Sweetwater High FFA State Competition Results From Huntsville on Dec 4 & 5th

From Sweetwater High School's Bailey Minor -

We would like to congratulate and share our excitement in not only the advancing of these teams to state, but also their placing and also thank anyone that has supported us along the way!

Kenley Reed placed 5th in the Greenhand Creed Speaking contest out of 689 participants.

Alyssa Soles placed 7th in the Job Interview contest out of 545 participants.

Lizzie Gray, Jeanne Chapman, John Clift and Ty Casto competed in the Sr. Quiz Team Event and placed 19th out of 707 participants/teams.

 

We would also like to congratulate all of our teams that competed at the Area 2 Leadership Development Event on November 21st.  We competed in 7 events, with 2 entries in the Job Interview contest. 

Results were as follows:

1st place Greenhand Creed--Kenley Reed

1st place Job Interview--Alyssa Soles

1st place Sr. Quiz Team--Elizabeth Gray, Jeanne Chapman, Ty Casto, and John Clift

3rd place Sr. Creed--Jaelynn Page

5th place Sr. Chapter Conducting--Kensi Chowning, Lauren Jones, Jaelynn Page, Kaitlyn Foster, Jeanne Chapman, Brooke Hefner, John Clift and Ty Casto

6th place Job Interview--Kensi Chowning

6th place Ag Advocacy--Alyssa Soles, Marissa Sanchez, and Alaina Andrews

13th place Radio Broadcasting--Katie Fox, Latimer Burnett, and Kaitlyn Foster

SMS & SHS Students Perform at TMEA Regional Choir Concert in Abilene

From Jenny Doggett, SISD Choir Director - The Sweetwater Choral Department is proud to announce that two students from SHS and thirteen students from SMS performed at the TMEA Region Concert on Saturday, November 14th.

Kiara Collins, a junior, represented Sweetwater HS as a member of the TMEA HS All-Region Treble Choir. Bryson Rule, also a junior, represented Sweetwater HS as a member of the TMEA HS All-Region Mixed Choir. Kiara and Bryson received this honor through an audition of fellow high school students from around the Lubbock & Abilene Region. They auditioned on October 3rd in Lubbock for this coveted honor. Bryson was also selected through the Small School Selection as an Area Choir candidate which will give him the opportunity to audition for the coveted TMEA All-State Choir in January.

Sixth Grade students from Sweetwater Middle School auditioned on October 27 in Abilene to make the TMEA 6th Grade Honor Choir. Sixth grade students from the Abilene area were selected for this Honor Choir. 6th Grade students representing Sweetwater Middle School are Brycen Horn, Hannah Kamer, Amber Magee, Claire Paty, and Celeste Torres.

7th, 8th, and 9th grade students from Sweetwater MS & HS auditioned for the TMEA South Zone MS/JH All-Region Honor Choir. They too were selected through an audition process of their peers from the surrounding Abilene Area. SMS students selected were Heather Caballero, Zoe Hunt, Lily Smola, Miranda Sloan, and Mikayla Vanderpool. SHS students selected were Lauren Browning, Emma Foust, and Max Rodriguez.

Congratulations to all of these students!

SHS Theatre Department Production of 'The Uninvited' Starts on Sat Nov 21st

From Mr. Sands, SHS Theatre Director -

Sweetwater High School's Theatre Department would like to invite each and every one of you to our FIRST full length production of The Uninvited by Tim Kelly.

It is the story of what happens when you move into a new house with some unwanted residents of the ghostly kind.  This suspenseful tale is sure to be a production you won't soon forget. 

Show date are Saturday, November 21st, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 22nd, at 2 pm.

The house will open 30 min before each performance.

Our production class has been working very hard to bring this story to life and would love it if you would come out and join in on the fun.  This production is free to all students/faculty.  General admission is $5 at the door.  We will also be taking donations to help support the theatre department. 

Sweetwater FFA Area II Leadership Development Event Results

Area II FFA Leadership Development Event Results:

Top 2 places advance to regional this Saturday in Big Spring at Howard College

Job Interview
1. Alyssa Soles
2. Kensi Chowning
4 Marissa Sanchez

Radio Broadcasting
1. Latimer Burnett
2 Katie Fox
3. Kaitlyn Foster

Senior Chapter conducting team
1st place - Memebers
Ty Casto
Kensi Chowning
John Clift
Kaitlyn Foster
Brooke Hefner
Lauren Jones
Jaelyn Page

Green Hand Chapter conducting
3rd Place - Members
Edward Chapman
Jackson Foster
Dominique Gutierrez
Markus Meneses
Julia Reees
Josie Sanchez
Emerald Torres

Senior Creed Speaking
2. Jaelynn Page

Greenhand Creed Speaking
1. Kenley Reed
6. Julia Rees

Senior Quiz Team
1st Place Members
Alyssa Soles
Jeanne Chapman
John Clift

Greenhand Quiz Team
4. Sweetwater members
Edward Chapman
Jackson Foster
Markus Meneses
Isabell Petty

Sweetwater Independent School District Offers Gifted Education Program

Sweetwater ISD conducts a program for students with above average potential in academic and creative-productive thinking skills in grades K-12. This gifted education program is designed to challenge students to accelerate above and beyond the regular school curriculum.

