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April 1st, 2009
Hays CISD Notebook: 04/02/09

SUBMITTED REPORTS

Lehman’s Martinez advocates the arts

Victor Martinez, a senior at Lehman High School (LHS), encouraged school board members to value the arts in public education, at the annual Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Students of All Cultures Conference in Austin.

Victor, as part of a four-member panel, “Celebrating Education,” represented Texas and high school students. Other members of the panel were: Chia Xiong, representing California and college students; Thelma Castro, representing New Mexico and graduate students; and Michael Enis, representing Arizona and young professionals. Approximately 300 attended the two-day conference and panel discussion.

The conference, which spotlights educational trends, innovations and best practices, is a collaborative effort of the Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico school board associations.

“I realized my passion for music and teaching when I took band in middle school,” Victor said. “Unfortunately, there is not as much attention to the arts and other electives as I think should be. They are not seen as part of the core curriculum. I value the importance of other subjects, but with the new curriculum (standards in Texas) there are more limits as to how students can broaden their educational experience.”

Technology showcase logo winners announced

Tyler Nieman of Academy High School won the overall design of the logo contest for the district’s technology showcase, “Dream IT, Think IT, Do IT.” Tyler’s design will be used in the advertisement of the showcase, which will be May 7, from 6-8 p.m., at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center.

Kaitlynn Turner of Tom Green Elementary School and Mercedes Biddle from Barton Middle School drew the winning elementary and middle school designs. Lindsay Waddell of Hays High School created the winning high school design.

The annual event, in its fourth year, showcases how teachers and students incorporate technology projects into the curriculum at all levels. The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please go to the showcase link: http://www.hayscisd.net.

Professional job fair draws 500

More than 500 professionals seeking positions with Hays CISD attended the district’s first job fair on Saturday. “All of our campuses, with time, effort, creativity and positive, upbeat attitudes, helped make this an incredible success,” said Carolyn Hitt, Hays CISD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

— FROM HAYS CISD/JULIE JEROME

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