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Next KISD Regular Board Meeting - December 12, 2011

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Regular meetings of the Board are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 PM unless otherwise indicated. Board meetings are held at the Administration Building located at 301 North Kilgore Street.


Students Recognized at November Board Meeting

Recognition was given to 7th grade students who achieved commended performance on the 2010-2011 TAKS at the November board meeting.


Grade 7 - Commended Performance on Reading, Mathematics, Writing

Sydni Borders, Jasleen Cabrera, Cassidy Daniel, Cynthia Garrett, Lauren Jodry, Katelynn Leonards, Jeridiah Lewis, Jace Mankins, Sarahi Martinez, Luke McKellar, Allison Nichols, Emily Nutt, Korie O'Quinn, Grant Payne, Joshua Pollick, Olivia Ricks, Jacob Rockett, Clinton Rounsavall, Drew Russell, Garrett Shipman, Benjamin Simpson, Anthony Swanson, Rusty Taylor, Draylon Wheat, Eureka Wheat, Austin Word


Exxon/Mobil Presents Grant Check to Maude Laird Middle School

Exxon Mobil, in partnership with Spencer Distributing and Fuel Supply of Palestine, Texas has a long history of supporting educational programs.  They believe it is fundamentally important to encourage the next generation to pursue studies and careers in fields involving math and science.


This year, Maude Laird Middle School, was selected to receive the Exxon/Mobil Educational Alliance Program Grant for Math in the amount of $500.00.


Maude Laird Middle School was sponsored by Texstop Mobil on Highway 259 North as a demonstration of community awareness for their local trade area school.


Texstop Mobil manager Mandy Thomas and Tony Tucker, from Spencer Distributing, presented the $500.00 grant check to Principal April Cox and math teachers, Alaina Gearheart, Delina Chitwood, and Casey Freeman on behalf of the 2011 Exxon/Mobil Educational Alliance Program.


The alliance program has provided approximately 3,400 grants to schools across the nation in 2011.


Kilgore ISD & Make Kilgore Shine

Kilgore ISD students and staff volunteered to participate in the annual Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association’s Make Kilgore Shine day that was on Saturday, November 12th. This year’s event was in honor of the late Debbie Phillips who actually coined the phrase ‘Make Kilgore Shine’ while coordinating the city-wide clean up campaign with other KIBA members.




MLMS Veterans Day Program

In the annual Veterans Day program, veterans, families and students were inspired by an assembly in honor of those who have served our country. Special musical presentations were performed by the band, choir, orchestra and Ms. Anderson. Slide shows saluting the service of the veterans were shown. Student council officers spoke of the history of each branch while service flags were displayed. Kilgore’s honor guard performed the honors of presenting and retiring our flag.  Gore Kemp, Kilgore’s oldest WWII survivor, introduced this year’s speaker, Army Spc. Aaron Davis of Kilgore.  Davis was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Silver Medal.  A reception for the veterans and their families was hosting in the library.



Kilgore Heights Veterans Day Program

Kilgore Heights Elementary classes of Ms. Griffin, Ms. Samford, Ms. Jackson, and Ms. Ward performed a Veteran's Day Program on November 10th. Program was lead by Ms. Crews.







KHS 2011 College Readiness Award

Kilgore High School has received the "2011 College Readiness Award" from the Texas ACT council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing the level of achievement and college readiness. The Texas ACT Council is comprised of secondary and post-secondary educators who advise ACT, Inc. and provides assessment, research, and workforce development. The ACT Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Texas. In 2011, over 205,000 Texas students took the ACT which was an all-time high and Texas ACT scores have increased substantially over the past 5 years. 

According to KarenL. Pennell, Assistant Vice President and ACT Southwest Regional Manager: "The Texas ACT council wanted to recognize those Texas high schools that have made significant strides in increasing college readiness of their graduates as demonstrated by their ACT score increases over the past 5 years. This can only happen as a a result of the high school's faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of Kilgore High School students and parents to focus on college readiness and raise the level of college readiness for all students. Only 10% of all high schools in Texas were honored for this superior level of accomplishment. These outstanding high schools should be proud of their faculty, staff, and students."


Second Annual A+Games

The second annual A+Games were held on November 8th at the Kilgore High School. Teams of three took a 60 question STAAR type test including subjects of Math, Reading, Social Studies and Science. The team with the highest average score will be recognized at the Kilgore Education Foundation Banquet on November 15th.




