The Ennis ISD is gearing up for the start of another school year and is doing so with a lot of pride. The district was recently made aware of their ranking from the Texas Education Agency and for the most part has been excited about the positive response.

All schools within the district ranked positively with all four elementary school being ranked as exemplary.

“I am very proud of the efforts of the students and staff to receive this status. I think it shows we are headed in the right direction and we will continue to provide a higher standard of commitment and leadership,” said EISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Dunn.

The junior high was ranked as “Recognized”, while the Intermediate, Sixth Grade Center and High School were given the status of “Academically Acceptable.” The Intermediate school narrowly missed being ranked as “Recognized” and has already made a commitment to improve and earn the status on the next round of testing.

“I know that it is disappointing to miss out on the higher ranking, but they should be very proud of their efforts. Mrs. Redning and her staff will continue to rise to the challenge to provide the best quality education for the students and for improvement,” Dunn said.

The staff at the Sixth Grade Center and High School is also looking at moving forward and improving on their status for the upcoming year.

“Obviously we have work to do there, but each campus has been working toward excellence and they will continue to do so. Academic standards have been getting higher and it is a challenge to make sure every student rises along with those standards, but I am confident the staff can move the campus toward that goal,” Dunn said.

With the approaching start of the new school year, the district has released a few reminders to families getting their students ready for back to school.

- All students that will attend classes in the Ennis ISD must be registered by Aug. 24. If students are not registered by that date, they will not be allowed to attend classes while the district adjusts class sizes.

* If students are not registered by Aug. 24, a late registration date of Aug. 28 will be held. Students must bring their birth certificate, immunization record and social security card. Pre-registration is recommended and every EISD campus will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to aid students in that effort.

* Immunization is mandated by the state and all students attending classes must have the following shots: polio (oral) - three doses required, with a booster since age 4; diphtheria, tetanus (DPT or TD) - four doses required, with a booster since age four; MMR - two doses by kindergarten, at least 30 days apart; HIB -haemophilus - influenza type B is acceptable in lieu of haemophilus influenza vaccine for children aged 2 to 4; HEP-B- three doses - first two, one month apart; third, four to six months after the second; and Varicella (chicken pox shot) or disease (with month and year).

If the number of doses required has been reached but the last dose was before the time stated, then an additional dose of polio, diphtheria/tetanus is required.

Immunizations and copy of shot record must be up-to-date or the student will not be allowed to attend classes until the record has been updated.

The standard dress code will be in place from the first day of school, Aug. 27.