Donna Varnado
We at Big Sandy ISD are missing our students, staff, and our families so very much! As Easter approaches, we want you to know that we are thinking of you ALL! Let's be strong, determined, courageous, and have faith! TOGETHER...we will get through this! We miss you all!!!
about 21 hours ago, Donna Varnado
Moriah Phillips
Before social distancing, each person with #COVID19 spread the virus to 2.5 more people. At that pace, most would get it, and many more people would die. But we can slow the spread. That’s why we all #StayHome. #ApartTogether we slow Coronavirus.
4 days ago, Moriah Phillips
Moriah Phillips
On Monday, March 30th, Big Sandy ISD moved from providing "Grab and Go" lunches to providing meal delivery to student homes for the week. The district ran all bus routes with drivers and their helpers leaving at 9:30. Any children 18 and under were eligible to receive the meals at no cost. The district launched a telephone campaign to assist parents in completing the necessary surveys. Over 300 students received breakfast and lunch for the week with over 3,000 meals being delivered to Big Sandy families. If anyone did not receive meals this week, but would like to be added to the list for next week, please email Joan Ford at jford@bigsandyisd.org. by Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Big Sandy ISD would like to thank all of their families for their participation. Also, the district wanted to send a special "shout out" to the workers and volunteers that assisted in the successful launch of this new district initiative.
8 days ago, Moriah Phillips
Donna Varnado
As announced yesterday, Big Sandy ISD will remain closed until May 4th based on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order. The district is committed to providing educational services through on-line resources as well as packets. Round two packets have been mailed to all families in the district that have children in Pre-Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Packets include assignments through May 1st. Since students will miss direct instruction for a six week period, assignments are now required. This will help teachers to determine mastery of skills for our students. Beginning Tuesday, April 7th, the district will provide a “drop-off” for school work. Work may be dropped off in the container from 9:00-4:00 each Tuesday while school is closed. Secondary drop-off is in front of the high school. Elementary drop-off is in the “pick-up” area of the north end parking lot. Student work needs to be in the original envelope with the student name on the outside. We realize this is a difficult time for our families, but please know that we are committed to providing the necessary support and help to assist students in achieving success. Remember, all teachers are available to assist each school day from 7:35-3:45. Please do not hesitate to email them for additional assistance and support. Big Sandy ISD wants to send a huge “shout-out” and “thank you” to all of our families!
8 days ago, Donna Varnado
Donna Varnado
COVID-19 Update from Governor Abbott’s Desk... Governor Abbott, at his 2:00 press conference today, Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, issued an Executive Order to shut down ALL schools in the state of Texas from midnight, Friday, April 3rd through Friday, May 1st. This means that our current school closure will be extended through Friday, May 1st, with an anticipated return date of May 4th. Food service and instructional resources will continue to be provided for all students. Please check out our website for all of our resources. Go to “District Info” and click on SCHOOL CLOSURE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES and you will be able to access lessons and resources from each grade level and department. Lessons and resources are updated on-line regularly and additional learning materials for April have been mailed to each of our students. Our staff is available to you from 7:25-3:45 each day and will be contacting each family to provide support for each student as needed while we are learning at home. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to campuses on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00-11:30 if you should have additional questions or email staff members directly. As a district, we recognize that this is a difficult and challenging time for everyone, but we are here to support and help our families as needed. Remember, Big Sandy ISD is providing lunch delivery for the week on Mondays. If you did not get signed up this week, but would like to participate in the future, please email Joan Ford at jford@bigsandyisd.org. Thank you parents! You are the BEST!
9 days ago, Donna Varnado
Donna Varnado
The Love Big Sandy Project will be distributing food boxes to our local Senior Citizens and Big Sandy ISD students this Friday, March 27th from 10:00-12:00 at the Love Big Sandy Project building located on Broadway. If you should need delivery, please message 903 720-6033 or 903 812-0606.
15 days ago, Donna Varnado
Donna Varnado
On Monday, March 30th, Big Sandy ISD will deliver meals to student homes for the week. We will run all bus routes with drivers and their helpers leaving the school at 9:30. We are able to deliver meals for the week in one delivery, but we need parents to complete our survey. Any children 18 and under are eligible to receive meals at no cost. The district is launching a telephone campaign this week to assist parents in completing the surveys. The goal is to deliver meals to every family residing in our district. https://forms.gle/qrAKfTfCReSNL9em9
16 days ago, Donna Varnado
Donna Varnado
COVID-19 Update from Governor Abbott’s Desk Governor Abbott, at his 12:00 press conference today, Thursday, March 19, 2020, issued an Executive Order to shut down ALL school districts in the state of Texas from midnight, Friday, March 20, 2020 through midnight, Friday, April 3rd. This means that our current school closure will be extended through April 3rd. Food service and instructional resources will continue to be provided for all students. Please check out our website for all of our resources. Go to “District Info” and click on SCHOOL CLOSURE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES and you will be able to access lessons and resources from each grade level and department. Also, the district mailed these same resources to each family earlier this week to ensure accessibility. Please know that our teachers, staff, and administration are continuing to diligently work on ways that we can be of service to our families. If you should have questions, please email teachers, staff members, or administration and we will respond as quickly as possible. We want to thank all of our families for all that you are doing to help support the education of our children during this time. You are such an important partner in all that we attempt to do here at Big Sandy ISD. As always, our parents are the best! Once again, we want to thank all of our educational partners and we will continue to push out information to our families and community as it becomes available.
21 days ago, Donna Varnado
Donna Varnado
Big Sandy ISD wants to send a "Shout Out" to our Child Nutrition Department Employees as they are working daily to meet the needs of our students during this school closure. Grab and Go lunches are continuing to be provided each day from 11:30-1:00 behind the school.
21 days ago, Donna Varnado
Jay Ratcliff
Hear ye, Hear ye: The Big Sandy Administration Team met today to discuss our approach to the closure of our school district. We have decided on several items that we want to share with you all. 1. At-Home Instructional Resources- We will use both high tech and low tech approaches to provide resources to our children during our closure. ---High tech approaches involve on-line programs, on-line software, etc. You can access the Big Sandy Website for more information about these topics. ---Low tech approach is to provide packets of educational materials to each child in our school. Teachers will work to gather materials to send home to each child. These packets will be mailed to the address that we have for each child. 2. The Big Sandy ISD will serve a "grab-and-go" lunch to each child, each day. These lunches need to be requested at this link: https://forms.gle/j3J3qUZaBiEPS1Tv9 There are instructions in the link for pick-up. 3. Due to the social isolation aspect of this COVID-19 outbreak, we will maintain a skeleton staff during the closure, and only those individuals that are required to be here will be. You may experience delays in return calls or you may trouble reaching someone on campus or in the Business Office. Please be patient with us during this time of closure. 4. The Texas Education Agency has cancelled all state testing for the 2019-2020 school year, so there will be no STAAR or EOC exams to be taken. The TEA is waiting on an answer from the Federal Govt on a waiver for the TELPAS exam (test for English language learners). 5. There is no organized practice whatsoever for the week of March 16-20. A decision will be made toward the end of this week for future practice times. 6. Our School Board will consider adopting a resolution to pay our employees during this time of closure. We are thankful to have a School Board that truly cares about our staff and does not want to see the staff pay affected by this emergency closure. 7. Re-opening School decisions will be made in the coming weeks. There are several considerations we have been given to take note of before we make a decision to re-open. 8. PROM WILL NOT BE CANCELLED, but it may be postponed. We are going to have a Prom for our kids, no matter what. We will have to decide what is going to be available to us at the time of the Prom. Right now, the Prom is still on as scheduled, but we may receive information in the coming days that forces us to change our date or venue. Please be patient as we work through all of these challenges. We understand the burden that this closure has placed on our families and community, but please know that we are in uncharted territory and are doing the best we can. Information will be shared with you daily, so that you can stay abreast with what we are dealing with in your child's school district. Communication is the key to all of being on the same page and understanding the decisions that are being made. Go Wildcats!
