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+ Hays Free Press July 8, 2015 Page 4B COURTESY PHOTO Foundation funds S5K Fusion grant for Sanchez The Hays Education Foundation got in on the fun at - and support for - the district Fusion Conference at Simon Middle School, awarding a $5,000 grant to Hemphill Elementary teacher Jorge Sanchez and his "Student Drivers" (iPad) proposal. The foundation grant will fund a full set of iPads for the Hawk teacher's fourth grade classroom. Posing with the jumbo check are (L-R) Sanchez and Education Foundation Board members Jason Dixon and Michelle Lopez, and Foundation Executive Director Angle Mendez. SEEDS: Juveniles tell their own stories Continued from pg. 3B the SEEDS class. Along with reading a variety of literature and holding speech debates, students participate in the "Your Name is a Story" activity. They write out their childhood, including one achievement and one setback. The students do the same for their future, identifying what they need to gain and lose to reach their goals. "They have a chance to figure out what they want to be like," Tortes said. "Once we can see our life on paper we can write more and see the change." Brett Littlejohn, juvenile center administrator, said most students are behind in school and have low self-esteem before the program. "They go into this not expecting to get anything out of it," Littlejohn said. "They don't realize it'll help them catch up in "There are so many diamonds in the rough here ... All these kids come with different gifts. They just haven't gotten an opportunity to shine." -Isaac Torres, program director school and lead to a more positive self-worth." Torres said he is always surprised at how a stu- dent's skill level improves by the eighth week. "There are so many dia- monds in the rough here," he said. ' MI these kids come with different gifts. They just haven't gotten an opportunity to shine." Once all the stories are written, Torres publishes them in a book. 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CHILD Find - Apoyo a Estudiantes con Discapacidades Todos los distritos escolares estAn requeridos de identificar, localizar y evaluar a todos los nifios que tienen discapacidades, de reci6n nacidos hasta de 21 afios de edad. Esto incluye a nifios que van a las escuelas de Hays CISD, escueles particulares localizadas dentro de nuestro distrito y estudiantes que estfin siendo educados en casa. Si usted sospecha que su hijo/hi)a pueda tener alguna discapacidades de aprendizaje, habla, interacci6n social, vista, oido, o conducta, por favor comuniquese con la Oficina de Educaci6n Especial del Hays CISD en el tel6fono 512-268-8250 (pida por Shelli Cervenka). Estamos aqui para ayudar, sin costo alguno. Survey: HCISD shows improvement Continued from pg. 3B EdwardJones + school years, were not used for comparison RESPONSE RATE: with the K12 data. The family and community survey was administered March Tables 1 and 2 on 23-April 16, 2015. Invitations were sent out to 12,410 indb page 3B compare viduals asking for their participation. The total response rate; the past two years' combining unique URLs (N=948) and public URLs (N=1,40~ scores, was 19 percent (N=2;355)i Ten percent of overall responses Elementary schools were in Spanish. once again received a slightly better grade SURVEY METHODS: than middle or high K12 Insight emailed individual invitations that included links schools. Overall, the to the survey. A link to the survey was also posted on the high school grade district's website, and paper surveys were also available on fared better this request. The survey was available in Spanish both online year than in 20]4. and on paper. Participants received communication about However, there was the su~ey through ernail, letters home to parents and the a slight decline in district s web page. 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