Two national letters of intent

Two Crandall Pirates signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Senior Coty Neugin will be playing football at Southeastern Oklahoma University in the fall of 2019.

Senior Doneric Rivers will be playing football at Northwestern Oklahoma University in the fall of 2019.

Congratulations to these two hardworking young men.  Go Pirates!

Dr. Jolly Retirement

Crandall Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Jolly, has announced his retirement, effective June 2019.  The Board of Trustees accepted his letter of resignation on February 4, 2019.

After a 30-year career in public education, seven as CISD Superintendent, Dr. Jolly has chosen to begin his retirement.

“Seven years, 30 years total is a lot of stress.  It’s a lot of time, and we feel that this is best for our family,” said Dr. Jolly in a video that he released to the staff on January 25, 2019, announcing his upcoming retirement.  “I’m excited about being a dad, and not a superintendent dad.”

“The plan is to hire a search firm and start the transition process to the new superintendent as soon as possible.” Said, Dr. Jolly.

Dr. Jolly will remain with the district through the remainder of his contract to help with the transition.

The Board of Trustees met on Monday, February 4, to consult with their attorneys on the legal timelines necessary to post the superintendent vacancy and begin the process of utilizing a search firm.

“We are excited and looking forward to the next chapter.” Said Dr. Jolly in his video.  “We are excited about the future.”

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.