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gold star Principals named for LHS, AHS, DMS 05-03-10
gold star School Board embraces Strategic Plan 04-26-10
  Students win technology logo contest 04-20-10
  Reception planned for DuPont, Pfluger 04-20-10
  Early voting begins Monday 04-20-10
  On-site athletic physicals scheduled 04-20-10
  Parents learn Internet safety tips for teens 04-13-10
  Summer school set for Hays CISD 04-13-10
  New immunization requirements announced 04-13-10
  Earth Day Share Fair slated for Saturday 04-13-10
  On-site athletic physicals scheduled 04-06-10
  Internet safety information night set 04-06-10
  Students sought for free fitness program 04-06-10
  Hays CISD Designates Children-To-Work Day for July 14 04-06-10
  Karen Kessel named to TLA Executive Board 04-06-10
  HHS, LHS earn PLTW certification 04-06-10
  Trustees approve contracts for next year 03-30-10
  Two campuses launch STEM magnet program 03-26-10
  Middle School libraries fire up “Read it Forward” grant 03-02-10
 

SRO Pittman retires, leaving lasting legacy

03-02-10
  Central Office reorganization begins July 1 02-23-10
  School Board names two new principals 02-23-10
 

Foundation awards nearly $20,000 in grants

01-11-10
  Parents, students plan for tomorrow, today 01-11-10
  Blanco Vista student wins essay contest 01-11-10
  Mariachi Los Lobos win spot in state competition 01-11-10
  Truck City partners with Camino Real 01-11-10
  District counsels “Education: Go Get It!” 12-15-09
  School Board OKs attendance zone proposal 12-14-09
  Growth Impact group finalizes recommendation 12-11-09
  ACC begins information campaign on annexation 12-10-09
  Nearly 90 ‘gold’ members attend holiday fete 12-10-09
  D&D marks another successful year 12-10-09
  Community rallies to provide for those who cannot 12-10-09
  School Board appoints Willie Tenorio for Place 2 12-08-09
  Growth Impact Committee continues to gather input 12-04-09

 

May 3, 2010
Principals named for LHS, AHS, DMS

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved hiring a principal for Lehman High School (LHS), Academy High School (AHS) and Dahlstrom Middle School (DMS) during a special meeting on Monday.

Don Ruisinger, currently the principal of Dwyer Middler School in Huntington Beach, Calif., will be the new principal of LHS. Ruisinger replaces Elsa Hinojosa, who has been promoted to Hays CISD executive director for high school performance. Ms. Hinojosa has served as LHS’ principal since the school opened in 2004.

Ruisinger earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from Texas State University. He served as an assistant principal of Hopewell Middle School in Round Rock ISD from 1999-2004, and taught social studies at Lamar Middle School in Austin ISD. He was an instructional specialist, academies coordinator in Riverside, Calif., and served as principal of Dwyer Middle School since 2005.

Julie Ruisinger, currently the principal of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif., will be the new principal of AHS. She replaces Gail Rhodes, who has taken a counseling position with the district.

Mrs. Ruisinger earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from Texas State University. She served as an assistant principal of Johnston High School in Austin ISD from 2000-04 and worked in Round Rock ISD as a math teacher, content mastery administrator and Individualized Education Plan facilitator for 10 years prior to that. She was an assistant principal at Mira Costa High School prior to being named principal in the spring of 2005.

The School Board in February approved recommendations for improvement of Academy High School developed by a study team of district and community members. The School Board commissioned the study team as one of its goals, adopted in August. Primary areas addressed in the recommendations for improvement include: vision, branding and leadership; identification and recruitment of incoming students; curriculum and instruction initiatives; support services; and facility improvement.

Sara Thurman, principal of Sartartia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD, has been named principal of DMS. She replaces Hilda Gartze, who has announced her retirement. Mrs. Gartzke served as principal of DMS since 2003.

Dr. Thurman earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Dallas, a master’s degree and a doctorate from University of Houston. She has served as principal of Sartartia Middle School since 2005. Sartartia Middle School earned an exemplary rating in 2008 and 2009. In late April, Sartartia Middle School was in the top five on the Children at Risk/Houston Chronicle’s list of the best middle schools in the Houston area.

Dr. Thurman served as assistant principal and principal of Walker Station Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD from 1997 to 2005. Prior to joining Fort Bend ISD, she taught English, language arts and social studies in Alief ISD.

The School Board approved the hiring of Ashley Taylor as assistant principal of Ralph Pfluger Elementary School. Ms. Taylor, a 4th grade teacher at Tom Green Elementary School, was named Hays CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2008-09.

The School Board accepted the resignation of Lauri Schroeder, who has served as the principal of Buda Elementary School since 2006 and the assistant principal for three years prior to that. Ms. Schroeder has accepted a principal position in Comal ISD. The Buda Elementary principal position has been posted and interviews will take place prior to the end of this school year.

At the April regular meeting, the School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Donna Newman, currently the principal of Garner Middle School in North East ISD, as executive director of middle school performance and Tim Persall, currently director of elementary programs in Canyon ISD, as the executive director of elementary school performance.

All personnel changes take effect July 1.

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April 26, 2010
School Board embraces Strategic Plan

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved the district’s five-year strategic plan, the culmination of work by nearly 100 staff and community members over the past five months.

“We worked countless hours, conducted research and held numerous team meetings to flesh out the many options, ideas and opportunities for maximizing the district’s ability to serve, given our finite resources,” said Bobby Lane, Mayor of Buda and member of both the strategic planning team and one of the action teams. “These action plans will serve as your blueprint and roadmap for continually identifying opportunities to improve student learning outcomes, reducing the district’s impact on the environment through green initiatives and ensuring that technological resources are planned and implemented to facilitate information access for learning as well as managing the district’s business and educational activities over the next five years.”

“It is amazing to me the participation and the amount of time and effort in this,” said Patti Wood, president of the School Board. “The charge was taken seriously. People worked very hard.”

