Cheer Success at the Grapevine Invitational

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, The Crandall High School Varsity Cheer Team attended the Grapevine Invitational competition.  This invite-only competition is used as a competition to help prepare for the state UIL competition.

CHS Cheer had a very successful weekend.  They received accolades for “Best Fight Song,” “Best Band Chant,” “Best Cheer,” and ultimately swept the competition by winning the Grand Champion title for districts 4A and Under.

The Junior Varsity Team also attended and won the Junior Varsity division.

CHS Cheer can next be seen on Friday, January 18, 2019, as they defend their state title at the state UIL competition.  CHS also qualified for the National competition, and they will be traveling to Orlando for the Nationals on February 8, 2019.

Senior Branson Bragg signs letter of intent with Stanford University

On December 19, 2019, on the last day of the fall semester, Senior Branson Bragg signed his national letter of intent with Stanford University, in the most unique signing ceremony Crandall ISD has ever seen.

Bragg, an exceptional student, and proud Offensive Lineman for the Crandall Pirates, is also a member of the award-winning Crandall High School Jazz Band.  Branson opened his signing ceremony by playing jazz piano alongside his jazz band mates.  Band Director John Nutt, and Athletic Director Joe Dale Cary spoke about Branson as a student and both testified to his exceptional character as a leader.  Branson posed for pictures with his family and signed his letter with Stanford University.  Members of local Kaufman County media were also present.

Branson received over 20 offer letters from Universities across the country before committing to Stanford in August.  He has been a standout athlete, musician and student during his time with Crandall ISD.  He was selected as the 2018 Offensive Line MPV district 9-4A, 2018 academic all-state football, 2017 first team all-state in football and the 2016 Offensive Newcomer of the year for District 8-4A.

Additionally, Bragg is also the UIL 4A state Track and Field champion in shot put and the bronze medal holder in discus.

January 2019 Staff Members, Employees and Teachers of the Month

Congratulations to the following Staff members, Teachers, and Employees of the Month for Crandall ISD for the month of January 2019.

Dietz Elementary

Teacher of the Month – Keli Moore

Staff Member of the Month – Will Prather

Employee of the Month – Desiree Patten


Martin Elementary

Teacher of the Month – Andrea Guerra

Staff Member of the Month – Melissa Carrillo

Staff Member of the Month – Charlotta Price


Walker Elementary

Teacher of the Month – Jamie Stantz

Staff Member of the Month – Ashley Crawford

Employee of the Month – Christine Shew


Wilson Elementary

Teacher of the Month – Brittney Sipriano

Staff Member of the Month – Jennifer Fancher


Middle School

Teacher of the Month – Greg Hamilton

Teacher of the Month – Nicole Vasquez


High School

Teacher of the Month – Katie Melancon

Staff Member of the Month – Michelle Condra


Compass Academy

Employee of the Month – Rita Claxton


District Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month – Lorena Cornell

September 2018, honorees of the month

Pirate Nation,


Please join me in congratulating our Teachers, Employees and Staff Members of the Month for September 2018.


Dietz Elementary:

Teacher of the Month: Carri Honeycutt

Staff Member of the Month: Helen Seifert


Martin Elementary:

Teacher of the Month: Sally Brock

Staff Member of the Month: Carrie Findling

Employee of the Month:  Megan Daugherty


Walker Elementary:

Teacher of the Month: Cheyenne McPherson

Staff Member of the Month: Brenda Ochoa


Wilson Elementary:

Teacher of the Month: Ja’Mela Smith


Middle School:

Teacher of the Month: Morgan Woodruff

Staff Member of the Month: Marc Wright


High School:

Teacher of the Month: Samantha Young

Staff Member of the Month: Sally Rogers


Compass Academy:

Teacher of the Month: Rhonda Wood

Staff Member of the Month: Missy Hitt



Staff Member of the Month: Greg Garrow

Employee of the Month: Amy Mitchell




Convocation 2018

Crandall Independent School District kicked off the start of the 2018-2019 School Year with a bang!  The district’s focus this year is on Character, one of its core value words, and CISD put on a show-stopping convocation on August 7, 2018.

By utilizing the story of The Wizard of Oz, CISD used students this year, in lieu of a keynote speaker.  The students told the story and emphasized the values that the district will spend the year focusing on through song, dance, theatre and prose.  Award-winning performers included The Crandall High School Band, The Crandall High School Theatre Department, The Crandall High School Cheerleaders and the Crandall High School Gold Dusters.  There were also performances from a choir consisting of Elementary and Middle School Students, speakers from Crandall Middle School and Assistant Principal, L.D. Johnson.

In an unprecedented move, the Crandall ISD Board of Trustees bestowed a unique gift to the staff.  A one-time monetary gift of 2% of staff members salaries for the 18-19 school year was distributed to each employee.

Crandall ISD is grateful for a supportive School Board and looks forward to a         dynamic and incredible school year.


Noble-Reed Elementary

Crandall ISD is proud to share the name of the district’s 5th Elementary School.  The newest CISD school, which will open its doors in August 2019, for the 2019-2020 school year, will be called Noble-Reed Elementary.

Named for Linda Reed, and Amy Noble, two former CISD teachers, Noble-Reed Elementary is sure to be another incredible addition to the Crandall Independent School district.

Amy Noble and Linda Reed met as Kindergarten teachers in CISD and later went on to use their knowledge of differentiation and high student engagement to form Frog Street Press, which was called Leap Frog at the time.

These education pioneers have left a strong legacy in Crandall ISD, both in the well-loved annual Kindergarten Circus, as well as the creation of the Transitional First Grade (T-1) program that is still firmly part of Crandall ISD.

Noble Reed

Lady Pirate Softball Season comes to an end

After a hard-fought battle, the Lady Pirate Softball season has come to an end.  These ladies finished the year with a 28-6 record which included an undefeated district title and three playoff championships.  This is the first time in history that the Lady Pirate Softball team has made it to the Regional Semi-Finals series.  We are proud of you!  Congratulations on such an incredible season.

softball team

Third State Championship for CISD this year!

Crandall High School Junior, Branson Bragg, delivered CISD their third state championship of the 2017-2018 school year.  On May 12, 2018, Branson, along with his CISD teammates, competed in Austin at the State Competition for Track and Field.  Bragg won first place in the state for Shot Put with a distance of 53’10.75”.

Bragg is an asset to Crandall ISD.  In addition to his athleticism, which includes 22 offers from Universities to play football, Bragg also has excellent grades.

Additionally, Bragg placed third in the state for the Discus throw.

Two other Crandall students also competed in the State Track and Field competition.  Hayden Pruitt finished 6th in the 4A long jump and Rahzel Young took third place in the 400m dash.

This has been a banner year for Crandall ISD in UIL state championships.