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May 20th, 2008
Hays CISD news briefs

Board names ‘pod’ at KES after Kyle Nations

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday named the “pink pod” a wing of classrooms at Kyle Elementary School, after Kyle Nations, a lifelong 2nd Grade teacher at the school, who is retiring this year.

Mrs. Nations spent all but two years of her 35-year teaching career at Kyle Elementary School (KES). Her student teaching was at KES. She started 1st grade at KES and walked through that school’s hallways and classrooms until graduation.

A graduate of Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State University), Kyle High School panther mascot, majorette, and member of the 1967 Kyle High School State Volleyball Championship team, Mrs. Nations made her mark at the campus before returning as a teacher.

In her letter of recommendation, Elaine Meyer, KES Principal, said, “Mrs. Nations is loved and respected by many…students colleagues, parents and community members. Her reputation is that of being energetic, creative, hard working and dependable. Expectations for her students are high and they respond to her in a positive manner.”

“Kyle Nations is an outstanding educator. She has made a positive difference in the lives of many, many students and in the life of our wonderful community,” Mrs. Meyers wrote.

School Board approves pay raise, service reward

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a pay raise of $1,000 for teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians for the 2008-09 school year. In addition, the School Board approved a 2 percent (of the midpoint) pay raise for all other employees for the 2008-09 school year.

Mark Jones, whose wife is a teacher in the district, abstained from the vote and Joe Muñoz was not at the meeting as he was out of the state on business.

The School Board also approved a service reward program for all employees based on years of service. The reward is for all employees who are with the district for the 2007-08 school year and continue through 2008-09. The amount of reward is based on a grid: those with one to four years of service will receive a check for $1,000 in December; those with five to nine years will receive $1,300; those with 10 to 14 years will receive $1,600; those with 15 to 19 years will receive $1,900; and those with 20 or more years of service will receive $2,200.

Scherff estimates the cost of this one-time program is nearly $2.4 million. Nearly 2,000 people work for Hays CISD.

“This is something that we think is in the best interest of the district,” said Chip DuPont, President of the School Board.

Last week of May a busy one in Hays CISD

The annual rite of passage, graduation, for students at Hays High School, Lehman High School and The Academy@Hays will be on Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31.

Hays High School graduation ceremonies will be on Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m. at Shelton Stadium. Lehman High School graduation ceremonies will be on Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m. at Shelton Stadium. The Academy@Hays graduation includes senior awards and will be on Saturday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

On the morning of Saturday, May 30, members of the Kyle and Buda Masonic Lodge, will formally “level the cornerstone” of Camino Real Elementary School and Blanco Vista Elementary School. Officers from the Grand Lodge of Texas, representatives of the Kyle and Buda Masons and representatives of Hays CISD participate in the ceremonies, which involve the symbolic “leveling” and the presentation of a Texas flag that has flown over the State Capitol.

The Camino Real Elementary School ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. The school is located at 170 Las Brisas Blvd., in Niederwald. The Blanco Vista Elementary School ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. The school is located at 2951 Blanco Vista Blvd., in San Marcos. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremonies.

Deadline for student transfer application is June 2

Deadline to file an application for a student transfer-from one school to another within Hays CISD, as well as from another district into Hays CISD-is Monday June 2. Applications must be picked up and filed at the Central Administration Office, 21003 Interstate 35 in Kyle. The applications are for school year 2008-09.

All students wishing to transfer to a school outside of their attendance zone next year must complete a transfer application. Students who have been granted transfers in the past must fill out a new transfer form. Students who are in a special program at a location other than his/her “home” campus, should contact the principal to ensure he/she will continue to receive services at that location.

Parents of students applying for a transfer will be notified by letter prior to the start of school on August 25.

Transportation for students granted permission to attend schools outside their attendance areas will not be provided by the school district.

In March 2006, the School Board approved a new transfer policy that includes:

  • All elementary school transfers will be considered if the grade level capacity is less than 90 percent;
  • Sibling transfers will not be considered;
  • Middle school transfers will be considered only within the same high school feeder pattern (students may transfer from Chapa to Wallace and vice-versa and students may transfer from Barton to Dahlstrom and vice-versa);
  • High school transfers will not be considered, unless they are within the designated exceptions as defined in Board policy, administrative regulations, an appeals committee or the superintendent.

According to district policy, the approval of a student transfer may not increase the ethnic imbalance percentage between the home campus and the requested campus by more than 5 percent. Also, campus principals may make recommendations to the superintendent or designee for student transfers to be revoked because of noncompliance with the compulsory attendance law or the district tardy procedures.

If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Castro at 268.2141.

Athletic physicals conducted at WELL Clinic

The district’s Wellness Encouraged through Lifelong Learning (WELL) Clinic at Science Hall Elementary 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.

Choir camp planned for July 14-18

Hays CISD is hosting a summer choir camp at the Performing Arts Center on July 14-18. An international conductor, Lynnel Joy Jenkins, will be guest conductor.

Students from the district entering the 4th, 5th or 6th Grade are eligible to participate in the camp.

“Students will have to sing for extended times during the day so a love for singing is essential,” said Patty Moreno, Director of the Hays CISD Children’s Chorus and music teacher at Science Hall Elementary School.

The camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 14-18 and will include field trips and a final concert. Cost is $75 and includes excursions, activities and bus transportation. For more information, please contact Mrs. Moreno, 268.8502, ext. 2120, or Applications are available at each of the elementary and middle schools.

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