“You’ve got something that will pay great dividends over the years,” said Ralph Pfluger member of the School Board. Pfluger challenged the School Board to “work with it. Give it the best shot you can. It came from the community and a great mixture of people contributed to it.”

Mrs. Wood and Pfluger also served on the 27-member strategic planning team.

An implementation plan, which includes a timeline, evaluation and budget components and the identification of individuals responsible for the action plans, will be drawn up by district administration over the next few months. Intensive training with district administrators will take place over the summer to produce a roadmap for the annual district improvement plan and campus improvement plans in the context of the five-year strategic plan.

Dr. Jeremy Lyon, superintendent of Hays CISD, assured the School Board that communication to staff and the community will “bring it to life,” this summer and through the next school year.

The School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Donna Newman, currently the principal of Garner Middle School in North East ISD, as the executive director of middle school performance. Dr. Newman has worked in North East ISD since 1993, serving as principal of Garner since 2006 and as principal of El Dorado Elementary from 2000 to 2006. She earned her doctorate at Texas A&M University and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

The School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Tim Persall, currently director of elementary programs in Canyon ISD, as the executive director of elementary school performance. He has served as the director of elementary programs since 2007 and was principal of Arden Road Elementary School in Canyon ISD from 1995 to 2007. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from West Texas State University in Canyon.

The School Board unanimously approved the purchase of artificial turf for $2.07 million to replace the artificial turf at Shelton Stadium and to replace the natural turf at Lehman High School.

Carter Scherff, deputy superintendent, explained that the turf at Shelton Stadium is nearing the end of its lifecycle and needs to be replaced.

“The condition of the field at Lehman became critical due to the drought this past year,” he said. “Without the ability to water the field, it was unusable due to safety concerns and the lack of grass on the field.”

Dr. Ellen Lyon, Hays CISD instructional strategist-STEM, gave the School Board an update on the pilot magnet program in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) planned for the district’s two newest schools, Ralph Plfuger Elementary School and Carpenter Hill Elementary School, for the 2010-11 school year.

The program, called Saturn V, will be based on the state curriculum standards with a focus on project-based learning within a context of science and engineering. Two classrooms of 4th Grade students and two classrooms of 5th Grade students at both of the elementary schools (176 students) will be immersed in Saturn V.

“Our goal is that once we demonstrate success at these two schools, it will spread to all of the schools,” she told the School Board. “Academics will be something completely different and very enriching for the participating students.”

Dr. Lyon explained that the student applications reflect “aspirations that have ranged from NASA to NASCAR, mathematics to medicine. More often than not they just say, ‘I want to be smarter than I am now.’”

A reception for outgoing Board members Ralph Pfluger and Chip DuPont brought heartfelt sentiments, a few tears and some laughs from members of the staff and community.

“There’s no more important job to our community than serving on the School Board,” said Moe Johnson, longtime superintendent of Hays CISD. “We’re indebted to people like Chip and Ralph. Without good school board members, you’ll never have a good school district. These two gentlemen have served us well and made us a better school district.”

“For these past six years, I would like to thank the school district employees,” Mr. Pfluger said. “All of them…the bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, administrators, and of course the teachers. It has been a pleasure.”

“When you decide to do this, you don’t know a lot of these things,” DuPont said. You do it because you care about the community. Every Board member I served with put the best interests of the students first. Everyone cared, and put the children first.”

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April 20, 2010
Students win technology logo contest

Laina Bales, an 11th grade student at Hays High School, has won the district-wide contest to design a logo for the annual technology showcase, “our digITal world…Instructional Technology.” Laina’s logo will be featured on the official T-shirts and other print media.

Meghan Ballinger, a 5th grade student at Buda Elementary School, won in the elementary school design category. Roxana Solis, an 8th grade student at Barton Middle School, won in the middle school category, and Leticia Hernandez, a senior at Academy High School, was named the high school winner.

Students across the district had the opportunity to submit a personal creation for the contest.

The 5th annual technology showcase will be May 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. The showcase is designed to allow teachers and students the opportunity to share with the community, fellow teachers and students technology projects that are happening in Hays CISD.

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April 20, 2010
Reception planned for DuPont, Pfluger

A reception honoring the Hays CISD School Board service of Chip DuPont and Ralph Pfluger will be Monday, April 26, at Lehman High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

DuPont was elected to the School Board in 2001 and was named president by his peers in 2004. He stepped down as president this past June. During his tenure on the board, voters approved three bond elections and nine new campuses, including the district’s second high school, opened.

Pfluger was elected to the School Board in 2004, for the second time. He was a member of the first Hays CISD School Board in 1967 and served until 1974. A consummate volunteer, Mr. Pfluger has been a vocal supporter of the district mentoring program, including serving as a mentor to elementary students. In September, upon the recommendations of dozens of Hays CISD staff and community members, the School Board named its 13th elementary school Ralph Pfluger Elementary School.

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April 20, 2010
Early voting begins Monday

Early voting in the May 8, District 5, School Board Trustee election begins on Monday, April 26 and runs through May 4. Early voting locations are Kyle City Hall, Buda City Hall and Hays CISD Administration Building, 21001 Interstate 35 in Kyle.

Early voting will be weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Early voting on Monday, April 26 and May 3 will be available until 7 p.m., at all three locations. In addition, early voting will be on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kyle City Hall and Buda City Hall locations.

Any registered voter within the boundaries of Hays CISD may vote at any of the early voting locations.

Marty Kanetzky and Joe Muñoz are the candidates in the election. Muñoz, who served in District 2 since 1999, resigned from the Board this past September to run in District 5, where his new residence is located. Mrs. Kanetzky is an active volunteer, having served and chaired a number of campus and district leadership teams and committees, including: Project Graduation, PTA, PTSO, bond advisory committee and calendar committee.

