Posted Date: 05/27/2021
Good evening Pampa Students and Families,
Welcome to May! It is so hard to accept that we will not get to be together to end this school year; but please know that we are doing everything we can to provide engaging instruction, tasty meals, quality service, and giving our best efforts to produce virtual and modified events that will celebrate and honor our students and staff. Below are some updates and information on a variety of topics. Let us know if you have questions. Remember to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 669-4700. We are here for you!
Traditionally in May, we have made registration and transfer information available to our parents. Due to the restrictions from COVID-19, we are unable to host our roundup events. However, you can still register online or make transfer requests. Please click on the appropriate links below.
Student Transfer Request Form
Celebrating the Class of 2020
We will complete our surveys this weekend and will meet with the committee again next week to finalize our plans for the honoring the Class of 2020! We have already received several donations to help with the Senior Banners and we are so thankful for the generosity of our community. We will begin celebrating our Honor Graduates next week by sharing information about 1 or 2 Seniors each day all the way to May 23rd. We will also share information with the Pampa News about all of honor grads. I would like to take just a moment to introduce you to our top honor students:
Valedictorian: Avery Sprinkle
Salutatorian: Cidnie Goodson
Please join me in congratulating these two amazing young women on their achievements! We are so #PampaProud of you both!
Gov. Abbott’s Phase in Plan to “Open Texas”
Today is May 1st---and this opens up the first phase of the Gov’s new plan to “open up Texas”. However, he has not lessened restrictions on schools and has passed the burden of guidance for schools completely now to the Commissioner at TEA. The Commissioner has really been amazing during all of this, but he has not yet given us guidance on access to our buildings (for students) and graduation especially. Our staff can access the buildings (under restrictions) if/when necessary. However, our facilities are to remain closed and we are not to allow students in our buildings. We may get different guidance in the coming weeks, but ---frankly--- this will be too late in order for us to make some decisions about graduation/prom/and other campus end of year events. We are going forth with our plans and will continue working with students, parents, and staff to bring #moments that everyone will remember forever.
One specific issue that we need to inform everyone of involves our Tennis Courts. The Gov noted that Tennis and Golf enthusiasts could return to playing as long as they followed social distancing. However, this does not mean that our facilities are now open to people playing on our courts. In a recent conference call with TEA, the Commissioner specifically noted that nothing has changed for schools. He indicated that we should still be operating under the original orders unless we received specific guidance to the contrary. So…until something changes, our facilities remain closed and our tennis courts will not be open to the anyone. Please know, that as soon as we are allowed and the conditions in our city are safe, we will gladly welcome everyone back to our campuses! We are ready for that day to come and continue to pray that it happens sooner than later.
We would love to take this opportunity to continue celebrating our staff winners for the Emerging Teachers of the Year, Para-Professionals of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, and a special recognition.
Emerging Teachers of the Year
Please join me in celebrating the following campus Emerging Teachers of the Year:
Austin Elementary- Veronica Chroscinski
Lamar Elementary- Ansley Adkins
Travis Elementary- Autumn Hunt
Wilson Elementary- Adela Solis
Pampa Junior High – Hunter Grasser
Pampa High School- Sandar Godwin
Para-Professional Educators of the Year
Please join me in celebrating the following para-educators of the year…
Austin Elementary- Brittany Reagan
Lamar Elementary- Giovana Campos
Travis Elementary- Diane Adams
Wilson Elementary- Lauren Karson
Pampa Junior High – Tory Lackey
Pampa High School- Cheryl Free
Volunteers of the Year
Again, please help us celebrate the Volunteers of the year for each campus:
Austin Elementary- Stacy Doughty
Lamar Elementary- Ulices Guardado
Travis Elementary- Highland Baptist Church
Wilson Elementary- Faith Bible Church-Dillon Hill
Pampa Junior High – Chief Lance Richburg
Pampa High School/Pampa Learning Center- Meredith Bagwell
May 1 is National School Lunch HERO Day!
May 1 is National School Lunch Hero Day! We celebrate this every year; however, this year recognizing these incredible people just seems to have an entirely new meaning! Where would we be without these kind, caring, selfless people who work very hard, every day, to make sure that hundreds of kids get fed? Did you know that as of May1, we have served over 30,000 meals across our community! Wow! THANK YOU ladies and gentlemen of the Pampa ISD Food and Nutrition Department and thank you to all of the staff helping during our distribution times. We appreciate you and know that you are our local heroes!
As always, we want you to know that we are here for you! If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 669-4700
We are #inthistogether Pampa! Stay strong and stay well!
Dr. Tanya Larkin, Superintendent
Published on 05/01/2020