Seamless Summer Option - Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022
Hallsville ISD announced its policy today that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request. While no application or eligibility determination process is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. Read more...
Hallsville ISD Names Lone Finalist for Superintendent
Hallsville ISD Assistant Superintendent, Mr. John Martin, has been named the district’s lone finalist for the job of Superintendent. The announcement was made at Monday night’s regular school board meeting. After the mandatory 21-day waiting period, the board will vote to hire Martin as Superintendent. He will replace Mr. Jeff Collum, who recently accepted a position in Arkansas.
Martin is a 1987 graduate of Hallsville High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University, a Master of Education Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, and his Superintendent Certification from Lamar University. Martin began his career in education with Jacksonville ISD and went on to serve in various roles at Hillsboro ISD, Waskom ISD and Pine Tree ISD before coming back home to Hallsville ISD. He has served as a coach, assistant principal, campus principal, Chief Administrative Officer and for the past five years, Assistant Superintendent for HISD.
Martin and his wife, Sherri, an ESL teacher at Hallsville Intermediate School, have three daughters, Bayli, Brilee, and Brinley. They also have two grandsons, Bryant and Brenham. “I have been blessed beyond measure to have spent more than half of my career at Hallsville ISD, and I am truly a “Bobcat for life.” It has been my honor to serve and give back to our students for the past 13 years. I look forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence in education and I am excited about what the future holds for HISD,” said Martin.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. For more information see: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
Use of Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices During STAAR Tests
Maintaining the security and confidentiality of the Texas student assessment program is critical for ensuring valid test scores and providing standard and equal testing opportunities for all students. The Texas Education Agency is required by law to create policies to ensure the security and confidentiality of these exams. As a district, it is our responsibility to make sure that we have procedures in place to comply with these policies. One of these requirements is that districts must ensure that students do not have access to electronics during testing. Please review the attached document which outlines the practice of each Hallsville ISD campus on a testing day: 2020-2021 Hallsville ISD STAAR Cell Phone Letter
2019-20 Federal Report Cards
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires each State education agency to prepare and publish an annual report card with state-, district- and campus-level data.
Hallsville ISD is sharing this information about the district and your child’s campus with you as part of its obligations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the district’s website at http://www.hisd.com or are also available on the Texas Education Agency’s website.
For more information please see: https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/frc/2020/srch.html
Free Meals Starting November 3, 2020 Until the End of School Year
- Students In School: 1 Breakfast & 1 Lunch Meal will be free to all students at HISD at regular meal service times. We will have a la-carte items for sale to students and any 2nd meals will be at a la-carte pricing.
- Students at home/virtual: We will also have parent pick up at Jr. High back loop from 1 breakfast and 1 lunch 1:15-1:45 and students will have to be present for meal pick up.
Questions: please call Charlie Combs @ 903-668-5990 ext. 1407 or Pam Talley @ 903-668-5990 ext. 5552. For more info visit the HISD Food Services pages.
All Students to Return to In-Person, On Campus Instruction
Since schools are not required to offer remote instruction per TEA, the administration has been reviewing student performance and attendance data from the first marking period. The data revealed that virtual online instruction has not been successful for the majority of our students and the added burden placed on our teachers is unsustainable. At this time, we believe that it is in the best interest of all students to return to in-person, on campus instruction. Read more...
UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) released updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that took effect August 1, 2020. In the guidance from UIL, we may allow spectators to attend games, contests or events with a 50% capacity limitation, provided that the appropriate spacing is maintained according to protocol and rules set forth by the UIL and Texas Education Agency (TEA). Read more...
Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, many families must make decisions about their children’s education that factor in student and family safety as well as student learning. This flyer is intended to outline some of the
options parents have when returning to school and to share some information regarding those options.
For more information see:
Hallsville ISD Return to School Plan 2020-2021
As a school district, Hallsville ISD looks forward to welcoming students back to school on August 13. Despite the challenges with COVID-19, our district will continue to provide an excellent education to our students, which will include both in-person and remote learning environments. As the public health crisis continues, we have been planning for the opening of the 2020-21 school year with a focus on the health, safety and well-being of our staff, students and community. For more information, please review the following documents:
- EXECUTIVE ORDER GA29 Relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster
- Hallsville ISD Return to School Plan 2020-2021
- Hallsville ISD Plan de Regreso a la Escuela 2020-2021
- 2020-2021 Hallsville ISD Student Handbook
Public Health Planning Guidance
Here are the Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines given to school districts as of July 7th, 2020. This document provides more detail on the requirements that districts are being directed to follow as it relates to in person student attendance for the upcoming school year. Please take the time to review these and we will provide more updates as we receive them from TEA. Please see SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance.
