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LHS Student Council receives national award

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/15 12:25:52 (1202 reads)

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The Lewisville High School Student Council received one of the highest honors in the country while at the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) state convention on April 10 in Arlington. LHS earned the National Gold Council of Excellence Award – for the first time in school history – because of its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that continually improve the school and community.

The LHS Student Council, which also garnered a NASC State Sweepstakes award, will be recognized at the NASC national conference this summer in Portland, Ore.

“I’m so proud of our Student Council officers and members for their hard work on the many projects and community activities that earned us this national award,” LHS Student Activities Director Allison Stamey said. “I always tell them that when we serve others it greatly benefits our own life. They are true examples of wonderful student leaders.”

Added LHS Student Body President Kayla Conner: “Being awarded the first NASC Gold Council of Excellence Award at Lewisville High School is an honor for all of us. I’m so proud of all of the hard work our officers, members and advisors have put in to earn national recognition. We’ve put in so much time and effort and it has all been worth it.”

To be eligible for the NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements, such as a written constitution, regular meetings, democratic election process and membership in NASC, student councils must facilitate leadership training for members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school/community service projects, spirit activities, financial planning and actively participate in state and national student council associations.

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Place 5 LISD school board candidates answer questions

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/3/31 0:10:00 (3690 reads)

LISD Board candidates (left to right) Will Ferson, Jenny Sorenson Proznik and Allison Lassahn (Submitted photos)

Three candidates are seeking election to Place 5 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees.

The candidates are Will Ferson, Jenny Sorenson Proznik and Allison Lassahn. Whoever gets the most votes on May 7 wins the seat.

Last week, The Lewisville Texan Journal brought you the answers from the two candidates running for Place 4.

Each of the candidates were given the same 10 questions. Below are the questions, and their answers:

1. Why did you decide to run for school board?
Ferson: 1. To give back to the community and LISD for the fine education that my four grandsons received. Two of the boys graduated from FMHS and are in college, one will graduate this year and attend the Univ. of Texas, and the last one is finishing his sophomore year. 2. To obtain a change in the LISD policy regarding non school use of school facilities. They have a policy (Policy GKD Local) that states “No approval shall be required for non school related recreational use of the district's unlocked, outdoor recreational facilities, such as the track, playgrounds, tennis courts and the like when the facilities are not in use by the district…” The problem is that the facilities are always locked when school is not in session. 3. The LISD has a public relations problem with the communities that they serve. The LISD is rated (by Niche) as the 32nd best school district in the state (out of 1266 districts). Almost everyone I have talked to is concerned about some issues with LISD. I would like to have the opportunity to help build a bridge between the LISD and the communities to the mutual benefit of both parties so we can live in friendship and not animosity.

Proznik: I decided to run when the most tenured Trustee, Ms. Latham decided not to seek re-election. I wanted to make sure that the district was moving in a positive direction and after attending every Board meeting for the past 2 years, I felt led and qualified to fill the seat.

Lassahn: I am running because I am passionate about schools. I have two young boys in LISD schools and over the years I have so enjoyed working with teachers, administrators and other parents. I feel that my background and skill set make me an ideal candidate for the Board of Trustees.

2. What do you think best qualifies you to serve?
Ferson: I attended the University of Florida and earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in 1963. This taught me to think logically and solve complex problems. It also taught me how to research a topic and gain an understanding of it. I also earned 21 hours toward a MBA degree from the University of Detroit before my move to Texas cut that endeavor short. I have been a member of the Summit Club (the oldest service organization in Flower Mound, serving the local community for over 40 years) for the past 7 years. I am also a serious runner, with over 60 marathons and half marathons to my credit. This has taught me discipline, tenacity and patience. I am a fiscal conservative and will work to lower the districts $1.1B debt.

Proznik: The 48 meetings I have attended make me prepared for the issues facing the district but the relationships I have made with staff, parents and board members with whom I want to partner with to move the district forward is what makes me unique among the candidates.

Lassahn: I have over seven years of experience in local government with a working knowledge of writing and preparing budgets and agenda items. When elected, I will serve integrity and will be a voice for all voters in LISD.

