UPDATE: Denison ISD to extend school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Based on Governor Gregg Abbott's April 17, 2020 message, Denison ISD will be extending our school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, there will be no extra-curricular activities or practices during the extended closure. Every effort must be taken to slow the spread of the COVID-19. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.
Students will continue receiving at-home instruction during this closure. Elementary and intermediate students with internet access should continue to check the Denison ISD website for weekly lessons. Packet pickup will continue for those families who do not have internet access. Scott Middle School and Denison High School students will continue to receive assignments via Schoology. Meal delivery will continue using established procedures and locations will continue as well until further notice.
Denison ISD is so very proud of the extra efforts given by our educators to produce at-home lessons. Likewise, the District is appreciative of our partnership with our families as they help to deliver these at-home lessons to ensure the continued academic growth of our students. Continue to monitor the Denison ISD website on a daily basis for updates.
Lance San Millan Pathways principal
Pathways’ Choice Program focuses on long-term success
The roads to success at DISD’s Pathways High School are many and varied, but the mission remains the same for all students: long-term success facilitated by self-paced learning programs in an encouraging environment where expectations are high and student accountability firm.
“Classes in Pathways’ Choice Program cater to students who have fallen behind in their credits for one reason or another, or students who need to work part-time to help support themselves or their families,” said Principal Lance San Millan. “We have strict guidelines that govern who can enroll in our Choice Program, but our learning programs are flexible and self-paced, requiring a lot of self-discipline and responsibility on the part of students. Our students work at computers most of the time, progressing through the various levels of mastery in the subjects they are studying. In the end, they must pass the same tests that our regular DHS students must pass in order to move on to the next grade level or to graduate. The material is not any easier here. We’re just a little more flexible in our instruction, which allows our students to progress at a faster pace.”
San Millan says some students stay at Pathways for a short length of time in order to catch up, while others remain until they graduate. “Circumstances and individual needs play a big part in our students’ educational lives,” said San Millan. “We’re here to help facilitate learning for them, regardless of those circumstances…to give them an avenue for staying in school and graduating. We give them freedom to learn at their own pace, in their own way and time, to accomplish their goals while growing and maturing academically and personally. Our graduation rate here at Pathways is extremely high, and we’re proud of that; not for ourselves, but for our kids, because it increases their chances of enjoying successful lives.”