Memorial Day Holiday

May 2608:40 AM
 

In observance of Memorial Day, TexasISD.com will not publish on Monday, May 25. Posting will resume on Tuesday, May 26. 

KIRBYVILLE — Kirbyville High School principal Dennis Reeves fatally shot himself Tuesday afternoon after notifying the district superintendent of his resignation, 6 News has learned.  Police found Reeves' body shortly after 5 p.m., inside of his running vehicle.  They also found a .380-caliber semi automatic pistol believed to be the weapon used in the suicide, according to Kirbyville Police Chief Paul Brister. view article arw

 The Austin Independent School District has struggled with enrollment decline in the past few years. Aside from changing its transfer policy, the school district also invested hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertising to attract more families to enroll. One billboard caught Cynthia Solis' attention. "I really liked the 'smarty pants' one like, 'Austin's the home of skinny jeans and smarty pants' -- or something like that," she chuckled. "I saw that one and had a really good laugh." That's one of several ads Austin ISD spent $850,000 on this school year hoping to increase enrollment and keep more students. view article arw

Education Service Center Region 12 Executive Director, Dr. Jerry Maze and Director of Customer & Marketing Services, Jennifer Marshall-Higgins co-authored an article that was recently published in the 2017 edition of "Perspectives," the annual journal of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA). Their article covers the Learning Experience Laboratories - LEx Labs at the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) and the unique collaboration between ESC Region 12, Baylor University and Huckabee that is exploring the next generation of classroom innovations.  Dr. Maze has served as the President of AESA for the last year.   Read the full article from AESA here: https://goo.gl/YeVJjt view article arw

I like this article- js - CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- A Cy-Fair High School senior spent the past year side-by-side with man's best friend.  Julia Smith decided she wanted to train a guide dog for the blind. After much research and work, she took on the project last year. The dog named Nyland even went with her to classes. view article arw

Each of the shiny new vehicles had a pit crew and a balloon to mark the special occasion.  The 12 young drivers came for the fun. But their parents and teachers know these motorized ride-on toy vehicles serve a more practical purpose. They give students with severe disabilities the mobility to explore the world around them at the touch of a button. The toy cars also spark greater cognitive gains and can help students qualify for a motorized wheelchair at an earlier age.  "Pure joy," Meggan Jackson said of her daughter's freedom to motor across the room in her mini Volkswagen bus. "This is a first for her. ... Now she can go wherever she wants to go." view article arw

What were they thinking? - js - CHANNELVIEW - "Most likely to be a terrorist." Those are the words one seventh-grader at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School brought home from her teacher.  It was an award given to 13-year-old Lizeth Villanueva by her teacher.  "I was shocked," Lizeth said. "[The teacher] said, 'Most likely to become a terrorist,' and she said my name, and she gave me this."  "Most likely to be a terrorist," were the words written on the award. Just below those words was her teacher's signature. view article arw

The class of 2017 at Rogers ISD graduated tonight, and in an unusual decision, the honor of valedictorian was split after a more than week long class rank controversy. Eighteen year old Allyson Talbott had previously fought to win the title of valedictorian, something she says was rightfully hers. view article arw

Forty-five Pineywoods Community Academy graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during the 2017 PARAMUS Early College High School Commencement Ceremony Thursday at the Angelina College Activity Center. view article arw

The possibility of two new advanced academies opening in the Sharyland Independent School District is one of the things the district is touting for its future. Pam Montalvo, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, revealed details of the academies in a phone interview where she said the academies should be ready for the 2018-2019 school year. Currently, the district has the Sharyland Advanced Academy where students receive an associate’s degree by the time they graduate high school. The two new academies would continue to help a student’s post-secondary education by targeting their college credit hours, Montalvo said. view article arw

A student-built Vans RV-12 aircraft constructed by 24 students from East View and Georgetown high schools was on display at the Georgetown Municipal Airport on May 25. The plane received its certificate of airworthiness from the Federal Aviation Administration and has undergone five flight hours, but it was grounded due to heavy wind conditions. A part of the aerospace engineering program offered within Georgetown ISD, the students, along with instructor Dan Weyant and a group of around 30 community advisers, spent the 2016-17 school year getting the plane into flying condition. view article arw

Cleburne ISD staff and teachers get to enjoy a ball game on the house at The Depot. Cleburne Railroaders President Robbie Fenyes paid a Tuesday visit to CISD administrative offices to present 1,000 free tickets to CISD Superintendent Kyle Heath. The tickets allow CISD staff members to enjoy a Railroaders game of their choice. “The Depot is for the whole community,” Fenyes said. “And we have wonderful relationships with the school district and the city so this is a win/win for all of us.” The gesture of free tickets was already planned, Fenyes said, but the events of May 18 further fueled the Railroaders’ resolve to reward the district. view article arw

