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Forestburg ISD discusses four-day week during a public forum

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Forestburg Independent School District may be joining the other districts in Montague County as they consider a “hybrid four-day” school week calendar for the next school year.
A public forum was hosted on April 5 where Superintendent Jason Briles and Principal Trey Cumby reviewed the calendar committee proposal which they called a “compromise between those who want four-day and those who like five-day.” There were about 25 people in attendance including staff, some board members and parents.
The next board meeting will be at 5 p.m. on April 17, and administrators anticipate trustees will make a decision on the calendar then.
Forestburg and Saint Jo ISDs are the only districts in the county not to have gone to some form of a four-day week. Bowie recently approved it, as did Nocona ISD.

Saint Jo also has a committee preparing a calendar for consideration. The rest of the districts are already operating with a shorter week.
Cumby went through the survey results that were gathered from a series of 13 questions mailed out to community members. Overall, there were 67 responses that prefer the four-day proposal and 27 prefer the traditional calendar. The survey was then sent to just parents and of the 71 responses, 48 prefer the four-day and 23 prefer the five-day.

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

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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.
Bowie High School
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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Bowie ISD to serve up meal program

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Bowie Independent School District will be participating in the no-cost summer meal program for children.
In Bowie the summer meal program will be offered at the high school campus from June 3-13, Monday through Thursday each week while summer school is in session.
Breakfast is served 7:30-8 a.m. and lunch, 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Healthy summer meals make a difference.

  • In Texas, more than 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger.
  • When the school year ends, children often lose access to consistent, nutritious school meals.
  • The Summer Meals Program ensures more Texas children have enough food for an active, healthy life.
    Wondering what’s in store for you and your children when you arrive at a summer meal site? Expect welcoming faces in a supervised setting, and a healthy, meal at no cost to children 18 and younger and eligible people with disabilities.
    Meal site schedules are subject to change. Please call to confirm dates, times and meal-service details.
    For more information, parents should visit SummerFood.org. The Summer Meal Program provides meals at no cost to children and teens 18 years old and younger in low-income areas.
    Participating families do not have to apply register or provide identification. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Summer Meals Program – including the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option. The Texas Department of Agriculture administers the Summer Meals Program in Texas.
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