Kerrville ISD Six-Weeks Highlights Kerrville ISD, 1009 Barnett Street, 78028
HPMS Hope on Holdsworth Event Huge Success
The HPMS Team Up Challenge Students continued their mission to stop hunger in Kerr County this year by holding their 3rd Annual Food Drive in September, instead of May as in the past. This change was made in an effort to stock local food pantries prior to the busy holiday season. Despite rain, students and pantries met at the stadium to accept donations, and ultimately more than 6,000 pounds of food was collected, benefiting local agencies such as the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Mustard Seed Ministries, Christian Assistance Ministry and the Centerpoint Alliance for Progress. Thank you to all that continue to support the kids’ mission! To be included in future newsletters, send pictures with names and article information to Jamie Fails at jamie.fails@ kerrvilleisd.net.
October 25, 2013
District-wide Kindness Program Launches
KISD’s district-wide Character and Kindness Program is off to a great start! From our elementary students ready to show they C.A.R.E (Character and Respect Everyday), to the Wildcat, Spike and Antler Leadership Teams at BT Wilson, Hal Peterson Middle School and Tivy High School, great examples of leadership and kindness are being shared amongst our students on a daily basis. Fifth grade students across the district have paired with kindergarteners to help them navigate the lunch lines and learn how to tie their shoes, while Tivy Football players have visited elementary schools during lunch to share encouraging words and stories with 3-5 graders. Pictured above, Golden Girl Kortnie Franzen visits with Starkey Elementary 3rd Graders. At right, 5th Grader Cassidy Bell helps kindergartener Lindsay Fowler learn to tie her shoes at Daniels Elementary.
Early Childhood Holds Kindness Carnival The Early Childhood Center recently hosted a Kindness Carnival for students and families. The evening began with a meeting designed to increase parent understanding about teaching children kindness, respect and manners. After the meeting, families received tickets to play games in the courtyard. Children had the opportunity to play hopscotch, “fish” for prizes, spin the wheel, and even dance with their teachers. Throughout the night, teachers modeled kindness and manners in their interactions with the children. Pictured above, Jafet Esparza goes fishing for a prize. At left, Nicole Olivarri successfully tosses a hula hoop around the ECC bear.
KISD Six-Weeks Highlights Kerrville ISD, 1009 Barnett Street, 78028
DES 4th Grade Character Council To support KISD’s newly launched Kindness Initiative, each KISD school has formed a Character Council to serve as ambassadors of leadership for the student body. At Tom Daniels Elementary, Fourth grade students asked First graders to take on a big task and prove their trustworthiness by taking care of their class hermit crabs for a week! Fourth grade students brought the crab to the First graders and explained how to care for their pets, including how much food to give, and what NOT to do (remove the mesh covering!) In addition, they’ve asked the First graders to help them name their pet!
Lauren Williams and Landon Likin beam as they hold their new pet for the week.
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Tivy Streamlines Elections with Laptops Tivy High School Student Council Sponsor and Media Technology Teacher Lee Pool brought technology to the Voting Process for Student Council Officer Elections this year. Mr. Pool used Google docs, a free service, to create a voting ballot for Student Council. Pool set up laptop stations in the cafeteria during all three Tivy lunches. Students simply had to show Tivy HS students voted on laptops to streamline Student Council their student ID, sign their name Officer elections. and vote on the computer. The benefits are many, including real time results and simulation of an actual election process they’ll perform when they’re 18-years old and are eligible to vote in city, county and national elections. This is the first time Tivy has utilized the laptop-voting process and they were pleased with the efficiency and detailed results Google docs provided.
BT Wilson Outdoor Ed is Nature’s Gift to Kids For eighteen years, Kerrville ISD students going through BT Wilson 6th Grade School have had the wonderful opportunity of attending Outdoor Ed at the H-E-B Foundation Camp. Students spend two nights and three days doing activities designed to get them engaged with nature. Parents and other community members volunteer their time to lead classes or be small group leaders. Throughout the camp, student groups are expected to do their share by serving lunch, washing dishes, or cleaning up after an activity. Out- BTW Students practice cane pole fishing during a class at door Ed provides students with en- Outdoor Ed. gaging opportunities not possible within a classroom. The relationships forged among students and teachers are a great way to ensure a year full of meaningful learning.
KISD Six-Weeks Highlights Kerrville ISD, 1009 Barnett Street, 78028
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Important Dates Nov. 8 - End of 2nd Six Weeks Nov. 27, 28, 29 - Thanksgiving Holidays Dec. 2 - KPSF Grant Deadline
Tally Elementary Inducts 2013-2014 Student Council Members Tally Elementary recently inducted 4th and 5th graders to the Student Council for the 2013-2014 school year. Members have already begun planning their activities for the year. As they have in the past, they will sponsor the Freeman Fritts Veterinary Clinic with their “Bedding for Buddies” fundraiser. The Student Council makes posters, does morning announcments, and visits classes to encourage students to bring donations of old blankets and towels for the clinic. The students then visit the shelter to deliver the donations, which often includes bags of food for dogs and cats. Other projects for the year include Red Ribbon Week, Veteran’s Day and Pennies for Patients Fundraiser.
Nimitz Elementary Fall Carnival Fun Nimitz Elementary held their 26th Annual Fall Carnival October 17. Attendees enjoyed traditional carnival booths such as a cake walk, confetti eggs, washer toss and a duck pond. A silent auction and sales of raffle tickets for three top prizes was also held. All proceeds from the event will further fund educational resources for students and teachers at Nimitz.