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					   2005 Graduations                                                                                                                                                                A publication of the Spring Branch Schools   Volume XVIII, No. 3, 2005
   May 26, Westchester Academy, 7:30 p.m.
   May 27, School of Choice, 10:15 a.m.
   May 28, Northbrook High School, 10 a.m.
                                                            2005-2006 School Calendar
   May 28, Memorial High School, 1 p.m.                             July                   August                   September                 October
   May 28, Spring Woods High School, 4 p.m.
   May 28, Stratford High School, 7 p.m.                     M    T W      T    F     M    T W       T   F      M    T W      T   F       M    T W      T   F
                                                                                1      1 2 3 4 5                              1 2         3 4 5 6 7
                                                             4 5 6 7            8      8 9 10 [11 12            5 6 7         8 9        10 11 12 13 14
         School Starts                                      11 12 13 14        15     15 16 17 18 19           12 13 14      15 16       17 18 19 20 21
         August 11, 2005                                    18 19 20 21        22     22 23 24 25 26           19 20 21      22 23       24 25 26 27 28
         School Ends                                        25 26 27 28        29     29 30 31                 26 27 28      29 30       31
         May 25, 2006
         District Holidays                                       November                 December                   January                  February
         September 5 (Labor Day)                             M    T W      T    F     M    T W       T   F      M    T W      T   F       M    T W      T   F
         October 10 (Columbus Day)
         Nov. 21-25 (Thanksgiving)                                1 2 3 4                             1 2       2[ 3 4 5 6                        1 2 3
         Dec. 19-30 (Winter Break)                           7    8 9 10 11            5 6 7          8 9       9 10 11 12 13             6    7 8 9 10
         January 16 (MLK Jr. Day)                           14   15 16 17 18          12 13 14       15 ✔]
                                                                                                     ✔ 16✔     16 17 18 19 20            13   14 15 16 17
         February 10 (Holiday)                              21   22 23 24 25          19 20 21       22 23     23 24 25 26 27            20   21 22 23 24
         March 6-10 (Spring Break)                          28   29 30                26 27 28       29 30     30 31                     27   28
         April 14 (Holiday)
         May 29 (Memorial Day)
                                                                  March                      April                     May                      June
         Teacher Work Days
         (No Students)                                       M    T W      T    F     M    T W       T   F      M    T W      T   F       M    T W      T   F
         August 4 & 10                                               1 2 3             3 4 5 6 7                1 2 3 4 5                 1 2
         May 26-27                                           6 7     8 9 10           10 11 12 13 14                       ✔
                                                                                                                8 9 10 11 12     5 6 7 8 9
         Inservice/Staff Development                        13 14   15 16 17          17 18 19 20 21           15 16 17 18 19   12 13 14 15 16
         (No Students)                                      20 21   22 23 24          24 25 26 27 28           22 23 ✔ ✔] 26 27 19 20 21 22 23
                                                                                                                     24 25
         August 5, 8-9
         October 7                                          27 28   29 30 31                                   29 30 31         26 27 28 29 30
         January 2 (Flex)
         February 13 (Bad Weather Day)                      Early Dismissal Days:    ✔ Elementary ✔ Secondary            Grading Cycle:    [ Begins ] Ends
         New Teacher Orientation
         August 1-3                                         On the cover: Four Stratford High School students competed April 1 in the Houston World Affairs
                                                            Council’s annual Academic WorldQuest test in Washington, D.C. They finished third nationally. Team
  Download a copy at: www.springbranchisd.com               members include (left to right) junior Aditya Kunjapur, seniors Alex Artushin and Sam Keyhani, and
                                                            junior Eric Sung. Jan Tyson is adviser.

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    Board of Trustees
    Wayne Schaper Sr., President
    David Converse, Vice President                       955 Campbell Road
    Theresa Kosmoski, Secretary                          Houston, TX 77024
    Mike Falick
    Susan Kellner
    Barbara Larson
    Susan Mathews

