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BACK FROM IRAQ Veteran F-16 makes pitstop in Buda for paint job. - Page 1C + Hays Free Press August 3, 2011 Page 3B ttl0T0S ~ J tlLUEg Left, Lehman High School Assistant Principal Nikki Dickerson (left) and Counselor Margarita Moreno will be heading up the Lobe Freshman Center, set for its inaugural opening this month. The school anticipates somewhere in the neighborhood of 55g students. Right, the new Hays High School Freshman Center's (left to right) Secretary Adelita Salinas, Counselor Jeannette Bockholt and Assistant Principal Rob Hansarling flash the smiles that will greet incoming 9th-graders at the Rebel campus this fall. District opens ffe:;hman centers at , Lehman BY JIM CULLEN news@ The "something special" factor is afoot this fall at both Hays and Lehman high schools as the two offer freshman centers to incoming 9th-grade students for the first time. It's all part of a concerted effort by the district to provide the best possible transition for students leaving their middle school settings for the new world that is high school. Elsa Hinojosa, Hays CISD Execu- tive Director for Secondary Perfor- mance, has her finger on the pulse at both sites. '~s the 2011-2012 school year draws near, it is exciting to feel the positive energy on both compre- hensive high schools in regards to the opening of our freshman centers. Rob Hensarling at Hays High School and Nikki Dickerson at Lehman High School are excellent at building rela- tionships with students ," Hinojosa says, adding her prediction that both "will do a phenomenal job leading the centers." Hensarling will be assisted by counselor Jeannette Bockholt and Dickerson will team with counselor Margarita Moreno. Hays Assistant Principal Hensarling is promoting incoming freshman (and their parents) attendance at the Hays High School Rebel Round-up, set for Thursday, August 11, 3-7 p.m. Students will be allowed to take their ID picture, receive their schedule, and tour the newly-renovated campus. Lehman's Nikkl Dickerson encour- ages her incoming freshmen to bring their parents to the Lobes' schedule pick-up, set for Thursday, August 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or Friday, August 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lehman additionally offers an immunization clinic both days. Dickerson also announces a Lehman Freshman Parent's Night Tuesda)~ August 16, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lobe cafeteria. Counselors, administrators and the 9th-grade staffwill all be on hand for orientation, toqrs, schedul- ing information and everything else freshman-related. Both Hays and Lehman continue to advise parents to cut down on wait times by using the district's online registration, available at the district's website homepage, www/ Hensarling says the new freshman initiative was "brought forward by our Strategic Planning process," and was something his Hays peers had been looking toward for a couple of years. "So, with strong support, we were able to bring the plan together rather quickly," he says. He notes "special thanks" to the district's Maintenance Department, which converted a work- room into an assistant principal and counselor's office - all in less than a month. What the Hays High School~ AP says is being offered in the initiative is a group of"teachers and staffdedicated to personalizing the learning experi- ence through purposeful planning and focused interventions - all tailored to each student's strengths and needs." His Lehman counterpart, Dickerson, echoes that assessment and adds that she and Moreno are both very excited about focusing their energies on the single class and that they are planning class events for the year, as well as two days of Lobo Camp during the first week of school Their respective principals under- line their support for the initiative. Hays Highs David Pierce calls it "a great thing for our students," facilitat- ing the students' transition to high school and predicting that it will increase their level of success. He calls the freshman year "one of the most critical a student will experience" in Texas schools and says, "we want to make it one of the best for them." Lehman's Don Ruisinger says he is "tremendously excited" and predicts big help for what he terms the "often turbulent" transition to high school for many. Like Herce, Rnis!nger points to the dedication of the APs and counsel- ors heading up the program, as both do for the select faculty members as- sembled for the new centers. BY AMANDA BODINIE Special to the Hays Free Press The Hays High School Highstep- pers pulled in high honors at this summer's Crowd Pleasers Officer Camp, held at the Hyatt Re- gency Hotel in Dallas. The full group includes Captain Kelsi Eckhart, Lieutenant