Hackberry Howl

Vol. 1 No.33


We are now in the part of the race where we can see the finish line! There are two types of runners, those that pick-up that pace to ensure they finish strong and those that struggle through, slowing down, or simply just maintaining their pace. I encourage each of you as you see the finish line of this school year to dig deep and finish strong. Sprint across the line with your hands up, head held high knowing you gave each student everything you had!

Recommended Reading

New Schedule Approved by the School Board

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The Carpenter-Jon Gordon-----A MUST READ

Bestselling author Jon Gordon returns with his most inspiring book yet—filled with powerful lessons and the greatest success strategies of all.

Michael wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams.

As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. Along the way he learns that there's no such thing as an overnight success but there are timeless principles to help you stand out, excel, and make an impact on people and the world.

Drawing upon his work with countless leaders, sales people, professional and college sports teams, non-profit organizations and schools, Jon Gordon shares an entertaining and enlightening story that will inspire you to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all.

If you are ready to create your masterpiece, read The Carpenter and begin the building process today.


Name: Tom Swartz

Birthday: October 27, 1967

Hometown: Born in Salem, Ohio, but lived in Sanger for 35 years

Current position: Principal

Where did you attend College and what is your degree(s)

University of North Texas- Bachelor’s Degree

Texas Wesleyan University – Master’s Degree

Who was your favorite teacher and why- Coaches from Middle School and High School – They all taught me the meaning of hard work, team work, and dedication. They believed in me and helped me accomplish more than I ever thought I could.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Own a deep sea fishing charter service in the Gulf or fishing charter service on Lake Michigan

Do you have children? Courtney- 27 married to Cody Waldon and grand daughter Maddie turns 2 June 2. They live in Sanger.

Austin 22- lives in Austin TX and works with two investors who remodel and flip homes.

Jennifer- 19 Ended her Freshman year at East Central Oklahoma University and is on the pom squad

Do you have pets Jasmine- our dog

Favorite Color- purple

Do you have a favorite Quote or Saying- “Whatever it Takes”

Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled: Brenda and I went to New Zealand for her work three years ago and stayed at her boss’ holiday home in Queenstown. Absolutely one of the most gorgeous places on earth.

Favorite food Seafood and Steak

Hobbies or Activities/organizations you are active in: We are involved in our church- Saint David of Wales in Denton (Men’s Group, Vestry member, and Brenda is in alter guild) playing with Maddie, traveling, and golf, fishing, and riding our Harley.

Accomplishments or Honors you have achieved that you are proud of: Being a grandfather, helping start Special Olympics in LEISD, proud to be at Hackberry, winning a playoff football game with Courtney on the sidelines with me as she was a trainer at Pilot Point, coached 2 state champions in powerlifting, watching our students and teachers grow these past two years at Hackberry, Introducing Teachers of the Year for Oak Point and Hackberry at Region 11 dinners. Given an award at church for mission and ministry this past year. Hoping to end the year with distinctions for Hackberry for the students and staff!!!!! HOOOOOWWWWLLLL


Lobo Howls

Tom Howls out to our testing team for a great job this week of testing!!!

Tom Howls out to Ms. Cruz who has done a super job in learning the ropes in the front office this week and howl out to Carol who has helped us keep our attendance in check this week as she practices in her new role of PEIMS coordinator for Hackberry.

Tom Howls out to Kelsey Warren, Ms. Mathews, Ms. Crenshaw, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Batts, and Ms. Giovannii as they all graduate with their college degrees this week. Way to GO!!!!!

Stephen Howls out to Darilyn and Darcie for all their help with testing! I could not have done it without you!

Stephen Howls out to Karla for setting up meals each day for the staff!


For the remainder of the school year Monday's will be AVID College Day. You may wear jeans with a college T-Shirt.

Helping one of our own!

As many you may have heard Mindy Fulmer a teacher at Brent Elementary lost her husband. Many Schools in the district are allowing teachers to wear jeans on Wednesdays for $5.00 to help Mindy with hospital bills. If you would like to wear jeans on Wednesdays and help one of our own then turn in money to Karla every Wednesday.

Mark your Calendar

Monday, May 16

Field Day!

Tuesday, May 17

Lobo Leadership & Student Council to Six Flags

Swartz at Region XI

Wednesday, May 18

Dual Language Information Meeting 5:30PM

Swartz at Region XI

Thursday, May 19

Stephen Emergency Management Meeting (ALL DAY)

Friday, May 20