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Employees Receive Service Awards, Retirees Recognized At Annual Event

Abilene ISD employee service awards and send-offs to more than 70 retirees highlighted the annual AISD Service Awards and Retirement Ceremony held May 15 at the Abilene  Convention Center. A  total of 190 employees combing for 4,310 years of service in AISD received awards for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and one with 50, Bobby Black of the Athletic Department. In addition, 76 employees who total 1,818 years of service have submitted retirment papers. Both groups represent 6,125 years of service to the district.   SERVICE AWARDS 15 Years Valeri Baidas Nora Campbell Misty Cash Emile Chamness Renee...

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Million Word Readers Celebrate Their Accomplishment With Fun & Games

All the hard work paid off with fun and games at three Million Word Reader celebrations held the last week of the 2018-19 school year. More than 400 elementary readers in grades kindergarten to 5th grade celebrated their outstanding reading achievements on May 20 at Abilene Christian University. This maked the 8th annual event to reward students who have read one million words or more this school year, and there are some students who have read more than 8 million words. Activities included a literature quiz game, genre breakouts, iPad genre selfies, Tetris art, outdoor games at Jacobs Dream, lunch...

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Three Named As Elementary School Principals for 2019-20

Three educators have been named to fill principal posts in Abilene ISD elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year. Keri Thornburg, currently principal at Bassetti Elementary, will move across town to become principal at Taylor Elementary. She replaces Lavon Burton, who is retiring. Cecelia Zertuche, who previously served as an instructional coordinator and counselor at Bassetti, will succeed Thornburg. Zertuche is currently the assistant principal at Jackson Elementary. Dawn Ripple, assistant principal at Ward Elementary, has been promoted to become principal. She succeeds Alison Sims, who earlier this month was named executive director of elementary education. Thornburg has been...

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Free Healthy Meals Offered This Summer By AISD Student Nutrition

Kids can eat healthy and free with the Abilene ISD Summer Meal Program this summer. The Abilene ISD Student Nutrition Department is offering free healthy meals for children 18 and younger through its annual summer meal program. Starting at most locations on June 3, meals will be served for children from any school district at almost 20 sites across the community. Many sites offer both breakfast and lunch while some sites serve lunch only. The Summer Food Service Program will run from June 3 until July 26 at most locations. Some dates, times and meals vary. All locations will...

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Veterans, Military Honored at Dyess Elementary’s “I Love America Day”

Area veterans and active duty military personnel were the special guests for “I Love America Day” at Dyess Elementary School on May 3. The guests were in the school gym during a performance of “I Love America 2019 – “Land of a Million Dreams,” which highlights American visionaries and their contributions to our country. The program featured 5th graders dressed as Founding Fathers and Mothers and included a salute to current and former members of our Armed Forces. The entire school sang patriotic songs and waved flags in celebration of America. An all-school parade followed the program The program...

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