District in Pictures
January 26, 2024
Read 2 Learn Rally 2024: We're All Happy Campers!
Second graders across all WFISD elementary schools gathered Friday morning to celebrate the annual Read 2 Learn Rally. Read 2 Learn is an initiative led by the WFISD Partners In Education program to insure that all children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The goal is for students to be reading to learn rather than learning to read. Students this year participated in several fun activities to celebrate reading: story time with special guests, s'more snacks and campfire stories, flashlight reading, coloring their own bookmark, and more!
WFHS Swim Teams Emerge as Champions at District Meet
The WFHS swim teams had a successful district swim meet in Decatur last Saturday. Both the Lady Coyotes and the Coyotes placed second overall in the team standings. Junior Kai Yang broke Kip Parsons' 56-year-old record in the 100-yard Butterfly and was District Champion in the 100-yard Butterfly as well as the 200-yard Individual Medley. Junior Evan McElroy won the 100-yard Freestyle. The girls' relay team were champions in the 400-yard Free Relay.
Eleven Coyote swimmers advanced to the region swim meet in Andrews on February 2 and 3. The teams are pictured here handing over the team trophies to Mrs. Kinne, WFHS principal.
Rider Choir Teacher Recognized by Heritage Music Press
"Dewdrops" is a middle school level two-part musical piece written by Rider High School assistant choir director, Ayrian Norman. It is Mrs. Norman's fifth piece to be released by Heritage Music Press. By the end of the year, she will have a total of eight pieces released! Congratulations Ms. Norman!
WFHS Graduate Slated to Play Pro Soccer in Mexico
Congratulations to Wichita Falls High School class of 2018 graduate, Janae Sanchez, on continuing her soccer career playing for the Mexico professional soccer (fútbol) team, Pachuca. After graduating from WFHS, Janae played college soccer at MSU. "We are proud of you and wish you all the best," said WFHS girls soccer coach, Rob Woodard.
This week's Staff Spotlight shines on Jessica Dixon, College and Career Advisor at WFHS.
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Milam 5th Graders Are Out of This World!
Tara Skipper's 5th grade classes at Milam Elementary School had a fun and educational time this week while learning about the Earth, moon, and sun. As part of this unit, the students had the opportunity to make their very own planets using balloons, yarn, and glue. This hands-on activity allowed the students to not only have fun and be creative but also gain a deeper understanding of the different planets and their unique characteristics.
Southern Hills Welcomes Jacksboro ISD Staff
The staff and educators at Southern Hills Elementary recently welcomed Jacksboro ISD staff members for classroom walkthroughs. These walkthroughs were conducted to observe our teachers as they implement the Amplify reading curriculum.
PIE Grant Awarded to Southern Hills Counselor
Congratulations to Southern Hills counselor, Jennifer Ferguson! This week, she was awarded a $500 Partners In Education grant from the Junior League of Wichita Falls. The grant funds will be used to develop a Cool Down Zone for students at Southern Hills.
Fain Fourth Graders "Shower" Kindness on Others
Rain, sleet or snow won't prevent Fain students from being kind. On Friday morning, Fain Elementary fourth grade students greeted everyone with a high five, hand shake and some words of encouragement as they entered school. In addition to greeting students, they also provided fruit trays for the faculty. Every month, the Kindness Squad led by Fain teacher Laura Wetzel finds ways to show compassion and generosity through kind acts of service. "My students love to be a part of something greater than themselves for our small community at Fain," said Ms. Wetzel. "They love the idea of giving back and simply being kind to others."
Franklin Students Brew Up a "Latte" Learning!
On Friday, January 19, Franklin 3rd graders got to experience being baristas during Starbucks Day. The students spent the day participating in a variety of coffee-themed activities. In reading, they used an informational passage to compare and contrast coffee and tea and then enjoyed a 'book tasting café.' In math, they used a menu to create specialty coffee drinks and then calculated the cost of each drink. For science, students used coffee filters and markers to test a hypothesis about colors.
Celebrate CTE Month at the WFISD Career Education Center!
Mark your calendars for Monday, February 19! To celebrate CTE Month in February, the WFISD Career Education Center will be holding their annual Open House from 5:30 - 7 pm at 500 E. Hatton Rd. Take a tour of the facility, visit with CEC teachers, and learn more about the 26 career pathways that are offered!
Technology and Logistics Staff Receive Pop-Up Event
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