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Brahma Newsletter

Issue #8 Spring 2013

Planning for Success: HISD Stakeholders Share the Vision
The Hallettsville ISD strategic planning committee met on December 3, 2012 and again on January 18-19, 2013. Members of the strategic planning committee include Amy Amsden, Robin Barnes, Audrey Barrera, Leslie Beach, Lisa Berckenhoff, Quinn Berckenhoff, Rev. Herb Beyer, Jo Ann Bludau, Shelby Bozka, Mandy Bucek, Cindy Caraway (trustee), Paul Cook (trustee), Marie Day, Brooke Dieringer, Pam Dolezal, Geraldine Dornak, David Ehler (trustee), Michael Grahmann, Stephanie Grahmann, Rosemary Hemmi, Denise Henk, Jeanette Henke, Patti Hermes, Darrell Herring, Carla Jones, David Kalich, Marna Klimitchek (trustee), Lisa Koehne, Robert Lundy, Karen Myers, Dick Nance, Trina Patek, Staci Powers, Tommy Psencik, Todd Schindler (trustee), Mark Schneider (trustee), Susan Seay (trustee), Sophie Teltschik, Michelle Thompson, Mayra Torres, and Bob Zumwalt. I sincerely appreciate the time that the committee members dedicated to the strategic planning process. In the newsletter you will find the shared vision, mission statement, and strategic goals that were developed during the strategic planning sessions. These goals will be the focus of our work in HISD during the next three to five years. Principals and department heads will be meeting with staff members this spring to begin developing campus improvement plans and department goals based on the strategic goals that we have developed. Dr. Jo Ann Bludau, HISD Superintendent

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4 Hallettsville Elementary 4 Hallettsville Junior High 5 Hallettsville High School 5 Brahma Athletics 6 Curriculum Corner Technology Tidbits 7 2013-2014 Calendar

ISSUE #8

SPRING 2013

Shared Vision
Our Students are • Confident about their future and prepared for the next stage of life: campus transition, college, technical/trade school, or career. • Morally sound, well-adjusted contributing citizens who have positive social and life skills. • Critical thinkers and effective problem solvers. • Personally responsible and accountable to others. Our learning environment • Promotes self-sufficiency and positive attitudes. • Includes facilities that meet the needs of students and staff. • Provides physical and emotional safety. • Fosters communication between home and school. • Provides opportunities for all types of learners and populations. • Provides progressive and reliable technology and appropriate resources. • Encourages global and student driven learning. Our district and community • Expect a high level of student achievement. • Develop partnerships to achieve mutual goals. • Nurture the moral character of every student. • Have unity of purpose in achieving student-centered goals. • Foster effective and open communication between school and community. • Share services and resources to meet the needs of students and community. • Support the development and maintenance of a high-performing staff.

Mission Statement
HISD exists to develop productive, motivated, and moral citizens through educational excellence. Developed 1/18/2013

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ISSUE #8

SPRING 2012

Strategic Goals
HISD . . . Safety & Facilities Has appropriate facilities and a comprehensive plan providing a safe and secure environment for students, employees, and community members. Technology Provides progressive technology and ample support for students and staff. Curriculum and Instruction Uses quality, research-based, aligned curriculum and instruction, emphasizing critical thinking and application while meeting the social and emotional needs of all students. Unity and Accountability Promotes a unity of purpose through high expectations with accountability for students, employees, school board members, families, and community members. Career Provides career discovery and education. Staff Hires and retains diverse, high-performing, competitively compensated employees who are accountable for their actions and strive for educational excellence. Parents/Community Fosters school, home, and community collaboration for student educational success. Developed 1/19/13 3

ISSUE #8

SPRING 2013 Michelle Thompson, Principal

Hallettsville Elementary School

Hallettsville Elementary participated in a multitude of spring activities including state assessments, end of year assessments and awards, and reading counts end of year awards. Students with positive behavior were rewarded with a rock wall climb and “Rock Solid Character” building. A 25ft climb up a rock wall takes courage, and students responded to the personal challenge and enjoyed a sense of accomplishment with their achievement no matter how high they climbed. Third graders were excited about the Spring Show, which was performed on March 7th for parents and guests. 4th graders have been reading on Fridays to kindergarten buddies while 2nd graders have been working on a Dr. Seuss project with Mrs. Masek. We are proud of our 1st graders who are working very hard on becoming independent readers. All of our students are making terrific gains in the Reading Counts school wide reading program. New construction of the HES Multipurpose Building has been completed at the elementary, and the teachers and staff are enjoying the much needed space. HES has enjoyed the growth in student population, and the new building will help in meeting the needs for our bulging population providing another set of restrooms, an intervention classroom, a computer lab, and a much needed kindergarten classroom.

