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SPOTLIGHT: Bowie Student’s Flat Stanley Visits The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not an unfamiliar address for 3rd grade Bowie Elementary student Anthony Ntambwe or his Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley visited the White House with Donald J. Trump last spring. Last year, Ms. Julia Siewert’s second graders read Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. The story centers around a boy that wakes up one morning…flat. All his troubles begin when a bulletin board falls on top of him. He then visits California traveling in an envelope. Many students send Flat Stanley on adventures across the world in envelopes. Eventually, the person who receives Flat Stanley will send him/her back...

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New A-F Ratings System Brings a New Approach to Accountability

By JEANNIE FOREHAND/Director of Accountability This time last year, I was telling you about the soon-to-come A-F accountability ratings for districts and campuses. For districts, those much anticipated, and much debated, letter grade ratings were released in August 2018. Abilene ISD received an overall letter grade of B. When compared to nine other nearby districts with similar size and demographics, only one other district also earned a B, all others were C or D. By statute, campuses will begin receiving A-F ratings in August 2019, pending decisions in the 86th legislative session in Spring 2019 affecting accountability. What I...

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Dr. Polnick’s Donation Puts
George Washington in Every School

Thanks to a generous donation from retired superintendent Dr. David Polnick, every library in Abilene ISD now has a copy of George Washington: Providence, a book penned by AISD’s own TV producer Rob Westman. Dr. Polnick, who served as superintendent from 2003-2010, purchased and donated the books in memory of his late wife, Mary Ann, who taught in AISD for more than 30 years. “I have watched Rob work on this book for a long time,” Dr. Polnick said. “He put his heart and soul into this creation. When he was almost done and I saw a draft of this...

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SPOTLIGHT: Community Partners Make Johnston’s Fall Festival A Big Success

The 2018 Johnston Elementary Fall Festival was a rousing succes! Hundreds of children and their families participated on Oct. 27 in many different booths, activities, rides and contests that were generously run by Johnston PTA members, teachers, staff and community members. The work of the PTA Board and the community partners made this experience both fun and memorable. Thank you to all who were involved, and GO...

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I Succeed @ Johnston Elementary

NAME: Rhonda Bouquet-Harris DEPARTMENT/CAMPUS:  Johnston Elementary School TITLE: Secretary to the Principal YEARS WITH AISD: 33 years WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? I was born and raised in Abilene, TX.  I attended Bowie, Jefferson and Cooper High School. CHS class of 1986.  TELLS US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: I have been married for 26 years to my awesome husband, Tim Harris.  We have two beautiful, talented, smart, fabulous girls.  Kiley, 21,  is a senior at the University of Texas in Austin.  She is a marketing student with the McCombs Business School at UT.  Kaitlyn, 19, is...

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