Spring Hill ISD

District Newsletter - November 2022

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Spring Hill Primary was recognized at the November school board meeting for their excellent work in literacy instruction including the implementation of the phonics program, Reading Horizons.

Primary Principal Deanna Turner, teachers Shasta Wardlaw, Autumn Cameron, Jami Jones and Mackenzie Perez, and Primary Assistant Principal Lesley Jaap attended the board meeting to represent the Primary campus. Primary student representatives Yohannes Messay, Ariana Loving, Caleb Dean, Zailey Moreno, Lola Clark, and Allison Blear were also in attendance.

See the phonics program in action by watching this video.

Information about phonics, including parent resources, can be found on the Primary campus website here.

Spring Hill Alum Shares Stem Cell Donation Experience With Students

Earlier this year, 2021 Spring Hill Graduate Maylea Malloy donated her stem cells and provided a cancer patient with a chance to recover. Maylea recently shared her experience with Spring Hill High School students in Mindy Borden’s Health Science classes.

“Being in Ms. Borden's classes was a place where she encouraged her students to share, think, and explore. She cared about us learning and our well-being,” Maylea said. “Being able to return to her class and share my donation process was an easy and meaningful way to help others the way she helped me while at Spring Hill.”

Maylea became a donor thanks to Be the Match, a service run by the National Marrow Donor Program, that registers the DNA of potential stem cell donors. The registry run by Be the Match is accessible worldwide by doctors treating people suffering from certain diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, that require stem cell transplants.

Veterans Day Program

Spring Hill ISD hosted a Veterans Day Program on Thursday, November 10, to honor veterans of all military branches. The program featured patriotic musical performances from students and staff, as well as patriotic readings and veteran recognition. Veterans, thank you for your service!

Into The Woods Jr.

Make plans to attend the High School Theatre Department's production of Into The Woods Jr.

"It will be a great outing for the whole family," said Becky Smith, High School Theatre Director. "See all your favorite characters such as, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk with his famous cow Milky White, the Baker and his wife, and the witch."

Performances are scheduled Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. in the High School Little Theater. Tickets are available here.

Jeff Sims Receives Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni Honor

The Spring Hill Education Foundation recognized this year's Distinguished Alumni Recipient Jeff Sims at its recent Blue Out Bash event.

Jeff graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1997. After attending Stephen F. Austin, he returned to Spring Hill to teach Government and Economics from 2002-2007. He and his wife, Kristina, then became missionaries in Cuernavaca, Mexico where, supported by Alpine Church of Christ, they helped to plant a church. They have four children: Noah (17), Juliana (15), Isaiah (13), and Joshua (11).

Since their return to the United States, Jeff has taught English at Gladewater, Bilingual English at Pine Tree, Economics at UT Tyler and Kilgore College, and for the last eight years, Social Studies and Spanish at East Texas Charter.

Jeff has a Master's Degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware and is currently pursuing his Principal Certification from SFASU. He serves on the Missions Committee in his church and enjoys playing guitar, board games, and traveling.

Thank you, PTA!

Spring Hill PTA treated SHISD employees recently by setting up dessert tables in district offices. We are so grateful for our PTA members and all the many ways they support Spring Hill!

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The Blue Brigade competed at the State Military Marching Band Contest recently and placed fifth in the state! Congratulations on your many accomplishments this school year!

Congratulations to Spring Hill Volleyball on a great season! They finished as Regional Semifinal Champs!

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Mark your calendar for these upcoming holiday events!

Senior Citizens Christmas Program

November 30 • High School • Registration 10:30 a.m. / Program 11 a.m.

7th & 8th Grade Band Christmas Concert

December 6 • SH Auditorium • 7 p.m.

Fifth Grade Christmas Music Program

December 7 • SH Auditorium • 1:30 p.m.

Spring Hill Pacesetters Christmas Spectacular

December 10 • SH Auditorium • 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade & High School Band Christmas Concert

December 13 • SH Auditorium • 7 p.m.

Spring Hill Intermediate Roaring Chorus Community Caroling

December 14 • Various Businesses • 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Opportunities for Giving:

Winter Wear Drive Benefiting House of Hope (Collecting Mittens • Gloves • Scarves • Hats/Toboggans) • December 1 - 14 • Intermediate & Primary

Spring Hill ISD ESL Parent Information

Research shows that emerging bilingual students can learn English faster if they have a strong foundation in their native language. We encourage you to think of language learning as a family activity where both you and your child grow in your native language in addition to English.

For articles and books for all topics in English and Spanish, visit the TexQuest website. You may also visit the Spring Hill ESL website for additional parent and student resources, lessons, and activities to do at home.

For additional parent and student resources, lessons, and activities to do at home, visit the Spring Hill ESL Website.

Dates To Remember

November 21 - 25

Thanksgiving Break

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