Author: philipashby

Community Bond Informational Meetings Set

The community is invited to a pair of informational meetings on the Abilene ISD bond proposal prior to the Nov. 6 election. The public is invited to attend the following bond presentations: Monday, Sept. 24              Abilene High School West Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1                 Cooper High School Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. At both informational meetings, Superintendent Dr. David Young will present details of the proposed projects in the referendum and lead the audience in a Q & A session. Voters will consider a $138.7 million bond package that addresses replacing three elementary schools, building a combined Career Tech/ATEMS facility,...

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SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Texans Are Making the Grade

Thomas Elementary School received some exciting news upon coming back from summer break. The State of Texas released school accountability “report cards” for the 2017-2018 school year. Thomas Elementary earned all six distinction designations on their state accountability results and earned the state’s highest ranking of Met Standard. If the state was giving out letter grades, the Texans definitely would get an “A.” According to Mike Morath, the state’s Commissioner of Education, “Earning one or several campus-level distinctions is notable and should be applauded by a community as an outstanding achievement. For a school to earn every potential distinction...

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SPOTLIGHT: Mann Middle School Scholars Choosing Academic Elective

Fifty eighth graders and 68 seventh graders at Mann Middle School are working their way toward skills for success in a global society. These students were identified by faculty members to participate in an AVID elective course that charts them for success in post high school education and future skills for success.  Participation in the class requires success in at least one Pre-AP class and keeping an average above 80 in all classes each six weeks. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful...

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Two Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Two Abilene ISD seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Feisi “Faith” Fang of the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science (ATEMS) and Lauren Hampton of Abilene High School will continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring. Finalists will be announced in February 2019. Representing less than 1% of high school seniors, national Semifinalists include the highest scoring entrants from each state on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 16,000 of the 1.6 million high school students who entered the National Merit...

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I Succeed @ Taylor Elementary School

NAME: Sheila Light-Dendinger TITLE: Physical Education Aide CAMPUS: Taylor Elementary School YEARS WITH AISD: 9 years. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOLS DID YOU ATTEND? I am from Indiana. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management form the University of Phoenix. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: My husband of 20 years is Chip, retired USAF. I have a son, Jacob, as 6th grader at Craig Middle School. We have two dogs, Bella and Molly. TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF: I love reading the annual Bluebonnet Books, discussing them with the students and encouraging them to keep reading....

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