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Tom Green Teacher of the Year (TOY): Mandie Perez
Mandie Perez (4th Grade) is Tom Green Elementary's 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Perez is always going over and beyong to make incredible lesson plans for her class and keeping students engaged. Her classroom management is remarkable and she always has the desire to see students succeed. It is truly amazing to see how her students are excited to learn and grow in her class! Mrs. Perez excels in her role as fourth team leader, helping and sharing resources with not only her team members but with other grade levels as well. She leads by example and it is evident that she is very knowledgeable in her curriculum. She also gives of her time outside of school hours by assisting in tutoring and clubs. Mrs. Perez's passion and commitment to teaching and helping her students reach their goals are noticeable every single day. Her positive attitude makes our school a great place for students, staff, and anyone who has the pleasure to know her!
Tom Green Staff Member of the Week: Celia Oosterhuis
Celia Oosterhuis (Mrs. O) is a wonderful teacher who always has great ideas to bring to the 4th grade team. She works hard to come up with the best ideas to help raise students to the next level. She is an outstanding writing and reading teacher, who makes learning fun. Not only is Mrs. O. a great teacher, but she is a great friend and is always making people laugh and have fun. Thank you, Mrs. O for makingTom Green Elementary a great place to learn and work!
TGES Teacher (Shonda Davilla) Receives VFW Teaching Award
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) presented Shonda Davilla with the National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award on January 31st. This award is in resognition of promoting citizenship education in her classroom and school. Congratualations Ms. Davilla! We are so proud that you chose Tom Green Elementary to call your home.
Based on student, teacher, and community feedback, the Hays CISD administration will recommend that the Board of Trustees vote to change the Hays High School rebel mascot. The mascot of a high school is supposed to serve as a unifying symbol and a rallying-point for school pride – a way for all students to collectively celebrate their academic, athletic, and fine arts accomplishments and cheer on their teams. When nearly 60 percent of the students, and more than 70 percent of the teachers and staff members, show little to no comfort with the current mascot, it ceases to serve its intended purpose. When more than a quarter of the students, and nearly a third of the teachers and staff members, are very uncomfortable with the current mascot; that mascot fails in its objective. When a mascot mires the school in political controversy and pits students, families, and community members against each other; it is time to change.
Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright announced Monday that Dedrah Ginn, current Dahlstrom Middle School assistant principal, will serve as the new principal for the campus beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement followed approval by the Board of Trustees at its June business meeting. Ginn brings with her more than a decade’s worth of experience in teaching and campus leadership.
Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright is pleased to announce the selection of Alondra Morales as the director of the award-winning Lehman High School mariachi band program, which includes the ensembles Mariachi Los Lobos, Mariachi Azul y Plata, Mariachi Luz de Luna, and Mariachi Primaria. She brings with her a combination of teaching and professional performance experience.
Nine days ago, nearly nine heartbreaking minutes were captured on video. In those minutes, George Floyd was murdered. Today, all four of those responsible were finally criminally charged. Mr. Floyd’s murder has opened, yet again, a suffering in America that continues to wound our collective soul. Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his close confidant and Civil Rights Movement icon in his own right, former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young, has said, “We were never concerned with who killed Martin Luther King, but what killed Martin Luther King" – an observation that still haunts us more than 50 years later. It is my hope and commitment that, this time, we can all do our part to unite in the cause of love and healing. Silence on the matter is no longer acceptable, because it is tantamount to complicity.
Hays CISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright announced Friday that Dr. Michael Watson, current Dahlstrom Middle School principal, will serve as the new principal for Simon Middle School beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Watson joined the Hays CISD team in 2014, as the principal of Live Oak Academy and led that campus to stellar success, doubling the number of graduates at the campus in prior years to nearly 200. In 2017, Dr. Watson became principal of Dahlstrom Middle School and helped that campus move from a “B” grade to an “A,” with distinctions.
Applications for free or reduced price meals will be mailed out to all families each year. A self-addressed, stamped envelope will be provided for the return of the application form. You may also complete the application online in English or Spanish! Click headline to access additional information & the online application.