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....... YOU'RE NO. 1! :':!i : Seton Hays welcomes its first baby of the new year. ' ' - Page 1C Hays Free Press. January 6, 2010 a; ree r Page 3B 'Education Go Getlt.t' District pr ,gram promotes higher learning BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com th a sharply focused ye toward building a oUege-going culture in Hays CISD, ambitious plans are in place for"Education- Go Get It" week as students return from the holidays. Mandated by the 2007 Legis- lature, the week is designed to "educate middle school, junior high school, and high school students about the impor- tance of higher education." It also directs that each campus at those levels "shall provide students with comprehensive grade-appropriate information regarding the pursuit of higher education," The legislation further requires that students receive information on higher educa- tion options, standard admis- sion requirements, automatic admission of certain students and financial aid availability. Hays CISD stands fitly and enthusiastically prepared to provide all of the mandated information- and much more. The information- and fun - falls into place during the district's Jan. 6-15 "Educa- tion - Go Get It!" campaign. While students district-wide will be engaged with the topic throughout the week, the entire community is invited to a special Monday, Jan. 11, "High School Planning Night" at the Performing Arts Center from 6-8:30 p.m. Charlotte W'mkelmann, Hays CISD director of college and career readiness and guidance COURTESY PHOTO Lehman High School faculty members show their true colors as part of Hays CISD activities leading up to Education - Go Get It! week. From left to right are Lisa Longoria, Jay Sansom, Ryan Neuhaus, Steve Thompson and Gina Lozano. How to explore interests and know how that relates to school courses; The importance of tak- ing more rigorous courses in middle school and high school to prepare for higher education; The importance of con- centrating on coursework and grades...and that they do make a difference; The importance of being the first person in the family to education opens doors to a brighter future; That there is financial help to get a post-secondary education and that this is the best investment they will ever make; and The benefits of a post- secondary education and how it transfers to the salary most people will make over a lifetime. The district's faculty will be involved in the "Education-- The Jan. 11 "High School Planning Niglt" is directed toward 7 th- 11 grade students and their parents planning for higher education, Wmkelmann says, "whether it be a college degree, license or certification." The event includes offerings on financial aid opportunities, dual credit courses, collabora- tions with Austin Commu- nity College and high school/ middle school coursework. The campuses. Winkelmann says the local campaign is designed to "start the discussions in the com- munity and district-wide of the importance of a post second- ary education and dreaming the dreams in order to build a college-going culture in the Hays CISD community." She strongly emphasizes the word "start" in that cam- for the district, is the driving force behind the local er : p/ii Icause, even with the education awareness push, powerfulprogram she and her counselors have assembled, the lessons have to be ongoing in their implementation. Wm- kelmann specifically lines out 10 major "students will learn" objectives that include: That college is defined as post-secondary opportunities beyond high school; and she's gathered serious help from district campus counsel- ors. The highest profiles among those include Lehman High School's Allison TiUotson, Hays High School's KathyArendt and Academy High School's Kim Hall, the college and career counselor at their respective go to college; That it might be worth- while to explore the possibility of attending a college out- of-state, regardless of where friends may be going; Who to ask for help in get- ting more information about coUege and financial aid; That a post-secondary Go Get It!" campaign in numerous ways. That includes posting of teachers' alma materS, the wearing of college shirts and display of college pennants and engagement with students in discussions on how their own struggles may have been overcome to attain lifetime dreams. district's Career and Technology Fair is additionally offered that night, with teachers illustrating how closely tied their courses are to post,secondary options. For more information, contact W'mkelmann at win- kelmannc@hayscisd.net or the high school career counseling office. COURTESY PHOTO The nationals-bound Lehman High School Cheerleading Competition Squad includes (Back, left to right) Kody Banda, Kenny Friar, Abel Zaragesa; (2nd row, left to right) Bianca GasaI-Velez, Katie Maxwell, Kyrstin Tambur (UCA All-American), Mallerie Gonzales, Co- Captain Jason Workman (UCA All-American); (3rd row, left to right) Fallyn Gawlin, McKen- zie Salazar, Danielle Tamayo, Alyssa Lucio, Ashley Small; (front, left to right) Yvette Garza, Nichole Gonzalez, Vanessa Jimenez, Captain Megan Peterson (UCA All-American), Crystal Rodriguez, Kim Lasprilla