Sweetwater ISD Students Participate in Youth Art Month Activities and Displays

Sweetwater Independent School District (SISD) Secondary students recently participated in Youth Art Month.  The Alexandria, Virginia based Council for Art Education sponsors Youth Art Month in March of each year to encourage support for quality school art programs. The Council administers the program at the national level providing a medium to recognize skills developed through visual arts experiences.

High level and rigorous art programs, like the SISD Secondary Art Program, include targeted cross-curricular connections in problem solving, creativity, observation, and communication... all 21st Century Skills. Sweetwater High School students, as well as students from Sweetwater Middle School, currently have artwork on display at the County-City Library and the Grace Museum in Abilene.

"I want to invite and encourage everyone to see our student's work," said SHS Art Teacher Scharles Kelley.  "Community member support for student artists means more than you know and anyone who visits one of these showings will not be disappointed!" SHS participates in art shows, special exhibits, fundraisers, and school/community activities throughout the year, but tries to celebrate visual arts education during the month of March.

The SHS Fine Arts Program starts with students learning about fine arts in elementary school and builds each year helping to make Sweetwater High School the premier high school in the Big Country!

First year entrant, SHS Sophomore Charity Thompson submitted "Monarchs" in markers.

First year entrant, SHS Sophomore Charity Thompson submitted "Monarchs" in markers.

"Dream Catcher" was made by third year art student, SHS Junior Esmeralda Melendez.

"Dream Catcher" was made by third year art student, SHS Junior Esmeralda Melendez.

"Ke Pou Timoun" portrait is a pencil drawing by Advanced Art Student, SHS Senior Meagan Davis.

"Ke Pou Timoun" portrait is a pencil drawing by Advanced Art Student, SHS Senior Meagan Davis.

Sweetwater Intermediate's Destination Imagination Teams Win Awards

From Doug Young, Principal Sweetwater Intermediate School -

The fourth and fifth grade SEEK students from SIS competed at the Destination Imagination tournament in Lubbock. The Scientific team earned the Da Vinci award for taking a unique approach to a solution and outstanding creativity. The fourth grade engineering team was awarded third place. The fifth grade engineering team was awarded second place and the Renaissance award for outstanding skill in engineering and design.

5th Grade Engineering Team: (Left to Right) Kyler Toland, Makenzie Ince, Sadie Gates, Jordan Rodriquez, Jaden Doggett, Michael Rogers, and Ian Cortez

5th Grade Engineering Team: (Left to Right) Kyler Toland, Makenzie Ince, Sadie Gates, Jordan Rodriquez, Jaden Doggett, Michael Rogers, and Ian Cortez

4th Grade Engineering Team: (Back Row) Alexis Bailey, Taylor Reed, Sarah Lingafelter (Front Row) Kaleb Powell, Hayden Perry, Christopher Gomez, Wyatt Williams

4th Grade Engineering Team: (Back Row) Alexis Bailey, Taylor Reed, Sarah Lingafelter
(Front Row) Kaleb Powell, Hayden Perry, Christopher Gomez, Wyatt Williams

Scientific Team: (Back Row)  Noah Dodd, Avery Scott, Gaven Martinez (Front Row)  James Hefner, Victoria Palacios, Diego Alvarez

Scientific Team: (Back Row)  Noah Dodd, Avery Scott, Gaven Martinez
(Front Row)  James Hefner, Victoria Palacios, Diego Alvarez

SHS Students Extend Crazy Sock Day Participation to High School

From Dr. Ron Morris, Principal Sweetwater High School -

Due to the press coverage that J.P. Cowen and Southeast Elementary Schools received about their Crazy Sock Day earlier in the week, students asked why high school couldn't have a Crazy Sock Day also.  

On Friday, March 3rd, to help usher in spring and have a little bit a fun, SHS hosted its first High School Crazy Sock Day.  Sock Day was added as a PBIS Tier I activity to assist the school develop positive experiences for all students. Students, teachers, and administrators participated with student top prizes going to Serena Flores (12), Kaitlyn Foster (12), Charity Thompson (10), Chris Renfro (9), and an honorable mention to Anastasia White (10).  

Faculty and staff who were voted on by students as top participants included Librarian Pam Lawrence, Substitute Teacher Mary Carr, and Social Studies Teacher/Department Head Deana Gray.  All together more that 20% of students and 25% of faculty and staff participated.

Tim Hampton Receives the Sweetwater ISD 'Funderwear Award'

From Kathy Smartt, Asst Superintendent for SISD -

Pictured receiving the Sweetwater ISD Funderwear Award is Tim Hampton.

Tim was nominated by many groups and campuses. He is definitely an asset to SISD and appreciated by everyone. He and many recently went way above and beyond to prepare the new facilities for J.P. Cowen and he is 'the go to guy' for many.

Mr. Pittman said, “Funderwear is given to staff members that have gone above and beyond, shown a great attitude, and exemplify the spirit we want to shine in SISD.”

People like Tim make us Sweetwater Strong! 

Amanda Bowen Nagy Named Sweetwater High "Alumni Spotlight" for March

Sweetwater High School's "Alumni Spotlight" for March:

Amanda Bowen Nagy
 
SHS Graduating Class: 1999 with Honors

Texas Tech University Graduating Class: 2004 - Accounting / Finance

Currently working for the U.S. State Department as an Office Management Specialist, assigned to Pretoria, South Africa. Previously served in Dakar, Senegal, and Kampala Uganda.

Do you know a Sweetwater High School graduate who should be recognized in our Alumni Spotlight?  Please submit their information (including contact information) via email to SHS Counselor RuthAnn Campbell at ruthann.campbell@sweetwaterisd.net