We are officially in the busiest time of the year! Winter sports are ending, spring sports are beginning, the musical just finished, and testing season is around the corner! Although the first day of spring is not until March 20th, we have had some unseasonably warm spring-like weather causing my roses at home to bloom early…. and then freeze, of course! I know everyone is looking forward to spending some R&R with family and friends over spring break beginning Friday, March 10th at 3:00pm! In this month’s principal’s message, I would like to share three things with you: highlights from our fine arts program, Spartan athletics, and planning for the 2017-18 school year.
Highlighting our Fine Arts Program
The fine arts world has been extremely busy from the amazing musical Me and My Girl and UIL contests. We have some crazy talented students! There is no way to acknowledge all of our contest winners so we will post them on the website under Spartan Spotlight. First, a big congratulations to Zach Barnett and Sydney Simmons who were selected for Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band! This is the highest and most prestigious honor a band student can receive and they will travel to San Antonio to play with the other All-State performers from across the state. Next, Orchestra students Isabella Bengochea and Catherine Wu were selected and recognized by TMEA as All-State performers. These singers all earned 1st division solo ratings at Choir Solo and Ensemble. Faith Berrigan, Elaina Baden, Abigail Bradley, Amy Deaton, Lauren Dodds, Urooj Mehtab, Kelly Plitt, Bailey Rockwell, Melanie Wallace, Lindsay Bates, Ashley Beeler, Mandy Hutchings, Jenny Calhoun, Alex Parizot, Taha Rezvan, and the following girls in a small ensemble: Lauren Dodds, Naomi Menslage, Sarah Wallace. Our kids are simply AMAZING!!! Looking forward to Tommy Tunes Night—on April 18th—mark your calendars!!!
Winter sports are closing their regular seasons and some are entering the playoffs. Boys basketball finished 4th in district with an 8-6 record and 19-12 overall, and are playing their first playoff game on Tuesday, Feb.21st at 7pm at Cy-Ranch HS against Westfield. Girls and boys soccer are in the middle of district play and both are fighting for a playoff spot. Our swimmers did great at regionals with the ladies finishing 7th and the men finishing 5th in an incredibly fast regional meet. Girls 200 Medley Relay - Sloan Pyle (9), Brittany Baerg (12), Emma Stephenson (10), Morgen Reyna (11) time of 1.47.20, broke a 22 year old record! Emma Stephenson also set the record in the 50 Free 23.39, 100 Fly 54.00, and 100 Free 51.68. Clayton Bobo (11) set the record in the 50 Free at 20.44 and 100 Free 44.55. Congratulations to these all for the above state qualifiers. The swim team will go to the state championship meet in Austin at UT, on February 17th and 18th. Good luck Spartans!
Planning for 2017-18 School Year
I am excited to share with you that after much consideration, our counseling team will move from the current grade-level assignment to an alpha-split assignment based on the students’ last name. Many high schools across the state use this approach. There are many benefits to an alpha-split, such as:
· Creating a more personalized approach to serving students from 9th grade to graduation;
· Ensuring continuity for students and their families; and
· Strengthening post-secondary process and timelines.
These are a few of the benefits that will come from our counselors working together, across all grade levels, for the betterment of each student. While a vision is in mind, I am working with our CIT, leadership, counseling, and administrative teams to design the best plan for our students. The alpha-split designation will be available in late spring. Our assistant principals will continue to serve students based on their grade level; each assistant principal will continue to follow each of their respective classes from 9th grade to graduation
Accepting the Challenge,