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INDEPENDENCE DAY See photos from local Fourth of July celebrations. - Page 1C Hays Free Press July 5, 2017 Page 3B STAFF REPORT tens, who left at the end CISD statement, Cruz "I envision our school2011, Cruz became the He added Cruz was a of the has a 14-year career in as a place where all Del Valle Middle School member of the district's Less than a year after school education at DVISD. students can learn, assistant principal 2016 Bond Oversight opening, McCormick year. Cruz currently resideswhere teachers can teach prior to earning the top Committee and helped Middle School will now Gittens within Hays CISD and be supported, and position in 2013. oversee the final touches have its second princi- was hired boundaries, where all stakeholdersWe're excited about to McCormick Middle. pal. in 2015 "As the principal, are committed to James joining our team. Cruz earned a Late last month, Hays as the I want to ensure that excellence." He is a familiar friend Bachelor of Science CISD board trustees school's each child has access to Cruz began his career who has lived in the in Exercise and Sports approved the hiring inaugural and receives a qualityas a middle school community nearly 10 Managmeent from of James Cruz as the princi- education. I believe math teacher and boys years and has served Southwest Texas school's next principal, pal and CRUZ this can be achieved athletics coach at Delon important district-University in 2003 and Cruz, who is the cur- helped by providing a safe and Valle. He also worked a level citizen planninga Master of Education rent principal at Del open the new campus innurturing environment Dailey Middle School in committees," said HaysAdministration from Valle Middle School, 2016. conducive to learning," DVISD as a math teacher CISD Public Information Concordia University in takes over for Thad Git- According to a Hays said Cruz in a statement, and department chair. In Officer Tim Savoy. 2011. BY MOSES LEOS III Anxiety over lagging 2017 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores was expressed by Hays CISD leaders after preliminary results for the district were released last month. Joy Philpott, Hays CISD director of assessment and accountability, said the district's writing scores for 2017 were down from last year. The trend was reversed from a year previous when the district's writing scores improved significantly. High school English I and II scores reflected the writing struggles seen across the district. "We saw a dip in English I this year, while English II was stable," Philpott said. STAAR reading scores were also down slightly from 2016 in all grades except for third, which has "grown progressively." Philpott said the district's "celebrations" include upticks in third- grade reading, and math scores for grades 3rd to 6th. Hays CISD also saw increases in 8th grade science and U.S. History. But the primary area of concern was the dropping writing score in the district. Philpott said district staff would continue with data analysis and use it for Hays CISD's campus needs assessment during its Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) workshop. Merideth Keller, Members of the Hays High band spent the day recently picking up trash along a stretch of Kohler's Crossing ad- opted by the Hays Rebel Band Boosters. The group is one of the latest to adopt area streets in the Kyle area as part of the city's Adopt-a-Street program. Photo via Hays CISD. Merideth Keller, Hays CISD board president, was concerned about the effectiveness of Debbie Diller and Associates, a professional development service that works with teachers to provide balanced literacy for students. Hays CISD board president, was concerned about the effectiveness of Debbie Diller and Associates, a professional development service that works with teachers to provide campuses that used balanced literacy for Debbie Diller may not students. Hays CISD have improved test contracted Debbie scores. Diller for the past However, Hays CISD three years with the officials did not disclose assistance of a federal information on classes grant, and campuses that used In 2016, board Debbie Diller and how trustees approved they did on the STAAR. a $220,000 services Yarda Leflet, Hays agreement with Diller CISD executive amid controversy over director of learning the effectiveness of the and teaching, said the service, district didn't have to Keller was interested bring the information in understanding when back as Hays CISD Hays CISD was going "didn't exceed the to vote on service contracts, claiming STAAR RESULTS, 4B PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN STAFF REPORT A Texas State Universi- ty microbiology professor will travel abroad this month af- ter he was selected to par- ticipate in a global seminar. Dr. Rodney ROHDE E. Rohde was selected to participate in the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) Seminar to be held July 9-16, 2017, in Potsdam, Germany. The Global Citizenship Alliance will conduct its Global Citizenship Seminar for faculty and administrators, GCS12. Entitled Colleges and Universities: The Path to Global Citizenship, this seminar will be held in Potsdam, state capital of Brandenburg. Rohde is one of only approximately 50 faculty participants from colleges and universities throughout the United States who will gather to explore the factors that either support or restrain global citizenship education within higher education. The group will also jointly develop strategies to help advance a more comprehensive approach to global learning at their respective institutions. According to a press release, the seminar is a competitive opportunity for faculty from across ACC to broaden their understanding of global issues and contribute to globalizing ACC. In addition, Rohde will serve as a facilitator of the 2017/2018 Globalizing Curriculum Faculty Learning Community (FLC) at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as receive an appointment as a visiting scholar at the campus. The FLC facilitators' role is to provide intellectual leadership to help shape the content of the FLC program, according to the release. Facilitators also guide the other faculty participants in completing their projects to infuse global topics into their curriculum, such as creating a new module or syllabus. "Rohde believes that globalization in his specialization area - infectious disease, public health, and laboratory medicine - is a synergistic fit between ROHDE, 4B + :ll l||lh i i lii