Voting on Election Day will be at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center and Driftwood Community Center, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day voting is by election precinct. If you have any questions, please call the Hays County Elections Administrator, 393.7310.

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April 20, 2010
On-site athletic physicals scheduled

Any student planning to participate in athletics at any Hays CISD middle or high school must obtain an athletic physical prior to the start of the school year. All physicals forms should be submitted to the athletic training office of Hays High School (HHS) or Lehman High School (LHS) by July 26.

Please bring the forms to your respective feeder high school; do not return any physicals to a middle school. The July 26 date applies to all sports. Parents are urged to return the physicals forms as early as possible to ensure they are filed at the appropriate school by the start of the athletic season.

In accordance with the University Interscholastic League, Hays CISD requires a current athletic physical to be completed before any participation in athletic practices, classes or competitions, in-season or off-season. All athletic physicals must be dated after May 1 of the previous school year and be completed on the 2010-11 pink physical form, which will be available after May 1. No other form or note will be accepted for participation in athletic activities.

The HHS and LHS training departments host athletic physicals every year for only $15. Local health care providers will be on campus during four days in May to provide the service. To schedule an appointment, please call the athletic training offices at Hays 268-2911 ext 6263, or at Lehman 268-8454 ext 7656 after May 2. The schedule for physicals is as follows: May 18, 3-6 p.m.; May 20th, 3:30-6:15 p.m.; and May 27, 3:30-6:15 p.m. HHS Bales Gym; May 25, 3-6 p.m., LHS Gym.

The Hays CISD WELL Clinic, located at Simon Middle School, performs athletic physicals, too. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Mondays. To schedule an appointment, please call, 268.5218.

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April 20, 2010
New immunization requirements announced

Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is stressing the importance of getting required vaccines at the earliest possible time, to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush that occurs every year during the month of August.

Below is a list of the required vaccines for students who will attend a Texas school in the 2010-11 school year. This list includes new requirements that were added to kindergarten and 7th grade in 2009. Please be aware that students without the required immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to attend school.

Vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade:

  • 3 to 5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td)
  • 3 to 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 1 to 2 doses of varicella
  • 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) 10 years after the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine

Additional vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten, 1st grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade:

  • 2 doses of hepatitis A for students entering K-1st grade
  • 2 doses of varicella for students entering K-1st and 7th-8th grade
  • 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for students entering 7th grade, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine
  • 1 dose of meningococcal for students entering 7th-8th grade

More information about school vaccine requirements are available on the Immunization Branch website at www.immunizetexas.com  (click on the ‘School and Childcare’ link) and through your campus nurse.

The district’s WELL Clinic at Simon Middle School will be open for sports physicals, immunizations and other clinical visits throughout the summer. For an appointment, please call 268.5218. The school-based health center is open to all students of Hays CISD. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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April 13, 2010
Parents learn Internet safety tips for teens

Sgt. Ernest Rivera spends his every work day trying to keep youths safe online. To do this, he poses as a 13 year-old-girl.

“I try to catch child predators and my persona is a 13-year-old girl,” he told a group of about 30 parents on Monday. Sgt. Rivera, a criminal investigator with the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, was guest speaker in the final installment of the district’s Internet safety and awareness workshops for parents this school year.

“I’m not here to scare you away from the Internet,” he said. “The Internet is a tool. We’re here to help children make safer choices online and in life.”

Sgt. Rivera described the “typical” online child predator.

“He’s male, aged 18 to 75 and in any profession,” he said. “Predators are very patient when it comes to ‘grooming’ (online enticement) the kids. They offer attention and affection. They often get angry when you’re not online.”

He noted a common behavior among predators is to request the youth not tell his/her parents and to delete or erase the online communication.

Sgt. Rivera warned against posting photos on the social media sites, such as Facebook and urged parents to talk to their children about sending suggestive photos (“sexting”) over the cell phone.

“There can be real life consequences to posting suggestive photos on Facebook,” he said. “If you don’t want your parent or your grandparent to see it, don’t post it online.”

He also covered a recent and growing trend, cyberbullying, which is spreading gossip and rumors online, or posting photos without the subject’s consent.

“Thirty-two percent of teens report being harassed online and I believe it’s much higher than that,” he said.

Sgt. Rivera listed steps parents can take now to help ensure their children’s online safety:

  • Keep the computer in a common room in the house.

  • Speak openly about safety issues.

  • Get involved. Ask your children to show you the sites they visit online. Know their passwords. Get a Facebook account yourself.

  • Set clear rules restricting your children from displaying their name, address, telephone number, pictures or other personal information online.

  • Tell your children they are never to agree to get together with someone they “meet” online. Warn them of the dangers of such meetings.

“I do this on a daily basis,” he said. “I’m doing my job if I can get into these kids’ heads. I love kids and I would hate for anything to happen to yours.”

For more information, go to the Texas Attorney General’s website, http://www.oag.state.tx.us/criminal/cybersafety.shtml 

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April 13, 2010
Summer school set for Hays CISD

Elementary summer school will be at Science Hall Elementary under the direction of Karen Lucita, current assistant principal of Tobias Elementary School. Hours are 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 8 through July 1.

Breakfast and lunch as well as transportation will be provided for the Student Success Initiative (SSI), free for 5th grade students who fail the second administration of the reading or math TAKS. Students receive accelerated instruction to prepare them for the third administration of TAKS at the end of June.

Parents will be notified by home campus regarding student eligibility and registration, which begins May 1.

The elementary bilingual enrichment program is for all students who have completed Pre-K or kindergarten, as well as 1st grade students who require more reading instruction. Parents will be contacted by the bilingual department.

“JumpStart” Summer School will be at Tom Green Elementary School under the direction of Charla Salmeron, assistant principal of Buda Elementary School. Third, 4th and 5th grade students will receive instruction in reading and math to refresh their skills for the new school year. JumpStart will be July 26 through August 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents will be notified by home campus regarding eligibility and registration, which begins May 1. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.

