HSoC Weekly Update

August 23 - 27

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Quote For The Week

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

Eric D. Thomas, Ph.D.

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Newest Graduates



JULIAN CABRERA OGAS - August 23, 2021

Ivey Photo | Jostens | All Graduation Items

Students that intend to put in the work and graduate this year. IF you have not taken your senior Photo you will need to schedule an appointment to have yours taken at Ivey Studio

You still have time to get on the schedule through September and then Ivey Studio will take care of you.


Your Jostens Representative is Mr. Mike Humphreys. His contact information is below.

Mike Humphreys


817-461-6837 office


The Jostens representative will be on Campus at HSoC in September stay tuned for more information coming soon.

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Ellis County College Fair

The Ellis County College Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center. This is a collaborative college & career fair serving 10 Ellis County high schools. Any questions that you have regarding the 2021 Ellis County College Fair. can be addressed to; Mrs. Mechelay at kmechelay@wisd.org or by phone at 972-923-4600 ext. 21008

Students will need to register for entry: HSoC students please contact Mrs. Cunningham at mcunningham@wisd.org

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TSTC {Texas State Technical College}

TSTC Will be on Campus(present at HSoC) on September 10, 2021
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Families - Complete a Household Application Now

P-EBT Announcements

The Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) helped millions of Texas children who temporarily lost access to free school meals during the 2020-2021 school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently added a one-time summer P-EBT summer benefit. Eligible families may be able to receive an additional $375 to supplement their family’s budget during the covered summer period

Families that submit a household application before August 28 and meet one of the following criteria may receive the $375 Summer Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) through a direct distribution from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

  • Are newly eligible for P-EBT based on a change in family income after June 30, 2021 or are income eligible and did not have a household application on file during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Have not yet applied for P-EBT and have children who were certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and enrolled in an NSLP school in the last month of the 2020-2021 school year. Note: These families must submit applications through MyTexasBenefits.

    Schools should ensure parents can access the NSLP household application so families can obtain summer PEBT benefits.

    *Campuses that will be operating CEP for the first time in SY 21/22 MAY ONLY process TEA's Socio Economic Status (SES) Form to demonstrate eligibility for children.*

Additional Information for Schools and Families

The deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits through https://yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT. (The link is case sensitive.) is September 13.

Household eligibility for the 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits cannot be changed at this time. We are working with the HHSC call center to field questions from families and to ensure that correct information is being shared.

Household applications received after August 28, 2021, should be processed but cannot be used to determine eligibility for Summer P-EBT.

More Reasons to Encourage Families to Complete their Household Applications before the August 28 Deadline

Families that experienced a reduction in income over the covered summer period may be eligible for Summer P-EBT Benefits

Completing a household application may benefit their family and your school.

Use this flyer to encourage families to complete a household application now or in the future to ensure they have access to the many benefits it provides.

A Message for Families:

If your household experienced a reduction in income after June 30, 2021 or did not complete an household application in SY 2020-2021, now is the time to complete the household school meal application to determine eligibility for the Summer P-EBT benefit. Submit this form to your child nutrition department before August 28, 2021, to demonstrate eligibility for Summer P-EBT.

Summer PEBT provides a $375 to supplement a family’s food budget during the covered summer period with a EBT benefit card.

Eligible families are encouraged to demonstrate eligibility for a one-time summer Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefit by submitting the household school meal application before August 28, 2021. P-EBT for the 2020–2021 school year (August 2020 to June 2021) was for families with children who were certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and families with children born after Aug. 1, 2014, who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits. Eligibility for these benefits has already been established and cannot be updated at this time.

HSoC [High School of Choice]

What is Waxahachie High School of Choice?

We are an alternative high school, designed to help at-risk students achieve their goals of high school graduation and beyond. HSoC supports students through rigorous, innovative, and engaging learning experiences. Every student will be empowered to fiercely navigate their world with resilience, purpose, courage, humility, and pride.

Academic Performance and Effort

It is an expectation that all High School of Choice (HSoC) students put forth the effort to reach their maximum potential. Academic excellence is achieved by challenging yourself to improve on every assignment or task you encounter.