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SISTERLY LOVE How becoming a big sister helped one woman overcome her own troubled past. - Page 1C + Hays Free Press May 22, 2013 ~a~S ~ree ~ress Page 3B New principals at six Hays CISD elementary schools in fall BY KIM HILSENBECK campuses. "Some of these principals kim@haysfreepress.com are branching out, trying new things and building their ex- Six Hays CISD elementary perience level," he said. "For schools will have a different others, the changes were rec- principal next school year, ommended based on a variety making it challenging to keep of factors including last year's up with the staff shuffling deci- community and employee sur- sions announced last week. vey results." Commenters on the Hays Hays CISD announced theFree Press Facebook page of_ following principal assign- fer congratulations and well rnents for the 2013 - 2014 wishes; others indicate they are school year: skeptical of the change. Kristi Campbell will move Hemphill Principal Paige from Tobias Elementary to Collier wrote a letter to the Buda Elementary. school community about her Paige Collier ~ move reassignment. from Hemphill Elementary to It said, in part, "I will miss Tobias Elementary. Hemphill so much! Hemphill Charla Salmeron will move Elementary is the most special from Buda Elementary to Neg- place I have ever known and I ley Elementary. am privileged to have been a Chris Summers Hill move part of this family of learners. from Tom Green Elementary to I walked into this school as a Science Hall Elementary. 22-year-old first-year teacher WillWebber Hill move from and I am leaving 13 years later. Negley Elementary to Tom I am honored to have served Green Elementary. the Hemphill students as a Chapa Assistant Principal teacher, reading specialist, in- Julio Vela Hill be promoted to structional strategist, assistant become the principalofHemp- principal and principal." hill Elementary. She continued, "This school is a place that everyone can be All other elementary princi- proud of and passionate about. pals Hill remain at their current We have built school pride and campuses, a solid foundation for our el- "We are fortunate in Hays ementarylearners." CISD to have a talented pool Collier ended her letter with, of principals," said Executive "It is my hope that Mr. Vela Hill Director of Elementary School receive your flail support as Performance Tim Persall. parents. Together, you Hill pre- "These assignments comple- pare our students for lifelong ment the current strengths of learning. Many thanks for your each campus. This will be our support!" starting line-up, if you Hill, for Vela is the newest person the next school year." to join the ranks of principal Forthepasttwoschoolyears, in Hays CISD. He is filling the the district has implemented a opening left vacant by the re- comprehensive campus per- tiring Dr. Angle Nelson, princi- formance program called CES, pal at Science Hall Elementary. or the Campus Excellence Sys- Vela began his career in educa- tem. Using this data, along with tion as a classroom teacher at interviews and discussions Levelland High Schoolin 1999. with principals, the decisions In 2004 he was hired as an as- were made to pair some prin- sistant elementaryschoolprin- cipals with different campuses, cipal in Plalnview ISD. He has These changes Hill take place worked for Hays CISD since after this school year.2006 as the assistant principal Hays CISD spokesperson at Chapa Middle School. He Tim Savoy said the changes has also served as the Hays are not uncommon, especially CISD summer school principal with a district that has diverse in past years. WILL PAIGE WEBBER COLLIER CHARLA SALMERON From Tobias Elementary To Buda Elementary What they're saying on Facebook... "Congratulations to Mr. Vela!" - Gretchen Klemme "musical principals!!" - Jeanette Castiilo Gonzalez "Who is in charge in the admin building making these decisions since we don't have a superintendent?" - Andrea Fiebelkorn "Different people have different strengths. They may be switching principals due to the new schools needs. One person may retire or move resulting in other principals requesting changes. Many reasons for switching principals. Regardless, good luck to all!"- Gretchen Klemme "Would be nice, as a parent, to have some input!"- Paul Deutsch "Awww we loved Mr. Webber at Negley."- Shanna Hammond "1 was just informed it has something to do with principal training..."