Author: philipashby

“It’s Christmas Time in the City”

Approximately 1,600 students in 25 different AISD programs – from elementary to high school – performed for hundreds of  Abilenians Nov. 27 at the 30th Annual City Sidewalks celebration in downtown Abilene. Musicians, spirit groups and organizations also participated in the parade that wound through downtown streets lined with enthusiastic spectators. Even more high school vocalists and orchestra musicians helped culminate the evening by serenading the crowd at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Abilene Convention...

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I Succeed @ Woodson Center for Excellence

NAME: Lee Anne Wheeler DEPARTMENT/CAMPUS: Woodson Center for Excellence TITLE: Teacher YEARS WITH AISD: This year is my 15th year with AISD, 16th year to teach. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND? I grew up and currently live in Clyde. I have been to several colleges and have committed myself to life-long learning. I attended the following: Tarleton State University – BS in Animal Science,                McMurry University – Teaching Certification, University of Texas at Arlington – MS Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Stephen F. Austin – Principal Certification, Walden University – EdS – Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development TELLS US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY: I am married...

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Adult Education ESL Teacher Invited To Join Statewide Academy

Geri Davis-Roy, an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at Abilene ISD’s Adult Education Center, was recently invited to participate in the TELL TX (Teaching English Language Learners in Texas) Academy. Ms. Roy was identified as her adult English literacy students have performance averages above the state average. The TELL TX Academy is a year-long project that includes four one-day, face-to-face meetings, classroom implementation and four webinars between face-to-face meetings.  The goal of this of the project is to develop a cadre of ESL teachers and trainers who can help other ESL instructors in Adult Education and Literacy to...

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SPOTLIGHT: Bowie Student’s Flat Stanley Visits The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not an unfamiliar address for 3rd grade Bowie Elementary student Anthony Ntambwe or his Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley visited the White House with Donald J. Trump last spring. Last year, Ms. Julia Siewert’s second graders read Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. The story centers around a boy that wakes up one morning…flat. All his troubles begin when a bulletin board falls on top of him. He then visits California traveling in an envelope. Many students send Flat Stanley on adventures across the world in envelopes. Eventually, the person who receives Flat Stanley will send him/her back...

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New A-F Ratings System Brings a New Approach to Accountability

By JEANNIE FOREHAND/Director of Accountability This time last year, I was telling you about the soon-to-come A-F accountability ratings for districts and campuses. For districts, those much anticipated, and much debated, letter grade ratings were released in August 2018. Abilene ISD received an overall letter grade of B. When compared to nine other nearby districts with similar size and demographics, only one other district also earned a B, all others were C or D. By statute, campuses will begin receiving A-F ratings in August 2019, pending decisions in the 86th legislative session in Spring 2019 affecting accountability. What I...

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