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

This past Saturday,February 7, 14 Roarin' Band Students performed in three small ensembles at the Region 21 UIL Solo & Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin University.

All three groups performed well, and received helpful comments.

A woodwind quartet consisting of Chyenne Koller, Janeth Trejo, Mercedes Rountree, and Ariday Hernandez (Katelyn Keller-alternate) received a division 1 and advanced to the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest!

We are very proud of all of these students for their efforts, and for setting the standard higher for the future of the Roarin' Band program.

State Solo & Ensemble will be at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville in late May! This may also be the first small ensemble to advance to State Solo & Ensemble in Tenaha history. Brian Sours, Director of Bands & Fine Arts Instruction


Tenaha Robotics Headed Back to State - January 22,2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Saturday, the Tenaha Robotics team climbed onto the bus at 6:00 A.M. headed to Tyler for the Regional Meet. The Tenaha teams had been working hard getting their robots and programs ready for this meet.

This year the robots were to plant seeds (pvc pipe) allow the seeds to grow (wiffle balls placed on the pipes) and then harvest their crop. Points were awarded for gathering the harvest, carrying the harvest to the barn, and then clean the field by removing the pipes and placing them in the barn as well.

It was a very good day for the Tenaha Robotics teams.

At the Middle School level, the team of Wesley Fox and Andrew Tyner finished 2nd and will be competing at the state meet that will be held on May 2nd.

The team of Kale Page and Kamari Gray finished 3rd and have a good chance of receiving a wild card for the state meet.

The team of Drew Henry and Jalynn Durbin finished in 5th place and the team of Colton Kimbrough, Irvin Barona, and Erik Vazquez finished in 8th place.

At the High School level, the team of Zoee Rogers, Bianca Davison, and Bianca Ramirez finished in 5th place, the team of Miguel Mendoza and Jacob Samford finished 9th and the team of Ruben Hernandez and Hernan Hernandez finished 10th.

Mrs. Farmer, robotics sponsor, stated that she is proud of her robotics students. These students have put in a lot of after school hours preparing for this contest and have been working hard. When we go to these robotics meets our students compete against all schools from all over East Texas with classifications from 2A to 6A. Robotics engages students in complex, strategic problem-solving and higher-order thinking—a set of skills that is a high priority for 21st century education. The Tenaha students showed once again that they are some of the best in Robotics.

Mrs. Farmer would also like to thank the parents of her robotic students for allowing them to participate in the program. She appreciates her students and their parents’ dedication to education.

(Jalynn Durbin and Drew Henry)

(Andrew Tyner and Wesley Fox)

(Hernan Hernandez and Ruben Hernandez)

(Kale Page and Kamari Gray)

(Jacob Samford and Miguel Mendoza)

(Colton Kimbrough, Irvin Barona, Erik Vazquez)

(Bianca Ramirez, Zoee Rogers and Bianca Davison)


Tenaha Student Makes All-State Band - January 12, 2015
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Roarin' Band trombone player, Jacob Samford, placed second at All-Area tryouts Saturday, and advanced to the ATSSB Texas All-State Band.

He also is the first band student from Tenaha to make the All-state band. This is an extremely difficult contest that requires students to play collegiate level music in competition against other students from 3A, 2A, and 1A schools (over 100 trombone players competed in this area, and two made it to state, including Jacob)!

Join us in congratulating Jacob. What a huge and historic accomplishment.

Brian Sours
Tenaha ISD
Director of Bands & Fine Arts Instruction


Tenaha ISD Region Band News - December 15, 2014

This weekend, 10 Tenaha middle school band students and 2 Tenaha high school band students traveled to Rusk, TX and competed for the chance to earn a chair in the Region 21 ATSSB All-Region Band. The Tenaha band students competed against the most talented band students from other 1A-4A schools in this region. All of the Tenaha band students worked hard over several months to prepare audition music for this competition. Each students competed on his or her individual instrument as opposed to competing as an ensemble or group. Those that made the band will perform in kind of an "all-star" band that will practice together for one day and then will perform a concert that same night in Chapel Hill on January 17, 2015. The following students from Tenaha made the band:

Middle School Region Band Results:

Jared Tovar: 6th Chair baritone in the Middle School Symphonic Band (Top Band)
Jaurmez Brock: 1st Chair trumpet in the Middle School Concert Band
Cooper Ward: 2nd Chair tuba in the Middle School Concert Band

High School Region Band Results:

Jacob Samford: 4th chair trombone in the High School Symphonic Band and also advanced to area competition. Jacob will audition on January 10, 2015 to earn a chance for a chair in the All-State band!

Congrats to all of these very talented students!


Tenaha ISD 2nd Grade Field Trip - December 12, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

2nd grade Students at the Park

2nd grade students waiting for the play to begin

On Wednesday, December 10th the 2nd grade classes from Tenaha Elementary went to Nacogdoches for a field trip. They started their adventure at Maroney Park where they enjoyed the wonderful wooden playground. They had lunch at the park before heading over to the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University where they enjoyed a performance by ArtsPower. The students were on the edge of their seats as they watched the exciting play “The Monster Who Ate My Peas.” Mrs. Vick and Mrs. Stacie delighted in watching the joy on each students face as many of them experienced the theatre for the first time. The teachers and all of the students in 2nd grade would like to give a special thanks to our bus driver, Mr. David and to Mrs. Cindy for accompanying us on our trip.


Tenaha ISD Third Grade Thanksgiving Feast - December 2, 2014
Submitted by Karen Matthews

On November 24th, third grade enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast in the elementary gym. The classes had watched videos of etiquette and the First Thanksgiving. Their meal consisted of dressing, chicken leg, cranberry sauce, corn, English peas, chicken and spaghetti, meatballs, corn on the cob, corn bread, fruit salad, and rolls. For dessert they enjoyed cookies, pie, and cupcakes. The third grade students used their manners and the meal was enjoyed by all. Third grade teachers would like to thank parents who helped provide the meal, Mrs. Elizabeth Ward, Ms. DeDe, Mrs. Winter McCawley, Mrs. Amie Mathis, Mrs. Kim Reese and Ms. Phyllis for all of their help.


