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Angie Cox seeks re-election to Lewisville ISD school board

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/21 6:53:57 (1317 reads)

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Angie Cox, 45, of Flower Mound, filed her paperwork Wednesday to run for a second term for Place 3 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. She was first elected in a special election in November of 2013 to serve the remainder of the term of a board member who resigned.

Cox says she draws on 20 years experience as a parent, volunteer, business owner, and leader in the community.
“It has been an honor to serve on the LISD Board of Trustees,” she said. “I have met some incredible teachers, parents, and administrators who are very passionate about education and the future of the students of LISD.” she said.

“As a parent, business owner as well as district and community volunteer, service to LISD is in my heart,” said Cox. “And the opportunity to serve, in the role of trustee, is a commitment I take very seriously,” she said.

Cox is involved in mentoring students with Communities in Schools. She also works with The Lewisville ISD Education Foundation and Journey to Dream. Cox is a member of The Women of Flower Mound, Friends of the Flower Mound Library, Lewisville Noon Rotary, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Lewisville and Flower Mound Chambers of Commerce, PTAs and The Flower Mound High School Baseball and Basketball Booster Clubs.

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PTA leader Sells running for LISD school board

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/21 5:50:00 (1770 reads)

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Lewisville resident Katherine Sells filed Wednesday to run for Place 4 on the Lewisville Independent School District Board of Trustees. That seat is currently held by Kris Vaughn, who has announced that she will not seek re-election.

“I have served Lewisville ISD’s students for more than 10 years, in many capacities,” said Sells. “When leaders that I trust and respect ask me to consider accepting the Trustee responsibility, it is a call that I am compelled to answer,” she said.

Sells currently serves as President of the Lewisville Council of PTAs. The Council of PTAs is the governing body of all PTA chapters in the school district. Sells has also served as the First Vice President of Programs for the council. She has served in PTA chapter leadership roles including President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian and Council Delegate for three LISD campuses.

In addition to PTA service, Sells serves or has served in other LISD programs. She was on the Facilities Assessment Team, District Leadership Team, Interview Panel, and Advisory Committee for the Medical City “Kids Teaching Kids” program. She was an HBL Mentor at Creek Valley Middle School. She is also a graduate of the INSIDE LISD Leadership Program.

Sells holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Texas A&M–Corpus Christi and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri. She also has studied graduate-level education at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Sells worked five years for the City of Dallas as a Relocation Specialist.

“I believe that having served as a LISD resident volunteer on many of the critical operational teams that help guide our schools forward has given me insight that will be valuable to the Trustees, as well as to Superintendent Kevin Rogers, and the LISD leadership team,” Sells explained. “A true hands-on understanding of how LISD works from the inside out means I will be ready to contribute on Day 1 of my term.”

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Lewisville High School Student Council seeking Angel Tree donors

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/11/24 4:50:00 (2204 reads)

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Students load up presents for delivery in last year's Angel Tree program (Submitted Photo)

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Lewisville High School Student Council has begun its 13th annual Lewisville ISD Angel Tree program to collect gifts and necessities for less-fortunate students within the district. The program matches needy students and their younger siblings not yet in school with community members or groups willing to “adopt” a child and help provide them with a more joyous holiday experience - in some cases providing the only nice gifts that student may receive for Christmas.

Each year, school counselors and social workers from Communities in Schools of North Texas work to identify homeless and other truly needy students in each of the district’s schools who could benefit from the program. Those counselors and social workers compile a list of each child’s needs and wants. This year, there are over 800 students on the list. Students are assigned an Angel code number, so that identities are protected.

“The reason I believe Angel Tree is so successful is the fact that the gifts go directly to the children of LISD,” LHS student activities director Allison Stamey said. “It unites the district and teaches numerous life lessons such as giving back.”

Added LHS senior and LISD liaison officer Jaida Johnson: “Angel Tree is a really great way to spread the holiday spirit and give back to the community. You have the opportunity to help out kids that don’t have as much as you do.”

Johnson, along with LHS student body President Kayla Conner and community connections officer Megan Fritz, have arranged for Student Council members to deliver the presents to the school of each particular angel before the district lets out for holiday break. If needed, Stamey and LHS staff members will hand-deliver gifts to homes of families who are not able to make it to their child’s school for pick-up. By the morning of December. 24, all presents will be in the angels’ homes.

