Crystal's Thoughts

July 1st, 2014

Man are things exciting around here.  The new windows are almost all finished in the elementary wing.  Our administration building is now rubble and they are preparing to do the work on our NEW septic system and plumbing!  I posted a picture on Facebook and we will continue to try to keep them coming.  If you haven't "Liked" Hunt School on Facebook yet, please do!  It is a great way to stay up to date with Hunt Happenings!

We received our STAAR test results, and overall I am really pleased with how well our students performed!  Our teachers and students exceeded the state in 24 of the 26 areas on which we had one or more student testing.  We will continue to strive to improve. Thank you for the part you play in helping our students excel! 

We are planning something different this year for our back to school open house.  Instead of students arriving with their school supplies before school starts, we are planning an ice cream social.  Stay tuned for the details! 

May 18, 2014

Well, a couple of months ago I wrote about the board calling for a bond election, and just last weekend the bond passed!!  THANK YOU to our parents and community members for your vote of confidence in me, in our board, and in the future of Hunt School!  A few things have changed - we will be doing things in three phases - Phase I is addressing the plumbing and the septic system issues and the demolition of our current administrative building.  Phase II will involve rebuilding the administration building with a one story building that should still meet our needs, and our current auditorium will be converted into three classrooms of at least 800 square feet each with a restroom in each classroom for our Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Phase III will involve the construction of a new multi-purpose auditorium.  We will also be purchasing two new buses and meeting new technology goals with funds designated for technology.

We have several people in new positions - a new assistant principal - Mrs. Tammy Brown;  a new counselor  - Mrs. Verlene Wallace; a new technology teacher - Mrs. Faith Bradberry; and a new Middle School Social Studies teacher - Mrs. Kelly Hardin.   

New faces coming to join us in August, 2014 - a new Middle School English teacher - Becca Gavin and a new 4th grade teacher - Alicia Bland. 

Our main office will now be in our old Multi-Purpose Room.  Our fifth graders will be housed in the middle school and will change classes like the 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  Our fifth and sixth grade will be considered more of an intermediate school within a school and our seventh and eighth graders will be our Middle School Students.  Tammy Brown's office will be in the middle school with Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Weinstein sharing the room across the hall from her.

Lots of changes for 2014-2015.  Glad you will be riding along with us.  Stay tuned...

Happy end of year Eagles!!

Crystal


February 5, 2014

What an exciting beginning!!!  Our board voted unanimously last night to call a bond election for May! 

As most of you know, we had a very serious septic failure in November.  We have been looking at all of the structural issues, in addition to the plumbing and septic issues.  The architect, engineers, and plumbing and septic team has recommended reconstructing the administrative offices on a concrete foundation after making several septic and plumbing improvements under this current administration office.  The recommended construction will be a two story facility that will provide necessary offices/rooms for our support personnel who work with our students.  We currently have a speech therapist and occupational therapist who work with students at least once a week.  Our goal is to have a counselor and a diagnostician with offices connected by a  conference room that can be used for Admission, Review and Dismissal Meetings, Response to Intervention (RtI) Meetings, and Mentoring Meetings with students (supervision can take place through the glass windows connecting the three rooms).  The additional space will also provide for accessible storage of records and book storage to be here in our building rather than in the attic above the gym. 

One of the most exciting recommendations is the new auditorium area.  It would be constructed in a way to allow 600 people to attend an event and provide approximately 100 additional parking spaces.  Currently our auditorium seats 192 people.  We have 203 students as of today and cannot even house all of the students for an all school assembly.  When you add teachers, support staff, and parents, we do not have enough seats nor do we have enough room at the back of the auditorium to stand.  What an exciting opportunity to have an auditorium/multi-purpose area that can allow for multiple uses and arrangements for school and/or community events!  The current auditorium would become three large classrooms.  We hope to also be constructing new Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms that will be in compliance with the size requirements set by the Texas Education Agency (800 square feet per class).  We are recommending restrooms in each classroom for the students use to enable constant supervision by our teachers of the students in that age group.

I LOVE working with our school board, Hunt ISD staff, our parents, and our community to continue to turn Hunt ISD into an exemplary district.  Our students are top notch!!

Stay tuned...


January 24, 2014

We used a snow day today due to the ice in the area.  Those are always hard calls to make.  I get out and drive our roads and over a few water crossings and consult with my fellow superintendents in surrounding areas - Dr. Bobby Templeton (Ingram ISD), Dr. Dan Troxell (Kerrville ISD), Cody Newcomb (Center Point ISD), and Bill Bacon (Divide ISD).  We make our decisions based on how much we are slipping and sliding as we drive.  We have our students and our staff members to think about and their safety is not something we take lightly.

As I type this update, it is 3:30 and the sun is just starting to peak out of the clouds.  It has made it up to 40 degrees and the roads were in good shape here in Hunt. 

We will make this day up later this year.  More than likely in April on our Bad Weather Make-Up day which is Good Friday. 

PRIDE will be rescheduled and the date will be sent out this next week.

I hope all of you stay safe and stay warm today!

Stay tuned...


