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Patty Shafer

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

San Marcos CISD takes steps to start orchestra

San Marcos CISD trustees could launch an orchestra program for middle school and high school students as soon as next year. As a start, trustees agreed last week to give the San Marcos Artist Retention and Training (SMART) Orchestra free practice space for teaching students.

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

San Marcos CISD reaches recognized status

San Marcos CISD vaulted from academically unacceptable to recognized in the newest Texas Education Agency accountability ratings as African-American, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students at San Marcos High School all registered double-digit gains in mathematics.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Texas State, local education partners, receive $50K grant

Texas State and its education partners in San Marcos have received a $50,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to publicize the college option for grade school students.

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

San Marcos CISD trustees adopt ‘abstinence plus’

By a 5-2 vote Monday night, San Marcos CISD trustees decided to overturn the school district's "abstinence only" sex education policy in favor of "abstinence plus," which teaches about contraception along with abstinence.

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Editorial: San Marcos CISD needs to remember … it's public

San Marcos CISD officials apparently haven't been hip to the open government requirements for public school districts. The school district needs to tighten up its understanding of what it means to be a public governmental entity.

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Preliminary TAKS results show San Marcos CISD making gains

Preliminary scores from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing shows San Marcos CISD making gains in math and science. But the best indications of progress, said school officials, are among fifth graders, who moved...

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Phoenix graduate is San Marcos CISD student of the month

Alyssa Marie Soto met a challenging goal when she graduated from San Marcos CISD's Phoenix Academy on June 3. She was chosen as the San Marcos CISD Student of the Month for her accomplishment.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Accused teacher’s arraignment scheduled this month

The arraignment of a San Marcos high school teacher accused of having sex with his 18-year-old student on school grounds is set to be heard on June 22, according to court records.

Friday, May 28th, 2010

SMHS 'Hope For Haiti' assembly yields donations and song

San Marcos High School held a Hope for Haiti Day special assembly which culminated their efforts to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. Their efforts were varied and successful.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Educators discuss SBOE curriculum proposals

The State Board of Education is considering controversial changes to the curriculum standards for teaching history and social studies in Texas public schools. Among those weighing in are Ken Mercer (R-San Antonio), who is running for re-election...

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