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BISD debates moving third grade back to intermediate

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By BARBARA GREEN
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A combination of space constraints and efforts to address accountability factors have led Bowie Independent School District Trustees to begin the debate of moving third grade back to the intermediate campus.
At last week’s board meeting, Superintendent Blake Enlow said there have been lots of ideas passed around among the administrative team, and they need to get board feedback and discuss how to garner public input.
In 2017 the third grade moved back to the elementary from the intermediate. It was 2009 when the third grade went to the intermediate campus as it was established when the high school moved to its new building.
Elementary Principal Kathy Green and Intermediate Principal Sara Cravens were asked to report on potential changes and how they could be incorporated into their campuses.
The third grade has 125 students at this time. The grade has grown some from 2017 when the population ranged from 120 to 140 students.
Green said the campus improvement committee discussed what would be best for the students.
“What it boils down to is not space, but the biggest concern is getting those classroom ratios down from 22 in every class to 18 or 19. That level gets the most from the time and allows for individual attention some kids may need. That is the priority for me,” said Green.
She gave the board two maps of the present layout at the campus showing one with three new teachers and without third grade and one with three new teachers with third grade.
Green explained they already have some classes doubled up including three speech teachers in one room, two Response to Intervention teachers doubled up.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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M3 readies paint party fundraiser

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Bowie High School’s Mighty Marching Maroon Band will host a fundraiser paint party from 6-8 p.m. on June 18 in the high school cafeteria.
Cost is $30 to paint an 11 X 14 pre-traced canvas with $15 of each prepaid ticket going to the boosters. The band boosters will be providing snacks, and all supplies such as paint, brushes and canvas are provided.
Host will be Shannon Adkins of Texas Gals Creative Studio.

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Five schools ready graduation ceremonies for this weekend

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Five Montague County high schools will conclude their year with graduation ceremonies this week including Bowie, Forestburg, Gold-Burg, Nocona and Saint Jo.
Saint Jo graduates on May 23, Bowie, Nocona and Forestburg on May 24 and Gold-Burg on May 25.
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The Jackrabbits of Bowie will walk the stage at 8 p.m. on May 24 in Jackrabbit Stadium. The senior class selected Coach Aaron Chokas to be the class speaker. He is the boy’s head track coach and a Bowie graduate.

Read the full story and meet the top graduates of the five county high schools graduating this week across Montague County in your mid-week Bowie News.

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NHS Burnt Ends earn national title spot

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The Nocona High School barbecue teams competed at the state contest last week with the top 91 teams and it was a tie-break tri-tip cook that earned the Burnt Ends team a wild card spot in the National competition.
Deanna Meser, one of the team sponsors, explained while the teams did not score in the top 10 of the five events that counted for a national bid. Only the top 10 are given points no matter what your score is for each event.
“Both teams turned in their best meats of the season in every event. Both teams worked together all day long. We started the year with two returning students and ended the year with eight pitmasters,” Messer explained.
The Burnt Ends took part in a national tie-breaker event cooking tri-tip and took the grand championship. Messer said the final details of the contest were a bit confusing but the Burnt Ends’ pork chop made it to the finals table placing them in the top 24 out of 87 high school teams. They were selected for a wild card because of that and their tri-tip championship.
Nationals will be in Branson, MO. Members of the Burnt Ends are Heyvan Ramsey, Keegan Norman, Owen Crossen and Josiah Messer.

Burnt Ends earn a spot in the national competition. (Courtesy photo)
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