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You’re Invited to Lewisville’s Hey! Day Aug. 16

2013 June 13
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hey day posterPast, present, and future Lewisville High School (LHS) Farmers are bound together by pride and tradition. We invite you to join us at Goldsmith Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. for the second annual Hey! Day! Enjoy games, food and fun, and enjoy mixing and mingling with LHS student athletes, coaches and leaders. Admission is free, so Farmer fans, show your pride and pack the stands!

Hey! Day celebrates family, education and community, and is packed with information and fun designed to celebrate the new school year and rally support for students at LHS and its feeder schools.

Hey! Day is a great opportunity to help support area students. Your involvement will help make this event successful. For more information on Hey! Day, visit www.lisd.net/heyday. If you’re interested in hosting a booth, sponsoring or donating to Hey! Day, here’s more information.

And, don’t forget to follow Hey! Day on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Go Farmers!

LISD Announces New College Street Elementary Principal

2013 June 6
LISD Announces Susan Heintzman College Street Elementary Principal.

LISD Announces Susan Heintzman College Street Elementary Principal.

Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) today announced the appointment of Susan Heintzman as the new principal of College Street Elementary (College Street) starting the 2013-2014 school year.

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with the teachers and parents at College Street to take our children to a level of profound learning,” Heintzman said. “I plan to work diligently to ensure that College Street continues to be a leader for student success in LISD.”
Heintzman currently serves as the assistant principal at Valley Ridge Elementary, where she has led its students to enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create. She is known for building collaborative relationships with staff, parents, students and community at Valley Ridge. In addition, her open communication and technology skills will be a continued asset at College Street.
She has been in education for 28 years, previously working as a fifth-grade and third-grade teacher at Heritage Elementary. Prior to teaching in LISD, Heitzman taught at Lincoln Elementary Magnet School in Hillsborough County School District in Florida. Before teaching there, she taught at Poinciana Elementary in the Palm Beach County School District.
“We look forward to Susan moving into the leadership role at College Street,” LISD Central Zone Leader Buddy Bonner said. “She will be a great asset for the College Street community. I know her experience will benefit the school and allow her to lead the school to continued success.”
Heintzman is a graduate of Florida State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southwestern University. Heintzman and her family are members of the LISD community. Her two children are both graduates of Marcus High School and will both be studying at Florida State University next fall.

Lewisville Hosts Community Pep Rally to Honor Softball Champs

2013 June 5

 

Future Farmers line up for autographs from the state champion Lady Farmer softball team.

Future Farmers line up for autographs from the state champion Lady Farmer softball team.

June 5, the City of Lewisville and Lewisville High School (LHS) joined forces to host a community pep rally to honor the 5A state champion Lady Farmer softball team. Farmer fans – who believe that education is the shared responsibility of the community – turned out to congratulate the team on their big win and get autographs.

It was a fitting display of community spirit and Farmer Pride as LHS’ Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) members presented the school flag; the band played the school song; cheerleaders performed stunts and led the crowd in cheers; and Farmerettes danced on the steps of City Hall leading up to the introduction of the championship team, which was met with wild applause from the crowd.

Head softball coach Lori Alexander thanked the community for their support.

“We couldn’t have done this without you, our Lewisville community,” Alexander said. “We appreciate the belief and encouragement in us you showed every step of the way and the amazing crowds you produced at the games.”

When the celebration was over fans claimed their place in line for autographs.

“I wanted them to sign my shirt because I am proud of the team,” a Hedrick Elementary (Hedrick) student said. “In five years, I will be a Farmer just like them.”

Farmer Pride: Senior Edition

2013 June 5

Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 3.51.48 PMJune 8, 923 Lewisville High School (LHS) Farmers will graduate and take their place as part of the school’s long line of pride, tradition, character, excellence and achievement. In commemoration, a special edition of Farmer Pride was created. In it, we take time to celebrate the class of 2013, honor Farmer Pride and pass on advice to future Farmers. Read Farmer Pride: Senior Edition here.

 

“Insights” – End of School Year Edition

2013 June 5
Catch Central Elementary (Central) student Dania Lechuga in this month’s episode of “Insights” with Lewisville ISD (LISD) Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen F. Waddell. During the show, elementary students meet and interview Dr. Waddell.
Watch the video here!
 

