Education

  Amarillo College to host free class on mental health first aid

A free class on how to render aid to someone experiencing a mental health crisis will be held at the Amarillo College West Campus Friday.

  WT Diversity Week to begin with law enforcement town hall, candlelight vigil

  For the Record: AISD talks about planning ahead to attend fall sports

  Education Credit Union becomes naming sponsor of student financial service with West Texas A&M

  West Texas A&M University’s study abroad program suspended due to ongoing pandemic

  WT Distinguished Lecture Series continuing online this semester

WTAMU homecoming activities cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

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  Amarillo College receives funding for Institutional Transformation

Scholarship offered for future students during College Fairs online virtual

  AISD confirms COVID-19 positive cases at Bowie Middle School and Amarillo High School

  For the Record: How AISD will notify parents of COVID-19 cases in your child’s school

  Millions funded to Panhandle schools to help safer learning during pandemic

  AISD welcomes students back with COVID-19 safety precautions

WT celebrates 30 year anniversary of merger with A&M

West Texas State University merged with The Texas A&M University System 30 years ago this month.

  WTAMU announces new nursing program aimed at increasing rural mental health professionals

West Texas A&M University announced a new graduate-level certificate program designed to increase the number of qualified mental-health professionals in the area.

  For the Record: AISD talks about how virtual education will look this year

Virtual education is important for all students, even those who’ve chosen in-person learning and here’s why:

  Colleges are asking students to screen their health before coming to class

Colleges are asking students to screen their health before coming to class

  Ascension Academy confirms positive COVID-19 cases and possible exposure on campus

  Amarillo ISD looking for temporary neighborhood substitute teachers

  Canyon ISD confirms COVID-19 exposure at Reeves-Hinger Elementary

TAMUS regents approve $6.5 million project to bring WT nursing program to Amarillo

  For the Record: AISD discusses what in-person education will be like this year

  5 Tx Panhandle school districts receive funding for high-demand job training

  AISD changes policy to require all students to wear masks

Amarillo Independent School District will now require all students to wear facial coverings.

  Red Cross virtually teaching kids what to do in a fire

For the first time, the Red Cross is teaching their programs virtually.

  100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage: Amarillo women registered ‘more than men'

As we commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment today, a West Texas A&M professor said it seems there was more support for women’s suffrage in the Texas Panhandle than the rest of the state.

WTAMU program to offer home schooling families college-level credit at reduced cost

A newly expanded West Texas A&M University program will offer home schooling families college-level credit for a significantly reduced cost.

  Changes and challenges school bus drivers face returning to school

As Texas Panhandle school bus drivers start their engines, some for the first time since March, there are some changes being made that has everyone adjusting.

  Educators emphasizes the importance of pre-kindergarten education

Due to the coronavirus, parents have had to make the difficult decision on whether or not to enroll their kids in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classes.

  Special education students may face different set of challenges at school this fall

While returning to school is presenting challenges for all students, special education students may face a different set of challenges.

  EXCLUSIVE: AISD and CISD superintendents answer questions as students go back to school

Now, more than ever, parents have a number of questions as they gear up to send their children back to school.

  School nurses prepare to become front line of COVID-19 defense on campus

As students and teachers prepare to head back to school, school nurses are also preparing to become the front line of defense on campus.

Back to school fashion at the Don Harrington Discovery Center for just a Dollar

It's Back to school fashion and DHDC is wanting to celebrate something safe and fun with an end summer event on August 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

  WTAMU free shuttle service continues thanks to Panhandle Community Services

Students, faculty and staff at West Texas A&M University will continue to use free shuttle buses to and from campus thanks to a new community partnership.

  Counselors discuss how to deal with your kid’s back to school anxiety

Back to school jitters are nothing new. But, in the middle of a pandemic, parents should know what signs to spot as kids return to school.

AC receives $2.3 million in federal funding for student-success initiatives

Amarillo College was awarded a pair of grants to sustain ongoing student-success initiatives at their West and Moore County Campuses.

  Clovis Community College moves fall classes online

Courses will include virtual lectures and interactive access with instructors through the fall semester.

COMMENTARY: The example we set for our kids is long lasting and not without consequence

National Sons and Daughters Day is August 11th. Each day, each hour, each minute, those of us who are parents are challenged to juggle the stress of life and the responsibility to raise our kids the best we know how.

Registration opens for Maverick Club After School Program

The Maverick Club After School Program is now accepting registrations for the fall.

Panhandle PBS and Maverick Boys and Girls Club offering STEAM programming for kids in the Texas Panhandle

Panhandle PBS is partnering with Maverick Boys and Girls Club to inspire at-home learning.

  Amarillo College to receive $474,000 grant to help first-generation, low-income students

Amarillo College will receive a federal grant for over $474,000 to provide first-generation and low-income college students with support.

  AISD’s For the Record: What parents need to know ahead of students going back to school

We’re in a time where there’s a lot of information you need to know and that info can change quickly. And, we want to do our very best to keep you informed in a way that is quick and easy to understand.

  Clovis Community College receives 5-year grant for student support

Clovis Community College announced the school will receive a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services grant to help with student support.

Region 16 announces 2021 Teachers of the Year

Region 16 has announced the elementary and secondary teachers of the year for 2021.

Easy Stop Storage and Amarillo Storage Station hosting school supply drive

Easy Stop Storage and Amarillo Storage Station is hosting a storage supply drive to benefit teachers and students in the community.

Amarillo High School teacher receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

An Amarillo High School physics teacher has received the nation’s highest recognition for mathematics and science teachers.

  WTAMU restructuring arrival events for new students this fall

West Texas A&M University is restructuring the way the school welcomes new students this fall.

