Free meals offered to all students this year

Commerce ISD will offer meals every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student's household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows school to offer free meals for the 2021-2022 school year. 

While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such CISD Food Service Dept. will process household applications during 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Applications for next year's free and reduced-priced meals are available at each campus.

Parents have an option for students to repeat grades or high school courses
Due to the pandemic, the state of Texas is allowing any student who was in Pre-K through 8th grade last school year to repeat their 2020-21 grade level at parent/guardian request. In addition, a parent/guardian may request that their high school student be able to repeat a high school course from 2020-21 if desired.


The state of Texas has set up websites to help parents/guardians consider if this is something they wish to request for their child. Please visit these sites for more information and parent/guardian FAQs.


Grades 1-12

Pre-K & Kinder

For students in grade 4 and above this option exists only for the 2021-22 school year, but for Pre-K through grade 3 the option is permanent.


If you would like to request that your PK-8 student repeat a grade or that your high school student repeat a course, please email your school Principal by Friday, August 6. 


The 2021-22 school year begins on Tuesday, August 12.


Coming to a campus near you!

New Chromebooks are being set up and will be delivered soon to each campus. Each student will receive a new Chromebook complete with a case this school year. Teachers will also be receiving a new laptop. 

stacks of boxescomputers being boxed

New student registration begins July 21


Registration will open for students new to Commerce ISD on July 21-22 at the Central Administration Building at 3315 Washington St. Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday.

Parents of returning students who need assistance in registering their child may attend the onsite registration as listed above as well.

Returning student online registration will open around that time as well. Details will be released at a later date. 

Pre-K/Head Start registration open online

Eligibility Requirements to register

CISD pre-kindergarten and Head Start registration is open online at the following link: 

Pre-K/Head Start FIRST STEP registration

Parent/guardians must attend Districtwide Registration on July 21 or July 22 at the CISD Administration Bldg at 3315 Washington St. in addition to the online registration. 

Share your feedback on the use of ESSER III funds

Commerce ISD seeks community input on using the federal ESSER III funds to increase student achievement and combat the learning gap caused by the pandemic closures. 


Survey for feedback

Unofficial election results

Kelsey Lytle and Randy Starks were unopposed.

Etta Herring 128

Joshua Koch 62

Doc Pierce 146

Jennifer Knight 36

Rocking into retirement

Machelle Burns was presented a rocking chair by Superintendent Charlie Alderman upon her retirement from CES as the school's secretary. Burns joined the district in 2017 after working at Texas A&M University-Commerce for several years. She plans to spend a lot more time with her grandchildren in her retirement. She is shown with CES Principal Wanda Beane, Assistant Principal Patricia Nelle and Superintendent Alderman. We wish you the best, Machelle!


Machelle Burns retirement rocking chair with administrators

Two file for CISD Board of Trustees

Current officeholders Randy Starks and Kelsey Lytle have filed for positions on the CISD Board of Trustees.  One position, currently held by Etta Herring, remains open. The deadline for filing an application for a place on the ballot is Friday, February 12. Applications are available at the CISD Administration Building at 3315 Washington St. The election will be held on Saturday, May 1 at City Hall. 

Starks was elected to the board in 2009. Herring joined in 2012. Lytle was appointed in December to fulfill a vacated position.  

For information on Board qualifications, click here

Tiger Cheer finishes 5th in State UIL competition
The CHS Tiger Cheer Team finished in fifth place at the State UIL Championship held in Fort Worth last week.