More than 500 Canyon students got a chance to speak with some college recruiters from across the nation. WT hosted Canyon ISD’s Senior Day College and Career Fair. Colleges, trade schools, and military branches filled into WT’s Legacy Hall to help canyon seniors plan a college career. view article arw

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  The target for PowerWalks Hero Schools in September were as follows: view article arw

On Monday night, the Forney ISD School Board announced a new partnership with Eastfield College and Texas Tech University, providing a streamlined approach that takes students from high school to community college and ending at a Tier 1 University all in Forney. “Forney ISD students will have the opportunity to complete their core curriculum or associates degree through Eastfield College and then transfer to Texas Tech University to complete a bachelor’s degree right here in Forney, Texas.” Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry said. “This is a great opportunity, not only for our students, but for our community. For the first time, we are bringing associates, bachelors, and eventually graduate degree programs to our students and, now, our community. Beginning this spring, our community can register for online courses, and will soon be able to take classes on our campuses.” view article arw

ACT, the maker of the ACT® test used in college admissions, today announced plans to introduce three new options to improve students' test-taking experience and increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships. Beginning with the September 2020 national ACT test date, students who have taken the ACT will have the option to retake individual sections of the ACT test instead of the entire exam. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD will move forward with requesting maximum class size waivers for schools in the district after approval by the board of trustees on Oct. 7. The waiver will allow class sizes to exceed 22 students where needed within the district. The board approved the submission for the waiver on Oct. 7 after discussing the agenda item during the committee-of-the-whole meeting on Oct. 3. School districts must submit a request for maximum class size exceptions for kindergarten to 4th grade classrooms, according to the Texas Education Agency website. view article arw

Persuading a young man or woman not to leave high school before graduation can be difficult, particularly in Odessa where the Ector County Independent School District loses 40 percent of its students between the ninth and 12th grades. That rate is attributable to multiple causes, among them the lure of high-paying oilfield jobs, teenage pregnancies, homelessness and problems at home or school. District statistics indicate that of the 2,519 students who began the ninth grade for the 2016-17 school year, 1,500 graduated last spring. view article arw

New Caney ISD hopes to implement a new career and technical education, or CTE, program in the 2020-21 school year in which students would have the opportunity to build an aircraft and eventually fly in it. At the Sept. 16 board of trustees meeting, CTE Director Warren Stipling said the district has discussed starting an aviation program for several years, and NCISD would accomplish this by partnering with nonprofit Tango Flight to offer a hands-on aerospace and aviation program. view article arw

UTRGV’s Student Accessibility Services office offers a broad range of resources, including for pregnant students. But many have no idea just how diverse the services are. “We are a little surprised when students say, ‘I thought this was an office just for students with physical and mobility impairments,’” said Tonya Paulette, director of Student Accessibility Services.   view article arw

Austin Independent School District is proposing a plan to close Ridgetop Elementary school in north Austin. Almost 400 children attend Ridgetop elementary in north-central Austin. The plan, proposed by AISD is to close the campus in 2023 and consolidate classes into Reilly elementary. view article arw

Top LYS Tweets – October 6, 2019

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If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.  True conservatives conserve. They conserve the principles and institutions that made America great: courts, constitution, fair markets, faith communities, public schools. These constitute the Common Good. True conservatives conserve them. They do not seek to destroy them. (By @pastors4txkids) view article arw

Humble ISD and New Caney ISD will soon take their first-ever October holidays, with the districts implementing five-day holidays from Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 14-18, respectively. The HISD board of trustees approved this new calendar system this past February in a 4-2 vote. District officials said during the February meeting that many community members were in favor of the change. HISD had amended its district of innovation plan in August 2018, granting the district more flexibility when instating its 2019-20 school calendar. view article arw

If Houston ISD trustees expected the district’s administration to make an impassioned, detailed appeal to the state for an accountability reprieve at Wheatley High School — a last-ditch effort to avoid severe state sanctions tied to chronically low performance at the campus — they did not get it from Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan. view article arw

After six consecutive years of student enrollment declines, the Austin school district reversed its dwindling enrollment trend, adding nearly 700 students to attendance rolls this year. According to district data obtained by the American-Statesman, the district gained 682 students by the 24th day of school. The district had prepared for a loss of 1,600 students and factored that projected decline into the $1.6 billion budget the board adopted in June.   view article arw

Full-day pre-kindergarten is now required for public school districts throughout the state. Now, Lewisville ISD has to figure out how to make it work. As a result of House Bill 3, districts across Texas will receive the Early Education Allotment, which provides funding to help students improve performance in reading and math, including supporting full-day pre-K for eligible 4-year-olds. view article arw

The key to the Connect Personalized Learning program at Bondy Intermediate School, says Principal Roneka Lee, is how it reinforces something that has always been key to education — the student-teacher relationship. “It all goes back to relationships,” the Pasadena ISD principal said. “Our teachers are mentors and are engaged in face-to-face conversations. The (Connect platform) tech is an added bit of excellence, but relationships are the answer.” view article arw

Four Dripping Springs High School seniors have been selected as National Merit semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program: Johnny Dollard, Cameron Duran, Christopher Gearing and Jessica Heintz. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and were the highest scoring students on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To become a finalist, a student must have an outstanding high school academic record, be recommended by the school principal, and submit SAT scores that confirm his/her earlier qualifying test performance. The index score in the state of Texas (which is how students qualify) was at an all-time high. Finalists will be announced in February 2020. view article arw

