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The Waxahachie City Council issued a proclamation at its recent meeting, declaring World Teacher’s Day on Oct. 5 in honor of local educators.

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RED OAK – Red Oak ISD recently implemented a new online payment system, SchoolCash Online, that makes it easier and more convenient for parents/guardians to pay student activity and registration fees.

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Waxahachie Global High School health science students recently met with the Marvin Biomedical Academy student body to share their knowledge about the heart, pulse, and how to determine someone’s heart rate.

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DALLAS – In September,Life High School Oak Cliff National Honor Society students modeled the school's mission by partnering with World Vision to complete service projects. World Vision is a humanitarian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. Part of the orga…

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Recently, children painted nightlights and moms learned about medical safety at Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services in Waxahachie. The agency partnered with Drug Prevention Resources to educate parents while volunteers assisted the young artists.

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RED OAK – Red Oak ISD is launching an aggressive anti-bullying campaign aimed at both preventing and reporting bullying behavior. The See Something, Say Something program gives students reminders to be kind and the tools to report inappropriate behavior through STOPit. The program has an app…

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OAK CLIFF – On Friday, Aug. 12, the Texas Education Agency released new accountability ratings for the 2021-2022 school year. Accountability ratings are based on end-of-year test scores including STAAR and EOC exams. As a district, Life School received a score of 87 out of 100, earning a B r…

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Waxahachie ISD has returned to its regular lunch and breakfast program after the U.S. Department of Agriculture ended its free lunch programs for all school children as of June 30. The free-for-every student program was started during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure all children received bre…

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The Waxahachie Walmart recently donated nine boxes of teacher and student supplies, including pencil bags, folders, toys, lunch boxes, bulletin board learning tools, and more. Members of the store’s asset protection department made the delivery.

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Waxahachie ISD recently announced that its Innovative Teaching Coalition members worked diligently over the summer to attain their Google Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certifications. “Congratulations to this group of educators who are living out our vision by showing us growth is limitless,”…

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The Waxahachie City Council recognized its honorary city council member, Anna Carter, who is a senior at Waxahachie Global High School, during its Monday, Sept. 19, meeting. Accompanying Carter were her mother and grandmother, with council members joining in for the photo.

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Not many people get the chance to have a career doing what they love and what they’re passionate about, but Danae Hicks says that’s what she gets with her new position as the Family and Community Health Agent in Ellis County. The position is with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

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Waxahachie ISD hosted elementary and secondary families from its Gifted and Talented program at a Flight Night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the CTE parking lot at Waxahachie High School. The evening featured a variety of airborne-related activities, which ranged from boomerangs to fri…

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RED OAK – More than 25 graduates from Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus received associate degrees and certificates of completion at TSTC’s summer 2022 commencement held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. 

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Faith Family Academy kicked off the new school year with a “Convocation of Eagles” that celebrated the teachers and staff Aug. 5. The event, entitled “We Grow Champions,” emboldened everyone in attendance to put into action FFA’s mission statement to “Educate, Empower, and Inspire.” Faith Fa…

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The Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office will hold its second Citizen Prosecutor Academy from Sept. 15-Nov. 17. This is a free, 10-week course that provides insights and information about the judicial system. The academy runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, with classes held at the Ellis …

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RED OAK – A special meeting of the Red Oak ISD school board was called for Monday, August 29, due to Texas Tax Code 26.05(b), which requires a supermajority vote for a tax rate that exceeds the sum of the no-new-revenue M&O tax rate and the current debt rate.

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Life High School Waxahachie was recognized as a member of the inaugural Accelerating Women’s Success and Mastery in Computer Science Honor Roll at the 2022 WeTeach_CS Summit. Life High School Waxahachie achieved this award because young women made up at least 50% of computer science course e…

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RED OAK – Red Oak High School students were recently recognized for their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 or AP Exams from the College Board National Recognition Program.

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Kevin Crouch with Ellis County Weather recently visited with first-graders at Marvin Biomedical Academy - Waxahachie ISD. The students learned about weather terms, heard Crouch do a weather report, and asked “lots of questions … mostly about tornados,” according to the district’s Facebook post.

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Ellis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program administrator Setrick Dickens cites “positivity” as a key word for him and his team, which serves those youth who have been expelled from their home school districts.

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Waxahachie ISD received a B rating from the Texas Education Agency for the 2021-2022 school year. The district scored an 85 overall through three different categories: student achievement (86), school progress (85) and closing the gaps (82).

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The Spirit of Waxahachie marching band held its annual ice cream social Friday, Aug. 19, at Lumpkins Stadium. The event showcased the band’s marching program for this year, along with ice cream and fellowship for all.

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Pettigrew Academy in Waxahachie, a Montessori-based school, will study North America during the 2022-23 school year, with lessons including landmarks, culture, flags, biomes, instruments, foods, animals, and countries other than the United States. Students will also study different regions w…

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Waxahachie ISD CTE is looking for observation sites for senior students enrolled in Health Science Practicum during the 2022-2023 school year. Healthcare providers who are interested in helping these students are asked to contact Morgan Burnett (mburnett@wisd.org) or Amy Miner (aminer@wisd.org).

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RED OAK – The Red Oak ISD board met Aug. 18, with members approving a reduction in the 2022-2023 tax rate. The adopted budget in June reduced the maintenance and operations rate, and after receiving the certified property values by Ellis County, the district is also reducing the interest and…

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The Red Oak ISD board unanimously approved calling for a Nov. 8 bond election for a single item – a new, second middle school with a 1,200-student capacity for $94 million. The district finalized the purchase of the land after the previous bond was called in January.

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RED OAK – Red Oak ISD retained a B rating from the Texas Education Agency for the 2021-22 school year. The district overall scored an 84 through combined performance in student achievement (87); school progress (86), and closing the gaps (78).

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NACOGDOCHES – The following local students were among 353 candidates who participated in Stephen F. Austin State University’s August 2022 graduation ceremonies, held Aug. 6 in the Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches.

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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie President Will Turner and several staff members greeted students the first day of school, Thursday, Aug. 11, at the newly renamed Marvin Biomedical Academy. Marvin will now have a STEM-based learning focus on health science.

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RED OAK – Closing the opportunity gap for students is an essential part of Life School’s strategic plan. For secondary students, this means ensuring every student is fully prepared to enter college, the workforce or military as they graduate from high school. Life School celebrates the diver…

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Waxahachie ISD safety and security director Joshua Oliver led the district’s security staff through various trainings Monday, Aug. 8, to communicate new safety protocols for the different campuses.