Middle school will be at Chapa Middle School under the direction of Kevin Malandruccolo, assistant principal of Wallace Middle School. It will be from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 14 through June 28.

Breakfast and lunch as well as transportation will be provided for the Student Success Initiative (SSI), free for 8th grade students who fail the second administration of the reading or math TAKS. Students receive accelerated instruction to prepare them for the third administration of TAKS at the end of June.

Parents will be notified by home campus regarding student eligibility and registration, which begins May 1.

Middle school course recovery is required for all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 of the 2009-10 school year, who failed two or three core (math, English, social studies and/or science) classes or whose overall average is less than 70 and are designated as being retained. A registration fee of $50 per core course failed will be charged. Students receive accelerated instruction and take an exam at the conclusion of the course.

Parents will be notified by home campus regarding student eligibility and registration, which begins May 1 and ends on May 28. A late registration fee of $20 per course will be charged from June 1 to June 11.

English Language Learner (ELL) summer school is for middle school students, who were exempt from TAKS, and students who have been in the country fewer than three years and are at the beginning or intermediate levels of English language proficiency. Classes are June 14 through July 9 (no school on July ) from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.

High school summer school will be at Lehman High School, under the direction of Nikki Dickerson, assistant principal of Lehman High School. School will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 14 through July 9 (no school on July 5). Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.

Registration packets will be available in the counseling centers at Academy High School, Lehman High School and Hays High School beginning April 20.

Exit Level TAKS review is provided free of charge for 11th grade students, who failed the spring administrations of the language arts, math, science or social studies TAKS. Students receive accelerated instruction to prepare them for the retest administration of TAKS in July.

High school course recovery computer-based instruction courses include: IPC, Biology, Chemistry, Principles of Technology, World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government and Economics.

Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided. Course fee is $100 per half credit and registration ends May 28.

Blended computer and teacher instruction courses are: English I, II, III and IV, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Math Models and BCIS. The “A” portion of the course is June 14 through July 2. The “B” portion of the course is July 6 through July 23. Classes are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided. Course fee is $100 per half credit and registration ends May 28.

High school acceleration courses offered are: health, communications applications ($100 for each course), and Geometry PreAP, Algebra 2 PreAP and BCIS (two sessions, $200). The “A” portion of the course is June 14 through July 2. The “B” portion of the course is July 6 through July 23. Classes are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided. Registration ends May 28.

More information on all district summer school programs is available at this link.

The district’s Wellness Encouraged through Lifelong Learning (WELL) Clinic at Simon Middle School will be open for sports physicals, immunizations and other clinical visits throughout the summer. For an appointment, please call 268.5218. The school-based health center is open to all students of Hays CISD. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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April 13, 2010
New immunization requirements announced

Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is stressing the importance of getting required vaccines at the earliest possible time, to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush that occurs every year during the month of August.

Below is a list of the required vaccines for students who will attend a Texas school in the 2010-11 school year. This list includes new requirements that were added to kindergarten and 7th grade in 2009. Please be aware that students without the required immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to attend school.

Vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade:

  • 3 to 5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td)
  • 3 to 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 1 to 2 doses of varicella
  • 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) 10 years after the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine

Additional vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten, 1st grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade:

  • 2 doses of hepatitis A for students entering K-1st grade
  • 2 doses of varicella for students entering K-1st and 7th-8th grade
  • 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for students entering 7th grade, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine
  • 1 dose of meningococcal for students entering 7th-8th grade

More information about school vaccine requirements are available on the Immunization Branch website at www.immunizetexas.com  (click on the ‘School and Childcare’ link) and through your campus nurse.

The district’s WELL Clinic at Simon Middle School will be open for sports physicals, immunizations and other clinical visits throughout the summer. For an appointment, please call 268.5218. The school-based health center is open to all students of Hays CISD. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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April 13, 2010
Earth Day Share Fair slated for Saturday

The Kyle Earth Day Share Fair will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Kyle City Square Park. The free event is the first collaboration between the City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department and Kyle Elementary School (KES) and will feature hands-on activities that focus on science, math, and specifically, the environment. Community business booths will highlight nature and environmental issues, health, and technology. Student activities will include "Electrifying Circuits," the "Bubble Booth," "Breathing Machine," "Isopod Challenge" and many more. The KES Environmental Study Center booth will feature some of effort's favorite animals for students to see and touch. Live music will be performed by Bill "Mr. Habitat" Oliver and the Otter Space Band. Although this event is sponsored by Kyle Elementary and the City of Kyle, it is a community wide event and all families are warmly invited. For a complete listing of activities and vendors, please login to the City of Kyle website at http://www.cityofkyle.com/EarthDay.php.

In celebration of Earth Day, IBC Bank will join the students, faculty and staff of Kyle Elementary School to plant six trees, donated to the school’s Environmental Study Center. The planting ceremony is part of Kyle’s Earth Day Share Fair. Kyle Elementary will host an assembly on Friday, at 1:45 p.m. to promote the Kyle Earth Day Share Fair. Bill “Mr. Habitat” Oliver will be there to perform his catchy environmental songs and IBC Bank Bee will present the trees.

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April 5, 2010
On-site athletic physicals scheduled

Any student planning to participate in athletics at any Hays CISD middle or high school must obtain an athletic physical prior to the start of the school year. All physicals forms should be submitted to the athletic training office of Hays High School (HHS) or Lehman High School (LHS) by July 26.

Please bring the forms to your respective feeder high school; do not return any physicals to a middle school. The July 26 date applies to all sports. Parents are urged to return the physicals forms as early as possible to ensure they are filed at the appropriate school by the start of the athletic season.

