In its monthly meeting, the Sherman School Board recognized students’ and teachers’ accomplishments within the Sherman Independent School District.

In its monthly meeting, the Sherman School Board recognized students’ and teachers’ accomplishments within the Sherman Independent School District.


The Sherman High School Bearcats band and Sherman High School robotics teams were both recognized for their recent competition successes.


Sherman High School Band Director Ryan Jenkins added his praise for instructors James Smith, Flint Weed and Ana Hinojosa, in addition to the band drum majors and instrument chair, for their contributions in taking the band to state-level competition, where they place 14th of 28 competing bands.


Jenkins said he hopes to follow the successes by continuing into the "Bands of America" circuit, where five Texas High School bands recently competed against programs from across the nation.


The Sherman High School Robotics Team was also recognized at the meeting for its recent trip to state-level competitions for engineering and robotics. The team competed against other teams from across several states in the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology competition, also known as BEST. At state, the robotics team placed 11th out of 60 high school teams.


The Board recognized Kenric Davies, a physics teacher at Sherman High School who also instructs the robotics team, as its Teacher of the Month. Jane Belcher, a reading specialist at Sory Elementary, was also recognized as Elementary Teacher of the Month. Leigh Mahaffey, a fifth grade math teacher at Dillingham Intermediate, was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Month.


Patti Reinhard, registrar at Sherman High School, was recognized as Employee of the Month for Sherman ISD. The Jefferson Elementary Bilingual Team was recognized at the meeting as Team of the Month.


The School Board also approved a measure at the Monday meeting in a 7-0 vote that will create three committees to assist in recommending learning materials for Sherman classrooms. The three committees will oversee the selection of books and other learning materials for math, science and technology applications.


The math materials will be used for kindergarten through eighth grade, while the science and technology applications materials will be used for all grade levels. Once the books and other materials are recommended and approved, they will likely be purchased in April and May.


"I think it is important that our teachers have a role in selecting the materials, because they are ones on the front lines using those materials daily," said School Board President Doug Walters. "They are the ones who know what is needed in the classrooms."