KISD Receives Two More Awards for Academics

The Texas Education Agency released the 2011 Texas Education Agency Gold Performance Acknowledgements (GPA) and awarded the school district 2 Gold Performance Acknowledgements.


   Kilgore High received a Gold Performance Acknowledgement from TEA in Social Studies Commended Performance.

   Kilgore Intermediate received a Gold Performance Acknowledgement from TEA in Reading Improvement.


The Gold Performance Acknowledgment system acknowledges districts and campuses for high performance on statue indicators from the Texas Education Code or those determined by the Commissioner of Education, other than those used for accountability ratings.


Pictured are Kilgore High Social Studies teachers who taught the tested areas. Pictured left to right is Kathy Mehringer, Les Loper, Jennifer Hattaway, Ron Avey, Keith Meyers and Jimmy Williams.


MLMS Recognized as a 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Maude Laird Middle School as a 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School. Maude Laird received Higher Performing (HP) recognition in the following areas:

  • Writing 

The Higher Performing Schools (formerly known as Just for the Kids Schools) are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth) and/or absolute student achievement using the school's Commended Performance results on the spring 2009-2011 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test. NCEA's higher performing methodology controls for school and student demographics to allow for an apples-to-apples comparison of school achievement and to demonstrate that with the commitment of educators, all schools can have success no matter the zip code. NCEA provided award certificates to each Higher Performing School and the district. Maude Laird one of only 5 schools in the entire East Texas area to receive any award. 


FFA Attends Harvest Festival & Livestock Show 2011

The Kilgore High School FFA attended the Harvest Festival & Livestock Show 2011 on October 27-29. Pictured is Sydni Borders, a Junior FFA Member with her Grand Champion Broilers.







Students Recognized at October Board Meeting

Recognition was given to 5th grade students who achieved commended performance on the 2010-2011 TAKS at the October 24th board meeting.


Grade 5 - Commended Performance on Reading, Mathematics, Science

Austin Davis, Dakota Banda, Katelynn Bradshaw, Jordan Butts, Ankitprett Chahal, Jack Cheng, Joshua Fletcher, Cole Geddit, Bailey Green, Saundra Helms, Colten Jones, Lauren Lemaire, Juan Lira, Caitlyn Lott, Tyler Lyon, Jaden Marcott, Ruben Martinez, Jordan McDonald, Addison Phillips, Antonio Rubio, Alexis Smith, Hali Tackett, Kaleb Tarpley, Macy Wall, Ashton Wells, Bryce White, Mikaila Williams, Brock Wilson, Kaitlin Word


Celebrate What's Right - Plastic Bag Recycling Project

Kilgore Intermediate School kicked off "Celebrate What's Right" on September 30th with a presentation promoting the benefits of plastic recycling to students. KIS has partnered with Kilgore Economic Development Corporation, Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, Pak-Sher, and Cypress Interactive in a Plastic Bag Recycling Project. Students are collecting clean, empty plastic bags in classroom receptacles in exchange for tickets that will be drawn bi-weekly for $10 movie cards. Additional prizes will be awarded to top collecting students, classes and teachers. KIS is excited about giving an opportunity to students to participate in the full process of recycling.




Flu Shots are Available for all Students

Flu shots are now available for all students on each campus. Please contact your campus nurse for details.


Kilgore Heights Elementary School - Cassie Roberts - (903)988-3905

Chandler Elementary School - Penny White - (903)988-3904

Kilgore Intermediate School - Carey McElyea - (903)988-3903

Maude Laird Middle School - Julyann Sanders - (903)988-3902

Kilgore High School - Allyson Thompson - (903)988-3901


2011 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

On Tuesday, October 4, Kilgore Independent School District sponsored the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Kilgore City Park. All members of the KISD community were invited to attend this exciting event that includestudent performers from each KISD campus, door prizes and a KHS Cake Raffle to benefit Future Hispanic Leaders of America college scholarship fund.


Recognition of Students at September Board Meeting

Recognition was given to 4th grade students who achieved commended performance on the 2010-2011 TAKS at the September 26th board meeting.


Grade 4

Commended Performance on Reading, Mathematics & Writing:

Taylor Cundieff, Justin Daily, Garrett Davis, Jacob Dunn, Ashley Ford, Payton Fyffe, Williams Hardin, Joseph Hayes, Cameron Hill, Chloe Hillman, Harley Holland, Tucker Konczak, Hailee Lewis, Laura Lothrop, Keithen Luckerson, Rylie Mann, Jaelene McElhinney, Alexis McFarland, Noah Odom, Jesus Perez Ochoa, Emily Salazar, Berenice Sanchez, Victoria Shipman, Kaden Thrower, Abby Truman, Mauricio Vega, Kutter White, Linda Zheng



Goodwill Industries Donation to KISD

Mrs. Melody Hand, Area Manager of Goodwill Industries of East Texas, and Mrs. Carolyn Marshall, Kilgore Manager, present Jody Clements and Dennis Williams with $500 for Kilgore ISD.


