Sweetwater High School's "Alumni Spotlight" for May -
Mr. Kameron Pugh
Graduate of Sweetwater High School Class of 2010 with Honors.
Tarleton University graduating class of 2014 – Bachelors of Science and Environmental Engineering
Two time published author in Peer Reviewed Journals: ASCE Journal of Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste, and the Journal of Environmental Sciences
Currently employed with IDS Engineering Group in Houston Texas as a Civil engineer
Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Married to Kelsie Pugh and proud father of one year old Easton Pugh.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sweetwater Independent School District Board of Trustees, at its April 17th meeting, named Dr. George McFarland, in Tahoka ISD, as finalist for superintendent. By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Dr. McFarland. Dr. McFarland is slated to replace retiring Superintendent Mr. Terry Pittman.
The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist. In April, the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search. TASB consultants met with staff and community groups January 24, 2017 to discuss desired characteristics of the new superintendent. The profile developed from these meetings was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluating the applicants for the position.
The Board selected 6 applicants for initial interviews. 3 applicants were invited back for a second interview. With the second round of interviews completed, a committee of the Board visited Tahoka ISD and reported back to the Board. The Board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Dr. McFarland at the May Board meeting.
Dr. George McFarland was born and raised in Abilene, TX. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, his Master’s degree from the University of Texas @ Arlington, and his doctoral degree from Lamar University. He and his wife Angela have 3 children: Blake (Police Officer, Lubbock), Brock (software developer, Lubbock) and Kayla (Junior cheerleader at Texas Tech University).
Dr. McFarland is currently completing his 26th year in public education. During that time period he has taught in various subject matters to include English, Biology, P.E, and Chemistry, as well as coached both boys and girls sports. He has served as an athletic coordinator and head football coach at the 5A level, worked as an assistant principal, held principal roles at both the middle school and high school levels, and is currently serving in his 3rd year as a superintendent. Dr. McFarland’s areas of expertise in education can be found in the realms of curriculum and instruction and school district finances. His doctoral dissertation focused on instructional leadership, and he serves the state as a Texas Teacher Evaluation & Support System (T-TESS) Certification Trainer and as a Texas Education Agency registered School Board Training Provider. In addition, he currently teaches school finance courses as an adjunct professor to prospective superintendent candidates through the Wayland Baptist Superintendent Certification Program, while also serving as a financial consultant to school districts.
Dr. McFarland said, “I am blessed, honored, and humbled to be selected as the lone finalist for superintendent of Sweetwater ISD, and would like to extend my gratitude to the board of trustees for placing their trust in me with the task I believe is arguably the single most important for any community: ensuring opportunities for the successful learning of all students while also overseeing the well-being of those children. The district possesses a rich tradition of success and achievement, both academically and through extracurricular participation, and is known throughout the state in educational circles as a district of excellence. From being a representative in a state final football game last year, to the fact that the district already graduates the majority of college and career ready graduates in the county, the challenge I face as a new superintendent will be to not only continue experiencing high levels of achievement all around, but to grow on those successes that already make SISD a superior district. Being a part of Mustang Nation and wearing that Red with Mustang Pride is an experience that I look forward to embracing, and I can’t wait to begin work in SISD and to call Sweetwater home. Go Mustangs!”
Sweetwater High School, East Ridge Elementary, and Southeast Elementary are excited to announce their receiving of a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2016-2017 school year from the Flippen Group.
Sweetwater ISD recently began an initiative to transform its campuses into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come alive with a love for learning.
After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Sweetwater ISD leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ HeartsⓇ to the district. Teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. They learned how to create a classroom environment where students are excited to enter and learn every day.
Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes by creating socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. The Flippen Group provides educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to the school. “Discipline problems are fewer,” and “Academic achievement is improving,” are common feedback reports following Capturing Kids’ Hearts implementation.
Through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates campuses that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. The Flippen Group believes unsung heroes who produce exemplary outcomes in schools and pave the way for other schools to follow, need and deserve recognition for a job well done.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these awards based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.
A Flippen Group team visited each nominated campus to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data, and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They used a matrix of key measurements to gather information during the campus walk-through. Finally, an additional survey was conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following this visit, the selection team reviewed all accumulated data and selected the campuses to receive the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.
The Flippen Group is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. As we identify these remarkable schools, campus leaders, and teachers each year, please join us in celebrating them as some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country!
Congratulations to the 2017 Sweetwater ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year - Monica Rogers!
Mrs. Rogers is a 6th grade teacher at Sweetwater Middle School and will represent SISD in the Region XIV Teacher of the Year contest. She was selected by a panel of Principals, Teachers and Parents from the District.
Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Rogers' application, stating her philosophy of education:
"I believe teaching is an ever-changing, ever-growing, life-giving mission. My mission is not only about teaching content, but it's about presence. I am constantly asking myself, "How did my presence in this one year of a child's life impact them?" My hope is that my presentation of the content and my involvement in the lives of my students engage them enough to make a difference in their academic success and in their outlook on life. My hope is that my presence encourages them to discover joy in learning and motivation to strive to be the best person they can be."