HISD School Board Approves Chromebook Purchase
In a unanimous vote, the Hallsville ISD School Board approved the purchase of 2,500 Google Chromebooks to serve the needs of the students and staff. This is the first phase of the District’s virtual learning plan. This move not only benefits the at home learning education platform, but it also equips students with 21st century technical skills in the classroom.
Online Head Start Pre-application
In lieu of recent events, Region 7 Head Start has an Online Head Start Pre-application that parents can complete. For more information please visit: https://www.esc7.net/page/headstart.parentresources.
Media Statement Regarding HISD Graduation Rates Recently Printed in the Longview News Journal
Hallsville ISD is proud to share our graduation rates from 2019. Hallsville High School had a 98.2% graduation rate while TVAH (Texas Virtual Academy Hallsville) had a 68.4% graduation rate, giving the district a combined 83.3%.
It is amazing that in one year we have added approximately 7,500 students online and that we are now educating over 12,000 students across the great state of Texas. It is equally amazing that our traditional brick and mortar students continue to lead the region and state in this area. We are very proud of both our regular and online student cohorts for their accomplishments.
Our students and staff are to be commended for the hard work that went into these levels of success. HISD continues to support and celebrate the innovation and choice that TVAH brings to our district. This program has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leading innovative educational partnership and we are proud of the progress these students have made.
2020-2021 Hallsville High School Course Guide
Whether entering school as a ninth grader or coming in as a transfer student, this course guide will assist you in mapping out a four year plan and creating a schedule for the upcoming school year. The classes you take play a major role in preparing you for college, technical school, the military, or just life beyond high school. Visit our HHS Course Guide pages for more detail.
Parent Resources & Student State Testing Scores Parent Resources
Parents are now able to access their student's STAAR results online at http://www.texasassessments.com/ where they will see changes in how their child's performance is labeled and find additional resources to support their child's academic growth.
To access scores, parents will need to enter their child's date of birth and six-character Unique Access Code, which appears on the student's most recent STAAR Report Card. Parents who do not have the access code will be able to look it up by entering their student's first name, typing their child's Social Security Number into the PEIMS field and inputting date of birth.
A section of the new STAAR report card highlights how a student has progressed academically from the previous year with a growth chart. The website also provides resources designed to help parents prepare their student for the next grade level, support their reading and writing, as well as tips and questions for parent-teacher conferences.
For additional information on the new student report cards, please visit the TEA website or contact your child's school. The Texas Education Agency maintains a broad database of assessment-related documents for students and parents, including explanations of test results:
Below are instructions for parents on how to retrieve Student State Assessment History Reports through the Student Portal with and without the access code.
- Navigate to: https://www.texasassessment.com/families/
- Enter Student Access Code and Date of Birth on Texas Assessment Data Portal
- If you don't know the Access Code, select "Where's my access code?" and follow the instructions.
- Lastly, click "GO" and the student's testing history will appear.
East or North? Hallsville Elementary Campus Locator
If you're new to the Hallsville area and need to get your elementary school age kids back in class, we've got a tool to help you find the right campus. Point your favorite web browser over to our Hallsville Elementary Campus Locator, type in your new address and we'll show you which direction to go -- East or North.
District of Innovation - Addendum
A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842 that allows school districts greater local control and flexibility regarding certain state-level regulations in an effort to utilize the designation to better serve students. The proposed plan, once adopted, will remain in effect for the next five years (2019-2023). The plan may be amended at any time by the District of Innovation Committee with the approval of the school board. For more information please see: HISD District of Innovation Plan. Addendum-R 20121718 added Wed Jan 23 12:10:13 CST 2019
Texas Academic Performance Reports
The Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) pull together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year. Performance is shown disaggregated by student groups, including ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The reports also provide extensive information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics. The Hallsville ISD Texas Academic Performance Report for 2017–18 is now available for download.
Athletic Event Guidelines / Spectator Rules of Conduct
Hallsville ISD has recently approved and will be implementing some new safety guidelines for all athletic events. We place a very high priority on ensuring that our students and patrons can be safe while attending and enjoying these events. Click here for more information.
Hallsville ISD StopBullying! Hotline
Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call or text the Hallsville ISD StopBullying! Hotline at (903) 660-7878. For more information and other ways to help please visit the Stop Bullying section of our web site.
Notice Regarding the Refusal of Entry to or Ejection of an Individual from District Property
New Commissioner rules effective August 26, 2018, impact how school districts are required to handle unauthorized persons on campus. In 2017, the Texas Legislature amended Texas Education Code § 37.105 to require that the Commissioner of Education adopt rules regarding unauthorized persons on school property, as well as to establish procedures for persons to appeal to school districts’ boards of trustees any decisions to refuse persons entry to or eject persons from school property. Read more here.
Facility Use Form
Hallsville ISD will begin closing and locking its athletic facilities from public use pending a submitted written request and district approval after recent vandalism was discovered at the district's stadium. To submit a request please download the revised facility use form and return it to the appropriate facility contact agent (listed in the form).