SHISD Mid-Week Message

Weekly Superintendent's Message for Spring Hill ISD

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Busy Month Ahead

The month of May seems to be filled with testing, from EOC to STAAR to AP tests. The hallways are quiet and the students are busy proving what they have learned all year long. I am very pleased with not only the year as a whole, but also the effort and energy of our staff and students this year. Our teachers and principals have worked very hard to focus on the learning and make sure our lessons are aligned with the curriculum. Spring Hill does not focus on the test or test scores, instead, we focus on students and learning. When you put all of your effort and energy into high quality lessons and doing everything you can to make your students successful, good things happen for them and good test scores are just one of those things.


May is also a month for celebrations. The SH Education Foundation gave out over $20,000 in grants. Thank you to Patti Miller and the SHEF board for your generosity!


This weekend was the Junior Senior Prom and thanks to a great group of parents, our students and their guests had a terrific after prom event at Air U. The students had a lot of fun, several won prizes, and most importantly stayed safe.


SHISD also will compete in baseball playoffs starting this weekend. Blake Zeilinger and Kavin Patel will represent SH in the state tennis tournament, and the girls golf team will compete at the state tournament in Marble Falls this month.


Our test scores are good, but we are so much more.


With Great Pride,

Steven Snell, Superintendent


Kudos:

  • "I attended one of my student's soccer games this weekend, and I wanted to share with you that her dad said that he "Would not send his three kids to any other school in our area other than Spring Hill." I thought that was a compliment worth sharing!" - Mrs. Cloud, 3rd grade

  • Mr. Snell, I would like to brag on Cathy Reed! This Wonder Woman not only
    takes care of my department and me. She works endless hours to take
    care of every department and every employee at S.H.I.S.D. Cannot list
    all the things that this miracle worker does in a day. Not enough
    paper to do that! Thank you Cathy for all your Hard work and Dedication for the
    school I love" Spring Hill I.S.D." Best regards, Janet Albright

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SH Education Foundation gives away over $20,000 in grants!

Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation

2017 Grant Awards

Total $20,015.06

Spring Annual Grants

Technology – District / Foundation Partnership for Technology $12,000

This District grant will benefit and support all four campuses at SHISD with the district technology purchase.

Panther View: Increase Campus Communication – Junior High – Melissa Haney $1996

With the mounting of two (2) 65” TVs, the junior high communications class will have

the ability to post a weekly slideshow called the Panther View to create better campus

communication. The slideshow will include weekly information for students to view

throughout the day. Mrs. Haney stated, “I am excited to have a better medium to

highlight all the great things going on here at SHJH.”

Innovation with iPads – Intermediate School – Taylor Cloud, Denise Hill $2220.41

Innovation with iPads will increase student progress on district programs such as Think

Through Math and iStation to meet their individual goals and needs. Using iStation on a

regular basis will improve students’ reading skills. Students will also be equipped to

conduct research and present their findings with classmates.

Mini Grants

Ø PRIMARY $100 (Mini Grant)

Ø JUNIOR HIGH $100 (Mini Grant)

Ø HIGH SCHOOL $100 (Mini Grant)

Monthly Grants

Shooting for the Stars: Astronomy Equipment – Scott Brown, High School $748.65 (September)

The new telescope will take students on a lifetime of journeys to the stars! They will learn the object in a classroom setting and then identify the objects in the night sky.

Makerspace – David Lynch, Junior High $600 (October)

Makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science and engineering.

Habitudes for Athletes (Character Development) - Kelly Mercer $500 (December)

Habitudes exists to encourage students to become growing leaders who will transform society. Providing student leadership training and resources targeted for the millennial generation, it will help young adults discover their purpose, equip them for leadership development and show them how to use their gifts to serve the world around them.

Texas Library Association Annual Conference for School Librarians – Becky Jones $750 (January)

The annual conference is designed to equip school librarians with the knowledge of the latest tools and ideas to meet the education needs of students and teachers. The conference also gives the librarians tools and ideas for collaborating with teachers to build a library collection that enhances the school curriculum. Training is provided to specifically focus on the librarian’s role to empower teachers to integrate technology into their lessons.

P.A.S.S. – Pursuing A.P. Scholar Success – Jennifer White $550 (February)

This interactive software provides immediate customized feedback, giving students insight into their strong and weak areas. The purpose is to increase the number of AP students achieving a 3 or higher on the AP Government and Politics and/or the AP Macroeconomics exams administered in May.

Tots and Technology - Jayne Pleasant $350 (March)

The main purpose of Tots and Technology is to unite all educators who are committed to engaging young learners and integrating technology effectively into elementary education.

Total for awards listed above - $20,015.06

The Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation was created in the fall of 2005 to support and enhance the education of all students in the Spring Hill Independent School District. It is a 501c(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors representing a cross-section of citizens who are dedicated to education and share a vision for excellence in our schools.

The Foundation exists:

· to provide opportunities for the community to financially support educational excellence in the Spring Hill ISD.

· to promote and facilitate funding of creative and innovative educational programs in our District.