Hallettsville Junior High School

Sophie Teltschik, Principal

The HJHS National Jr. Honor Society pinned 11 new members during the induction ceremony. Parents, family members as well as staff members looked on as the students took the oath of the organization. During Public School Week, the annual 7th grade Social Studies Texas Tea was held and famous Texans came alive through the “autobiographical” presentations given by seventh grade students. The HJHS Yearling Band members participated in the Middle School Concert and Sight Reading contest, and parents were invited to the annual HJH Student Council Parent Drive Thru Breakfast. Parents also joined us for lunch during Public School Week. This year students took the state assessments (STAAR) in April 2-3 and April 23 – 25. With the STAAR assessment in mind, teachers and students have stepped up the level of learning in the classroom to meet the expectations of the assessments.

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ISSUE #8

SPRING 2012 Lisa Berckenhoff, Interim Principal

Hallettsville High School

Hallettsville High School has had an extremely busy spring in academics, athletics, and agriculture. We have had huge success in all areas. The UIL academic team had district champions in math, current events, and social studies. The math team competed at state in late May. Once again the boy’s basketball team advanced to the regional tournament. Both the softball and baseball teams won district champions and advanced in the playoffs. Athletes in tennis, golf, and track have also advanced to the state meets. Several FFA students placed high at the San Antonio and Houston Livestock Shows with commercial steers. Throughout the spring, teachers and students have been preparing for the numerous state exams from March to May, as well as college preparatory exams. The students have celebrated prom night, competed in band contests, attended banquets and the Seniors are looking forward to graduation. The faculty and staff of HHS invites everyone to attend an event and share in the success of our students.

Brahma Athletics

Tommy Psencik, Athletic Director

Our goals were set high for the Spring Semester. Our athletes and coaches are striving to be the best they can be. The aim is to give our athletes a chance to win championships, whether it be on the district level, regional level, or state level. Most everyone seems to understand that we must continually develop as athletes, especially our strength and speed criteria. Subjectively speaking, we are also putting greater emphasis on the “HEART” of our athletes. Our Brahmas/Lady Brahmas are practicing this by demonstrating urgency, self-discipline, and great moral character. The Brahma Training Program (previously referred to as “off season”) has produced much strength, speed, and agility for the athletes throughout the year. Most of our athletes take great pride in their individual improvements as athletes. This allows our coaches to utilize skills taught to a higher degree. Thus, there is a better chance for the pursuit of championships to happen. The boys’ basketball team had another great showing at the regional tournament, winning the District 28 Championship. The team made us super proud; hopefully, this success will continue in the future. The baseball and softball teams are off to a great start, and we expect success from both groups. All of these athletes understand the importance of the concept of “TEAM.” The girls’ golf team advanced to the regional tourney. What an accomplishment! The boys’ team finished third and qualified one athlete as a medalist, which is also a great accomplishment. The tennis teams qualified two teams for regionals: one girls’ doubles team and one mixed team. So a big “congrats” goes out to those four athletes. The track teams improved in numbers as well as overall team speed this year. The athletes and coaches have worked extremely hard this spring, and for this reason, we expect some great accomplishments at the District 28 competition. Our coaching staff is thankful to have so many athletes with great attitudes and great work ethics. For the most part, our athletes seem to be “on the same page” in their efforts to improve physically and mentally. We see “toughness” growing across the ranks of both the girls’ and boys’ athletics. Our community should be extremely proud of the efforts put forth by our athletes. Come on out and support these awesome Brahmas and Lady Brahmas.

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SPRING 2013

Curriculum Corner

Dr. Mandy Bucek, Curriculum Director

HISD teachers and administrators were busy preparing for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which began in March of 2013. We worked together as grade-level and department teams to review the latest information concerning the STAAR and to align our curriculum so that students at all grade levels would be successful. We have also prepared and administered benchmark assessments on all campuses to measure and monitor student achievement. At HISD, all core teachers use CSCOPE as our curriculum system in order to increase the rigor and level of cognitive complexity in our curriculum and instruction. To learn more about CSCOPE, please visit the following link: www.public.mycscope.us As we pursue our goal of success for every student, we will continue to work together as a team to challenge students to think critically at a high level of cognitive complexity.