January 6, 2014

Well, it is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the 13/14 school year.  So many great things have been going on this semester!  We now have 203 students enrolled here at Hunt School and I am enjoying seeing everyone of them.  Our next PRIDE program is set for January 24, 2014.  Our PRIDE students grades 3-8 will be going bowling and our K-2 PRIDE students will view a movie here at the school.

We have added a new paraprofessional to work with our students in the computer lab.  Katie Becker started today and we are so happy to have her.  Her position will work with our computer students in the elementary grade levels.  Aaron Anderegg will continue to work with the Middle School Students.  He has more work with our one-to-one program and will also be assisting our teachers with technology integration.

Mrs. Wallace is working in the classrooms on developmental assets.  It is exciting to see our students learning about responsibilities and positive behavior choices. 

I'm looking forward to a great next few months!

Stay tuned!


October 4, 2013

Today was our first day with clubs for grades 3 - 8.  We had Zumba, Weightlifting, Mindmasters, Scrapbooking, Chess Club, Yoga, Boogie Nights, Card Games, Spanish Club, and Artist Trading Cards.  It was great getting an opportunity to "two-step" with some middle school students.  We have quite a few GREAT Zumba dancers.  Dr. San Martin and Angela Tapia came and worked with our kids in Spanish club.  We will continue to do clubs each time we have an early release.  Club offerings will change each six weeks. 

Teachers spent the afternoon learning technology tells learning ways to incorporate technology into each subject area.  I continue to be amazed at the apps that are available.  We found Remind 101 that allows us to set up immediate texting with parents to remind them about exams, etc...

Tomorrow is our community workday with our Garden Club ladies.  What a blessing they are to our school.  The relationships, the financial contributions, and their volunteer hours are amazing!!!  

Our Music Booster Club will be serving up pancakes in the morning from 8:30 - 11:00 am.  Please join us.  $7 for adults and $5 for students.  

It is always a great day at Hunt ISD!!

Stay tuned...


September 27, 2013

It has been a few weeks since we started school.  We have passed out iPods, iPads, school supplies and books.  Our students are learning, active in sports, and making new friends.  I am so impressed with the students and the desire to learn and use their technology in the process.  We have a few boys that have joined Ingram ISD to play football.  I am looking forward to seeing their next game on October 3rd.  Please see our monthly calendar tab for a more complete list of events, but here are a few for next week...

October 4th is an early release day for students.  Our staff will be working that afternoon to make Hunt ISD an even better place to be!  

October 26th is our annual school carnival.  Please join us for our booster club fundraiser!! 

 

August 6, 2013

I'm sure it is no surprise to most of you who know me that I LOVE SCHOOL!!   I love opening school supplies, picking out markers, pens, calendars and spirals.  I love school supply lists and bulletin board borders.  I love the smell of new books and going to the library!  I love seeing how much students have grown over the summer.  I went into this profession 27 years ago and have stayed in it because I love my job! 

Just as in so many professions, there are legal issues, legislation, paperwork, and mandates that aren't nearly as much fun to me as a new box of crayons and a hug from a 6 year old who missed me over the summer.  One of the new processes is the new accountability system that will be released later this week.  This year the accountability system include three accountability ratings:  Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard (for charter schools and alternative education campuses) and Improvement Required.  Campuses are also eligible for Student Progress and Academic Achievement distinctions.  Our faculty and Site Based Decision Making Team will be working on our district plan and reviewing a more comprehensive needs assessment, of which the state rating is one part, when we meet on Thursday, August 15th.  Our STAAR scores have arrived, and overall are pretty impressive!  We had 100% passing rates in math for 8th grade - which includes our End-of-Course Algebra exam!  Our 3rd and 5th grade reading scores were also at 100%.  So very proud of our students for their accomplishments this year! There is an example of the STAAR Released Tests questions on this website:   http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/testquestions/

How did you do?  I'll say this, we have definitely raised the bar from when I took a TABS test back in high school.  I think the questions on my test were about the equivalent of a 4th grade exam now. 

Technology is going to be a big focus for us next year and our middle school students will all be receiving an iPad mini when school begins.  We will be holding several mandatory parent meetings about the iPad's with the first meeting taking place on August 22nd beginning at 6:30.  Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will each have an iPod touch, and our PK-2nd graders will continue to learn all about technology with Mr. Anderegg, and practice those skills on classroom computers, in "The Orchard", and on their classroom iPad.  WAY EXCITING!!

Open house this year is set for August 22nd.  Classroom visits are from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  A parent meeting for ALL students will be from 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM with me covering several pertinent changes and school events.  At 6:30 PM, only Middle School Parents will hear about our new Anytime, Anywhere Initiative with Aaron Anderegg. 

School begins this year on the 26th of August. 

We have hired four new staff members and they are going to be awesome!!  Valerie Hennigan will be teaching our science and algebra classes.  April Mueller will take Sallie West's position as our Kindergarten teacher. Sarah Nichols will be our first grade teacher taking over for Mrs. Cawthon who is staying at home to raise her daughter that will be arriving in November.  Jane Angelus will work with our second grade teachers to free up Mrs. Wallace for her new position as Reading Intervention teacher and Developmental Assets/Character Education coach. Mrs. Wallace is working on her counseling certification and we are excited to see her in this new role. 

Thanks for helping us continue to be “Dedicated to Students – Committed to Excellence”.  Stay tuned...

Crystal