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HEF FUNDRAISER Hays Education Foundation supporters honored at annual gathering - Page 1C Hays Free Press September 14, 2011 ~laUs ~[ree ~ress Page 3B SCH00L IVlBIWS SEPTEMBER 16-22 HAYS CISD LUNCH MENUS Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily at all campuses ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Friday, 9/16 Pepperoni pizza Bean/cheese tostadas Ham/cheese wrap Teriyaki chicken salad Steamed broccoli Monday, 9/19 Pasta/marinara sauce Chicken nuggets Turkey melt Beef taco salad Steamed mixed vegetables Tuesday, 9/20 Cheese pizza Beef dippers/brown rice BBQ chicken wrap Teriyaki chicken salad Stir fry vegetables Wednesday, 9/21 Chicken soft tacos Pasta pnmavera Sloppy Joe Chef salad Corn on the cob Thursday, 9/22 Orange chicken/brown rice Cheesy baked ziti Tuna salad wrap Italian salad 5-way vegetables MIDDLE SCHOOLS Friday, 9/16 BBQ chicken or cheese pizza Beef/cheese tostadas Ham/cheese wrap Teriyaki chicken salad California blend vegetables Monday, 9/19 Chicken tetrazzini Pasta/marinara Baked chicken nuggets Cheeseburger Beef taco salad Steamed mixed vegetables Tuesday, 9/20 Cheese or sausage pizza Beef/broccoli/noodles Spicy chicken wrap Garden salad Stir-fry vegetables Wednesday, 9/21 Chicken patty sandwich Chicken soft tacos Pasta primavera Hamburger Chef salad Corn on the cob Thursday, 9/22 Meatloaf Pasta/meatballs Turkey/cheese sandwich Tuna salad wrap Italian salad 5-way vegetables HIGH SCHOOLS Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Grill, Ballpark Classics and The Dell offer daily pizza, fresh salads, Mexican food, burgers, subs to order, fresh fruit and veggie bar Friday, 9/16 Chili/cornbread Cheesy nachos BBQ chicken wrap Pasta/marinara Meat lovers pizza Tuna salad Monday, 9/19 Chicken tetrazzini Chicken burrito Crispy chicken wrap Ham/cheese macaroni Chicken fajita pizza Garden salad Tuesday, 9/20 Rotisserie chicken Chicken tostadas Spicy chicken wrap Chicken parmigiano Cheese pizza Teriyaki chicken salad Wednesday, 9/21 Chicken teriyaki stir fry Chicken soft tacos BBQ chicken sandwich Pasta primavera Ham/cheese pizza SW chicken salad Thursday, 9/22 Meatloaf Beef enchiladas Chicken nuggets Pasta/meatballs Cheese pizza Beef taco salad PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Chapa Middle School houses what it calls its Neighbors Helping Neighbors room. a collection of donated clothes and other household essentials that are free for the taking for community members in need. Chapa Language Arts teacher J6el Johnson, above, is the on-campus, go-to person for accessing or donating to the community help room. Chapa Middle School program offers clothing and goods for those in need BY JIM CULLEN Local schools are all about helping their students and, in some situa- tions, their families, whether it's in the form of counseling, advice or direc- tion to services. Chapa Middle School, like its 21 counterpart campuses across Hays CISD, does the same thing, but has for the past several months been taking the commitment to help up a notch. The school's Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, housed in a vacant classroom portable building, offers - at no cost to recipients - a wide range of clothing and goods. Chapa language arts teacher JBel John- son has been spearheading the project since mid-way through the past school year. The Cougars' current Teacher of the Year gives blocks of time to help take in donated goods and to open the doors to those in need of something offered on the Neighbors Helping Neighbors shelves. Johnson and Chapa Principal Lisa Walls describe the facility as '% community store where all items are free," with items donated from various sources ranging from teachers to churches and a number of community members. Johnson says the store is intended "to strengthen the bond between schools and the community while providing resources to those who need them." She said last year's showing was very successful, noting the fact that Neighbors Helping Neighbors was able to provide for many families. Those receiving help were not just those directly associated with Chapa. Johnson estimates that as many as 300 families have taken advan- tage of the program so far, some of them repeat visitors. "One of the best parts was seeing the 'revolving door' effect," Johnson said. She explains by recalling "families would come and get items that they needed and drop off some that they were willing to donate. Though this is not a requirement, it really illuminated the Neighbors Help- ing Neighbors concept." Asked about partnerships, not sur- prisingly both Johnson and Walls point See NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS, pg. 4B PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Hemphill honors the fallen Hemphill Elementary School observed a 9/11 memorial flag-raising ceremony on a particu- larly poignant day last Friday. Students such as (left to right) 2nd-graders Valery Rico Vil- lareal, Kaitlin Diers and Peter Cortez joined their classmates and the Hemphill faculty and staff to honor the 9/11 fallen, as well as the sacrifices of firefighters in the recent fires of Central Texas. They also noted the Very recent loss affecting the entire Hemphill and Hays CISD community, the death of of Hawk Assistant Principal Dr. Jesse Porras, and shared in a memorial for the leader. