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North Lamar students featured on Cabela’s Facebook page

School NewsGreg Higgins
Stone Middle School’s Outdoor Education class gathers at Cabela’s for a picture to be included on the chains Facebook page.

Stone Middle School’s Outdoor Education class gathers at Cabela’s for a picture to be included on the chains Facebook page.

Students in Stone Middle School’s Outdoor Education class were recently featured on Cabela’s Facebook page as a promotion for school programs.  Each year Stone instructorDavid Pasternak arranges to take his Outdoor Education classes to Cabela’s in Allen, Texas, for a tour.  Guides take the eighth graders on a tour of the store while touching on all the basics that the class is designed to cover such as fishing, hunting, archery, boating, camping, environmental responsibility, and outdoor cooking.   In addition to discussing the outdoor topics, students also learn about the mounted wildlife that is displayed throughout the store and the assortment of fish that swim in the large aquariums. 

Financial aid meeting for North Lamar parents and students

School NewsGreg Higgins
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North Lamar parents and seniors are invited to attend a financial aid workshop onTuesday, October 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the North Lamar High School cafeteria. 

Representatives from Paris Junior College will be available to answer questions and assist in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form online.  Step by step instructions will be given to help parents and students work through the often confusing maze of completing this financial aid document.

North Lamar FFA to swing for students

School NewsGreg Higgins
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The North Lamar FFA is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, October 14 at Pine Ridge Golf Course.  Proceeds from the event will go toward student conventions and scholarships for senior FFA members.

Entry fee for the four person men and/or women’s scramble is $400 per team and includes golf carts and lunch.  Players may request to be in one of two flights and are urged to sign up early to reserve a spot.  The morning flight begins at 8:00 a.m. and the afternoon tee time is at 1:00 p.m.  Prizes will be given for the closet to pin on par 3 holes as well as a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on hole 5.  Additional door prizes will also be given away during the day.

For more information or to register, call Dennis Risinger at 903.491.6568. 

North Lamar first graders receive dental packets

School NewsGreg Higgins
First grade students at Aaron Parker Elementary use their fingers to practice brushing their teeth as they watch a demonstration from the school nurse.

First grade students at Aaron Parker Elementary use their fingers to practice brushing their teeth as they watch a demonstration from the school nurse.

Roan Oak Masonic Lodge members Paul Green , left, and Mike Parson, second from right, stand with first grade teacher Yolanda Lasenbby and a few of her students who received Fantastic Teeth Fan Club packets.  Students beginning left are Manning Fuller, Richelle Kelp-Torres, Emma Pedersen, Cate Emeyabbi, Christopher Rowland,

Roan Oak Masonic Lodge members Paul Green , left, and Mike Parson, second from right, stand with first grade teacher Yolanda Lasenbby and a few of her students who received Fantastic Teeth Fan Club packets.  Students beginning left are Manning Fuller, Richelle Kelp-Torres, Emma Pedersen, Cate Emeyabbi, Christopher Rowland,

Fantastic Teeth Fan Club packets from Roan Oak Masonic Lodge members James Parson and Paul Green. 

Fantastic Teeth Fan Club packets from Roan Oak Masonic Lodge members James Parson and Paul Green

North Lamar students at Higgins and Aaron Parker Elementary schools were among other first graders in the county that received dental packets from the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge.  Through the organization’s Masonic Children and Family Services of Texas Dental Health program, students were given a Fantastic Teeth Fan Club packet containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and a two-minute brushing timer.

Learning country’s origins during Celebrate Freedom Week

School NewsGreg Higgins
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Students across Texas celebrated Celebrate Freedom Week during the week of September 17, the date the U.S. Constitution was signed.  Celebrate Freedom Week is a week designed to teach about the country’s origins with an emphasis on the founding documents.  Five states, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, officially celebrate the holiday.  North Lamar High School U.S. History instructor, Kendal Kirk, had his students make posters about the origins of the United States that were then displayed in the hall for all to see.  Students from left are Luis Garcia Rojas, Miguel Rosas, McKayla Figueroa, Randlyn Kyle, Peyton Buck, Nicholas Kear, Rusten Clark, Chloe Mallory, Kareagan Allison and Zack Justice.

NL Homecoming Coronation set for Friday night

School NewsGreg Higgins
North Lamar Homecoming Queen nominees beginning front row left are Ashton Henderson, Summer Andrews and Karlie King.  In back are Melody Shannon and Mikaela Hess 

North Lamar Homecoming Queen nominees beginning front row left are Ashton Henderson, Summer Andrews and Karlie King.  In back are Melody Shannon and Mikaela Hess 

North Lamar will crown the 2017 Homecoming Queen this Friday night at R. L. Maddox Stadium with the coronation beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Panthers football team will kick off at 7:30 p.m. against the Pottsboro Cardinals.

          Students at every campus are participating in this week’s daily dress themes.  Daily themes are ‘Merica Monday’, ‘Country vs. Country Club’ on Tuesday, ‘Rapper vs. Rocker’ on Wednesday, ‘Nerd vs. Jock’ on Thursday, and ‘Blue and Gold Spirit Day’ on Friday. 

The Homecoming King will be announced during the pep rally beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the NLHS gym on Friday.  King nominees are Austin Exum, Zeke Wood, Abraham Prado, Jeremy Bolton, and Alex Hicks

Following at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, the court will be the guests of honor in the Homecoming parade as it meanders through the North Lamar campus.  The theme this year is ‘Confuse the Cardinals’.  First, second, and third place trophies will be given to the top floats in the parade and a traveling spirit trophy will be given to the group showing the most spirit. Guests are welcomed to attend the Homecoming festivities and will best view the parade from the football parking lot.

