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EANES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL REPORT, 2012-13

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Every day in Eanes ISD, we are working to ensure that the district’s mission is alive inside and outside the classroom. The success of our exemplary district is contingent on keeping the mission top of mind. For the 2012-13 school year, our staff continued to focus on the 4 C’s: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical thinking, and worked towards the concept of providing 21st Century Learning environments for all students. It is exciting to see classrooms infused with technology and flexible spaces that promote collaboration, all of which can contribute to student success. As educators, we know that how students learn and the methods in which they prefer to process information have changed. Instead of a one-way flow of information, teachers are challenging students to use their analytical skills and transforming classrooms into student-led environments. Students are able to make meaning out of lessons and apply what they learn to real world situations, creating a more engaged student, and more profound learning. Included in the following are highlights of the many accolades and achievements for the 2012-13 school year, as well as information on the Facilities Master Plan that was initiated in December of 2012. While the proposed Facilities Master plan may lead to a future bond referendum, we continue to identify costeffective and strategic methods to accomplish our mission.

I encourage you to get involved with the discussion surrounding the future of our schools. We plan to provide updates and information, as well as videos and pictures so that our community is engaged and informed about all of the great happenings in our schools! Thank you for supporting our students and staff,

Nola H. Wellman, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

Our mission: The Eanes community is vitally committed to educational excellence that prepares and inspires all students for life-long success by engaging each student in rigorous academic experiences and enriching opportunities. Board of Trustees Mr. Rob Hargett, President Mr. Beau Ross, Vice President Dr. Colleen Jones, Secretary Dr. James “Kal” Kallison, Past President Ms. Ellen Balthazar Mr. Mike Frost Ms. Ronna Martin Administration Dr. Nola Wellman, Superintendent Mr. Bill Bechtol, Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Mr. David Edgar, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services Mr. Lester Wolff, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources


improve and exceed... • Eanes ISD and all nine schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2012 as determined by federal school accountability standards. All Eanes schools have earned the designation each year since the inception of the AYP system in 2003. • Four Eanes ISD schools were included in the top 10 ranking of public schools in Central Texas by a Houstonbased non-profit. The organization’s ranking system is based on factors that indicate the degree to which a campus has prepared students for secondary and post-secondary success. Westlake High School ranked third on the list of area high schools, and also nabbed second on the list of Top High Schools for Math and Science. West Ridge Middle School was fifth on the list, while Hill Country Middle School took ninth. Barton Creek Elementary was ninth among Austin area elementary schools. • Westlake was ranked among the top 100 high schools in the United States by Newsweek magazine. Westlake also earned recognition on the 2013 national ranking of top high schools by U.S. News and World Report, as a Gold Medal recipient. • The Austin Chamber awarded Eanes ISD for the district with the “Highest Rate of Direct-to-College Enrollment” award for 2012.

ACT 2012-13 Westlake HS 27.1 Texas 20.9 National 20.9

WHS Texas National

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SAT 2012-13 Crit Rdg Math Wrtg Total 596 616 578 1790 477 499 461 1437 496 514 488 1498

Eanes ISD won the Austin Chamber Award for Highest Rate of Direct-to-College Enrollment. Left to right: Board President Rob Hargett, Assistant Principal Dianne Carter, Superintendent Dr. Nola Wellman, Director of Guidance Jeff Pilchiek, Trustee Ronna Martin and Board Vice President Beau Ross.

• Eanes ISD was selected to join the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, to help develop innovative, next-generation learning standards, assessments and accountability systems. Comprised of 23 school districts, the Consortium was charged with informing the governor, legislature, and commissioner of education about ways to transform public schools. • Students at Westlake surpassed state and national averages in ACT and SAT tests in 2013. Three Westlake High School students earned perfect scores on the college entrance exams, which less than one-tenth of one percent of U.S. students accomplish. • Westlake received the College Readiness Award for increasing the number of students taking the ACT over the past five years and significantly increasing the level of achievement. This is the sixth consecutive year that Westlake has won the award that only 10 percent of high schools in Texas achieve. • Westlake continues to post impressive numbers in Advanced Placement (AP) participation. Westlake administered 3,193 AP exams (3,098 given in 2012). More than 75% of

