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IMPROVING ACCESS New access road improvements expected ease traffic woes, improve safety in Kyle. - Page 1C to + Free Press June 22, 2011 Negley teacher wins ADL 'Excellence in Education Award' BY JIM CULLEN For the second year of its young three-year existence, the Central Texas Anti-Defamation League's "Excellence in Educa- tion Award" has gone to a Hays CISD educator. This year's re- cipient is Negley Elementary School Counselor Michelle Winn. Camino Real Elementa- ry School's Cynthia Anderson was the 9010 award whiner. According to the award nomination written by Negiey Principal Will Webber, Winn has created "an outstand- ing counseling program" at the local campus, one which clearly establishes Negiey as ,'NO Place for Hate." Through a wide spectrum of acts and initiatives, Winn helped align her campus with the "No Place fox Hate" program, which now enjoys a presence on almost every Hays CISD campus. In accepting the award Last week in Austin, Winn de- scribed some of the activities she helped encourage this PHOTO BY JIM CUL~ Negiey Elementary School Counselor Michelle Winn accepts the congratulations of Negley Principal Will Webber on being the recipient of the Anti- Defamation League's "Excellence in Education Award" for her efforts in support of the "No Place for Hate" program - and more. Winn's award marked the second consecutive year Hays CISD counselors have received the coveted regional award. 1ll but two of our campuses are 'No Place for Hate' thisadded thatWinn"has nurturedclimate ofcaring to bloom campuses and we plan for all of the district's campuses in our school and commu- nity. She is ready and willing to share her talents, personal to be honored for their activities and goal of eliminat- ing prejudice and embracing diversityAistrict- vide." -Charlotte Winkelmann, Director of College and Career Readiness and Guidance art teacher Amy Cigalnero's "No Place for Hate" campuses students' igustrafions of their and we plan for all of the dis- past year. They included use heritage which was compiled trict's campuses to be honored of the schooFs website to pro- into a book in the school li- for their activities and goal of mote"No Place for Hate," fifth- brary, also played a part. It was eliminating prejudice and era- grade student council skits led clearly a team effort at Negiey, bracing diversity disUict-wide," teacher April Statues, news, inspired byW'mn's leadership. Wmkelmann sa~. tte~o~bu~!~gsta~ to Charlotte .~r~lmann, Di-According to the Anti-Defa- ~aise parent awareness and the rector of College and C,~=er marion League, "No Place for ~bli~ealt of diver, Readiness and Guidance fo~ the Hate" was developed to orga- sity comer by librarian Mark district, expressed specific pride nize schools "to work together .Weems, Coach Pete Welma's in Wmn's award, as well' as the and develop projects that en- research of websites and vid- "No Place for Hate" program, hance the application of diver- ~os dealing with diversity and 'All but two of our campuses are sity and foster harmony among diverse groups" and "empow- ers schools to promote respect for individvaal and group differ- ences." As for W/inn's efforts at Neg- ley, Webber said in his nomi- nating letter that his coun- selor an&student leaders have come to be "ambassadors of the program. They know about respect and differences, how to turn away and weaken someone who bullies and how to make and keep friends." He. insights and skills to help chil- dren learn the skins they need to cope in a diverse and chang- ing community." The entire district program draws extended praise from director Wmkelmann, who of- fers her congratulations "to the school leaders, teachers, coun- selors, and students in mak- ing the commitment to foster a school environment that is safe for everyone." "We strive in Hays CISD to re- place bias with respect for every- one," she says, noting the next goal is to hang a "No Place for Hate" banner in every school in the district, conduding~ "I have no doubt that we will do it" PHOTO BY JIM CUUJEN Eagles bdng history alive The 3rd-grade Elm Grove Elementary Eagles celebrated their an- nual Living History Museum recently, with a wide range of amazing historical characters on hand for live mini-lessons about their lives. Among those outfitted in the finery of their historical times was Brent Mangham, ready and willing to tell the story of