Tenaha Band Student of the Week - November 25, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Band Student of the Week (11/17/14): Isaiha Gentry
Tiger Doll of the Week (11/17/14): Keyasma Gray


Dear Tiger Fans and Tiger Nation Members - November 25, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Once again your Tigers find themselves preparing during Thanksgiving Break for a playoff game after defeating a tough Hubbard team 40-26. This year marks the 7th time in the last 8 years that the Tiger Football family has come together for a Holiday Football Playoff experience. What an amazing and great run for our kids, our school, and our community at large, especially when you consider that in Tenaha’s bright and amazing football history that we have only been able to enjoy Thanksgiving football on seven other occasions outside of this current run. As Superintendent, I am proud to be able to see what a successful program does to improve the overall culture of a school as well as enhance the learning experience for students by providing opportunities for growth that exist outside the classroom. For Friday night after Friday night, the Tenaha Tiger Nation of fans have turned out in great numbers to celebrate the hard work and quality play of one of the state’s winningest and most successful programs. Your continual and full throated support of our students is so greatly appreciated, and as this year’s playoff run continues, we need you more than ever.

However, as I write asking for the continued support of the great majority of fans, I am compelled to also mention the importance of the responsibilities of fans as well. Too often, the emotions and pressure of high stakes playoff competition run high. I am troubled by the fact that a great majority of our fans have had their experience dampened by the negativity of a select few. In fact, some of the comments and behavior of these few fans were so negative and derogatory that I am reminded of my obligation to ensure appropriate fan behavior at extra-curricular events per the rules of the UIL. Any fans who choose to direct negative or personal comments towards players, coaches, or the officials are hereby warned that this type of behavior will absolutely not be tolerated.

As Superintendent of Schools, I refuse to allow a few negative fans to tarnish what is and what has been another amazing season of Tiger Football. The road to a championship is difficult and our team, our school, and our fans do not need to be burdened by those who wish to tear down as opposed to uplift the Tigers. I have instructed Tenaha ISD Police Chief, David Jeter, and High School Principal, Judy Monroe, to execute the rules and responsibilities of Tenaha ISD in regards to fan behavior at sporting events as laid out by the University Interscholastic League. Having an opinion, being a fan, criticizing a play are all part of the game. However, personal and direct attacks against players, coaches, or officials, excessive negative comments, and general unruly behavior will result in your direct removal from the venue at which the Tigers are competing and could also result in your suspension from attending any other games or events at TISD for the remainder of the year.

Tiger Fans….. Your Tigers are playing on Thanksgiving….. Again!!!!! Get your maroon on, get excited, get behind these great kids and make so much noise that no one will ever feel the ability to ruin your great experience. It is a privilege for any school to enjoy such on-field success, and it is even a bigger privilege to serve these great kids and the many, many great supporters of TISD. Go Tigers!!! Beat Normangee!!!!

Scott Tyner


Tenaha ISD Staff 100% Highly Qualified for Ten Consecutive Years - November 21, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

For the tenth year, Tenaha teachers have all met the federally mandated “highly qualified” standard, according to a report at Monday’s Tenaha Independent School District’s board of trustees meeting.

Under federal law, the definition of a “highly qualified” teacher is one who holds at least a bachelor degree from a four-year college/university, fully-certified or licensed by the state in which they serve and demonstrates competence in each core academic subject area in which the teacher teaches.

All school districts are responsible for identifying and documenting “highly qualified” teachers. The human resources departments of the school districts can help teachers in determining their statuses.

“We are glad to report that every teacher at Tenaha Schools meets that standard,” Scott Tyner, superintendent of schools for TISD, said.

“Every staff member is focused on helping every individual child become the best in everything,” Tyner said, “That is the legacy of Tenaha teachers.”


Tenaha ISD Band Student of the Week - November 17, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha ISD announces the Band Student of the Week is Calicia Roland. She is a freshman clarinet player. She will receive a $10 gift card to Subway.

Brian Sours is the Director of Bands & Fine Arts Instruction.


Tenaha ISD Kindergarten Celebrates 50 Days of School! - November 5, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Wednesday, November the 5th was the 50th day of school. Kindergarten celebrated by dressing up like it was the 1950's. We danced the twist at the sock hop. Next, we had a bubble gum blowing contest. Then we ended our 50's party with root beer floats!

Carrie Jenkins & Rhonda Patterson


Tenaha ISD Announces Band Student and Tiger Doll of the Week - November 5, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Jakedric Roundtree (pictured) was selected as Band Student of the Week for the week of October 27, 2014 and received a $10 gift card. Chyenne Koller was selected as Tiger Doll of the Week for the week of October 27, 2014.


Tenaha ISD Recognizes Two Students for the Week - October 31, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha ISD recognizes Mercedes Roundtree as the Student of the Week the week for the week of October 20th. She received a $10 giftcard from McDonalds.

Christasha Suell was announced to be Tiger Doll of the Week for the week of October 20th. Congratulations to both!

Photo: Mercedes Roundtree


The 2014 Tenaha ISD Hall of Honor Inductees - October 29, 2014

A time honored tradition continues at Tenaha Independent School District. Tenaha ISD recognizes those that have displayed outstanding dedication and commitment to their community. Through the years numerous members have been initiated into the Hall of Honor. The distinguished members of the Hall of Honor are an inspiration to others to strive for excellence, to give back to their community, and to carry on the belief that we are all responsible for the success of our community.

The process begins with nominations from members of the community. A committee then begins the difficult task of deciding who will be chosen. The committee chairperson, Doyce Bailey, has been in charge of this process for years. This year Tenaha ISD is proud present the 2014 Hall of Honor inductees:

Berta Babek was a resident of Tenaha for over 60 years. She made a tremendous impact in the lives of Tenaha citizens. Berta worked in the cafeteria at Tenaha ISD for several years. During this time she established relationships with both students and teachers who admired her and considered her a special friend.

Berta was born in Cisco, Texas before the Depression. She was one of thirteen children. Her father worked in road construction and her mother was a homemaker. After the loss of her mother, Berta moved to California with her older sister Dollie. She returned to Texas in 1940, at which time she married Hubert Babak. During World War II, Berta and Hubert lived in Houston, Texas before permanently relocating to Tenaha, Texas. Berta and Hubert had three children Lamoin, Patricia, and Terry.

Berta loved her church, the First Baptist, and was most faithful and active. She participated in all activities. This includes providing lunches for families who had lost loved ones. She made lap blankets for nursing facilities as well as helped in transporting others to doctor’s appointments. Berta’s act of kindness toward the community displays her dedication and commitment to Tenaha. Her footprints will forever be a reminder of the difference she has made in the lives of others.

