Congratulations to all Weatherford ISD students who participated in the 10th-Annual WISD Geography Bee May 12 at the WHS Ninth Grade Center.
Participants included the top two finalists from each school's Campus Geography Bee. Also, the contest was open to all students in grades 4-8.
District winners included Hall Middle School eighth grader Robert Senter, first place; Mary Martin Elementary sixth grader Jacqulyn Cartmill, second place; and Austin Elementary fifth grader Zach Swain, third place.
Darryn Shearmire was named the new Weatherford High School girls basketball coach following last week's WISD Board meeting.
Shearmire, who also will teach mathematics at WHS, has 23 years coaching experience. He comes to Weatherford after a 13-year stint at Grapevine High School.
While at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Shearmire amassed five post-season appearances - including a district championship in 2006. He was also voted as Coach of the Year in 2006.
The end of the school year is a perfect time to participate in the Weatherford ISD Education Foundation’s Honor-A-Teacher and Staff (HATS) program! For a donation of $15, the Education Foundation will award a certificate of appreciation to a special professional at Weatherford ISD. For $50, you may honor five individuals. All staff who work to enhance your child’s learning are eligible to be honored in this very special program.
The HATS gift package includes a HATS Recognition Award (sent directly to the teacher or staff person), listing on the Education Foundation website, and recognition in the August edition of the Weatherford ISD Communicator.
Lady Roos softball team: Photo by Charlotte LaGrone
Senior pitcher Jordan Wallace had a sixth-inning grand slam to give the Lady Roos a 4-0 Regional Quarterfinal win over Odessa Permian May 13 in Abilene.
Weatherford advances to the Regional Final playoff round where it will face Plano High School in a three-game series beginning Thursday at Clay Gould Ballpark/Allan Saxe Softball Field in Arlington.
Wallace's home run was set up by a walk from senior Makayla Baeza, followed by a bunt by sophomore Kelsey Horton, and a fly ball that was botched by Permian from freshman Elizabeth Konig.
Weatherford ISD has just learned that four of its five Title I elementary campuses were recently recognized as Distinguished Performance Texas Schools.
Crockett Elementary, Curtis Elementary, Ikard Elementary, and Seguin Elementary were part of only 1,129 Distinguished Performance Texas Schools in the state.
The criteria for Distinguished Performance Schools in Texas include: Title I, Part A campus in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11; maintained a campus residing population of 40 percent or more low-income in 2010-11; met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2009 and 2010; achieved a campus rating in Spring 2010 of Exemplary; achieved a campus rating in Spring 2009 of either Exemplary or Recognized; and achieved a campus rating in Spring 2008 of either Exemplary or Recognized.
WISD Board Members Sworn In: Pictured (from left) Weatherford ISD Board members Kip Hooks and Dave Cowley are sworn in by WISD Secretary to the Board and Notary Public Debby Riebe at Monday's special-called meeting in the District Services Board Room. Both Hooks and Cowley extended their existing terms on the Board to an additional three years.
Also, at Monday's special-called meeting, new officers were elected by acclamation. Charlie Martinez will serve as new Board President; Paul Paschall as the Board Vice President; and Gail Wirtanen as the Board Secretary. Other Board members include Yale Young, Dave Cowley, Kip Hooks, and Col. Kim Olson (Ret.).
Randy Keck/The Community News: The East Parker Library Garden Party held today featured a parade of colorful spring hats.
The Friends of the East Parker County Library held their annual Garden Party today at the historic Hood cabin on Jenkins Road. The weather cooperated for the "rain or shine" event and numerous supporters of the library found much to enjoy. More photos will be in the May 27 issue of The Community News.
From the Weatherford Police Dept
On Wednesday, 05/18/2011, at approx 2pm, Weatherford Police officers and investigators were contacted by staff at the Weatherford Regional Medical Center in reference to a one year old child that had been brought into their facility with suspicious injuries. The child apparently suffered injuries to her head and due to the nature of the injury an investigation was initiated by responding officers and investigators. The investigation continued into Thursday, 05/19/2011, when an arrest warrant was obtained for the suspect in the case.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
A Good Samaritan approached Parker County Sheriff’s deputies Sunday afternoon with a wallet which was found near the boat dock at Old Tin Top Road.
The act of kindness turned into an arrest of the owner of the wallet after a brief investigation.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the deputies discovered three additional identification cards inside the wallet belonging to male individuals from Utah, California and Texas.
The owner of the wallet was contacted and met with deputies later that same afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies questioned the man about the additional driver’s licenses.
The suspect, identified as Clayton Neil Stewart, 18, told deputies he “found” the identifications and kept them in his possession.
Randy Keck/The Community News: School board members posed with retiring AISD Superintendent Don Daniel at his last school board meeting Monday. Shown are (from left) Johnny Campbell, Steve Bartley, Bobby J. Rigues, Joe Dearing, Daniel, Hoyt Harris, David Davis and Jay Stringer.
Members of the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the Aledo High School Ninth Grade Center in honor of retiring Superintendent Don Daniel. In introducing the subject, School Board President Joe Dearing said there is no better way to honor an educator than to name a school after him.