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September 30th, 2008
Hays CISD news briefs – 09/30/08

Hays CISD students excel on PSAT Nicholas Saldivar and Ashley Segovia of Hays High School, and Victor Martinez and Tawny Martinez of Lehman High School are four of 4,000 students throughout the United States named in the National Hispanic Recognition Program for outstanding performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

The students are recognized through a program started in 1983 by the College Board to recognize the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high school students and identify them for postsecondary institutions.

Elizabeth Cain, Dylan Randazzo, Nicholas Saldivar, Natalie San Luis and Carlton Washburn of Hays High School have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp., will be presented to these students. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2008 competition by taking the PSAT.

Elementary school dedications slated for Saturday

Dedication ceremonies for Camino Real Elementary School (CRES), 2200 Rohde Road, and Blanco Vista Elementary School (BVES), 2951 Blanco Vista Blvd., will be Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at the schools. Refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to both dedication ceremonies.

Mary Ann Mattis, a member of the Hays County Historical Commission and one of the organizers of the effort to create an enlarged map of the Camino Real Trail in the school’s foyer, will be keynote speaker at the CRES celebration, which begins at 9 a.m. The artwork was designed by Claycomb Associates Architects, the architect of the school, and funded by the Burdine Johnson Foundation. Music and presentation of the flags will be performed by students during the ceremonies. Eddy Etheredge, former Hays County Judge, will be keynote speaker at the BVES dedication, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Essay readings and presentation of the flags will be performed by students during the ceremonies.

Please pass the Turkey Bowl…

The 1st Annual Turkey Bowl competition between Lehman High School and Hays High School will begin Oct. 15. The two high schools will be in competition to collect the most canned food items through Nov. 3. All canned goods will be donated to the Hays County Food Bank as part of the organization’s “Turkeys Tackling Hunger” Thanksgiving Drive.

Monetary donations will be accepted, $1 is the equivalent of one pound of canned food.

“The school with the most pounds of food will be crowned the winner of the Turkey Bowl and will be announced during halftime at the Hays vs. Lehman football game on Nov. 7,” said Shelly Plumley of Hays High School. “Each year the winning school will receive a trophy, which was purchased by the defeated school.”

Clubs, classrooms, organizations within each high school will also compete against one another as part of the drive.

Elementary and middle school campuses throughout Hays CISD will be holding their own fundraising efforts and canned food drives as part of the “Turkeys Tackling Hunger” campaign. The district effort is sponsored by the 40 Assets Lunch Bunch.

District SAT Academy assists students

The Hays CISD SAT Academy, which runs every Saturday in October, provides a free opportunity for high school students to prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

The Academy provides participating students an opportunity to gain familiarity with the test, to increase individual SAT scores, strategies to answer the questions, test-taking tips and an opportunity to practice in a timed setting.

“Most of all, the SAT Academy helps students gain confidence in taking this test,” said Charlotte Winkelmann, Hays CISD Director of Counseling and College Readiness. “Private test preparation courses cost hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars. This unique opportunity will give students a comprehensive SAT preparation program at no cost.”

The Academy takes place at Lehman High School, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Saturday in October. Students must attend every session. Space is limited and registration is online at: For help registering, please contact the Career and Counseling Center at your high school campus.

Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD

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