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t Q ~nhe construction of the 71-classroom 1 building at Hays High School is near- *ing completion, a visible sign of expanded ~apacity provided by the 2001 bond refer- ndum. " A community '~valk-through" of the ;building drew more than 150 people on 'Thursday, including students, their par- ilents, 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. i' 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 i'.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. i i 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, i faculty, 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 200D 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 trying 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- would go a long way in creating a unified sidered early in the planning process to image of the school from the street. accomplish that, district adminislration "It will give the entlance to the build- and the architects agreed that the building ing a clear identity and will centralize the could be best used for overflow classroom critical functions of the school from both space until Lehman is finished and enroll- an instructional and an administration ment evens out. standpoint," Stites said. "Administration The completion phase of Hays High and the library will be up front so that School, which will be considered as part when you walk in the door either as a stu- of the bond referendum on February 22, dent or a visitor, the building has a clear organization. You either go left to instruc 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 ;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 on experience of a watershed better preserve the quality of our i.i project brought to Tomand how it works. The drinking water with curriculum Green Elementary thanks to exhibit/project has not only of a aligned with the TEKs in sci- American YouthWorks. This 6-ft working model of the ence, language arts, social stud- project was envisioned by Paul Slaughter Creek watershed, but ies and math. It will travel to Bond and Lois Meyer of AYW also allows students to become only five schools in the Central and was created by students more conscious of where water Texas area and Tom Green is from AYW. comes from, how we use it, the proud to be the only school it The Watershed Project effects we have on water quality, will have visited in Hays enables students to get a hands where water goes and how to County. Angela 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) "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)