24 days ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy ISD Community: In effort to continue to provide for our students and families, Big Sandy ISD will be providing lunch for all children under 18 years of age regardless of enrollment or economic status. Starting Tuesday and running all week, a "grab and go" lunch will be provided, free of charge, from 11:30am-1:00pm, at the back of the school, at the bus drop off area. Thank you for letting us serve the community during this challenging time. If you would like to have a meal prepared for your children, we have created a form just for planning purposes. Please click the following link: https://forms.gle/j3J3qUZaBiEPS1Tv9 Go Wildcats!
24 days ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Its a great day to be a Wildcat!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Wildcats Basketball Fans: The First Round of the State Championship Basketball Playoffs for our Wildcats will take place on Monday, February 24th, at 6:00 pm, in Spring Hill High School Gymnasium, vs Linden-Kildare! We are the HOME Team! We are also the first game of a doubleheader! Go Wildcats!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
And just like that, the Varsity Wildcats beat Beckville, 72-38, and WIN THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP! Go Wildcats!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: The Junior High Dance is tonight, Friday, February 14, 2020, from 5-7:30, in the Student Center. The cost of admission is $4.00. Concessions will be available, with all items costing $1.00. This is a joint fundraiser between Junior High Cheerleaders and the National Junior Honor Society. Go Wildcats!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: We are holding a blood drive with Carter Blood Care today, in the Main Gym Foyer, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please consider giving blood, as every drop can be used to save a life! Everyone is welcomed to give! Go Wildcats!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Thank you! Thank you! To you, our students, and our staff! Our unannounced Lockdown Drill went perfect! We are back to regular business at the school! Our kids did an amazing job! It is unfortunate that we have to practice drills such as these, but we are thankful to work in a community that helps us keep our students and staff safe! Go Wildcats!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy: This is just a reminder that at some point this week, we will be conducting an unannounced Lockdown Drill here at the school. We conduct these drills to help stay prepared and to train for the event of any situation that would require an actual Lockdown response. The Lockdown Drill will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and no one will be allowed into or out of the building during the drill. Thank you for allowing us to train our staff and students on best practices to stay safe in all situations. Go Wildcats!
about 1 month ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy: The Texas Education Code requires all school districts to perform Lockdown Drills, at least 2 times per school year. The Big Sandy ISD has already had one this school year, and now, it is time for us to have an unannounced Lockdown Drill, to see how well we are prepared if we ever have to go into a Lockdown for an actual threat on campus or in our area. Next week, we are planning to have an unannounced Lockdown Drill. This will occur between Monday, February 10 and Friday, February 14. The Lockdown Drill typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. We are proud of our kids and staff for taking these drills seriously and administration has very specific jobs to do during the Lockdown Drill. Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our kids and staff safe, each and every day. Go Wildcats!
2 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: On Friday, February 7th, 2020, starting at 7:30 am, the Big Sandy Elementary will be hosting the Annual 'Donuts with Dad' Event! This will be held in the Big Sandy Student Center, which is the area right outside the Auditorium! They will have donuts, coffee, and juice! We hope to see you there! Go Wildcats!
2 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: Tonight, we have High School Basketball at HOME vs Harleton, with JV Girls starting at 4:00 pm, followed by JV Boys, then Varsity Girls, and ending with Varsity Boys! Also, tomorrow, Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 7:00 pm, the Big Sandy PTO is once again putting on the Annual Big Sandy Coronation! Tickets at the door are $5. People will be allowed in just before 7:00 pm, in plenty of time for the show to start! Go Wildcats!
2 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Big Sandy ISD in Upshur County DOES HAVE SCHOOL TODAY, Friday, January 31st. Apparently, there is some confusion due to a news report for a Big Sandy ISD in another county. See you at school, Wildcats! Happy Friday
2 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Elementary Parents/Guardians: We need your help. Just a friendly reminder- For the safety and security of all of our students, Big Sandy Elementary encourages parents to remain in their vehicles and pick up their child(ren) at the designated stop during afternoon "pick-up" time. Student safety is our top priority. We would like to thank parents so much for their support and continued cooperation in helping keep our students safe. Go Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: We will be holding a Substitute Training Class on January 30, 2020, starting at 9:00 am, in the High School Gym Foyer. If you would like to substitute teach for the Big Sandy ISD, please consider attending this training session! If you attended in August 2019, you are not required to attend again for the 2019-2020 school year. Call 903-636-5318 and ask to speak to Mrs. Tressa Ellis, if you have any questions prior to the training. Go Wildcats Substitute Teachers!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: Bus 11D will run approximately 20-30 minutes late this morning. This is Coach Thompson’s route.
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Come on out to Hawkins tonight, as the Ladycats and Wildcats take on the Hawks in Basketball! Junior Varsity Girls start at 4:00, followed by Junior Varsity Boys, followed by Varsity Girls, followed by Varsity Boys! KMOO Radio is broadcasting the games this evening! Show up, be loud, and be proud! Go Ladycats and Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Early School Release Information, Friday, January 10, 2020: Due to the enhanced forecast of tornadoes and extreme weather, which has already begun in Oklahoma, we are releasing at 2:00 pm today. Car-Rider pick-up at the Elementary will begin at 1:40 pm. There are no after-school activities today. Go Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Basketball Update #2: We have decided to move tonight's games vs. Carlisle to tomorrow evening, Saturday, January 11th, at HOME, starting at 5:00 pm with Varsity Girls, followed by Varsity Boys. Go Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Basketball Update, Friday, January 10, 2020: This evening, we play Carlisle in Big Sandy. We will only play Varsity games this evening. Varsity Girls will begin at 5:00 pm, immediately followed by Varsity Boys. Go Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Severe Weather Update: We are monitoring the weather very closely here at school, all throughout this day. Decisions will be made about tonight's basketball games later this morning, and as soon as we know the final plan, we will let you know. We play Carlisle here tonight, and they will let us know their travel decision at approximately 9:00 am this morning. We will keep you posted about any changes in the school day, if they arise. At this point, all models are still showing all extreme weather coming in late evening, well after school is out, around 10 - 11 pm. Again, we will continue to monitor the situation and let you know of any changes arise with the school day or basketball games. Thank you for being such an awesome community and support for our school district! Go Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy: The Junior High UIL Awards Ceremony will be Friday, January 17th, at 10:00 am, in the Auditorium! These young people worked so hard this year and finished as District Runner-Up! Lots of medals will be awarded during this ceremony! Go Wildcats Junior High UIL!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Here is some important information for the upcoming Youth Softball/Baseball seasons! Go Ladycats and Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: We are excited to welcome all of our Big Sandy Wildcats back to school tomorrow, Monday, January 6th! School will start at normal time! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful break! We are ready for the Spring semester! Go Wildcats!
