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  • The Board & Superintendent Student Advisory Panel was created in 2017 to expand opportunities for student voice to be included in major district decisions. Additionally, the group allows students to serve in important leadership roles, while learning powerful lessons about organizational management, operations, governance, civic engagement, and collaborative decision-making.   

    Board & Superintendent Student Advisory Panel Charter

Group Objectives

  • Dialogue: To discuss with each other and members of administration and the Board of Trustees happenings and concerns at campuses and within the district as a whole

    Perspective: To review high profile Board of Trustees agenda items and provide a student viewpoint  

    Action: To engage in projects that benefit fellow classmates, the district, and the community

Group Membership

  • Panel members apply to join the group and are selected by the campuses they represent. Currently, the group consists of two students from each grade at Hays and Lehman High Schools. Live Oak Academy selects two students campuswide. 

    For membership information contact:
    harvest.coats@hayscisd.net

Student Members

  • 2020-2021 Members

    Representing Hays, Johnson, and Lehman High Schools, and Live Oak Academy, are: Aiden (Denny) Oneal, Angely Irizarry Chico, Audrey Jones, Ava Bedwell, Brian Pesina, Bridget Pennington, Daniel Bergmann, Daniel Vasquez, Deema Omar, Hunter Halenza, Jordan Harding, Lukas Champion, Morgan McKalip, Ryan Munoz, Samantha Kasson, Vivian-An, Nguyen, and Yoshi Nakachi, Kimberly Cruz, and Cloey Guillen

    2019-2020 Members

    Representing Hays, Johnson, and Lehman High Schools, and Live Oak Academy, in alphabetical order are: Daniel Bergmann, Avery Borrel, Marco Cano, Bodhi Chae, Peyton Faulks, Hunter Halenza, Grace Hammond, Audrey Jones, Morgan McKalip, Madi Murphy, Yoski Nakachi, Deema Omar, Denny O'Neal, Dalton Pennington, Bridget Pennington, and Daniel Vasquez

    2018-2019 Members

    Representing Hays and Lehman High Schools, and Live Oak Academy, in alphabetical order are: Daniel Bergmann, Marco Cano, Bodhi Chae, Madyson Christian, Peyton Faulks, Audrey Jones, Madi Murphy, Matthew Nino, Beatrice Pennington, Luke Roehrig, Ashley Rosendo, James Vargas, Daniel Vasquez, and Tulsi Vaswani

    2017-2018 Members

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    Representing Hays and Lehman High Schools, and Live Oak Academy, in alphabetical order are: Marco Cano, Bodhi Chae, Madyson Christian, Michael Hellmer, Sierra Merritt, Madi Murphy, Matthew Nino, Beatrice Pennington, Luke Roehrig, Ashley Rosendo, Keely Smith, Josh Torres-Whitmer, James Vargas, and Tulsi Vaswani

Meetings & Notes

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  • February 2021 Meeting

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 2/5/2021

    The Board and Superintendent Student Advisory Panel met for the second meeting of 2021. The following items were discussed:

    • Feedback & experiences with registering for PSAT, many students mentioned that colleges are moving away from requiring PSAT scores.
    • GPA and how it is calculated, asked students for opinions and they had good options and ideas to make GPA more balanced.
    • 2021 Bond; Chief Communication Officer Tim Savoy addressed items on the Bond Overview Information Sheet
    • High failure rates and possible solutions/recovery plan
    • Students brought up the need for social and emotional learning to combat depression during a pandemic that left many feeling isolated and anxious. Students felt that direct student-teacher communication helped them feel connected and understood. The Hays HopeLine was mentioned as a secondary way to get help in a personal crisis. https://www.hayscisd.net/hopeline
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  • January 2021 Meeting

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 1/7/2021

    The Board and Superintendent Student Advisory Panel met for the first meeting of 2021. The following items were discussed:

    • Talked about hopes for Covid vaccine availability to staff
    • 2020 Census results and redrawing election map lines for equal representation in all Hays CISD districts
    • GPA and how it is calculated 
    • Students followed up with saying there was an improvement in online/ virtual learning with the teachers streamlining the process.
    • The 2021 preliminary Bond proposal was explained by Chief Communication Officer Tim Savoy. 
      • How Bonds work and voting procedures
      • Funding needed for expansion, specifically student population growth projections
      • Middle School Capacity - One of the big items to come out of the recent rezoning process was the issue of overcrowding at some middle schools.
    • At the conclusion of the meeting, students, Superintendent Dr. Wright and Board President Esperanza Orosco agreed that adding social connection to in person classrooms such as everyone engaging in a discussion about good things is  a way to encourage social connection during a pandemic. 
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  • December Luncheon

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 12/25/2020

    For the December meeting, we had our holiday luncheon. Students discussed all of the events of the unprecedented 2020 school year. The  topic of discussion continued to be the successes and issues of virtual vs. in-person learning during the Covid pandemic. The students discussed the advantages of virtual learning, such as having the autonomy to control their own time management. In person learners preferred the structure of block scheduling. Some student concerns were getting email responses in a timely manner and the grading policy of late assignements. Everyone ended the meeting on a positive note and talked about the highlights of their 2020 year. 

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  • November Meeting

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 11/5/2020

    At the first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year, the panel consisted of both in-person members and members who joined virtually by zoom. Members introduced themselves to one another and included a positive thing that is going on in their lives. Many students mentioned getting new pets, getting driving permits, and qualifying for states. 

    Dr. Wright first asked the students to discuss how Covid has impacted everyone’s lives and education specifically. Covid safety and protocols were discussed with a consensus that most students felt safe with current safety measures in place.

    Student members reported both their concerns and the benefits of virtual and in-person learning styles. Students were appreciative of the district giving them grace to turn in late assignments. There was a concern that emails from students to teachers were not being answered in a timely manner. Grading on Schoology was discussed with most students preferring their grades be updated and processed more quickly.

    The panel discussed the different staffing options during virtual and in-person learning environments with a suggestion to have a conclusion segment at the end of class that addressed both in-person and virtual learners about assignments and due dates.

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  • October Meeting

    Posted by David Bowe on 10/3/2019
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  • September Meeting

    Posted by David Bowe on 9/5/2019

    At the first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year, we had the group reintroduce themselves to one another as we welcomed our new sophomore members from Hays HS, Johnson HS, and Lehman HS. We discussed what each group member did over the summer, and we then talked about how things are going at each school so far this school year. Overall, each reported that things are going well. There are adjustments due to new bell schedules, new principals, and new campuses. The majority of the conversation centered around dress codes, lunch schedules, and vaping.

    We talked about the reason behind dress codes and how/why dress codes can vary from campus to campus. Some students preferred a standardized dress code across the district for middle and high schools. We discussed the proper way to approach issues when we disagree with or would prefer another standard. We encourage person to person conversations with administration representatives where concerns can be expressed. For the next meeting, we will be discussing the vaping issue more, and we will work towards creating a campaign for awareness, education, and prevention.

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  • May Meeting

    Posted by David Bowe on 5/2/2019

    For the May meeting, we had our end of the year luncheon where we discussed all of the events of the year. The new topic of discussion was vaping. The students pointed out to the adults how serious of an issue this is, and we will be following up with plans to discourage the use of these devices.

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  • April Meeting

    Posted by David Bowe on 4/4/2019

    For the April meeting, the group toured the construction site of Johnson High School. Pictures from the tour may be seen here.

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  • March Meeting

    Posted by David Bowe on 3/7/2019

    For this month, the students toured the new Buda Elementary School campus. Photos of the visit can be seen here.

    After the tour, the students discussed the results of the recent Student Engagement Survey conducted with all Hays CISD current 6th-12th grade students. The students were given copies of the overall district results and a copy of the results for their home campus. They shared things that stuck out to them and addressed concerns raised by the survey results.

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  • February Meeting

    Posted by David Bowe on 2/7/2019

    For this month, the students toured the construction site for the new central transportation facility, and then we took a tour of Uhland Elementary School.

    Here are pictures from the tour:

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