A new program announced by Alamo Colleges District is offering high school students free tuition at any of the district's schools. Alamo Promise is launching in about two dozen campuses across Bexar County. Judson and Wagner high schools are two of the first to offer the program to students.  view article arw

Independent monitors overseeing the Louisiana Department of Education’s work under a federal consent judgment have identified a series of mistakes — ranging from calculation errors to what appears to be sloppy record-keeping — that led the state to monitor the wrong New Orleans schools for special education services.   In total, over two years, 10 schools that should have been monitored at specific times — based on the terms of the 2015 court settlement — weren’t. That’s according to a 15-page report published Wednesday in the court record of a long-running federal class-action lawsuit over services for students with disabilities in New Orleans.  view article arw

One Lufkin High School senior was recently named a Commended National Merit scholar and two seniors were named National Hispanic Recognition Program scholars. Senior Alex Hill earned the title of commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program along with 34,000 students out of more than 1.6 million students across the nation.  Hilda Cuello Gonzalez and Cy Murphy earned recognition in the National Hispanic Recognition program with 5,000 other students out of 400,000 Hispanic/Latino students.  These students earned their titles based on their scores in the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the National Merit Qualifying Test.  The students said it was pretty exciting to receive this recognition. view article arw

A pair of Northwest school district principals have been honored by the Texas Association of Secondary School principals for Region 11. Byron Nelson High School’s Dr. Ron Myers and Northwest High School’s Ryan Barnhart were named Outstanding Principal of the Year and Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, respectively. view article arw

The U.S. Department of Education recognized 27 schools in Texas as National Blue Ribbon Schools, with 10 from the Rio Grande Valley. The La Joya, Roma, Hidalgo, Mission, Brownsville, McAllen and Valley View school districts, including IDEA Public Schools, each had a least one campus earning a distinction. The Texas Education Agency announced their nominations in January and the U.S. Department of Education officially announced the recognitions last week. view article arw

8 seniors from Amarillo ISD earned scholar honors based on their PSAT scores. Four students were named National Hispanic Recognition Program scholars. 13 others are national Merit Scholarship Program honorees. view article arw

The first reading to allow for renovations at Walnut Grove Elementary School was approved by Southlake City Council at its Oct. 1 meeting. On behalf of Carroll ISD, design and engineering firm Hart, Gaugler and Associates requested a zoning change and a submitted site plan so the school district can construct building additions of about 6,389 square feet on the west side of the school, according to meeting documents. These additions are to be used as storm shelters. view article arw

Parents, teachers, faculty, staff, and students gathered in the gym at Martin Middle School Tuesday night to attend what AISD calls a "school changes conversation."  view article arw

Around 100 parents and students who go to Austin ISD schools showed up to Martin Middle School to provide the district with feedback on its proposed school changes that could potentially involve closing up to 12 elementary and middle schools as part of a multi-year plan. Austin ISD leaders have been holding community meetings for feedback on the proposed plans since the plans were announced. You can find the schedule for those meetings here. view article arw

Opening the September 10 meeting of the Pleasanton school board was Dr. Venus Valenta, who will be working with the district to get their ratings increased. She discussed the four goals and many performance objectives that will be formulated, and the three checkpoints throughout the year that will examine how well they are meeting these. The District Improvement Plan will be required for approval, as well. view article arw

The following tables reveal test results from the 2018-19 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam. view article arw

FRISCO, Texas - It was a delayed but still sweet graduation for some Frisco ISD students.  The students were not able to receive their high school diplomas years ago after failing the state standardized test. But legislators have since passed a law that makes graduation and a brighter future possible.  The district has identified between 60 and 70 students who never got their diplomas because they couldn't pass the TAKS test. They're still trying to locate other students.   view article arw

The following tables reveal test results from the 2018-19 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exam. view article arw

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath gave the State of Public Education in Dallas strong marks at a Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday. Morath is a former Dallas ISD Trustee so he knows district well. He said many of the reforms funded by state lawmakers this year are modeled after Dallas including better pay for the best teachers. view article arw

The Georgetown High School Wind Symphony was named a Commended Winner in the 2019 Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project in September, according to a Sept. 27 news release. view article arw

Rockell Stewart not only is a school leader; the educator knows the realities of her students’ lives. She grew up in the same Dallas neighborhood surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center. She knows from personal experience the impact that a solid educational foundation can have on a child’s future. Ms. Stewart stood out as a leader before being named the principal at MLK at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. view article arw

On Monday, Austin Independent School District begins its second week of community meetings about its proposed plan to close or consolidate 12 schools. In early September, AISD released a document laying out possible changes, including a timeline for a “recommended” plan, which would include potential closures and consolidations of several Austin schools. view article arw

A hard working teacher submits the following questions:  In my school district the Fundamental 5 is our instructional delivery focus. There are some elementary level examples of framing a lesson in the book (The Fundamental 5, Cain & Laird). I’m a kindergarten teacher and I have some questions.  Do you have any kindergarten examples of framing the lesson? view article arw

These students at Bishop Elementary say their teachers are what makes their school special. view article arw