Area schools get underway
By Robin Scott
The school zones were busy with students, parents and vehicles on Monday. A few drivers were pulled over for a reminder to slow down during the school zone hours, but for the most part, traffic ran as smoothly as expected. Parents are encouraged to follow the flow of traffic when picking up and dropping off children. Parents are also asked to make a note of their children’s teachers’ conference periods when needing to speak with any of the area teachers. Each teacher has designated time for conferencing with parents, so that the school day remains uninterrupted.
School children from Channing, Dalhart, Hartley and Texline flooded back into their classrooms on Monday, August 24th. The first day included finding classes, learning new names, figuring out how to open lockers and situating school supplies. The newness quickly subsided and by Tuesday, students were back into the process of learning.
Channing ISD reported that 145 students were enrolled on Monday for the 2009/10 school year. Superintendent Robert McLain and Principal Forest Habert (K-12) welcomed three new teachers to the district. Rebecca Bybee is a new 4th grade teacher, Karen Price teaching 6th through 12th grade English and new Music teacher Josh Ross.
Hartley ISD reported that 203 students are enrolled this year. Larry Hulsey, HISD Superintendent and Principal Scott Vincent have several new teachers to welcome. Lori Vincent, wife of Principal Vincent, is teaching 4th grade, Natalie Johnson teaching high school English, and a married couple, Brad Bell and Tanya Bell, are also new to the district. Mr. Bell is teaching Ag and Mrs. Bell is a second grade teacher. One more new face is Sabrina Shields, an aide.
Texline ISD has 169 students enrolled in the 2009/10 school year. Superintendent Gary Laramore and Principal Jim Allison welcome newcomers Christy Arbuthnot teaching second grade. They also happily announced that the Ag program is back in Texline and the new Ag teacher is Kendra Martin.
In Dalhart, 1,520 students were enrolled on Monday. Dalhart Elementary School Principal Karen Taft enrolled 423. Dalhart Intermediate School Principal Mark McCormick enrolled 236. Dalhart Junior High School Principal John Machel enrolled 367, Dalhart High School Principal David Steele enrolled 464 and the XIT campus enrolled 30 students, Carolyn Field, Principal. Several new teachers have begun teaching in DISD this year; at the elementary school are Sherry Cain, Jenelle Grey, Laurie Hood, Kelly Nash, Jessica Parker, Katrina Peterson and Dona Smith; at the intermediate school are Tawney Allen, Jonell Dufur, Angelica Flammer, and Felicia Tiggs; at the junior high are Delt Cockrell, Nicole Guidry, Seth Hayden, Holly Holmes, Joseph Hood, Amanda Marquez, Meredith Smith and Allison White; at the high school are Jared Brock, Alan Gregory, Kathryn Lobley, Crystal Pitti, Larry Smith, Baron Truitt, Richard Waguespack, Aaron Witten and Josh Young; at the XIT school are Gary Glazener and Larry Kidd. The new special education teacher is Susan Clements and in Curriculum is Mercedes Padilla.
Dalhart Christian Academy has 105 students enrolled. School Administrator Debbi Dunham welcomed new teachers Alysa Hunter teaching P.E. and Kristy Detwiler as aide to the three-year-old pre-K class. St. Anthony’s School in Dalhart reported that 101 students are enrolled. Nicole Barber, Principal, welcomed new teachers Melissa Meneses teaching 5th grade and Erin Spangler teaching 6th grade. Stateline Christian School in Texline, Chairman of the Board Richard Ensz, reported that 26 students are enrolled this year. The school welcomed Marilyn Koehn who is teaching 4th and 5th grades.
A few students were unable to enroll on the first day of class due to missing shots. Several of the school administrators reported that the total number of students will increase as those children comply with immunization requirements.