With 100 days of school under their belts, Denison students, staff and teachers took a quick timeout last week to celebrate the thousands of successes, big and small, that make Denison ISD one of the best school districts in north Texas.

With 100 days of school under their belts, Denison students, staff and teachers took a quick timeout last week to celebrate the thousands of successes, big and small, that make Denison ISD one of the best school districts in north Texas.


"It’s one of our year’s most deserved and festive celebrations," said Mayes Principal Natalie Hicks. "Our teachers have combined years of training, collaboration and creativity to come up with new ways to reach, teach, excite, engage and inspire our young learners to set high goals and work hard to achieve them. Every child learns differently, but they all have one thing in common: they love to be actively involved in learning…to be hands-on, to participate and contribute and experience pride in accomplishments. We’re making such great strides in these areas, with more and more kids looking forward to coming to school every day. It’s a reason to celebrate!"


The 100th day of school also happened to be Valentine’s Day, as pointed out by veteran elementary teacher and curriculum coordinator Becky Russell. "Friday was our 100th day of school, Valentine’s Day, and it was a full moon! On top of that, Terrell had a fire drill, a tornado drill and a special "hat day" celebrating Relay for Life. Definitely a very busy day for everyone, but it was all so much fun!"


Various themes added merriment and laughter to the campus festivities. Large groups of kids wore hats and held signs proclaiming to be "100 days smarter." Teachers, staff and students also talked about what it’s like to be 100 days older and smarter — then dressed up like they were 100 years older.


"We’ve counted to 100 into our lessons, added numbers together that equal 100, described what people look like when they’re 100, and written about what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown over the last 100 days," said Terrell teacher Katy Price. "It’s a fun celebration, but also a really great opportunity for interactive learning."


Kindergarten and first grade teachers at Houston Elementary described with love and pride the learning and progress that has taken place in their classrooms over the past 100 days.


"All our kindergarten students are learning how to put sounds together, make words, and read. They are progressing in writing by putting words together to form complete sentences. Most students are able to count to 100 and add numbers together. They’re building their vocabularies from our "write the room" activities. Some students have gone from knowing zero letters to sounding out words. Collectively, said the kindergarten teachers, we’re just so proud."


First grade teachers report that life in their classroom is equally impressive. "Our kids are writing, reading, adding and subtracting numbers, and beginning to understand basic concepts and applications. They’re making great progress on their iStation tests, and that’s very gratifying. They’re learning so many new vocabulary words every day and using those words in sentences that are becoming more and more complex. They count, they add, and most important, they look forward to learning."