Technology Tidbits
Hallettsville ISD Tech Department is pleased to announce a district wide network upgrade project that will be taking place this summer. Along with the upgrade, a security system will also be installed to provide realtime monitoring of all campuses for the safety of students, staff and visitors. It is the technology department's mission to promote the the ethical, educational, and efficient use of technology across the district. Please see visit our website at www. hisdbrahmas.org.
Denise Henk, Technology Director

Hallettsville Independent School District strives to meet the academic needs of all students through a variety of instructional types. One such way is through online instruction. Because of the Texas Success Initiative and the purchase of software programs by the district, such as Achieve 3000, iStation, Think Through Math, and Project Share’s OnTRACK lessons, HISD is able to differentiate and supplement learning online. These programs provide high-quality and scientific research-based online instruction that allows students to work at their own pace and individual level. Frequent monitoring of student progress and assessments assist the teacher in making instructional decisions to help students reach higher levels of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science proficiency.
Carla Jones, Instructional Technology Director

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AUGUST 2013
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302 N. Ridge Hallettsville, TX 77964 361-­798-­2242
District  Wide  Open  House/ Meet  the  Brahmas  Night:   August  22,  2013   First  Day  of  Classes:    August    26,  2013   Last  Day  of  School:   May  30,  2014   Graduation:    May  30,  2014  

JANUARY 2014
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First  Semester/Six  Weeks  -­    89  days  
August  26  ²  October  4   October  7  ²  November  15   November  18  ²  January  17   29  days   28  days   32  days  

SEPTEMBER 2013
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FEBRUARY 2014
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Second  Semester/Six  Weeks  -­  86  days  
January  21  ²  February  28   March  3  ²  April  17   April  21  ²  May  30   28  days   29  days   29  days  

1   8   15   22   29  

2   9   16   23   30  

3   10   17   24    

4   11   18   25    

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6   13   20   27    

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1   8   15   22    

   
               

Beginning  of  Six  Weeks   End  of  Six  Weeks   TAKS  Retesting   STAAR  Testing     STAAR  Retesting     Teacher  Workday/Student  Holiday   Staff  Development/Student  Holiday   New  Teacher  Orientation   Early  Release   Holiday  

OCTOBER 2013
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MARCH 2014
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

  6   13   20   27  

  7   14   21   28  

1   8   15   22   29  

2   9   16   23   30  

3   10   17   24   31  

4   11   18   25    

5   12   19   26    

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1   8   15   22   29    

NOVEMBER 2013
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

 
October  21-­24   December  2-­6   December  2-­13   March  3-­6  

Bad  Weather  Day  

TAKS/STAAR  Testing  Dates  
2   9   16   23   30   TAKS  ELA,  Math,  Science,  Social  Studies   Exit  Level  Retest  (12)  
EOC  Writing  &  Reading  (9,10,11)  Retest   Math,  Science,  Social  Studies  (9,10)  Retest  
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APRIL 2014
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

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1   8   15   22   29  

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1   8   15   22   29  

2   9   16   23   30  

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4   11   18   25    

5   12   19   26    

TAKS  ELA,  Math,  Science,  Social  Studies   (12)  Retest   Writing  (4,7,9,10,11)  Reading
TAKS  ELA,Math,Science,Social  Studies  (12)   Retest,  STAAR  Math  (3,4,6,7),  Reading   (3,4,6,7),Science  (5,8),  Social  Studies  (8)  

Mar.  31,  Apr.  1-­4   (5,8,9,10,11),  Math  (5.8)   April  21-­25   May  5-­16   May  13-­16   June  24-­27  

DECEMBER 2013
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STAAR  (Math,  Science,  Social  Studies   (9,10,11)   STAAR  Math  &  Reading  Retest  (5,8)   STAAR  Math  &  Reading  Retest  (5,8)  

MAY 2014
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Total  Instructional  Days   Total  Workdays   Total  Staff  Dev.  Days  
Revised  4-­18-­13  

175   3   9