The latest news from Dripping Springs ISD

Week of November 1, 2021

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The Dripping Springs High School Tiger Band earned a ninth-place finish with their show “So Many Possibilities…” at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The Tiger Band scored 58 points in the finals, the best score coming in the Content/Design category. DSHS was one of 12 bands advancing to the finals after finishing in seventh place out of 33 bands in the preliminary round on Monday.

The ninth-place finish is the seventh top-10 finish for DSHS in the last eight state competitions.

Cedar Park High School won the state title with 14 points, followed by Leander Rouse (19 points) and Leander (23 points) in second and third place, respectively.

DSHS advanced to the state competition after finishing in third place at the Area D Marching Contest. All three Area D state qualifiers advanced to the finals with Austin McCallum placing sixth with 49 points and Pflugerville Hendrickson placing 10th with 65 points.

DSHS has made 16 trips to the UIL State Marching Contest and advanced to the finals 13 times.


Many Dripping Springs ISD campuses will be holding events to recognize Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and Thursday, Nov. 11. Veterans from all branches of military service, as well as families of students, are welcome to attend. Campus visitors should stop by the front office for a visitor’s badge. A complete list of events can be found here.


The Dripping Springs High School volleyball team earned a 3-2 win over Cedar Park High School in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Marble Falls. The Tigers will face San Antonio Burbank High School in the area round on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Alamo Convocation Center in San Antonio. Tickets ($5 for adults and $3 for students) are only being sold online and can be purchased here.


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The DSHS Class of 2022 took part in the annual Senior Walk following the last home football game of the season on Friday.


Reading is the most fundamental academic skill that young students learn. In recognition of the importance of quality reading instruction, House Bill 3 passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019 included a mandate that public school teachers in kindergarten through third grade and elementary principals complete a rigorous Reading Academy developed by the Texas Education Agency.

Dripping Springs ISD jumped in to create a plan to provide this training to our early elementary teachers, who have started the program this fall. The TEA (Texas Education Agency) Reading Academy is an 11-month online program that is 60 hours in length and includes 12 separate modules. Teachers must complete learning checks and participate in discussion groups to produce “artifacts” that demonstrate their learning. These artifacts are reviewed and graded by TEA. In addition to K-3 teachers and elementary principals who are required to complete the Reading Academy, DSISD assistant principals, pre-K teachers, elementary instructional coaches, and district instructional leaders are participating in the program.

To organize the academy and facilitate the process, the district added a Reading Academy Cohort Leader to work with approximately 200 teachers and staff. Shannon Voges, formerly a teacher at Walnut Springs Elementary, moved to the Learning and Innovation Department to take on that role. She helps cohort members stay on track with modules, apply the material, facilitate discussions, and provide support for teachers to be successful in the academy.

“The reading academy is reinforcing many things that our district was already doing really well, while providing an opportunity for our teachers and staff to sharpen their skills,” said Voges.

The DSISD cohort will conclude in July, 2022. All teachers in Texas at the K-3 grade levels will be required to have completed the Reading Academy starting in 2023.


The Dripping Springs ISD Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) is looking to fill two alternate positions. Those interested in applying for an alternate position can fill out the BAC application form here. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Nov. 11. The BAC is a nine-member committee appointed by the DSISD Board of Trustees that monitors the progress of 2018 bond projects. Responsibilities of the committee are: reviewing bond expenditures and timelines, reviewing possible scope changes and making recommendations to the board, and making semi-annual public reports to the board. More information on the BAC can be found here.


The Dripping Springs ISD Athletic Department will be using online ticketing exclusively for high school and middle school events beginning Monday, Nov. 1. Tickets can be purchased on the DSISD website here or by downloading the HomeTown Fan app on iTunes or Google Play. The HomeTown Fan app allows fans to search and make advance purchases for DSISD home athletic events. Please call DSISD Athletics at 512.858.3237 with any questions.


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.