TEA establishes #IAmTXEd website

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath recently announced that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has established a website to feature all educator profiles published in the agency’s successful #IAmTXEd social media campaign.
Launched in December 2016, the #IAmTXEd campaign collects and shares the ongoing success stories of Texas educators whose work is leading to greater student outcomes and achievements. The social media posts are shared statewide each Thursday via the TEA’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
“Social media is a great avenue for quickly sharing stories that spotlight our teachers, but this website offers a place to view our ongoing collection of great work,” said Commissioner Morath. “There continues to be no shortage of great work taking place in classrooms across our state every school day.”

See complete story in April 27 edition


School board hears report on construction

By Ellis Knox |

Many of the Pittsburg ISD projects from the 2013 and 2017 bonds are either done or are nearing completion, according to Charlie Price of Compass Builders.
Price reported to the board that construction projects across the district for March was all good news.
He said the new agriculture science and technical skills building is completed and that furnishings, electrical hook ups, equipment and machines are being installed. Weather permitting, the final grading, fencing and canopies for the covered walks, will be completed soon. In addition, the ag-science and career technical programs building will be ready for occupation soon, Price noted. 

See April 6 issue of The Gazette for complete story.


Pittsburg ISD students, faculty to travel to Honduras for mission trip with church

Twelve Pittsburg Independent School District students and staff will be joining numerous community members in June for a mission trip to Honduras with Emmanuel Baptist Church. They will travel to Jalaca, Honduras and stay at the New Life Children’s Orphanage. 
This orphanage houses approximately 46 children that range in ages 7-18 with the majority of them being teenagers. 
Students will go out into local villages conducting feeding and medical brigades as well as working in the classrooms with the children for one and two weeks. 
Members of the group going are selling Little Caesars Pizzas to help raise money and also taking donations. 
If one would like to make a donation or to find out more information, email Mandy Hobbs at or call the church office at 903-856-3411.


Northeast Texas CC, TAMUT formalize agreement

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Northeast Texas Community College and Texas A&M University – Texarkana held a ceremony March 23 to formalize a memorandum of understanding and articulation agreement for the Associate of Science in Business Administration to Bachelor of Business Administration. 
The agreement allows students who complete their associate degree in business at NTCC to seamlessly transfer into the bachelor’s degree program at A&M-Texarkana. 
The two institutions are longtime educational partners and A&M-Texarkana has a full-time office on the NTCC campus. 
Currently, students can choose from 10 bachelor’s degree and three master’s degree programs that are offered through a combination of online and face-to-face classes held on the NTCC campus. 
To learn more, contact the A&M-Texarkana at NTCC office at 903-434-8357.


Several Pittsburg students accepted, place at art shows

Several Pittsburg students were invited to participate in and placed in several area art shows in Longview, Camp County and Hughes Springs.
The 57th annual Student Invitational at the Longview Museum of Art had the several students accepted into the exhibition. 
They were Tana Wooten, Hunter Keen, Beatriz Monroy, Kate de la Rosa, Anita Chan, Joshua Brisbin, Nayeon Sim, Tyrese Rhymes, Stephanie Najera, Lilia Contreras and Breanne Howton. 
Monroy won second place in the drawing division. 
There were 17 schools from East Texas represented in the show. 
At the Camp County Youth Project Art Show, Trista Bryant placed first in the 8-12th grade 3-Dimensional Art category, Emily Bamberg placed first in the 8-12th grade 2-Dimensiional Art category and Emily Beckham placed second in the 8-12th grade 2-Dimensiional Art category.


Fourth annual ‘Engineering Roundtable’ held at NTCC

MOUNT PLEASANT -- The Fourth Annual Engineering Roundtable at Northeast Texas Community College was Feb. 17 in the Whatley Center Foyer on campus. 
Since 2014, this event has become an annual opportunity for both students who are currently enrolled in the NTCC engineering program and students from area high schools who are interested in the field of engineering. AEP/SWEPCO generously sponsored part of this year’s roundtable with a $1,000 donation. 
In addition, Luminant made a charitable donation of $500 to the funding of the event.
Stan Minter, a mechanical engineer who is the maintenance superintendent for AEP/SWEPCO Welch Power Plant, gave the keynote address.  
He spoke about the rigorous requirements to earn a B.S. in engineering. In addition, he challenged the students to develop an appropriate lifestyle that is necessary for success in the advanced science, engineering, and mathematics courses.


Students honored with DECA Emerging Leaders Award

From Staff Reports


NTCC journalism hosts BBQ cook-off

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PISD announces cheerleaders for 2017-18 school year

Pittsburg ISD announced the members who will make up the cheerleading squads for the 2017-18 school year.
Varsity cheerleaders will be Jeaney Miles, Haley Efund, Bri Ramsey, Dea’Jah Heath, Rebecca Miner, Callie Huggins, Amy Arellanos, Presleigh Wetzel, Taylor Bullock, Faith Irvin, Alexis Thrapp, Hannah Jordan, Sydney Waldrep, Sadie Walrep and Grant McGee, mascot.
The junior varisty cheer squad will consist of Dijonay Rhymes, Ashtyn Womack, Grace Neighbors, Gloria Miner, Laci Richardson, Kayley Johnston, Taylor Worth, Courtney Kilburn, Madyson Arzarte and Alexandria Armour.
Eighth-grade cheerleaders are Madison, Sadie Barrett, Natalie Green, Sanaa Hollins, Trinity Hood, Itzel Noriega, Jada Peoples, Maquire Reynolds, Kate Sansom, Brooke Smith, Natalie Styles, Morgan Warrick, Zoie Kate Wetzel, Brooklyn James and Jayda Miles.
The seventh-grade cheerleaders are Zaydin Doddy, Kyleigh Posey, Ally Burns, Taliyah Rockwell, Anastacia Goodman and Breanna Spencer. 


Pittsburg school honored by State Board of Education

AUSTIN -- The Texas State Board of Education recently honored the 26 Texas schools that received the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award in Arlington, Virginia, in November. 
The meeting was held in the State Board of Education board room in the William B. Travis Building in Austin on Feb. 3.
Representing Pittsburg Independent School District and Pittsburg Intermediate were PIS Principal Sarah Richmond, Lynn Burgess, Courtney Nugent, Brenda Lindley, Cindy Johnson and Betty Marshall.
Following several performances the resolution was read aloud by Ruben Cortez Jr., State Board of Education secretary, to honor Pittsburg Intermediate School as one of the 26 schools.
For information about Pittsburg ISD and Pittsburg Intermediate School, visit

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