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j Hays High School !renovation nears t Q !completion hbuildin e construction of the 71-classroom g at Hays High School is near- :ing completion, a visible sign of expanded -capacity provided by the 2001 bond refer- ndum. " A community "walk-through" of the ':building drew more than 150 people on 'Thursday, including students, their par- i'ents, teachers and members of the com- imunity interested in looking inside the :',two-story building that has changed the iilook of the high school campus. ' SHW Group, an Austin architect with ilmore than 55 years of educational design i',experience, drew the building with an eye ',creating an innovative school design that :.would foster student performance as well :'.as student safety. ,, In addition, the architects were chal- i', lenged with increasing capacity and devel- ,:oping a uniform appearance that students and faculty could be proud of, said Scott iStites, project manager for SHW. The building provides classroom space ;for math, english and science that would i take the place of the original buildings. i SHW-with input from administration, if acuity, students and community mem- bers-produced a master plan for renova- tions of Hays High School for the com- munity-based Bond Task Force of 2001: The plan included more than $30 million in improvements to be completed in three phases. The $11 million dedicated in Phase 1 was part of the 2001 bond pack- age. "The original master plan had a num- ber of critical issues we were frying to, attack," Stites said. "We wanted to provide quality instruction and support space, and put as many of the instructional programs under one roof" One of the most dramatic differences for the high school that is offered through this master plan is the "main street" con- cept. The "main street" was developed as the connecting link between existing class- room buildings and new construction. When complete, the "main street" will consolidate the campus into a single build- ing under one roof, which will allow stu- dents to walk from class to class protected from the elements. This "main street" con- cept will also promote a safer environ- ment, Stites said. Stites said one of the top priorities of the master plan is to provide vehicular traf- fic flow and additional parking. And while Hays High School teacher Rene Herrington is caught on film as she takes a moment to look at the scenery from the new 71-classroom building on the Hays campus. (photo by Julie Crimmins) the demolition of South Campus was con- sidered early in the planning process to accomplish that, district administration and the architects agreed that the building could be best used for overflow classroom space until Lehman is finished and enroll- ment evens out. The completion phase of Hays High School, which will be considered as part of the bond referendum on February 22, would go a long way in creating a unified image of the school from the street. "It will give the entlance to the build- ing a clear identity and will centralize the critical functions of the school from both an instructional and an administration standpoint," Stites said. "Administration and the library will be up front so that when you walk in the door either as a stu- dent or a visitor, the building has a clear organization. You either go left to instrucS don or cafeteria, or right to library." The circulation of the building will be very clear, he said. ''We have placed the library as the aca- demic heart of the school so it is easily accessible to all students" Stites said. be very clear, he said. "We have placed the Hays High Walkthrough, pg. 8 Tom Green students learn how watersheds work You can always count on fun at Elm Grove Math Night ;Students, from left to right, are Michael Lopez, Sara Johnson, Erin Glasgow and Francisco Reynosa.  (photos and story by Ninfa Gonzalez, fourth grade bi-lingual teacher at TGES) The"-" Watershed Project was a i .i_ project= brought to Tom Green Elementary thanks to American YouthWorks. This project was envisioned by Paul Bond and Lois Meyer of AYW and was created by students from AYW. The Watershed Project enables students to get a hands on experience of a watershed and how it works. The exhibit/project has not only of a 6-ft working model of the Slaughter Creek watershed, but also allows students to become more conscious of where water comes from, how we use it, the effects we have on water quality, where water goes and how to better preserve the quality of our drinking water with curriculum aligned with the TEKs in sci- ence, language arts, social stud- ies and math. It will travel to only five schools in the Central Texas area and Tom Green is proud to be the only school it will have visited in Hays County. Actress visits Dahlstrom ngela Bettis was in Austin for a sneak preview of her new movie "May." She also visited her family because she is from Austin. Among her relatives are Matt and Tom Murphy from Dahlstrom Middle School. Angela is related to Matt and Tom Murphy by mar- riage. Angela met the boys at her dad's wedding. She and Matt and Tom got along incredibly well and the bond was created. She is a wonderful role model for Matt and Tom. During her visit with the boys, she offered to come to school and see other kids. Bettis, to the left, does an autograph session during sixth grade lunch. She is pictured with Matt and Tom Murphy. (photo by Connie Rosales) i We apologize... Last week we incorrectly reported the standings of the Middle School Basketball "B" teams. Wallace, Dahlstrom and Del Valle middle schools were in a 3 way tie for district championship. Congratulations to all the players and sorry for the error. I I "See, Mom, this is how you count On dice..." Elm Grove Elementary Schools' Math Night last week brought hundreds of children and their parents. Madeline Harsh, above, shows her dad how you play "cups" at the math night. Austin Hall, left, gives his dad, David Hall, a high-five after winning one of the many door prizes at Elm Grove Elementary School's Math Night last week. (photos by Cyndy Slovak-Barton)