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'THIS AIN'T FRISBEE' Disc golfers converge on Steeplechase Park in Kyle to throw for top honors. - Page lC + Hays Free Press February 23, 2011 ree Page 3B SCHOOL MENUS FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 3 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily at all Hays CISD campuses ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Friday, 2/25 Pepberoni pizza Orange chicken/brown rice Cheesy enchiladas Dell stacker Green beans Monday, 2/28 BBQ chicken Bean/cheese tostada Beef stir fry/brown doe Turkey/cheese sandwich Italian style vegetables Tuesday, 3/1 Chicken fried steak Pasta primavera Beef enchiladas Crispy chicken salad Broccoli Normandy Wednesday, 3/2 Pepperoni pizza Mandarin chicken E~ean/cheese burrito Turkey/cheese wrap Corn on the cob Thursday, 3/3 Crispy beef tacos Cheeseburger Grilled cheese sandwich/ tomato soup Garden chicken salad Peas/carrots MIDDLE SCHOOLS Friday, 2/25 Beef tostadas Mandarin chicken Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or pepperoni pizza Baby carrots Monday, 2/25 Beef stir fry/brown rice Crispy chicken taco Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or supreme pizza Corn on the cob Tuesday, 3/1 Beef/bean burrito/brown rice ChilVcorn bread Pasta/marinara sauce Hamburger or cheeseburger Broccoli Normandy Wednesday, 3/2 Chicken Alfredo BBQ beef sliders Chicken taco salad Cheeseburger Cheese or pepperoni pizza Tater tots Thursday, 3/3 Chicken fried steak Mashed potatoes/gravy Cheese enchiladas -r.u .rkey/ham wrap I-]a!m. burger or cheeseburger Green beans HIGH SCHOOLS Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Grill, Ballpark Classics, The Dell offer daily pizza, fresh salads, Mexican, burgers, subs to order, fresh fruit and veggie bar Friday, 2/25 Macaroni & cheese Beef nachos Chicken patty sandwich Turkey tetrazzini Asian chicken Monday, 2/28 Rosemary chicken Crispy beef tacos Sloppy Joe Cheese ravioli Mandarin chicken Tuesday, 3/1 Chicken fried steak Beef tostadas Grilled ham/cheese Pasta/marinara Beef stir fry Wednesday, 3/2 Baked breaded chicken Chicken fajita tacos Chili dog Pasta/meat sauce Vegetable Io mein Thursday, 3/3 Chili pie 13eef enchiladas ~r!lled cheese Chicken parmesan I~eef & broccoli PHOTOS BY JIM CULLEN First, second and third pla~e winners in the Hays CISD Middle School Science fair display their trophies after last week's competition at the dis- trict's Performing Arts Center Qualifiers from the district's five middle schools filled the room with research projects in the areas of engineering, mathematics, life science, earth science and physical science. annual BY JIM CULLEN A.sCrOwded roomfull of cience projects drew n a crowd of students and parents and families last week at the Hays CISD Middle School Science Fair. Staged once again at the Performing Arts Center, the event for the first time drew winning stu- dent projects from qualifying meets at all five of the district's middle schools. The event is intended to help foster a culture of excel- lence in the sciences, event coordinator Ellen Lyon said. First through third place trophies were awarded in each category, which pitted students from sixth through the eighth grade in the same judging groups. Highlighting the awards for the day was the "Best of Show," recognizing Dahlstrom eighth-grader Sean Farrell for his Engineering project rifled "Wind vs. Solar." A beaming Farrell claimed the fair's top award, a laptop computer, to go with his first place in category and "Best" ribbon. Barton Middle School's Kailey Bozarth and Saskia Hamner claimed the "Student Favorite" award, for their project, "Blow it Up[" Full results of the 2011 Middle School Science Fair included the following, by category: Life Science: first place went to Megan Ryno of Dahlstrom for her"Feline Responses to Different Kinds of Catnip," second went to Chapa Middle School's Jacob Greer for "Tastes Like Chick- en!" and third went to Dahl- strom's Liilian Bonin for her "Testing the Effectiveness of the SODIS Method for Water Purification." Earth Science: first place went to Chapa's Tracie Purnell for "Soapy Seeds," second went to Dahlstrom's Ian Blount for '~knd one to grow on: Plant Fertilizers," and third went to Dahlstrom's Cheryl Gryta for her"How Dark is Dark?" project. Physical Science: Dahl- strom's Crispin Lyman and Matthew Perry took first with their "Green Ways to Charge Cellphones," Nicholas Perry and ]acon Plescha were second with "Bombs Away: A Ping-Pong Catapult," and Dahlstrom Middle School eighth-grader Sean Farrell won "Best of Show" honors at the district's annual middle school science fair. Farrell's project, "Wind vs. Solar" was entered in the Engineering category. Chapa's Drew Rozeboom and Andres Garza were third with "Chalk Dissolvers." Engineering: Farrell's show-winning first was fol- lowed by fellow Mustangs Austin Uresti in second and Josh Bumett and Danny Bracamontes in third. Uresti's project was rifled "Underwa- ter ROVs" and Burnett and Bracamontes teamed on"Ef- ficient Propeller Design." Mathematics: first place went to Dahlstrom's Reid Johnson for his "Water Conservation: Flush with Knowledge," second went to Dahlstrom's Areala Mendoza for "The Shocking Truth about Electricity," and third place went to Chapa's Thomas Daniel Day for his "Food for Thought." BY JIM CULLEN n a setting