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Posted Date: 09/25/2023




   September 25th may be my favorite day this year as today marks the beginning of the Blue & Gold Sausage fundraiser.  If you have not tried any of this sausage, I can promise you that it is fantastic.  Please consider supporting the FFA by purchasing some of this wonderful product. 

     Thank you to the Big Blue Band for performing at Boys Ranch last week.  I cannot thank Mr. Victory, Mrs. Jackson and our students enough for going above and beyond by playing on their off week.  I received a message from Mr. Brown (their superintendent) that made my weekend and he gave me permission to share this message.  “Many thanks to Stratford ISD and the band for making our Homecoming like a real community celebration.  Our kids have not had a band in several years and your kids got our fans excited and showed them how Friday night football can be special.”  Way to go Big Blue Band, you have made us all proud. 

     Our football teams will be back in action against Perryton this week.  Our JH/JV teams will play at Perryton on Thursday and the Elks will play at home Friday night. I know our JV players will be ready to play after having 2 weeks off.  Let’s pack the stands Friday night as I am sure Perryton will have a lot of fans in the stands. 

     Our cross-country runners performed well last week at the Stratford meet.  The JH boys, JH girls and the varsity girls all won their divisions.  Congratulations to the top runners: 

  • Zienna Duran (JH/2nd place)
  • Isabelle Gonzalez (JH/5th place)
  • Yenmsi Rodriguez (JH/1st place)
  • Brox Theis (JH/2nd place)
  • Ernesto Casas (JH/4th place)
  • Yosvani Rueda (JH/5th place)
  • Mila Thompson (HS/1st place)
  • Josey Gonzalez (HS/3rd place)
  • Maylee Wells (HS/5th place)
  • Izzy Salas (HS/1st place)
  • Cole Hamilton (HS/3rd place)

     While it seems certain that the Governor will call a special session in October related to school vouchers, I ask you to visit with our legislators about the current funding of public schools.  Texas ranks near the bottom, nationally, in per pupil funding.  In fact, I saw a stat this weekend that said Texas would need to allocate an additional $40 billion in funding just to get to the national average.   Our Texas students deserve better and I hope that you will visit with our elected officials about this subject.  

     SISD will be honoring the late Mr. Doug McBryde during Friday's football game, against Perryton, for his service in the United States Army.  Mr. McBryde's selfless service, to our great country, included 13 months in Vietnam.  Mr. McBryde's wife, Mrs. Joyce McBryde, will serve as an honorary official, during the coin toss, prior to the start of the game in honor of her husband's service.  Thank you to Mrs. McBryde and we know that Mr. McBryde will be smiling down on us all Friday night. 

     Have a great week and please remember the early release (2:00) for all students on October 6th

Paul Uttley