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    CISD Offers Full Day Pre-K this Fall

    Recent laws passed by the Texas Legislature have increased funding for early childhood education. As a result, Corsicana ISD will provide full-day Pre-Kindergarten for 4-year-old students who meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, the tuition-based Dual Language Pre-K will also be available full-day. All Pre-K programs will continue to be held at the Drane Learning Center. 

    “We know that student participation in Pre-K has a positive impact on their future success in school,” said Dr. Diane Frost, superintendent of CISD. “This decision to increase funds for full day Pre-K programs will make a significant difference in school preparedness.”

    The full-day classes will begin at 8:00am and will dismiss at 3:30pm. The start and end times continue to provide a staggered schedule for parents with children at multiple campuses. Students enrolled in Pre-K will receive a free breakfast in the morning, and lunch will be served in the afternoon.

    “We [CISD] have been preparing for the full-day Pre-K transition over the last several months hoping that the legislature would provide the needed resources. The District has implemented the necessary measures to make this happen in time for fall,” said Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs Elmer Avellaneda. “Our teachers are excited for the additional learning opportunities for our students.”

    The Head Start program, for children birth to 3 years of age, is also available to qualifying families.

    In 2017, Corsicana ISD renovated Drane to house the Early Childhood programs and the elementary Gifted and Talented program. The goal was to focus support on high-quality learning to promote school readiness.  Families interested in Pre-K programs should visit the Drane Learning Center Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm. For a list of registration requirements, please visit and click on Early Childhood Programs. Pre-K is available at no cost for families who qualify. School starts across the District on Wed., Aug. 15.

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    Gentry Takes over as Head Volleyball Coach

    Mashequa Gentry has been announced as the new head volleyball coach for Corsicana High School. Gentry has spent the last six years as the assistant volleyball coach at CHS. A former collegiate volleyball player, Gentry is excited about the potential of the team.

    “I have been working with these girls since their sixth grade year,” said Coach Gentry reflecting on the high school players. “I know them well.  I know what it will take to motivate them and build their skill level to help them be successful.”

    Gentry knows the game. She played in high school and she spent four years on the volleyball team at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. “I have a genuine love of the sport,” she said. “Playing volleyball should be challenging yet fun.”

    “Coach Gentry has a proven track record of success. Her leadership and influence will continue to have a positive impact on the players,” said Richey Cutrer, Executive Director of Extracurricular Programs. “I am very pleased and excited to have her as the head volleyball coach.”

    Gentry is looking forward to summer workouts and team tryouts that will begin around August 1. “I am honored to have this opportunity to coach this team to the next level,” said Gentry.

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    Smith Hired as New CHS Band Director

    Corsicana ISD announced Brent Smith as the new CHS Band Director. Smith comes to Corsicana from J.J. Pearce High School where he has spent the last three years directing the Concert and Symphonic Bands and assisting in all other aspects of the marching band, school musicals and instrument lessons.

    “We are very pleased to have Mr. Smith as our new band director. He brings positive energy, and great ideas to build on our program at CHS,” said Shade Boulware, principal at CHS.

    Smith grew up in a musical family. Both his mom and dad played musical instruments. In high school, Smith was inspired by a gifted high school band director who ran a nationally recognized program at Bowie High School in Austin. “As a student, everyone worked hard to please Mr. Dinkins. He knew how to push us to be our very best. He was so passionate about the program and respected for his knowledge, compassion and leadership.”

    Mr. Dinkins passed away unexpectedly leaving Smith as a senior student and the appointed drum major. “He was the heart and soul of our band. I continue to be inspired by him. I hope to impact students the same way he had an impact on me.”

    After high school, Smith continued his studies at Baylor University in music education. He performed with Baylor’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra around the country. He also spent some time with the Waco Symphony Orchestra playing the trumpet.

    Smith spent two years as an undergraduate staff member to the Baylor University Golden Wave Marching Band where he conducted sectional and full-band rehearsals, was a marching and music technician, and helped to organize equipment orders and travel arrangements.

     “I am thrilled to be a part of the Corsicana band program,” said Smith. “I am looking forward to a fantastic year.”

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  • STAAR Scores Available ONLINE

    If your child took the STAAR test this last year, STAAR scores are now available.  Parents may access scores via the online portal through the Texas Education Agency.  Click Here to access

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  • Corsicana High School Graduation 2019

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  • Corsicana ISD Recognizes Outstanding Employees with the Support of the Corsicana Education Foundation


    Each year, the Corsicana Education Foundation (CEF) recognizes outstanding Corsicana ISD staff and volunteers at the End of Year Awards Celebration. Thanks to the generous support from our community and the Bank of America Trusts, CEF has awarded over $365,000 at this awards ceremony since 2002.

    Each campus selects a Distinguished Teacher, a Rising Star (teacher with less than 5 years of experience), and a Volunteer of the Year.  Service pins are awarded and retirees are also recognized. Paraprofessional, Operations Persons of the Year, and the Tiger Spirit awards are selected district-wide.  From the Distinguished Teachers, the Mark C. Culwell Award is given to an exemplary elementary teacher and the Golden Apple Award is given to an exemplary secondary teacher.