3 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Reminder that today, Wednesday, December 18th, is Early Release for students at 12:18! Merry Christmas! Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
It's almost time! Tonight, the Big Sandy Christmas Parade will take place, starting with the parade line-up on Pearl Street. The parade will start at 6:30 pm! The Big Sandy ISD has many students involved in tonight's parade! The parade will end at downtown Big Sandy! See you all there! Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
High School Basketball Updates: Today, Tuesday, December 10th, 2019- ---HS Girls Basketball is Varsity only vs Gary, starting at 5:00 pm (HOME) ---HS Boys Basketball is JV and Varsity vs Quitman, starting at 5:00 pm (AWAY) Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Lots of Basketball happening this week! Monday, December 9, 2019: JH Boys Basketball Teams will be in Beckville. B Team plays at 5pm, followed by 7th Grade A Team, followed by 8th Grade. JH Girls Basketball Teams will be at Home vs Beckville, starting at 5:00 pm, with the B Team, followed by 7th Grade, then 8th Grade. Tuesday, December 10, 2019: HS Girls Basketball vs Gary at Home, starting at 5:00 pm, with the JV, followed by Varsity. HS Boys Basketball vs Gary, Away, starting at 5:00 pm, with the JV, followed by Varsity. Thursday, December 12- Saturday, December 14, 2019: Varsity Girls and Boys will be in action in the Gary Basketball Tournament, in Gary. Times are to be announced, depending on win/loss and tournament bracket. This tournament is for the Varsity Teams only, for both boys and girls. Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: We are still experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system, however, we do have a work-around until the system is fully restored. If you need to reach any campus or school personnel, please call 903-636-5220. By using this phone number, you can reach the auto-attendant and get through to the appropriate department/personnel/campus. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience. Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy: Our Elementary and Junior High students have done an outstanding job with District UIL Academic Competition this week! Thank you for allowing your child(ren) to compete in these academic events! Thank you to all of the coaches for their time and effort into helping to get our kids prepared! The Elementary came in as District Runner-up! What an amazing run! We will post a list of individual accomplishments and places as soon as it is finalized! The Junior High is currently in Third Place in the district, awaiting the outcome of the Junior High One-Act Play Results! We are very close with Hawkins ISD Junior High, which is currently in Second Place! We are 23.5 points behind them! The One-Act Play event could change all of that! Again, we are so proud of all of our Elementary and Junior High students for their courage and accomplishments! Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: We are so excited for Lil Miss Kimber De La Cruz, as she was selected as this year’s Children’s Miracle Network child! How amazing! She is such an outstanding young lady that does not let anything stand in her way! She is such a wonderful child! She is well-deserving of this honor and we are very excited for she and her family! https://www.kltv.com/2019/12/04/miracle-child-has-infectious-smile/ https://www.easttexasmatters.com/news/top-stories/big-sandy-girl-to-light-city-of-tyler-christmas-tree-thursday/ https://www.cbs19.tv/mobile/article/life/heartwarming/2020-miracle-child-said-to-light-up-room-with-infectious-smile/501-ec4b8327-afcb-49b7-940b-614a0cf0d0ca Go Ladycat!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy and Wildcat Community: Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break! We hope that everyone had a restful time and enjoyed family and friends! Tonight, we have our Wildcat Band Concert, starting at 6:30 pm. All bands will perform, starting with the Beginner Band, then Intermediate, and followed by the High School Wildcat Band! This will be taking place in the Auditorium! Everyone is invited to this event! Please come, enjoy the show, and bid on a Silent Auction Holiday Dessert! Also, as a reminder, we will have Early Release for students only tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th. Staff will work a regular day. This is due to Big Sandy hosting UIL Academic Competition for Junior High. Also, lots of Basketball this week! Junior High Girls- 12/2 vs Hawkins (AWAY), starting at 4:00 pm, 7th/8th Junior High Boys- 12/2 vs Hawkins (HOME), starting at 4:00 pm, 7th/8th 12/5-7, Big Sandy Tourney, Times TBA, 7th/8th High School Girls- 12/3 vs Cumberland (AWAY), starting at 5:00, JV/V 12/5-7, Spring Hill Tourney, Varsity Only, Times TBA High School Boys- 12/3 vs New Diana (HOME), starting at 5:30 pm, JV/V 12/5-7, Brookhill Tourney in Bullard, Varsity Only, 6:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 3:00 pm respectively Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
We hope that you all have had a blessed day today with family and friends! We have so much to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving! Go Wildcats!
4 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Good Friday morning to everyone! Today, Friday, November 22, 2019, we have an Early Release for everyone, including staff, at 12:18 pm! Also, it's Turkey Trot Day, which starts at 9:00 am, on Wildcat Drive in front of the Elementary and ends up in Wildcat Stadium! We hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! Time with family and friends is priceless, so take the time you can to spend with those you love and are thankful for! We are out ALL NEXT WEEK for Thanksgiving Break! We will return to school on Monday, December 2, 2019! The day we return, Monday, December 2, 2019, we will have a Christmas Band Concert at 6:30 pm, in the Auditorium! The Wildcat Band has been working so hard for this concert and they are ready to put on a show for everyone that attends! The entire community is invited! Tonight, the Varsity Football Wildcats play in the Second Round of the State Championship Playoffs vs Groveton, at Rusk ISD Stadium, at 7:00 pm! Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Wildcat Band Fans: The Big Sandy Wildcat Band will put on a wonderful Christmas Concert on Monday, December 2nd, at 6:30 pm, in the Auditorium! The concert will begin at 6:30 pm. Everyone is invited! Go Wildcat Band!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Upcoming events this week and as soon as we return from Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, 11/20: Area FFA Competition Thursday, 11/21: American Education Week Program at 9:00 am, in the Auditorium. This program is put on by the Big Sandy Elementary every year! Everyone is invited! This is followed by Thanksgiving Dinner in the Cafeteria! Come enjoy lunch with your student(s). Tickets are available! Friday, 11/22: Early Release at 12:18 pm, for everyone, including staff! Turkey Trot at 9:00 am. Pep Rally at the end of the Early Release Day. High School Girls Basketball vs Grace Community has been cancelled. Tuesday, 11/26: HS boys Basketball (JV and Varsity) vs Bishop Gorman at Home, starting at 1:00 pm. Monday, 12/2: JH Girls Basketball vs Hawkins (Away) at 4:00 pm. JH Boys Basketball vs Hawkins at Home, starting at 4:00 pm. Tuesday, 12/3: HS Girls Basketball vs Cumberland (JV and Varsity), AWAY, starting at 5:00 pm. HS Boys Basketball (JV and Varsity) vs New Diana (Home), starting at 5:00 pm. Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Wildcats Community: Thanksgiving Break will last from Monday, November 25th, through Friday, November 29th. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd! Take time to rest and enjoy time with your loved ones! We have so much to be thankful for in our lives! Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy: The Big Sandy Student Council is holding a Blood Drive tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Main Gym Foyer. Please come and consider giving blood, as the donations save lives. Each donation could potentially save 3 lives! Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
FYI....information from the Big Sandy FFA: If your child sold any Fresh Country Meat & Fruit Products, it will be delivered at 11:00 am TODAY! Please make arrangements to pick up all items before 4:00 pm at the Ag Building. Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
And the Big Sandy Wildcats rolled over Centerville 39-32 last Friday night in Palestine Westwood! And of course, we always win halftime! The Big Sandy Wildcat Band did an amazing job and our Cheerleaders never stopped cheering! What an exciting game for the football team and coaches, the band and directors, the cheerleaders and sponsor, the fans, and such a great win for all of Big Sandy, TX! We showed up and showed out! Now, on to Round 2 of the State Championship Football Playoffs! We play Groveton this coming Friday night, November 22nd, at 7:00 pm, at Rusk ISD Stadium! The start time is different than normal. We will start at 7:00 pm, not 7:30 pm! Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Community: Well, the cold front has come in! In the morning, at the bus stop, the weather forecast shows the temperatures to be in the 20s. The precipitation is supposed to stop before any freezing temperatures hit, and with the amount of wind we will experience this evening, the precipitation should all be dried out. We will keep you updated if anything changes. Bundle them babies up before they head out to the bus stop in the morning! Go Wildcats!
