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Hays Free Press June 2, 2010 zl: j[ree |re I CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE Hays CISD seniors attend the Linebarger Academic Recognition Reception. - Page 1C Page 3B Where in the world is Robin Manning? BY JIM CULLEN ays High School world geography teacher Robin Manning will be offering her students a little something truly extra next school year, thanks to an incredible development announced recently. Manning was named one of 13 Texas recipients of a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant and departed this week for a month-long tour of China. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Education and is administered through Texas A&M University, which will provide Manning and her fellow grantees an immersion experience in Chinese culture. The group includes teachers of world history, world geography and Chinese language. Last- ing for just over four weeks, the course will consist of classroom and field experiences, cultural tours, observation of teach- ing processes and small group discussions on curriculum standards in Texas and China. The itinerary will take Manning and her group to a number of Chinese cities including Beijing, Huhenot, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Kunming and Lijang and will bring the teachers into contact with Chinas dominant, as well as minori cultures. Before her departure earlier this week, Manning said the grant application process was challenging. "There were seven essays to write, and since I have never done anything like that be- fore, it was nerve-wracking," COURTESY PHOTO Hays High School world geography teacher Robin Manning, one of 20 U.S. teachers serving as delegates to an international conference last Novem- ber, is flanked by an American serviceman and a soldier of the Republic of Korea at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. Manning was recently selected as a Fulbfight-Hays grant recipient for a month-long trip to China this summer. she said. A friend with previous success in the process of- fered counsel on content and, Manning says, 'pparently it worked!" Organizers say the project's goal is to "develop educators' . intercultural competence and enhance social studies cur- riculum and instruction on China in Texas middle and high school classrooms". The pro- gram was developed by Texas A&M Department of Teach- ing, Learning and Culture, in conjunction with the univer- sity's Office of International Outreach, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Council for Social Studies and, in China, the National Association of Educational Administrators. On their return from the trip, Manning and her fellow travel- ers will be expected to dis- seminate accurate and relevant information about Chinese ethnic groups and culture to their peers through a series of conferences and multi-media products. Lobe Criminal Justice team scores at state competition STAFF REPORTS Lehman High School's future crime-fighters took high honors at a statewide criminal justice competi- tion in Huntsville recently, with half of the 10 member contingent bringing home awards from Sam Houston State University. "We got five out of ten! The kids did awesome!" Lehman High School Crim- inal Justice sponsor Erica Williamsom exclaimed on her team's return from the state competition. Lobo junior ]aszmine Rodriguez, president of the Lehman Criminal Jus- tice Competition Squad and Vice-President of the school's Crime Stoppers organization, scored a state title in Fingerprinting to lead the Lehman showing. Complementing the Rodriguez championship were teammates Selina Gomez, Tori Torres, Matt Calderon and Stefan Mu- noz, who scored a third place in state competition for Obstacle Course. The strong team Lehman sent to state out of tough re- gional competition also in- cluded Christian Guajardo and Evan Flores in Felony Traffic Stop, Adriana Rome- ro in CriminalAnalysis, Jas- mine Esquivel in Women's Obstacle Course and Gabe Rebollar in Foot Pursuit. Additionally, a pair of Lo- bos, Tyler Brown and Philip Windham, were their spon- sor's selections to repre- sent Lehman on the Texas Public Service Association Student Board, an honor that included acting roles (Brown as a victim in the Domestic Violence and In- cident Report category and Windham as a suspect in Felony Traffic Stop). Fresh off of her team's memorable showing, Wil- liamson described a state setting that included over 200 student competitors. She noted special apprecia- tion to Monica Tovar for her transportation and prepa- ration assistance, as well as Stephanie Hoke for design- ing the team's t-shirts. "We looked great!" the proud sponsor said. PHOTOS BY JUDY COOPER Five of Lehman High School's high-flying Criminal Justice Competition Squad came home from their state meet in Huntsville with medals, in- cluding an individual state championship in Fingerprinting for the squad's president, Jaszmine Rodriguez. Selina Gomez, Tori Torres, Matt Calderon and Stefan Munoz took third in Obstacle Course. Showing off those med- als are (back, left to right) Calderon, Munoz, sponsor Erica Williamson; (front, left to right) Gomez, Torres and Rodriguez. Lehman High School seniors Tyler Brown, left, and Philip Windham were chosen to represent their schOol as members of the Texas Public Ser- vice Associa- tion Student Board. The pair were part of the school's Criminal Justice contingent that took part in the recent state meet in Huntsville. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN ' Hays High School junior Sonia Ruiz shares a special reading moment with young Yesenia Moreno during the final day of the 21st annual Kids Korner, a one-week experience for local high school students to practice what they've learned in childhood development classes. Hays High School's Kid's Korner turns 21 BY JIM CULLEN It's an annual rite at Hays High School and has been for more than two decades now. The students from Hays High's Child Development classes host small children for a week of fun and learning - for those little kids, as well as the high school students - in what is known as Kid's Korner. The child development students get first-hand, real- world experience in a setting that allows them to put into practice the things they've learned in the classroom. It means a week of planning and coordination of sched- ules, creating activities that entertain and educate small children, and making it hap- pen despite life's inevitable glitches. Such was the case on the final day of the 2010 Kid's Korner week, the finish line for the 21 s annual event, as Hays High School teacher Amy Hendrickson's students had to roll with the fact that it was raining and their planned outdoor activity wasn't going to be possible. Adjusting to the conditions of the day, the child develop- ment students were clearly in command of the situation, at least as it appeared to a visitor checking out the scene. From the situation-adjusted crayon activity on paper taped to the floor to one-on-one reading time, the host of children on hand for Kid's Korner's final day were obviously enter- tained - and educated. Kid's Korner originated when now-retired district ad- ministrator Bob Presley sug- gested the idea to a teacher after observing its success in his former district, Kerrville ISD. Since then, a succession of teachers have put their Hays High School students through their paces with young children in an exer- cise otherwise unavailable to most. As in past years, Hendrick- son and her students express appreciation to the local par- ents who allow them access to their children and speak enthusiastically about the experience. The sum-up pre- diction of the last few years remains the Same, "Kid's Korner will return next year and new faces are always welcome." SCHOOL BRIEFS Go get those diplomas! Graduation ceremonies for the 2010 graduating class of Jack C. Hays High School are set at Shelton Stadium for 8 p.m. this Thursday, June 3. Gradu- ation for Lehman High School is scheduled at Shel- ton Stadium this Friday, June 4, at 8 p.m. Acad- emy High School holds its graduation ceremony at the Performing Arts Center Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m. Academy High School's graduation rehearsal is this Friday, June 4, 10 a.m.- noon. If you can't make the ceremonies in person, note that all three ceremonies be "streamed" live in real time for the first time. To view the graduations online, go to the district website, and a link will be available on the home page. If you do not have the Microsoft Silveflight player already installed, you Hill be prompted to download it. Hemphill garage sale back on Hemphill Elementary's rescheduled community garage sale is set for this Saturday, June 5, 8 a.m.- noon. A wide variety of food, clothing, furniture and tools will be available, with rental fees from ven- dors going to the school. Hays writers recognized Two Hays High School writers have earned Honor- able Mention recognition in the Austin American- Statesman's 2010 Excel- lence in Writing scholar- ship competition. Hope Hoffmeyer and Eric Leija were among hundreds of Central Texas students who wrote on the issue of re- stricting minors from social media websites. Scholar- ships totaling $13,000 were awarded to 19 students from Central Texas high schools. Free Summer Lunch Schedule for Hays CISD Any local child under the age of 18 is eligible for free breakfast and lunch this summer on sev- eral campuses on the following schedule: Wallace Middle School: weekdays, June 7-August 6; breakfast 8:15-9:15 a.m., lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; no meals July 5-8. Camino Real Elementary School: Monday-Thursday, June 7-July 1 ; breakfast 7:30- 8 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-noon. Negley Elementary School: weekdays, June 7-August 6; breakfast 8:15-9:15 a.m., lunch 11:45 a:m.-12:30 p.m.; no meals July 5-9. Fuentas Elementary School: weekdays, June 7-August 13; breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Science Hall Elementary School: weekdays, June 8- July 1; breakfast 7-8 a.m., lunch 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; no meals July 5. Chapa Middle School: week- days, June 14-July 9; breakfast 7:15-8 a.m., lunch 10:45-11:45 a.m.; no meals July 5. Lehman High School: weekdays, June 14-July 23; breakfast 7:35-8:15 a.m., lunch 11:45-12:30 p.m.; no meals July 5. Tom Green Elementary School: weekdays, July 26- August 6, breakfast 7-8 a.m., lunch 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kyle Elementary School: weekdays, June 14-July 1; breakfast 9-9:30 a.m., lunch noon-12:30 p.m. Meals for adults are also avail- able at a charge of $1.75 for breakfast and $3 for lunch. '[,