George Washington to anyone who pressed his button. t~OTO BY JIM CULLEN Rel help host F# Hays High School students and staff worked hard on physical fitness in the Fit Hays/Fflnessgramcompetition this past school year, with everyone on campus particip,,ating in a host of activities to get in shape. E~y time a student took part, he or she samed an entry in a drawing few a bike. Many teachers did the same activiles alongside their students, but they actually competed for the most-involved title. Seton Medical Center Hays sqpported the cam- paign by donating bikes. Presentation of the bikes creme the last week of school, the smiling ~ and winners including (left to fight) Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Schultz, Seton's Chief Engineer Rudy Quinta~illa, student win- nor Omar Rangel, and teacher winner Erin Stage. n(ot pictured: student winner Cassio Arredondo. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE HOKE Ready, Set, Teach! : Some of the Hays High School "Ready, Set, Teach!"contingent (left), recently honored in Austin at St. Edward's University Jumlpstart Celebration, are (left to right) Taylor Thompson, Cassio Arredondo, (named Outstanding HHS student), sponsor Karen Mitchell and Christin Coffey. (Right) Lehman High School studlents in the"Ready, Set, Teach!" program were recognized at the St. Edwards University Jumpstart Celebration recently. The Career and Technical Education program is for students who~ seek a career in education. Recognized from Lehman High School were ( fight) Kfistina Mallen, Larissa Mallen (named Oustanding LHS student) and Rebecca Cazares. Page 3B SCHOOL BRIEFS Pet clinic set Hemphill Elementary School and Iohn Y. Tarlton, DVM, offer their latest pet vaccination clinic next Tuesday, June 28, 5-7 p.m., at the Hawks' cam- pus (3995 E. FM 150). A complete yearly vaccine is available for cats and dogs for $20, and individual vac- cinations range from $5 to $15. Flea and heartworm preventative will also be available. The "Educat- ing through Experience" fundraiser sees a portion of the proceeds directed toward HES field trips and a hoped-for playground canopy. For more informa- tion, call Lana Tarlton at 238-1093. Academy seeks The scene at Live Oak Academy (formerly Acade- my High School) is evolving and Principal ]ulie Ruis- inger has recently put out a call for "gently used chairs" for the campus common area. She indicates pick-up may be available. If you've got some of those gently used chairs you could part with and you'd like to con- tact Ruisinger to talk about it, write her at misingerj@ or call the campus at 268-8462. summer school seeks pdzes The Hays CISD Bilin- gual Summer School is in need of perfect atten- dance incentives. Principal Martha Mendez-Trelles says her faculty at Hemp- hill Elementary is trying to encourage perfect atten- dance, reading at home with parents, and students "doing their best at school." The school theme this summer is "Propelling New Heights" and Mendez- Trelles says she is hopeful of securing a prize for a drawing for each of the school's grade levels. To offer sucn a prize, contact the principal at trellesm@ or call 787-. 8603. Barton M.S. inducts Nat'l Honor Society BY SUSIE KANA Special to the Hays Free Press Barton Middle School held induction ceremonies for its National Junior Honor Society recently. To be eligi- ble for consideration, a stu- dent must have a high grade point average, but that aver- age is only one qualifying el- ement. Scholarship without the highest character would be of little value. In addition, membership is based on citizenship, leadership, ser- vice, and character, the cor- nerstones of National ]unior Honor Society membership. The purpose of the soci- ety is to promote these five ideals: encourage others to aspire to scholarly habits, to develop qualities of citizen- ship, to enlist in worthy ser- vice, to lead in those things which shall advance the welfare of the school, and to gain qualities of character. Barton N]HS inductees for 2011 ate as follows: Charles Bohannon, Christine Brown, Alyssa Castro, Dalton Clark, MikaylaCrumley, Caleb Cruz, Kingsley Erps, Serena Frank, ]onathan Gilliam, Isa Her- nandez, ]axed Keeley, Kaitlyn Miller, Justin Moore, Tanner North, Ryan Phillips, ]acque- line Perteny, Dylan Ramage, Sisario, Matthew Sotebler, Gibson Stanley, Madilynn Thomason, Mikayla Turnale, Briannavasquezs and Madi- sonWhitley. ~ tt0NOR~0~EW, pg. 4B +