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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, Johnson and Lehman High Schools. Live Oak Academy selects two students campuswide. 

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Student Members

  • 2021-2022 Members

    Representing Hays, Johnson, and Lehman High Schools, and Live Oak Academy, are: Jeremiah Hightower-Santos, Cassidy Clark, Krystal Cortez, Ava Bedwell, Hunter Halenza, Bridget Pennington, James (Trace) Jansen, Nayeli Munoz, Jordan Harding, Vivian-An, Nguyen, Aiden (Denny) Oneal, Morgan McKalip, Ryan Weeks, Alyssa Jones, Halie DeLeon, Ikaika Engleman, Deema Omar, Yoshi Nakachi, Haylee Rhodes, Kimberly Cruz and Kaunli Hehr

    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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  • First Meeting of 2021/22 School Year – September 9th, 2021

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 9/9/2021

    The Board and Superintendent Student Advisory Panel met and the following items were discussed:

    • Students and attending members each contribute “One good thing” that has been happening in their lives. Answers ranging from achieving valedictorian status and getting their drivers licenses were mentioned.
    • New student members were welcomed into the advisory panel and encouraged to share their thoughts and concerns.
    • Many students mentioned that they feel safest by continuing to wear masks on campus.
    • Students are excited about being back in school for in-person learning. Students commented that they are beginning to re-learn how to interact in social interactions, and feel less mental anguish of being isolated in previous year due to Covid. Positives of in school learning included students excited to engage in class discussions, student collaborations, and working on hands-on projects instead of on a computer.
    • Students noted many positives with in-person learning including teachers responding right away to question and concerns. They like the routine of getting ready in the morning. A few students still preferred the independence and self-structure of online learning environment in the 20/21 school year.
    • Students Response to Intervention: The students are utilizing What I Need (WIN) time to receive tiered instructional support each day. Students were very relived to be able to finish homework and get a deeper grasp of subject material during this extra class time. Students who were first hesitant about block scheduling said they ended up preferring the schedule but wished the days could be more consistent instead of every other day (hard to remember), such as Mon-Wed and Tue -Thursday type of class schedule.
    • Some students thought having vaccine clinics available on campuses would make it easier for those students and faculty who wanted to get vaccinated easier and promote herd immunity. Other students were hesitant about getting vaccinated but said they feel more and more confident (of the safety) after seeing their peers have no serious side effects.
    • The meeting ended with future SAP meeting dates and locations.
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  • Meeting Notes 5.6.21

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 5/6/2021

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

    • Bond and Trustee results - discussed the bond measures that passed on the  May 1, 2021 on the City and School Election
    • Met the new freshman student members for 2021-2022
    • Celebrated the 2021 Graduate members including Daniel Bergmann at HHS, Audrey Jones at LHS, Daniel Vasquez at LHS, and Cloey Guillen at LOA
    • Kyle Area Youth Council gave a presentation on Education Reform including adding a Drivers Education course, life courses, International Baccalaureate program, and language programs.

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  • April 2021 Meeting

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 4/1/2021

    The Board and Superintendent Student Advisory Panel met and the following items were discussed:

    • Bond Update – Panel discussed the bond projects that will be on the May 1, 2021 ballot. If approved by voters, these projects would affect most campuses in Hays CISD and would provide the infrastructure needed to meet current and projected student enrollment.
    • Legislature/ Stimulus Dollars for Education -Texas will now receive a third round of federal stimulus funding for K-12 public education, ​estimated at $12.4 billion​. The funding is in addition to the $1.3 billion and $5.5 billion provided to Texas schools under the first two rounds of COVID-19-related federal stimulus legislation.
    • Hays HS Mascot and Branding release of Hays Hawks- the Hays HS brand guide and brand locker was shared with students. Students were proud of their student led mascot name choice and logo. “The Hawk is an impressive mascot and we really enjoyed helping to create such an impactful mascot, complete with a hidden ‘H’ in the wings.”
    • Summer School or Virtual Campus Options- Ms. Winkleman, the Director of Counseling and College and Career Readiness, stated that “Summer Melt can start on June 7-July 1 to assist rising seniors or graduates in the college application process, including financial aid and TSIA2 testing for college readiness. We can alternate days for counselors to work at all 3 HS or just house at LHS during summer school, but rotate staff. AP classes cannot be offered during the summer because 3 weeks not long enough to teach the courses and the exams won’t be offered until the May of 2022; per Joy Philpott, the Director of Advanced Academics.”
    • Inviting Kyle Area Youth Council to present on IB school option- students were asked if they would be interested in hearing the leadership presentation and it was widely accepted. This resulted in inviting the KAYC to a May 6th meeting to present.
    • Students wanted to add a way for students on campus to discuss or bring up difficult topics to their peers and administration with the support of a teacher Ally at the campus level to help encourage and empower students to use their voices for social benefit and student led initiatives. An online option was discussed with plans to route the suggestions to a campus counselor to further discuss with the student.
    • New 9th grade student members will be chosen by their respective campuses and invited to attend the next meeting so that they can continue as 10th grade members in the following school year.
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  • March 2021 Meeting

    Posted by Harvest Coats on 3/4/2021

    The Board and Superintendent Student Advisory Panel met and the following items were discussed:

    • Discuss Governor’s Orders- many students mentioned that they feel safest by continuing to wear masks on campus through the end of the year
    • Winter Storm Damage to the local community including student’s personal experiences was discussed. Updates were given on the current repairs to the Hays campuses that were damaged in the winter storm, mostly by frozen pipes breaking and causing water damage
    • Discussion about Board approval of a waiver of missed school days and approval of a resolution for teachers and staff for the missed work days
    • Dr. Wright brought up the encouraging news of all Hays CISD employees being eligible to receive the Covid vaccine in the follow week
    • Esperanza Orosco, Board President, talked about the incredible community service that took place during the storm including using buses as warming stations and water and meals being passed out to families in need during the widespread power and water outages.
    • Students and attending members each contribute “One good thing” that has been happening in their lives. Answers ranging from learning new sports, moving into a new home, and working to buy their first car were mentioned
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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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