    In addition to the awards given out, the CEF surprised the campuses with a $1,500 Innovative Teaching Grant thanks to the support from the Navarro Community Foundation. Just this school year, the CEF has awarded $118,500 in Innovative Teaching Grants.


    Golden Apple Award

    Jennifer Short, Corsicana Middle School


    Mark C. Culwell Awards

    Cody Johnson, Bowie Elementary

    Shannon Mahoney, Carroll Elementary


    Dr. James B. Dickson Special Education Distinguished Teacher Award

    Sheila Garcia, Drane Learning Center


    Distinguished Teachers of the Year by Campus:

    Michelle Van Winkle, Corsicana High School

    Timothy Berg, Corsicana High School

    Colleen Cabaj, Corsicana High School

    Kandi Crenshaw, Corsicana Middle School

    Jennifer Short, Corsicana Middle School

    Tammy Casaday, Collins Intermediate School

    Malisa Lichty, Collins Intermediate School

    Cody Johnson, Bowie Elementary

    Shannon Mahoney, Carroll Elementary

    Anele Richardson, Fannin Elementary

    Amanda Jennings, Navarro Elementary

    Jennifer Wisinger, Sam Houston Elementary

    Karina Rojas, Drane Learning Center


    Rising Stars by Campus:

    Adrian Zamilpa, Corsicana High School

    Kyle Allen, Corsicana Middle School

    Evan “Cissy” Brown, Collins Intermediate School

    Alice Owen, Bowie Elementary

    Veronica Reyes, Carroll Elementary

    Jordan Zabojnik, Fannin Elementary

    Jennifer Jock, Navarro Elementary

    Kelli Armstrong, Sam Houston Elementary


    Tiger Spirit Awards

    Michael Belew, Collins Intermediate – Associate Band Director/Percussion Director

    Sergeant Lavon Denson, Bowie Elementary - Corsicana ISD PD


    Paraprofessionals of the Year

    Laretha Gooden, Navarro Elementary

    Judy West, Drane Learning Center


    Custodian of the Year

    Tresa Blair


    Grounds/Maintenance of the Year

    Jorge Kitchen


    Bus Driver of the Year

    Stacy Stockreef


    Child Nutrition Person of the Year

    Alma Arredondo


    Employees recognized for 25+ Years of Service:

    Annett Betts, Pam Butcher, Adela Castillo, Gay Lynn Duncan, Sharon Goodman, Vickie Hood, Cindy McCary, Kay Vadasy,  Margaret Watson, and Roy William


    Retiree Recognitions:

    Larry Acock, 39 years with CISD

    Frances Dodds, 23 years with CISD (26 total)

    Peggy Gunnels, 15 years with CISD

    Christine Havener, 3 years with CISD (18 total)

    Betty Hawthorne, 15 years with CISD


    Volunteers of the Year:

    Julie Green, Corsicana High School

    Julie Mitchell, Markus Baldwin and Charlotte Paulk, Corsicana Middle School

    Lanette Stewart, Collins Intermediate School

    Tara Price, Bowie Elementary

    Pastor Dr. Paul Redic, Pastor of Second Mission Baptist Church, Carroll Elementary

    Angie White & Daniella York, Navarro Elementary

    Desiree Abreu, Missy Drees and Brian Johnston, Sam Houston Elementary

    Desiree Abreu, Drane Learning Center



    Pictured: Golden Apple Award Recipient, Jennifer Short, and Corsicana Middle School Principal, JP Johnson.


    Pictured: Mark C. Culwell Award Recipient, Cody Johnson, and Bowie Elementary Principal, Hollye Usery.


    Pictured: Mark C. Culwell Award Recipient, Shannon Mahoney, and Carroll Elementary Principal, Cheryl Murdock. 

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    CISD Board Approves 2019-2020 Calendar

    The CISD Board of Trustees Approved the 2019-2020 Calendar at the Feb. 25 meeting.  Click here to download the Calendar



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  • Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

    Click here to view the Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule for 2018-2019.

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    Corsicana ISD Earns State’s Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating

    Corsicana Independent School District received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under the Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system.  The 2017-2018 ratings are based on annual financial reports provided to Texas Education Agency (TEA) by districts and charters from the 2016-2017 school year.

    Created by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, the financial accountability rating system – known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) – is designed to encourage public schools to better manage their financial resources in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes.

    The financial accountability system requires TEA to review the audited financial reports from all districts and charters. Based on the submitted information, one of four financial management ratings is assigned: Superior, Above Standard, Standard or Substandard. A designation of Suspended Data Quality or Undetermined can also be assigned when a district or charter fails to submit its annual financial report by the submission deadline and/or no financial data is available for review.

    The FIRST ratings are based on 20 established financial indicators, such as operating expenditures for instruction, tax collection rates, student-teacher ratios, and long-term debt.

    “I am proud that CISD’s financial accountability is continuously recognized by the TEA as ‘Superior,’” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost.  “The CISD Board of Trustees and Marti Shaner, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, and the business services staff, provide oversight and management for the district finances.  Recognition of this financial responsibility is important to the District and to the community we serve.”

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  • 2018-2019 Start and End Times

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    Provide information quickly and anonymously through the online Corsicana ISD Quick Tip link. Tips may be related to school safety, personal safety, bullying, vandalism, fighting, etc.  Tip providers may leave contact information if desired, or they may be submitted anonymously.

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