Mrs. Hand stated she was excited to present the maximum award of $500 from sales during the Tax Free Week-end and thanked Kilgore Independent School District for continued dedication to our children.




Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night at Chandler

Chandler Elementary held their annual Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night to acquaint Dads of Great Students about the program.  Dads, grandfathers, or other male figures were encouraged to volunteer as campus Watch D.O.G.S. Approximately 350-400 attended.




Chandler's Adopt a Dog Program

Chandler Elementary is proud to announce their Adopt a Dog Program. The students at Chandler Elementary have teamed up with the Kilgore High School Bulldog Football Players. Classes at Chandler will show support for their assigned Bulldog each week by making banners, cards, or sending treats. In return, the Bulldogs will be visiting with students, reading to students, and even teaching a Character Lesson.




Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night at KIS

Kilgore Intermediate School hosted it's 4th Annual Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Event on September 13, 2011. Over 150 fathers or father-figures were present to enjoy pizza, activities with their children, and a presentation by Mr. Adams.






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2011-2012 School Supply Lists

2011-2012 Pre-Kindergarten School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 Kindergarten School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 1st Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 2nd Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 3rd Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 4th Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 5th Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 6th Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 7th Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 8th Grade School Supply List (.pdf)

2011-2012 Freshmen School Supply List (.pdf)


Kilgore ISD Board Calls Bond Election


Preliminary results of the May 14, 2011 Kilgore ISD School Bond Election are as follows:


$55 M Bond Proposal: For 65.32% 1149
Against 34.68% 610


On February 28, the Kilgore ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called a bond election for May 14, 2011. Contents of the school bond package were developed by a 50-member facility committee consisting of parents, local citizens, business leaders and school staff. The committee met over the course of one year, studied the district’s current educational facilities and worked to develop a recommendation for a bond election to address KISD facilities.

The proposed bond will address:
  • Aging and inefficient campuses that are costly to the district’s maintenance and operations budget
  • Campus overcrowding
  • Educational environment deficiencies


Replacement Elementary School

New facility for Grades PK, K and 1 to replace Kilgore Heights Elementary School


Current Facility:

  • Constructed in 1936
  • Deficient in areas such as handicap compliance, electrical systems, lighting and air conditioning systems
  • Classroom sizes are below TEA (Texas Education Agency) standards
  • Located at the intersection of two busy streets and has many access points that are difficult to monitor
  • Traffic is congested around the campus during drop-off and pick-up times


Replacement Middle School

New facility for Grades 6, 7 and 8 to replace Maude Laird Middle School


Current Facility:
  • Constructed in 1977
  • Overcrowded with 14 classrooms in portable buildings on campus; some are over 30-years-old
  • Air conditioning system is inefficient to operate and replacement is cost-prohibitive
  • Building envelope (roof, walls) is inefficient
  • Deficient in areas such as handicap compliance, room sizes and building quality
  • Campus layout makes it difficult to monitor and secure

Renovations to Chandler Elementary School

Campus is overcrowded with 960 students in a campus suitable for 800

First grade will move to new elementary campus

Building will receive: classroom renovations for technology labs, restroom renovations, electrical upgrades, Life Safety upgrades, technology upgrades and gym floor renovations



Renovations and additions to Kilgore Intermediate School

Building will receive: four new classrooms and two new science labs, one new multi-user restroom, restroom renovations, electrical upgrades and technology upgrades



The estimated tax increase of this bond is 20 cents for a total tax rate of $1.31. For the average homeowner in Kilgore ISD, this represents an increase of approximately $11 per month. For voters over 65 years of age, their school taxes will not be raised above their frozen level if they have applied for and received the Age 65 Freeze on their homestead.

Early Voting begins May 2 and lasts until May 10. Election Day is May 14. A bond website has been created that gives further details about what is proposed in this election. www.kilgoreisdbond.com


Additional Bond Resources:

Bond Election Website

Kilgore ISD Board Calls Bond Election Press Release (.pdf)

Kilgore ISD Facilities Webpage

Kilgore ISD Bond Quick Facts (.pdf)

Kilgore ISD Bond Costs & Program (.pdf)



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