Vickery Elementary Celebrates 10 Years of Educational Excellence

2013 June 3

 

Charter members of the Vickery faculty pose for a photo with Vickery’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery.

Charter members of the Vickery faculty pose for a photo with Vickery’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery.

May 31 Lewisville ISD (LISD) community members, along with Vickery Elementary (Vickery) staff and students – past and present – gathered at the school to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary of engaging students to enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create.

Members of the Lewisville High School (LHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) opened the ceremony with a presentation of colors and the Vickery choir sang the national anthem. Vickery Principal Patricia Cheatham introduced members of the LISD Board of Trustees, including Prsident Carol Kyer and Vice President Kathy Duke; charter members of the faculty; and the school’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery.

LISD Board of Trustees Vice President Kathy Duke offered a few words of encouragement to guests.

“The anniversary celebration of a school is a wonderful time to reflect and reminisce precious memories formed within its wall,” Duke said. “Whether you are a teacher here currently, have had a child attend Vickery – or even if you attended this school yourself – you are a part of the Vickery community. Each one of you, in some way, have had your lives touched by someone in this building – whether a teacher, administrator, nurse or staff member – and none of it would be possible without the support of our wonderful Lewisville community.”

Vickery’s namesake, Ms. Marjorie Vickery, offered words of praise for the school.

“I’m honored to share my name with this school,” Ms. Vickery said. “Continue working as you have for the last 10 years and you will always be an excellent school and a great place for students to learn and grow.”

Following Ms. Vickery’s remarks teachers who have been at the school since it opened its doors 10 years ago spoke about their fond memories.

“Has it really been 10 years?” teacher Gail Warner said. “Vickery is my family and it’s my family’s family. In 10 years we’ve had marriages, children and some even have had grandchildren. Two of my own children attended Vickery for a time, and many of the teachers brought their children to this school, and it’s all been shaped by our Vickery family.

Afterward the celebration continued with a school-wide cookout, cake, bounce houses and a dance party sponsored by Vickery’s PTA.

Go Farmers – May 31 Edition

2013 May 31

Lady Farmer Softball Team Advances to State

LHS junior Hiral Desai will compete state finals of the Lions' Club Drug Awareness Speech Competition this weekend in Austin.

LHS junior Hiral Desai will compete in the state finals of the Lions’ Club Drug Awareness Speech Competition this weekend in Austin.

Lewisville High School‘s (LHS) Lady Farmer softball team defeated Marcus High School (MHS) last week in the regional finals to advance to the state tournament. The Farmers, currently ranked 1st in the state and 7th in the nation according toMaxPreps.com, outscored their postseason opponents 77-26. The team traveled to Austin where they will face San Benito High School today at 6 p.m. in the 5A state semi-final game at The University of Texas’ McCombs Field. The state championship game is scheduled for June 1 at 4 p.m. Games will air live on  FOX Sports Southwest.

DMN Honors Lady Farmer as Player of the Week

Farmer Softball player Maribeth Gorsuch is The Dallas Morning News Player of the Week. Gorsuch pitched a shutout and struck out seven hitters to lead Lewisville to a 4-0 win over MHS in Game 3 of the Class 5A Region I final, giving LHS its first berth in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) softball state tournament

 

LHS Student Advances to Lions Club State Speech Competition

LHS Junior Hiral Desai travels to Austin this weekend to compete in the Lions Club Drug Awareness State Speech Contest. Desai earned the trip to the state competition by winning the local and regional competitions. Her speech, “Time is Running Short,” addresses the Lions Club 2013 topic, “Minors and Alcohol.” Good luck, Hiral!

LHS student Shanelle Roberts with her DI teammates at the DI global competition.

LHS student Shanelle Roberts with her DI teammates at the DI global competition.

LHS Student Contributes to DI Global Win

LHS senior Shanelle Roberts and Flower Mound High School seniors Elise McCarthy, Christine Henry, Miranda Smithey traveled to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 22 to compete in the Destination Imagination (DI) International Global Finals Tournament. The team earned 6th place in their Central Challenge and 11th place overall.