5 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Wow! What a week we had last week! Yamboree is always a 'yamming' good time, and our kids came out to shine in all that they did! We are so proud of all of our organizations that took part in the Yamboree Contests, not to mention the Cross Country Teams on Monday, the UIL Marching Contest last Tuesday, the Volleyball games, and the several Football games! It all started on Monday, with the Cross Country Teams competing in the District Cross Country Meet in Union Grove! The Varsity Boys advanced to the Regional Cross Country Meet, to be held in the coming weeks! They finished as District Runner-up! Then, on Tuesday, the Wildcat Band scored STRAIGHT 1s at the UIL Marching Contest, to begin their straight 3rd year of Sweepstakes Band! On Tuesday, the Volleyball Teams won vs Union Grove in 3 straight sets! On Thursday evening, at Union Grove, the Varsity Football Wildcats got that "W", 27-19! For the Yamboree, we had many students in both parades, on Friday and Saturday, anchored by our very own Miss Big Sandy, Katie Parker, and Mrs. Big Sandy High School, Maci Childress! We had so many kids involved on floats, such as Pee Wee Cheer and others! At the Yamboree Fairgrounds, the Wildcats FFA and Ag Mechanics students cleaned up and I mean cleaned up, once again! We won the Overall Reserve Champion Sweepstakes FFA/Ag Mechanics Program! James Briscoe won Grand Champion Swine and Jaxson Croley won Grand Champion Goat! We also won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Non-Sale Shop Project, as well as Reserve Grand Champion Sale Project! Many of our kids won Blue Ribbons, as we had almost 50 shop projects entered into the Ag Mechanics show! We had 11 FFA students make the sale on Saturday, with their Animal Projects, in all 5 Animal Shows! We had students make the sale in Broiler Chickens, Market Rabbits, Goats, Swine, and Steers! The following is a list of those kids that made the sale: Jaxson Croley- Grand Champion Goat Lorin Drennan- Goat Kaiden Dunn- Goat Lainey Childress- Goat Victoria Hill- Goat Canyon Minter- Swine Madison Ratcliff- Broiler Chickens Raven Williamson- Market Rabbits James Briscoe- Grand Champion Swine Lane Carlson- Swine Kenzie Johnston- Steer Thank you to the sponsors of the FFA, the Wildcat Band Directors, our Coaches, our Cheer Sponsors, and the many parents and volunteers it always takes to pull off a successful Yamboree Week! Thank you to all of the sponsors and directors for working together to get all of our kids to where they needed to be on time each day! And remember, it's a great day to be alive, and a great day to be a Wildcat! Go Wildcats!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Well, it is cold, football is in the air on a Texas Friday night, and the Wildcat Band and Cheer are ready to roll! Tonight is Homecoming! The rain is supposed to move out by 4:30 pm today! Tonight's event schedule is as follows: 6:55...The Wildcat Band enters for Homecoming 7:00 pm...Homecoming Event Festivities begin 7:18...opening remarks by student 7:20...School songs 7:24...Teams come onto the field 7:26...National Anthem (special treat this evening) 7:28...Coin toss 7:30...Kick-off Go Wildcats!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: It’s Homecoming Week and the rest of the week’s dress up days are: Wednesday- Snapchat filter Thursday- throwback Thursday (dress like any decade) Friday-Wildcats dominate social media (blue and gold day) Also, due to burn ban, we will hold only one Pep Rally this week, and it will be at regular time on Friday, October 11th! Go Wildcats!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Just a reminder: Today, Friday, October 4, 2019, is an early release for our students at 12:18 PM. Go Wildcats!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Please come to our pep rally today at 11:30 AM, as we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness! Our kids have a wonderful pep rally planned in this honor! Go Wildcats!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Recent post update: The varsity football game versus Rivercrest, on Friday, October 4, at 7:30 PM, is in River crest. The game is not at home! My mistake! I apologize for the confusion!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Community: The Ladycats and Wildcats, at both Junior High and High School levels, have many events this week, and we would love to see all of you come out and support them! Monday, September 30th, at 4:30 pm, the Junior High Volleyball team will play vs Hawkins, AWAY! Tuesday, October 1st, at 4:30 pm, the High School Volleyball team will play vs East Texas Christian Academy, AWAY! Thursday, October 3rd, at 5:00 pm, the Junior High and Junior Varsity Football teams will play vs Rivercrest, at HOME! Friday, October 4th, at 4:30 pm, the High School Volleyball team will play vs Overton, at HOME! Also, on Friday, October 4th, at 7:30 pm, the Varsity Football team, the High School Wildcats Cheerleaders, and that Wildcat Band will be in action vs Rivercrest, at HOME! Go Wildcats!
6 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: We have lots of events this week! Today, Monday, September 16th, the Junior High Volleyball Teams will be traveling to Linden-Kildare! Match play will start at 4:30 pm. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17th, High School Volleyball will travel to Linden-KIldare! Match play will start at 4:30 pm. Thursday, September 19th, the Junior High and Junior Varsity Football Teams will travel to Mineola! Junior High will play first, followed by the Junior Varsity team! Games will start at 5:00 pm. The current schedule on our website reflects a wrong entry and shows both Junior High and Junior Varsity Football playing at home, but this is not the case. Both teams play in Mineola on Thursday, September 19th. On Friday, September 20th, the High School Volleyball teams will be in action vs Union Grove at Home! Match play starts at 4:30 pm. Also, on Friday, September 20th, the Varsity Football team will play vs Mineola at Home, starting at 7:30 pm! Go Ladycats and Wildcats!
7 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Cross Country ran a meet today in Miller Grove, TX! We will post results as soon as we receive them! Also, tonight, the Junior High Football Teams and the Junior Varsity Football Team play at Home vs Timpson! The Junior High Football games start at 5:00 pm! There will be 2 Junior High Football games, to be followed by the Junior Varsity Football game! Go Wildcats!
7 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Community and Friends: We had our first Fire Drill and Tornado Drill this morning. The drills were performed perfectly! We have great kids! I wanted you to know, in case you heard that all of our kids were outside the building this morning, at around 9:30 am. Go Wildcats!
7 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: The JUNIOR HIGH LADYCATS VOLLEYBALL TEAM will play Leveretts Chapel tonight, Monday, September 9th, 2019, starting at 4:30 pm, at home! Go Ladycats!
7 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Tonight, Friday, September 6th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Big Sandy FFA will host a tailgate party at the Ag Shop! Football kicks off at 7:30 pm! Go Wildcats FFA!
7 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Lots going on this week with Ladycat and Wildcat Sports! Today, the HS Volleyball Team plays in Jacksonville at 4:30 pm. Thursday, September 5th, JH Volleyball plays Hawkins at Home at 4:30 pm. Also, the same night, JV Football plays Alba in Alba at 6:00 pm. Friday, September 6th, HS Volleyball plays Longview Christian at Home at 4:30 pm. We also host Alba in Varsity Football at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, September 7th, HS Volleyball has a tournament in Union Grove! Let's Go Ladycats and Wildcats!
7 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Moriah Phillips
Big Sandy Elementary would like to invite all families to "Meet the Teacher" this Thursday, August 22nd from 4:00-6:00. Students are welcome to bring their supplies at that time.
8 months ago, Moriah Phillips
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Junior High Parents and Students: Here is a link to the Junior High School Supply Lists! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/407479/2019-2020JHSchoolSupplies.pdf Go Wildcats!
8 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Love Big Sandy Project is holding their annual Back-to-School Bash this coming weekend, Saturday, August 17th, 2019, in the Elementary Gym for all grade levels. Elementary will be able to attend from 10:00 am to Noon. Secondary will be able to attend from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The event will include free haircuts, school supplies, eye screenings, and dental hygiene items! There will also be balloon art, face painting, hot dogs, chips, drinks, and more! This event is also being sponsored by the Big Sandy Lions Club, Solid Rock Refuge, Tiffany's Insurance Agency, TWS Drilling, and the Big Sandy ISD. Thank you to each one of these sponsors for this event for our kids and families. Go Wildcats!
8 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Remember: Substitute Training is at 1:00 pm, today, Friday, August 16th, in the Big Sandy Cafeteria!
8 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Moriah Phillips
All returning elementary students may pick up their new registration forms at the elementary office any day Monday through Friday 8:00-3:00.All campuses are required to have new “proof of residency” forms on file this year along with the documentation.Please remember to stop by the office and provide us with a copy of a current utility bill with your physical address to update your child’s file.
8 months ago, Moriah Phillips
Jay Ratcliff
Substitute Training will be held this coming Friday, August 16th, at 1:00 pm, in the Cafeteria. You must attend the training to be able to serve as a Substitute in the Big Sandy ISD. We are excited to welcome all of you to our Substitute Training! Go Wildcats!
