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EISD draws choice of architects

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Mark Warde [email protected] Ennis Independent School District board members voted on Tuesday in favor of East Texas based architecture firm, Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong, to design the new agriculture facilities project at Ennis High School. The company began in 1983 with a staff of four in Lufkin, including Philip Goodwin and Larry Lasiter, now has over 60 employees […]

Choral students shine at UIL event

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Mark Warde [email protected] A pair of freshmen, Remy Ort and Moises Ochoa, earned top medals to lead a host of singers during a weekend competition hosted by the University Interscholastic League in Dallas. Thirteen students, described as proud members of the Ennis High School choral department, participated in the UIL solo and ensemble event. The […]

Slovacek, EJH choir students work on tunes

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Asking a teacher for an autograph is not considered a good idea, unless he is an aspiring singer who is coming to work with music students at Ennis Junior High. Tuesday, Feb. 9, a home-grown country singer, Mat Slovacek, will be working with the EJH choir, according to principal Wade Bishop. See the report in […]

EISD to choose Ag building architect

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Among the agenda items slated for the EISD school board meeting on Tuesday night is a dialogue concerning which architect will be chosen for the Agriculture Facilities project. Superintendent, Dr. John Chapman III will address the findings and likely announce the firm who will oversee the creation of drawings of what could be a new […]

Taking his talents to Whataburger University

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Mark Warde [email protected] An innocent, creative idea for fun on National Signing Day has gone viral for a few Ennis underclassmen. Wednesday, Feb. 3, is known across the country for scores of high school athletes who sign National Letters of Intent binding them to colleges who have offered scholarships. Plenty of fanfare and drama goes […]

Engineer explains profession to Palmer students

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  Nikole Wadddle Contributor Ms. Elizabeth Borstad, Corsicana’s city engineer, visited Palmer High School’s algebra students last week. She gave students a brief overview of the profession, including the various types of engineers and for what they are responsible, the education involved, as well as an explanation of various types of support staff associated with […]

Book shopping at Sam Houston Elementary

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Students from Mrs. Stapleton’s first grade class at Sam Houston get to go “book shopping” every Friday afternoon. Sam Houston is equipped with an “I-pick” library that has a wide variety of reading levels. The students are able to choose books that are at their independent reading level to keep in their own personal book […]

Palmer band member is all-region

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John Mabry, a freshman tuba player in the Palmer High School Bulldog Band, has made the All-Region Band for 2016. “John is clearly on his way to a good chance at going to state before he graduates,” Palmer band director Jeremy McKissack said of Mabry. “This kid loves music and is already beginning to compose […]

EISD board nominating period begins

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EDN Staff Report [email protected] Individuals interested in serving on the Ennis Independent School District Board of Trustees will be able to file an application for a place on the general election ballot starting Wednesday Seat 6 and Seat 7 on the board will be on the May 7 election ballot. The seats are currently held […]

EISD weighing Ag building plans

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Mark Warde [email protected] Two architecture firms visited Tuesday’s EISD meeting to make presentations for being being considered for a new Agriculture Building project on the Ennis High School campus. Stantec, who has a long-standing relationship with the school district, sent Terry Hoyle and project manager Kenneth Smith to illustrate the strengths of their abilities. Similarly, […]

Second graders using tech in classroom; Teachers talk benefits of research with computers

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  Justin Tubbs [email protected] Technology is taking over peoples’ everyday lives as we know them, and sometimes people find themselves trying to keep up in an ever-evolving world of new gadgets and software. At Austin Elementary, a group of second grade teachers have taken it upon themselves to help their students to properly use technology, […]

EISD adds buses, gives $500 incentive checks

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Mark Warde [email protected] The Ennis Independent School District, perhaps prompted by potted poinsettias across the front of the board room, announced a larger than expected holiday incentive check for all full- time employees during their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Superintendent Dr. John Chapman, III, said the plan was already in the budget, though the amount […]

Howard’s racket is winning

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Mark Warde [email protected] Few, if any, have demonstrated as much passion for Ennis High School athletics as Keith Howard. Ennis born and raised, there are two things about him no one doubts; his career destiny nor the color coursing through his veins. “The man obviously bleeds maroon,” said longtime assistant coach Wyatt Johnson, “but is […]

MILLER HUNGER GAMES

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The fourth annual Miller Hunger Games was a huge success. As a campus, 3,794 canned and non-perishable food items were brought in that will be donated to our local Helping Hands of Ennis. The overall effort by all students and staff was tremendous. Congratulations to District 5 (5th grade) for bringing in the most with […]

EJHS students earn All-Region Band positions

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Fourteen Ennis Junior High School students earned a chair in the 2015-16 All-Region Band. They include: Emma Lou, flute; Jacob Slovak, clarinet; Didier Gonzalez, tenor saxophone; Nathan Matous, trumpet; Jacob Beltran, trumpet; Madison Holy, trumpet; Kayleith Dyess, French horn; Andrew Perez, trombone; Sydney Kelly, trombone; Gloria Hernandez, trombone; Josef Slovak, baritone; Jackson White, tuba; Colby […]

Gala celebrates, paints a vision

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Brad Hicks [email protected] Supporters of the fledgling Ennis Independent School District Education Foundation celebrated a start and promoted a 20-year goal at Saturday night’s second annual gala and silent auction. “In two years, we have gone from an idea that took off, to an entity with a vision to support a legacy,” said Art Del […]

Miss Maroon & White; Ladies participate in pageant over weekend

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] The lights were on some of Ennis’ most elegant young ladies on Saturday at the Ennis High School Auditorium. The EHS Drama Club hosted its first ever Miss Maroon and White Pageant, where young women of Ennis High School received the opportunity to express their talents and stand atop the stage in […]

Junior high’s decorated door needs your votes

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Ms. Fincher’s fourth period photography class at Ennis Junior High School had its Red Ribbon Week door accepted as an entry in a national contest. The National Family Partnership said the decorated door is part of the Red Ribbon Campaign contest. People can now go to redribbon.org/vote to cast a ballot for the decorated door. […]

EHS Ag Mechanics team wins at State Fair

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Ennis High School Agricultural Mechanics team competed on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the State Fair of Texas. The group had a very rewarding day, earning two class wins, one division win, and a group showmanship honor. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the […]

Texas schools to count minutes, not days

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Texas students may no longer be counting down the days until summer. A new state law has changed the Texas Education Code’s definition of a school year from 180 days to 75,600 minutes of instruction. One day is defined as 420 minutes. “The rationale was to give districts more flexibility for making […]

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