AA A new dual enrollment program called ‘Project Health Education and Leadership For All’ is aiming to impact the nursing career pipeline in the Rio Grande Valley. Eight students from PSJA ISD participated in the pilot program, which allows high school students to graduate with an associate degree in nursing. view article arw

UnitedHealthcare recently announced the names of 12 Fort Bend ISD high school students who were selected to participate in Project Search, a job training program created for students living with disabilities. Fort Bend ISD's Special Education Department partners with UnitedHealthcare, Texana and Texas Workforce Solutions to provide the school-to-work program to help young people make a successful transition from school to productive adult life. FBISD's 2017-18 Project Search interns include: Joshua Berry, Bush; Ritika Bhardwaj, Kempner; Nicholas Contarell, Bush; Daniel Hall, Bush; Gary Metz, Dulles; Cody Nguyen, Ridge Point; Ileana Ramirez, Hightower; Nicholas Sparks, Austin; Sara Sugar, Dulles; Divine Tezzo, Austin; Emma Watson, Dulles; and Jacoby Young, Marshall. view article arw

It is hard to believe that we will officially close the books on the 2016-2017 school year in just one week from today. From our Lake Travis High School National Merit Scholarship Program students, our three-peat state champion girls golf team, to being named a H-E-B Excellence in Education Small District Award Finalist, it has been a stellar year across our school district. As our teachers, students and support staff prepare for their well-deserved summer break, our school board and district senior staff continue to focus on the actions coming from our state capitol as the 85th Legislative Session heads to a close next week. view article arw

Pondering basics in education

May 2607:45 AM
 

Bill (AKA Mo)  Johnson, Hays CISD superintendent for umpteen years, once noted that of the 16 graduates in his 1947 Buda High School class, 11 graduated from college. That’s an astounding 69%, and it happened before a college education was touted as the sure way to a make more money. The reason was largely the influence of a single teacher, or so said her students. Young, dedicated Jimmy Porter was determined to introduce them to a world beyond their tiny, rural hometown. Apparently, she succeeded. Making money was not her agenda. College grads often (though not always) begin at higher salaries and make more money over a lifetime, but unless we’ve turned into an entirely materialistic society, education isn’t meant to train people to get rich. Money is the sometimes-fallout, the unintended result of learning about the world. view article arw

Thanks to the Spring Branch Education Foundationmany area students will have a boost in paying for their advanced education next year. A record 149 Spring Branch Independent School District seniors received a total of $177,675 in scholarships at the SBEF 2017 Bright Stars of SBISD, Celebrating Academic Excellence awards program on May 18 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. The event honored scholarship recipients as well as 2016-17 Teachers and Principals of the Year. view article arw

Lindale High School's UIL Academic Team made history history Tuesday as they took home first place at the state championship in Austin. This win marks the first championship since 2006 and their first ever as a 5A team. "They work so, so hard. The kids give up Saturdays and after school time," said UIL Coordinator Rory McKenzie. "I was actually a member of the state championship team back in 2004 and 2005, so it has been a lot of fun."  Three juniors we spoke with Wednesday have been competing on the speech and debate team since their freshman years. view article arw

Some Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District students will have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associates of science degree. At a recent school board meeting, the administration provided the board with information on a pilot initiative in partnership with Lone Star College CyFair, the College Academy, which will provide 2017-18 freshman students at Cypress Lakes High School with an opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associates of science degree. view article arw

At the center of our district’s Learning Model, one of our Guiding Documents that directs all we do in LISD, is “focus on student learning.” After all, the whole reason our district exists is to provide an education to the children in our boundaries. While our teachers and staff have done an outstanding job over the years working to foster a challenging, supportive and effective learning experience, we recognize the benefit of taking a step back every so often to ensure our many educational pieces are creating a cohesive puzzle. Our last official audit was conducted nearly 20 years ago under Superintendent Tom Glenn. Since then, we have experienced incredible population growth in our area, as well as great strides in the teaching and assessment arenas.  view article arw

With a small and, at times, teary program, the College Station school district kicked off a series of graduation ceremonies by celebrating the introduction of special-needs students into the workforce. The graduation ceremony at Baylor Scott and White Hospital marked the year's end of a internship partnership between the hospital and the school district. The two graduating interns also were offered jobs, marking a sizable leap toward independent living. The internship program enables those with special needs who are at least 18 years of age to, for a year, do various rotations of jobs at Baylor Scott and White hospital, where they are taught job skills and "everyday living skills." view article arw

Tutoring, preparing bags of essential items for foster care children, creating a drum line, assisting students with disabilities and hosting birthday parties for homeless children are just some of the caring and compassionate activities undertaken by 15 students selected to receive the State Board of Education’s 2017 Student Heroes Award. The board created the award to celebrate and highlight students who voluntarily perform acts of kindness that benefit fellow students, their school or community. One award recipient is selected per State Board district. This year, they range from a third-grade student to a high school senior. Each winner receives a plaque in recognition of their volunteerism. view article arw