In accordance with the University Interscholastic League, Hays CISD requires a current athletic physical to be completed before any participation in athletic practices, classes or competitions, in-season or off-season. All athletic physicals must be dated after May 1 of the previous school year and be completed on the 2010-11 pink physical form, which will be available after May 1. No other form or note will be accepted for participation in athletic activities.

The HHS and LHS training departments host athletic physicals every year for only $15. Local health care providers will be on campus during four days in May to provide the service. To schedule an appointment, please call the athletic training offices at Hays 268-2911 ext 6263, or at Lehman 268-8454 ext 7656 after May 2. The schedule for physicals is as follows: May 18, 3-6 p.m.; May 20th, 3:30-6:15 p.m.; and May 27, 3:30-6:15 p.m. HHS Bales Gym; May 25, 3-6 p.m., LHS Gym. Opportunities will be provided for immunizations during these times, too.

The Hays CISD WELL Clinic, located at Simon Middle School, performs athletic physicals. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Mondays. To schedule an appointment, please call, 268.5218.

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April 5, 2010
Internet safety information night set

Internet safety and awareness will be the topic of a parent information night on Monday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. A representative from the Texas Attorney General’s Office will give the facts on what every parent and child should know about being safe and aware on the Internet, and legal issues regarding digital bullying and "sexting." The public is invited to this informative session. A translator and child care will be provided. For more information, please call 512-268-2141, extension 6030.

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April 5, 2010
Students sought for free fitness program

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It! (MEND), a free, after school, 10-week program designed to assist 7-to13 year-old children learn about food and discover fun ways to get fit, seeks students to participate.

The MEND program is sponsored by the YMCA-Buda in partnership with Hays CISD. MEND uses techniques developed by health experts and is targeted toward youths who are above their ideal weight, and their parents. The 20 sessions begin April 10.

Registration is required for the free program. For more information, please go to www.austinymca.org , or call 523.0099. Information may also be obtained through the campus nurses.

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April 5, 2010
Hays CISD Designates Children-To-Work Day for July 14

Hays CISD has designated Wednesday, July 14 as Take Our Child To Work Day, joining other school districts in Region 13 and area businesses in encouraging children to investigate career possibilities.

The Take Our Daughters To Work Day (TODTWD) is a national movement sponsored by the Ms Foundation for Women that traditionally takes place on the fourth Thursday in April each year.

However, the movement expanded to include both daughters and sons as a result of discrimination claims that daughters were allowed a day away from school, while the sons were required to attend school.

School districts that participate include both sons and daughters. The movement was further altered by school districts that moved the day to the summer so as not to lose the instructional day.

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April 5, 2010
Karen Kessel named to TLA Executive Board

Karen Kessel, librarian at Tobias Elementary School, has been elected representative at-large of the Executive Board of the Texas Library Association. The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association in the United States with approximately 7,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries.

Ms. Kessel has been a librarian in Hays CISD since 2006. With the Texas Library Association, Ms. Kessel chairs the Children’s Round Table of more than 1,800 members. From 2004-07, she served on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Committee and chaired its Youth Participation Subcommittee. In 2009, she participated in the Texas Accelerated Library Leaders (TALL) Leadership Development Program. She also holds membership in the Texas Computer Education Association and the American Library Association where she is serving on the Caldecott Medal Committee through 2011.

According to her statement of concerns in her newly elected position, Ms. Kessel says, “Technology and the ever-changing environment we work and live in needs not only to survive but thrive alongside well-supported print collections. Collection and technology are subject to more than just the librarian’s knowledge, though. How will we continue to serve our patrons and our profession in these financially challenging times?”

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March 26, 2010
HHS, LHS earn PLTW certification

Hays High School and Lehman High School have earned certification in career and technical education pre-engineering programs from the state Project Lead The Way (PTLW).

“Both high schools join a growing number of schools that have earned this prestigious certification, which can translate into college credit for pre-engineering high school students,” said Peggy Bridges, Hays CISD coordinator of career and technical education.

At both high schools, PTLW is part of the science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) cluster.

To earn certification, the schools offer courses such as Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics and Civil Engineering and Architecture. While a few of these courses have been offered at the high school level, more will be added in the fall of 2010.

“In the future, Biotechnical Engineering and Engineering Design and Development will complete our implementation for a full scope of PLTW courses,” Ms. Bridges said. “Both Texas State University and Austin Community College recognize the program as a strong foundation for students entering the engineering field. College credit in the School of Engineering will be given to students who have successfully completed end of course exams and have developed a professional portfolio of their work.”

Students who take PLTW courses receive an enriched program of study. Math and science skills are integrated into the PLTW curriculum and are enhanced by real world applications, she said.

“Students who take PLTW courses nationally tend to achieve higher scores in reading, math and science and earn higher grade point averages as college freshmen,” Ms Bridges said.

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March 30, 2010
Trustees approve contracts for next year

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved contracts for district teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians, as well as several administrative changes for the 2010-11 school year.

Mark Jones, vice president of the School Board, abstained from the teachers’ contracts vote as he is married to a teacher at Kyle Elementary School.

Administrative changes include:

  • Yarda Leflet as Executive Director of Student Achievement (currently the Director of Secondary Curriculum)

  • Elsa Hinojosa as Executive Director of High School Performance (currently the principal of Lehman High School)

  • Julie Jerome as Public Information Officer (currently Assistant Superintendent of Information, Communications and Student Services)

  • Terry Fielder as Director of Intervention Services (currently Director of Elementary Curriculum)

  • Debbie Brown as Assistant Principal of Carpenter Hill Elementary School (currently Assistant Principal of Fuentes Elementary School)

  • Karen Lucita as Assistant Principal of Negley Elementary School (currently Assistant Principal of Tobias Elementary School)

  • Sherry Posey as Assistant Principal of Fuentes Elementary School (currently Instructional Strategist of Fuentes Elementary School)

  • Alisa DiPalma as Assistant Principal of Tobias Elementary School (currently Instructional Strategist of Blanco Vista Elementary School).

