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Quezada graduates Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

U.S. Army Soldier PFC, Alex Quezada of Mount Pleasant, Texas graduated from Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia with the Charlie Company C-146 3rd Battalion Infantry on November 9, 2017. PFC Quezada complete Basic Combat Training and was transformed from a civilian into a soldier.

Over a course of nine weeks, he learned the basic tactical and survival skills along with how to shoot in a day/ night time range, throw live grenades, run obstacle courses, rappelling wall, march, and experienced the gas chamber. He also learned the basics of Army life and military customs, including the Seven Core Army Values that cover Duty; fulfilling his obligations, being respectful, to have selfless service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage, and Loyalty; to bear true faith and allegiance to the United States Constitution, the Army, his unit and other soldiers.


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Bandsmen for week three

Congratulations to the two Cypress Bank Bandsman of the week are left to right, Angel Ortiz and Sofia Rodriguez

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An open letter to the community from Dr. Brad Johnson

As I prepare to transition from the presidency of Northeast Texas Community College, to a new role in West Texas, I would like to share some farewell thoughts and observations. First, Vicki and I want to express our deep gratitude for the kindness and support we have felt from the day we arrived. We have made many friends that we will never forget. I will always consider my time at NTCC the pinnacle of my professional career and it has been an honor to lead such a fine college.



The Betty Ann Harrel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Deken Taylor (third from right), Pittsburg High School graduate and former student of the late Betty Ann Harrel. Harrel was a long-time teacher at the Pittsburg Intermediate School and taught for more than 30 years. On hand for the presentation of the scholarship from the Harrel-Abernathy families were (left to right) Jennifer Burgess, Mary Lou Spradling, David Abernathy, David H. Abernathy, and Shelli Harrel.



Six scholarships were awarded to Pittsburg High School graduates of the Class of 2017 by Pittsburg Intermediate School staff. The Leroy Hendricks Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by Pittsburg Intermediate School, were awarded to (left to right) Esmeralda Suarez, Shalem Guerrero, Tyson Brockman, Taylor Porter, Rebekah Hicks, and Caitlyn Wildey. Hendricks worked at the school at the time of his death in 2009. The school staff raises money through fund-raising for this scholarship. Anyone who would like to donate to the scholarship fund can contact the Pittsburg Intermediate School at 209 Lafayette St., Pittsburg, TX 75686 or call 903-855-3395.


Board approves to increase for breakfast, lunch prices

By Keith Merrill | For The Gazette

Coming this fall, school breakfast and lunches will increase after Pittsburg Independent School District trustees unanimously approved the measures at their June 19 meeting.
Jean Carrell, director of CTE/ELL Services presented a report to the school board that was broken into two segments -- adult meal pricing and student lunch pricing.
She reported that current pricing for adult meals is not in compliance with applicable guidelines. 
Carrell recommended that adult meal prices be increased from $3.50 to $3.75 to bring the program into compliance.  
The increase would become effective during the 2017-18 school year.

Read complete story in June 29 issue of The Gazette.


New STAAR Report Card provides parents with stronger info, resources

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PIS student selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy

HOUSTON -- Taryn Keefer, a student at Pittsburg Intermediate School in Pittsburg ISD, has been selected to travel to Houston/Galveston to participate in a summer 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. 
Her selection was based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, and a nomination from her teacher Ashlee Perry. 
She will join a delegation of outstanding students from across the state to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. Keefer will visit significant sites in the Houston/Galveston area including NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Moody Gardens, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Battleship Texas State Historic Site, the Port of Houston, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, The Health Museum, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  


Vasquez and Wildey selected for ‘Rising Lone Star’ award

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) selected Jose Vasquez and Caitlyn Wildey of Pittsburg High School to receive the 2017 “Rising Lone Star” award. 
Ratcliffe’s staff formally presented the awards to the students last month. The “Rising Lone Star” award recognizes extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice or community service demonstrated by high school students in Texas’ 4th District. The recipients are nominated by their principals, administrators or counselors.
Vazquez was nominated for using his talents as an artist to produce artwork for the Pittsburg High School Veterans Day Program. He served actively on the Pittsburg High School Student Council and was president of the Interact Club. 
Wildey was nominated for her inspiring efforts help to make sure that the special education students at her school felt accepted and loved. 


Pittsburg PS students raise money for American Jump Rope for Heart event

From Staff Reports

The Pittsburg Primary School participated in the American Jump Rope for Heart event. 
The students jumped rope during their regular physical education time at school.  
They raised $2,612.  
“I am so proud of the students, we talked about the importance of eating healthy and exercising daily to take care of our heart.” said Turnette Truitt, the school’s physical education teacher.  “The students worked very hard and were awarded prizes for their participation.”
She added the students  had heart healthy posters hanging in the gym to promote better food choices and the students enjoyed reading the posters. 
“We also had a poster for students to write names of their family or friends that is suffering from heart disease,” Truitt said.


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