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Service Directory Marketplace Page 3 News From Abroad School Board approves district calendar The Hays CISD Board of Trustees approved the academic calendar for school year 2003-04, based on a rec- ommendation from a committee of parents, teachers and staff, during its regular meeting on Monday The school year will begin on Monday, August 18 and will end on Wednesday, May 26, 2004. Winter Break will be from December 22 through January 5 (staff will return to work on Jan. 5, though students will return on Jan. 6) and Spring Break will be March 15-19 Copies of the calendar will be available on the district's web site, www.hasycisd.net and at the Central Administration Office. The calendar committee also rec- ommended a draft calendar for the 2004-05 school year. Final approval of that calendar will be contingent upon the statewide assessment (TAKS) dates. The draft has students beginning the 2004-05 school year on August 16 and completing the year on May 15, 2005. Winter Break is from December 20 through January 3 (stu- dent return on Jan. 4, while staff returns on Jan. 3) and Spring Break March 14-18. The Board approved the Huskies is the Lehman High School mascot, Hays blue and silver are the school colors and "Integrity, Wisdom and Pride; Achieving Excellence as One" as the school motto. The student councils of Wallace Middle School and Barton Junior High spent a day- long retreat to determine the mascot, colors and motto Lehman High School is located at the comer of Goforth and Lehman roads, east of Interstate 35. The school is expected to open in 2004 with core facilities for grades 9-12 and classrooms for grades 9-10 The Board spent about 20 minutes discussing the Saturday bond elec- tion, including some of the options the district will consider to accommo- date enrollment growth, such as re- &awing the attendance zones, using operations and maintenance funds to purchase portable classrooms, sched- uling changes and approaching the community at a later time with anoth- er bond package The Board has planned a budget retreat for Saturday, and during that time will discuss many of these options and recommendations by dis- trict staff. "We will handle this challenge and we will do what is best to main- tain the instruction level of our chil- dren," said Laurie Cromwell, presi- dent of the School Board. "That's why we're here We will continue to face these growth challenges?' "I think one of the most important questions is what are we going to do now?" said Christie Pogue. "One of the non-negotiables is to look at re- drawing the attendance zones " "The bond didn't fail because there are people in the district who don't want a quality of education" said Chip DuPont. "As a Board we try to look ahead. But, a whole lot of things are happening in the world that can cause you to move your perspec- tive a little closer." DuPont urged staff when consid- ering ways to accommodate the enrollment growth to not "leave any- thing off the table" in its recommen- dations to the Board on Saturday. In another action, the Board heard a report about the district's WELL Clinic, the school-based health clinic that is located at Tom Green and Hemphill elementary schools. Some 1,675 students have visited the clinics for either a "sick" or "well" visit, and an additional 1,500 immunizations have been administered to HCISD students and their siblings. Kay Gibbons, the nurse practitioner with the district's WELL Clinic, reported that in more than half of the cases, the WELL Clinic is the primary care giver. ;D HCISD takes five Gold Stars for communications Hays CISD received five Gold Stars and Two Silver Stars for excel- lence in school communications by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA), during the annual conference last week. Each year, TSPRA recognizes school communicators for outstanding work in both print and electronic media. More than 800 entries were received this year. Entries selected as the best in the state were honored with Silver Star, Gold Star and Best of Category awards. Gold Star winners in Hays CISD are: Parent Academic Guides (brochure); the Education Foundation's Academic Recognition Banquet (program); Noticias y perspectivas (non-English speaking audience); the Education Foundation's Annual Report (annual report); and the Superintendent of the Year application document (writing). The district received Silver Stars for the newsletter, News N Views and the annual Budget Book. Christina Rose Molloy and Jennifer Leigh Knight have been named to the Baylor University Dean's Academic Honor List for the 2002 fall session. Christina worked as a summer intern for The Free Press last year. James Scott Allen, kinesiology major, has been named to the Dean's List at Stephen E Austin State University for the fall semester. Bradley William Power, has made the distinguished students list at Tarleton State University for the Fall 2002 semester. The National Honor Roll recog- nizes high school students who have achieved exceptional academic suc- cess. These graduates of Hays High School qualified for induction into the 2002-03 honor roll for excellence in the 2001-02 school year. 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