Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's Official: Smithville Elementary is Recognized!

Congratulations to students, staff, and our community for a job well done. Our elementary school has earned the Texas Education Agency's rating of Recognized.

Smithville is also a Recognized District with all four campuses rated as Recognized. Congratulations to Brown Primary, Smithville Junior High, and Smithville High School.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Student Registration

This year we will have only one day of registration and it will only be for students new to the district. New student registration will be one day only:
oThursday, August 12 from 9:00 – 12:00, 1:00-4:00, and 5:00-7:00.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Video from

While searching the site today I ran across this video and thought some of you might enjoy. Come to find out, this is one video in a series.

Enjoy - Ana

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Bike Parking Pad is taking shape!

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This area between the main campus and the cafetorium will become the new bike parking for students and staff this year. We used the area in April and May and found the wet grass to be a little bit of a problem. Once school begins we will all be able to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful area to park our bikes. When the bike pad is complete we will have crushed granite and landscaping on the corners. It will be a bike area that will make all of us proud. The Medrano family is proving the labor to get this project completed. Thank you to Marie, Hector, and Alex.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Retirement Article on Brenda Grant

While on vacation I was linked to the Internet via wifi where I was camping. (Times are a changing!) While there I was perusing articles about Smithville and came across this article on our retired Librarian Brenda Grant. I thought I would share the link to the article written by Smithville Times Reporter Amanda Sena.

Retirement Brings New Chapter

State may eliminate use of student testing projection measurement

Today in the Austin-American Statesman an article appeared in reference to the Texas Projection Measure. The TPM is used in the academic accountability system for students who don't pass the TAKS test but are 'projected' to pass in three years. It is an interesting article and leaves us continually wondering what will become of accountability in Texas public schools.

If you are interested in reading the article it can be found at State may eliminate use of student testing projection measurement.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy July 4th!

As we enjoy this 4th of July weekend, I can't help but be thankful for all the 'independence' we have in this great country. Enjoy the gatherings with family, friends, and neighbors. Most importantly be safe!

Thank you to all service men and women who continue to defend our independence.