3/14/23 – The SEF awarded a grant to Laurie Spurlock, Linda Henderson, Sierra Schoonover and Stacy Metcalf to take their 6th-grade students to a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) Day at a Sod Poodles baseball game.
They’ll enjoy a meal at the stadium and have an exciting day full of learning and fun. Keep an eye out for photos in May!
2/22/23 – The SEF had a board meeting and awarded four new grants this semester. One went to Linda Henderson, one went to Lynz Hood, and Gina Chambers received two.
The first grant for Gina Chambers was for an Accelerated Reader celebration trip to Mr. Gattis and Palo Duro Canyon for qualifying 2nd-4th graders. The second grant was for a UIL reward trip to Mr. Gattis and the WTAMU Activity Center.
Lynz Hood was awarded a grant to take her 4th grade PE students to hike around Mt. Capulin in May. This has been a fun trip for her students over the years, and we were happy to provide this opportunity once again! Keep an eye out for pictures in May!
Linda Henderson was awarded a grant to host a guy’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) day for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade boys. She hosted this event last year as well, and it was a great success for all involved, so we were thrilled to fund this request. Keep an eye out for details on this upcoming event on April 15th.
07/22/22 – Tracey Ferguson took the SHS STUCO to the leadership camp in San Angelo. They learned many new leadership techniques, as well as methods to better interact with and benefit the school district as well as the community as a whole.
Spring 2022 – Linda Henderson & Neely Brotherton put together a Boys STEM day and took a group of girls to the WISE (Women in Science Endeavors) conference. Both events were greatly successful and provided many fun, new opportunities to learn! There are great things happening in the SJH science lab!
5/6/22 – Macy Begley’s 6th-grade class took a trip to see Shrek at the Amarillo Little Theatre and enjoy fine dining at The Amarillo Club. A great time was had by all!
3/31/22 – Additional Grant Awarded
Linda Henderson received a grant to host a Guy’s STEM(Science Technology Engineering and Math) Day for young men at Stratford Junior High. The event will take place on April 9 and will include a variety of guest speakers, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and challenges for the students to complete.
2/24/22 – New Grants Awarded
At the recent board meeting, the SEF approved six new grants for the 2022 academic school year. Congratulations to all of the teachers who received exciting, new grants for their students!
Macy Begley was awarded a grant to take her students to see Shrek at the Amarillo Little Theatre and enjoy a nice dinner.
BreAnne Morrison & Jamie Michler were awarded a grant to purchase flexible seating options for MAE students.
BreAnne Morrison was awarded a grant to fund MAE “Elk Land” for Accelerated Reader award incentives.
Lynz Hood was awarded a grant to take her 4th-grade PE students to Mt. Capulin and purchase t-shirts for the trip.
Doug Rawlins was awarded a grant to take MAE students on a trip to the WTAMU Activity Center for Accelerated Reader achievements.
Doug Rawlins was also awarded a grant to take a trip to Amarillo to celebrate students who achieve a “Masters” score on their STAAR test. They will enjoy a nice meal, go to the zoo, and have a mid-afternoon treat at Braum’s.
12/10/21 – Distinguished Alumni Lecturer Series
The students and staff of SHS welcomed Sunny Russell-Dueland as part of our Distinguished Alumni Lecturer series. Sunny did a wonderful job motivating and engaging the students through her words, and we were very appreciative to hear her speak! Thank you to everyone who helped organize this event. Once an Elk, always an Elk!
12/7/21 – PIPs Basketball Performance
11/30/21 – Annual Meeting
We wrapped up the final day of Panhandle Gives by having our Annual Meeting, and it was a wonderful display of what your support does for SISD. We heard from several students who have experienced, first-hand, the opportunities that your generosity has created. Their gratitude and excitement were apparent to all in the room.