8 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: Schedule pickups for 7th-12th graders have been moved to Tuesday, August 20th, all day. Freshman Orientation is Tuesday, August 13th, at 6:30 pm, in the cafeteria. Please bring completed registration paperwork with you. Sixth Grade Reception is Wednesday, August 14th, at 6:30 pm, in the cafeteria. Please bring completed registration paperwork with you. Our new High School Fire Academy Parent/Student/Instructor Meeting is Thursday, August 15th, at 6:30 pm. Please come to the HS office to check in. Go Wildcats!
8 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Moriah Phillips
Parents who are planning to send their child to Pre-Kindergarten in 2019-2020 are urged to pre-register at the Elementary office on Wednesday, August 7th, from 9-11:00 am. Please bring an official birth certificate, a shot record, social security card, proof of residency and proof of income.
8 months ago, Moriah Phillips
Jay Ratcliff
We are excited to announce a great service for school supply shopping. The Big Sandy ISD does not make any proceeds from this service, as we are just offering it for your convenience. https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/60186-big-sandy-elementary?utm_source=TLAuto&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=PowLoadPost There is also a link for Target to ship: https://www.target.com/school-list-assist/onboarding/find-class You can change the Target one for store pick-up as well. Go Wildcats!
9 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Caution: The Big Sandy ISD is having roof construction completed by Curtis McKinley in the next coming weeks, above the Auditorium and the Student Center. Activity inside the buildings will not be affected. The entrance to the Band Hall on Wildcat Drive will be closed for the duration of the roof construction. Materials and equipment will begin to be dropped off and staged on Wildcat Drive, adjacent to the Band Hall Area, on Friday, July 26th. During Band rehearsal and practices, we ask that no vehicles be parked along Wildcat Drive, nor any student(s) be picked up or dropped off on Wildcat Drive. This construction will take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete. All Band students and parents will need to use the Elementary Parking Lot to park, pick-up, and drop-off. Students will enter the gated area between the Elementary Gym and Elementary Building to access the Band Hall. Go Wildcats!
9 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy Community: The Football field and track will be closed Saturday, July 27, until Monday morning, July 29, for ant treatment. The gates will be locked with a notice of treatment attached to each gate. Go Wildcats!
9 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hear ye, Hear ye: Pre-Kindergarten roundup is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7th, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Kindergarten registration for families that missed the Kindergarten Round-up in Spring 2019 or are new to the area begins August 5th. 7th Grade – 8th Grade and 10th Grade -12th Grade Schedule Pick-up is on August 12th. Freshmen (9th Grade) Orientation is on August 13th at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. 6th Grade Reception is on August 14th at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Parents are welcome to register students new to the Big Sandy ISD on any Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Go Wildcats!
9 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Big Sandy ISD will be closed next week, Monday, July 1st through Friday, July 5th. Campuses and the Business Office will re-open at 8:00 am on Monday, July 8th. Go Wildcats!
10 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The electricity is out at the school. We will cancel ALL Summer School for today. It will resume at normal time tomorrow, Thursday, June 20, 2019.
10 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Parents, Students, and Staff: We are excited to offer you an easy way to get your school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year! This will only work for the Big Sandy Elementary, due to Secondary classes not usually giving out school supply lists, as the students move to so many different classrooms. You can click on the following link to purchase your Elementary students' school supply lists from either Amazon or Education Place. With one easy click, the school supplies will be gathered for you and shipped directly to you: https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/60186-big-sandy-elementary?utm_source=TLAuto&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=PowLoadPost You can also choose to use Target by clicking the following link. With Target, you will be prompted to choose shipping or curb-side pick-up: https://www.target.com/school-list-assist/onboarding/find-class We hope that this helps to keep you from running from store to store to find the supplies on the Elementary school supply lists! The school does not financially benefit from this service, as this is simply a service that we wanted to provide for our parents, students, and staff! Go Wildcats!
10 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Just a reminder, buses will run 2 1/2 hours later than normal this morning. We will begin at 10:30 for the start of school. Staff will report at 10 AM.
11 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention parents, buses may run a little bit late today. You will be contacted directly if the bus is unable to deliver your child to your home. At that time, you will be contacted so that other arrangements can be made for you to either meet the bus or to pick your child up here at the school.
11 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy staff, students, and parents: Due to storms, electricity issues, and water collection on roadways overnight tonight, we will have a delayed start of school on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 10:30 AM. All staff will report at 10 AM. Go Wildcats!
11 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Big Sandy Community: We have so many events taking place at the end of the school year! I am sending you a schedule of events, so that you can be informed and be sure to be at those events of your choosing! We love to see our community support our kids and we want you to know what is happening at school! I will be sending the following weeks' events each Friday, from now to the last day, which is May 30th! Elementary: Thursday 9th: Kindergarten Promotion at 6:30pm Friday 10th: Muffins with Mom at 7:30am in the Student Center Secondary: Monday, May 6th: Algebra I EOC Nurse’s Day Tues. May 7th: Biology EOC Paraprofessionals’ Day Wed. May 8th: US History EOC Thurs. May 9th: State Track Meet Send Off (9:30 ish) 7th Grade Field Trip to Oil Museum in Kilgore District Teacher Appreciation Lunch Fri. May 10th: Special Education Prom @ Maud Cobb in Longview JH Track Pictures State Track Meet Secondary Teacher Appreciation Lunch (BBQ) Grades due in Gradebook by 3:40 Sat. May 11th: State Track Meet Go Wildcats!
11 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Dear Parents, Staff, and All Community Members, I am writing this to you on behalf of the Big Sandy Independent School District administrators, teachers, and staff members. Over the past few weeks, we have begun the process of our children’s state testing (STAAR and EOC). Although this standardized test is used by the state to score and rank our district, this is not the end-all for Big Sandy ISD. We have a higher standard. We love and believe in our children, each and every one of them. There is no standardized test that can assess what makes each student special. Our district is incredibly blessed, and we want to thank each of you for the support you provide. At the beginning of each school year, you continue to send your children to us, so that we may educate and nurture them through their learning years, as students. We have the great opportunity to build relationships with each of them, and for this, we are truly grateful. We know that a score on an exam does not reflect the quality of the children that we serve. This single test cannot measure what we know about your child. We have students who play musical instruments, dance, sing, play sports, write songs and poetry, lead in organizations, compete at high levels, and produce magnificent works of art. We have students who work after-school jobs or care for younger siblings into the late hours of the evening. This test cannot measure when your child is kind or thoughtful, trustworthy, helpful, or when they try their hardest to be the very best they can be. I have also been witness to teachers and staff that will purchase clothing for a child in need, or place food into their backpack before they leave for the weekend, or spend numerous extra hours trying to help a child understand a concept that they just could not get in class. We have a staff that cares for our children, not only because we have wonderful educators, but we have students that are ALL worthy of such care and support. Big Sandy ISD will continue to have a tradition of excellence. That tradition starts with you. Our parental and community support is amazing. At any given school function, our parking lots are full and people continue to pour in the doors. You have supported us on all fronts, our community individuals and organizations present student scholarships, and you spend countless hours volunteering in our schools. The 2018–2019 school year has been an excellent one. It’s the cooperative effort of our students, parents, teachers, staff members, volunteers, and community supporters that make Big Sandy ISD a great school system, not the test scores on state-mandated tests. Your child’s highest potential is our highest priority. We are grateful for your unwavering support in our tradition of excellence. You and your child are what make us great. Education is more than a number, it’s about making our Wildcats winners. Go Wildcats! Sincerely, Jay Ratcliff Big Sandy ISD Superintendent
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Kindergarten and Head Start Round-up starts today, April 25th. Come to the Elementary office to get registered! Come on Lil Wildcats!
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
We have a medical emergency in the Elementary parking lot for a staff member. An ambulance has been called. School will not be called into ‘Stay Put’, as this is outside in the parking lot. We wanted to inform you.