results were 3 or above, 45% were scores of 4 or above. • 99% of the Class of 2013 applied for admission at the university level, and many were accepted into prestigious institutions, including all eight Ivy League universities, Stanford, MIT and the US Air Force Academy. 80% - 4-year institution 19% - 2-year institution 1% - Armed Services/employment/ other • The Class of 2013 boasts 27 National Merit Semifinalists, 47 National Merit Commended Scholars, and 13 National Hispanic Recognition Program recipients. • The Class of 2013 was offered $24.6 million in scholarships, almost $7 million more than last year’s graduating class. • Westlake senior Keyur Mehta was chosen as a U.S. Presidential Scholar, marking the fifth Westlake student honored out of six years. Only one young man and one young woman are chosen from each state for academics. Ms. Melissa Dupre received a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award from the Department of Education when Keyur identified her as being his most influential teacher.


• Eanes ISD students performed above state standards on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in grades 3-8, as well as End of Course (EOC) exams. In the Met Standard rating, Eanes ISD students notched numbers above 90 for all subjects and grades 3-8, except 3rd grade math, which marked 89. In the Advanced Standard, Eanes students scored on average more than double the state score, with the highest percentage at 62 for 8th grade math. Eanes students taking EOC tests scored above 90 on all but two (English I Writing and English II Writing).

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engage and support... Children with Disabilities (PPCD) with community peer models. The program meets a recommendation from the State of Texas that PPCD students receive support in a general education setting.

Students at Bridge Point Elementary work through a lesson on inference using iPads.

• In 2012-13, Eanes ISD expanded its 1:1 mobile technology initiative to include all students, K-12. Armed with the belief that technology is only valuable when it is paired with an educational purpose, teachers work to incorporate technology with instruction. By students having this increased access, teachers are able to leverage technology to increase collaboration, authentic formative assessment, creativity, critical thinking, and communication and help students take ownership of learning.

Several campuses use programs which monitor student progress in real-time during the lesson. After presenting information, teachers can send questions to the students to assess the level of understanding of the material. Teachers can then tailor their instruction to the students’ learning immediately. • The Special Education department recorded several major accomplishments, including implementing an inclusive Preschool Program for

In addition, the Special Education department successfully piloted a Peer Assistance class as a general education high school elective, and successfully placed a number of Adult Transition Services (ATS, formerly 19+ Program) students in paid employment or volunteer opportunities. The percentage of special education students graduating on a regular or distinguished plan increased by 18.1 percent. At the middle school level, staff developed classes to assist with time management and multi-tasking skills. Special Education staff have provided additional support at the elementary level during Focus on Instruction Time (FIT), which allows for more direct teach and re-teach time, as well as additional time for social skills.

effective and efficient... • Eanes ISD budgeted to spend $4.4 million out of the Fund Balance for 2012-13, but due to careful management, revenue increases and budget reductions, the district spent $1.8 million. The tax rate for Eanes ISD property owners stands at $1.2125, the lowest in Central Texas. • Bridge Point Elementary, Eanes Elementary, Forest Trail Elementary and West Ridge Middle School were named Energy Star Schools by the Environmental Protection Agency. Eanes ISD is one of only four Central Texas

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school districts to have Energy Star schools and the only district in Travis County. The EPA takes into account several factors, including square footage, number of students, overall use of school, etc. and creates a formula for energy consumption. • The Transportation department saw continued improvement in customer service by reducing average rider time on the buses. Despite heavier traffic volume within the district and increased ridership, the average time a student spends on the bus going to or from school continues to be reduced.

The direct cost (fuel & labor) per bus rider per day has been further reduced to $.292. This represents a 29 percent reduction since tracking began in 2008. This $65,000+/year savings to the district and taxpayer is due to improved route designs, training and better fuel efficiency, despite the rising cost of energy.

