Spring Hill ISD

District Newsletter

Spring Hill ISD Welcomes Mr. Rod Townsend as Interim Superintendent

Mr. Townsend joins Spring Hill ISD as interim superintendent after retiring as superintendent of Decatur ISD in August of 2017. He has 35 years of service in education, which includes 10 years teaching ag/science classes, 5 years as K-12 principal and 20 years as superintendent. Mr. Townsend received his Bachelor of Education from Texas Tech University and his Masters from Sul Ross. He is married to Velvet, his wife of 37 years. They have 2 daughters, Laci and Tandi and 3 grandchildren. Mr. Townsend loves spending time on his ranch in Decatur when he is not busy at school. We are so excited that he will be leading our district during the current superintendent search.

SHISD Introduces Its First Student Advisory Board

TASB Site Meetings Scheduled to Solicit Input From Staff, Parents & Community Members on Superintendent Search

Spring Hill Staff, Parents, and Community Members,

As you are aware, SHISD Trustees have employed Texas Association of School Boards Executive Search Services to facilitate the search for the next Superintendent of SHISD. One component of the search process is to solicit input from staff, parents, and community members as to the Qualifications and Characteristics desired in the next Superintendent. Your input is requested and can be submitted via the web based survey accessed on the SHISD webpage and Facebook. The survey not only ask for the professional and personal Qualifications and Characteristics desired in the next Superintendent, but also inquires as to what are the strengths of SHISD (what’s good) and what concerns or challenges face SHISD (what needs attention). The survey will be open through Friday, January 4, 2019.

  • Is the survey anonymous? Yes, all responses go directly to TASB offices in Austin. No one at SHISD has access to responders identifiable information.
  • What happens to survey responses? All responses will be delivered to SHISD Trustees in a report format. Trustees will see all responses. The new Superintendent will also be given a copy of the report with all responses. This is very useful information to the new Superintendent as it will provide valuable information on where he/she needs to focus their time and energy.

Click here to access the Leadership Profile Questionnaire.

Should you prefer to provide your input in person, TASB staff will conduct on site meetings December 19, 2018 for that purpose. The meeting schedule is as follows:

· 8:30 am: SHISD Administrators. Meeting location Central Office

· 5:00 pm: All SHISD Staff. Meeting location L L Williamson Auditorium

· 6:00 pm: Community. Meeting location L L Williamson Auditorium

Let me encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey or attend the on site meeting. It really is useful information TASB ESS and Trustees utilize during the search process.

Dr. Marian Strauss: Senior Director, TASB ESS

Joe Dan Lee: TASB Field Service Representative

Spring Hill ISD Among Twelve Texas School Districts Receiving Recognition for Innovative Programs

AUSTIN, TEXAS (Dec. 7, 2018) —Twelve Texas school districts have been recognized for their outstanding programs with the release of Texas School Business magazine’s 12th Annual Bragging Rights 2018-2019 special issue. Bragging Rights, which calls for nominations and is published every December, recognizes school districts that have implemented programs that are bettering the lives of students, schools and communities.

This year’s 12 honored districts and their brag-worthy programs include:

● Bastrop ISD, Christian’s Closet

● Brenham ISD, Champion Drive

● Burleson ISD, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

● Dripping Springs ISD, Real Estate Course

● Galveston ISD, Ball 4 All

● Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Student Voice Initiative

● Hillsboro ISD, Military Wall of Honor

● Laredo ISD, STEM Curriculum

● Northside ISD, Project ACORN

● Prosper ISD, RISE Program

Spring Hill ISD, SRO Student Leadership Program

● Tyler ISD, Students Who Advocate Technology

“Nominations for school district programs across Texas poured in this year, and each one deserves to be recognized,” says Texas School Business Editorial Director Dacia Rivers. “We hope that the 12 districts we chose inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The mission of Texas School Business is to share the good news happening in Texas public schools, and there’s never a shortage of news-worthy school programs for us to cover.”

For 44 years, Texas School Business has served as the news magazine for public education in Texas. Since 2014, it has been produced by the Texas Association of School Administrators (www.tasanet.org).

Officer Roger Askew Receives Outstanding Individual Service Award

Officer Roger Askew is awarded the Outstanding Individual Service Award through the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State for his commitment and dedication to his Leadership class at the junior high.

Congratulations! Together we are...

#BetterIn Blue

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Rachel Smith Named Teacher of the Month

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Mary Seyer Recognized as Support Staff of the Month

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December Panthers of the Month

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Christmas Card Contest Winners

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Buddy Benches Added at the Intermediate and Primary Campuses

Thanks to Max Muenker and Kinsley Cox for leading the way for Spring Hill Intermediate and Primary campuses to add buddy benches to their playgrounds. Buddy benches were created for kids to combat loneliness by taking a seat on the buddy bench. When kids feel lonely, they just take a seat on the bench, signifying that they're in need of a buddy to play with. Other students will come to the bench and invite those students to join them during playground time. What a great way for all Panthers to feel included. Thank you to Janna Graham and her GT students and Melissa Haney and her leadership students for their assistance in this project.

Junior High All-Region Band Results

Last Friday several Spring Hill Junior High Band students participated in auditions for the All Region Band. Hundreds of students from several different schools across this area met in Union Grove, all competing for a select few chairs. The following students placed in the band, or received an alternate position. We are so proud of all of the students that participated in this contest and represented Spring Hill.

