Award Year: 2016

Panhandle Elementary School

106 West 9th Street
Panhandle, TX, 79068-1030

(806) 537-3579

Mr. Taylor Norvell, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

John Strother

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Panhandle Elementary School will provide a safe learning environment to develop life-long learners, and provide effective curriculum and instruction in all content areas to ensure all students experience success beyond high school.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 89%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Panhandle Elementary School

Panhandle Elementary School

From the beginning, education has been a key component of Panhandle Elementary. As you enter Panhandle, you will notice our town motto: People of Pride and Purpose. Frequently we see 4th generation children attending our school, just as their great grandparents did. Pride in our school and community is a generational tradition which instills high academic expectations along with parent and community involvement.

Our staff works to provide a learning environment that meets the needs of all students. We encourage the students to become life-long learners, which is apparent when you look at the number of our graduating students who pursue higher education.

As a Title I school, we serve a diverse student population. Teachers differentiate classroom instruction to meet the needs of all students, as well as utilize the various support programs for struggling students. An extensive elementary library supports aggressive reading training while computer labs and computers in the classrooms provide students with skill development in technology. Students also have 2 or 3 scheduled recess breaks throughout the day, depending on grade level. These opportunities to socialize and be active are essential to the emotional and physical growth of our students.

We have received numerous Gold Star Awards for commended performance on state assessments. PES has earned the distinction of an Exemplary School five years out of the last fifteen. In the last three years, we have also had the distinction as a campus that Met Standard with Distinctions. We have earned 6 distinctions in those 3 years.