June 8, 735 Hebron High School (HHS) Hawks will graduate and take their place as part of the school’s long line of pride, tradition, character, excellence and achievement. In commemoration, a special edition of Hawk Pride was created. In it, we take time to celebrate the class of 2013, honor Hawk Pride and pass on advice to future Hawks. Check out the Hawk Pride: Senior Edition here!
Catch Hicks Elementary (Hicks) student Zach Rezazadeh in this month’s episode of “Insights” with Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell. During the show, elementary student meet and interview Dr. Waddell.
Plano and Frisco Realtors Hear Presentation by Lewisville ISD Superintendent, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell
Recently, realtors from both Frisco and Plano, Texas joined together for a presentation by Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, about LISD and its schools in the Plano and Frisco communities – Hebron High School (HHS), Hebron 9th Grade Campus (HHS 9), Arbor Creek Middle School (AMS), Hicks Elementary (Hicks) and Homestead Elementary (Homestead) – at Ebby Halliday Realtors in Frisco.
Dr. Waddell presented an overview of LISD’s schools in the Plano and Frisco communities, including how they’re using Strategic Design to transform learning and teaching.
“I’m proud to share with you today what makes LISD – including our schools in the HHS feeder pattern – great,” Dr. Waddell said. “We have many outstanding schools, parents and students in this area, and I’m honored to serve as superintendent here.”
During the presentation, entitled “Leading Change,” Dr. Waddell gave an update on Hawk Nation and its recent successes. He told the realtors about Yash Patel, who made a perfect score on his ACT test; and discussed how HHS’ cheerleaders placed first at NCA Regionals, the baseball team is ranked second in Texas, Silver Wings have been named National Champions six times, girls’ soccer is ranked in the Top 10 in Texas; and how marching band placed second in the state.
He also gave realtors examples of how Strategic Design is being implemented across the district: Hebron 9th Grade Campus (HHS), who are using e-Notebooks in Pre-AP Biology classes using Google Docs; Killian Middle School (KMS), who wanted to change they way they’re learning by utilizing technology in the classroom; Hicks Elementary, who recently Skype-d with students from across the world in a “Going Global” segment; and Homestead Elementary, who utilizes Google Docs in every grade level.
“Dr. Waddell’s presentation was very powerful,” Ebby Halliday Realtor Lynn Slaney Silguero said. “I can’t wait to share it with many potential residents and colleagues!”
Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) today announced the appointment of Amy Teddy as the new principal of Indian Creek Elementary (Indian Creek) starting the 2013-2014 school year.
“I look forward to continuing a culture of innovative learning at Indian Creek through engaging learning experiences for all students,” Teddy said. “I am excited to start this journey and cannot wait to jump right in at Indian Creek.”
Teddy currently serves as the assistant principal at Coyote Ridge Elementary (Coyote Ridge), where she has led its students to enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create this past school year. She is known across the district for her instructional leadership and visionary skills to implement LISD’s Strategic Design initiative.
She has been with LISD since 2007, and before joining Coyote Ridge, she was the assistant principal at Stewart’s Creek Elementary. Teddy’s educational career began in 1999 at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (CFBISD), where she served as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Barbara Bush Middle School.
“Amy is an extremely intelligent leader in education, who has gone above and beyond to implement LISD’s vision and goals to benefit students in the district,” LISD East Zone Leader Becky MacDonald said. “We are delighted to have her move into the principal role at Indian Creek, where she will continue her leadership next school year.”
Teddy is a graduate of the Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), where she received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Masters in Educational Administration and Principal’s Certificate from the University of North Texas (UNT).
Currently, LISD is in the process of identifying a new assistant principal for Coyote Ridge whose standards for educational excellence meet and exceed the expectations of LISD.
HHS Choir Students Score at Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition
Congratulations to the following band students from Hebron High School (HHS) for winning the 1st Division Rating at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition, held May 25 at The University of Texas at Austin:
HHS Varsity Baseball Team Recognized by District 5-5A Coaches
The following HHS Hawk baseball players were recently recognized by the District 5-5A coaches as All-District:
Honorable Mention Catcher: Brandon Norris
2nd Team Selections: Jimmy Gallarda (third base), Michael Delavar (pitcher) and Todd Wurzbach (first base)
1st Team Selections: Drew Ross (utility player) and Travis Stone (pitcher)
Congratulations on these awards and a great season, boys!
Girl Scout Troop 591 Presents Circle of Friends Cart to Arbor Creek Middle School
Members of Girl Scout Troop 591 recently presented a new Circle of Friends cart to Arbor Creek Middle School (AMS)’ Circle of Friends club. The Girl Scouts chose AMS’ Circle of Friends club as the focus of their Silver Award project, the highest award a Girl Scout cadette can earn. AMS’ Circle of Friends members and sponsors are very grateful and honored for the selection and gift.
