Sweetwater High FFA Students Place at Area and Qualify for State Competition

From Bailey Minor, SHS Ag Teacher -

Sweetwater FFA had a good run at the Area Contest at Howard College on Saturday.  22 students competed for the following honors:

State Qualifiers:

2nd Place-Senior Creed; Jaelynn Page

2nd Place-Public Relations; Brooke Hefner, Latimer Burnett, Isabella Pena, Jaelynn Page

2nd Place-Ag Advocacy; Kenley Reed, Jackson Foster, Julia Rees, Josie Sanchez

Other Competitors:

3rd Place-Job Interview; Julia Rees

5th Place-Radio Broadcasting; Lauren Jones, Kaitlyn Foster, Latimer Burnett

5th Place-Junior Chapter Conducting; Carson Andrews, Lily Smola, Madyson Gilmore, Blayke Bewley, Cyera Pieper, Ethan Hartman, Jacob Cunningham

5th Place-Junior Quiz; Carson Andrews, Lily Smola, Madyson Gilmore, Cyera Pieper

7th Place-Senior Chapter Conducting; Kensi Chowning, Kaitlyn Foster, Lauren Jones, Jeanne Chapman, Brooke Hefner, John Clift, Ty Casto

11th Place-Junior Creed Speaking; Marissa Villanueva

Congratulations and Good Luck at STATE!

SISD Choir Students Qualify For 2016 TMEA East Zone Region Honor Choir

From Mrs. Jenny Doggett, SISD Choir Director -

On Saturday, October 22nd, students from Sweetwater Middle and High School traveled to Abilene to compete for chairs in the MS/JH TMEA East Zone Honor Choir. They, as well as other 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, auditioned for seats in the Honor Choir. 

Students learned 4 songs for their audition and they will be performing these songs in a Concert on Saturday, November 19th at Clyde High School. 

Sweetwater Middle School and Sweetwater High School are proud of the following students who made the 2016 TMEA MS/JH East Zone Region Honor Choir:

Brycen Horn- 8th Chair Tenor 1
Hannah Kamer- 7th Chair Soprano 1
Javier Diaz- 13th Chair Tenor 1
Analicia Granados- 17th Chair Alto
Zoe Hunt- 17th Chair Soprano 1
Sara Blakeley- 19th Chair Alto
Heather Caballero- 25th Chair Soprano 1

On Tuesday, November 1, 6th Grade students from Sweetwater Middle School traveled to Abilene to compete with students from throughout the Big Country Area for seats in the TMEA East Zone 6th Grade Honor Choir. Sweetwater took 6 students to the audition and are proud to announce that all six received a chair in the choir. These students will be performing in Clyde on Saturday, November 19 at the Region Concert. Congratulations to the following students:

 

Caitlin Figueora- 3rd Chair Part 2

Macy Newberry- 10th Chair Part 1

Christyn Allen- 15th Chair Part 1

Emma Lee Pulattie- 21st Chair Part 1

Remara Salinas- 31st Chair Part 2

Almarissa McCann- 31st Chair Part 

Sweetwater High FFA Team Competes at Angelo State Leadership Event

From Bailey Minor, Sweetwater High School Ag Teacher:

Sweetwater FFA traveled to Angelo State University to compete in the ASU Invitational Leadership Development Events.

Public Relations Team Members Brooke Hefner, Jaelynn Page, Latimer Burnett and Isabella Pena won 1st place!

Senior Creed Speakers Kenley Reed and Jaelynn Page were awarded 2nd and 4th places!

Greenhand Creed Speaker Marissa Villanueva competed and won 3rd place.

Congratulations to this group of students!

SHS Theatre Department Presents RUMORS on November 12, 13, 19, & 20th

From Bobby Sands, SHS Theatre Arts Director -

Our opening night is this Saturday, and we would like to invite everyone to come see our HILARIOUS show - RUMORS

This show is presented by the Varsity Theatre Troupe, but was worked on by the JV troupe and my advanced technical students. This is the largest set to be built by the students in many years. We hope all of you join us for an extremely fun theatre experience.

When?

Two weekends.
Saturday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 20 @ 2:00 pm

How Much?

$5 for SHS students
$8 general admission

We are also having a cheep night for SHS students on Saturday, November 12, where the student price will only be $3

Sweetwater High Alumnus Chelsea Wilburn Chosen For November "Spotlight"

Sweetwater High School "Alumni Spotlight" for the Month of November:

Chelsea Wilburn

- SHS class of 2007
- Graduated from Texas Tech University & Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
- Currently a Speech Pathologist in the Metroplex Area


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

JP Cowen's Kim Fox Receives "Care Giver of the Year" Award at Conference

From Crystal Meneses, Principal JP Cowen Early Childhood Center:

Kim Fox received the “Care Giver of the Year” award at the “I am your Child” conference that is hosted by Region 14.

