Edition #30 l April 2, 2021
Plant with Expectation
Spring is a season of hope.
As our many farmers in the area know, during planting season there are no guarantees. Storms, bugs, fires, droughts, and any other number of factors could ruin a crop and prevent a harvest. But you plant with the hope and expectation of reaping the benefits of the hard work that went before. And you have to keep planting, even though you don't know for sure what will happen, because if you don't plant, then there's no chance to harvest.
So keep working hard. What you reap in the future will be worth it!
Groundbreaking Ceremony for CISD Elementary #3 Postponed
Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances will force the postponement of our groundbreaking celebration for Community ISD Elementary #3, originally set for April 6. The school district had originally arranged for two temporary bleachers located at Braves Field to be moved to the groundbreaking site, but after examining the bleachers, the company we had lined up to move these bleachers does not think it is practical to move them.
As soon as a new company is lined up to move our bleachers, we will reschedule our groundbreaking ceremony. The bleachers are integral to the event as they provide a space for our students to be front and center in this celebration of their new school.
Thank you for your patience, kindness, and understanding during this time. We only get to celebrate the start of a new school once, and we want to make sure we get it right!
Dr. Roosevelt Nivens
Superintendent of Schools
Community Independent School District
Braves Soccer Keeps Rolling in 2021 Playoffs
The Braves will face the winner of Palestine and Pittsburg in the Regional Semi-Finals.
Community ISD Issues Statement Correcting News Reports on United States v. Aderinoye
Kindness in Action Drops Next Week!
2021-22 Academic Calendar Now Available!
The 2021-22 CISD academic calendar was developed with primary consideration for meeting state requirements, as well as our current instructional needs. We also do our best to maintain the traditional holiday breaks valued by our students, families and staff.
A calendar committee was formed in January 2021 that considered state requirements, proposed calendars for other school districts in our region, instructional needs for our campuses, and suggestions from parents in surveys from previous years. A link to the parent and staff feedback survey was posted on February 12, 2021, to the CISD website and shared with all parents via Blackboard email, sent to all staff via CISD email, and posted to social media. Parents, staff, students, and community members were able to provide feedback until February 19, 2021. Over 400 people provided feedback on the proposed calendar with nearly 70 percent indicating they would like to start earlier than in 2020-21. 54.1% wanted Spring Break to line up with other school districts and our dual-credit classes, and 83.7 percent wanted full student holidays for professional development instead of early release days. In addition, many parents indicated taht they would like our school day shortened from 470 minutes a day. After feedback was gathered, a proposed calendar was brought before the CISD Board of Trustees for consideration in the February 22, 2021 regular board meeting. The calendar was then approved in the March 22, 2021 board meeting with planned instructional time of 460 minutes per day, 10 minutes shorter than in 2020-21.
It is important to keep in mind that each year is unique and the school calendar is developed based on survey feedback, district instructional needs, peer district calendars and university calendars, and requirements from the state. The 2021-22 school calendar was approved by the CISD Board of Trustees on Monday, March 22, 2021.
Continuing to place an emphasis on student-athlete success on the competition field AND in the classroom, Community ISD's Director of Athletics, Justin Maness, today awarded 3.3 shirts to 37 CHS students. These shirts will be handed out each semester to student-athletes that achieved a 3.3 cumulated, unweighted GPA or higher in the classroom in the previous semester.
"The big part of being a student-athlete is being a student," said Maness. "What we're trying to do is prepare these students for success, whether they play at the next level or not, and we want our athletics department to be top notch in academics as well. From this point forward, each semester we'll reward student-athletes that have done well in the classroom."
The following students had at least a 3.3 GPA in the fall of 2020, and received a 3.3 Club shirt on Friday, March 26:
BOTTOMS, BRENNA MADELINE
BUSE, JOLEE OLENE
CHAN, HALEIGH ELIZABETH
COOK, CAROLINE JULIA
DURST, KALEIGH SPRING
EDWARDS, ELIZABETH VICTORIA
FONSECA, ALEXA ITZEL
GARCIA, GISELLE VERADIS
GRUDZINSKI, CARLY DAY
HAWKINS, DOMINIQUE KALEECE
JANSON, ALYSSA BREE
MCNATT, HOPE LINDSAY
MONTGOMERY, JENNA ELIZABETH
MORALES FURLAN, DAYANA MADALEY
OCHOA, JASMINE GLORIA
OKPAMEN, NATALY EDE
PETTY, RAYNA MARIE
ROBINSON, KARRINGTON ALEXIS
SOZA, MYAH ELIZABETH
TITLOW, ALLYSON NIKOHL
WINFORD, ZOE WREN
ABEL, JOHN CLAYTON
BRIGANDI, JACOB CHRISTOPHER
CARTER, JEFFREY TYLER
CURRY, JONAH THOMAS
CUTLIP, DRAKE DAWSON
HARGROVE, ROBERT MANUEL
HOWARD, JESSE MOGAN
MENDEZ, RODRIGO ALEXIS
PAYNE, NICO WALTMAN
SIMS, JOSIAH JESUS
SMITH, JOSEPH DAVID
STARKS, ERIC JAMES
YOUNGER, JACKSON RILEY
CHS Anglers Qualify for Regionals
Congratulate Community ISD's Teachers and Support Staff of the Year!
CHS Dazzlin' Dames Win National Title!
The CHS Dazzlin' Dames represented Community ISD well at the Danceline USA Nationals at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas, on March 26 & 27, 2021, earning a national title and several other awards. Their honors included:
1st Runner Up: Jazz Category
National Champions: Prop Category
Congrats on such an incredible year! We are so proud of you.
11 Braves Set to Graduate with Two Degrees in the Spring!
Annual End of the Year Banquet Scheduled for May 14
Free Meals Continue for All CISD Students
However, that does not mean that parents that qualify for free and reduced school lunches don't need to register for the program through CISD Child Nutrition. That program is used for so much more than school lunches - it also funds many other programs at the state level including technology