  Walmart and Salvation Army teaming up for ‘Stuff the Bus’ this weekend

Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to Stuff the Bus to help provide school supplies to students in need.

  WTAMU to offer constant tech support this fall

West Texas A&M University will begin to offer constant tech support this fall semester.

Gov. Abbott says local health officials can shut down schools only in limited circumstances

In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an outbreak after students have already returned to campus — but cannot shut them down weeks before schools open.

  Tyson Foods teams up with DonorsChoose to support teachers with $1.8 million investment

Tyson Foods is partnering with Donors Choose to help support teachers as they head back to school with a $1.8 million investment.

Amarillo students participating in Bank of America’s 2020 Student Leaders Program

Two Amarillo students have been selected to participate in Bank of America’s 2020 Student Leaders Program.

  Storybridge hosting Back to School Book Roundup and Raffle

Storybridge will host a Back to School Book Roundup and Raffle this weekend.

  Window on a Wider World working to provide emotional support for students

Window on a Wider World and The Hope and Healing Place are working to provide social and emotional support for students during the pandemic.

Promotion requirements for 2020-2021 STAAR testing in grade 5 and 8 students waived by Gov. Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott announced another change in Texas education for the 2020-2021 school year Monday, waiving grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for students in grades 5 and 8.

  Amarillo ISD school board decides on first day, back to school protocol

Amarillo ISD will begin the 2020-2021 school year on September 1.

2020 Freedom Literacy Awards names Canyon teacher grand prize winner

Christopher McGilvery, the founder of the Leaders Readers Network in Canyon, is the grand prize winner.

  Panhandle PBS Camp TV to help boost summer learning

Panhandle PBS is bringing Camp TV to its on air programming to help boost summer learning across the Texas Panhandle.

  WTAMU offering full refund for students who withdraw before August 23 due to pandemic

West Texas A&M University is offering a full refund of any tuition, fees, books and room and board if students withdraw from the University on or before August 23.

Amarillo ISD releases current back-to-school plans

Amarillo ISD has released their current plan for the upcoming school year amid lingering COVID-19 restrictions and concerns.

  WTAMU to offer free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff

West Texas A&M University students, faculty and staff will have access to free testing for COVID-19 as soon as this week.

Texas will extend time that schools will be allowed to stay online-only

Texas will give school districts more flexibility to keep their school buildings closed to in-person instruction this fall as coronavirus cases continue to rise, Gov. Greg Abbott told a Houston television station Tuesday.

TEA issues guidelines for return to on-campus Instruction for new year

The Texas Education Agency has announced comprehensive guidelines for students to return to school this fall.

UIL recommends holding off on activities until after July 12

That recommendation is because of the potential for an increase in social interactions and spread of COVID-19 throughout the July Fourth holiday weekend.

New scholarship fund offers more than $500,000 to incoming, transfer WTAMU students

West Texas A&M University will now offer more than $500,000 to incoming and transfer students beginning this fall, through the recently approved Texas A&M University System Board of Regents’ Scholarship Fund.

Logan Municipal Schools to hold graduation in Dalhart after NM Department of Health prepares to fine $1.75 million

The Logan Municipal Schools have relocated their senior graduation ceremony across the state line the night before, as the New Mexico Department of Health threatened to fine the school district for over $1.75 million.

  AISD asking parents to fill out survey for 2020-2021 school year

Amarillo Independent School District is asking parents to fill out a survey as the district prepares for the new school year.

Texas Tech issues mandatory face mask policy for all faculty, staff and students

Beginning today, the University is implementing a mandatory face covering policy for all students, faculty and staff:

Texas delays health guidelines for reopening schools this fall. Draft documents show few mandatory safety measures.

Texas education officials delayed an expected announcement of school reopening guidelines Tuesday, but a draft plan shows the state taking a light-handed role in coronavirus prevention measures. Masks and distancing are recommended but not mandatory.

Canyon ISD Superintendent named Region 16 Superintendent of the Year

Region 16 has announced Canyon ISD’s Superintendent was selected as the 2020 Superintendent of the Year.

  Amarillo College to resume in-person classes this fall

Amarillo College will resume in-person classes this fall while using enhanced safety protocols.

WTAMU and state legislators announce progress in initiative to advance food animal production

West Texas A&M University and state legislators announced significant progress in an initiative to advance food animal production in the region today.

Amarillo College named Top 10 finalist for $1 million Aspen Prize

Amarillo College has been named among the Top 10 community colleges in the nation.

  Amarillo College to continue holding virtual classes this summer

As Amarillo College continues to take precautions to protect students and staff from COVID-19, the college will continue to hold virtual classes this summer.

Toot’n Totum announces $142,124 raised for high schools through Spirit Pump program

Toot’n Totum has announced the total amount raised for area high schools through their Spirit Pump program reached $142,124.

Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine adds assessment and curriculum expert

Marcelo Schmidt has joined the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo as an assistant professor of curriculum and assessment.

Ascension Academy hosting drive-in graduation ceremony for seniors

Ascension Academy has found a way to honor their graduating class of 2020.

  NewsChannel 10 partnering with AISD to offer at-home learning on local TV

NewsChannel 10 is partnering with Amarillo Independent School District to offer programming on KFDA 10.2 - NewsChannel 10 Too - to support continued at-home learning and provide greater access to educational resources.

  Amarillo College Foundation establishes Food Pantry Fund to help support students

The Amarillo College Foundation has established a Food Pantry Fund to help students in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AISD reveals information about class of 2020 graduation ceremonies

Amarillo ISD’s superintendent has announced graduation will be postponed until later this summer.

Panhandle PBS to begin airing educational shows to help with distance learning

Panhandle PBS will begin airing educational shows covering STEM and literacy topics in cooperation with Amarillo Independent School District and Region 16 Education Service Center.