     Nominations will be taken from November 1, 2015 to November 24, 2015.  Anyone wishing to nominate a student believed to be an intellectually or creatively gifted learner is encouraged to come by the appropriate campus office and complete the necessary forms. Those students nominated will go through a screening procedure that requires special testing. At the time of nomination, parents will be requested to grant permission for this testing

Game Passes For Seniors 65 and Older Available for Basketball & Baseball

District Announcement:  Beginning this Basketball season, Mustang Athletics will admit all Seniors 65 and over into all High School and Middle School Basketball games and all High School Baseball games free with a Mustang Senior Pass. You can obtain these passes at the SISD Administration Building or at the gate of any of these events. Simply show proof of age and you will be given a pass good for the entire year.

SHS Big Red Mustang Band Receives Top Honors at UIL Competition

Sweetwater High School Band Receives Top Honors in Recent UIL Competition

The Sweetwater High School Might Mustang Band received a Division 1 Award for their performance at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Competition on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Wylie Stadium in Abilene.

The band played it's award winning halftime show "A Gathering of Knights," composed by Barry Hurt. "We've been working on perfecting our performance since last August," said Drum Major Mary Morris.

This year, members from the SHS Varsity Football and Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball teams went to Abilene to observe the show and root for the band.  "It was special," said Drum Major Ashely Parker.  "Having a big cheering squad made a statement to the crowd that our band is a big part of our campus that helps make our school premier."

Football and Volleyball coaches requested to attend the event because they are thankful of the support that the band shows each week when they hit the field and court.  This year, the drumline has been performing at the varsity volleyball games.

UIL rules stipulate that 4A and 6A schools cannot advance this year to state competitions. With a Division 1 UIL rating next year, the Sweetwater High School Band would advance to the next level in the State Championship Marching Band Competition.

The band in under the direction of Band Director Shane Faucett and Assistant Director Mathew Gudino.  The color guard is under the direction of Andrea Barkley.

First Financial Bank Recognizes Faculty & Staff Perfect Attendance at SHS

Perfect Attendance Recipient Kathie McElroy pictured with her 6th period Algebra II class and First Financial Bank President Kirby Andrews and First Financial Bank VP Thea Serrano

Perfect Attendance Recipient Kathie McElroy pictured with her 6th period Algebra II class and First Financial Bank President Kirby Andrews and First Financial Bank VP Thea Serrano

First Financial Bank Recognizes Faculty and Staff Perfect Attendance at Sweetwater High School

"There is no substitute for a great teacher," said First Financial Bank President Kirby Andrews,  "we want them in school every day!" This is why First Financial Bank partners with Sweetwater High School to recognize faculty and staff members with perfect attendance during each grading period.  The teacher perfect attendance program is in addition to the bank's recognition for students in each grade level who have perfect attendance each grading period.

Yesterday, high school Mathematics Teacher Kathie McElroy was recognized by the First Financial Bank and Sweetwater High School administration teams.  She received a heartfelt thank you for always being there for her students and a $50.00 appreciation gift from the First Financial Bank team.

Having a certified teacher in front of students each day engages students in relevant aligned curriculum.  "Teachers often have to re-teach material, restore order and rebuild relationships after absences," said High School Principal Ronald Morris.  "We love our substitutes and value their work as well."

Other faculty and staff members with perfect attendance include: Heather Blakeley, Chris Carruthers, Chad Copeland, Deborah Doak, Shane Faucett, Brandie Gee, Jarrod Gee, Zachary Harrell, Ami Houston, Skylar Houston, Dan Huskerson, Pam Lawrence, Tina Melendez, Liz Miller, Bailey Minor, Ronald Morris, Kristian Morris, Lori Ortega, Cory Rains, Monica Reyes, Bobby Sands, Kristie Vickers, Nina Wilson, and Kathy Witt.

Congratulations to Kathie McElroy for earning the First Financial Bank Teacher Attendance Award.  Sweetwater High School is thankful to have partners like First Financial Bank supporting their effort to become the premier high school in the Big Country!

Abilene Firefigher Tucker Travis Visits Southeast Elementary School 1st Grade

From Southeast Elementary - Mrs. Amy Nixon's brother, Firefighter Tucker Travis, visited Southeast Elementary to give a fire safety lesson to her first grade class. He is a fireman for the Abilene Fire Department. Tucker talked about fire safety and showed them his fire gear.  He also brought fire helmets, coloring books, and stickers for all of the students.