Retired Master Sergeant Jonathan Adams Matthews of the United States Air Force is a 1987 graduate Tenaha High School.

MSgt Matthews retired from the Air Force July 31, 2011. During his twenty-two years in the Air Force he was a Security Forces Patrolman/MWD Handler, Priority "A" Area Supervisor/Base Installation Security System Monitor, Security Response Team Leader, Criminal Clerk, and an Aerospace Weapons Security Guard. MSgt Matthews served for three different Presidents: Clinton, Bush and Obama. He provided Presidential Protective Support for all three and protection for heads of state and foreign dignitaries. He served in Desert Storm, the Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and the Afghanistan War.

As a Tenaha Tiger football player, MSgt Matthews rushed for over 1000 yards three consecutive years. He made first team All-District his sophomore, junior, and senior year. He also ran track, played basketball, golf, and tennis. He was a member of the Student Council and FFA, and was a class officer. MSgt Matthews and his wife, Tina Matthews, a 1988 Tenaha High School graduate, have three sons, Demarcus, Dustin and Devan.

Steven Watson is the son of Floyd A. “Doc” Watson and Fannie Watson. He grew up on the family farm in Paxton, Texas. Steven graduated from Tenaha High School in 1981. He participated in many activities in school including football, FFA, and Student Council. He was also a member of the Tennessee 4-H club, where he participated in many activities and received many county and state awards.

After high school, Steven graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985 with a degree in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Business. He began his career in 1985 in Carthage, Texas for Tyson Foods. The Poultry and Food business took Steven to Mississippi, Alabama, and Pennsylvania where he was Vice President of Operations for Empire Kosher Foods. Steven later became Vice President of Salerno Plastics. In 1999 Steven acquired an equipment rental company in Dickson, Tennessee and later started a General Contracting company that specialized in commercial/industrial construction. Steven returned to Tenaha in 2008 when he began working for Loutex Contractors Inc. in Joaquin.
Steven’s contributions to Tenaha ISD and the entire Tenaha community are plentiful. He has turned obstacles into opportunities and challenges into growth for the students of Tenaha ISD. His dedication and commitment to the school and community will not be forgotten.

The Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony will be held on November 1, 2014 at 10am in the Tenaha High School Cafetorium. The inductees will also be recognized during pre-game activities as the Tenaha Tigers take on the Overton Mustangs in The Pit. Pregame activities will begin at 3:30pm with the kickoff at 4pm.


Tenaha ISD Band Students of the Week - October 24, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

LaPorsha Perry was selected the Band Student of the Week for the week of October 6th and Kajae Jackson was selected Band Student of the Week for the week of October 13th. Congratulations to both. They will receive a $10 gift card to their favorite fast food restaurant!

LaPorsha Perry and Kajae Jackson


Tiger Band Returns to 1st Division in Inaugural Attempt in Corps Style March - October 23, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

First year Tenaha Band Director, Brian Sours, chose the show theme “Phoenix Rising” as a metaphor for what he envisioned his task in transforming a traditional military style marching band into a modern-day corps style marching band. The goal for the Tiger Band at the beginning of the year was to quickly address weaknesses in music and sound while it was understood that marching fundamentals would be more slowly developed in a new style. But, as Tenaha students so often manage to do, the Tiger Band restored the term Roarin’ last Saturday at Stephen F. Austin in the Region 21 Marching Contest. The Tenaha band received a rating of 1-1-2, which translates into 1st Division. It had been since 2011 for the Tiger Band to receive a 1st Division at marching contest. The Tigers joined Shelbyville and Carlisle as the only 2A bands in Region 21 to receive 1st Division. Congratulations and thanks go to Mr. Sours, Rhett Pilcher, and Brandi Swann for a job very well done! Great job Tiger Band!!!

The roar is restored!!!!!


Tenaha Kindergarten Learn About Various Jobs - October 17, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A......

Kindergarten has been learning about the different types of jobs people have. We have also discussed why people have jobs and how they help their community. Each child chose a career they would like when they grow up. We had a wide variety of jobs! There are some future doctors, dentist, teachers, veterinarian, race car drivers, and even a paleontologist.


Tenaha ISD Cross Country Event - October 16, 2014

The Tenaha Tigers attended the Houston County Pre-District cross country meet on Wednesday. Most runners ran their personal best run times on a difficult course. The Jr. High girl's team placed 5th overall. Jr. High runners are Rebekah Potter, Anayeil Aguilar, Gracie Martinson, Araceli Vazquez, and Annette Castillo. Carlos Flores finished 15th, Jesus Gonzalez 5th, and Corey McDonald placed 13th in their divisions. The top 15 received medals. The district meet is October 22 beginning at 9:30 at Lake Naconiche.

Coach Lauri Sisk

Photo Left to right: Jesus Gonzales, Carlos Bustamonte, Corey McDonald


Tenaha ISD Homecoming Court 2014 - October 15, 2014

The 2014 Tenaha High School Homecoming Court has been selected. Four Queen Candidates and five Sweethearts, pictured below, were chosen by popular vote this Homecoming season. The Tenaha High School student body will select one of the four Queen candidates to be crowned during pre-game ceremonies November 1, 2014 beginning at 3:30pm in The Pit!

Queen Candidates

Pictured left to right: Senior Duchess- Takameria McClure, Junior Duchess- Janeth Trejo, Sophomore Duchess- Bianca Ramirez and Freshman Duchess- Jaden Washington.


Pictured left to right: JCC Sweetheart-Alexis Shires, FFA Sweetheart-Shawna Hall, BETA Sweetheart- Cheyanne Koller, Band Sweetheart-Judith Flores and Athletic Sweetheart-Taylor Walton.


Tenaha ISD Forms a Junior High Student Council - October 8, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

(Front Row) President: Cooper Ward; Vice-President: Rebekah Potter; Secretary: Zacc Smith; Arturo Rico; Colton Kimbrough
(Back Row) Giselle Rico; Kale Page; Trenton Hass; Paige Watson

Beginning this year, grades 6, 7, and 8 have decided to form a student council comprised of the elected class officers from each class. During their first meeting the students elected officers for the council who will run the meetings, and communicate with the rest of the student body about events and community projects. Student council sponsors Mrs. Ward and Coach Vick discussed the goals for the council and what was required of being a leader. Students must be passing all of their courses, not have any discipline referrals, and represent the student body in a positive way. They will also have to earn points each semester by participating in different activities ranging from leading the pledges on the announcements to helping serve punch at Open House.

