The latest news from Dripping Springs ISD

Week of December 6, 2021

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Dripping Springs High School seniors Eli Craddock and Daniel Hearne have been named Academic All-American by the National Speech and Debate Association.

The Academic All-American award recognizes high school students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction in debate (750 points), completed at least five semesters of high school, demonstrated outstanding character and leadership, and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent). This coveted award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence.

From more than 141,000 student members fewer than 1,000 students earn the Academic All-American award.

DSHS Students Named to TMEA All-Region Band

Dripping Springs High School band students had a successful showing at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 18 auditions on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Akins High School in Austin. A total of 37 DSHS students were named to the Region 18 band with 15 of those students advancing to the TMEA area auditions in January.

Students who advanced to area are: Maddie Trussell (flute), Madelyn Foster (flute), Woody Mau (bass clarinet), Matthew Sheeler (bassoon), Hennah Hajari (bassoon), Wyland Diehl (tenor sax), Nathan Crutchfield (bari sax), Dylan Saculla (trumpet), Madelynn Glass (trumpet), Harrison Weikert (horn), Alana Sayger (horn), Jace Byrd (trombone), Graham Lord (trombone), Quentin Dollard (euphonium) and James Lee (euphonium). Lee was selected to the 6A Region 18 band.

The Region 18 Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will participate in a clinic and concert on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.

In November, five DSHS students were named to the TMEA Region 18 Orchestra: Jace Byrd (tenor trombone), Dylan Saculla (trumpet), Matthew Sheeler (bassoon), Maddie Trussell (flute) and Harrison Weikert (horn).

TMEA All-Region 18 Band (*Area Qualifier)

Wind Ensemble
Mary Audrey Bininger-Harrell - Clarinet
Collin Boes - Percussion
*Jace Byrd - Trombone
*Nathan Crutchfield - Bari Sax
*Wyland Diehl - Tenor Sax
Addison Dixon - Flute
*Quentin Dollard - Euphonium
*Madelyn Foster - Flute
*Madelynn Glass - Trumpet
*Hennah Hajari - Bassoon
Parker Hoffman - Percussion
*James Lee - Euphonium (6A)
*Graham Lord - Trombone
*Woody Mau - Bass Clarinet
Anton Miller-Thomas - Percussion
Joshua Peters - Horn
Jaden Pina – Percussion
*Dylan Saculla - Trumpet
*Alana Sayger - Horn
*Matthew Sheeler - Bassoon
*Maddie Trussell - Flute
*Harrison Weikert - Horn
Kaylee Wilson - Trumpet

Symphonic Band
Noah Belyea - Percussion
Aidan Brunner - Percussion
Ryan Fehler - Percussion
Dylan Flenniken - Trumpet
Keshawn French-Burton - Horn
Jacqueline Garcia - Percussion
Julia Grant - Flute
Leo Griffin - Clarinet
Connor Lambert - Clarinet
Celeste Lohman - Horn
Daniel Nolan - Trombone
Blake Romero - Percussion
Isaac Surface - Trombone
Kimber Zatylny - Clarinet


The Dripping Springs ISD Elementary Academic UIL Meet was held Saturday, Dec. 4, at Sycamore Springs Middle School. Results can be found here.


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Musical performing groups at Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs Middle School and Sycamore Springs Middle School have multiple concerts planned during the final two weeks of the fall semester. Admission is free and the general public is invited. Below is the schedule of events.

All Secondary Schools

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., DSHS auditorium

Dripping Springs High School

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Dance Winter Showcase, 7 p.m., DSHS auditorium (Combined with Orchestra concert)

Thursday, Dec. 9

Band Holiday Concert, 6:30 p.m., DSHS auditorium

Wednesday, Dec. 15

West Texas A&M Trombone and DSHS Jazz Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., DSHS cafeteria

Dripping Springs Middle School

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Choir Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., DSMS cafeteria

Friday, Dec. 10

Dance Winter Showcase, 5:30 p.m., DSMS cafeteria

Monday, Dec. 13

Band Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., DSMS cafeteria

Sycamore Springs Middle School

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Dance Winter Showcase, 6 p.m., SSMS football field

Thursday, Dec. 9

Choir Winter Concert, 6 p.m., SSMS cafeteria

Monday, Dec. 13

Band Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., SSMS cafeteria


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.