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ATEMS Awarded Technology Grant From Best Buy Foundation

The robotics program at the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science was awarded a $6,000 community grant from Best Buy for the school’s efforts to build skill proficiency in technology through programs that meet outside of the school day. Four ATEMS students, along with teacher and sponsor Allison Stanley, submitted the grant on behalf of the school’s robotics team. Nathan Bryce, Nolan Henderson, Carmin Ray and Kate Wilson wrote about the school’s need for new generation technology that provides the most advanced robotics experience. Local Best Buy general manager Joe Metcalf and his staff made the grant presentation to...

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Spotlight: In AISD’s Early Childhood Classrooms, Kindness Is Fundamental

It was purely accidental. We were looking for a specific event on the yearly calendar. As we searched, we found an unexpected holiday in November. World Kindness Day…an entire international day dedicated to acts of kindness. The Random Acts of Kindness website stated, “On World Kindness Day participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations.” The Wikipedia’s site said, “World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is...

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Spotlight: Craig Middle School Will Miss Coach Carl Moser

Craig Middle School’s spotlight is on Coach Carl Moser. Coach Moser is finishing his illustrious 36-year career in education this year at Craig Middle School.  As a former teacher of the year for Craig, Coach Moser has been the backbone of our school and reputation, and he has a special place in his heart for his kids here at Craig. Coach Moser has coached athletics and been a part of Craig Middle School since its inception. His willingness to help others as well as shape the minds of our young boy athletes goes without saying. We are truly honored...

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Focus On Technology: Out With The Old And In With The New

By CARY OWENS/Chief Technology Officer & KIMBERLY BRUMLEY/Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction You won’t see Angry Birds or Candy Crush in Title I elementary classrooms these days, but you will see happy students collaborating to crush learning goals. Beginning as a Title I initiative related to the District Strategic Plan, more than 3,000 10-year-old classroom computers were replaced with new iPads in August 2018. No longer saddled with the oldest devices in the district, every elementary classroom will have a minimum of five student iPads and a new teacher iPad before the winter holiday. Instead of using devices...

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Elementary GT Students Explore New Cedar Creek Waterway

About 300 elementary students from Abilene ISD’s Gifted & Talented program took a post-Thanksgiving educational hike on Monday, Nov. 26. The students explored the possibilities of the Cedar Creek Waterway on the first day back from the holiday. The Waterway project, which is in its early stages, hopes to develop nature trails and park spaces that would eventually follow Cedar Creek for 12 miles, from Kirby Lake to Lake Fort Phantom. Students also learned about the uses of recycled water and the potential benefits of the Cedar Creek Waterway to the community Randy Barnett, organizer for the Cedar Creek...

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