Captain Rachel Harvey, Senior Lieutenant Bianca Barrera, Junior Lieutenants Chyloe Fife, Al- lison Bailey and ErinWieser, and Sophomore Lieutenant Emily Breyer. It also includes President Cassidy Gotcher, Vice-President Savannah Kirkland, Secretary Aimee Portillo, Chaplain Alyssa Sluder, Spirit Leader Samonica Harper, and Historian CiCi Ybarbo. Both the Highstepper Dance Of- ricers and Social Officers received top honors at the camp. The Dance Officers learned dance routines in various styles, including jazz, lyri- cal, contemporary, Broadway and hip hop. They also participated in several leadership seminars to help prepare them for leading the 2011- 2012 Highsteppers. The Social Officers went through several workshops that helped pre- pare them for their role as motiva- tors for the whole team. They were voted "Most Spirited Social Officer Line" by the other teams at the camp. The Highsteppers kicked off their 2011-2012 season earlier this week, beginning preparations ~or their ~ed and Blue BBQ performance next Monday, August 8. Annual Highstep- per Training Camp takes place next week to prepare the team for the upcoming football season. C~glE~ I~010 Proud Hays High School Highsteppers show off their trophy haul at this summer's Crowd Pleasor's Officer Camp in Dallas. The group in- cludes (back, left to right) Junior Lieutenant Erin Wieser, Sophomore Lieutenant Emily Beyer, Junior Lieutenant Chyloe Fife, Junior Lieutenant Allison Bailey, Senior Lieutenant Bianca aarrere, Captain Kaisi Eckhar~.I U~(ffLa. nt ~lpt~liO ~ I-Jiirvl~y; (front, left to right) 800mt0ry Aimea Portillo, ~ce-lSresldeni ,~avannah Kirkland, Chaplain Alysea Sluder, President Cassidy Gotcher, Spirit Leader Samonica Harper, and Historian Cici Yberbo. The Highsteppers will hold a Kid- die Klinic this fall and participants will be invited to join the Highstep- pets in spirit lines during pre-game activities of a home football game. Watch for more information on the Highstepper website, www.hayscisd. net/highsteppers. SCil00L a=S Cougars host camp Friday Chapa Middle School's sixth annual Cougar Camp for incoming sixth-graders is set for this Friday morn- ing, August 5. It's a fun annual effort,to help the in- coming class learn the "ins and outs" of middle school life, giving them informa- tion about the structure of the day, campus layout, school pride, and avail- able activities. It's free, and snacks are provided. Additional information and a registration form can be found at http://hayscisd. net/Chapa.cfrn. For more information, email Leah Cochran at cochrmd@hay- or ca]] 557-5380. Online registration is still available - and highly rec- ommended - for all Hays CISD returning students for the coming school year. The system is designed to help parents by cutting down on long waits in line to fill out paper forms. The district indicates the process "will not eliminate all paperwork, (but) it will definitely quicken the regis- tration process." All pre-registered parents receive a "FASTPASS" to quickly move through the paperwork tables at their designated campuses on back-to-school day or night. For parents needing computer access, school computer labs will be avail- able to the public "late" this Thursday (10 a.m.-7 p.m.), August 4, and "early" Friday (7 a.m.-4 p.m.), August 5. To begin online registra- tion, visit the district's website homepage at www. click on the red box tiffed "Student Registration." The district has established an email help address at registra- New-to-the-district students must register in person at the appropriate campus. The necessary enrollment fc,_,'ms may be downloaded and details of required information are available - at www. tration. Lobe Kickoff Lobo Kickoff is sched- uled for this Saturday, August 6. Tina Valdez reports that festivities start with the Lobe fresh- men and junior varsity at 7 p.m., followed by the Lobe varsity at approximately 8:35 p.m. "Cheer, band, and dance run from about 8 to 8:30 p.m.," Valdez predicts. The community is cordially invited to the annual event. Hays High Rebel Round Up set for Aug. 12 Rebel Round Up and schedule pick up at Hays High School is set for seniors and incoming 9th- graders Thnrsda~ August 11, with seniors scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 9th- graders getting a look at the new Freshman Center from 3-7, (C~p4~ tours available). Juniors are scheduled for Friday, August 12, 8 a.m.-noon, and sophomores are set for . See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B FARM BUREAU INSURANCE Family Lay Mediator. Col]=brative Law A~m~ (5 2) 3x2-o9o+ 9o6 Canyon Wren Drive Buda, Te~mJ Auto, home and life insurance... Rob ww=, (512) 504-9464 RobWh .com Auto.Hom~.Li~ n IleV'~ I~kkm~L" 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Kyle, TX 78640 +