Author: philipashby

Take It From Me: Take Care of Your Heart

By JOE ALCORTA/Executive Director for Human Resources Spring is here! I have always loved this time of the year. Baseball season has begun. It is time to dust off the golf clubs and get in a round or two. Plus, I have an April birthday. In the school business, we have ONE six weeks left until the summer time. Well, I am extremely thankful for this spring since many of you may know that I had a heart attack and a stroke on January 23. (I knew I should have studied for that stress test!) The doctor has told...

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SPOTLIGHT: Adult Education Expands Offerings for Students

By MIGNON LAWSON/Director of Adult Education The Adult Education program continues to expand the services offered. Students who need to complete a Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE), formerly called the GED, take classes in Math, Science, Social Studies and Reasoning though Language Arts.   A student must score 145 on each computer-based test to pass the test.  A student who scores 165 – 174 is college ready and a score of 175 – 200 is college ready plus credit.  The 175-200 score means that the student has demonstrated some of the skills that are taught in college-level classes. Students...

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NAME: Melissa Scott CAMPUS: Reagan Elementary TITLE: 5th Grade Science Teacher YEARS WITH AISD: 4 years WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? I was born and raised in Abilene, and after graduating from Wylie High School I went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. After graduation, I worked in Belton ISD teaching math and science for several years. In 2014, I received the opportunity to move back to Abilene to become a 5th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary. Currently, I am earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy...

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SPOTLIGHT: Bowie Elementary’s “Writing Buddies” Make a Special Connection with Military

On any Thursday afternoon at Bowie Elementary, you can expect to see students from different grade levels working together to create stories and letters. They call this activity “Writing Buddies,” and its fruits have been more fluent writing and excitement about the writing process. On one special Thursday at the beginning of February, a Writing Buddy activity yielded more than the students could have imagined. The fourth grade students from Cynthia Simmons’ class and the second grade students from Darla Smith’s class collaborated to create Valentine cards that would be sent to deployed military personnel. “We were giving them...

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AHS, CHS Winterguard Teams Complete Successful Season

The Abilene High and Cooper High Winterguard teams completed a successful contest seaons with strong finishes in meets held throughout the Metroplex. During the Winterguard season, the AHS Winterguard competed in the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Winterguard Contests in the Regional AA and received the following awards: February 3, 2018 – 4th place, Boswell High School February 9, 2018 – 4th place, Sachse High School March 2, 2018 – 3rd place, Sachse High School March 24, 2018 – 1st Place, Championships at The Colony High School The Abilene High School Winterguard is under the direction of Brittany Tawater. The...

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