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Crandall ISD introduces Teacher Apprentice Program. Hear from teacher, Amber Ragsdale, on her dream of becoming a teacher.
  • Students
Courtnie Nix

A much-deserved teacher spotlight is on a new teacher, yet a long-term Pirate, Amber Ragsdale. 

Mrs. Ragsdale has been with Crandall for 10 years and has conquered many different positions. She is a leader within CISD and has impacted many people around her. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her a few questions and her answers were top-tier. 

Q: What made you want to join the Teacher Apprentice Program? 

Mrs. Ragsdale: I was actually already finishing school to be a teacher. I was almost finished anyway when this became an opportunity, so I jumped on it. 

Q: Have you always wanted to be a teacher?

Mrs. Ragsdale: When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse, but I quickly changed my mind when I became involved in education. I have been working for CISD for 10 years and have loved every minute of it.

Q: What is your dream subject or grade to teach?

Mrs. Ragsdale: My dream subject is English and that’s what I teach. I am in English 3 with mostly Juniors and love it.

Q: Do you anticipate continuing in the teaching field or using this as a first step to bigger things? 

Mrs. Ragsdale: I do plan on teaching for a while but I want to pursue my Masters degree and become a school counselor. 

CISD is so thankful for Mrs. Ragsdale and all she has done for the high school campus operations, students and staff. Her heart to help students achieve will serve her well in the classroom as she begins her teaching career in the high school English department teaching English III students this 2022-23 school year.

  • CJ Zelkovich
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Senior, Sammy Omosigho, shares his future plan after his time at Crandall High School
  • Students
Courtnie Nix

Sammy Omosigho is a Senior at Crandall High School. He was a starter on varsity football his freshman year of high school and he has only gotten better as time has gone on. Before he committed to the University of Oklahoma he had a total of 26 D1 offers. He is a great role model for many younger pirates and a natural leader at the high school and on the football field. I was able to ask Sammy a few questions about his future and football career. 

Q: When did you start playing football? 

Sammy: I started playing football in the 3rd grade.

Q: How many hours do you practice a day?

Sammy: I tend to practice about 3 hours a day. 

Q: What are your plans for the future?

Sammy: My plans for the future are to have a successful career at OU and then go into the NFL and have a great career. 

Q: What made OU different from the others?

Sammy: The coaches and the family feeling is really what made OU different. The coaches are really faith-based and take their jobs as life coaches very seriously. 

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?

Sammy: My biggest inspiration is Jesus Christ and also my goal is to please all the people that believed in me. 

Q: What is your biggest piece of advice for aspiring football players?

Sammy: Never lose your confidence. If you lose your confidence you are playing against yourself. 

Crandall is so excited to watch our fellow pirate next year play for Oklahoma University! CISD is very proud to have a pirate like Sammy aboard. 

  • CJ Zelkovich
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CTE Students in Business Practicum prepare to become business leaders from teacher, Keith Regester
  • Students
Courtnie Nix

Crandall has brought many new classes throughout the years, but recently the Business Practicum classes have been catching everyone’s attention. Keith Regester has been directing this class and has even gotten many of the students interviewed in different places. For example, when Rusted Rail Golf Course came to the high school as requested, they hired six out of the total 14 students enrolled in the practicum class. I was able to contact Mr. Keith Regester about his class and ask a few questions.

Q: What would you say the intent of the class is?

Mr. Keith Regester: The goal of Pirate Business is to give students the opportunity to experience hands-on internships while working with community partners in real jobs. We will also be launching a Retail store, known as ARRR Spot, in January 2023. These students are the leaders in Business management.

Q: What are some skills students learn within the class? 

Mr. Keith Regester: Students learn Strategic Thinking, Collaboration and Effective Communication. At the end of the year, they will be well-rounded when entering the job market.

Q: What is your vision for the class in the future? 

Mr. Keith Regester: My goal for Pirate Business is to have students work in multiple departments throughout the district. Students will learn multiple facets of managing a business, a school, a restaurant, and so much more. All in all, the opportunity to work while learning is a true game-changer for those who accept the challenge. 

Mr. Keith Regester is actively preparing students for the workforce. He is preparing Pirates to become business leaders and excel in whatever they put their minds to. CISD is so thankful to have a leader like Mr. Keith Regester as a proud pirate. 

 

  • CJ Zelkovich
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Crandall High School yearbooks are available for purchase for the 2022-23 school-year
  • Students
Courtnie Nix

High school yearbooks are now $10 cheaper than in previous years, at least until 9/30. Yearbooks are a part of every school's history. It shows all the ins and outs of the year that many do not see if they do not attend that campus. In past years the yearbook was almost completely done by the yearbook staff. The high school yearbook is changing now. Not only did the high school switch back to the original yearbook printers, Jostens, but they are changing many aspects of the book within. The yearbook is a big collaborative effort from everyone. The yearbook staff is often asking students to send in photos, which will still happen, but thanks to our photography classes, they are pitching in. The yearbook team’s goal is to get as many students involved in the book as possible, and sometimes that has to be a group effort. Crandall High School cannot wait to see what all the yearbooks will hold this year! 

Buy your 2022-23 yearbook using this link!

 

  • CJ Zelkovich
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Five Crandall High School students awarded Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Program
  • Students
Courtnie Nix

Crandall High School has five pirates that received recognition from the College Board. According to College Board, to be eligible for one of these recognitions they must: 

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT  in October of their junior year.
  • Achieve the minimum requested PSAT/NMSQT scores (qualifying level may vary by the state each year).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year.
  • Identify as African American, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous and/or attend school in a rural area or small town

This kind of recognition can get students great scholarships and other college opportunities. The College Board explains that this recognition is used to “award academic honors to underrepresented students,” but this is not an easy honor to receive. So, when Crandall got the email that five Pirates were recognized, the news quickly spread. 

The five students included:  

  • Junior Creighton Joyner: National Rural and Small Town Award
  • Senior Keylaan Lockridge: National African American Recognition Award & National Rural and Small Town Award
  • Senior Thomas Scheirman: National Rural and Small Town Award
  • Senior Uchenna Okoronkwo: National African American Recognition Award
  • Senior CJ Zelkovich: National Rural and Small Town Award

Congratulations to these Pirates! Hard work pays off!

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