Summer 2017

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Ar k an s a s Lou isi an a c o ATPE NEWS 9 1 Duncanville teens build Little Free Libraries Construction and architecture students at Duncanville High School are on a quest to make books easy to access in their community. The team of high school students is building Little Free Libraries to install around town. The small structures are designed to hold books that can be taken for free, and returned or replaced by readers. Chris Dodge, a retired teacher, introduced the idea to DHS principal Tia Simmons, and community groups stepped in to help pay for supplies. 2 Port Aransas students enjoy expanded garden H.G. Olsen Elementary Principal Gina McKeever calls the Marlin Discovery Garden a "canvas" for teachers to create outdoor learning experiences. What began as an effort to remove grass burrs from around an old raised garden bed has evolved into an expanded gardening workspace that allows students from all grade levels at the school to experience the full cycle of gardening from seed planting to picking vegetables. The garden is maintained by the volun- teers and students, with support of staff. 3 Round Rock educators honored with award Round Rock ISD's Capital Area Regional Day School Program for the Deaf was awarded the Marty Murrell Excellence in Education Award at the 2017 Texas Symposium on Dealindness. The award honors the team's work to provide educational programing for a high school student with Dealindness. Staff members have worked closely with the student's family to develop educational plans and have sought specialized training in order to deliver effective, individualized instruction. 4 Childress coach wins trip to Super Bowl Childress High School's Phillip Rhodes was selected as "Super Coach" by Good Morning America and won a trip to Super Bowl LI. The 33-year veteran teacher and coach was nominated by more than 100 people he has impacted through his work at Childress ISD. Rhodes is a world geography teacher and junior varsity head football coach, assistant varsity football coach, and head boys' track coach at Childress High School. 5 Odessa teacher lands on Billboard Music Chart Not only is Erica Lane Garza the choir director at Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School, she's also a pop star whose newest song debuted on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Indicator Chart. The singer has been writing, recording, and per- forming original songs for more than a decade. Lane has toured the United States and abroad, and her music has been featured in nearly a dozen film and television soundtracks. 6 Edinburg students win Destination Imagination Tournament Two National Blue Ribbon elementary schools from Edinburg have award-winning Destination Imagination teams. Trevino Elementary School's Crypto Squad Team took first place in the Scientific Challenge category at the South Border Bridge Tournament in Brownsville. Canterbury Elementary School's Star Deluxe team won the Renaissance Award for skill in engineering and performance and first place in the Improvisational Challenge. From Across the State H E A D L I N E S Photos courtesy of: 1. Duncanville ISD; 2. Zach Perkins/Port Aransas South Jetty; 3. Round Rock ISD; 4. Childress ISD; 5. Jacob Ford/Odessa American; 6. Edinburg Consolidated ISD

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