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September 2016
HISD’s Community WiFi Project is up and operating! HISD offers multiple locations across the district where students & community can access the internet over a free WiFi connection! The Technology Department has been committed to this project and working diligently with several companies and local churches to create a space at 6 of our campuses and at the Tech department to serve as public Hornet Hotspots. They are covered with a picnic table in safe locations where anyone in our community can come during non-school hours and access the district’s filtered and monitored connection. This is another way our district is helping students and families stay connected as well as a providing a service to our community. 

Thanks to a partnership with SHSU, the district had 11 staff members participate in a Math Academy at the university this summer. The funding was provided by a teacher quality grant which helped prepare 24 fourth, fifth and sixth grade educators including 8 of our HISD teachers and 3 of our learning coaches to teach foundational concepts of numerical representations and relationships using concrete and pictorial models for whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Participants were instructed by several SHSU faculty members, a professor emeritus from the University of Central Missouri, and our very own HISD elementary math coach Lydia Klespis.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Hornet Flag Project continues this school year! More than 200 flags are dedicated to the downtown Hornet spirit & pride project and fly on our Hornet home football games and other special events! We thank the youth group from Northside Baptist Church for helping us with the flag project last year, but this year the students of the Raven School at the Gulf Coast Trades Center are taking care of it for us! We appreciate Dr. Dale Underwood’ and his students for ensuring that the Hornet Pride green & white flags are flying on Hornet Football home games.

This year homecoming for SHSU and HISD fall on the same weekend. Both institutions host Thursday parades before the homecoming games, and this year we have the opportunity for a first-ever joint parade!  Save The Date: Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30 pm, to see Buzzy & Sammy Bearkat leading the parade!  The theme is Bearkat - Hornet Heroes!

August 2016
The Community Praise Ministry held their annual School Supply Giveaway event at HHS on Saturday, August 6. More than 1000 bags of school supplies were distributed to children in our community. We are proud to support this annual event and appreciate the hard work and dedication of Vanetta Mills and all the caring volunteers across this community who either donated or helped work this event benefitting our children. Many thanks to all district staff members who also participated. The event was dedicated in loving memory of our friend and co-worker Lutrena Davidson who was an annual organizer. She felt very strongly about this important effort and we know she would have been proud of this year’s event.

Thank you to Huntsville Kroger Store. Their associates conducted their annual Backpack Booster Campaign collecting school supplies to benefit local children. The store donated 300+ prepackaged backpack school supply kits to Huntsville ISD. The kits were distributed evenly among our 3 secondary campuses for their counseling staff to have on hand for students in need.

May 2016
Two of our Directors were recently featured in statewide publications. In the May 9th TSPRA e-Newsletter Shannon Duncan, Director of Communications was featured in an article written by Spoken Word Communications which showcased utilizing effective communication through social media in a crisis situation. The article shared how HISD responded to the non-credible bomb threat at HHS back in January. Additionally, in the May TASBO Report, Donna Gutierrez, Director of PEIMS/Student Data Services was a special contributing writer for a piece on HB 2610 & PEIMS Reporting sharing information to help districts prepare for report next school year as it relates to the calculation changes for a school day based on minutes rather than days.

The Board of Directors of Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has approved the appointment of Dr. Greg Rodriguez, Deputy Superintendent for Huntsville ISD (Region 6) to a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2016. Texas ASCD is committed to being the premier source for information and resources for Texas Educators, specifically about teaching, learning and leadership topics.

The school district was recently awarded a $20,312.01 incentive check from Entergy Texas for upgrading old equipment to a more energy efficient alternative. The SCORE Program helps organizations save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on energy savings. Since partnering with the Entergy SCORE program, for the past several years the district has recovered approximately $300,000.00 in incentives.
April 2016
TCEA recently announcement their newly-elected officers for it’s Special Interest Groups including TEC-SIG. HISD Executive Director of Technology, Tracie Simental will be the Vice President/President-Elect for this next year. 

The Mance Park Middle School Cantorum Performance Choir earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest on April 5th. 

On April 12th the HHS Chorale, Varsity Mixed Choir and Varsity Treble Choir competed in their UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest. Both groups returned with a 2 on stage and straight 1's in Sightreading. 

