Subject: The Reporter - 9/10/2010
Date to send: 9/10/2010 at 1:00 PM

Volume 1 September 10, 2010 Edition 1

Premium discounts still possible; free flu shots coming

     LISD employees that missed the opportunity to attend one of the 47 wellness screening events during August may still participate if they wish to make an appointment. The wellness screening is one component of a three-part process that, once completed, will result in a $25 monthly reduction in medical premiums. To schedule a wellness screening, contact Amber Rye at
     Free flu shots will be offered to all district employees beginning October 4 through October 29. Flu shots will be available to employee family members for only $18. The flu shots will be made available on all campuses at some point during the month of October.
     For additional information about either wellness screenings or flu shots, visit the Risk Management web site for more information or call 766-1109.

District announces dropout recovery program
     In the community and in the state, many students do not complete high school for a variety of reasons. In step with the district philosophy of “every child, every day,” a comprehensive dropout recovery program, called “Expectation Graduation,” has been launched to work on keeping kids in school.
     On Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 a.m., Lubbock ISD will host a “community walk.” Teams of district employees and community volunteers will gather in the Jay Gordon Room of the Lubbock ISD Central Office, 1628 – 19th Street, east building, at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast and short training session. Teams will go to the last known address of dropouts and try to find the students and bring them back to enroll in school.
     LISD counselors and social service resources will be available to help students work through the barriers that keep them out of school. Other communities who have launched this kind of a walk have reported the most effective people in getting a student to return to school are the student’s former teachers.
     According to the Texas State Data Center, the average lifetime earnings of a person without a high school diploma are $500,000 while the lifetime earnings of a person with a high school diploma are $1,167,000. Statistics from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice show that a person who has not completed high school is three times more likely to commit a crime and end up in a Texas prison than is a high school graduate.
     Join in the “Expectation Graduation Walk” on Saturday, September 18, from 7:30 a.m. – 12 Noon. Participants must register in advance by calling 806-766-1330 or on the “Expectation Graduation” Web site at Lubbock ISD employees do not need to complete another background check to participate.

Bond election Nov. 2
    Voters in the LISD attendance area will have the opportunity to vote on a $198 million bond issue on the November 2 ballot. The bond addresses the most critical needs as determined by the 2020 committee, a 27-member citizens group. In making their determinations, the 2020 committee used an in-depth audit of LISD facilities and detailed systems and demographic data provided by architects and engineers. The 2020 Committee stated goals were to enhance academic effectiveness, increase operational efficiency and maintain a competitive advantage for students.
    The plan includes improvements for every school in LISD in each of the following areas:
  • School & Academic Improvements - $106 million (53% of the total)
  • Arts & Athletics - $39 million (18 % of the total)
  • Safety & Security $25 million (13% of the total)
  • Technology $28 million (14% of the total)
    This bond issue does not ask for an increase in the tax rate, but does ask voters to approve spending money on the items outlined. The existing revenue from the current bond rate of .195 is enough to repay the debt. The bonds are structured with technology items being paid off in 5 years and buildings paid off in 30 years. It is possible to pay the debt without increasing the tax rate because LISD has borrowed very little for a district of its size, has a bond rating in the top 21 school districts of Texas and has paid existing debt early.
    It is similar to paying a home mortgage. Your payment is $1000 per month, but every month you can afford to make an extra principal payment of $500 for a total payment of $1500. After 15 years on a 30-year note, you have almost paid off your house. You decide to borrow money to make needed improvements and expand your home. You refinance at a lower rate, your payment stays the same at $1500 and you are able to make the needed upgrades to your home without increasing the amount you have been paying.
    Additional information is available on the LISD Web site including a campus by campus breakdown of the proposed projects.

District United Way campaign begins
     Friday, September 3 marked the district-wide kick-off of the 2010 Lubbock ISD United Way campaign. Campus coordinators, principals, student leaders, administrators and United Way staff gathered at the Spirit Ranch to fellowship with one another and hear motivational and inspiring words from Melisa Roberts, United Way campaign chair, and Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent.
     The Lubbock Area United Way supports 23 Community Partner Agencies who in turn focus their efforts on education with three initiatives: Success by 6, Success in Schools, and Success for Life. As educators, you understand how education builds a foundation for success in life.
     Thank you for your commitment to the Lubbock Independent School District and the students we serve. Please take that commitment a step further by giving back to the community that generously supports our efforts every day!

LISD teachers named mini grant recipients
     Each year, the Lubbock Area Foundation offers local educators the opportunity to apply for funding through the Mini Grants for Teachers Program. The grants are awarded to teachers who submit proposals for innovative classroom projects which designed to improve student achievement and/or instructional skills. The proposals are evaluated by a committee of educators and community volunteers, and winners selected. When the winners were announced in August, three Lubbock ISD teachers were among them: Kristi Curtis from Wheatley Elementary, LaFrances Anzley from Evans Middle School and Denise Moore from the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders.
     Since 1997, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 306 grants to 240 teachers in 100 schools in 19 school districts.  Mini-Grants totaling over $218,000.00  have provided enriching academic experiences for thousands of students and have provided a means for recognizing and rewarding the efforts of outstanding teachers in the South Plains region. 

Wafer-Cross named Teacher of the Year state finalist
     Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the state of Texas can bestow upon a teacher, and Lubbock High School English teacher Melissa Wafer-Cross was notified in August that she is one of only 3 finalists for the prestigious honor of Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.
     Wafer-Cross along with Waters Elementary teacher Candace Tickle were both selected last May as their campus and quadrant winners for Teacher of the Year honors. Then, just before the beginning of this school year, both were selected as the Region 17 Teacher of the Year for secondary and elementary, respectively.
The decision of which finalist will be named the Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year is expected in mid October.

CONGRATULATIONS TO: ♦ Aleida and Gionet Cooper on the birth of their daughter, Keanna Ellie, on May 17. Aleida is a Special Education Diagnostician and Goinet is an Assistant Principal at Coronado HS. ♦ Captain Jason and Lisa Lingle on the birth of their son, Jonas, on July 17. Proud grandmother is Debi Graham, library clerk at Tubbs ES.
SYMPATHY TO: ♦ Delia Jimenez, teaching assistant at Bayless ES on the loss of her mother, Guadalupe Jimenez. ♦ Loyce Sparkman, math teacher at Monterey HS on the loss of her stepfather Irving Ellis.    ♦ Mary Helen Rodriguez, content mastery assistant at Bayless ES on the loss of her father, Juan Garcia
FAMILY BRAGGING TIME: ♦ Dr. Andrew Lovering, professor at the University of Oregon, has been awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense for his work in high altitude physiology. Andy is the son of Emma Lovering, Science teacher at Irons MS.      

CHEERS TO: All elementary, middle and high school secretaries for their help with campus information for the United Way campaign. I couldn’t do it without you! You’re the best.--Linsey McCutchin, Communications
CHEERS TO: Lubbock High School teacher Kay Geiger for being selected as Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars. Kay was nominated for the honor by student Sabrina Siddiqui.—Doug Young, Principal
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WANTED: Aquariums for classrooms, five or ten gallon capacity. Email and I will pick them up.
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