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
All campuses have been let out of ‘stay put’, and everyone is back to regular schedule. Stay Put is a safety protocol that we use when we have emergencies that are non-threatening to students and staff. This simply tells the students and teachers to stay in their classes and to ignore the bells. Teaching still happens as normal within the classrooms. Stay Put is called in the instance of an ambulance being called for a medical emergency.
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: We have a parent that has a medical emergency in the junior high office area. We have placed the school in our ’stay put’ mode, so that the ambulance can come and take care of the individual. This is normal procedure for any time that we call an ambulance.
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 18th, is a Double Day, and that means an Early Release Day for our students, at 12:18 pm. Good Friday, April 19th, is a School Holiday, so enjoy your long Easter Weekend! We will resume classes on Monday, April 22nd, at normal time! Go Wildcats!
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Blood drive today from 9:00 to 1:00, in the Main Gym Foyer. Come give blood and help save lives through your blood donation(s). Go Wildcats!
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: Due to recent inclement weather and lightning strike(s), the light poles adjacent to the tennis courts are in disrepair. There are also large pieces of lighting on top of the poles that are simply dangling with wire. We direct all school functions to stay off of the field and tennis courts at this point, as we are requesting that Swepco come take down the poles. We will keep you updated as to when the field and tennis courts are safe to use. Thank you for attention.
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Big Sandy Community: We have worked with Law Enforcement all day today, including the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, the Big Sandy Police Department, the Longview Cybercrime Unit, the FBI, and the Texas Rangers. Law Enforcement has identified persons of interest that may have created and shared a fake Snap Chat post, in which, Big Sandy was threatened. The investigation remains open and will continue until the person or persons responsible are fully identified and brought to justice. Social media threats are all too common nowadays, but we will always take them very seriously. Law Enforcement and the School District believe strongly that we are safe to open our school district tomorrow, Thursday, April 11th, at normal time. As an added safety precaution, we will have a Law Enforcement presence on campus, to ensure safety and security within all of our facilities. Parents and Guardians, please talk with your student(s) about the negative use of social media and the potential panic that can be caused by such a short message. We thank you for your patience during this time of investigation. We also thank the students and parents that reached out to us to inform us of the threat that was posted on the fake Snap Chat post. We also apologize for such a late cancellation of school last night. We know how much of an inconvenience this could have caused for each of you today.
12 months ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
UPDATE: We have been working with the Big Sandy Police Department as well as the Upshur County Sheriffs Department this evening. I have also personally been in contact with the Texas Rangers. We have a lead to follow as to who may have posted this social media threat to Big Sandy. Given the time of night as well as us not being sure as to where the threat originated, we are making the decision to cancel all school classes for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10. There will be no school tomorrow. We will be working with the Upshur County Sheriffs Department, Big Sandy Police Department, and the Texas Rangers tomorrow to get to the bottom of this social media threat. The safety of our students is our top priority! We will keep you informed as we find out more information. School administrators will report to campus at 9 AM in the morning. All other staff will not report to campus, but be available for phone calls from law-enforcement as we follow leads as to where this social media threat came from, as we may need your help.
almost 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Big Sandy Community: We are aware of a recent threat that was made against Big Sandy. We were made aware of this after 10:00 pm this evening. We thank the parents that have reached out to us. We are working diligently to figure out where the threat originated. Snapchat and Instagram fake accounts are easily created. None the less, we take seriously all threats made toward our school, even though there are 2 Big Sandy ISDs in East Texas. As we discover more details, we will inform you via text message and Facebook.
almost 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Lockdown Drill went great this morning! Our staff and students did an amazing job! The Lockdown Drill lasted about 22 minutes, so we were ahead of schedule. Thank you for working with us to train our staff and students on Campus Safety! Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Just a reminder that we will be doing a Lockdown Drill this morning, Monday, April 1st, at 9:00 am. This is only a drill. Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Again, as a reminder: The Texas School Safety Center upholds the safety guidelines for each school district in the State of Texas. Each month, we undergo Fire Drills, in the event of a fire. We also periodically perform Inclement Weather Drills in the event of a weather emergency. The Texas School Safety Center also recommends that schools undergo Lockdown Drills, in the event of a campus threat or emergency. The Texas Education Code also mandates these drills to happen in each school district. On Monday, April 1st, at 9:00 am, the Big Sandy ISD will perform a Lockdown Drill, to practice our response during an actual emergency event. The campuses have informed their teachers, and we have discussed this as Administration. We wanted to inform our community, so that there is ample time to be informed of the Lockdown Drill that will take place on Monday, April 1st, at 9:00 am. This is only a drill, and no one will be allowed into or out of the building during the drill. The drill will take approximately 30 minutes. Thank you for working with us to train on how to keep our children and staff safe each day! Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Texas School Safety Center upholds the safety guidelines for each school district in the State of Texas. Each month, we undergo Fire Drills, in the event of a fire. We also periodically perform Inclement Weather Drills in the event of a weather emergency. The Texas School Safety Center also recommends that schools undergo Lockdown Drills, in the event of a campus threat or emergency. The Texas Education Code also mandates these drills to happen in each school district. On Monday, April 1st, at 9:00 am, the Big Sandy ISD will perform a Lockdown Drill, to practice our response during an actual emergency event. The campuses have informed their teachers, and we have discussed this as Administration. We wanted to inform our community, so that there is ample time to be informed of the Lockdown Drill that will take place on Monday, April 1st, at 9:00 am. This is only a drill, and no one will be allowed into or out of the building during the drill. The drill will take approximately 30 minutes. Thank you for working with us to train on how to keep our children and staff safe each day! Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Moriah Phillips
Just a reminder- The gym doors will open at 5:50 for parents and guests; however, elementary students may enter the gym beginning at 5:30 so that they have time to get in their assigned spots by 5:45. Classrooms will be open from 6:30-7:30. PTO will be selling cotton candy for $2.00 in the student center and the elementary will be selling binders for $1.00. Please join us for this spectacular evening!
