Author: philipashby

“Reading Rodeo” Rides Again at Bowie

Military personnel, first responders, school trustees, media personalities, athletes and cheerleaders were among the celebrities serving as guest readers Oct. 18 at the annual “Reading Rodeo” at Bowie Elementary School, a popular event sponsored by the Abilene chapter of Altrusa International, Inc. For the 15th consecutive year, community celebrity readers shared their favorite children’s books and stories with Bowie students. Among the celebrity readers were police officers, paramedics, Dyess Air Force Base service members, local TV and media personalities, business representatives, AISD administrators and school board trustees. In addition, several athletes and spirit leaders from Cooper High School served as...

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NAME: Cheryl Cunningham DEPARTMENT/CAMPUS:  Federal Programs, One AISD Center TITLE: Executive Director of Federal Programs YEARS WITH AISD: 32 (34 total years in education) WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? I am from Bakersfield, California (about two hours north of L.A.). I graduated from West High School in Bakersfield in 1974 and moved to Abilene at only 17 years old to attend ACU.  I ended up with three degrees from ACU before deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up, including a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Education, a master’s degree in Communication...

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SPOTLIGHT: Welcome to the Neighborhood, Long ELC

Well, she thought she did it right. She was thoughtful and protective as she chose the perfect place to raise her tiny babies. Ms. Ground Squirrel had searched far and wide for a safe, quiet place for her little ones before settling in the front lawn of Long Elementary. And, then, something happened. All summer the ground rumbled as heavy machinery moved across the parking lots and the grounds. Noises she had never heard before sounded through the air as buildings were reconstructed and built from scratch. She raised her eyebrows and shook her tiny head. Sometimes a mother...

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Surprise Visit Announces Honor for AHS Choral Director

Wendy Weeks’ choral rehearsal at Abilene High School received an unexpected interruption on a recent morning. Much to the first-year AHS choral director’s surprise, several representatives from Abilene Christian University barged into her classroom to make a special announcement: Weeks has been selected for ACU’s Morland Award, given each year to one alumnus who has made significant contributions to the field of education. The award will be formally presented at a dinner on March 22 at ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center. Voted on by ACU Department of Education faculty, the award is named in honor of Grover C. Morlan, who...

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Johnston Elementary’s Design Wins Statewide Award

By SCOTT McLEAN Associate Superintendent for Operations Just over three years ago, an article appeared in this space which described the process of designing a new elementary school campus from scratch. It mentioned some of the questions architects asked to determine what we, as users, wanted from the new facility. Questions such as, “What does learning look like today and what do you think it will look like in the future?” and “Is there space in a traditional school building that is unoccupied for significant portions of the day and can that space be repurposed or used somehow in...

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