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Place 4 LISD school board candidates answer questions

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/3/26 13:23:23 (3318 reads)

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Katherine Sells (left) and Fairooz Adams are running for Place 4 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees (Submitted Photos)

Five candidates are running in the May 7 Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees election, including two for Place 4 and three for Place 5.

Candidates for Place 4 are Katherine Sells and Fairooz Adams. Candidates for Place 5 are Jenny Proznik, Allison Lassahn and William Ferson. Incumbents in both Place 4 and Place 5 are not seeking re-election.

The Lewisville Texan Journal submitted the same 10 questions for each of the candidates to answer. Answers given by Place 4 candidates are below, and answers by Place 5 candidates will be in next week's issue.

Below are our questions and the answers given by the two Place 4 candidates:

1. Why did you decide to run for school board?
Sells: After receiving calls from those within the community that I know and trust, and after speaking with my family, I feel called to step forward and run for LISD Board of Trustees. I truly believe that we are called, not only to reside within a community, but to serve it -- as my many years of serving children and our community have demonstrated. Also, with the departure of Kris Vaughn and Brenda Latham, we are losing almost a decade of trustee experience this June, and it is more important than ever to elect candidates that are familiar with the inner workings of LISD, as I am.

Adams: Experience as a student and involvement in district politics since I was fifteen has given me two very valuable perspectives: I at once have seen what works and what doesn’t work, and I have seen the policymaking process and its consequences. This unique position I hold will allow me to be a critical player in the district’s decision making process. We as a community have seen the consequences of the well-meaning decisions that were really missteps on the part of the district. It’s time we have someone on the board that is intimately familiar with the classrooms and can tell apart what looks great on paper from what will better educational outcomes.

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PediPlace opens clinic in Central Elementary School

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/3/26 13:02:46 (3132 reads)

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PediPlace President and CEO Larry Robins addressed the crowd gathered for the grand opening. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

A crowd of about 250 gathered Thursday afternoon for the ribbon cutting of non-profit PediPlace’s new clinic at Central Elementary School. It first opened in February.

Among the crowd were local elected officials including Lewisville City Council members Leroy Vaughn and Neil Ferguson, Lewisville ISD school board members including Angie Cox, Kristi Hassett, Kronda Thimesch, Tracy Miller and Trisha Sheffield.

“When you look at what [PediPlace] does in free services...this is our highest need campus,” said LISD trustee Tracy Miller. “Kids can go down and get free services. If kids don’t come [to school] healthy, they can’t get a good education.”

PediPlace has a pediatrician on staff four days a week at the other location at 502 S. Old Orchard. The doctor sees patients and provides supervision for nurse practitioners. They use physician assistants and nurse practitioners for regular care.

The medical clinic is staffed by three nurse practitioners who currently man the clinic for 12 hours a week over three days: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. The clinic is housed inside the school building but has a separate entrance outside.

PediPlace president and CEO Larry Robins credited former superintendent Stephen Waddell for his vision about a clinic in a school.

“We know that when kids are healthy, learning is better,” he said. “Most of the time, for these kids, their doctor is PediPlace.”

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Lewisville ISD third graders enjoy symphony performance

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/3/12 13:32:18 (1491 reads)

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Third graders from Lewisville ISD listened to the Lewisville Lake Symphony. (Photo by Adam Schrader)

Last Friday, the Lewisville Lake Symphony performed a closed concert for all Lewisville ISD third graders in two performances at First Baptist Church, 1251 Valley Ridge Blvd. in Lewisville.

Each concert lasted almost an hour and a half.

“Aaron Ming, our conductor, talks to the students before each piece to explain what they should listen for,” said Diane Busche, the Marketing Chair for the Lewisville Lake Symphony. “They are respectful, attentive, and in awe of the large and beautiful space they are entering at the church.”

During the concert, musicians also talked about and sampled each of their instruments. Students seemed to particularly enjoy hearing the piccolo, played by Juli Powers.

“It’s a great to see the energy and excitement from the students,” said Lewisville ISD Superintendent Kevin Rogers. “We provide the opportunity for students to hear a great local symphony and to experience all different types of culture.”

Indian Creek Elementary School student Steven Solis, 9, said his favorite song was the Star Wars selection.

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