December 9, 2016
CEC Aerial View
When Technology Director Shad McGaha purchased a new drone equipped with a camera and wanted to test it out, he decided to fly it around the construction of the new Career Education Center on Hatton Road. He used it to shoot this aerial photo of the 123,000 square foot facility on Dec. 2. This shot spotlights the front entrance and the one-story wing that houses auto body, welding and construction classrooms. The facility is on schedule to open its doors to students in August 2017.
Road to College

It's never too early to talk up college. On December 1, 45 WFISD students from three elementary schools visited Vernon College (seen here) and Midwestern State University as part of their six-week Road to College program. They toured the campuses and learned about helpful strategies like dual credit classes. Students from Burgess, Milam and Lamar Elementary participated.

Free Reading

If you're going to read, why not be comfortable? Lamar Elementary fifth-grade students Kaylee Marshall (left) and Eliana Gonzalez find soft seating on a plush elephant for their free reading time. All Lamar students in preK through fifth grade may earn free reading time in student friendly spaces in the hallway, such as this one, by demonstrating good behavior in classes. School officials like rewarding students with independent reading spaces where they can work in pairs or groups or enjoy quiet moments to think or delve into a favorite book.

Fain Family

One perk of WFISD teachers is the privilege of enrolling your own children in the school where you teach. At Fain Elementary, 19 active teachers (pictured here) enjoy seeing their combined 24 children walk through the same halls they do every day. Amazingly, five current Fain teachers were themselves Fain students years ago. And so were many Fain parents. "One of the greatest things we hear from parents when enrolling children here at Fain is they also went to Fain when they were in elementary school," said Fain secretary Judy Sorge.
New Trustees Sworn In

The Wichita Falls ISD board of trustees welcomed several new and returning members in a swearing-in ceremony Dec. 6 during a noon special session. One of the first issues the trustees discussed Tuesday was how to promote and expand the District's dual credit classes, which can save students and their parents substantial sums of college money. From left: Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom; Place 2 new board member Mike Rucker; Place 3 new board member Adam Groves; Place 4 incumbent Dale Harvey; Place 5 incumbent Tom Bursey.
Floral Design

Rider High School junior Luke Morath (left) takes a tip from his agriculture teacher Amber West as he designs a teardrop-shaped pine swag in his Floral Design course. The swag is one of 20 his class created this week for clients who subscribe to the Floral of the Month Club, a class project. For $30 a semester, the class makes and delivers a fresh floral arrangement each month to Rider, Carrigan and Education Center clients. For this design, students cut sprigs of cedar and spruce and attached them to a foam block, then added tallow berries and bow. The Optimist Club donated Christmas tree limbs from its tree lots; Gary Morath of Morath Originals visited the class to teach students how to make professional-looking bows.

CNA Students Practice Their Skills

Hirschi High School Assistant Principal Greg Darden received a free shave this week, courtesy of Hirschi's students who are studying to be certified nursing assistants, or CNAs. "When I laid on the hospital bed, two students began to prep me for the shave," he said. "I could sense they were very nervous. They asked if the water was too warm, how long I wanted to keep my sideburns, and was I comfortable." He called the 20-minute shave "an excellent experience for me." The students didn't cut him even once, and they practiced a skill they'll use in the future, he said.

WFHS Soccer Players Partner with Crockett

The Wichita Falls High School varsity boys soccer team - all 22 of them - troop over to Crockett Elementary School every week to read to students in kindergarten and first grade. Here, several read in Kelli Carpenter's kindergarten classroom Thursday as she looks on. "The kids love them being here," said Crockett Principal Kory Dorman. "One student was excited because he got to open the door for the 'professional soccer players.'" The team also does Meals on Wheels and puts out flags for veterans, said Head Coach Patrick McCauley. Such give-back opportunities are important to build the boys into well-rounded men, said Assistant Coach Larry Ludtke. "Soccer is great, but when they're done, they'll be husbands and fathers and people in the community."

Young Knights Mentoring

Several Barwise Middle School students play basketball in Barwise's upstairs gym Thursday as part of the Community in Schools (CIS) Young Knights after-school mentoring program. The middle school boys enjoy camaraderie with three Midwestern State University Omega Delta Phi fraternity members - Treston Lacy is second from left - who volunteer each week. Students also receive tutoring and a free hot meal before heading home. This year, CIS sponsors after-school mentoring programs for boys at Barwise and Kirby.
Southern Hills Gingerbread Houses

Southern Hills Elementary School invited parents to school Friday for a Parent Involvement activity - decorating gingerbread houses. Here, parent Jocelyn Jackson helps her daughter, Je'Myiah Sneed, 6, decorate the pre-constructed mini houses with frosting and candy. The group used two buckets of icing purchased from Market Street (one bucket was donated), 40 boxes of graham crackers, and bags of candy contributed by the children. 

Honor Choir Performs at Fantasy of Lights

The Wichita Falls ISD Honor Choir was one of several WFISD school choir performers Tuesday at the Midwestern State University Fantasy of Lights. The District's Honor Choir performs at special school events with students from all 16 elementary schools.
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