News from or about the Weatherford Independent School District
The Weatherford FFA student organization traveled to Jacksboro for multiple Career Development Events (CDE) judging contests on March 3. The contests were highly attended from surrounding schools.
As many as 130 students competed in some of the contests. Weatherford FFA students brought home many awards.
In team competitions, all Weatherford teams placed in the top 10 with one exception. There were 13 students who placed in the top 10 for high individual scores. The results are as follows:
Range Contest - 3rd place team. High Individuals; Austin Ingram 13th, Ali Cantrell 14th, Lawson Preiss 17th, Koby Wulfjen 20th out of 69 students.
Livestock Contest - 10th place team. High Individual; Aidan Pool 18th out of 130 students.
Parents of currently-enrolled Weatherford ISD students are invited to take a brief survey about Weatherford ISD schools.
To participate in the survey, please click on the box located on the top right-hand portion of the front page of the WISD website located athttp://www.weatherfordisd.com. This survey will remain open until March 31, 2011.
Your feedback is important as we strive to serve you better. Please take a few moments to complete the 2011 WISD Parent Survey to help us learn what we are doing well and where we might improve. If you prefer, you may complete the survey on paper. Forms are available at your child's school.
Several elementary campuses throughout Weatherford ISD celebrated the 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Although Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991, his name remains an icon for children throughout the world.
WISD students took part in "Read Across America," which was sponsored by Random House and the National Education Association (NEA). Dr. Seuss once stated, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
Dr. Cron: Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Deborah Cron throws out the first pitch to open the District 4-5A softball season prior to the varsity's matchup against North Crowley March 2 in Weatherford (photo by DERIK MOORE).
Weatherford will be hosting a varsity boys and varsity girls track meet Saturday at Roo Stadium. This event has moved the Weatherford Bullets (0-1) vs. DFW Express (1-0) football game to Hall Middle School on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Crossroads Ministries: Pictured (from left) are Jeff Johnson and WISD Board Member Gail Wirtanen (courtesy photo).Jeff Johnson, Program Director for Crossroads Ministries, was recognized at the Feb. 10 Weatherford ISD Board meeting for his dedication and volunteer service to Weatherford ISD students.
Johnson works with students who are at-risk at the WHS Ninth Grade Center and the Bridge Academy. At Crossroads, he oversees the programs that are in place to help volunteers develop supportive relationships with students. He also coordinates events and activities, and provides service learning opportunities for students.
By PAT BANKS
WISD Choral Director
Please join me in congratulating the following WHS Choral Department students for their outstanding performances at the
Regional UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest at Cleburne High School last Saturday.
Bronze Medal Winners
Desiree Sparks - 9
Danica Barnes - 9
Brianna Holding - 9
Silver Medal Winners
Cassie Kirby - 10
Brooklyn CeBallos - 10
Parker Stephens - 10
Gold Medal Winners
Krystal Smith - 12
David Dolkos - 12
Geoffrey Huggard - 12
Bachel Boerner - 12
Melody Sizer - 12
Catie Sheedy - 12
Claire Whitfield - 11
Katy Bynum - 12
Melody Sizer - 12
Anna Irwin - 11
Rachel Boerner - 12
Harley Davis - 12
Austin Redden - 12
Barrett Monk - 12
Brandon Hale - 11
Wynn Williams - 11
Four years ago, Drew Springer and Randy Cox of Cox-Springer Financial Advisors created an innovative way to support their community. Together they decided to make donations to the Weatherford ISD Booster Clubs and organizations, but allow the student athletes to help determine the donation amount. Continuing their tradition this season, Cox-Springer donated $30 for every three-point shot scored in the Boy’s Varsity Home Basketball games. For the past four years, the program has included a $100 donation for every Varsity Football touchdown.
Mini ConferenceWeatherford ISD Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Linda Crownover (left) talks to a crowd of more than 50 teachers in one of the opening sessions at Monday's WISD Mini Conference at Weatherford High School.
Some of the major highlights from the mini conference were that teachers are teaching other teachers as part of Weatherford ISD's continuous improvement process.
Also, Dr. Bryan Cole of Texas A&M University taught a session on "Understanding and Analyzing Variation," and Dr. Bertie Kingore (The University of North Texas) presented on "Making Differentiation Work So All Student Learn. (photo by DERIK MOORE).
By DERIK MOORE
WISD Director of Communications
Weatherford ISD administrators have spent many sleepless nights over the past six weeks trying to figure out how the District plans on opening its doors next school year if state legislators take away as much as $10 billion in educational funding cuts, according to statewide school finance and accountability experts Moak, Casey & Associates.
Dr. Deborah Cron, Weatherford ISD Superintendent of Schools, said the District has been handling the state’s financial crisis internally with its staff members and also mentioned the possibility of having to make significant personnel cuts, if necessary. Currently, the District stands to lose as much as $11 million in state funding based on a 19-percent budget reduction from the state.