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A Night at the Museum
A "bank robber" is in the act in this photo provided by Madison Stallwitz.
Window on the Plains Museum became a “Night at the Museum” recently for a group of Sunset students. Historical displays came to life for the students as characters told the stories of the artifacts. The students received the “Night at the Museum” party for reaching specified reading goals. Sue Mueller, Sunset librarian, planned the party theme and museum staff organized the volunteers and skits. Read more and see more from the event on Page 4 of the March 5 print edition.


Texas graduation rate exceeds national average
Texas high schools are graduating a higher percentage of students than the national average. According to statistics recently released by the U.S. Department of Education, the state's graduation rate in 2013 was at 88 percent. The national average for that same year was 81 percent. It is noteworthy that this is the third straight year the state's high school graduation rate eclipsed the national average, Texas Education Agency (TEA) noted in a recent press release. Read more in the March 1 print edition.

DHS choir earns 35 medals
Courtesy of Dumas High School.
The DHS choir went to a solo and ensemble contest Saturday, Feb. 21, and earned 35 medals. DHS has 14 soloists and three ensembles who will go on to compete at the State level in May. Pictured are medalists from the Concert Choir (left to right) Holly Wilhelm, Katie Ginter, Gabriel Garcia, Joshua Najera and Gay K Paw.


Sunray NJHS inducts new members
Sunray National Junior Honor Society inductees include (front, left to right) Madeline Derrick, Austyn Smock, Yessenia Palacio, Allison Cox, Blanca Colorado, Vanessa Corbin, (back, left to right) Audree Wilson, Rylee DeBord, Jayci Stokes, Connor Crownover, Michael Peeples and Dominic Loya.


Principals address their improvement plans
Dumas Independent School District's Board of Trustees heard the campus improvement updates of principals at the Monday evening's school board meeting. In the fall each campus and the district developed a Targeted Improvement Plan to address the 2-5 critical needs on each of their campuses and the district. Part of this plan is quarterly evaluations to monitor if the interventions and strategies are working and what adjustments need to be made. Each DISD principal presented their updates to the Board of Trustees. Read more about the meeting in the Feb. 12 print edition.

Local exhibitors make strong showing at National Western
Two local livestock exhibitors recently made the trip to Denver, Colo., to compete in the National Western Stock Show, which featured 700 entries from across the United States. Dumas’ two exhibitors, Makenzie Venable and Kenlie Baxter, each placed well in the show. Venable was the champion exhibitor in the heavy weight cross division while Baxter was the reserve champion exhibitor in the Poland China barrow division. Read more in the Feb. 1 print edition.

BBB: Businesses beware of 'Yellow Page' bills
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Amarillo, which serves Texas Panhandle Region, is advising local businesses to be on the lookout for what appear to be invoices for yellow page directory listings when, in fact, these are solicitations for listings in other directories.



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