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January 2024 NEWSFLASH



Welcome to the final semester of your high school career!  This will be a very busy and exciting semester.  Please come by my office if you have any questions or concerns regarding graduation or college admission.  I look forward to working with each of you as we wrap up this school year!


Save the Date: May 8th Top 10% Dinner, May 23rd Senior Walk and Senior Celebration, May 24th 1:00 PM Graduation Practice/7:00PM Graduation- BELCHER CENTER


  • Class Rank and GPA: There are 150 seniors as of 01/23/24. Numbers 1-15 are in the top 10%. We will have one more final class ranking (after the 3rd nine weeks) to determine Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Top 10%. We will not class rank again after graduation. Grades will still count and will figure into your GPA. *TRANSCRIPTS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED TO SKYWARD PORTFOLIO
  • At this point in your senior year, you should have a concrete plan in place for life after high school and you should be finalizing those steps in order to make those plans happen. If you have not SERIOUSLY considered what you are going to do next year (college, technical school, military, workforce) you need to come by and visit with me so we can discuss your options.
  • Some of you are in credit trouble due to poor grades first semester. There are no re-dos this semester to earn credit… no summer school, no credit recovery. Make sure you are taking care of your business here at school so that you can graduate AND walk the stage in May.
  • College Days: The college day form is located in the office and is DUE ONE WEEK prior to the college visit for the absence to be excused.  You must bring back proof of the visit on college/university letterhead for the absence to be excused. 
  • ACCESS MY WEBSITE: Go to shisd.net and follow the link to High School/Faculty and Staff/Counselors.   You will need to access the counselor website daily, every other day, weekly, in other words…..OFTEN.  This is a very important semester for local scholarships.  Many of these scholarships are ONLY electronically submitted and you won’t find them on the scholarship board in the College and Career Center.  It is your responsibility to access my website to see what scholarships are available. There is money out there. YOU have to chase it down.
  • Watch your absences. It is your responsibility to come to school.  If you are absent from class, get with your teacher to make up your work.  If you are going to be absent from a Kilgore College class, EMAIL the professor to let them know you are not going to be in class and get your missing assignments.
  • Remember “Thursday Night at the Library” is available to students for tutoring, make-up work, earning back time for absences, and access to credit recovery. Take advantage of this opportunity-Thursdays 4:00-6:00.
  • Senior Males: You must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of your 18th birthday. IT IS THE LAW!!! Men can now submit their registration information when they turn 17 years 3 months and will automatically be registered upon turning 18.  Pick up a registration form at the post office or go to sss.gov
  • The TSIA2 test will be given on campus February 14, March 20/27, April 17, May 1. If you need to take the TSIA2 for the first time or need to retake a portion/s of the TSIA2 this would be a great opportunity for you- convenient as well!  See Mrs. Williamson for details.
  • If you need your transcript sent to a college or university, please fill out the transcript request form(in the office) or email me your request.
  • Remember to complete the FAFSA- This is a graduation requirement unless you have completed an opt out form. See Mrs. Williamson for an opt out form. Many colleges/universities award scholarships/grants by March of the senior year for fall admission. One of the requirements to receive this money is FAFSA completion. The FAFSA can be completed online fafsa.ed.gov  This is FREE!


Class of 2024 Students and Parents,


It’s time to order your Balfour Graduation Items.


Click on the link below to start your amazing graduation journey.




Click on the link below to place your order.




Please order on or before October 1st.


All items will be shipped directly to your home address.  

Grad Pack's will arrive at your home in two separate orders.  

Cap and Gown orders usually arrive 4-6 weeks after order is placed. 



Please feel free to contact our local Balfour Office at 903-757-6595 or [email protected] with any questions.



INFORMATION FOR THOSE Graduating Seniors who plan to attend Kilgore College (KC) for Fall 2024, do not need to apply to KC again.  However, there is some information that is needed to transition them from dual credit students.  Below is a link to that form.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.