News from or about the Weatherford Independent School District
WISD Employees Recognized: Pictured (from left) are Aileen Akbar, Pam Freeman, Amy Rankin, and WISD Board Secretary Gail Wirtanen (photo by DERIK MOORE).
Over the past three school years, Weatherford High School has seen an upward trend in the number of high school students who “complete” high school. In fact, these numbers have gone from “academically unacceptable to above 95 percent in all WHS student groups and our Completion 1 Rate is now at an Exemplary level.
The work of the WHS administrative team is complemented by staff members who have gone above and beyond to locate students who were not enrolled in school. In some cases, students had been “missing in action” for 2-3 years.
Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron
Weatherford ISD superintendent announces intent to retire at Thursday's meeting
By DERIK MOORE
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications
Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron announced her intent to retire in December at Thursday’s School Board Meeting in the District Services Building Boardroom.
Dr. Cron’s message came as a surprise as she informed the Board of Trustees in Executive Session at the end of the meeting. Later, in a special cabinet meeting, she told her central office and campus administrators.
Weatherford ISD’s summer work schedule will be Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with 30-minute lunches) now until Aug. 5. Also, the District will be closed on Fridays.
Summer School and Community Education will operate on published schedules through the summer. The maintenance office will operate as normal during the summer months.
The District Services Building, all campuses, and other district facilities shall post their summer schedules on the outside of their main building entrances.
Weatherford ISD’s Child Nutrition Department will once again participate in the Summer Nutrition Program June 1 – Aug. 5 at Ikard Elementary, 100 Ikard Lane, in Weatherford.
Breakfast will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; and lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program offers meals to children ages 18 and under at no charge.
The purpose of the Summer Nutrition Program is to enable schools to continue to operate the National School Lunch Program during the summer months. Both programs address hunger and healthy eating to benefit the well-being of Texas’ children.
Benefits of the program include:
* Children receive nutritious meals at no charge.
Board Recognizes Community Education: Pictured (from left) are Dr. Chip Evans, WISD Director of Community Education, Adult Education Instructor Donnie McGowen, and WISD Board Member Kip Hooks (photo by DERIK MOORE).
The Weatherford ISD Adult Education Program recently received the Outstanding Community Education Event Award at the Texas Community Education Association state convention held inKerrville.
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.
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.
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.).
Blue Roo Theatre
Senior Directed Shows
A Family Comedy
By Sean Abley
Directed by: Zach Crenshaw
Just a Stage He’s Going Through
By Pat Cook
Directed by: TJ Houston
Friday, May 13, 2011
Children 2 & under free