AMS Circle of Friends Member Spearheads Fundraiser
AMS Circle of Friends member and eighth-grader Stephanie Hefler recently spearheaded a fundraiser to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) as a way to express her gratitude to TSRHC for helping her in the past. Under Hefler’s direction, and with the help of Circle of Friends and her sister Paige, TSRHC was sent a check for more than $231. Way to go, Stephanie!
AMS Girls’ Soccer Scores
Congratulations to AMS‘ eighth-grade girls’ soccer team for winning district! Way to score, girls!
Homestead Elementary Supports Box Tops for Education
Homestead Elementary (Homestead) is proud to support Box Tops for Education. This year, Mustang families have proudly supported the school with the following totals:
- Box Tops: 26,237 (earned $2,625)
- Labels for Education: Nearly 34,00 points earned (points can purchase classroom supplies, instructional materials or technology devices
Way to go!
Polser Elementary Students Participate in “Polser Plaza”
Polser Elementary (Polser) second-grade students recently got a real-life experience of what it’s like to be part of the economy. Over the course of the last six weeks, they have been studying and learning about the different aspects of our economic system. They got to choose a product to create and, applying concepts learned in class, got to “open shop” for a day as an entrepreneur at “Polser Plaza.” Parents, teachers and fellow students were invited to be consumers, and using “Polser Bucks,” purchased handmade items. Nice going!
Independence Elementary Hosts “United We Stand” Event
Independence Elementary (Independence) recently hosted its final showcase event of the year, “United We Stand.” The event celebrated students’ research/writing projects and the campus’ diversity. Approximately 25 different countries were represented at the event, including Pakistan, El Salvador, Oman, Mexico, Argentina, Ireland and Honduras.
Independence Elementary Kindergarteners Collaborate with CCE Students
May 28, Independence kindergarteners walked over to CCE to participate in a Video Game Design class with CCE students. They learned the ins and outs of video game design, and even came back on May 30 for beta testing. Way to go!
Castle Hills Elementary Presents “Camp Wanna Read”
This week, Castle Hills Elementary (CHE) hosted its annual “Camp Wanna Read,” an event promoting literacy and encouraging students to read. The library was decked out with tents, canopies, a “campfire” and other camp elements, and students were invited to bring technology to “camp” to read by the “campfire.”
Recently, members of the Hebron community – parents of students at Hebron High School (HHS), Hebron 9th Grade Center (HHS 9), Arbor Creek Middle School (AMS), Hicks Elementary (Hicks) and Homestead Elementary (Homestead) residing in the Plano and Frisco communities – joined together for a Strategic Design breakfast with Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell, at PFAMily Arts in Plano, Texas.
Over a light breakfast and coffee, students and teachers from HHS 9, AMS, Hicks and Homestead delivered presentations on how Strategic Design is implemented at not only their school, but in specific classrooms. Hicks went first, presenting on “Going Global,” their video about Skype-ing with students from across the world to learn more about different cultures; Homestead followed, presenting on the various ways Strategic Design is taking place at their school, including a project-based learning (PBL) exercise to learn about weather; AMS discussed hands-on ways they’re collaboratively learning in teacher Mo O’Brien’s English class; and HHS 9 presented on the use of e-Notebooks in Pre-AP Biology using Google Apps.
“Strategic Design implementation is happening throughout LISD,” Dr. Waddell said. “Many schools in the
HHS feeder pattern – including those represented here today – are taking the lead in this effort, and I’m proud to share those efforts with our dedicated parents and family members.”
“After the presentations, I told my husband, ‘I want to go back to school to experience all the things these students are getting to learn,’” AMS and HHS parent Linda Whitaker said. “We hear tidbits at home when our children want to share their day with us, but seeing everything they’re learning at school had me completely wowed.”
During the breakfast, Dr. Waddell also recognized outgoing LISD Board of Trustees member (and current HHS feeder pattern parent) Julie Foughty, who chose not to seek re-election for her seat.
“Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar! All for the Hawks, stand up and holler!” Cheers like these rang out at the inaugural Hebron Spring Game and Festival at the Hebron High School (HHS) football field May 23. Put on by HHS’ Football Booster Club, the event was held for all current and future Hawks as a way to build excitement and involve the diverse community, staff and students to use their strengths, resources and talents to provided engaging, innovative experiences.
“Our business community; parents; elementary, middle and high schools and other booster clubs all joined arms with us today to support not just football, but all students,” Special Events Chair for HHS’ Football Booster Club Kronda Thimesch said. “We’re excited for not only our boys to play football, but to have elementary and middle school children on the field having fun, and kids taking part in cheer clinics and getting autographs from the ‘big kids.’”