· to encourage students and staff through positive reinforcement of educational activities and to provide a perpetual source of funds for staff and students for years to come.

We appreciate the generous donors of our Spring Hill and Longview community. Without their vision and bold giving, we would not be able to award these innovative, educational technologies to these deserving teachers and students.


Grant Awards Given Per Year

Spring 2007 $89,849.37

Spring 2008 $72,029.62

Spring 2009 $52,076.75

Spring 2010 $50,737.15

Spring 2011 $35,320.74

Spring 2012 $42,646.63

Spring 2013 $13,309.00

Spring 2014 $14, 651.00

Spring 2015 $24,087.93

Spring 2016 $26,671.88

Spring 2017 $20,015.06

TOTAL AWARDS

$442,131.50


2016-2017 Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation Board

  • Leslie Paull, President
  • Lindsay Robinson, Secretary
  • Natalie Lynch, Treasurer
  • Wayne Noon
  • Heath Hamberlin
  • Megan Lawson
  • Chris Graham
  • Natasha Duncan
  • Jodie Hilburn
  • Patti Miller, Executive Director

Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation Web Site: http://www.shisd.net/ed_foundation/default.html

Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation email contact:

pmiller@shisd.net

Address:

Spring Hill ISD Education Foundation

3101 Spring Hill Rd.

Longview, TX 75605

Phone:

903-323-7745

Fax:

903-297-0141

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Officer Askew's Leadership Class

Officer Askew selects young men every year to participate in a character building and leadership group. This year, thanks to generous donors, the young men have matching shirts and ties. Big thanks to JC Penny's and McClendon Cleaners for helping these young men be successful.
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UIL Academic State!

Braedon Sims and Avery Barnhill competed at State in UIL Academics. Pictured with their UIL sponsors, Emmie Drueckhammer and Charlotte Kincy.

Tina Lee - GLOBE Secondary Teacher of the Year

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Christy Smith - GLOBE Elementary Teacher of the Year

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Child Nutrition Week

This week is Child Nutrition Week and we would like to celebrate and thank the many wonderful ladies of the SHISD food service. Starting with our food service director, Mrs. Janet Albright, who has displayed outstanding leadership in our food service department.

Thank you to all of the ladies who work tirelessly to make sure all of our cafeterias are ready each day to serve our students breakfast and lunch.

Jenny Kim Receives Award

It was an honor to take Jenny Kim to the Texas Association of Secondary Principal's meeting at Whitehouse High School. Jenny is the recipient of Student of the Year for Spring Hill High School. She was honored with 40 other top seniors in our region. Jenny is planning to go to Brown University. We will miss her beautiful art projects and her leadership with our Proud Blue Brigade. Congratulations Jenny! - Mr. Lind

Books Needed!

The Junior High Wave students recently held a book drive for the Boys & Girls Club. The books will be used to start a Boys & Girls Club library, and we would love to see the library grow! Many of our students will attend the club over the summer, so this is a great way to keep them reading. As you prepare for the summer and clean out your rooms, please consider donating books to the Boys & Girls Club library. You can send any donations to the Junior High Office.

Great Video from the HS Day of Service!

2017-2018 Instructional Calendar

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T-TESS --- Important info from TEA

Agreement Affirms Key Components of Teacher Evaluations in Texas


AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath said today that all major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) remain in place following an agreed legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state. Student growth will remain part of statutorily-required teacher appraisal systems in either the state-recommended system or a locally-developed system a school district may wish to adopt.


T-TESS, the Commissioner-recommended teacher evaluation system for the state, is a system designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth. The system includes three components: a goal-setting and professional development plan for the teacher; a specific evaluation cycle (including: pre-conference, observation, post-conference); and information on how well a teacher’s students grow in knowledge and skills throughout the year.


“The profession of teaching is incredibly demanding,” said Commissioner Morath. “It requires dedication and energy, but it also requires a commitment to continuously learn and adjust. In designing T-TESS, we relied heavily on input from teachers who wanted meaningful feedback on how well students are learning, so they could strengthen classroom instruction.”


Under the agreement, the student growth measure remains part of teacher appraisals. The Commissioner will remove the reference to the four ways to measure student growth to ensure that districts are clear about the flexibility they have in choosing how student growth is measured. Commissioner Morath noted that this flexibility is important. Determining how much growth students have achieved in an art class, for example, may involve a review of a student’s portfolio of work. On the other hand, math teachers may benefit more from feedback based on calculations of how much value was added between math assessments.


The agreement also confirmed the requirement that every Texas school district appraise each teacher based on how that specific individual teacher’s students progress academically, as opposed to solely giving feedback to an individual teacher based on the growth of all students at a school. This applies to both the Commissioner’s appraisal system and any local appraisal system a school district may wish to adopt.

The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System has been piloted in more than 200 school districts and charters around the state. It is currently being used in more than 1,000 school districts. To learn more about T-TESS, visit the Texas Education Agency’s web page at

http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Educator_Evaluation_and_Support_System/Texas_Teacher_Evaluation_and_Support_System/.

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