Winter 2016

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Ar k an s a s Lou isi an a c o ATPE NEWS 9 1 Fabens teen is committed to community service Rodrigo Estrada, senior class president at Fabens High School, is a force for change both in and out of the classroom. From spearheading the Civic Engagement Initiative that grants students a platform to raise their concerns to elected leaders to legally representing juveniles in court as a student lawyer, Rodrigo exempli- fies his community's values through his service. 2 Dalhart students recognized for exemplary behavior Students at Dalhart Intermediate School are demon- strating positive character traits like respect, honesty, and fairness as part of a campus CHARACTER COUNTS! © program. Every six weeks, the school encourages the students to focus on and demonstrate a new positive trait. The students who best exemplify that period's trait are invited to breakfast with the principal. The students' photographs are also framed and displayed. 3 Kerrville students volunteer at food bank Hal Peterson Middle School's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members volunteered their time throughout October at St. Vincent de Paul food bank. The students helped fulfill orders for families and restocked the pantry shelves. They also worked with the thrift shop, sorting and pricing clothes. Peterson's 46 NJHS members are continuing their efforts in their school by leading a food drive. 4 Seguin students celebrate unity Briesemeister Middle School faculty, staff, and students celebrated Unity Day on Oct. 19. They wore orange to represent that they are collectively against bullying and united for kindness and inclusion. All 789 students in sixth through eighth grades partici- pated in lessons and activities that not only dis- cussed bullying prevention but also asked students to create opportunities for kindness and acceptance. 5 Rotary club donates dictionaries Every third-grade student in Lamar CISD will have his or her own dictionary, thanks to the Rotary Club of Rosenberg. The Rotarians have been making the annual donation to Lamar CISD elementary schools for more than 10 years. Ginger Johnson, past pres- ident of the club, says the group has received many thank-you notes saying the dictionary helps not only students but their family members as well. 6 Tarkington volleyball coach reaches 600 wins Tarkington High School's Denise Johnson has achieved a milestone that only about 30 coaches in the history of Texas high school volleyball have reached. The head volleyball coach has 600 wins under her belt. Johnson started the Ladyhorn volleyball program in Cleveland in 1986. The team clinched their 11th consecutive district championship this season. From Across the State H E A D L I N E S 1. Ruben Carrillo; 2. Dalhart ISD; 3. Kerrville ISD; 4. Seguin ISD; 5. Lamar CISD; 6. Tarkington ISD

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