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September 23rd, 2008
Hays CISD news briefs – 09/23/08

HHS, LHS announce National Merit semifinalists Victor Martinez of Lehman High School and Fiona Frazell of Hays High School have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Both students now become eligible to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $35 million, that will be offered next spring.

The nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Thomas earned the Semifinalist honor by joining more than 1.4 million juniors in taking the Preliminary SAT and scoring well.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance. Approximately 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the Finalist level and about half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title.

7th Annual Story Book Festival slated for Oct. 31

Hemphill Elementary School’s 7th Annual Story Book Festival, “Books on the Ballot,” is planned for Friday, Oct. 31 and the campus seeks community members to participate.

“Our love of reading can be a powerful and encouraging message to our students,” said Lourdes Cervantes, Hemphill Elementary School librarian. “This opportunity to unite our community members and our school is an exciting demonstration to our students that reading is fun and rewarding.”

Based on the theme, “Books on the Ballott,” Hemphill Elementary students will be encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a beloved story book.

“Our vision is for members from our community to congregate at Hemphill to read to children and talk to them about their love for reading,” Ms. Cervantes said. “All adults are encouraged to dress as story book characters as well.”

For more information, please contact the school, 268.4688.

Nominations sought for name of fifth middle school

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees is seeking nominations from the community for the name of the district’s fifth middle school. The school, located on Highway 150 East, west of Hemphill Elementary School, is under construction and expected to open for the 2009-10 school year.

New facilities are named after the area or subdivision in which they are located, historical schools, or after individuals who have made significant contributions to the educational program of Hays CISD or to the local community in general.

Nominations may be submitted in writing to Hays CISD by mail, 21003 Interstate 35 in Kyle, fax: 512.268.7121 or by email: newschoolname@hayscisd.net. Nomination forms are available at the Central Administration Office and may be downloaded from the district’s web site: www.hayscisd.net. Deadline is Oct. 17.

By JULIE JEROME
Assistant Superintendent of Information
– Hays CISD

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