All personnel changes take effect July 1.

As part of the district program changes that were announced in February and personnel shifts, the following positions will be posted until April 5, 2010:

  • Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability

  • Executive Director of Middle School Performance

  • Executive Director of Elementary School Performance

  • Academy High School Principal

  • Dahlstrom Middle School Principal

  • Lehman High School Principal

In enrollment and attendance discussion, the School Board heard a report from Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Superintendent of Schools, about strategies to address enrollment growth at the district’s largest elementary school, Hemphill Elementary School.

“This work belongs with the Growth Impact Committee,” he told the School Board. “Using the Growth Impact Committee will facilitate reaching a long-term solution with full parent participation.”

The School Board, during a budget workshop on Thursday, discussed the feasibility of moving the 5th grade students of Hemphill Elementary School to the adjacent Simon Middle School. During the meeting, the Board charged district administration with identifying issues surrounding the possible move.

Dr. Lyon said the citizens’ Growth Impact Committee, which made the recommendation to the School Board for elementary school attendance zone boundaries, will meet early in the fall to discuss options and possible solutions for growth challenges at Hemphill Elementary School, which counts nearly 1,000 students, grades Pre-kindergarten through 5th Grade.

“We’re planning to look at ways to accommodate the students at Hemphill next year,” he said, noting administration will recommend temporary support for the campus next year. “We will reconvene the Growth Impact Committee this fall and look at a more permanent solution.”

The School Board unanimously approved an order cancelling the May 8 election for single-member districts 2 and 4. Merideth Keller, District 4, and Willie Tenorio, District 2, drew no opponents for the election.

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March 26, 2010
Two campuses launch STEM magnet program

A pilot magnet program in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will open with the district’s two newest schools, Ralph Pfluger Elementary School (PES) and Carpenter Hill Elementary School (CHES), for the 2010-11 school year.

The pilot program, called Saturn V, will be based on the state curriculum standards with a focus on project-based learning within a context of science and engineering. Two classrooms of 4th Grade students and two classrooms of 5th Grade students at both of the elementary schools (176 students) will be immersed in Saturn V.

“A high priority will be placed on the students’ ability to communicate their understanding through written, spoken and multimedia platforms,” said Dr. Ellen Lyon, Hays CISD instructional strategist-STEM. “This means a commitment to building 21st Century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.”

Of the participating students, approximately one-half will be students from within the attendance zones of the new schools and the other half will be open to 4th and 5th Grade students at any elementary school in Hays CISD.

Students will apply to participate in the program, Dr. Lyon said. Applications will be available beginning Tuesday, April 6. Deadline for submitting the applications will be Friday, April 30 at 5 p.m. Applications will be available online (links below) and may be dropped off or mailed to Hays CISD, 21003 Interstate 35, Kyle, Texas 78640.

“There are several reasons for investing in Saturn V,” Dr. Lyon said. “First and foremost, it is our moral imperative to educate our students in a way that realizes their potential and maximizes their choices in life. Having rich experiences in technical fields in elementary school will help some students see their future earlier and motivate them to pursue coursework that they may not have otherwise considered.”

Parents can learn more about Saturn V by attending one of two upcoming informational meetings. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 6, in the Media Center at Hays High School. The second meeting will be on Thursday, April 8 in the Lehman High School Cafeteria. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and a Spanish translator will be available.

  Application for Saturn V STEM Magnet Program (pdf)

  Aplication para el Programa Saturno V STEM Magnet (pdf)

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March 2, 2010
Middle School libraries fire up “Read it Forward” grant

By Jim Cullen

The bad news, according to a report from the National Endowment of the Arts, is that “Americans are reading less—teens and young adults read less often and for shorter amounts of time compared with other age groups and with Americans of previous years.”

What might be done about that is a problematic question, but Hays CISD’s five middle school librarians have an ambitious idea about addressing it and the Hays CISD Education Foundation has funded the idea through an innovative teaching grant.

The five librarians include Deanne Aldridge from Barton Middle School, Dahlstrom Middle School’s Betty Copeland, Chapa Middle School’s Suzanne Krejci, Dianne Mueller from Wallace Middle School and Staci Perkins from Simon Middle School. They are, by all accounts of those who know them, a fiercely committed group of individuals, committed to the learning process through students’ active use of their campus nerve-center facilities. That fierce commitment is what is driving their project, “Read it Forward Hays CISD.”

This report picks up the story on the librarians’ grant in its early stages and subsequent reports will follow, documenting its progress and hoped-for results.

The basic idea behind the original grant proposal was to “bring diverse students together for a common goal, spreading positive messages of one book and a love of reading.”

Opportunities for interaction with peers and adult role models demonstrating a dedication to reading, learning and positive relationships were all projected with a book appealing to their target audience. Connections to district goals including tolerance, valuing diversity and accountability to self and others were established.

With the grant funding, 100 bagged copies of a selected book will be provided to readers at each of the district’s five middle school campuses, including a “read it forward kit” offering surveys and invitations to group events. Voluntary participation will be encouraged and rewarded by teachers, administrators and parents, with students “passing the book forward” to other readers as they finish their reading.

Gift certificates, group library meetings, virtual meetings through blogs and distance learning across campuses will lead to a celebratory meeting at the project’s conclusion.

And the winner of the librarians’ book selection process? It’s a sure-fire choice, 2009 Lone Star Reading List favorite “Suck it Up” by Brian Meehl. Yes, it probably comes as no surprise in today’s world that the pick is vampire-oriented though, as one reviewer describes it, the story “is filled with humor, quirky characters, light romance, mild suspense and a lot of fun.”

It’s enough of an indication of the book’s popularity that each of the five librarians in on the grant say that it’s been almost impossible to keep earlier-purchased copies of the book available to their readers, as it is constantly checked out and its constant use keeps wearing out bindings. Yes, it’s a very popular title—a sure-fire winner for generating interest.

