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North Lamar loose change drive benefits Kiwanis annual project

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In lieu of having a canned food drive this year, North Lamar Independent School District held a school-wide loose change drive with the proceeds going toward the Kiwanis Club of Paris Food Drive.  The pocket change collected by students will help with food baskets for those in need during the holidays.  Shown accepting a check in the amount of $858.22 from North Lamar representatives, Launa Doyaland Carla Coleman, from left, are Rudy Kessel, David Nichols, president, and Robert High

Patients are the real winners of the Crosstown Blood Drive

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 Radley Crutchfieldand  Josie Zumalt  were among the students recruited to give blood at North Lamar High School.  

Radley Crutchfieldand Josie Zumalt were among the students recruited to give blood at North Lamar High School.  

In a friendly competition to help boost the blood supply at Carter Blood Care, North Lamar High School and Paris High School held drives last week collecting a total of 193 units.  North Lamar came in with 111 units of blood while Paris had 82 units.  Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives, so 579 lives can be impacted from the blood collected between the two districts.  

NL Jean Days Help Feed Lamar County Residents

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North Lamar ISD teachers and staff members recently raised $805 through their ‘Jean Week’ campaign for the Downtown Food Pantry.  According to Operations Director Chuck Burton, pictured left, 3,220 meals will be provided through this donation.  North Lamar representative Tammy McGuire, center, made the presentation to Burton and Downtown Food Pantry Executive Director Alicia Jallah

NLHS Students to Audition for Texas All-State Choir

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Thirteen students from the North Lamar High School choir have qualified to audition for the Texas Music Educators Association All State Choir.

          Qualifiers beginning front row left are Kayden Yates (4th chair), Amanda Dean (1st chair), Ellie Ables (1st chair), and Reyna Hildreth (1st chair); middle row, Jerron Newberry (1st chair), Josh Kok (4th chair), Sean Gist (1st chair), and Jenna Gould (4th chair); and back row, Ben Dong (5th chair), Seth Carter(1st chair), Seth Jones (2nd chair), Parker Freeman (2nd chair), and Kyle Stanley (1st chair).

“North Lamar singers claimed seven first chairs, which is a remarkable accomplishment,” said NLHS Choir Director Rebecca Hildreth.

The students will auditionon January 13, 2018, at TAMU-Commerce for a spot in the highly esteemed Texas All State Choir.  Hildreth is accompanied byPat Fowzerat the high school andRaven Minterat Stone Middle School.

 

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 North Lamar ESL Coordinator Kortney Melton congratulates Bailey 5th grade Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts teachers  Angelia Kennedy  and  Kim Lacey  on passing their ESL certifications. 

North Lamar ESL Coordinator Kortney Melton congratulates Bailey 5th grade Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts teachers Angelia Kennedy and Kim Lacey on passing their ESL certifications. 

In an effort to promote continuing education for North Lamar teachers and ensure quality equitable education for its growing population, English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) teachers that specifically work with students in the English as a Second Language program are studying for and taking the state certification test to become certified to teach English Language Learners.

"It is a smaller population of students that attend North Lamar schools, but a significant one,” said North Lamar ESL Coordinator Kortney Melton. “We now have over 100 students including those that are in the ESL program and those that have exited the ESL program but are still being monitored."

North Lamar ISD's English as a Second Language program has grown in numbers over recent years.

 North Lamar High School English instructor LaDonna Davis receives a congratulatory gift and balloon from  Kortney Melton , NLISD ESL Coordinator, for passing her ESL certification. 

North Lamar High School English instructor LaDonna Davis receives a congratulatory gift and balloon from Kortney Melton, NLISD ESL Coordinator, for passing her ESL certification. 

"Ten years ago, we had less than 30 students,” said Melton.  “Now we have almost 70 that are in the program, plus additional students that are being monitored."

It is because of this growth and the wonderful amount of native languages that kids are bringing to North Lamar that Melton is able to award stipends for teachers that meet specific requirements. Additionally, the ESL budget will reimburse those teachers if they pass the ESL certification exam.

Continuing, Melton said, "It is a wonderful feeling to be able to promote cultural diversity.  We have approximately ten different native languages in our district that students speak while at home in addition to English.  If we can embrace the different ways to teach these specific students using best practices, then all students will benefit because English as a Second Language strategies are overall best practice strategies for any content area and any grade level."

 

Giving thanks to our veterans

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Veterans and guests were invited to the annual Aaron Parker Elementary Thanksgiving feast following a Veterans Day program on Thursday.  Serving Kyle King and his granddaughter, Tabitha King, is North Lamar Assistant Superintendent Brandon Dennard, and Parker assistants Valerie EdmonsonNicole Sanders and Amber Dobbs.

 
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North Lamar ISD AP® Scholar Awards

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Six students from North Lamar High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams during spring 2017 testing. Each year, the College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams.

At North Lamar High School:

One student, Steele Musgrove, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. These students are Heather Armstrong, Kevin Dawson, Trinitidee Edwards, Takeyah Griffin, and Ty Rast.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

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NLHS Student Congress sweeps region and heads to state

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 UIL Student Congress Region Champion is the North Lamar High School team of Coach Kristi Hodgkiss, Mason Remaley (senior), Colin Hodgkiss (senior), Garrett Holzwarth (junior), Zach Huffman (junior), and Katie Hodgkiss (sophomore).

UIL Student Congress Region Champion is the North Lamar High School team of Coach Kristi Hodgkiss, Mason Remaley (senior), Colin Hodgkiss (senior), Garrett Holzwarth (junior), Zach Huffman (junior), and Katie Hodgkiss (sophomore).

Three North Lamar Speech and Debate team members will compete at the State Student Congress Tournament in Austin on January 8-10, 2018, by virtue of sweeping the UIL Student Congress Regional Tournament on November 2.

After debating for seven hours, Zach Huffman earned first place followed by team membersColin Hodgkiss, second, Mason Remaley, third, Garrett Holzwarth, fourth, and Katie Hodgkiss,fifth.  The top three legislators advance to the state competition.

Student Congress simulates the activities of the United States Congress with students serving as senators and representatives.  The student team members write, propose, and debate contemporary legislation such as nuclear first strike requirements, life classes for high school, and physician assisted suicide in an effort to get their piece of legislation approved. 

“Preparation for the contest requires hours of research and more hours of practice,” said Coach Kristi Hodgkiss.

Additionally, Remaley was named Top Presiding Officer.  Much like the Speaker of the House, the Top Presiding Officer is responsible for running the chamber, maintaining order, and must have knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

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NL’s Shannon advances to FFA area competition

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Melody Shannon, a senior at North Lamar High School, recently competed in the District FFA Leadership Development Events (LDE) at Northeast Texas Community College in Titus County.  She placed second in the Senior Creed Speaking event and will advance to the area competition on Wednesday, November 15 in Marshall, Texas.

Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization.  Team and individual events are used to reinforce what is taught in agricultural science classrooms. 

In Creed Speaking, a member presents the FFA Creed from memory and answers questions about its meaning and purpose.  This event is just one way to boost self-confidence, earn recognition, and develop powerful, organized and professional communication skills.  All LDE events have elimination rounds at the district and area meets before the state level competition.

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