San Marcos CISD School Superintendent Michael Cardona recently recognized the Essilor Vision Foundation and Kids Vision for Life (Vision Van) for the services provided to SMCISD elementary school children during February and March of this year. School nurses at each campus recommended students to be tested based on their having failed a vision screening test and other criteria including family need. A total of 292 students were screened by Vision Van staff, and 244 students who needed glasses received free corrective lenses. Most eyeglasses were made on site, but the more complicated prescriptions were sent to labs for processing. view article arw

Thanks to term limits Frisco has a new mayor for the first time in nine years. Jeff Cheney took office within days after voters elected him at a critical time in the history of America’s second-fastest growing city. Within a few years parts of Frisco could be unrecognizable as more than $5 billion worth of development transforms the city. view article arw

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Frisco ISD trustees named Dr. Mike Waldrip the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent vacancy in a specially called meeting Monday afternoon.  Dr. Waldrip, current superintendent of Coppell ISD, is expected to assume the duties of FISD superintendent sometime after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, according to an FISD news release.  Dr. Waldrip will succeed Dr. Jeremy Lyon, who is set to retire in June after more than four years as FISD superintendent and 31 years in public education.  The selection of Dr. Waldrip as lone finalist concludes a two-month search for Dr. Lyon’s replacement.  With the assistance of Jenny Preston Consulting, the Board garnered public input from community members as well as FISD staff to develop a wish list of qualities the district desired in a new superintendent, the release stated. view article arw

One of the most intimidating parts for many graduating high school seniors is figuring out their next step. Thanks to a partnership between Brazosport ISD, Dow Chemical Co., Texas Workforce Solutions and Vocational Guidance Services, nine students know exactly what’s in store for them come this fall. The local industry giant welcomed Brazosport ISD’s first class of interns into the new 2017-18 Project SEARCH Transition Program on Tuesday night at the Dow Diamond Center in Lake Jackson. view article arw

Two experienced educators were named to key positions in the El Paso Independent School District’s team of education leaders, Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera announced Monday. Elizabeth C. Saenz is the new Deputy Superintendent of Academics and School Leadership and Stacy Venson is the new Assistant Superintendent of Special Services. Both start their tenure in EPISD Monday, May 22 “EPISD is a leader in innovation in instruction and these two educators have the skills and experience to build on the active learning foundation we have laid out over the last four years,” Cabrera said. “Ms. Saenz and Ms. Venson are ready to become part of the EPISD success story and we welcome their desire to serve the children of our community.” view article arw

The Gainesville Independent School District is surveying the community to assess the interest in a tuition-based pre-kindergarten program for the 2017-18 school year. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 to be eligible. tuition-based program would extend the current Pre-K program to include those who currently would not qualify for the free Pre-K according to the federal guidelines. These students would join the current pre-k program at Edison Elementary. Gainesville Head Start is a separate federal program. view article arw

The NFL United Way Character Playbook™ program, which is involved with Arlington schools, won a Gold Stevie® Award. The Stevie® is an industry award that recognizes accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide. Character Playbook™ is a digital, interactive, comic book-style curriculum that trains students how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. It has received the Gold Stevie® Award in the category New Product or Service of the Year - Education - PK-12 Course, Learning Management, Personalized or Career and Workforce Readiness Solution. view article arw

Kids Vision for Life provides CISD students with glasses Kids Vision for Life mobile clinic by Essilor Vision Foundation along with generous contributions and local leadership fitted, screened and diagnosed more than 100 Corsicana Independent School District students for new eye glasses. Young children across the nation struggle with vision impairment, but once identified, 80 percent of all vision issues can be corrected. view article arw

Graduation is right around the corner for Ector County ISD high school seniors.  view article arw

Laura Serna, 36, didn't get a high school diploma. She was a senior at West Oso High School when she knew she'd be a mother. She was months away from graduation but Serna chose her family, she said. "I had scholarships waiting for me," Serna said. "But I had other plans." On Wednesday Serna saw that plan come to fruition. She joined her son, Jordan Medina, 18, for a first-generation graduates ceremony at the same high school. view article arw

ROGERS, TEXAS - One day after the family of a Rogers High School senior filed for a temporary restraining order against Rogers ISD to prevent the district from announcing the class Valedictorian and Salutatorian, her attorney announced she and the other student will be co-valedictorians.  "The Rogers High School valedictorian controversy has been decided by the students themselves view article arw

If you're driving by Liberty High School in the Frisco Independent School District, you might have seen a group of people with signs reading "Abolish Abortion" or "Stop Murdering." The group posting the signs calls themselves "abolitionists" — not to be confused with pro-life supporters."The pro-life movement wants to regulate how, when, and where you can kill babies, and abolitionists say we should make it illegal," said Tom Bullis, with the group. view article arw