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Hays Free Press August 17, 2011 REV IT UP! Car, motorcycle event and cook-off benefits Burke Center. -PagelC Page 3B + STAFF REPORT committee is comprised of teachers, non-teaching professionals, parents, Hays CISD is seeking nominees from business and community members, as the public to serve as members of its outlined in school board policy. District Leadership Team (DLT). The The committee is seeking nomina- group serves as an advisory commit- tions from the following categories for tee to provide input to the superinten- the 2011-2012 school year: two par- dent throughout the school year. The ents, two business members, two corn- munity members (local residents who do not have children enrolled in Hays CISD schools). Nomination forms and more infor- mation may be obtained from the Hays CISD Human Resources Office or by calling 268-2141, ext. 6025. Completed nomination forms for parent, business and community member nominees should be submit- ted to the Human Resources office by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6. A public drawing for the positions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m. in the Human Resources office at 21003 IH- 35 in Kyle. BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com Tom Green Elementary dad Bobby Yanez Says that when his oldest child started kindergarten, he saw the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as "a great organization to stay involved with my child's education, the schools and teachers." Having successfully com- mitted to that involvement, Yanez has doubled down on the investment of time and energy, being elected the first president of the new Hays CSD Coun- cil of PTAs and taking on the challenge of helping coordinate a wide range of student-supportive activities. Yanez, whose fellow officers include Vice-President Araceli Ramirez, Sec- retary Valerie Johnson and Treasurer Dora Zapa~a, says that parental in- volvement fhelps your child to excel in school." Representing a cross section of the community from which the offi- COURTESY PHOTO Officers of the newly-formed Hays CISD Council of PTAs include Oeft to dght~) Presdient Bobby Yanez, Vice-President Araceli Ramirez, Treasurer Dora Zapata, and Secretary Valede Johnson. Twenty-one of the distrrict's 22 campuses has a PTA and most have already sent representation to the district organization. Organizing charter efforts are under way for the 22nd campus and hopes are for a unanimous showing of representatives on the district counciuL cers live; Bamirez is Membership Chair of the Kyle Elementary PTA, Johnson is President of the Simon Middle School PTA, and Zapata is President of the Carpenter Hill Elementary PTA. Yanez serves as Vice-President of the Tom Green Elementary PTA. The motivated father is emphatic' whenheexplainshowhissenseofpur- a group that aptly describes itself as says, indicating the clear hope that the every child while providing the best pose took shape. When PTA council "influencing millions of parents, past council will soon enjoy the participa- tools for parents to help their children elections came about, Isawit~anop- and present, to get involved in their tionofeverycampusP~, be successful students." ponunity to promote parents involve- children's education." The national or- "In addition," he adds, we will part- Affirming the district's viewpoint on ment in school. As our Council Board ganization currently claims more than net with Hays CISD on different events the growing PTA movement, its Dimc- formed, we set out to strengthen every 5 million volunteers in 25,000 local and initiatives they would li~e to pro- tor of Community Relations, Angie local PTA by passing on valuable infor- units, mote. We believe by doing t~s, it will Mendez, says "the unlimited human mation - and being a source of infor- For now, 21 of Hays CISD's 22 cam- help promote parent involve.'ment and resources of our community are com- mation the local campus groups can puses are among those local units. Ya- help educate children, all in ~a safe en- ing into .focus with the formation of depend on." nez says that every campus FrA is in- vironment." the Council of PTAs. Bobby Yanez and On a nationallevel, the PTA has been "cited to the district's PTA council, and It all neatly dovetails with It.he stated his fellow officers are really the spear providing this kind of information and that, to date, 13 of them have already objectives of the national organiza- point of a program that we expect will support for more than a century. From sent representation. "We are working tion, which states on its website, "the accomplish wonderful things for our its 1897 founding as the National Con- with that 22nd campus to charter their PTA provides parents and fanailies with students and serve as a great commu- gress of Mothers, it has grown into local PTA membership this year,"Yanez a powerful