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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press January 5, 2011 4- + yS va I FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MOTHER'S DAY OUT AT THE Y BY JIM CUM.EN Each passing school year sees staffmembers con- sidered permanent fix- tures moving into retirement, some of them at mid-term, and this year is no exception. A group of such retirees, includ- ing Bob Shelton, Cecil and Pauline W'mzer, IoEllen Hoelt- inS and Karen Johnston were recognized at the December board meeting and, no doubt, each was appropriately feted at their respective campuses or job sites. One more of the just-retired group, Hays High School At- tendance Secretary Julie Noon, has taken leave of her profes- sional position and the place she leaves behind is one that in many ways has been her extended home for more than 40 years. Born and raised in Kyle, she was the only one in her family who graduated from high school. Not content to just attend and finish school, she completed her senior year as the 1973 Hays High School Valedictorian. "Back then, there wasn't much encouragement for me to go to college," she recalls. "My parents did not speak much English - even though my morn was born here and 111101"0 BY JIM CULLEN Julie Noon, who began her career with Hays CISD in 1974 as a teacher's aide, will retire from her final position of Attendance Secretary with the Hays CISD. my dad came to the U.S. as an infant."' That lack of a home push to attend college didn't hold the young scholar up, though, and she is proud of what she accomplished in the years that followed. "I may not have a college degree, but I do have a degree in life-long learning experi- ences and that is worth more than I can say," she says with assurance. Noon began her career as a teacher's aide with Hays CISD in 1974. She held that posi- tion for 13 years, served as a library clerk for Hays High and Dahlstrom Middle School for a year, then became Attendance Clerk/Registrar for Kyle Middle School, a job she hel~d for six years. A stint as the aissistant principal's secretary and ulti- mately the full-time iposition she's held for the past 15 years completed that lffe-l~ong learn- ing experience. As with most retirees, memories are plen~ul and, at least in Noons case, ipositive. She can cite many individu- als and places she's enjoyed working with, but she admits that "the most memorable" was Kyle Middle School. "We had an enrollment number of about 600 students and I knew most of them by name. Most importantl~ I was able to work with Armando Chapa as prin- cipal and the late Betty Henson as his assistant. Mr. Chapa and Ms. Henson exemplified excel- lence in teamwork. They made it a pleasure to go to school every day, not only for me, but students and staff as well." It almost goes without say- ing, but the most remarkable changes Noon has seen over her years here are "the growth and the technology. When I graduated in 1973 we had 84 seniors - we had no comput- ers. What an amazing change!" Noons immediate plans are to relax and "spend more time with my grand-nieces and nephews and do some volunteer work at St. Anthony's Catholic Church (and maybe at Seton Hospital)." She hopes to get the chance to take a cruise to Alaska and a trip to Hawaii. Looking back over the three- and-a-half decade career with her home district, Noon says she wants everyone to know "that I took pride in my job and did my best to serve my students, parents and teach- ers." go green Hemphill Bemen- tJm/f~h graders Alexis Villapondo and Israel Ibarra show off their daily paper recycling take from the Hawks' front offce. The Hemphill effort is part of the dis- trict's recycling initiative. Get Your Flu Shot Before the FluGets You!' PHOT0 BY JIM CUI.HN Starting January 2011, our Mother's Day Out Program wi[[ be offering FREE SWIM LESSONS twice a week! Questions? 5top by, celt or visit Hays Communities FamiLy YMCA MDO Hours: 465 Buda Sportsptex Dr. 9:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m. Buda, TX 78610 Age 4-5: M/W/F 512-523-0099 Age 3-4: T/Th i Auto, home and ................... tif l Auto. 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