As the junior varsity (JV) and varsity Hawks called plays on the field, freshmen, JV and varsity cheerleaders pumped up the crowd. Various booster clubs were in attendance, including the Lewisville Education Foundation (LEF) selling t-shirts and other items; students and adults alike ran through the giant inflatable helmet and jumped in two bounce houses sponsored by Ebby Halliday Realtors and Jump Party; and Cantina Laredo, Picasso’s, Mooyah Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill were on hand to provide food.
“I truly love the HHS feeder pattern and this community,” LISD Board of Trustees Secretary Trisha Sheffield said. “This feeder has pieces of Plano, Carrollton, Frisco and Lewisville, and when you have an event like this, it’s an opportunity for all of us to come together as one: Hawks.”
As the evening continued and stadium lights flickered on, it became like a scene from the television series “Friday Night Lights”: cheers rang out, football calls were shouted, children’s laughter was heard and Hawk pride was abundant.
“The sense of community and spirit is rampant tonight, and this is a great way to end the year and get excited for what’s ahead,” Sheffield said.
Ready, set, hut! Go Hawks!
When asking a child what they want to be when they grow up, they typically respond with a myriad of career choices: an astronaut, a singer, an artist, a police officer or a teacher. Last week, fifth-grade students at Polser Elementary (Polser) were able to narrow down their career fields of choice just a bit by participating in the school’s inaugural Career Day, where they heard from many local volunteer presenters – involving the diverse community, staff and students to use their strengths, resources and talents to provide engaging, innovative experiences for all learners.
Students in Beth Basinger, Megan Blanscet, Karen Springstead and Diana Toombs’ classes saw presentations by eight guest speakers, who told students about their careers, in hopes of sparking their interest for their future.
Students heard from Dr. Reade Quinton, M.D., a medical examiner at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas; Brandy Brite, RN, a nurse at Baylor University Medical Center; Dr. Melissa Potter, DVM, the associate veterinarian at Hillside Veterinary Clinic; Ari Rafilson, associate attorney at Shore Chan DePumpo, LLC; Kronda Thimesch, owner and landscape architect at Green Meadows Landscaping; Mark Jones, CPA at Mark M. Jones and Associates, P.C.; Christopher Hunter, Associate AIA, CSI, CDT, an architect; and Melinda Gardener, a benefits counselor at North Central Texas Council of Governments.
“In order to have our students interested in the future, we thought bringing a Career Day to Polser might elevate students’ interest and trigger thoughts about their future jobs and careers,” counselor Melodie Garrett said. “I wanted them to think, ‘I could use my artistic ability to be a landscape architect,’ or ‘I could use my abilities in science to be a medical examiner.’ Having these positive male and female influences here was so wonderful.”
The fifth-graders were dressed for success at Career Day in ties, blazers and dresses, engaging with their presenters throughout the day. The presenters provided hands-on learning, allowing students to “construct” their own houses from Legos, see firsthand benefits from a nonprofit agency, and touch human skulls with the medical examiner.
While hearing about their careers, the professionals gave students a few pieces of advice.
“I can’t stress the importance of education,” architect Christopher Hunter said. “Technology is an important tool to learn, but studying is equally important,” landscape architect Kronda Thimesch said.
Students were able to comprehend the presenters’ careers at Career Day.
“It was really cool. The skull we saw with the medical examiner, I didn’t think it would look like that,” student Keyshawn Jones said. “I want to be a police officer when I grow up, because my grandfather is a policeman and he does a lot of cool detective things and it seems fun.”
May 17, Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) delivered approximately $75,000 to West Independent School District (WISD) in West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant recently devastated the city.
The money was raised via the “Give ‘em $5” campaign, launched by LISD in April, asking faculty, staff, parents and students to donate at least $5 to help WISD. Thanks to the generosity of the LISD community, the money will help support WISD’s students, faculty and staff as they work to rebuild.
“The gratitude expressed by the WISD Superintendent, School Board President and School Board Trustees when we arrived was a moment that will stay with me and hopefully the students forever,” Flower Mound High School (FMHS) teacher and student council sponsor Jennifer Owens said. “These men choked back tears of joy and thankfulness for what LISD did. I believe this experience will move our students to always find a way to help others.”
Students were honored and excited to be involved in the process.
“Going to West was a life-changing experience for me,” Lewisville High School (LHS) student Michael Jiménez said. “Seeing the devastation in person and not just on the news made it so real. We could feel the pain of the WISD Superintendent and School Board President as we spoke to them about their schools, teachers and students. They were very appreciative of LISD’s donation and were emotional as they told us how the funds would help them. I was thankful all five LISD high schools had representatives there to share in this experience of giving together.”