The Mance Park Middle School Bands participated in their UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest. Both the Concert and Symphonic Band received outstanding ratings on stage and in Sightreading. The Symphonic Winds received the Sweepstakes award, and for the first time in school history, the Wind Ensemble also received the Sweepstakes award!

On April 4th, the HHS UIL Academic teams participated the district UIL meet. Both individual UIL participants and teams placed.  2 of those teams qualified for the upcoming regional competition.

The Huntsville High School Lady Hornet Golf Team is headed back to the State Tournament for the fourth straight year! They placed 3rd at the Regional Tournament. Kudos to senior Casey Leatherman for her outstanding performance and for finishing the runner-up individual medalist. 

March 2016
The Huntsville High School FCCLA program recently passed all events and placed FIRST overall in the Diboll AXED Culinary Competition! Senior FCCLA members, Jayce Park and Lyndi Patchett, competed against multiple teams from Carthage, Diboll, and Willis in a contest similar to what you’ve seen on the TV show called Chopped. There were 3 levels to complete, each providing mystery ingredients to be used. 

HISD Director of PEIMS, Donna Gutierrez, was recently recognized at the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Conference for serving as the Chairperson of the PEIMS Research Committee and for her outstanding dedication to excellence in the field of Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data that is required of all school districts. 
The Walker/Trinity Counties Branch of the NAACP selected Dr. Howell Wright, HISD Superintendent of Education, as their 2016 Educator of the Year! He will be honored at their upcoming annual scholarship and recognition banquet on Saturday, April 2. 
February 2016
HISD Director of Communications, Shannon Duncan submitted 12 entries in the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) annual Star Award for excellence in school communications contest. All 12 entries received Star Awards:  7 Gold, 4 Silver & 1 Bronze.  Additionally, 2 of the Gold awards also won Best of Category medals. This is the first year Duncan has received the Best of Category honor.

HISD's video submission in the Texas School Public Relations Association's Celebrate Texas Public Schools video competition was selected as a Regional Finalist. HISD Digital Learning Coordinator, Matthew Lahey, worked with teacher Paula Foreman and a group of students from Samuel W. Houston Elementary to script and produce the video to represent the district.  

HHS senior, Dalton Smith, Captain of the HHS Swim team and one of the Hornet Flagman, was honored on February 11th by The Boys and Girls Club of Walker County and received the "Youth of the Year" and "Outstanding Alumnus" awards.  

30 Huntsville High School Choir students competed at UIL Solo & Ensemble contest. They brought home 25 1st division ratings.  13 solos and 1 madrigal advanced to compete at the State Solo & Ensemble Contest to be held in May at the University of Texas in Austin. We wish our HHS Band Students good luck as they prepare for their upcoming UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest.

The HHS Girls Basketball team finished an outstanding season and playoff run. They lost their bi-district playoff game on Tuesday, but we are very proud of their effort. The HHS Boys Basketball Team won the District Championship outright and are headed to the bi-district playoff game next Tuesday night. Hornet Wrestlers are headed to State and the Lady Hornet Wrestlers won their 4th straight Regional title. 
January 2016
Huntsville High School’s Boys Soccer Team was featured by GameDayHouston Chevrolet Inside High School Sports as the Chevy Spotlight Team of the Week. We congratulate Coach Robert Taylor and his talented players. The Hornets were well spoken during the interview and made the team, campus and district look good!  The interview and clip are featured on the GameDayHouston YouTube channel and shared on our district’s social media pages. 

Huntsville ISD hosted its Western Art Show & Reception on Saturday, January 9th in the Commons at Mance Park Middle School. There were 228 pieces entered into the show which included both 2D and 3D artwork. 7 pieces were selected by judges the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program judges and they will be on display during this year's HLS&R!  

The HISD Spelling Bee concluded earlier this month. The Top 3 winners from each campus will be recognized during our February Board meeting. The Huntsville Item Newspaper sponsored our local Bee and will join us for that trophy presentation in February. HISD has six 1st place winners who will compete at the Zone 8 Regional Spelling Bee in just a few short weeks.

The HHS Swingin’ Stingers Jazz Band recently auditioned for the Region IX Jazz Band which is comprised of the most talented jazz players in the region. 5 students from HHS were selected by the judges this year and had the chance to play a concert on January 16th at Dekaney High School in Spring. 

