February 1, 2018


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Thank you, Board of Trustees!
Pictured: Campus Principals recognize CISD Board Members serving Corsicana ISD. Leah Blackard, Board President; Barbara Kelley, Vice President; Dr. Kent Rogers, Secretary;  Rev. Ed Monk, John Saberton, Terry Seth and Jason Sodd 
January was School Board Recognition Month, and Corsicana ISD celebrates these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public school. As elected officials, they are the voice of the community, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Corsicana school children.
"Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district," said Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost. "It's more important than ever before that the public supports our schools so that today's students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children," she said.
Board members serving Corsicana ISD are: Leah Blackard, President; Barbara Kelley, Vice President; Dr. Kent Rogers, Secretary; Rev. Ed Monk, John Saberton, Terry Seth, and Jason Sodd.
"Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $57 million, over 5900 students, 850 employees, and nine campuses. We wish to thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future," she said.
100 Days Smarter

  Kindergarten classes district wide celebrated 100 days of school.  
Pictured above are students from Navarro Elementary.
The CISD Fall Update has been released.  
Catch up on the latest information from Corsicana ISD.

AFJROTC Flight Academy
Scholarship Recipient at CHS
CHS student, Jackson Hilmes, receives new AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship 

Jackson Hilmes, an 11th grade Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadet at Corsicana High School has received a scholarship to attend one of six partnering universities participating in a private pilot license training program over the summer of 2018. Jackson Hilmes is one of 120 AFJROTC cadets around the world to receive the scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. More than 700 cadets applied for one of the 120 scholarships. There are more than 120,000 high school students enrolled in AFJROTC at 892 high schools in the US and overseas.  The scholarship covers transportation, room and board, academics, and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. The scholarship is valued at approximately $20,000.
The Fight Academy Scholarship Program is a new Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. AFJROTC has been charged by the Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force to bring back the "luster of aviation" to high school students and increase diversity in aviation fields. Those who participate in the program do not incur a military commitment to the Air Force or other branch of service, nor does completing the program guarantee acceptance into one of the military's commissioning programs. The mission of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community, while instilling values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment. When looking to fill tomorrow's career needs with the best candidates, there is simply no better place for the nation to look than AFJROTC!
Way to Go, Lady Tigers!
  The Corsicana Lady Tigers shot a 447 and placed 3rd in the Athens golf tournament. Reese Blackard was the 3rd place medalist shooting a 97.
Pictured are Brynne Janecka, Anna Kasprzyk, Emma Smith, Chloe Fletes, and Reese Blackard.

Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Fine Arts Department at Corsicana High School put on
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy.  
It was an amazing show enjoyed by all!
Tiger Tennis
 First medals of the spring season at the Rockwall Tournament.  Seventeen schools competed. Kendra Smith and Nati Rojas won 3rd place and Hannah Keltner and Hanah Bautista won consolation. Great job! 

Remembering & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 We are so proud of the participants in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest and Celebration sponsored by the Navarro County NAACP.
  Congratulations to our winners!
 Fourth Grade:
First Place: Joel Morales, Fannin Elementary
Fifth Grade:
 First Place: Dayanara Sosa, Collins Intermediate
Trinity Pipkin, a multi-year winner who attends Corsicana Middle School,
presented the speech for inspiration.  
Career & Technical Education at CHS
February is National CTE Month!
Click here to learn more about  
CTE at Corsicana High School.       
Corsicana High School hosted Career & Tech Ed (CTE) program tours for CMS  
8th grade students. Incoming freshman for fall 2018 had the chance to check out all the class options for next year.
Currently, Mr. Schmidt, the auto technician teacher at CHS, has students who have already received 42 Automotive Service Excellence industry certifications with more to come this spring!  

Corsicana High School offers following Career Tracks



Architecture & Construction Technology

Arts, AV Technology, & Communications

Business & Finance

Family & Consumer Science/Culinary Arts

Family & Consumer Science/Education & Training

Family & Consumer Science/Human Services

Health Science

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Information Technology

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


Our Students Love to Learn

Elementary students around the district are all smiles while working
in their classes.
CISD Partners with Compassion Corsicana
CEF Calls for Innovative Teaching Grant Applications!
 The Corsicana Education Foundation (CEF) grant applications are now available for teachers/staff to apply.  Since 2002, CEF has awarded over $750,000 to teachers through 300+ innovative teaching grants.  Applications must be completed online - Click here! 
by March 19 at 4 p.m.    
Science Fair At CIS
Way to go, Collins Intermediate Science Fair Winners!

Earth and Environmental Science
Ismenia Perez - GRAND CHAMPION
Animal Science:
Elena Herrin - 1st Place
Ashley Butron - 2nd Place
Behavioral and Social Science:
Alissa Wardwell - Participation
Orian Gaston - 1st Place
Liliana Vasquez- Participation
Annel Morales - Participation
Raymond Martinez - 1st Place
Plant Science:
Joselyn Monroy - 1st Place

Congratulations, Mr. A!
 Corsicana ISD's Executive Director of Special Programs Elmer Avellaneda received the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship at the TASA Midwinter Conference on January 29. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students pursing careers in educational leadership. Avellaneda is working toward his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Tarleton State University.

"I have witnessed and felt firsthand the consequences that a lack of education brings forth; as a result, I have chosen the superintendency as my career path," he wrote in his application. "I want to continue to cast hope, support, encouragement and faith into the lives of our students so that they too can one day reach their full potential." 

CMS AG Mechanics Win BIG
1st in Class,  
Grand Champion Division, Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship, and   
Grand Champion Overall Show!  
Congratulations to the CMS AG Mechanics Team!   
Pictured left to right: Christian Eastman,Payton Brown, Zane Petty, Will McSpadden, and Mr. Larry Acock.  
CHS Power Lifting had a GREAT Meet
For the Boys:
Jason Botkins-1st place, Eric Dickson-1st place, Melvin Martin- tied for 1st, Deondre Brown-3rd, Anfernee Bookout-3rd, Micah Wafer-3rd, Kenny Castro-4th, Deontae Martin-5th, Tristan Williams-6th, Bradley Milligan-8th , Waltis Harry -8th
For the Girls: 
Lori Gutierrez -3rd , Jordan Riley- 4th , Kendal Dill-5th
Let's Go Tigers
Come support the Tigers at their next home games!
  Tuesday, February 6, 2018  
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Whitehouse - 5 p.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer vs Whitehouse - 7 p.m.  
  Tuesday, February 6, 2018  
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Whitehouse - 6:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs Whitehouse - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018   
Varsity Softball vs. Waxahachie - 7 p.m. 
Mark Your Calendars


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