Making an Historic Difference
Prairie Valley FFA has always sought to make a difference in the local school and community. On February 2nd, 2017 the Prairie Valley FFA High School students traveled to the Spanish Fort Cemeteries in order to make a difference in the future of historical studies. The Old Spanish Fort Cemetery was in need of additional maintenance beyond what the usual mowing duties entail. When students arrived at the cemetery they found tree limbs that had fallen, graves that were sunk in and tomb stones that were completely hidden by brush growing over them.
After a quick survey of the situation several students grabbed shovels in order to fill in the holes that were in the cemetery with soil donated by a local rancher. Other students took saws with them in order to clear brush from overgrown graves. Still others made a hand at clearing existing brush and debris that had fallen from the large oak and pecan trees in the cemetery.
Twelve Prairie Valley students worked for three hours in order to remove the clutter and debris from the cemetery. This project will help ensure a better experience for the families of the deceased or those who visit the cemetery as historical researchers. Students were able to leave this experience with a sense of accomplishment at having done something to benefit their local community.
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Prairie Valley ISD Awarded Top Distinction
Each school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) compares and rates school districts based on factors such as STAAR test scores, graduation and dropout rates, types of classes and certifications offered, and college readiness. Based on those comparisons and ratings, districts and campuses are awarded distinctions. This year, the TEA has awarded its top district-wide distinction to Prairie Valley ISD in Post-Secondary Readiness. Prairie Valley ISD is one of only 24 districts out of the 1274 school districts in the state of Texas to receive this honor for the 2015-2016 school year. This means that PVISD is in top 2% of all districts, no matter the size, in the state of Texas based on their Post-Secondary Readiness standards. The Prairie Valley elementary, middle, and high school campuses all played an important role in the reception of this distinction.
To be awarded the Post-Secondary Readiness Distinction, a district must be ranked among the highest in multiple areas. Those areas are graduation rates, dropout rates, college dual credit participation, ACT and SAT test participation, Career and Technical Education certifications offered, advanced courses offered, and STAAR and EOC test averages across the district. This distinction is comparable to past awards given to school districts such as Exemplary and Blue Ribbon Schools.
In addition to the district-wide distinction awarded in Post-Secondary Readiness, the PVISD campuses received multiple individual distinctions as well. Campus distinctions are awarded to those that are in the top 25% of schools in the state of Texas. To receive any campus distinction is an honor in itself. The Prairie Valley Elementary campus received distinctions in 3 of the 5 available, which included the Reading/English Language Arts Achievement, Student Progress, and Post-Secondary Readiness. The middle and high school campus received 4 of the 7 available, which included the Reading/English Language Arts Achievement, Student Progress, Closing the Performance Gap, and Post-Secondary Readiness. Other schools in the county or area receiving campus distinctions were Nocona High School with 1, Nocona Middle School with 1, Forestburg High School with 1, Montague with 2, Bowie High School with 3, Saint Jo Elementary with 5 and Saint Jo Middle and High School with 2. To see a complete list of all school district and campus distinctions for Region 9, please visit
Prairie Valley is led by Tim West, superintendent and Lisa Sadler, principal. Mrs. Sadler attributed this honor to the students and teachers of Prairie Valley. “I love my job at Prairie Valley and it is because we have the best teachers and students. It takes hard work and dedication from everyone from PreK to the senior class. We are a family, a team, from top to bottom.”
Mr. West added, “We are very proud of our staff and students and we would not be able to provide the quality education if it weren’t for their efforts. It takes students, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, counselor, office and maintenance staff and the support of our school board to earn this distinction and I am very proud.”