Their first order of business was to decide on a booth for the Homecoming festival on November 1st. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are asked to bring one 2 liter bottle of soda to Coach Vick or Mrs. Ward's room for the ring toss booth. All students are welcome to sign up to work the booth. Money raised will go towards a spring junior high dance. "I want us to have our first middle school dance because students in our grades never really get to do anything,” President Cooper Ward said.

In addition to participating in homecoming, the student council will be organizing a canned food drive in November, as well as planning something for teachers in December. "I think it's great for students to have a voice in what happens at their school, “sponsor Mrs. Ward said, "because many times the kids get overlooked in the process of planning events in these grades."

If this year is successful, the sponsors will look into joining the National Student Council chapter and take the student leaders to the convention in the summer. "We are trying to develop leaders for tomorrow and student council gives these kids the opportunity to provide a service back to their classmates and school," Coach Vick added.


Tenaha ISD Band Students of the Week - October 7, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha ISD band students of the week are Jacob Samford and Jade Windom.


Tenaha IPC Classes Design and Race Boats - September 30, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Learning science is often about hands-on experiments, and last week David DePriest’s integrated physics students at Tenaha High School dove head first into the most interactive experiment of the year by heading out to Lake Murval to test boats that they built in class. The students were in teams of four and at least two students of each team had to get in boats, which they designed themselves, made of only cardboard and duct tape. The students were given the freedom to design and create any boat they wanted.

Students have been studying the properties of fluids, buoyancy, displacement, and Archimedes’s Principle. This project requires students to practically apply these concepts. Boat designs ranged from rafts, to Jon boats, and even one that looked like a school bus. There were several teams that made the entire 200yd course with ease, a few that sank along the way, and a couple never made it off the shore.


Tenaha Cross Country Runners Attend Zavalla Invitational - September 29, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Carlos Bustamonte

Jesus Gonzales

Tenaha cross country runners attended the Zavalla Invitational on Wednesday, September 24th. Carlos Bustamonte won the 4th place spot in the Varsity division out of 111 runners. In the Jr. High boys division, there were 151 runners, and 7th grader Jesus Gonzales finished in 13th place, winning his first medal. All the Varsity girls ran their personal best times, and Jr. High girls made significant gains. The cross country runners will run in the Chicken Run 5K on Saturday, October 4th, a benefit for CASA of Deep East Texas. Coach Sisk/Coach Vick


Tenaha FFA Attends Area IX District Leadership Day - September 26, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Members of the Tenaha FFA attended the Area IX District Leadership Day September 22, 2014 at the Nacogdoches Expo Center with Ashley Armstrong, Ag Instructor. The students participated in several leadership games to promote team work and were able to meet other members from schools of the surrounding area. The members who were able to attend had a great time and are looking forward to other upcoming events.

Members who attended from left to right: Shawna Hall, Tiffani Thompson, Holly Linebarger, Ariel Patterson and not pictured Claire Collins


Tenaha FFA Show Team Attends Woodville FFA Stock Show - September 25, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Members of the Tenaha FFA Show Team attended the Woodville FFA Stock show, Saturday September 20th in Woodville, Texas. Shawna Hall, Tristan Denton and Gracie Martinson exhibited their goats.

This was the first show of the season where they placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. I would like to take this opportunity to let them know that I am extremely proud of them and cannot wait to see all their accomplishments, and progress they will make at shows to come. To see pictures of the students at stock shows and other events “like” the Tenaha FFA Facebook page. Also, the Ag Department is doing the FFA meat Fundraiser. If you would like to make an order please get with a student or me. Orders will be due October 10th and will be in for Thanksgiving.


Tenaha ISD Ranked #1 Yet Again - September 22, 2014

It is certainly a good habit to form to be ranked number one in any endeavor within a school district. Over the years, the Tenaha ISD family has gotten used to being ranked number one. Many times the Tiger Football team has garnered a number one ranking. Just a couple of years ago, Tenaha ISD was honored as a “Top 25% Designee” by the Texas Education Agency for Student Growth. And, along with that honor, TISD was the number one ranked public ISD within its cohort group for student growth. And now for the second straight year, TISD is ranked number one among Texas’ 30 schools to have received the Texas Literacy Initiative grant for student growth in reading and writing.

In 2012, Tenaha was awarded the Texas Literacy Initiative grant. Only 30 of the state’s more than 1500 schools across the state managed to be awarded this highly competitive grant. In fact, Tenaha ISD is the only school in the Region VII Educational Service Center area to be awarded the prestigious grant. Over the last three years, and under the direction of Academic Affairs Director Martha Boren and Special Services Director Terry Bowlin, TISD has worked diligently to implement portions of the over $1 million award (over five years) to address instructional strategies, develop assessments, and individually assist students on a day-to-day basis to develop their literacy skills. Grant specialists Wendy Watson and Elizabeth Ward have been instrumental in assisting students each day as well as driving professional development ideas for teachers.

This past week in San Antonio, Mrs. Bowlin and Mrs. Boren attended the annual grant implementation meeting in San Antonio where they received news that Tenaha ISD was the number one school among the 30 grantees for student growth showing a 9.559% improvement rate in the areas of reading and writing. This is the 2nd consecutive year for TISD to be ranked number one among TLI schools. None of this would be possible without the special care and hard work of all TISD staff members, teachers, and most importantly, Tiger students.

So when you hear that the Tigers are ranked number one, just remember, that it is in more ways than one.


A New Year… Tiger Land is Ready - August 25, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Simply stated, there is no place like Tiger Land. Tenaha ISD opened its doors to students for the 2014-15 school year this morning, and as superintendent, I must express the great pride it gives me to be a part of my 10th first day with the Tigers. Nine years ago, just under 380 students came onto campus for school’s first day. Today, well over 550 arrived. That is a growth rate of enrollment of over 45%. Over the last decade, no school in Shelby County has experienced growth at such a level. Parents have trusted us with their most precious gift, and it is a privilege to serve the parents, students, and community of Tenaha. I believe that it is that trust that truly sets our school apart.

