• Vision and Core Beliefs

    Hallsville Independent School District will pursue "Excellence in Education" in all endeavors

    • HISD will provide students an opportunity to obtain a world class education that prepares them for a globally competitive society;
    • HISD will strive to be a district of excellence that competes at the state and national levels in all academic and extracurricular activities;
    • HISD will instill a desire for ethical behavior, integrity and good citizenship in all students.

Kids Heart Challenge

From Our Principal

  • Dear East Elementary Families,

    I hope this letter finds you well as we approach the festive season and the end of another calendar year. As we reflect on the past months, I am filled with gratitude for the dedication and enthusiasm demonstrated by our students, teachers, and parents.

    I am pleased to share that our students continue to excel academically. Their hard work and commitment to learning have resulted in significant achievements across various subjects. As we head into the final stretch of the semester, I encourage both students and parents to maintain the momentum and finish the year strong.

    The school will be closed for the winter break from December 21-January 8 when students return to school. We hope that this time provides an opportunity for rest, relaxation, and quality time with loved ones. Please take advantage of the break to rejuvenate and return in the new year with a fresh perspective.

    I want to express my sincere gratitude to all parents for your ongoing support. Your involvement in your child's education is invaluable, and it contributes significantly to the positive school environment we strive to maintain.

    Wishing you and your families a joyous holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and memorable moments. May the coming year bring continued success, growth, and prosperity to each member of our school community.

    Thank you for your partnership.

    Melissa Torrence
    Principal, East Elementary

East Values In Action

  • East Mission: At East Elementary, our mission is to unleash the leader in students, educators, and our school community.

    East Values:

    • COMMUNICATION - collaborate, value input, presume positive intent
    • FAMILY - relationships where we all feel valued and work as a team
    • OWNERSHIP - make decisions that support positive climate and educational goals
    • SAFETY - culture of safety for collaboration; intention with words & actions
    • GROWTH - flexibility and grace in celebrating accomplishments

    Mrs. Mariam Russell

    "Mrs. Russell is one of the best lead teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with! She is a complete ray of sunshine for everyone she works with. She is always inclusive with everyone. She is genuinely creating such a safe space for everyone to share opinions and collaborate together to make our campus a great place to learn. I am so lucky for the opportunity to learn from her this year! She is truly such a role model to me and embodies everything a great teacher should strive to be. Mariam Russell is going to change the world someday! I can’t believe I have the honor to call her a dear friend! She is truly what keeps our 4th Grade team together and she is so great at communicating and letting us know when things are happening. She really is just so fantastic!"

    Mrs. Stacy Stapp

    "Stacy always goes above and beyond completing her daily tasks efficiently, all while building a good rapport with staff here at Hallsville East Elementary. She has been a great asset to our campus as well as supporting our assistant principals with their needs. She checks in on students during lunch duty and coaches a UIL team. She sees a need and fills it before anyone knows there was a need in the first place!"

    Ms. Darby Wyatt

    "Ms. Darbi has shown such growth in the short time I have known her. She finished her Bachelors of Education with Summa Cum Laude honors while working a full-time job where she grew others every day. She works hard to always help others, whether it is a student or staff member. She shows that when you work hard you can also achieve greatness! She works hard to help others grow as well, whether it is her small group instruction or being a part of the Lighthouse Team and the Sunshine Committee. Darbi is literal sunshine at East Elementary. You can't help but smile and be happy when around her. I can't wait to watch her grow as a teacher. She will be amazing. East Elementary proudly recognizes Ms. Darbi Wyatt for GROWTH!"

    Nurse Lori Rich

    "Lori has such a heart for children and this community! She dedicates her time and energy to making sure our students and families have what they need and makes everyone feel like family. She loves on students who need it the most and goes above and beyond for them to make sure they are well taken care of and happy. She is at the heart of our school family and our community, and we are so blessed to have her on our campus. East Elementary proudly recognizes Nurse Lori Rich for FAMILY!

Attendance & Hours

  • It is important for students to be at school every day and on time. Students are considered tardy after 7:45 a.m. and will need an adult to sign them into school. When the bell rings at 7:45, it is the parent's responsibility to park in a parking space and walk your student into the front office to sign them into school. If your child is sick, remember to send a doctor's note or parent note when they return  to school. Dropoff time each day begins at 7:15 a.m., and dismissal begins at 3:30 p.m.

Car Line & Traffic Flow

  • In the mornings, East Elementary uses a single file line closest to the building and works hard to open six (6) car doors at a time. If your student is able to open the door and get out unassisted, they may do so after all traffic has come to a complete stop.

    Afternoon Dismissal

    Split into two lanes.

    • Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and sibling groups are assigned to the line closest to the building
    • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades are assigned to the lane away from the building (it runs through the small parking lot, and students will cross the driveway for pickup)

    Car Rider Pro

    New students should have received a car tag at Meet The Teacher. Returning students may use the same tag as last year. If you need an additional or replacement tag, the cost is $7 due to the price of tags increasing.

    • You must have the Car Rider Pro tag hanging for it to scan on the reader. Do not block the reader.
    • The scanner will not start scanning tags until 2 p.m. You may not line up prior to that time.

    Reminder: The driveway at East is part of the school zone, and cell phone usage is not permitted during dropoff and pickup times.

2023-2024 East Bell Schedule

  • East Elementary will be on a new bell schedule for the 2023-2024 school year. First bell in the mornings will be at 7:40 a.m., with the tardy bell at 7:45. Dismissal in the afternoons will be at 3:30 p.m. On Early Release days, dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m.

Join Our PTA!

  • It’s not too late to join the East Elementary PTA! We would love to have you join us!  We have lots of fun things planned this year. You can help and volunteer as much as you are comfortable with and your schedule allows.  Join East Elementary PTA and receive updates by liking their page on Facebook!

Learn More About East

  • Hallsville East Elementary
    has been rated a


    campus by the
    Texas Education Agency
    for the 2021-2022 school year

    Note: East Elementary received 81 out of a possible 100 points in the state's accountability rating system for the 2021-2022 school year. Districts and schools did not receive a grade following the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Bulletin Board

  • Career Day