Author: philipashby

New Human Resources Leader Among Administrative Announcements

The end of the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year will bring a few administrative changes in Abilene ISD. Joseph Waldron, who has spent most of his career in Texas, is coming to AISD from his position as superintendent of schools for Morris Community High School District in Illinois to become the new associate superintendent of human resources. Roger Thomas, principal at Johnston Elementary School since 2005, is retiring at the end of the first semester. Jeff Brokovich, executive director for instructional support, will serve as interim principal during the process of selecting a leader at Johnston. Carla...

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Cooper’s Air Force JrROTC Earns Highest Rating

The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of Cooper High School earned an overall unit assessment score of Exceeds Standards, the highest rating attainable. The assessment came during an on-site evaluation on Oct. 18. The assessment citation read: “MSgt Ronald F. Deos and Col. Steven E. Shinkle created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. The instructors provided outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program. “The Cooper High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The Cooper High School Air Force ROTC...

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Fine Arts Results: Students Chosen For Middle School Honor Orchestra

Middle School Students Selected for 2018 Big Country Honor Orchestra  Students representing all four Abilene ISD middle schools have been selected as members of the 2018 Big Country Honor Orchestra. Middle schooll orchestra students from the AISD, Wichita Falls ISD and home school competed in the Big Country Honor Orchestra auditions held on Nov. 13 at Clack Middle School. The honor orchestra will perform in concert at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Paramount Theater. Below are the AISD musicians selected to the orchestra: Clack Middle School: Violin – Royce Bandora, Samuel Jones, Alexa Moncayo, Layla Randoph, Julianys...

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Parent Nominates Ward Teacher for LifeChanger of the Year Award

Ward Elementary School math teacher Laurie Velasquez has been nominated for the 2018-19 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from across the nation. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-19 school year. Cooper High School senior aerospace science...

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Spotlight: Jackson Elementary’s “Boys Club” Teaches Team-Building, Service To Others

Tying a necktie is an important skill for young men to learn. At Jackson Elementary, the after school group, “Boys Club,” has been learning this skill for a few weeks now. Boys Club is a group of 11 4th and 5th grade boys who meet once a week after school with group sponsors Paris Robertson, Positive Behavior Support Liaison at Jackson, and Matt Buie, 3rd grade teacher at Jackson. Team-building, building self-confidence, serving others and social-emotional learning are just a few of the many reasons for the club’s existence. The mentors hope to also build relationships with students and...

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