As a staff, we are all excited about what the new year brings. We believe in maintaining the highest of expectations for our students, our staff, and our programs. We believe that no success is worth more than any other. We encourage all Tigers to constantly strive to compete to win whether it against an athletic foe, against a state standard, or against one’s own obstacles. We believe that the nature of the human will to want more, to be better, and to continually strive upward is a key ingredient to making our culture possible and consequently, successful.

We often get asked, where do you get your extra money? We do not get extra. We are funded no differently than most public schools. In fact, in many ways, we are a victim of the state’s current debate over equitable and adequate school funding. But, what the public sees is where Tenaha ISD chooses its dollars to go and that is back to students and the programs in which they are involved. Approximately 80% of the total TISD budget is for instruction. The roughly 20% that would be considered “discretionary” is carefully designated to benefit kids first and maintain facilities. It is a simple theory, we make choices for the betterment of a TISD child. And, that theory has manifested into a budgetary frugal staff make-up, but a staff that is together, bought in, and committed to continuing the excellence that TISD has achieved in the last decade.

It was so much fun to see the faces of young students today. But, what I saw was not apprehension, nerves, or fear; it was a sense of security that school was a place they wanted to be. As an administrator, that is the greatest comfort imaginable. One parent passed by and said, “Take care of our kids!.” I replied by saying “You know we will.” Her reply was the best I could imagine. “I know you will.” Kids weren’t crying out of fear, parents weren’t in despair. It was as though school was in session for months. They knew where to go, what to do, and felt safe in doing so.

We have such a wonderful support structure here at TISD. Our school board has continually had the utmost confidence in us to operate a fine district, our community turns out in droves any time our students perform, and as I mentioned above, our parents trust that we have their child’s interest at heart. Often times, our pride gets misinterpreted from the outside as arrogant or full of ourselves. To those that ever feel that I say that’s because you are not a Tiger. What makes us great is what frustrates those who do not have it. What makes us great is the Tenaha Tiger Way and the kids and staff that make it happen.


Tenaha ISD Announces Alternative Approach for Offering School Meals - August 21, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Free and Reduced-Price Meal, Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Tenaha Independent School District announced today a change to its policy for serving meals to children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2014-2015 school year. Schools qualifying to operate the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provide breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals. This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.

For additional information please contact the following person:

Tenaha ISD
Attention: Melanie Duncan, Director of Nutrition
138 College Street
Tenaha TX 75974

For more information about the program, visit the USDA website - http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision


The Roarin’ Band Summer Camp Begins with Eagerness - August 5, 2014
Submitted by Judy Monroe

The Tenaha Roarin’ Band from Tigerland completed its first week of summer camp this past week of July 28th. The Tenaha Band is under new direction this year. The new Tenaha Director of Bands & Fine Arts, Brian Sours, was Director of Bands for San Saba ISD in San Saba, TX for the past five years. During Mr. Sours’ Tenure, The San Saba Golden Armadillo Band experienced historic success. Accompanying Mr. Sours this year are assistant band directors Brandi Swann and Rhett Pilcher.

The Roarin’ Band knew they had their work cut out for them as they walked through the band hall doors this year. The band is making the switch to corps style marching (a rare move for an East Texas band program). The band was previously a military style marching band. This will be a tough transition early on, but is certainly in line with the long term goals and philosophies of Tenaha ISD.

The week started with percussion sectionals and leadership training on Tuesday, July 29th. The percussion section got acquainted with brand new corps style marching drums purchased over the summer, and began fundamental playing. Section leaders learned what it means to be a leader and how to deal with issues that may arise. The leaders also set personal and group goals for the year.

The Roarin’ Band learns new corps style marching fundamentals.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the band begins each day with marching fundamentals. Learning new corps style marching fundamentals means every student is essentially a “first year marcher” this year. Obviously, this will be challenging, but Tenaha kids are always ready to face a challenge head on!

The Roarin’ Band practice moves indoors due to rain.

The weather was great the first day, but was very wet and rainy the last two days. That did not stop the Roarin’ Band as they moved indoors to continue work in the SEC when necessary. Nothing will stop the Roarin’ Band from their determination to have success! The rest of each rehearsal day was spent working on music. The first part of music rehearsal was divided up into sectionals in order to break down the music to the very fundamental levels. All sections came together for full band at the end of each rehearsal to combine what they had learned in sectionals.

The band hopes to build upon what they have learned this week in the coming weeks of band camp.

The Roarin’ Band from Tiger Land is looking forward to their first home performance on September 12th during half time of the Tenaha vs Shelbyville game. The band is also looking forward to the UIL marching band competition which will take place at SFA on October 18th!

Percussion sectional

Sectional practice


Biographies of New Band Directors for Tenaha ISD - August 6, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

(Left to right) Standing: Rhett Pilcher and Brian Sours. Seated: Brandi Swann

Swann Family: (Left to right) William, Bridgett Addison, and Brandi

Brian Sours is currently the Director of Bands & Fine Arts at Tenaha ISD, and has been since July 1, 2014. Mr. Sours was Director of Bands at San Saba ISD from 2009-2014. During his tenure he led the San Saba Golden Armadillo band program to several historic first for the school, including: Consistently advancing 20+ students annually to UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest, leading both the middle school and high school bands respectively to their first UIL Sweepstakes Awards, advancing to a 5th place finish at the 2013 UIL State Marching Band Contest Finals, and helping build a fantastic parent/ band booster support network.

Mr. Sours graduated from Wills Point High School in Wills Point, Texas in 2004. He has a Degree in Music Education from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated in the spring of 2009. During his time at the U of A, he studied tuba under Dr. Benjamin Pierce, world renowned for both his euphonium and tuba playing. He was also a member of the Razorback Marching Band, Tuba/ Euphonium ensemble, Concert band, Symphonic band, and Concert Choir.

Mr. Sours is a member of TMEA, TBA, ATSSB, AMP, ATPE, and an alumnus of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Social Music fraternity).

Brandi Guilbeau Swann is beginning her fifth year teaching at Tenaha ISD. Brandi is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with a degree in Music Education. During her time at Northwestern, Brandi was a member of the “Demon Heat” Colorguard and an Assistant Drum Major in the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band, as well as the piccolo player for the Wind Ensemble. Brandi was also a member of the Crew team, where she served as Vice-President and President.

On July 7, 2012, Brandi Married William Swann. In January 2013, they welcomed their daughter, Bridgett Addison, into the world.