10/28/21 – New Grants Awarded
At the recent board meeting, the SEF approved five new grants for the 2021-22 academic school year. There are a lot of exciting opportunities and experiences that come with each of these new grants, and we were thrilled to be able to award these teachers with the money they need for their respective programs.
Sierra Schoonover and Enedit Baeza were awarded $985 and $3,009.05 for a Snapology robotics program and 10 Lego robotics kids, respectively for 5th and 6th-grade students.
Linda Henderson was awarded $855 to take a group of SJH girls to the WISE (Women in Science Endeavors) conference in Amarillo.
Linda Henderson and Neely Brotherton were awarded $6,429.35 for new science equipment for 5th-8th grade students.
Diede Zieman and Jamie Michler were awarded $2,000 for new library books (K-12) for unique populations of students.
Summer ’21 Robotics Training – Sierra Schoonover & Enedit Baeza
Doug Rawlins’ Academic Achievement Award Trip:
2020 – 2021 – Super Academic Achievers Trip
“With Stratford Education Foundation’s generous donation, Mary Allen Elementary students were allowed to celebrate their academic excellence for the 2020 -2021 school year. These super-achievers were treated to lunch at The Big Texan in Amarillo, TX. After lunch, we were able to run off some steam at Thompson Park, too. During a crazy school year and despite the multitude of challenges, these students proved to be capable leaders. We appreciate all the focus and dedication everyone plays in helping children maximize their efforts. We feel that this awards trip celebrates the SISD Mission Statement: “Grounded in our traditions of excellence and pride in our community, Stratford ISD will provide an environment of acceptance, cultivate a work ethic for the success of students and staff, and commit to resilience in times of need.” Thank you for your support SEF!” -Doug Rawlins
05/2021 – Doug Rawlins’ Accelerated Reader Award Trip:
“Palo Duro Reading Award Trip for MAE super reading achievers Mary Allen Elementary had over seventy-five 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade students achieve their reading goal this past school year! We celebrated by taking a trip to Palo Duro Canyon. Students and teachers were able to hike and explore this great state park, and we ended the afternoon at Mr. Gattis Pizza in Amarillo. Our kids were able to experience an outing outside of Stratford and enjoy the fruits of their hard work over the year. A huge thank you goes to Stratford Education Foundation for making this trip possible.” – Doug Rawlins
5/13/21 – Macy Begley’s Matilda Grant:
“The English Language Arts classes in 6th grade were awarded a grant that provided a Matilda book for every child to keep, copies in English and Spanish for the school library, and a trip to Amarillo to dine at the Amarillo Club and see the musical, Matilda at the Amarillo Little Theatre. Prior to the trip, students read Matilda in class and studied the novel. They also were taught dining and theater etiquette. The dining etiquette lesson was provided by the SHS Family and Consumer Science students in their classroom. The 6th graders got to take the 30-floor elevator ride in the First Bank Southwest Tower to the Amarillo Club. After a wonderful dining experience, we circled by Hodgetown Stadium on our way to the Amarillo Little Theatre where we had the opportunity to watch the musical, Matilda. After we read the book and watched the musical, we compared the two and noted the similarities and differences. We wrapped it all up by watching the movie and discussing all three formats of Matilda. We would like to thank the Education Foundation for awarding us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We also like to thank Mrs. Mungia and her students for having us over to give us a dining etiquette lesson. A special thanks to Mr. B.A. Donelson and Mrs. Gaynelle Riffe for accompanying our group and helping coordinate our trip. All involved had the most wonderful time!” -Macy Begley
5/18/21 – Lynz Hood’s Mt. Capulin Grant:
On Tuesday, May 18th, Lynz Hood took her 4th-grade students to Capulin Volcano. They enjoyed a Ranger-led science experiment, were sworn in as Capulin Volcano Junior Rangers, had a picnic lunch, and hiked around the rim and down into the crater of the volcano! At its highest point, Capulin Volcano is 8182 feet! The 4th-graders had a blast, and they hope to do this again next year!