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Simon student steps up to volunteer Simon Middle School 7th-grader and First Class Scout Joshua Hamill has been named the Kohrs Cares Volunteer for the City of Kyle, the result of his ongoing volunteerism at his one- time elementary school, Fuentes Elementary.We're pleased to hear he continues his work COUNSELOWS iiiiiiii i iiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiii i iiiiiiiiiii iiii iii R jii iiiiii ii iiiiiii iiiiii iiiiii iiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiii iii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii A~umCademic preparedness is the most portant step in preparing for your ture. Good grades are a key fac- tor in the college admissions process. You can keep track of your grades through your progress reports and report cards. The Par- ent Portal offers the most updated look at your academic progress. First, take a look at your class schedule. All high school students are required to take four years of study in the core subject areas and other required courses for graduation. Taking the most rigorous courses in high school is important. Hays CtSD also works with Austin Community College to offer Early College Start at all high school cam- puses. You can earn high school and college credit at the same time. Show colleges you have chosen a specific field of study such as engineering, and you are taking all the high school courses offered to prepare for your chosen college major or future career pathway. Your transcript is a running record of each semester grade you receive for each course you take in high school. Make the best grades possible! How can you make better grades? Seek help from your teachers and go to tutorials. Complete every homework assignment and attend each class. Study for your major exams and give extra time to your required projects. Form student- led study sessions to prepare for each test. When a major project is due, look over the guidelines for the project and make sure you have completed each requirement. Time management is a required skill for high school, college and life. You might be involved in numerous extracurricular activi- ties, clubs or community volunteer efforts. You could be a class officer or a student leader for a school club. These activities are all important, but you must concentrate on being a good student first. Show colleges and future employers that school is impor- tant and good grades are your main priority. Good luck with your classes this school year. Every grade you make this year is a ~ton tnxAr~rrl ~7~11r hrlaht fl~t~w~ SCHOOL BRIEFS Grandparents Day at KES Kyle Elementary hosts its final Grandparents Day lunches this Thursday~ Sept. 15. with students from Kindergarten, 3rd, and 5th-grades inviting their grandparents to share a special lunch with them. Dahlstrom and Chapa Open Houses umllay Both Dahlstrom Middle School and Chapa Middle School will host their 2011 Open House activities this Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Camino Real Fall Round-up Saturday Don't miss the Back to School Fall Roundup at Camino Real Elemen- tary this Saturday, Sept. 17, sponsored by the Roadrun- ner PTA. The always-fun event is set for 8 a.m.-noon. Reservations for vendor booths are available now by contacting Anna Marie Dailey at crespta@hayscisd. net. dance clinic The Hays High School Highsteppers host a clinic for girls in grades K-8 on Saturday, Sept. 24. Pre-reg- istration has already ended, but late registration contin- ues through the morning of the clinic. Cost is $30. The 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. clinic is designed to provide girls with an opportunity to learn dance routines from the Highsteppers and an experience that Mll help participants gain confi- dence and an appreciation for dance. Participants will perform for their parents in a special showing in the Hays High Red Gym and in September 30 pre-game activities before the Rebel game that night. For reg- istration or more informa- tion, contact Highstepper sponsor Amanda Bodine at or register the morning of the clinic between 8-9:15 a.m. Lil Cheer Clinic set The Hays High School Rebel cheerleaders are calling for participants in their Lil Cheer Clinic, set for October 3-6, from 4:15-6 p.m. daily, in the Joe Gra- ham Gym. The clinic is for campers from three years old through 6th-grade. Cost is $25 per participant and family specials are avail- able. Campers will receive a t-shirt and will have the opportunity to perform at a high school football game. For registration materials or more information, contact sponsor Lindsay Dixon at or call 268-2911. SAT testing Oct, 1 Hays CISD seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT test at Hays High School Saturday, Oct. 1. Early registration has already closed, but late reg- istrants may sign up until Wednesday, Sept. 21, for $75 (includes a $26 late fee) The test site will offer 10 stand-by spots the morn- ing of the test, with an $82 fee. Students are directed to arrive at 7:30 a.m. with a filled out registration form. The 10 stand-by spots are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Hays High School Counselor Kathy Arendt at arendtk@ h~xrec'i~d n~'t +