Mrs. Rogers has been a teacher with Sweetwater ISD for 8 years and is a graduate of Sweetwater High School. She is Sweetwater Strong!
Congratulations to the 2017 Sweetwater ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year - Carolyn Mullican!
Mrs. Mullican is a 2nd grade teacher at East Ridge Elementary and will represent SISD in the Region XIV Teacher of the Year contest. She was selected by a panel of Principals, Teachers and Parents from the District.
Here is an excerpt from Mrs. Mullican's application, stating her philosophy of education:
"I am a teacher; this statement sounds so simple, yet it is so complex. Teaching takes passion, commitment, perception, creativity, determination, and a strong work ethic. I do not take this role lightly. I understand that along with being a teacher comes great responsibility. A responsibility I accepted twenty seven years ago. Even after all these years, I still love this wonderful, rewarding, and challenging profession."
Mrs. Mullican has been a teacher with Sweetwater ISD for 27 years and is a graduate of Sweetwater High School. She is Sweetwater Strong!
From Cory Rains, SHS Ag Teacher -
This past Saturday, seven Sweetwater FFA judging teams competed in the Area II Career Development Events hosted by Texas Tech University. These students had an outstanding day that resulted in five of our teams qualifying for State competition.
The Meat judging team was 1st. Team members include Jeanne Chapman 2nd individual, Kaitlyn Foster 4th individual, John Clift 5th individual, and Eddie Chapman.
Milk Quality placed 4th in the Area. Team members are Bella Pena 10th individual, Jaelynn Page, and Alexis Medrano.
Livestock Judging placed 4th and team members are Tate Rainey 1st individual, Latimer Burnett, Kyrsten Smith, and Julia Rees.
Poultry evaluation team was 5th. Team members are Ty Casto (4th individual), Josie Sanchez, and Chad Chance.
Farm Business Management team placed 5th and members are Ty Casto, Eddie Chapman, Jeanne Chapman, and Jaelynn Page.
Wool Evaluation team placed 15th in Area and team member were Natalie Valdez, Alicia Hernandez, and Nikki Gutierrez.
Vet Science team was 11th at their Area contest and team members were Lily Smola, Isabella Petty, and Dalton Woofter.
State Competition will be held during the week of April 27th through 29th on the campuses of Tarleton State and Texas A&M Universities.
From Carola Martin, SHS Girls Golf Coach -
The Lady Mustang Golf Team completed the last round of the District 5-4A Girls golf tournament in Brownwood (Brownwood Country Club) on Monday, April 10.
The top 2 teams, Wylie and Snyder, advance to the Regional Tournament held at Shadow Hills golf course in Lubbock. Sweetwater placed 3rd in the District and is the alternate team to the Regional tournament.
Also, Abbey Bryan from Big Spring and Kensi Chowning of Sweetwater, will advance to the Regional Tournament as well. Kensi played a 1 hole playoff against Mallory Garcia of Brownwood, to capture the 2nd spot. Kensi made a birdie on her final hole of the day to force the playoff.
Three of Sweetwater's varsity team were named All-District by placing in the top 10 for the district tournament. These three are Journee Pugh, Kensi Chowning, and Christa Martin. (Pictured)
The first Discover Summer Fest will occur at the SHS Track on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00 until 1:00. This fun filled activity is supported and sponsored by the Sweetwater ISD SHAC (School Health Advisory Council). This council includes various enthusiastic parents and community members along with school employees such as PE Teachers, School Nurses, Counselors, Administrators and SHS student representatives.
The Discover Summer Fest Committee members are Tammi Stafford, Jaci Callan, Carla Lambert, Monica Mendoza, Amanda Martinez and Kathy Smartt.
The purpose of Discover Summer Fest will be to promote all the various activities available during the summer for our local kids and families. There is no charge for having a booth, but interested vendors are asked to commit so plans can be made. This would be a time for churches to communicate their dates for Vacation Bible School, Music Camp, Youth Camps, etc. School camps can share the dates for Drama Camp, Cheer Camp, Jump Rope, Basketball, Football, Soccer, etc. Local businesses such as Tae Kwon Do, Rolling Plains Community Wellness Center, Dance, Piano, etc. are encouraged to have a booth with information and dates. There will also be a booth for information on registration for Early Childhood, Pre-K and Kindergarten along with school supply lists for older grades. Hopefully, booths will not only provide information but a fun activity/demonstration and/or freebies for the kids.
Although there is no charge for having a booth or visiting the booths, plans are in the works to have food trucks and refreshments for sale in the parking lot adjacent to the track. Any vendors, clubs and/or PTO's are encouraged to participate.
If interested in having an informational/fun booth and/or refreshment stand at the Discover Summer Fest, contact Kathy Smartt or Tammi Stafford at (325) 235-8601.
The Cowen Early Childhood Center named Erica Garza Teacher of the Year.