Harmon Geography Teacher Receives National Honor

Lewisville High School-Harmon Campus (Harmon) Geography teacher Erika Lowery is a 2013 recipient of the National Conference on Geography Education’s (NCGE) Distinguished Teaching Award for K-12 educators. The award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and learning of geography in the classroom.

LHS Student Among Winners of Barbara Jordan Essay Contest

LHS Junior Courtney James won 3rd place in the local level of the UIL Barbara Jordan Essay Contest. The competition provides students an opportunity to explore the contributions of African-Americans to Texas history.

Orchestra Students Earn High Marks at State Solo and Ensemble Contest

The following students received “Excellent” ratings and a silver medal on their solos: Tatiana Guevara, Huong Le, Chris Bigler, Tony Chang and Kelvin Darden. Al Almanza, who composed a portion of his selection, earned a “Superior” rating and a gold medal for his solo performance.

Southridge Students Collaborate Across Grade Levels

2013 May 31

Fourth-grade students at Southridge Elementary (Southridge) became research leaders when they prepared documents for first-grade classes at their school to use in their discovery of Texas symbols recently.

First-graders work on the written portion of the Texas symbols project using research spearheaded by fourth-grade students at Southridge.

First-graders work on the written portion of the Texas symbols project using research spearheaded by fourth-grade students at Southridge.

The older students used technological tools to access, create and share content with other learners after they were assigned Texas symbols, such as the Lone Star flag, the bluebonnet and the Alamo. They investigated the symbols’ origins, their significance and noted interesting facts about them in documents they created for the first-grade students to utilize as they embarked on a research mission of their own.

“This was a great way to introduce first-grade students to online research,” Southridge first-grade teacher Robin Thacker said. “Our classes utilized documents created and uploaded by our fourth-grade students. We knew the information was reliable and written to be understood by first-grade students.”

After first-grade students completed their research, they produced a written report and a visual aide, both of which were used to present their research orally to fourth-grade classes.

The legacy of student-led learning will continue next year as the presentations were captured on video to be used in teaching next year’s first-grade classes how to synthesize research into an exhibit of knowledge.

“When I did my research, I worked hard to find information first-graders could use and understand to make their projects fun and educational,” a fourth-grade student said. “I wanted my documents to be really good. It’s special to me the work I did played a part in teaching younger kids.”

Killough Students See Impact of “Deadly Decisions”

2013 May 31
A student actor is "arrested" after her role in a DUI reenactment at the Killough Deadly Decisions assembly.

A student actor is “arrested” after her role in a DUI reenactment at the Killough Deadly Decisions assembly.

Students at Lewisville High School-Killough Campus (Killough) were left a little shaken on May 28 and 29 when the school hosted “Deadly Decisions,” a program showing teens the downside – and the sometimes-fatal side – of some tough decisions teenagers may face.

“We all make a lot of decisions every day,” Killough Principal Pam Flores said as she opened the school-wide assembly. “Some decisions are bigger than others. A few of them can change your life forever. Some can be ‘deadly.’ Today we want to show you the impact of decisions made while driving a vehicle.”

The event was a partnership with Lewisville Police Department (LPD), Lewisville Fire Department (LFD), CareFlight, Mulkey Mason Funeral Home and Pro-Tow Wrecker Service, who all donated their resources to provide an engaging, innovative experience for all learners.

Students who volunteered to participate in the program, left class one at a time to have their face painted white and were instructed not to speak or participate during the “Some Decisions are Deadly” assembly. In addition, a white cross was placed at the front of the school to represent each of these students, who were now considered among the “living dead.” The purpose of this was for the “living dead” to serve as a reminder to classmates how teenagers across the country are killed every day in motor vehicle accidents caused by texting while driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Memorials, including photos and obituaries of each student, were on display in the school’s main hallway.

Wooden crosses were placed in front of the school to memorialize the "living dead" students.

Wooden crosses were placed in front of the school to memorialize the “living dead” students.

The assembly featured a guest speaker Jamie Nash, who narrowly survived a car accident caused by her own distracted driving. Phone records show she was sending a text message as her car swerved from the road, hitting a culvert and flipping several times before landing against a tree, leaving Nash pinned inside when the car became engulfed in flames.