To adopt an angel:
1. View the list, and select an angel (making note of their Angel number) by Wednesday, December 9.

2. Contact Allison Stamey to confirm your selection: Email stameya@lisd.net or call 469-948-3120

3. Go shopping, and purchase the items on their list. (Average cost is about $75 each)

4. Gift wrap your presents, make sure the Angel # is written on the outside, and deliver them to Lewisville High School, 1098 W. Main St, in Lewisville by 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 9

Other ways to help:
If you are unable to fully adopt one of the angels but would like to help, gift cards may be donated or checks can be made payable to “LHS ABC.” Stamey says any additional funding left over is used to help struggling LISD students and families in crisis throughout the year.

For more information, contact Allison Stamey at stameya@lisd.net or 469-948-3120.

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LISD board implores Governor Abbott to appoint experienced Ed. Commissioner

Lewisville ISD Notes
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/11 7:00:00 (2623 reads)

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The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees passed a unanimous resolution Monday night imploring Texas Governor Greg Abbott to choose an experienced educator to replace State Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. Williams has announced he is stepping down from the post on January 1 of 2016. The commissioner of education oversees the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which creates the rules and policies that govern the state’s independent school districts. TEA has a $21 billion annual budget which primarily funds the state’s portion of the per-pupil revenue in the school districts, and for charter schools.

Williams had been appointed to the post by Governor Rick Perry in 2012 after serving on the Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s oil and gas regulator. Williams was a lawyer by training, serving as a federal prosecutor before being appointed an assistant secretary for education under the US Department of Education by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. Williams was tapped to replace Commissioner Robert Scott, also a lawyer by training. Scott had worked at TEA for 18 years, working his way up, eventually being appointed to the top spot by Rick Perry in 2007. Scott was credited with inspiring a bit of revolt when he made comments in January of 2012 critical of the overemphasis on standardized testing. Grassroots citizen groups like Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment organized and tipped the scales, leading to the passage of House Bill 5 in 2013, undoing a lot of the state’s high stakes testing, and de-emphasizing the STAAR testing regime.

The LISD board resolution makes the case that Texas law requires school principals and superintendents to have advanced degrees and relevant classroom experience to serve in those positions. But the Texas Education Code only requires a commissioner of education to be a U.S. Citizen. The resolution points out that Texas commissioners of insurance and agriculture are required under Texas law to have five years experience in the field.

The trustees call for Governor Abbott to appoint someone to the role who has at least a master’s degree in education, and extensive experience in education leadership. “The 5.2 million children currently in Texas public schools need a commissioner who is qualified upon appointment to avoid months or years of training on the complexities of public schools,” reads one of the recitals in the resolution. “There are more requirements in statute to be a juror than there are [to be] Commissioner of Education,” said LISD Trustee Kristi Hassett, who worked with LISD director of legal services Jeff Crownover to draft the resolution.

Board President Trisha Sheffield said that LISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers had originated the idea, and worked with Hassett and Crownover to prepare it to bring it to the board. LISD will send the signed resolution to Governor Abbott, but Sheffield hopes the impact will be multiplied by other locally-elected boards across the state. She said they had sent the resolution to the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards leadership, as well as superintendents and school boards of other local districts for consideration. “I have heard from Coppell, Aledo, and Pine Tree and know it will be on their November agendas,” said Sheffield. “Paint Rock approved one, as well,” she added. “We are hoping several others will approve something similar so that the message sent to Governor Abbott is clear.”

You can read the full text of the board resolution here.

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Free Concert by LHS Choir Tuesday, October 6

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/10/6 11:50:00 (748 reads)

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The award-winning choirs of Lewisville High School will perform their first concert of the year Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewisville High School Stuver Auditorium. The performance will include classical and pop music and feature all five LHS concert and show choirs.

LHS's choral program is enjoying record enrollment this year. The program's commitment to musical and performance excellence is earning it accolades. The choirs were selected as "Best In Class" and "Overall Winners" at the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase of Music and three choirs earned Sweepstakes, the highest possible scores, at UIL contests last year. Choir celebrates the success of its seniors who go on to earn scholarships and attend prestigious colleges. This year the choir will contribute to the success of its seniors by providing more scholarships than ever.

The choir is one of the most successful and robust programs at LHS thanks to the leadership of directors Steven DeCrow and Whitney Watson, the strong choral programs at the feeder middle schools, and the support of the LISD Fine Arts Department.

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