that's both challenging and enjoy- . able, a throng of Hays CISD special needs students recently put the organizers of the district's 3rd Annual AAC Talk Fest through their paces. There were games to be run, assistance with communica- tion to be provided, and a comfortable, inviting atmo- sphere to be created. For the benefit of every participating student, the Augmentative and Alterna- tive Communication Talk Fest established a fun plat- form from which students and their teachers could work with the assistive de- vices. Those devices, which we learned last school year can individually cost from $800 to $7,000, facilitate a wide variety of communica- tion (other than oral) that is used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. According to Talk Fest literature "individuals with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech that isn't functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and communica- tion boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves." District speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist Re- becca Wilkinson-Smith coordinates the program with the help of an obviously PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Simon Middle School student Matthew Siapno worrks on his assistive device with the help of speech patholo- gist Elisa Jankly during the 3rd Annual Augmentatiwe and Alternative Communication (AAC) Talk Fest, held recently at the Performing Arts Center. motivated cadre of teachers, aides and other specialists. The resulting half day of good times, good food, and - most importantly- good communication - provides a healthy helping of posi- tive experiences for students sometimes challenged to attain them. District descriptions of the local program indicate there are "approximately 82 students in Hays who use various AAC systems." A good number of those students were on hamd at the Talk Fest, each mentored by a teacher, aide, or specialist, and each working wilth their own per- sonal devic:e to play bingo, answer qui:z questions, or help perform any one of a number of,other activities. Wilkinsom-Smith and her fellow educators see the annual Tall~ Fest as a great opportunit3r for district students using commu- nication d~.vices to come together fo]r peer interaction and functional applica- tion of their AAC skills. The event also provides staff the chance for hands-on experi- ence, to improve prompting skills and waiting strategies, and to help gauge students' strengths and weaknesses with an eye on improving day-to-day communication. Fulfillment of that great opportunity appears to have been accomplished once again, if the smiles, laughter, hugs, and brightened eyes of this year's participants is any indication. SCHOOL BRIEFS concert set The Hays High School Percussion Ensemble Concert is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Assistant Band Director Christo- pher Gordon promises "a night of percussion music featuring percussionists from Hays High School and Dahlstrom and Barton middle schools, as well as a few high school soloists." Wallace hosts Family Heritage Wallace Middle School hosts its Family Heritage Night from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Ranger cafeteria, where a potluck dinner will be served. Among the many highlighted activities planned for the evening are free bingo (with great prizes), a library book fair, a mariachi performance, Spanish dancers perfor- mance, and Title I Campus parent information and a brief PTA general meeting. Takmt showcase Saturday at PAC The 2011 Hays CISD Tal- ent Showcase is scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center. The an- nual event is hosted by the Hays High School Choir and all proceeds go to the HHS Choir Scholarship Fund, from which $3,000 was awarded at the end of the last school year. Hays High Choir Director Nancy Cavendish reports this year's showcase highlights 25 singers, dancers, guitar- ists, pianists, a hula hoop demonstration and more" in two "acts" divided by an intermission. Cavendish adds that a wide range of ages and local schools will be represented. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. still listening Hays CISD Superinten- dent Dr. leremy Lyon hosts the next Community Lis- tening Session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Chapa Middle School. As with previous sessions, the idea is for the public to have a chance to ask questions of and discuss concerns with the superintendent and school board trustees in an informal setting. A final listening session for this school year is sched- uled for April 5 at Pfluger Elementary. workshop at Carpenter Hill set for Tuesday "Youth and Cyberbully- ing: What Families Don't KnowW'lll Hurt Them," a workshop sponsored by Hays CISD and the Anti- Defamation League, is set for next Tuesday, March 1, 7-9 p.m., at Carpenter Hill Elementary School. The evening workshop is free and open to the public. Participants should note that, due to mature subject matter, this workshop is not open to children under 11. Middle and high school students, parents and community are welcome. Dad's Club seeking help The Elm Grove Elemen- tary School Dad's Club is seeking donations for its Saturday, March 5, Spring Rummage Sale, set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the front See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B +