Will the 500 books about to be spread across the district with their “read it forward kits” increase more voluntary reading and help deliver the desired results of fostering tolerance and valuing diversity? Watch here for our next report as this Education Foundation grant moves into its next phase.

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March 2, 2010
SRO Pittman retires, leaving lasting legacy

By Jim Cullen

To those who did not have the honor of working with him, the first question obviously asked is  “Who’s Gene Pittman?” In fact, to those at Barton and Wallace Middle School who did have that honor of working with him, the use of his first name may draw an initial quizzical look.

To most all—educators and students, as well-- who knew him during his stint as a School Resource Officer for the district, he was “Officer Pittman” or “Deputy Pittman.” At last glance, his district email ID is still in the directory as “Deputy Pittman.”

His given name was not widely known.  He was — and is — the kind of man who the people around him naturally afforded respect — without it ever being asked or demanded.

Pittman accumulated a broad resume of service to his country before he spent a day in Hays CISD. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1961 and spent 1967-1968 in Vietnam. He left the service in 1974 as a Staff Sergeant and enrolled at New Mexico Junior College for Nursing and worked as an LPN for the next six years.

He became Deputy Sheriff for the Lea County (New Mexico) Sheriff’s Office and served in that role until 1988 before joining the New Mexico Corrections Department and working at the New Mexico State Prison. From that job, he came to Hays County and joined the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and in 2000 was assigned to Barton and Wallace Middle Schools as School Resource Officer.

From that time on, his day-to-day life became one of representing authority, but not of the heavy-handed variety. Deputy Pittman was respected, but he was also loved, especially by the students with whom he found himself working.  Words of praise from district administrators are uniform in their praise.

Barton Middle School Principal Chris Ulcak, commenting on Pittman’s departure shortly before it actually happened, admitted, “I’m not allowing myself to think of it. I can’t bring myself to think of us without him.” Wallace Middle School Principal Brenda Agnew admired his commitment, noting the fact that her SRO “treated the students as if they were his own,” many of them, Agnew said, calling him “Grandpa.”

“He accepted after-school responsibilities such as football, volleyball and basketball games so that he could spend more time learning about and connecting with our students,” Agnew said, adding, “I cannot explain how much he is going to be missed.”

And speaking for district administration, Maggie Ortunio referred to the retiring Pittman as “truly a positive asset in our schools…He demonstrated a true professionalism as a School Resource Officer and is respected by everyone.” Ortunio pointed to the many communications and interactions Pittman had with hundreds of students and the positive role model he presented while counseling those students as well as providing security for his two campuses.

And what did Deputy Pittman have to say on reflecting back over his years with the district? As might be expected, he remembers only the positive.

“I like to recall all of the fun that I have had with the Barton and Wallace families, staffs and students. You can’t put a monetary value on it. It is hard to put into words how hard it is to leave.”

Students and teachers at two HCISD campuses agree — it was hard to see him go.

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February 23, 2010
Central Office reorganization begins July 1

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy Lyon, declared the need for a district program change, triggering a Central Office reorganization that is expected to save $325,000-$350,000 and direct district resources and staff into the classroom.

The action takes effect July 1.

“This action is the most strategic, effective way of aligning support and resources for our classroom teachers,” Lyon said. ““We have talented educators at every level and we are striving to create systems of accountability directly linked to day-to-day teaching and learning.”

He said the proposal will simplify communication within the organization and emphasize teacher support. 

The reorganization includes the elimination of nine coordinator positions (elementary and secondary math, elementary and secondary science, social studies, English/language arts, dyslexia/504 and career and technology education), one executive director position (curriculum and instruction) and two director positions (secondary academic services and elementary academic services) in the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Division. The duties and responsibilities of these positions will be incorporated into the existing campus-based instructional strategist positions. Additionally, three new executive director positions will provide direct support for specific campuses, organized by grade-levels (high school, middle school and elementary school).

The action also eliminates the position of assistant superintendent of Information, Communication and Student Services (INC). Julie Jerome, who is currently the assistant superintendent, will become the district’s public information officer and the departments in that division—technology, safety and student services and student health services—will be absorbed in the remaining three divisions.

“Communication is a critical component of the operation of every school district,” Lyon said. “As with the changes in C&I, this action effectively, strategically aligns our resources with the constantly changing demands of school communication.”

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February 23, 2010
School Board names two new principals

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved the appointment of Chris Summers as principal of Tom Green Elementary School and Regina Butcher as principal of Fuentes Elementary School. Summers has been an elementary school principal since 2002, currently serving Kocurek Elementary School, and Joslin Elementary prior to that. Both schools are in Austin ISD. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from University of Houston and worked as a teacher and assistant principal at the elementary and middle school levels in the Houston area. Ms. Butcher has served as assistant principal of Negley Elementary School since it opened in 2006. She was an assistant principal at Hays High School from 2003 to 2006. In 2009, she was named the Texas Elementary School Principals Association (TEPSA) Assistant Principal of the Year for Education Service Center Region XIII. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas and a master’s degree from Texas State University.

Now that the principals have been hired, the process of staffing the two new schools, including the consideration of requests to transfer to another campus, will begin. Target date for these changes is the March 29 School Board meeting.

The School Board unanimously approved a calendar for the 2010-11 school year that includes a start date of August 23, an end date of May 27, a full week off at Thanksgiving for students and a Christmas break that begins December 20 and ends, for students, on January 3, 2011. Spring Break will be March 14-18, 2011. link to 2010-2011 calendar (pdf)

The School Board also approved a tentative draft for the 2011-12 school calendar. The Board will be asked to take a final vote on that calendar in February 2011. link to 2011-2012 calendar draft (pdf)

The School Board approved the purchase and implementation of a new student information system, ProLogic, which is estimated to cost approximately $478,000.