Brandi’s professional organizations are Texas Music Educators Association, Association of Texas Small School Bands, and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.

Rhett Pilcher is a native to East Texas growing up in White Oak. He graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 2009 from Kilgore College. He also obtained a Bachelor of Music Education from East Texas Baptist University in 2014.

While at ETBU, Mr. Pilcher served as president of the Kappa Phi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. He performed regularly as a percussionist with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra. In the past year Mr. Pilcher has worked as a percussion consultant to many different East Texas bands.

His professional organizations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and Kappa Kappa Psi (Alumnus).



Tenaha ISD Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technology Programs - July 30, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha I.S.D. offers career and technology education programs in family consumer science, agriculture science, and business education. Admission to these programs is based on interest and aptitude. It is the policy of Tenaha I.S.D. not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

It is the policy of Tenaha I.S.D. not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Tenaha I.S.D. will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX and/or the 504 Coordinator, Scott Tyner, at P. O. Box 318 Tenaha, Texas 75974 or call 936-248-5000 ext. 201.

Tenaha I.S.D. ofrece programas vocacionales en la familia la ciencia de consumo, la ciencia de la agricultura, y la educación del negocio. La admission a estos programas se basa en interest, y aptitude.

Ts norma de Tenaha I.S.D. no discriminar por motives de razs, color, origin national, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o activades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren el Titulo VI de la Ley de Deprechos Civiles de 1964, segun enmienda; el Titulo IX de las Emmiendas en la Educacion, de 1972, y la § 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitacion de 1973, segun enmienda.

Es norma de Tenaha I.S.D. no discriminar por motives de raza, color, origin nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Titulo VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, segun enmienda; el Titulo IX de las Enmiendas en la Educacion, de 1972, la ley de Discriminacion por Edad, de 1975, segun enmienda, y la § 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitacion de 1973, segun enmienda.

Tenaha I.S.D. tomara las medidas necesarias para asegura que la falta de habilidad en el uso de la lengua ingles no sea un obstaculo para la admission y participacion en todos los programas educativos y vacacionales.

Para informacion sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuniquese con el Coordinador de Titulo IX y Coordinador de la
§ 504, Scott Tyner en P. O. Box 318 Tenaha, Texas 75974 y/o 936-248-5000 ext. 201.


Tenaha Robotics Camp - June 25, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha Schools held its first Robotics Camp in June. Students from grades 3 to 7 attended this one week camp. In this camp students designed, built, and programmed working robots using the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kits. Students also developed valuable problem solving skills, worked on engineering concepts, and computer skills.
Each day the students were given a new challenge to complete. Mrs. Farmer said she enjoyed watching these students have fun learning. We had three beginners who learned very quickly and will be a great asset to our 4th and 5th grade robotics program next year. Some of our intermediate students were able to polish up on their programming skills this week and one student was given the challenge of making a humanoid robot. Each student that attended had fun and gained experience that will help them in the coming year with our competitions. I would like to thank the students and their parents for allowing them to attend this first robotics workshop. Steven and Brenda Farmer, Robotics Sponsor.

Front row: Kamari Gray, Ke’myson Gray, Kim Cave, Luke Ward
Back Row: Gracie Martinson, Page Estes, Kale Page, Andrew Tyner, Alex Tyner


Tenaha Book Club Holds First Meeting of the Summer - June 23, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Seven junior high students and one 4th grader joined Ms. Ward for the first Book Club meeting of the summer to discuss the first novel in the "Divergent “series last Thursday. They began the meeting with snacks representing all the different factions and placed a marble in the faction bowl they thought best represented their family. Then they took a quiz to see which faction they would belong to. After completing the quiz, students began discussing events in the book, favorite characters, and things they would have done if in that situation. Future 8th grader Anayeli Aguilar asked the group, "If there was no religion, would technology be more advanced than it is now?" Wow! The kids and Ms. Ward had to think long and hard about that and relate it to what was going on in the book. "I was extremely proud of these kids who dedicated time to read and truly enjoy the book. We couldn't believe how fast the hour went by," Ms. Ward said. The kids voted to keep going with this series and will start "Insurgent" next. If you couldn't make the first meeting, you can come to the next one on July 22nd from 1-3pm. You must have read both books because we will be discussing the second one. The third book club meeting will be a surprise location in August. Thanks to the following students for attending: Anayeli Aguilar, Giselle Rico, Lupita Sandoval, Gracie Martinson, Jared Tovar, Alex Lopez, Collin Cooper, and Luke Ward. Thanks also go out to our counselor Karen Fallin for dropping by!


Tenaha ISD Hosts First Science Fair - June 4, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Tenaha ISD students in 4th, 5th and 8th grade science classes participated in Tenaha’s first annual Science Fair on Tuesday, May 27th. Teachers Janice Williams and Teresa Wiist were excited about the end of year projects created by their students. Some students worked individually, while others worked in teams to present the findings from their experiments. The thought and details shown in student presentations showed remarkable effort for this first meet. Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Wiist expressed how thrilled they were with student pride in their workmanship on the displays, attention to details while performing their experiments, and the depth of understanding of the scientific principles they encountered. The students were very animated during the meet as they shared their results with other visiting students, family members and staff. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer and Coach Vick served as our guest judges for the fair.

Winners for 4th and 5th grade included:

First place team – Kamari Gray, Kaylee McGahey, Felipe Valencia, and Wesley Fox with Friction and Furry

Second place team – Drew Henry, Paige Watson, and Dylan Calloway with Egg Lab

Third place team – Courtney Page, Mahalia Raymond, Kelly Sandoval with Color Wicking

Winners for 8th Grade included:

First place – Zoee Rogers with Fluid Dynamics (blood pressure) and the Adrenaline Response (to video games)

Second place – Elizabeth Hernandez with Longest Lasting Gum Flavor

Third place team – Destiny Rogers and Senethia Dembo with Open and Closed Electrical Circuits

Congratulations to all the participants!


Tenaha First Graders Given Free Dental Kits By Local Masons - June 3, 2014
Submitted by Rhenda Gray

Jerry Agnew, Jay Wilson, and Larry Fontaine (l to r) assemble dental kits for presentation to Tenaha first graders earlier this month.

Tenaha, TX--All first graders at Tenaha Elementary School recently received free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Jay Wilson led members of Tenaha Masonic Lodge in assembling and delivering kits to the school.

The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas, strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment.