about 1 year ago, Moriah Phillips
Jay Ratcliff
Tonight, Thursday, March 7, 2019: The Elementary PE Program will begin at 6:00 pm in the Junior High Gymnasium. These kids and teachers have worked so hard for the best program ever! Open House for the entire school district will begin at 6:30 pm. Plan to come and visit your child's teacher(s) this evening! Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Come out and support our Mighty Wildcats, as we travel to Rains High School to play Bland High School in the Area Round of the State Championship Basketball Playoffs at 6:00 pm, tonight, February 22, 2019! Let's pack the gym in Rains High School, as the Big Sandy Wildcats Basketball Team will be the HOME Team this evening! This is a special group of young men and Coaches, as we give them our full support, as they continue on theis journey! Also, Big Sandy ISD and Winona ISD will be traveling to RYLA this weekend in Athens for the annual RYLA Camp! https://www.facebook.com/BigSandyWildcats/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCGhtiYbRx2-50kpl7LW3GYcBN8HrRtH4Go2WoKr029_QqXf9SjogWvILlKSSj24ZGNsFxwMJFIhUDI6J3kxhDBhyzWawT5Aek_KmM32i1esa7YlCxP6jLbLDet0mrBUqjOqKrmXcdI3_zninhI1qEY92a_36Vh-gm780cOAeArKRFJcNwdwmkAJWTFqpG4vlwPieIQ0NpmcGmfs95Q7hOXht2-g3OhayBSCQMLTVHTuob8o_whR6TaNXKAeM4DdefwyyMI98vLOTImYGMlF9WOueooK355XSZsw5s5Ozp5F5fEqUMzvpucBcXGNwSj_5q2yh5kzM5qyOgGipqz0eAvMw&__xts__%5B1%5D=68.ARB175x1hGhQOuP-i4Sqj231U59qszdSeHp0pl0FpPt5m7bo4GgFNBI04sQpNrbKkbeyNtIQBNpk_hHxfIDMyafZdxGFhbTf2xnBz2FAe2e0KvGngc5bRH_beySXl1eJZzRpHPiWnmOQ2kNzONoyEXuhgXr8UicXicl1sv4S34oq9of6i246FpNwbFtyMoi75dyWGTqpRE2E1BqzPWS7AZ1yumhSHKViJjreFL85Hqb8lAPP68s57kt8ZJANQ9VteUw9slwvB0q7qqPlQ_CLwEE0kx1ygzPTwtXyAMO09SgNElzQ3e1VbN_1oUaEOlpIqZRLlgZk8i3MgIuVlNDO3xOUIA&__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARBA2lnRmnWHMMrukX8HsjBE8P8ge50YqMNBUAl1Ub7Qv3FBsiR1Yqu0djBPMOk6GXG1Ri6ZW8j5RzFf&hc_ref=ARTEtpqITJFR96_e6kcfbEdjkjOCS7O7Qjzd3uGPCZ2da69tNsyjO-BVihFqsav-Bok&fref=nf Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Wildcats won First Round, 103-60, vs Rivercrest! Now, on to Round 2! When: Friday, February 22nd Where: Rains High School, Emory, TX Time: 6:00 pm Opponent: Bland High School Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Tomorrow, Friday, February 15th, there will be 'Donuts with Dads' in the Student Center for Grades Head Start through 5th grade! Go Lil Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Ladycats play softball vs Tyler Heat at Home today at 5:00 pm! Go Ladycats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Everybody: The SAT exam will be administered to Big Sandy High Students on Tuesday, April 23rd, during the normal school day. The test fee is $64.50 and $15 for students who receive free or reduced lunches. If interested, students may sign up in Mrs. Minter's office. Payment is required at the time of sign-up. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Minter. Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! If you are bringing your Secondary student (a student in grades 6 through 12) any Valentine's goodies, please understand that these may be brought to the front office of each campus (the Junior High and High School), but they will not be given/delivered to the student until the end of the school day. Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy Elementary Parents and Guardians: We have another Elementary picture day tomorrow! No money is required tomorrow, as pictures can be ordered once packets are distributed later this month. Also, class pictures will be in April! Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Big Sandy Youth Baseball Sign-ups: Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Sunday, Feb. 3, Noon to 2:00 pm Big Sandy Gym Foyer All boys ages 5 to 14
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Coronation Reminder: There is a mandatory practice tonight at 6:30 pm. It is very important that all students participating be here. You will receive 2 free tickets and a picture schedule at practice. Also, tickets for Saturday’s Coronation are on sale now in the Elementary Office they are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students if you wish to purchase ahead of time.
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Substitute training class will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29, starting at 9:00 am, in the Main Gym Foyer. If you would like to sub in Big Sandy ISD, you must first attend a training class. Bring personal ID, documentation for your I-9, and any transcript for highest level of education.
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
All proceeds from tonight’s gate at Junior High Basketball will be donated to Athens ISD, in the wake of the recent tragedy. The basketball gate proceeds at Union Grove will be treated the same way. We will be taking donations at the gate tonight.
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
In support of Athens ISD, everyone is encouraged to wear Maroon to school on Monday, January 28th. Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Reminder: No school on Monday, January 21, 2019, as we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School will resume on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at normal time. Go Wildcats!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
We are looking for some great people to become a part of the Wildcat Family, in both Custodial and Maintenance! The positions will be tied to bus driving, which will also come with additional pay! If you know of anyone that may be interested, please spread the word!
about 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
I just spoke with the Chamber of Commerce- Big Sandy. The parade is still happening this evening. The rain chances have gone down, with a 45% chance at 5:00 pm, falling to a 15% chance at 6:00 pm and throughout the parade times. I'll keep you posted if there are any changes for this evening, but at this time, please plan on attending the Big Sandy Christmas Parade tonight, Thursday, December 13th, which starts at 6:30 pm!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: Our 3rd Grade students are doing a FOOD DRIVE for the Love BS Project! The letter attached explains the details! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Moriah Phillips
There will be a send off pep rally today at 11:30 in the gym for our playoff football game tonight. We play against Leon at Palestine Westwood at 7:30. Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Moriah Phillips
Jay Ratcliff
FYI....an emergency helicopter has landed on the baseball field in order to pick someone up from an ambulance in Big Sandy. The baseball field is the assigned location for the landing whenever someone must be transported by helicopter. This situation does not involve anyone from the school.
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Veteran’s Day Program today at 10:00 am.
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
The Spirit Store will still be open this morning for you to get your Wildcat gear for today’s pep rally and tonight’s game vs Cushing! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
UPDATE: The power is back on at the school and surrounding area. Buses will run 2 hours later than normal. For example, if you get picked up at 7:20 am on a typical morning, the bus will pick you up at 9:20 am this morning. School will start at 10:00 am. We have pep rally today and a home football game vs Cushing! Let’s get ready to kick off the weekend with a great day! Thank you all for your patience during this power outage. The Big Sandy Community rocks! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
ATTENTION: 2 hour delay due to no power at the school. Stay tuned for further information. Buses will run 2 hours late. School will begin at 10:00 am today, Friday, November 9, 2018. Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Cushing ISD just contacted us and has cancelled the JH Football game for this evening, due to rain and inclement weather!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Our internet is down today! If you have reached out to anyone in the district via email today and not received a response, this is why. Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy Parents and Community: Due to incoming inclement weather and deteriorating weather conditions, the Big Sandy ISD has CANCELLED all after-school activities for today, Wednesday, October 31, 2018. These after-school include: 1. practices, 2. performances, and/or 3. classroom tutorials. Stay safe Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Big Sandy Alumni Cake and Coffee tonight after the Homecoming Football Game. We will head to the School Cafeteria right after the game. We have cake and coffee for those current and and former students and families that want to catch up and visit for a while. Please enter the cafeteria through the iron gated area at the back of the school. Go Wildcat Alumni!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
