By Sarah Naron
Messenger Reporter

PALESTINE – The Wildcats of Palestine Independent School District are right on track for the 2018-2019 school year, according to PISD Superintendent Jason Marshall.

“We have completed the first three weeks of school, and our enrollment of 3,310 students is very strong,” Marshall said in a statement issued to The Messenger on Tuesday afternoon.

Like the district’s enrollment, Marshall said the fall extracurricular programs are also “going strong.”

“Football and volleyball are now playing games,” he said. “Our cross country teams are running very well in their non-district meets, and our fall tennis team has already won its first district match.”

Marshall also praised the efforts of the drill team, cheerleaders and band – the latter of which is under the direction of Adrian Alonso, a newcomer to the staff of PISD, and consists of over 100 members – of Palestine High School, describing each group as “very impressive in their performances.

“We are looking forward to an excellent academic year as our students and teachers work each and every day to assist students in achieving their educational goals,” Marshall said. “We expect another great year from our college and career readiness program, including nationally recognized career certifications and dual credit.”

Marshall extended gratitude on behalf of the district to Trinity Valley Community College of Athens and the University of Texas at Tyler, PISD’s partners in the aforementioned program.

According to Marshall, PISD is also gearing up to host its first STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Fair, set to take place this winter.

Marshall also expressed excitement for the district’s fine arts program’s upcoming musical presentation of “Aladdin,” which will showcase the talents of students throughout PISD.

“‘Aladdin’ will be performed the first two weekends in November in the Palestine High School Theatre,” Marshall said.

For more information on these and other upcoming events at PISD, visit www.palestineschools.org.