voice to speak on behalf of nity partner." BY JENNIFER ECI(HARDT ment to her professional credentials, and worked as Mentor Principal for the Even a short visit with Flanagan Galveston-HoustonArchdioc~se. Special to the Free Press makes it clear that she is devoted to the Santa Cruz, now in its fifrla year af- children and their success. "More than ter a 2007 opening, will serve grades Buda's-Santa Cruz Catholic School anything, I love being able to make a Pre-K-6th, with future plans; for 7th- is excited to announce the arrival of its difference in the lives of my students," 8th. The school opened witih 15 stu- new principal, Susan Ellen Flanagan. she says. dents, but this year is poisedl to serv~ Flanagan brings experience that is Her list of accomplishments at Our more than 160 students. "Wee axe still broad and deep, garnered from her 36- Lady of Fatima was impressive. Aca- a new school, with g~eat pottential for year career in both public and private demically, she was able to strengthen growth," Flanagan says, adding she is education arenas, the curriculum, add new staff and looking forward to "adding new grades She began her teaching career at teaching positions, and create an Ac- and expanding class offering~s at every St. Veronica Catholic School in How- celerated Math program. While add- level." Stating that she is "ex~cited to ell, NJ., then moved on to Dallas and ing 7th and 8th grades, she instituted work with the Santa Cruz stalff, Flana- Galveston-area schools. Prior to corn- new programs that included athletics, gan says she is "thrilled to be a part of ing to Santa Cruz, Flanagan served six National Junior Honor Society and a great group of teachers, staflf, parents years as principal of Our Lady of Fail- Student Council. She also faced great and parishionem- all dedicat~ed to the ma Catholic School in Texas City. challenges when Hurricane Ike neces- success of the school and sttudents it The principal's academic ~o~mi~ sitated renovation of two wings of her serves." includes a Bachelor of Educati an school. As for her philosophy of edlucation, a Master of Science in Education as a Flanagan served the larger academic Ranagan says hers is simple-'~Jl chil- reading specialist. She obtained her community in leadership positions dren can learn and be succe~,ssful. We Mid-Management Certification, later such as Regional Coordinator for the intend to give our students every op- adding a G~ed and Talented Endorse- Galveston-Houston Region E Principals portunity to be successful." PHOTO BY JIM CI~ Santa Cruz Catholic School principal Susan Ellen Ranagan, cheerfully professes a simple philosophy: "All children can learn and he successful." SClI00L BRIB=S Sack to School Night Aug. 18 The final steps to the start of the 2011-2012 school year are marked off tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m., as all 13 Hays CISD elementary schools host their Back to School Night. Students and parents get to meet their new teachers, re- ceive.orientation to their new classrooms, and get information on the corn- Lug school year's activities. Area motorists are advised to use caution around these massively-attended events. The same advice is even more important with the actual start of school next Monday, August 22. Middle School schedules pick up Aug. 18 All Hays CISD middle schools - Simon, Wallace, Chapa, Dahlstrom and Bar- ton - are making student schedules available tomor- row afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 18, from noon - 6:30 p.m. Wallace Middle School hosts its WEB (Where Ev- erybody Belongs) program for incoming 6th graders tomorrow morning, from 8 a.m. - noon, directly lead- ing into the start of middle school schedule pickup. Correction on 8uda Principal A recent story in our paper on Hays CISD nam-. ing Charla Salmeron and Ann Conlee as the new principals of, respectively, Buda and Kyle elemen- tary schools carried some incorrect information. Charla Salmeron received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. We extend our apologies for the inaccura- cies to this always-smiling district administrator, her proud family and extended school community. Negley Boo Hoo Breakfast this Parents of incoming kindergarten students at Negley Elementary School are invited to the Naviga- tors' annual "Boo Hoo Breakfast" this Monday, Aug. 22, 7:30 a.m. Campus Secretary Michelle Ackart says the event, sponsored by th0 Negley designed "for new Kinder parents to bond." The gathering is in the Navi- gators' library, typically offers coffee, juice and breakfast snacks and lasts, Principal W'dl Webber says, "until the Kleenex runs out." Precedent puts that at about an hour! Camino Real Fall Round-up Here's first word on the annual Back to School Fail Roundup at Camino Real Elementary, sponsored by the Roadrunner PTA. The always-fun event is set See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B I LAW OFFICZ OF ~' ~