27 HHS students competed on January 16th in Willis ISD’s first invitational UIL competition. HHS students competed against 23 other schools and stole the show finishing 1st place in persuasive extemporaneous speaking, 2nd in news writing and team spelling, 3rd in team current events and team mathematics, 5th in computer applications, and 6th in spelling as well as current events. 
December 2015
We had 23 HHS Band members earn a District Patch, and 14 make the All-Region Band. The All-Region Band members participated in the Region clinic and concert and did an outstanding job. 6 of those members advanced and are moving onto Area Contest in January. 

For the 2nd year, Academy Sports & Outdoors Huntsville store donated 30 bicycles with helmets to Scott Johnson Elementary. The campus held a drawing from the names of students in 1st & 2nd grade who had achieved perfect attendance, positive behavior referrals, or both during the first 9 weeks of school. After the drawing, 15 girls and 15 boys were surprised with a new bicycle.  

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum held its fall amateur photo contest and Mance Park Middle School had over 15 entries in the contest. One 8th grader placed 1st in floral, 1st in landscape and received Reserve Grand Champion overall with a total of $150 for her winnings. 

Huntsville ISD's Maintenance & Operations team member Josh Holloway was chosen by his fellow firefighters as the Huntsville Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year!  We are super excited for him and proud of his dedication and service to our schools AND to our community!
November 2015
With a final record of 6-1 in district play, the Huntsville High School Junior Varsity Hornet football team finished the season as 18-5A JV District Champs! 

The Mance Park Middle School Band participated in the UIL Region 9 All-Region Band Auditions on November 7th and had record breaking results! 5 students will be representing Mance Park Middle School in the 2015-2016 All-Region Band!  
October 2015
We appreciate the community engagement and participation in our ongoing strategic design process. We had close to 450 people participate during our Education Summit sessions on September 28 & 29 and approximately 450 participants in the online community survey.  This is the largest community engagement effort in recent HISD history and we are very proud of the response. The third step in this ongoing process is our upcoming small Focus Group Meetings.

On Saturday, September 26th at Conroe High School, Huntsville High School had 19 choir students compete to advance to Region auditions for the Texas All-State Choir Contest. 14 of the 19 students advanced to Region Auditions.

The 2014-2015 Lady Hornet Soccer Team received recognition by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) by receiving the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Award. The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field. To qualify for this honor the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. 
September 2015
Update on the Hornet Flag Project! A total of 400 flags were purchased by the Chamber of Commerce for the Hornet Flag Project. To date, 200 flags are dedicated to the downtown project for Hornet home games and special events while 200 more were purchased by community members and businesses for personal use! We thank Northside Baptist Church for offering to put up and take down the flags for each home game!

HHS has hosted 4 of 5 scheduled Parent Meetings this month for the digital textbook adoption process for parents to learn about the digital instructional materials for math and the devices that students will use to access the content. Parents are required to attend one of these meetings to learn about the exciting changes in math this school year and sign the agreement so that their student can participate. Meetings have been well attended and we have 1 final meeting set for 6 pm during the HHS open house.

Ch 3 - KBTX-TV News out of Bryan-College Station provided excellent coverage on our Digital Textbook Adoption and helped us communicate the required Parent Meeting information just prior to the first meeting and we think it was very beneficial. We are extremely proud of our staff members who participated in the informative piece. 
August 2015
Friday, August 28 was proclaimed by the Mayor & City Council as FEEL THE STING! DAY. This is also the date of our first Hornet home football game. The purpose of the proclamation was to help show support for Huntsville ISD and display spirit for our Hornets among the community. The Chamber of Commerce is managing the Hornet Flag project.  Flag sponsorships for $35 secure a flag and pole set for the downtown area around the square.  More than 200 flags have been secured for the downtown project!  Many more flags have been sold to individuals and businesses and those flags are just $25 each. We appreciate all the support this project has received and certainly thank the Chamber, City of Huntsville and the POP committee for making it all happen.

An HHS student-produced documentary film entitled "A Shot at Equality" written friends and Lady Hornet Soccer teammates, starring a fellow Lady Hornet Soccer player made was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 All-American High School Film Festival from one of thousands from over 48 states and 30 countries.  The screening will be held in New York City in October on the 9th-11th at the AMC Empire Theaters in Time Square!