Martin begins leadership as NLISD interim superintendent

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In its third week of school, North Lamar ISD has named Charlie Martin as interim superintendent.  He fills the position after John McCullough stepped down as superintendent on August 28 following an agreed upon severance package with the school board.

Coming out of a short retirement, Martin begins his first day on the job Tuesday, September 5.

NL Assistant Superintendent Brandon Dennardsaid, “With over three decades of educational experience, North Lamar is excited to have Charlie Martin take over as the interim superintendent. Mr. Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help the district move forward. We are looking forward to his leadership and the direction of the district.”

NL school board member Kristi Trammell said, “We were fortunate to have had several outstanding, highly qualified candidates for the position, and any one of them could have served capably.  But at the end of the day, Mr. Martin's lengthy superintendent experience, his leadership qualities and people strengths, and his track record of promoting academic excellence made his our top choice.”

Adding to what the board sees Martin bringing to the district, Sheila Daughtrey said, “Charlie Martin will add the calm that our district needs. He has said we need to get back to normalcy, ‘Let the teachers teach, and the kids get back to being educated.’ He has the expertise necessary to lead this district to be the district that everyone wants to knock the doors down to be a part of. I respect the common sense approach to education that Mr. Martin voiced in his interview. We are fortunate to have this man willing to be a part of the North Lamar family. Being from Lamar County, I feel he understands our community and how to lead us to move forward on a positive path.”

Speaking of Martin’s leadership for North Lamar, board member Rickey Richardson said, "Charlie Martin is exactly the kind of guy we need as superintendent at this time. His experience along with his ability to lead and direct our district at this time is invaluable. Mr. Martin's positive attitude and experience with improving district morale is exceptional. I personally believe we are a better district today with Mr. Martin as Superintendent.”

“I appreciate Charlie's willingness to help North Lamar,” added board member Tim Stone.  “We will be counting on his experience and expertise to guide us through the challenges we face with facilities and the transition process.  He is committed to continue to move the district forward with innovation and technology.  His familiarity within the community and the district are additional strengths I feel will help the district through this time.  I look forward to working with him.”

With Martin’s guidance and direction, North Lamar will continue to move forward committed in a united atmosphere and providing the best education possible for its students.

NL Theatre Department auditions for fall production

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The North Lamar High School TheatreDepartment will be holding auditions for its fall productionBIG FISH on Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August,29. Auditions are open to students in 8th-12th grades and tap dancers from 7 – 12 grades.  BIG FISH calls for two young boys between the ages of 6 and 11.  Both girls and boys can audition for these two roles.

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Scarborough to lead NL High School

School NewsGreg Higgins
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Students and staff at North Lamar High School will see a new face this year in the principal’s office.  Clay Scarborough, who was hired by the Board of Trustees in May, comes to NLHS from John Tyler High School in Tyler where he served as Assistant Principal, Dean of Freshman Academy, and until recently Dean of Instruction and Academic Dean.

Scarborough saw an opportunity when he applied for the position at North Lamar.

"A door was opened that I felt called to check into,” he said, “I saw many good things already in place that I could add value to.” 

A 1995 graduate of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman High School in Tyler, Texas, Scarborough went on to attend Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he played football for two years and baseball for four.  He received his bachelor in Communications in 1999 and two years later a Master of Education.  It was during his graduate year at Austin College that he coached baseball.  He went on to assist as baseball coach and serve as Sports Information Director for two years at Lon Morris Junior College before moving to Waxahachie in 2002 to work at Waxahachie Junior High School teaching multimedia, yearbook, and speech.

Using his communications degree, Scarborough worked part time while in Waxahachie for Southwestern Assemblies of God University as Sports Information Director and Play by Play broadcaster while assisting as baseball coach.  His love for sports landed him a freelance position for the Waxahachie Daily Light covering high school sports, college sports, and the Texas Rangers from 2010-2012.

Speaking of what he would like to accomplish at NLHS, Scarborough said, “I want to take the many good things already in place at North Lamar and make sure we are serving every student as best we can every day."

Scarborough brings his wife, Tiffanie, who earned a bachelor in music and math at Austin College, and two sons, Noah (4) and Benjamin (9 months), with him to Paris.

North Lamar Brings Home Fourth In Drama at State

School NewsGreg Higgins
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The NL Cast of A Midsummer  Night's Dream represented North Lamar well at the 4A STATE Contest on Wednesday, April 12th in Round Rock, TX.  Maddie Doyal was awarded Outstanding Tech Award for all of 4A in the State of Texas, a first for North Lamar.

Josh Kok won a spot on the 4A State All Star Cast. Paul Bayer is the 2017

BEST ACTOR in the State of Texas. North Lamar is coming home with 4th place

in the 4A State Contest.

"What a year it has been!", High School Drama Teacher Cody Head said. "Thank you to Stephanie Easton for her work on this wild ride!

The drama department wants you to be a part of this performance. They have decided to do a "pay what you can" public performance on Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm in the NL Auditorium.

The cast and crew of "A MIdsummer Night's Dream":

Austin Cunningham

Jenny Clausen

Chaston Tomlin

Josh Kok

Seth Jones

Kylee Hilliard

Taylor White

Kylie Jackson

Savanah Birdwell

Paul Bayer

Kyle Stanley

Tate Bivens

Trent Fells

Grace Hignight

Kyran Hollje

Maddie Doyal

Bodee Robinson

Marlee Dority

Madison Turner

Aleeza Lee