Sweetwater High's Kathy Witt Attends Regional Teacher of the Year Awards

AUSTIN -  With 5.3 million students in the State of Texas, being named a Regional Teacher of the Year is a big accomplishment for any teacher. Moreover, in Austin on Friday, October 14, 2016, Sweetwater High School Science Teacher Kathy Witt was presented with the Regional Teacher of the Year Award representing all secondary teachers in the Big Country.

"This was an unexpected honor," said Witt. "Being nominated by my colleagues at SHS was fantastic, but when school administrators, parents, and central staff in our district gave me the thumbs up to represent our district, I was overwhelmed by their support and confidence.  After all, it has always been about students."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott remarked that "education is the determining factor for continued success, greater prosperity, and a brighter future for Texas students and for this great state.  It is imperative that students are encouraged to make the most of their educational opportunities."  He continued by adding, "across the Lone Star State, educators inspire our children to achieve, helping them see that their opportunities are limitless and that with dedication and hard work they can change the world.  I join my fellow Texans in saluting the role teachers play in the success of our children, who are our next generation of leaders and will one day be responsible for continuing Texas on its path as a leader for our nation."

In attendance with Mrs. Witt was her husband Jamie Witt, who is an engineer with Ludlum Measurements and a volunteer Robotics Sponsor at SHS. He said "I am very proud of Kathy because she works hard for our school and community.  Our district has many teachers that are equally deserving of this award and Kathy always talks positively about other teachers and their impact on student learning, success, and achievement."

The Texas Teacher of the Year Awards Program was held at the Bullock Texas History Museum where Mrs. Witt received her award from the Texas Association of School Administrators President Kevin Brown and the Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.  In his remarks Commissioner Morath said, "the person standing at the front of every classroom remains the most important part of our Texas public education system.  Without the hard work and commitment of these dedicated individuals every school day, on the weekends, and in the summer months, the system we depend upon to prepare our children and our state for the future cannot succeed."

As Sweetwater High School works to become the premier high school in the Big Country, it will take strong and professional teachers to inspire students.  Moreover, students need to find relevance in the curriculum and feel accepted as part of the learning community.  The campus is in the process of certifying all academic teachers in strategies to support higher academic rigor, continuing to have all Freshmen and Sophomores participate in one or more extra-curricular activities, and allowing Seniors to have an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer opportunities.

Kathy Witt receives her award from TASA President Kevin Brown (left) and Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.  

Kathy Witt receives her award from TASA President Kevin Brown (left) and Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

 

SHS' Rule, Rodriguez, Dean, & Solano Earn TMEA All-Region Choir Honors

From Mrs. Jenny Doggett, SISD Choir Director -

Students from Sweetwater High School competed on Saturday for coveted seats in the TMEA All-Region Choir. We are proud to announce that 4 students will represent Sweetwater by singing in the Mixed Choir.

Bryson Rule received 1st Choir Tenor 2, Max Rodriguez received 6th Choir Bass 2, Megan Dean received 5th Chair Alto 2, and Gisela Solano received 6th Chair Alto 2

Not only will these students perform in the Region Choir, but they earned the privilege to audition for the next round of auditions which is Pre-Area.

Congratulations to these students!

Reception to Honor Retiring Board Member Genevieve Mayes on Oct 19th

You are cordially invited to a reception in honor of retiring School Board Trustee, Genevieve Mayes.

Mrs. Mayes has given 24 years of dedicated service to the Sweetwater Independent School District and to the students and parents of this community.

Please join us as we share our gratitude on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Perfect City Catering, 325 Oak Street in Sweetwater.

Sergeant Melinda Alvarez, SHS Class of 1998, Named October Alumni Spotlight

Sweetwater High School Alumnus of the Month:
 

Sergeant Melinda Alvarez, United States Army

SHS class of 1998

Recently named to the prestigious U.S. Army Europe Sergeant Morales Club

Currently stationed in Germany serving as a Staff Sargent

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

Sweetwater Intermediate's "ACE" Tickets Help Students Reach Behavior Goals

From Doug Young, Principal Sweetwater Intermediate School -

Since the beginning of school we have been giving out A.C.E. tickets to students as they demonstrate great Attitude, Character, and Effort.  Students can cash these "ACE" awards in for various prizes.

Included here is a picture of a 4th grade student in Mrs. Wolowicz's class who used his "ACE" awards to rent my office chair for the day.

Later today and tomorrow, I will be shooting hoops with students who purchased time with me in the gym with their awards.

So exciting to see these kids working on behavior goals!

Sweetwater High Announces 2016 Homecoming Salsa Challenge Winners

From Ruthann Campbell, SHS Counselor -

Congratulations to our 2016 SHS Salsa Challenge Winners! Our judges were Class of 2006 Alumni and are pictured below. Thank you Kendal Carrillo, Jessica McCann, Jacqueline Lopez, Felicia Salinas Tovar, Ben Edwards and Brittan Pittman.
 
And... the winners are....

Best Overall Salsa - Paula Ordway
Spiciest Salsa - Amy Carver
Most Unusual Salsa - Laura Orr
Extraordinary Flavor - Kristian Morris
Best Tasting Salsa - Pam Lawrence
Most Appealing Salsa - Matt Hendrix
Best Salsa Name - Kathy Witt

And, thank you to all our  participants, the entries were exceptional and enjoyed by many!

SISD To Offer Discounted Football Tickets and Honor Unused Ones for Pecos Game

The weather last Friday night caused an unfortunate situation with the cancelling of the Mustang game and the moving of the Homecoming coronation.

We realize this caused a lot of heartache and confusion. Many people waited patiently in Mustang Bowl for the game to be played and some waited at home or at an outside venue. Please understand that our students safety is always our utmost concern. The conditions Friday night did  not allow an ample clearing of the required time of delay between the heavy lightning in the area. So, SISD along with many other school districts in the area made the decision to cancel the game on the side of safety.

Those of you that purchased tickets and never used them are invited to use that same ticket to come to the Pecos vs. Sweetwater game on Friday September 23. It will be honored just as it would have at the Homecoming game.

Those of you that  used your tickets and entered the stadium and do not have a whole ticket can purchase a discounted ticket at the SISD Administration Building beginning Wednesday of this week. Those tickets can be purchased for $ 4.00 rather than the normal $7.00. The ONLY discounted tickets sold for the game will be at the Administration building at 207 Musgrove. All tickets at the gate will be the usual $7.00. We do this to help accommodate our loyal Mustang fans that did not get to see a game last Friday. We encourage you to come support the Mustangs as they begin District play on Friday night.

Unfortunately refunds will not be given, but we will offer this as an alternative for the unfortunate strike of Mother Nature last Friday.

Thank you and Go Red,

SISD

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Kaitlyn Foster and Kensi Chowning Earn Scholarships at Permian Basin Fair

From Bailey Minor -

This past weekend, two Sweetwater FFA members exhibited livestock at the Permian Basin Fair. More importantly than getting in the show ring with their animals, these two individuals were able to earn sizable scholarships. Kensi Chowning and Kaitlyn Foster, who have both shown livestock for the past several years, applied, interviewed and earned scholarships that can be used at any university of their choice.

Kaitlyn Foster earned a $3000 scholarship in the steer division.

Kaitlyn Foster earned a $3000 scholarship in the steer division.

Kensi Chowning earned a $1500 scholarship in the lamb division.  

Kensi Chowning earned a $1500 scholarship in the lamb division.