A team of more than 20 teachers, parents, administrators, counselors, attendance clerks, and campus and district technologists studied proposals from seven vendors and narrowed them down to four, said Dianne Borreson, executive director of instructional technology. Site visits to Alvin ISD and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, plus a trial with “live” student data used by teachers contributed to the committee’s recommendation.

“We would have access to everything we need in the database and it is 100 percent web-based,” Mrs. Borreson said. “It is a relational data base and it supports integration with our existing databases”

Mrs. Borreson noted that ProLogic’s parent portal “is very robust."

It supports on-line course selection, and a personalized graduation plan and has a built-in scheduling component.

A “very aggressive” implementation plan begins immediately upon Board approval, she said, and includes the creation of a full-time position, coordinator of student information, to guide the process.

In other business:

  • Trustees called a May 8, 2010 election for District 4, currently held by Ralph Pfluger, District 5, currently held by Chip DuPont and for the unexpired term of District 2. Willie Tenorio, who was appointed in October by the Board, represents District 2 on the School Board. Tenorio has filed for a place on the ballot in District 2; Merideth Keller has filed for a place on the ballot for District 4 and Joe Muñoz and Marty Kanetzsky have filed for places on the ballot in District 5. The last day to file for a place on the ballot is March 8 at 4:30 p.m., at the Central Administration Office.

  • Recommendations to improve Academy High School, which include vision, branding and leadership; identification and recruitment of incoming students, curriculum and instruction, support services and facility improvement drew unanimous approval by the School board. Academy High School is the district’s nontraditional alternative high school of choice.

“Our recommendations include developing a common vision within the school district and community (including business partners, parents and patrons) regarding the purpose of Academy High School,” said Robin Kelley-Broadway, a member of the Academy High School Study Team, and principal of Ralph Pfluger Elementary School.

The recommendations include the creation of a full-time position, “student liaison,” who will work with Hays High School (HHS) and Lehman High School (LHS) counselors to coordinate services and programs, including extracurricular participation, of Academy High School students at the two comprehensive high schools.

“We recommend an increase in student access to core classes by expanding teacher-led instructional opportunities, computer based course work and increasing on-line course work opportunities,” said Sylvia Villejo, a member of the Academy Study Team and principal of the Impact Center.

Other recommendations include the hiring of a full-time fine arts teacher and start offering student-based clubs similar to those found at HHS and LHS. A name and mascot change for the school, based upon the district’s policy and the creation of a library.

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January 12, 2010
Parents, students plan for tomorrow, today

The mix was broad on Monday night at the Performing Arts Center, yet the focus was narrow. Hays CISD parents, students, teachers, counselors, campus and district administrators, and representatives of Austin Community College, more than 200 strong, attended the 2nd annual college planning night to share information and insight about navigating the maze of getting into college.
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January 12, 2010
Blanco Vista student wins essay contest

Benjamin Gettig, 4th Grade student at Blanco Vista Elementary School, has won the National Association of Bilingual Education's (NABE) 2010 Student Essay Contest. Benjamin will receive his award at the organization's national conference in Denver in early February. NABE will cover travel expenses for Benjamin, one parent and the teacher.   Read more.....

January 12, 2010
Mariachi Los Lobos win spot in state competition

The Lehman High School Mariachi Los Lobos has been named one of three finalists for the Mexican American School Board Association's State Mariachi Championships, 4A Division.  Read more....

January 12, 2010
Truck City partners with Camino Real

Volunteers from Truck City Ford will be visiting Camino Real Elementary School every Thursday as part of the local business’ Earning by Learning reading program.  Read more.....
 

December 15, 2009
District counsels “Education: Go Get It!”
By Jim Cullen

LHS faculty show true colors for Education...Go Get It! week (Gig 'Em!) Lehman High School faculty members show their true colors as part of Hays CISD activities leading up to Education...Go Get It! week
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With a sharply focused eye toward building a college-going culture in Hays CISD, ambitious plans are in place for “Education—Go Get It Week” with students’ return from the holidays. Read more.....

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December 14, 2009
School Board OKs attendance zone proposal

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved an elementary school attendance zone recommendation by the Growth Impact Committee (GIC) for the 2010-11 school year. The new attendance zones will accommodate the opening of Carpenter Hill Elementary School on FM 967 across from the district’s Beacon Hill facility, and Ralph Pfluger Elementary School in the Shadow Creek subdivision.  Read more.....

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December 11, 2009
Growth Impact group finalizes recommendation

The HCISD Growth Impact Committee (GIC) on Thursday reached consensus on a recommendation for elementary school attendance zones for the 2010-11 school year.  Read more.....

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December 10, 2009
ACC begins information campaign on annexation

Representatives of Austin Community College (ACC) spoke to the Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday regarding proposed annexation of Hays County property owners into the ACC tax district.
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December 10, 2009
Nearly 90 ‘gold’ members attend holiday fete

Nearly 90 members of the Hays CISD senior citizens community gathered on Tuesday for a free dinner of soup and sandwiches and a holiday choral concert in what has become an annual district event. Read more.....

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December 10, 2009
D&D marks another successful year

The annual Denim & Diamonds event proved to be successful yet again, bringing in more than $56,000 that will be delivered to teachers throughout the year in the form of innovative teaching grants. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Hays CISD Education Foundation.  Read more.....

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December 10, 2009
Community rallies to provide for those who cannot

More than 75 financially unfortunate families were “adopted” by district employees, civic organizations and local churches in the annual Angel Tree holiday help effort.  Read more.....

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December 7, 2009
School Board appoints Willie Tenorio for Place 2

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously voted to appoint Willie Tenorio, Jr., to fill the unexpired term left vacant by Joe Muñoz.  Read more.....

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December 4, 2009
Growth Impact Committee continues to gather input

The Hays CISD Growth Impact Committee (GIC) on Thursday conducted a second public hearing as it moves toward finalizing recommendations for elementary school attendance zones to the School Board at the Dec. 14 meeting.  Read more......

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