In addition to telling her story, Nash played a police video from the June 2010 crash, allowing students to see and hear the flames, the screams and the frustrating attempts by onlookers and police officers to save her. After more than 23 minutes in the burning car, she was finally removed and airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where she spent 10 weeks in a coma. Her family was warned she was not likely to survive, having experienced third- and fourth-degree burns over 70 percent of her body. Countless hours of Intensive Care, wound care and physical therapy, as well as 32 surgeries later, she is still impacted by her accident.

“My reality is I made a decision to send a text message while driving, which changed my life forever,” Nash said. “My constant need to be engaged in conversation and my disbelief an accident like this could happen to me because I was a good driver, has left me unable to touch my own face since 2010.”

While recovering from her accident, Nash founded the TXT L8R foundation to spread the word to teens about the possible consequences of distracted driving. Her first speaking engagement was two years ago at Killough, where her father wheeled her onto the floor so she could address the students. During this visit, she walked to the microphone, a testimony to her determination to regain her strength and mobility.

A student actor "injured" in the reenactment is taken from the scene by CareFlight as Killough students look on.

A student actor “injured” in the reenactment is taken from the scene by CareFlight as Killough students look on.

“Killough students, you will always be special to me because your school was where it all began,” Nash said. “I love you. That’s why I won’t stop talking to you about the danger of texting. I believe I am still here so I can help you.”

Texting isn’t the only danger to students. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol – or riding with someone who is – is another potentially “Deadly Decision.” To illustrate this point, Killough Geography teacher Tony Miller led a student group in the production of a video depicting Killough students planning and hosting a Friday night party involving alcohol consumption. The video, shown to students just after Nash spoke, concluded with several of the teens piling into a car driven by an alcohol-impaired student driver. The screen went black as a 911 operator asked, “What is the nature of your emergency?”

The assembly was moved outside where students filed past the row of “living dead” students to a staged accident scene where the student actors were trapped in a badly damaged vehicle. They were shouting and crying for help as their realistic-looking wounds dripped fake blood onto the car and the street.

What ensued was a realistic accident scene. LPD and LFD arrived with their lights and sirens and began extracting people from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life. The driver of the car was interrogated by police and arrested amid her cries of “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Please be ok.” Meanwhile, the passengers who were wounded more severely than the driver were assessed by medical personnel. One student was taken by ambulance and one by CareFlight. The last was pronounced “dead” at the scene and taken away from the scene in a hearse.

Students were silent during the entire presentation, but as the gravity of the crash site set in, some began to cry.

“I know this isn’t real, but I can’t help it,” a student said. “For some people, like the speaker we just heard, this is real. I hope and pray my friends and I remember this and think twice when we face life decisions.”

Hedrick Middle School Students Collaborate to Create ELA Café

2013 May 31
HMS student Marlin Catalan shares his sketch with team members helping design McCloud's learning environment

HMS student Marlin Catalan shares his sketch with team members helping design McCloud’s learning environment

Hedrick Middle School (Hedrick) art teacher Ryan Bernard told students exiting news in his Art I class recently: “You’re hired.” Hedrick English Language Arts (ELA) teacher Julia McCloud commissioned art students, who are currently taking Bernard’s advanced art class for high school credit, to design and create typography and artwork to accompany her ELA flexible learning environment.

“We know meaningful and relevant work engages students in profound learning,” McCloud said. “What is more meaningful and relevant than designing and formulating a plan that will be implemented before the school year ends? I thought this would be a great opportunity and Bernard and his students agreed.”

Much like working for a design company in the real world, Bernard and his “designers” met with their “client” to discuss the needs and vision for the space. The students worked together as a design team to generate ideas, which they submitted to McCloud.

“This project required students to collaborate with one another, but also with their teachers,” Bernard said. “It was an opportunity for them to be the experts in art and design and to couple their expertise with a desire to satisfy the client.”

The final products will include a large photo mosaic to be displayed on an accent wall, as well typography created by the art students, which will be done with whiteboard marker and crayons to be displayed on the two 12-foot whiteboard walls in the room. McCloud’s room will still have the jumbo, red exercise balls, bean bags and gaming chairs for students to continue to enjoy.

“This project taught me a lot about working on a deadline and collaborating with people,” student Emily Herrera said. “Even better than that, it was a great opportunity to show people what we are capable of and to leave our mark on the school that nurtured us for the last three years.”