SHISD Mid-Week Message
Promoting Great Things in a Great School District
- Natalie and I have been so impressed with Amy Beth Kennedy and Becky Patak. We see that they are going above and beyond for our students. During our RTI/SST meeting today they impressed Natalie with all the varied activities that they are doing to meet the different needs of the students in their classes. We cannot brag on them enough for opening their rooms in the mornings for tutorials, for creating different activities with and without technology to engage and teach, as well as incorporating the different Fundamental 5 strategies they have been learning this year! - Doron and Mercer.
- Kudos to Laura Jordan and her son for singing the National Anthem at the Veteran's Day luncheon. The Jordans are an unbelievably talented family. - Snell
Comic Strip Author Donnie Pitchford Visits SHJH Library
Spring Hill Junior High and High School libraries have been filled with a lot of activity over the last few weeks. Before school let out for Thanksgiving, the students were treated to a presentation by cartoonist/illustrator, Donnie Pitchford, a proud alumnus of Spring Hill. Mr. Pitchford entertained the students with tales of how he became the illustrator of Lum and Abner comic strip as well as demonstrating the voices he used when portraying the characters on the old radio shows. His demonstration of drawings sparked the creativity of the students and several were lucky enough to take home one of his “on-the spot” originals.
Student Volleyball Tournament December 14
The Spring Hill High School Student Council is hosting a volleyball tournament on Monday, December 14 at 6:30 pm in the high school gym. All proceeds will benefit Ms. Sharon Redman. Teams will be mixed grades with both boys and girls. The Spill (coffee shop) will be open and we have shirts for sale. Tournament will be bracket play with double elimination. Cost is $2 at the door.
Ms. Redman is a native of Longview and is a Longview High School graduate. She has been a teacher at Spring Hill for ten years, and she is a single mom whose children graduated from Spring Hill. She was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. After undergoing surgery, she is currently receiving chemotherapy. Ms. Redman is such a hardworking, giving teacher, loved and respected by many. She has missed very little school in spite of her situation. Her medical bills are mounting, and our high school is stepping in to fund raise for her. They want to give back to her to thank her for all she has done for us.
Please join us for our tournament and show Ms. Redman how much we appreciate and support her.
Author Melinda Lyons Visits High School & Junior High Libraries
Upon returning from the break, the students were honored by a visit from published author, Mrs. Melinda Lyons. Mrs. Lyons has written and published several books, articles and poems. Her most recent book, Murder at the Oaklands Mansion, is written with middle school students in mind. Mrs. Lyons kept the junior high students enthralled with her acrostic analogy about how writing is FANTASTIC. She then told the high school students that writing for publication is great, but writing in all walks of life is just as important. She encouraged them to find their strengths in writing and use them.
Students Participate in Longview Area Canned Food Drive
- Congratulations to SHHS. Students and classes raised over $500.00 and a truck-load of cans. The program was under the direction of Ms. Whittington.
- Congratulations to SHJH for collecting 2,500 through student council an donated all food to the Highway 80 Rescue Mission.
- Congratulations to the intermediate school for collecting 2,365 cans! The winning classes are listed below:
Ms. Vineyard - 3rd grade - 195 cans
Mrs. Patak - 4th grade - 438 cans
Mrs. Gibbons - 5th grade - 161 cans
The Intermediate Student Council sponsors the can drive each year. STUCO reps from each class decorate boxes for their class to collect cans in. The collection goes to The House of Hope food pantry. Fifth grader Whitney Gauthier said, "the canned food drive is fun every year because we decorate boxes and help keep track of what we collect. It also is neat because it helps people that might not have much food!"
- Spring Hill Primary collected 434 cans of food during their Thanksgiving Food Drive. Each child was asked to bring 1 can of food to demonstrate our November character trait of "Service". We want children to see that bringing one can and working together helps others in a BIG way!
Danielle Giffin advances to State Congress
"We are thrilled she will be heading back to State in Debate. Ms. White has been an inspiration to Danielle. Imbuing in her the confidence needed to follow her instincts, write her own cases and explore her potential. We are grateful for her commitment to bringing out the best in her students! I truly believe Danielle excels because she knows she has so many people invested in her success. Thank you for creating such a positive environment on your campus and being invested in all of our children!"
- The Giffins
Got a Great Idea to Fix Public Education in Texas?
As introduced at the TASA/TASB Convention by Dan Rather and his grandson, Martin Rather, the Rather Prize offers a $10,000 award for the best idea to improve Texas education. Open to teachers, students, and those who attended a Texas educational institution within the last three years, the Rather Prize will be awarded in February 2016. The winner’s idea will be evaluated for implementation by Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership. The deadline for idea submissions is January 10!