JH Football plays at 5:30 pm in Hawkins, tonight! Come out and support our JH Football Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Bonfire and Pep Rally still on at 7:00 pm, starting in the Main Gym! Come grab a free hot dog and get loud! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hear ye, Hear ye: Jacob allen QUALIFIED FOR THE STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEET! All of our kids ran well today and we are proud of each and every one of them! They are: Tori Hill Jacob Allen Sergio Rosales Decorian Menefee Dakaria Menefee Hunter Sharp David Fonteno Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Join me in wishing good luck to all of our Cross Country Regional Meet Runners today! We are so proud of each one of our kids that are in the Regional Cross Country Meet! Tori Hill Jacob Allen Sergio Rosales Dakaria Menefee Dacorian Menefee Hunter Sharp David Fonteno Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Wow! What a week at Yamboree for the Big Sandy Wildcats! It seemed that every time you turned around, a float, a concession stand, or a student from Big Sandy ISD was winning! We are so proud of Mrs. Shirly Brisby and the girls that helped to decorate the float for the School Parade! The float was awarded FIRST PLACE! Also, the Big Sandy Concession Stand on the square was awarded BEST DESSERT for the 2nd year in a row, with their Deluxe Hot Chocolate! Also, that Wildcat Band capped off a stellar week, by earning FIRST DIVISION BAND and FIRST DIVISION DRUM MAJOR at the Yamboree Marching Contest! That was after earning a STRAIGHT 1's at the UIL MARCHING CONTEST on Tuesday of last week! That same night, the Ladcats sealed up the DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP in Volleyball! Then, on Thursday night, the Wildcats pummelled the Union Grove Lions with a score of 51-6! The following is a list of the many, many awards earned by our FFA and Ag students: Goats Grand Champion-Miranda Collier Sr Showmanship-Victoria Hill Gabby Beason 1st in class (made sale) Jacob Allen-3rd in class Zach Duhart-3rd in class (made sale) Victoria Hill-2nd in class Jaxson Croley-1st in class (made sale) Maci Childress-1st in class (made sale) Maddie Freeman-2nd in class (made sale) Madi Hill-3rd in class (made sale) Rabbits Grand Champion-Victoria Hill Reserve Champion-Cheyenne Flores Lorin Drennan-28th overall Swine Lane Carlson-4th and 5th in 2 separate classes (made sale) Canyon Minter-4th in class (made sale) James Briscoe-8th and 9th in class Broilers Grand Champion-Natasha Shaw Triston Wilson-25th (made sale) Shop Projects Reserve Champion-Farm Equipment class Zachary Gregory w/ a 55 gallon yard sprayer, He also received a blue ribbon for his outdoor bench James Briscoe-4th w/ Floating Shelf and 4th w/ deer feeder and received a blue ribbon for his 2nd floating shelf Triston Wilson-3rd in class with a 12' dovetail bumper pull trailer Lane Carlson-4th in class with a 18' equipment trailer Taylor Plaisance received a blue ribbon for her doghouse Gabby Beason received a blue ribbon for her horseshoe outdoor table All of the Sophomores who constructed picnic tables in their 1st ag mech class received blue ribbons Ashton Beason received a blue ribbon for his outdoor table David Brown received a blue ribbon for his outdoor table Kaden Dunn received a blue ribbon for his picnic table Zach McDade received a blue ribbon for his picnic table Clayton Shelton and Dylan Budynkiewicz received a blue ribbon for their hog trap Waylon Burkett received a blue ribbon for his grill Khameron Pippins received a red ribbon for his yard swing On top of all of our success, our grand and reserve champion students were interviewed by Pigskin Bob and were on the air advocating for our chapter and Big Sandy overall. Big Sandy ISD is so proud of all the hard work by our kids, parents, coaches, and sponsors! Big Sandy made a huge statement this past week! As one parent commented on a recent Facebook update, "We are a force to be reckoned with!" I could not have said it better myself! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hear ye, Hear ye: Varsity Game is TONIGHT, however the pep rally IS STILL ON FOR TOMORROW!!!!! Plan to dress up and we will still have a full pep rally honoring Volleyball, FFA, and JH football! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
ATTENTION: WE WILL PLAY MINEOLA IN A VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME TONIGHT, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, INSTEAD OF FRIDAY NIGHT! THE JUNIOR HIGH GAMES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS EVENING AND VARSITY WILL PLAY TONIGHT INSTEAD! THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO SO MANY STORM AND RAIN CHANCES FOR TOMORROW NIGHT! THE VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME WILL BE TONIGHT, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, AT 7:30 PM, IN MINEOLA! BAND AND CHEER WILL ALSO BE PERFORMING THIS EVENING! GO WILDCATS!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
🚨🚨 T-SHIRT 🚨🚨 This year’s Big Sandy FFA Officer Team designed the chapter t-shirt. This year they will be maroon with cream lettering! They are $10 to parents, faculty, staff, friends family or community members. Even better, they will be made in our very own Big Sandy ISD Print Shop!! Please email Mrs. Davidson if you would like to purchase. ddavidson@bigsandyisd.org
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy High School Juniors: A message from Balfour.... Important information needed today to reserve your 2020 cap & gown! Go to mygradinfo.com and complete the form by 9pm today.
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Ladycats and Wildcats in action all week: 9/17- JH Volleyball vs Linden-Kildare @ 4:30 (Home) 9/18- HS Volleyball vs Hawkins @5:00 (Home) 9/20- JH Football vs Mineola @ 5:00 (Away) 9/21- HS Volleyball vs Union Hill @ 4:30 (Home) 9/21- HS Football vs Mineola @7:30 (Away) 9/22- JH and HS Cross Country in Hawkins Meet Come out and support ALL of our Ladycats and Wildcats! Go Ladycats! And Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Volleyball plays in Union Grove starting at 4:30 pm! Football, Band, and Cheer kick off at 7:30 pm vs the Timpson Bears at HOME! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention: JH Volleyball plays in Leverett’s Chapel, starting at 5:00 pm. The schedule says Linden-Kildare, but the games are in Leverett’s Chapel! Go Ladycats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Reminder that JV Football will play Alba-Golden at HOME this evening, Thursday, at 6:00 pm. Also, The Ladycats begin Volleyball District play tomorrow night at Leveretts Chapel, starting at 4:30 pm. There is only a Varsity match. Also, on Friday evening, the Wildcats will play Alba-Golden, at Alba-Golden, starting at 7:30 pm. Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Wildcat Football TONIGHT (Yes, it’s Thursday night) in Beckville vs San Augustine at 7:30 pm! Band and Cheer will be in attendance and performing as well! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy: Starting on Monday, August 27th, after student drop-off is complete and school has begun, our outside doors will automatically lock down (8:00 am). The outside doors of our school buildings will all remain locked, all day. If you need to come into an office area (Elementary, Junior High, or High School), please use the call button, which is located on a bright silver box, to the right of every main entrance door. You will also notice a camera inside this box. Once you hit this call button, a front desk staff member will answer you, and you can check in with them by speaking directly to them, as they can allow you access to the office areas. This is a new feature, and one that we know will allow us to keep our buildings more safe, by not allowing anyone to simply walk all the way into our office areas, without our knowledge. This, in turn, allows us to help keep our children safer. Thank you for working with us, as we have worked diligently this summer to increase security awareness and infrastructure on all of our campuses and inside all of our buildings. Also, please be reminded that if you see a State Trooper's patrol cruiser parked at the school, we have been assigned 3 State Troopers that will frequently stop to visit our schools to help ensure the utmost safety of all of our school students and personnel. Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
If you have Elementary students and are bringing supplies to the school, please bring them tonight to Meet the Teacher, if you have them, so that teachers can get them checked in tomorrow. Thank you! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Please remember that Aurora Concepts will be available during Meet the Teacher, offering School Immunizations for everyone that needs school immunizations, at no cost to you. They will be available on Thursday, August 23rd, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, during Meet the Teacher. For more information, please contact our School Nurse, Mrs. Susan Williams at 903-636-5287 ext. 229 or at by email at swilliams@bigsandyisd.net.
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Attention Big Sandy 6th Graders and Parents: 6th Grade Orientation is tonight, Tuesday, August 14th, 2018, at 6:30 pm, in the Cafeteria. This is for ALL incoming 6th grade students! Come pick up your schedules, take a campus tour, complete all registration paperwork, and learn about student life in Junior High School! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Don’t forget about Freshmen Orientation tonight, Monday, August 13, 2018, at 6:30 pm. The Orientation will be held in the Cafeteria. See you there!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Hey Big Sandy Parents/Guardians/Students: Registration Packets are ready for pick up in the JH and HS offices. If you have access to Student Grades, you can fill some of the packet out there but will need to pick up additional required forms in the office to complete. All registration information must be completed and proof of residency provided before student schedules can be picked up. Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Ms. Elliff will be in the HS office late on: ---Aug 8th& 9th till 5:30 ---Aug 13th & 14th till 5:30 ---Aug 15th till 6:00 Schedule pickup for grades 7-8 on Aug 13th Schedule pickup for grades 10-12 on Aug 15th Remember all paperwork and proof of residency must be turned in before the date of schedule pickup. Also: ---Freshman Orientation Aug 13, 6:30pm ---6th Grade Reception Aug 14th 6:30 pm Elementary Offices will be open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday – Friday August 13-17, 2018 to pick up and fill out registration packets and turn in. If you have access to Student Grades, you can fill some of the packet out there but will need to pick up additional required forms in the office to complete You must bring a current utility bill as proof of residency with your paperwork. Don't forget: ---Meet the Teacher Aug 23rd 4:00-6:00 pm ---Meet the Wildcats Aug 23rd 6:00pm ---Kona Ice will be here, so that you can purchase a snow cone cup and help beat the heat! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for exciting news about the Elementary! Go Wildcats!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Please join us in welcoming Kim Stradley as our Secondary Principal for grades 6-12! She will do an amazing job!
over 1 year ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
Regional Track leaves today, Thursday, April 26th, for Springtown! Let’s wish them good luck for tomorrow and Saturday! Go Wildcat Track!
almost 2 years ago, Jay Ratcliff
Jay Ratcliff
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over 2 years ago, Jay Ratcliff