and Michelle Abeita, Lehman cheer squad heads to Nationals STAFF REPORTS The Lehman High School Cheer- leading Competition Squad competed at the Universal Cheerleaders Asso- ciation Regional Qualifier Meet held recently on the campus of Texas State University with sterling results. Com- peting in the Small Co-Ed Division, the squad grabbed a third place and a bid to next month's National High School Cheerleading Championships in Or- lando, Florida. The squad also competed in the Home Dance Routine category and[ took first place. Lehman Cheer Coach Stacy Delgado said "Our goal this year is to make it to the Finals (which will be available for: local viewing on ESPN). We want tot show everyone how much we have im- proved and grown this past year." Three members of &e squad took individual UCA All-American Cheer- leader honors from the Texas State regional qualifier, including Captain Megan Peterson, Co-Captain Jason Workman and Krystin Tambur. Lehman High School's Penelope Kit'tel, an active member of the campus Health Occupations Students Associ- ation (HOSA) or- ganization, takes Lobe Coach Monica Tovar's blood pres- sure. Through her work with HOSA, Penelope introduced fellow club members to the Starlight Foundation. PHOTO BYWENDY BERGS'FROM Health students help Starlight foundation BY ALEX DELGAD0 news@haysfreepress.com Helping children in a time of need: most people think of this as an adult or doctor's job. No one usually thinks about children helping other children. Lehman High School is getting involved in a very touching foundation this year, the Star- light Foundation. The program is about helping improve the lives of children that have a terminal illness, such as cancer, leukemia or brittle bone syndrome. The Health Occupation Students of America club at Lehman High School was looking for a way for its members to participate, so Penelope Kittel, HOSA 8ecretarg, already w0r00g with Starlight, introduced the foundation to HOSA. "Right now with Starlight I have about 20 hours of volunteer work with them, but overall in volunteer charity work, I have over 100 hours," Kittel said. HOSA will be working with the Great Escapes part of the Starlight Founda- tion, which is a way for families and their children to get a break from dealing with the illnesses. Glenda Skinner, who is the director in Austin, puts together differ- ent events once a month as a way for the families to have tim. At this time of the year, it gets really tough on families. Children constantly want to go play outside or play with Mends, and doctors and parents have to explain to them why they can't, so that's where Starlight steps in. They are taking donations of small toys for kids any age, and they are going to give them to the kids at the hospitals. Th0 hohdayg alwa make things tougher, but it's alot easierwhen you have someone helping you along the way, Alex Delgado is a student at Lehman High School SCHOOL BRIEFS ' Startg Weed n ,day,ane 6, Hemphill Elementary pre-kindergarten classes will be extended 20 min- utes per day to increase the number of instructional minutes. Students will also eat in their classrooms. "More time to read, write and participate in learn- ing activities," Principal Paige Collier says; noting up to 15 minutes saved on transitions to and from the cafeteria. See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B LUNCH MENUS HCISD ELEMENTARY LUNCH MENU January 8 - 14 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 1/8 Ham/cheese pizza Swedish meatballs Cheese enchiladas Crispy chicken salad Peas/carrots Monday, 1111 Orange chicken/rice Bean/cheese tostada Chicken Alfredo Ham/cheese sandwich Green beans Tuesday, 1/12 Hamburger Chicken nuggets Cheesy nachos Grilled ham/cheese Tater tots Wednesday, 1113 Cheese pizza Crispy tacos Salisbury steak Turkey/cheese wrap Corn kernels Thursday, 1114 Hot dog Mac & cheese Pasta/meatballs Hawaiian chicken salad Broccoli Normandy HCISD MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH MENU Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 1/8 Crispy chicken salad Pasta/marinara Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or pepperoni pica Monday, 1111 Popcorn chicken Chicken Alfredo Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or pepperoni pizza Tuesday, 1/12 Orange chicken Bean/cheese tostada Hamburger or cheeseburger Chicken Caesar salad Wednesday, 1/13 Beef dippers w/rice Cheesy nachos Spicy chicken sandwich Cheeseburger Cheese or sausage pizza Thursday, 1/14 Mac & cheese Pasta/meatballs Corn dog Hamburger or cheeseburger HCISD HIGH SCHOOL LUNCH MENU Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Grill, Ballpark Classics, The Dell offer daily pizza, fresh salads, Mexican, burgers, subs, fresh fruit and veggie bar Friday, 1/8 Beef dippers w/rice Chicken fajita tacos Corn dog Pasta primavera Orange chicken Monday, 1111 Swedish meatballs Bean/cheese tostadas Popcorn chicken Chicken Alfredo Veggie Io mein Tuesday, 1112 Rotisserie chicken Vegetarian quesadilla Grilled ham/cheese Pasta/meatballs Sweet/sour chicken Wednesday, 1/13 Chicken fried steak Crispy tacos Meatball sub Beefy ravioli Thursday, 1/14 Grilled cheese Chicken burrito Corn dog Pasta/marinara Beef/broccoli w/noodles