Author: philipashby

Focus on Student Nutrition: The Science of Nutrition Is at Work in AISD

By JAY TOWELL/Director of Student Nutrition The science of nutrition continues to evolve and is generally accepted or referred to as a new science. The focus of the Abilene ISD Student Nutrition Department is to support the educational process by providing nutritious meals to the students of AISD. Numerous studies have shown that children who eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch, supported by daily physical activity and sufficient rest, are healthier. Properly nourished students will also achieve more academically, with greater school attendance and have fewer behavioral and disciplinary concerns. Simply stated, the body must be fed before the...

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SPOTLIGHT: Martinez Community Comes Together for ‘Leader in Me Lingo Bingo’

Martinez Elementary School faculty, students and parents all came together in January to learn about leadership with the first Martinez Elementary Leader in Me Lingo Bingo. The Lighthouse Committee and Foundations Team collaborated to find a new and fun way for families to spend time together, have fun and learn about the seven habits of leaders. What is better than a fun night of Bingo? Leader in Me Lingo Bingo was a student-led event, and the students put on skits for all to understand each habit. Each habit was a round of bingo, and while a traditional bingo card...

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I Succeed @ Crockett Early Head Start

NAME: Karen Chiasson DEPARTMENT: Crockett Early Head Start TITLE: Associate Teacher YEARS WITH AISD: 3 years WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? Born and raised in a small town in Iowa.  Graduated from Becman High School in Iowa and graduated from Cisco College. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree. TELLS US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: My husband stays at home and cares for his mother, and my daughter works fulltime at Big Country Veterinary Clinic. TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF: I have five brothers and one sister. I am the only one in the...

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SPOTLIGHT: Viva Strings Hits All the Right Notes at Madison Middle School

Four years ago, Madison Middle School orchestra director Candi Ice introduced an opportunity for her students to go beyond what a typical middle school orchestra student could accomplish. Inspired by her students’ interest in the high school preforming group Revolution Strings, Mrs. Ice offered her students a chance to perform in Viva Strings. “Viva Strings allows orchestra students an opportunity to perform alternative styles of music that are not often performed in a traditional orchestra setting,” Mrs. Ice said Mrs. Ice holds rehearsals on Friday afternoons and encourages any student who is interested to attend and give Viva Strings...

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Fine Arts Results: Cooper Sophomore Selected to All-State Band

Sophomore percussionist Ricky Hinojosa of Cooper High School earned a place on the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Class 5A All-State Band. Hinojosa won his trip to the state convention this week in San Antonio by being selected as first chair in percussion at area auditions in Odessa. He participated in clinics at the TMEA annual convention and will perform with the All-State Band on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Both Cooper and AHS band students competed in the TMEA Region 6 Band Audition in December at AHS and in area in...

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