***35 Placements in the All Region Band

***6 Alternates

Itzel Juarez – 2nd Chair Flute

Kailand Smith – 10th Chair Flute

Nevaeh Norfleet – 13th Chair Flute

Addison Childers – 14th Chair Flute

Tawnny Swanson – 15th Chair Flute

Reyna Tovar – 16th Chair Flute

Victoria Casimiro – Flute Alternate

Mia Stowe – Flute Alternate

Rylie Mars – 2nd Chair Oboe

Lily Cooper – 5th Chair Clarinet

Abby Hall – 6th Chair Clarinet

Evelin Rios – 12th Chair Clarinet

Ava Wulbrecht – 26th Chair Clarinet

Kayla Salvador – 27th Chair Clarinet

Brenda Cagle – Clarinet Alternate

Logan Mills – 4th Chair Bass Clarinet

Anna Kelly – 3rd Chair Alto Sax

Adrik Aburto – 10th Chair Alto Sax

Madalyne Kirby – 3rd Chair Tenor Sax

Masen Bonnie – 4th Chair Tenor Sax

Brandon Tran – 2nd Chair Bari Sax

Prince Otujor – 5th Chair Trumpet

Jayden Atkins – 15th Chair Trumpet

Blaire Bodenheimer – 17th Chair Trumpet

Dina Zeid – Trumpet Alternate

Kaitlynn Griffin – Trumpet Alternate

Kylee Jordan – 1st Chair Horn

Blythe Davis – 2nd Chair Horn

Meralis Machuca – 6th Chair Horn

Zen Estrella – 7th Chair Horn

Allison Robinson – 9th Chair Horn

Joelle Cuellar – 10th Chair Horn

Morgan Greenville – 3rd Chair Trombone

Dwayne Richardson – 11th Chair Trombone

Abigail Caron – 14th Chair Trombone

Bryan Murillo – Trombone Alternate

A’lia Morales – 3rd Chair Euphonium

Jordi Plichta – 4th Chair Euphonium

Jaden Giddings – 9th Chair Tuba

Collin Wingo – 2nd Chair Percussion

Carson Coleman – 10th Chair Percussion

Once again, we are so proud of the hard work these students have put in this year. Way to represent the Spring Hill band program!

Construction of the Panther Express Continues

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High School Leaders Core Hosts Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon

High School Jazz Band Concert


Junior High WAVE Group Goes Caroling at Area Assisted Living Homes

It Was a Great Day for an Outside Viewing of The Polar Express on the Big Screen

A special thank you to Steve Hardy, Kyle Linthicum, Teila Washington, and Kelly Mercer for their assistance in setting up the equipment for the intermediate students and teachers as they take a break from the classroom and enjoy an afternoon outside at Panther Stadium!
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Polar Express Day at the Primary

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Primary Students Visit Buckner Westminster Place

Primary students spread Christmas cheer at Buckner Westminster Place by delivering cards and singing carols.
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Warm Hands, Warm Heart and Full Tummies!

The primary campus is decorating their campus Christmas Tree with unused / new: Mittens, Gloves, Scarves, Hats or toboggans. All of the collected “winter wear” will be donated to the House of Hope in Longview.

They also collected canned goods to place under their campus Christmas Tree! Canned goods will also go to stock the pantry at House of Hope in Longview.

Letters to Santa Generate $1.00 to Make a Wish Foundation!

It’s the MOST magical time of the year! Macy’s Department stores have partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to donate $1.00 for EVERY LETTER sent to Santa Claus!

Spring Hill Primary is joining in on the Christmas spirit by writing letters to Santa! Other children or adults in the home can also write a letter to Santa! All letters collected at Spring Hill Primary will be taken to Macy’s Department Store in Dallas, Texas on December 22nd (Letters due here on Dec. 21st)! Macy’s Department store will mail all of the letters to Santa on behalf of the primary AND donate $1.00 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each and every letter written!

Letters are due to the Spring Hill Primary “Santa Mail Slot” by December 21st. Classes will be writing letters to Santa at school. However, we have attached a letter to Santa that your family can write and bring to SH Primary to be taken to Macy’s with our campus letters if you choose to!

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Congratulations to Carl and Annette Wildt on the Birth of Their Grandson

Welcome to the world Corbyn Mitcham

Born December 3, 2018

6 lbs 12 inches

19 inches long

Ms. Andrea Jones Qualifies for the Boston Marathon

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Last Flight To Ithaca

A short one-act play at 6:30 pm Friday, Dec 14th, in the Little Theatre

A family-friendly show open free to the public

It has been 20 years since the world-weary Ulysses last saw his beautiful wife (Penelope), their toddler son (Telemachus), and his dad (Laertes). His Christmas Eve homecoming, however, is not only thwarted by being on the stand-by list at a snow-choked airport but also trying to evade no shortage of enemies that can’t afford to let him get away. On the home front, Ulysses’ business interests are under threat of a hostile takeover by General Poseidon and two henchmen, Antinous and Eurymachus – both of whom have matrimonial designs on Penelope. Fortunately, our hero has a welcome assist from Athena (his travel agent) and Helen (a beautiful ticket agent) but will their intervention be enough to keep him out of the clutches of the conniving Calypso?

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Renee Petree Signs to Play Soccer with Texas Lutheran

Renee listens as her mom speaks about how hard Renee has worked and how thankful they are for the support that Renee has received over the past years.

Congratulations and good luck!

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Teen Police Academy

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Spring Hill ISD Partnerships

Spring Hill ISD would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support through the marquee partnership program. Proceeds help support:
  • Classroom technology
  • Fine arts exposure and experience
  • Support athletic programs
  • Innovative classes for sports marketing and game day production
  • Scholarships

For advertising information, please contact the superintendent's office at 903-323-7740.

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