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SPIRIT OF '45 WWll veterans honored at anniversary event. - Page 1C Hays Free Press August 19, 2015 Page 3B BY KIM HILSENBECK A question that is driving a Hays CISD survey-'Tkre stu- dents engaged in their schools? The survey was conducted by K12 Insight, the same firm that conducted the employee and parent/community surveys. The questionnaire gathered feedback on a variety of topics that influ- ence student engagement. The survey, conducted from Feb. 16 to March 6, 2015, had an overall partic- ipation rate of 30 percent. In other words, out of a pos- sible 8,947 students who were invited to take the survey, 2,656 participated. However, a much higher per- centage of middle school stu- dents took the survey than their high school counterparts. Results of the survey reflect only the perceptions and opin- ions of those students who par- ticipated in the survey and did The full results of the Hays CISD Student Engagement survey can be found on the Hays CISD website: www. not include participants whostudents was class experience: chose to skip a question. My classes allow me to be cre- Higher scores reflect stronger ative. engagement. The strongest area of engage- The survey measured cogni- ment for this age group was tive engagement through 16 Academic Support: My teachers questions on four topics. It mea- encourage me to do my best. sures social and emotional en- For ninth and tenth graders, gagement through 42 questions they were less engaged in terms on eight topics, of Relevance: I see how what Taken together, all 56 ques- I'm learning relates to the "real" fions measure overall student world. This group was more engagement, strongly engaged in Academic COGNITIVE ENGAGEMENT Support. The results were the same for RESULTS upper classmen in terms of the The weakest area of cognitive strongest and weakest areas of engagement for middle school engagement. PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT RESULTS The weakest area for all grade levels of students who par- ticipated was Acceptance: I am recognized for contributing to this school. The strongest area of engage- ment for sixth-eighth graders and upperclassmen was Self- Management: I am nice to my teacher(s). For freshmen and sophomores, their strongest area of engagement was Future Aspirations: I believe I will con- tinue my education after high school. OVERALL STUDENT ENGAGEMENT Overall engagement is deter- mined from an aggregate score across all survey items. Higher scores reflect stronger engage- ment. The District's Overall En- gagement Score was 2.89 out of 4. Middle school students who took the survey had higher en- gagement scores than their high school counterparts, with the exception of Live Oak Academy. Three schools, Barton, Wallace and Simon middle schools, had higher engagement scores than the district average. Live Oak Academy, Chapa and Dahlstrom middle schools had scores just below the district average. ;D HCISD Teachers recognized for iTunes U Work Eight Hays CISD teach- ers have been publicly recognized by the Board of Trustees for their con- tributions to the "iTunes U" project. TASKs "iTunes U" proj- ect involves teachers in developing interactive, online content for teach- ers - all of it designed to foster creativity, collabo- ration, and critical think- ing skills. Because of the honored HCISD teachers' involvement this year, an additional 16 professional development courses were added to the iTunes U library, bringing the to- tal course offering to 59. Honorees included Janet Patterson, Krista Milan, Brooke Lucio, Al- lison Gillentine, Lenicia Gordon, Tim Jacobson, Rob Cheshire and Tania Dymkowski. Girl Scout Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. Kyle United Methodist Church 408 W Lockhart St. Kyle, TX 78640 Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. ACC- Hays Campus 1200 Kohlers Crossing Kyle, TX 78640 gers receive Wallace WEB Welcome Spread across the entire gym floor, a huge group of incoming sixth-graders and their WEB ("Where Everybody Belongs") trainers listened intently to trainer (and WMS Art teacher) Adrienne Simes for a throng of ice-breaking activities. Wallace Middle School's WEB program, in use for many years, helps orient new students to the campus and transition from an elementary environment to the middle school world. Come the first week of school, these participants will have a true sense of belonging on their new campus and will more quickly integrate into the Ranger community: ~here Everybody Belongs -b