Cody Chapman Selected for National Hispanic Scholar Program

Sweetwater High School recently announced that Dean Cody Chapman has been selected as a  National Hispanic Scholar.  Cody is the son of  David and Gloria Chapman.  He plans to attend Texas Tech University in the Fall and major in agriculture.

National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) was initiated in 1983, by the College Board, to identify outstanding Hispanic high school students and to share information about these academically well-prepared students with subscribing colleges and universities.  Students are selected by their performance on their PSAT.


SHS Students Raise Money For Fellow Classmate

Students Paige Anderson, Callie Boswell, and Michelle Perez were saddened to find out that their classmate Emily Bloomquist lost her home on January 4, 2015 to fire.  In an effort to support their classmate, the students contemplated hosting a bake sale, asking students to donate clothing, and donating gift cards until they settled on sponsoring a "Penny Drive" at the high school campus.

Last Wednesday, January 7, 2015, the students started a three-day campaign with a goal of raising $500.00.  On Wednesday they collected about $170.00 and $200.00 on Thursday.  The students were excited because they were only $130.00 from their goal on Friday, but the faculty, staff, and students at Sweetwater High School donated $419.00 on Friday.  

On Monday, January 12, 2015, students Callie Boswell and Michelle Perez presented Emily with a cashier's check for $789.00 to help replace items destroyed by the fire.

When presented the check, Emily said that she was proud to be part of Sweetwater High School and thankful to have classmates that cared so much for her and her family

SHS Students Paige Anderson, Callie Boswell, and Michelle Perez take $789.00 in coins to First Financial Bank Teller Maricela Garza to count

SHS Students Paige Anderson, Callie Boswell, and Michelle Perez take $789.00 in coins to First Financial Bank Teller Maricela Garza to count

SISD and Angelo State Form New Partnership

Sweetwater Independent School District Announces New Partnership with Angelo State University to Provide College Classes on Campus for High School Students 

In a press conference held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at First Financial Bank in Sweetwater, Superintendent Terry Pittman announced that Angelo State University (ASU) will partner with Sweetwater High School on a new dual credit program, beginning in September of 2015. This partnership will be in addition to Sweetwater ISD’s current programs with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and Western Texas College (WTC) to provide dual credit offerings for junior and senior students.

“We are excited that high school students will have ASU adjunct faculty on campus teaching courses to our students.” Pittman said. “Students will receive face­to­face instruction in language arts, history, college algebra and economics.”

Dual credit courses allow students to earn high school and college credit concurrently for the same class. Dual credit students at Sweetwater High School earn an average of 24 college credit hours at graduation with some students earning as many as 36 credit hours. The new partnership will allow students who take dual credit classes through ASU, WTC and TSTC the opportunity to earn as many as 42 college credit hours by graduation.

Angelo State University President Dr. Brian May detailed the importance of preparing students to successfully matriculate from high school to college. Additionally, he stated that Sweetwater High School students who successfully earn six or more dual credit hours through ASU with a minimum 3.0 grade point average will be granted automatic admission to the university.

Kirby Andrews, First Financial Bank Sweetwater Region President, hosted the press conference. First Financial Bank coordinates funding through a trust to enhance and expand college opportunities for high school students.

“Our goal,” Andrews said, “is to support the district as it works to remove barriers for students to help them gain access to college curriculum through local schools like Western Texas College and Texas State Technical College. We fully support adding Angelo State University to our partnership.”

Sweetwater High School senior Jasmine Reddic is enrolled in dual credit classes through WTC and will have earned 30 college credit hours when she graduates this spring. “I love taking college classes in school because they are more rigorous than regular classes,” Reddic said. “The opportunity to take classes at WTC along with ASU would be fantastic. Juniors and seniors next year will have an incredible opportunity with this new partnership.” In the fall of 2015, Reddic will attend Angelo State University as a sophomore studying kinesiology.

The press conference was attended by the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees, district administrative staff, community members, and administrators from Angelo State University Western Texas College and Texas State Technical College, as well as Sweetwater High School students currently enrolled in dual credit high school and college classes.

To watch today's press conference, go to http://vimeo.com/116711989 or click the play button on the embedded video above.


January is School Board Appreciation Month at SISD

Each January, we pause to express our appreciation for a very special group of volunteers: our school board members.

Thank you for your service Genevieve Mayes, Jana Hall, Leah Andrews, Becky Jimenez, Neal Hoover, Mark Meneses, and Russ Petty.

Usually, we don’t think of you as school volunteers, but you do in fact volunteer to serve. School board members give their time, energy, and counsel to the school district—without pay. They take on the job of governing the district—making the best decisions they can for our children—with the full understanding that they will receive only the satisfaction of their contribution.

That contribution, however, should not be understated. The volunteer efforts of our school board members have the potential for tremendous benefit to Sweetwater as a whole and to the lives of the students individually. By serving the district in this important governance role, school board members lay the foundation for the future.

The men and women who make the time to generously provide this important public service do so because they care. They care about their own children’s education. They care about the schools being the best they can be. They care about the next generation and the future of the community and the state.

These people roll up their sleeves and get involved to improve things. It is a selfless accepting of responsibility for the educational process that helps our children grow into successful, joyful adults. Board service is truly “a work of heart.”

Please join us in celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January, and take a moment to express your appreciation for the volunteer efforts of our school board members. Sweetwater ISD benefits greatly from their service.

Middle School's Stevan Bugarin Receives Funderwear Award

Steven Bugarin was nominated for the District Funderwear Award more times than any one ever before.  He is definitely helpful at SMS and definitely appreciated by the entire staff.  He recently went way above and beyond to help prepare for the UIL Meet held at his campus.

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 Stevan make us Sweetwater Strong...Stronger Than Ever!  Congratulations Stevan!

Knox & Delgado Represent SHS at TMEA All-Region Choir

Sweetwater High School was represented by Cierra Knox and Eliza Delgado in the TMEA All-Region Treble Choir in Lubbock last month. This audition is part of the TMEA All-State audition process. They competed with students throughout the Abilene and Lubbock Region for seats on the the TMEA All-Region Treble Choir. Cierra Knox made 6th Chair Alto 2 and Eliza Delgado made 7th Chair Soprano 2.

Middle School Students Make TMEA All-Region Honor Choir

Sweetwater Middle School students competed for places on the TMEA South Zone All-Region Honor Choir in November at Clyde. Heather Caballero and Javier Diaz auditioned and made the 6th Grade Honor Choir. Lauren Browning, Kimberly Boone, Abel Gonzales, Miranda Sloan, Jacob Carter, Zoe Hunt, and Samantha Jones sang in the TMEA South Zone MS/JH All-Region Choir.  These students competed against other students from Snyder, Clyde, Wylie, and Abilene for seats in these choirs.