Prevent tooth decay kits contain: a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, healthy teeth sticker, two-minute timer (optimal brushing time), Tips for Healthy Teeth educational info for parents in both Spanish and English, and a summary of MHS services.

According to Oral Health In America: A Report of the Surgeon General, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease-five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Poor children are affected by this epidemic more frequently than other children, with nearly 12 times more restricted-activity days due to dental issues than children from higher-income families. With more than 1.5 million Texas children living in poverty, there is a great need for preventive dental care.

Dental problems also directly affect success for children, with more than 51 million school hours lost each year to dental-related illness. Teachers have judged both classroom performance and classroom behavior to be significantly poorer among children in need of dental care. Pain and suffering due to untreated dental disease can also lead to problems in eating and speaking.

Masonic Home and School of Texas (MHS) is a non-profit organization with a history of helping children across Texas for more than 100 years. Contact MHS by calling toll-free 1.877.203.9111; sending an email to info@mhstx.org; or by visiting the website, www.mhstx.org<http://www.mhstx.org/> .


Tenaha ISD Students Recognized at 2014 Awards Banquet - May 23, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

2014 Tenaha High School Valedictorian & Salutatorian

(L to R) Valedictorian Cinthya Leos, Tenaha ISD School Board President Bo Morris, and Salutatorian Sierra Collins.

There were over three hundred in attendance at this year’s Tenaha ISD Awards Banquet. This number doubles the attendance last year!

Many students at Tenaha ISD are actively involved in not just one extracurricular activity but many. Students strive to maintain exemplary work in the classroom as well as contribute to the achievements of a team sport as well as individual sports. Some say you can’t do it all but at Tenaha ISD students seem to do just that. It is amazing that so many students at Tenaha ISD can keep up their outstanding performance in every class as well participate in as many as four extracurricular activities simultaneously.

Tenaha ISD acknowledges students that have earned outstanding achievements in and out of the classroom. This year’s banquet was kicked off with the enthusiastic welcome from Jonathan Vick, Tenaha coach and Math teacher. Joining numerous proud parents and community members were Tenaha Board of Trustees members Bo Morris, Aaron Roland, Robert Barton, Mark Looney as well as newly elected member Mike Ogden.

Congratulations to all of the Tenaha students who have made a dedicated effort to be the best!

FFA awards

FFA program director, Ashley Armstrong, presented:

High School Show Team
(L to R) Ashley Armstrong, Ricky Corpus, Shawna Hall and Abbie Muckelroy

Horse Evaluation Team
(L to R) Ashley Armstrong, Shawna Hall, Abbie Muckelroy, and Tiffani Thompson

Special Recognition for his success in the High School Rodeo was given to Ricky Corpus.

(L to R) Ricky Corpus and Terry Ward


Tennis Awards

(Back row, L to R) Andy Ward, Colten Goeke, and Dylan Barbee. (Front row, L to R) Alexx Reeves, Katelyn Keller, Alicia Casey, and Brooke McClure

District Boys’ Doubles (3rd Place)
Colton Goeke
Andy Ward
Mixed Doubles
Dylan Barbee
Alexx Reeves

Girls’ Doubles
Katelyn Kellar
Alicia Casey
Brooke McClure

Cross Country - Senior Recognition (picture not available) - Cinthya Leos, Danny Jurado, and Efrain Hernandez

Boys Baseball

(L to R) Tyre Barnes, Tylor Green, Tristan Green and Tyler Davison

2nd Team
Tyler Davison
Tristan Green
Tylor Green
D’Andre Thomas

Honorable Mention
Tyre Barnes

Boys Track

Regional Qualifiers - (Front row, L to R) Alex Horton, Jordan Castillo, Carlos Flores-Bustamante and Abel Rodriguez. (Middle row, L to R) TJ Thomas, Seth Wyatt, Chavis Gregory and Cobe Caraway. (Back row, L to R) Denzelle Williams, Keontas Davis, JR Hill, and D’Andre Thomas.

Girls Track

Regional Qualifiers - (Front row, L to R) Kyesha Perry, Kennedy Hunter, Alyssa Harris and Kelsey Barton. (Back row, L to R) Mercedes Rountree, LaPorsha Perry and Alicia Casey. 

6th Place Discus
Ashton Griffin (Not pictured)

Most Valuable Field Event
Ashton Griffin (Not pictured)

Most Valuable Runner
Kelsey Barton (Pictured, Front Row, far right)

High School Robotics

(Front row, L to R) Brenda Farmer, Robotics Sponsor, and Hunter Wagstaff. (Back row, L to R) JR Wagstaff, Blane Cummings and Jacob Samford.

Boys Soccer

(Front row, L to R) Newcomer of the Year - Carlos Flores-Bustamante, Offense MVP - Brady Tovar, and Defense MVP - Javier Uribe. (Middle row, L to R) Jordan Castillo, Alex Horton, Rafeal Loredo, Leon Aquilar, Esiquiel Flores, and Able Rodriguez. (Back row, L to R) Luis Campos, Denzelle Williams, Adolfo Reyes, Omar Pelecastre, and Edgar Pineda.

Lady Tiger Soccer

Offensive Player of the Year
(L to R) Cinthya Leos and
Coach Lauri Sisk.

Senior soccer players recognized (Front row, L to R) Destiny Trammell, Sierra Collins, and Blanca Ruiz. (Back row, L to R) Alexx Reeves, Cinthya Leos and Raven Gibbs.

Defensive Player of the Year - Alexx Reeves (Back row, far left) Newcomer of the Year - Destiny Trammell (Front row, far left)


Boys Basketball

(Front row, L to R)
Newcomer of the Year - Colton Goeke,
1st team All District
- D’Andre Thomas,
2nd team All District - JR Hill, and
1st team All District - Tyler Davison.

(Back row, L to R)
MVP - Keontas Davis,
MVP Offense - Jacoby Ivy, and
MVP Defense - Chavis Gregory.

Girls Basketball

(Front row, L to R)
TABC All-Regional Team and Defensive Player of the Year - Shantivia Gray and
2nd Team All-District - Takameria McClure.

(Back row, L to R)
1st Team All-District - Jalysa Steadman and
1st Team All-District - Eboni Moore.

(Not pictured)
Honorable Mention - Tierra Henderson and Honorable Mention All-District - Ashton Griffin.