Kim was nominated by an Early Childhood Interventionist who comes to JP Cowen and gives strategies to teachers, parents, and students who are under the age of three in need of interventions.  This interventionist has the opportunity to see many teachers from all over our area in action so this comes as a very deserving award.

Kim comes to work daily with a smile on her face and ready to care for every child who crosses her path.  We are very proud of Kim and love her ongoing optimistic attitude and bright smile that lights up the entire campus!

"Oh Whata Night" Fundraiser at Whataburger for SHS on Monday Nov 7th

From Dr. Ron Morris, Principal Sweetwater High School -

Sweetwater High School is excited to announce that Whataburger, 1009 E. Broadway, is sponsoring a fundraiser to help the high school raise money to support student needs - including purchasing supplies, incentives, and other items that students need to be successful in school.  This is the first time in recent years that the high school has had an opportunity to partner with Whataburger.

The "Oh! Whata Night" fundraiser will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Sweetwater Whataburger.  During the "Oh! Whata Night" community members and parents as well as elementary, middle, and high school students can come and enjoy their favorite menu items with 20% of all proceeds being donated to SHS. Additionally, there will be live music, a photo booth, and a drawing, where one lucky participant wins a Whataburger a week for a year.

"Sweetwater is great because businesses and community members, like Whataburger want to support students and help our schools," said Mathew Gutierrez.  Mathew, a SHS Senior, loves the Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich at Whataburger. "Sometimes students just need additional assistance purchasing some supplies and all students love to get incentives.  With new funds the school will be able to better support student learning, success, and achievement."

Sweetwater High School has been working to improve student achievement, increase school pride, and broaden parent and community involvement.  The "Oh! Whata Night" program supports each of these goals while providing a fun and exciting event in our community.  All community members are welcome to join SHS at Whataburger between 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday, November 7th.  Well developed community activities and events are another example of SHS progress towards becoming the premier high school in the Big Country.

SHS to Host Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee Wednesday 11/2/16

SWEETWATER -  Sweetwater High School Faculty and Staff announced today that they will host the November Sweetwater and Nolan County Chamber of Commerce Coffee on November 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  The Chamber is involved with recruiting and promoting new and existing business in Sweetwater.  It serves as a resource for demographic information to support relocation activities as well as identification of needs for additional growth in Sweetwater and the surrounding area.

The Coffee will be hosted by faculty, staff, and students and located in the high school cafeteria.  During the coffee community members, school employees, business leaders, and guest welcome new community and Chamber members. For the November meeting, high school students will help serve and be available to answer questions about how Sweetwater High School is working to become the premier high school in the Big Country.

"I'm involved in a lot of activities," said SHS Junior Trent Hicks.  "Sweetwater High School is premier because they want to make sure that each student has a club or activity, including athletics, where they can experience instruction during non-school hours.  Also, the school has a variety of general education and advanced classes that give students choices for classes they want to take.  For me, it's all about academics like AP Chemistry, College Algebra, Dual Credit English, and Dual Credit U.S. History."  In his spare time, Trent tutors underclassmen in mathematics and is one of the Drum Majors in the SHS Band. "I love participating in band because our display of school spirit supports other programs such as football, volleyball, and robotics... to name a few."

During the Coffee, Paula Ordway and Tina Melendez, who are both teachers at the high school, will highlight how the campus aligns its vision and goals to the SISD Mission and Vision.  Moreover, they will discuss how they build positive and appropriate relationships with students through the use of Capturing Kids Hearts strategies.

Sweetwater High School and the Sweetwater and Nolan County Chamber of Commerce invite all Chamber Members and Sweetwater citizens to participate in the November Chamber Coffee to be held at SHS on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Join the high school as they discuss their plan to become the premier high school in the Big Country.

Middle School's Ed Weaver Receives Sweetwater ISD Funderwear Award

The SMS administration would like to recommend Ed Weaver to receive the Funderwear award.

Mr. Weaver has been an asset to the Middle School campus for many years. He has filled many roles and is always willing to step in and help out wherever needed. This year Ed was assigned to teach 6th grade Science classes, but after the start of school we had a need for a teacher to go over to teach a section of science to our students in one of the portable buildings. Ed was willing to take on that additional responsibility and has done a fantastic job. Recently we had a teacher resign, and we had to arrange several classes in order to get everything covered. Ed was asked to teach a couple of sections of 8th grade Career Investigation and he willingly accepted that responsibility. Ed also drives a school bus in the mornings for SISD. Ed also serves on our PBIS Tier 2 committee. Ed is dependable, reliable, and always willing to help out wherever needed.

Ed is one of those employees that exemplifies Sweetwater ISD's slogan: Sweetwater Strong!

Pictured left to right is SISD Superintendent Terry Pittman, SMS Principal Jeff Withrow, SMS Asst Principal Danette Price, and Award Recipient Ed Weaver

Pictured left to right is SISD Superintendent Terry Pittman, SMS Principal Jeff Withrow, SMS Asst Principal Danette Price, and Award Recipient Ed Weaver