View Central Texas tax rates online


engage and support... As Westlake High School continues to emphasize the graduate profile as a guide, the other eight campuses incorporated concepts of the WHEEL (see image on left) into their planning as well. Examples of successes in meeting these graduate profile concepts follow:

• The institution of Arts Days at Bridge Point Elementary incorporated visual, instrumental and dance from around the word, especially African and South American indigenous cultures. • The district worked with students to host a TedX Youth event. Hundreds of Central Texas students came together to design and create a thoughtful experience in which other forwardthinking, action-oriented individuals shared ideas to bring meaningful change to the community and beyond. • In their inaugural year, the Hill Country Middle School and West Ridge Middle School robotics teams beat out high school teams to advance to the Texas BEST robotics contest, which the Hill Country team won. Both Westlake High School Robotics teams finished in the top 10 at the World Championships qualifications. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team finished qualifications in 4th place and advanced to the semifinals, losing to the tournament finalists. The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team finished qualifications in 7th place. FTC competed in Australia at the Asia Pacific Invitational, where they were defeated in the Finals by the World Champions.

• Four Eanes ISD Destination Imagination teams advanced to Global Finals, with two winning the highest awards given for creativity, The Da Vinci Award, and the Renaissance Award. Eanes ISD had 16 teams representing Barton Creek, Bridge Point, Forest Trail, West Ridge and Westlake and 13 of those teams placed in the top ten for their category and level. • The John Philip Sousa Foundation recognized the West Ridge band for winning the Sudler Cup, one of the most prestigious international awards a middle school band can receive. • The Westlake Latin Club finished 5th in the state, with 31 students advancing to the National Convention. Hill Country finished 8th, and had two students finish 2nd in State. • Last year, 544 Westlake students were recommended for credit at Austin Community College. Students are provided the opportunity to earn college credit for classes taken at Westlake in certain subject areas. Students were provided the opportunity to gain certifications such as Pharmacy Technician, CPR/First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, OSHA Certification, and software certification for Solidworks, and Final Cut Pro.

• Westlake’s Red Cheer Team took first place in the Super Varsity Division 1 category at the 2013 National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC). • The Westlake Featherduster newsmagazine took second place in the Best of Show competition at the National Convention. The El Paisano yearbook took 10th and the Final Draft literary magazine earned sixth. • West Ridge student Will Bundrant was named the State Champion for the American Scholastic Achievement League competition. Will posted the highest score in the State of Texas, and was one point away from National Champion. • Hill Country student Kevin Ye was recognized as one of only two area students to make it to the National Geographic Geography Bee state finals. Kevin placed 5th in the state, out of 100 competitors.

The West Ridge Band won the International John Phillip Sousa Foundation Sudler Cup

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connect and contribute... • The Westlake High School Chaps in Service program recognized 282 graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 who earned at least 70 hours of community service. • More than 600 Westlake seniors participated in Senior Service Day by volunteering their time throughout the community at numerous agencies. • Students from Westlake’s Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) trained 152 of their fellow students in compressions CPR. • Bridge Point Elementary was the Central Texas top fundraising campus for Bookspring Read-aThon and the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser. • Barton Creek Elementary was recognized as a Good Sports Always Recycle winner for implementing several creative environmental projects such as reusable Green Party Boxes for classroom parties, post-Halloween pumpkin collecting for donation to local farmers, the use of silverware rather than plasticware in the cafeteria, Composting Fridays, Earth Week, and Shred Day, where free paper shredding services are offered to the community. • Eanes Elementary 3rd graders raised more than $3,000 for cancer research by creating and selling their art at a special art show. • Forest Trail Elementary students donated75 packages of diapers and 3,357 pounds of food to the Capital Area Food Bank.

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• Hill Country Middle School students raised $3,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation and sent a 4-year-old and his family to Disney World. The effort was spearheaded by the National Junior Honor Society and Student Council students. • The student council, staff and students at Cedar Creek Elementary raised $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. • Eanes ISD was awarded the District Professional Learning Award by theTexas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Eanes was recognized for its work in Professional Learning Communities,training and support, as well as implementing Late Start Days, which give teachers valuable time for training, collaborating and planning. • The District offered many different opportunities for teachers to meet their professional learning goals as developed in their Individualized Professional Learning Plans. During the summer, 65 course offerings allowed teachers to select professional learning targeted to their own classroom needs. District staff completed more than 9,000 hours of professional learning over the summer, equating to 391 days. • To date, 46 teachers have earned their Master’s degrees through the Partnership for Teacher Excellence Program (PTEP), sponsored by the Eanes Education Foundation. Another 19 are currently pursuing their Master’s.