- Crystal Rigg "Not happy at all. I hate that Mrs. Campbell is leaving Tobias." - Lori Bassford de Leon BY KIM HILSENBECK the project took flight. "We're teaching our kids to kim@haysfreepress.com be global citizens and we're trying to teach them to give Stepping into the library up their preconceived notions at B]anco Vista Elementary about the world," Posey said. School on Friday felt a bit "What started out as a book like walking into a whole study became so much more," new world. Students dressed she said. "Our year in Africa in traditional African garb, turnedourstudentsintoglobal a replica of the Egyptian citizens and taught them pyramids and many colorful much about perseverance d_isp]ays transported visitors and empathy. Studying Africa to countries such as Egypt, taught us that people all strive Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, for the same basic things. The South Sudan and Libya. more we understand other Over the past school year, cultures, the better we can the B]anco Vista Wildcat work together to make the Ambassadors - selected world a brighter place." because of their strong reading Second-grader Krystal and excellent behavior -Cortez spoke about Libya, a immersed themselves in countryinnorthemAfrica.Her African culture, learning a display had photos of a man variety of information about she said was "the emperor for the continent's more than 40years." 50 countries. Their research It was the country's former included endangeredanimals, and now deceased leader, geography, weather, culture Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled and how to speak African the country for more than four languages, decades. On Friday, the students Krystal explained some of presentedtheirresearch, along what she researched, how with a display of artifacts and she learned about speaking tchotchkes, words in Arabic, the country's Librarian Kelly Posey, who Emperor scorpions and how led the effort, explained how people decorate their horses. PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN Dr. Isaac Gang, one of South Sudan's "Lost Boys," shared with students from Blanco Vista Elementary his tale of the long walk to Ethiopia and then to Kenya in 1987 when the government ordered all males to be killed. Gang was at the school as part of the Pan African Conference on Friday. "They're a very wealthytheir language, too," Krystal is the color yellow. Like all country. They're very cultural, said. the other presenters at the very colorful. And I think that She taught visitors to her they're very good people. I like booth words like asfar, which See STUDYING ~FRIC& pg. 4B HCISD offers Summer meals for students Hays CISD will again par- ticipate in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals Hill be provided to all children, 18 and under, without charge at select campuses during the summer months. Meals Hill be provided at the sites and times as follows: Science Hall Bementary June 10-July 9 Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Lunch: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Pfluger Elementary June 10-June 28 Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Lunch: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Simon Middle School June 10-June 28 Breakfast: 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Wallace Middle School June 10-Aug 9 Breakfast: 8 a.m. -8:30 a.m, Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Lehman High School June 10-July 19 Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Parents are welcome to eat with their children. Adults will be charged a nominal price for their meals. For more informa- tion visit the national smnmer feeding program website www. summerfood.org or call 2-1-1. Hays County Sheriff's Office Junior Deputy Academy Hays County area children ages 8-10 can participate in the 2013 Junior Deputy Academy Program. This three-day camp is from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues- day-Thursday. The West Side Academy is June 25-27 at the Wimberley Community Center. The East Side Academy is July 16-18 at Wallace Middle School in Kyle. The program provides children a chance to interact with sheriff's deputies and make friends with positive role models. Deputies from across the Sheriff's Office will intro- duce children to the different functions provided by the Hays County Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday of each camp, the children will tour the Sheriff's Office, a local fire station, as well as the Smoke House, EMS and StarFlight. Junior deputies will also meet with Sheriff Gary Cutler. All children will receive a t-shirt and graduation certificate. Children must bring a sack lunch; water and snacks will be provided. The first 40 applica- tions will be accepted to attend the Junior Deputy Academy. The application deadline is 4 p.m. June 3, 2013. Summer program from 111e Boys & Gids Clubs The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas Hill provide a Summer Program from June 17 to July 26 for children enter- ing first through sixth grade. The program offers music, dra- ma, art and gymnastics, games, tournaments, challenges and other programming. There is a Friday swim day along with a weekly field trip. Participants can attend at one of two loca- tions in San Marcos; one at the Mitchell Center Unit and the other at the San Marcos Unit. The summer program rims from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and a snack Hill be provided. Visit www.bgcsct.com for more information. ADWARE * SPYWARE On-Site Removal (requires broadband intemet access) Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 Mfr. 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