Band Awards

(Front row, L to R)
Outstanding Senior - Cinthya Leos,
Outstanding Sophomore - Janeth Trejo, and
Outstanding Freshman - Katelyn Keller. (Back row, L to R)
Drum Major Award - Seth Wyatt,
Outstanding Sophomore - JR Wagstaff and
Outstanding Freshman - Bianca Ramirez.

(Front row, L to R)
Director’s Award - Jade Windom,
Outstanding Marcher - LaTonya Goodwin and
Most Improved - Christina Patterson.
(Back row, L to R)

Outstanding Percussion - Jakedrick Rountree and
Outstanding Brass - Jacob Samford.
(Not pictured)
Outstanding Woodwind - Ariday Hernandez,
Outstanding Junior - Chyenne Koller,
Outstanding Sophomore - Janeth Trejo and
Outstanding 8th grader - Hernan Hernandez.


Six Years of Dedication and Service Award was earned by the following:

(Front row, L to R) Destiny Tramell, Omar Pelcastre, Cinthya Leos, Shantivia Gray, and Jalysa Steadman. (Back row, L to R) Javier Uribe, Josh Dorsey, Keontas Davis, JR Hill, and Jacoby Ivy.

Football Awards

(Front row, L to R) Javier Uribe, Brady Tovar, Tristan Green, TJ Thomas and Leon Aguilar. (Middle row, L to R) Tylor Green, Luis Campos, Jacoby Ivy, D’Andre Thomas, Edgar Pineda. (Back row, L to R) Tyre Barnes, Charles Reed, Keontas Davis, Chavis Gregory, Denzelle Williams, and JR Hill.

District 11 Most Valuable Player/ All-State Defensive Lineman - Denzelle Williams
District 11 Offensive MVP/All-State Running Back/1st TeamOLB - Chavis Gregory
District 11 Defensive MVP/1st Team WR - Keontas Davis
1st Team QB/2nd Team DB - JR Hill
1st Team RB/1st Team DB - TJ Thomas
1st Team WR/1st Team DB - D’Andre Thomas
1st Team OL - Derik Jones
1st Team OL - Luis Campos
1st Team DL - Tristan Green
1st Team LB/2nd Team TE
- Jacoby Ivy
2nd Team WR/ 2nd Team OLB - Brady Tovar
2nd Team OL/ 2nd Team Kicker - Javier Uribe
2nd Team OL - Charles Reed
2nd Team OL - Leonel Aguilar
Honorable Mention LB - DaMarkus Perry
Honorable Mention LB - Tylor Green
Honorable Mention TE - Tyre Barnes
Honorable Mention OLB - Markevaus Reed
Honorable Mention OL - Edgar Pineda

Academic Awards

Receiving All “A” Honor Roll was Tyler Muckelroy.
(L to R) Tyler Muckelroy and Judy Monroe, Tenaha High School Principal

Students receiving
Attendance Awards are
(Front row, L to R) Shantivia Gray, Alyssa Harris & Esiquiel Flores.
(Back row, L to R) Edgar Pineda, Josh Dorsey, & JR Hill.

Students who earned
Academic Recognition and received a letter jacket are (Front row, L to R) Omar Pelcastre, Alexx Reeves, and Cinthya Leos. (Middle row, L to R) Eboni Moore, Alex Horton, and Genesis Acopa. (Back row, L to R) JR Hill, Chavis Gregory, Keontas Davis, and Jacoby Ivy.
(Not pictured) Derik Jones.

Tenaha Band News - April 30, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

The Roarin’ Band from Tigerland traveled to Bullard High School on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 for the Region 21 UIL Concert and Sight-reading contest. They earned a first division on stage and a first division in sight-reading for a “Concert Sweepstakes”! Many people, as well as other directors were quick to say how impressed they were with the band’s stage performance. The sight reading judges were very impressed with their abilities as well. Congrats to the band for all of their hard work!

The band will now begin preparing for Tenaha’s Annual Tiger Fest which is Thursday May 22nd.


Incentive Friday at Tenaha Elementary - April 7, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

For the last three weeks, Tenaha Elementary students that have come to school all week and had good behavior have gone into a drawing for five $20 gift cards, and the kids have responded with excellent behavior and an attendance rate of 97%!!! Attending school every day and exhibiting good behavior are keys to academic success, and through the Box Top Program we have been able to reward our students in a meaningful way for the great job that they do! We appreciate everyone who has donated to the Boxtop program. For more information about this great program, go to www.boxtops4education.com. Congratulations to this week's winners!! Walter Peddy, EE-5 Principal


Tiger Doubles Team Takes Bronze Medal - April 4, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

Sophomore Colton Goeke and freshman Andy Ward battled and beat a very good Cushing boys' doubles team to win the bronze medal in tennis. Their only loss in two days came to number 1 seed Joaquin team on Wednesday. The boys not only had to play their opponents, but also had to face 30 mph wind gusts.

"I'm extremely proud of the boys and the entire team. They exceeded my expectations with the small amount of practice we were able to have," Elizabeth Ward said. Anyone interested in tennis next year should contact Coach Ward.

The athletes just need to have a racquet and a good attitude to play. There are also summer tennis clinics in Center if kids are interested.

Tenaha ISD Announces Tiger Doll Danceline Selection - March 27, 2014
Submitted by Chris Conway, Band Director

Congratulations to the following girls for making next year’s Tiger Doll Danceline!
Tori Bryant; Tymaryon Davis; Amya Giles; Keyasma Gray; Zayda Hernandez; Maggie Hughes; Lashasta Johnson; Chyenne Koller – Captain; Selena Mendoza; Natalia Nelson; Rebekah Potter; Caniya Reed; Christasha Suell.

Tenaha Schools Famous Americans Program - March 10, 2014
Submitted by Brenda Lucas

2nd Grade
The SEC was once again filled with Famous Americans. The second grade class has spent the last six weeks researching and working on their projects. On Thursday, February 20, 2014 the second graders were able to show off their hard work and knowledge in the Famous American’s Living Museum. The class had some presidents, inventors, athletes and movie stars. Parents worked extremely hard on each and every costume. Dawson Williams said, “

My favorite part was telling everyone about David Crocket’s life!” “It is very evident each year the costumes and the knowledge of the students have continued to strengthen and grow” stated Amie Mathis, 2nd grade teacher.

Andrew Carroll

Dawson Williams

Arlette Ramirez

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