• Dr. Nola Wellman was named Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), honored for her continued drive to transform instruction to meet the needs and expectations of students in today’s fast-paced, technology-rich environment. • Three Eanes ISD staff members were named to the Apple Distinguished Educator Program, Class of 2013. Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology, Lisa Johnson, Instructional Technologist and Cathy Yenca, Hill Country 8th grade Math teacher were chosen out of thousands of applicants nationwide.

Lisa Johnson, Carl Hooker, and Cathy Yenca were named Apple Distinguished Educators


plan and guide... 2013-14 Budgeted Revenue

Each year, the Eanes ISD budget is prepared with the district’s mission in mind, using a conservative and careful approach while keeping a personal mandate of a quality education first and foremost. The 2013-14 budget is comprised of hundreds of moving parts, with 85 percent of the budget dedicated to payroll.

2013-14 Budgeted Expenditures

While the 83rd Legislature adopted a budget that restores $3.4 billion of the $5.4 billion cut from public education in 2011, the restoration of funding was not applied back to districts in the same percentage that it was cut. For Eanes ISD, this most recent legislative action means that the district will see $1 million more revenue in the 2013-14 school year, but this is still considerably less than the district would have had prior to the cuts in 2011. Equally disconcerting, $54 million of this year’s $120 million budget is recaptured by the State under the “Robin Hood” plan The Eanes Education Foundation provides crucial financial support for staffing on a district-wide level. In 2013, EEF’s record-breaking grant of $1.3 million will help fund 25 teacher positions, as well as the Partnership for Teacher Excellence Program that reimburses half of tuition costs to teachers seeking master’s degrees.

Eanes ISD began working on a Facilities Master Plan in December of 2012. By the end of the 2012-13 school year, the district had organized 13 committees of students, parents, staff and community members, focusing on Instructional and Academic Experiences, Enriching Opportunities, Non-Instructional and District Support, Community Outreach, as well as representatives from each of the nine campuses. Program capacities, flexible learning spaces, site limitations and facility assessments were discussed in five different symposia held through October, 2013. See videos, reports and concepts online at www.eanesisd.net/fmp or scan the QR code .

Shared Vision of Facilities Master Plan Eanes Independent School District will provide for its community of learners facilities and environments that foster collaboration and enhance engagement, exploration, and purposeful application for deep, life-long learning. Eanes ISD will have technology-rich, energy efficient, fiscally responsible and financially sustainable facilities that provide opportunities for student choice in creative and enriching activities and promote the involvement of the greater Eanes community. The facilities will provide furniture, tools, and work spaces that are forward thinking, flexible, and adaptable for relevant, meaningful and personalized learning. Facilities and environments will allow the intentional design of experiences and life skills necessary for each student’s future in a global community.

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Facilities Master Plan and a Future Bond Referendum After nine months, five public meetings and an immense amount of input, Eanes ISD parents, students, staff and community members have worked with consultants to develop a 10-year Facilities Master Plan. The plan encompasses concepts to support 21st Century Learning environments, flexible learning spaces and improved usage of district facilities. The Board of Trustees is beginning to review and discuss what components of the Master Plan would be included on a future bond initiative. For more information and to view proposed concepts, please visit www.eanesisd.net/fmp or scan the QR code on page 7. Community Meetings on Future Bond Referendum

Times subject to change; check www.eanesisd.net for final dates/times

January 15 - Barton Creek Elementary, 8am January 15 - Bridge Point Elementary, 11:30am January 17 - West Ridge Middle School, 8:30am January 22 - Hill Country Middle School, 11:30am January 24 - Valley View Elementary, 9am

January 27 - Eanes Elementary, 11am February 5 - Westlake High School, 12noon February 14 - Cedar Creek Elementary, 8am February 14 - Forest Trail Elementary, 9:30am


Annual Report 2012-13