The Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced that Shelle Samaha, a Henderson Middle School teacher, has been chosen for the 2018 Hawk Award. Mrs. Samaha exemplifies the true meaning of a HAWK.  She goes above and beyond the classroom walls to help her students, be it with clothing items, food, or just someone to listen to them. Mrs. Samaha also volunteers many hours away from school by being involved in her church, 4-H, PTO and many other organizations. Mrs. Samaha will be recognized at the Sour Lake Chamber Annual Banquet on March 28th.  Congratulations Mrs. Samaha.  



The Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award was created to celebrate and recognize superior contributions of teachers whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.  Fifteen teachers are selected annually to receive this prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the education system of Southeast Texas.  This year Renae Rose, Henderson Middle School teacher, has been chosen for one of the awards.  Mrs. Rose will be recognized at an awards gala in May.  Congratulations Mrs. Rose!

HJISD Selected by the White House to Create
Easter Egg Design

WH Easter Egg

Hardin-Jefferson ISD was recently selected to produce a design representing the State of Texas that will be displayed at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll to take place on April 2, 2018. Each state was invited to select a school to decorate an egg representing their state using guidelines set out by the White House.

Three student designers and three faculty members took time over their spring break to complete the design. The student designers were Zoe Bjerke, Faith Herman, and Hannah Fontenot. The art teacher who coordinated and oversaw the development of the design was Kate Ducote. She was assisted by Erin Palculict and Matthew Fowler.

“It is truly an honor to have been selected to participate in the design this year,” explained Dr. Shannon Holmes, HJISD Superintendent. “Our faculty advisors and the students from our High School did an outstanding job with the design. I am proud that their work will represent HJISD and our community, and I feel it does a great job depicting emblems found in our great state.”

The White House Easter Egg Roll officially dates back to 1878 and the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, but first-hand accounts suggest that informal festivities began with egg-rolling parties under President Abraham Lincoln. This year’s 140th White House Easter Egg Roll will be hosted by First Lady Melania Trump on April 2, 2018.

HJISD Board President, Michelle Yentzen, stated, “We are so excited that our students have the opportunity to represent the State of Texas and to participate in this national tradition. It truly is an honor and very exciting for our community.”


 Art students