The latest news from Dripping Springs ISD

Week of January 10, 2022

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Seven Dripping Springs High School band students were named to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band, the most for the Tiger Band since the 2017-18 school year.

Earning all-state recognition for DSHS was Jace Byrd (trombone), Wyland Diehl (tenor saxophone), Quentin Dollard (euphonium), Madelynn Glass (trumpet), James Lee (euphonium), Alana Sayger (horn), and Matthew Sheeler (bassoon). Lee was named to the 6A All-State Band. The seven students will perform with the Texas All-State Band on Saturday, Feb. 12, in San Antonio as part of the TMEA Clinic/Convention.

A total of 15 DSHS students auditioned at the area level on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Westlake High School in Austin. Other area qualifiers were Nathan Crutchfield (bari saxophone), Madelyn Foster (flute), Hennah Hajari (bassoon), Graham Lord (trombone), Woody Mau (bass clarinet), Dylan Saculla (trumpet), Maddie Trussell (flute), and Harrison Weikert (horn).

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. A total of 1,875 students are selected through a process that began with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 18 ensembles. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advance from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.6 percent of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

DSHS Area Band Participants:

*Jace Byrd - Trombone
Nathan Crutchfield - Bari Sax
*Wyland Diehl - Tenor Sax
*Quentin Dollard - Euphonium
Madelyn Foster - Flute
*Madelynn Glass - Trumpet
Hennah Hajari - Bassoon
*James Lee - Euphonium (6A)
Graham Lord - Trombone
Woody Mau - Bass Clarinet
Dylan Saculla - Trumpet
*Alana Sayger - Horn
*Matthew Sheeler - Bassoon
Maddie Trussell - Flute
Harrison Weikert - Horn

*All-State Band Selection


For the first time since 2011, Dripping Springs High School placed two students on the Texas All-State Choir with senior Brody Lane and sophomore Colin Tuohy earning the recognition.

Dripping Springs had a school-record nine students participate in the area auditions, the third and final round of the state audition process, on Saturday, Jan. 8, in San Antonio. In addition to Lane and Tuohy, Anika Chalak, Michelle Hinojosa, Jonathan Jensen, Kate Nolen, Sloane Ruley, Portia Schaeffer-Preston, and Abby Wingrin were area participants who are among the top four percent of high school singers in the state.

Lane placed first among the Bass 2 competitors to earn a spot on the All-State Mixed Choir for the second consecutive year. Tuohy placed fourth as a Tenor 1 to be named to the All-State Tenor-Bass Choir. Both are voice students of Tom Gabrielsen and sing under the direction of Courtney Aguilar at DSHS.

The Texas All-State Choirs will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention on Saturday, Feb. 12, in San Antonio.

DSHS Area Choir Participants:

Anika Chalak - Soprano 2

Michelle Hinojosa - Alto

Jonathan Jensen - Tenor 2

*Brody Lane - Bass 2

Kate Nolen - Alto 2

Sloane Ruley - Alto 1

Portia Schaeffer-Preston - Soprano 1

*Colin Tuohy - Tenor 1

Abby Wingrin - Alto 1

*All-State Selection


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January is School Board Recognition Month. The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees (School Board) consists of seven unsalaried district patrons elected for a term of three years to represent all of the people in the school district. Their interest is to serve more than 8,000 students and 1,000 employees and to protect the taxpayers' investment in the district. The board has final control over all major decisions regarding school policy, curriculum, expenditures, and building programs. It is the board’s responsibility to provide tax monies for maintenance and operation of the schools, to submit bond issues to district voters for construction of school facilities, and to hire the superintendent for the district. Thank you DSISD Board of Trustees for the countless hours of work you put in and for your dedication to our students, staff and schools! We appreciate you!

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Tiger Tracks: DSMS GT Program


Dripping Springs ISD is always looking to add to our Tiger Team! For some hard-to-fill positions, a hiring incentive, job training and flexible schedules are offered. Currently, DSISD has several openings for custodians, bus drivers, teacher aides, child nutrition staff, and Kids Club after-school staff and student workers. For more information about joining the DSISD team, visit To see job postings, click here.