    Superintendent of Schools
    Dr. Duncan F. Klussmann

    Executive Administrator/
    Community Involvement
    Bob Sharp

    Asst. Administrator/
    Community Involvement
    Steve Brunsman

    Spring Branch ISD is an equal
    opportunity employer.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Inside: Gold Performance              Dropping Debt       Breathing Easy
                                                                                                                                          Legislative Priorities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tion by duly elected school boards who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             oversee the management of their school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             districts and preserving local control to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             choose either May or November for
                                                                                                                                         The SBISD Board of Trustees supports              to 60 percent while maintaining local control     trustee elections.
                                                                                                                                         these Legislative Priorities:                     over the allocation of funds.                     The repeal of Section 130.073 of the
                                                                                                                                           A school finance system that provides           A temporary increase of the equalized             Texas Education Code which permits
                                                                                                                                           access for all students and is equalized, or    wealth level from $305,000 to $400,000            the Houston Community College
                                                                                                                                           “wealth neutral.” The Board supports ade-       pending final resolution of school finance        System (HCCS) to annex SBISD in an
                                                                                                                                           quacy in funding so that all school dis-        legislation.                                      election conducted in the boundaries of
                                                                                                                                           tricts have financial resources that will       The development and use of a biennially           the entire area served by HCCS.
                                                                                                                                           provide an excellent education to all stu-      updated index that captures all school dis-     SBISD opposes private-school vouchers
                                                                                                                                           dents. It also supports increasing the state    trict costs.                                    and tuition tax credits funded with public
                                                                                                                                           share of the Foundation School Program          Preserving local control of public educa-       tax dollars.

From the desk of
Superin tendent of School

                    h Resident:                                                                                    ndent of
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pardon Our Progress
D  ear Spring Branc                                                                             coming Superinte
                                                      pport you have     shown me since be staff anywhere – in a                                                                             Bond-funded renovation and new construc-      pleted, including a new bus and car drop-
                              for the generous su ith the best educators and support
   I  want to thank you                            ork w                                                                                                                                  tion continues at several SBISD secondary        off drive. New construction there includes a
                           r. I am proud to w
   hools in Decembe lues quality education.
 community th      at truly va
                              onths, I would lik
                                                    e to see the
                                                                                          mplish five main
                                                                  school district acco stem
                                                                             ountability Sy
                                                                                                                                         Early                                            schools. All these improvements are part of a
                                                                                                                                                                                          $250 million bond issue approved by district
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           competition gym, facilities for the fine arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           addition, and a cafeteria addition. Locker
    Over the next 18 m zed” school district in the Texas Acc
     ■ become a “rec

     ■ develop and

      ■ develop and
                        implement a five-
                        implement a long
                                                year educational pl
                                                -range faci lities plan
                                                                                                                                                voting                                    voters six years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                             At Spring Forest Middle School, a new
                                                                                                                                                                                          competition gym and separate music building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rooms for both sexes will be renovated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and a new public foyer will greet parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and visitors.
                         utilize a financ    ial plan for the fu                  process                                                                                                 are being built. Interior renovation will           Project deadlines and on-schedule calen-
      ■ develop and                                       e decision-making                                      the school dis-            Early voting for Position 1 and Position
                                          lvement in th                                       es that will carry                                                                          expand science laboratories, and include         dars vary, but most middle school projects
       ■ increase co   mmunity invo                                 es tablish core practic                    cellence in teach-        2 of the seven-member SBISD Board of
                                             of these goals will                            cus to promote ex                                                                             renovation or remodeling of special educa-       should be completed by January 2006.
       I believe th e accomplishment ucational plan will create a clear fo lities are maintained and                                     Trustees begins April 20. Election-day
                            . A five-year ed                                that district faci                                                                                            tion classes, computer labs, industrial arts        In high school news, The SBISD Board
   trict into the future ng-range facilities plan will ensure                                                              rams and
                                                                                                                                         voting will be held May 7 at neighbor-
                                                                                                                                                                                          and central offices. Upgrades involve fire       of Trustees has approved spending about
                          A lo                                                                       reduce district prog til
   ing and learning.               20 years.                                     realities that will
                                                                                                                                         hood elementary schools.
                                                                                                                                                                                          safety, lighting and physical access areas.      $43,000 to protect and preserve mature oak
                             next                                           ial                                          D un
    enhanced over the ar, we face some challenging financ continue to negatively impact SBIS                                                Running unopposed for Position 1 is
                                                                                                                                                                                             Work is also under way on a new competi-      trees valued at more than $150,000 near the
         Once again this ye Hood” school funding formula will                                          nally acceptable.                 current Board of Trustees President
             es. Texas’ “Robin                                                    lly and constitutio                  l tax dollars.                                                     tion gym and music building at Spring Oaks       new front entrance at Stratford High School.
     servic                                       approve   a plan that is lega                    $15 million in loca                   Wayne F. Schaper. In Position 2, consul-
     state lawmakers      and the Governor            en required to se   nd away more than se an additional $20 million                                                                  Middle School, as well as other renovations.        Stratford High is being re-bricked due to
                                 years, we have be t changed in Austin, SBISD will lo                       zed central admin
                                                                                                                                istra-   tant Mary Grace Landrum faces write-in           Covered walkways with clearly defined            deterioration and safety concerns. The re-
         Over the past two                e system is no                               nounced a reorgani illion, and a savings          candidates John P. Anderson, a retired
                              ol financ                                       ntly an                                                                                                     entrances to help guide visitors to main         bricking and original renovation project
      If the current scho ese challenging budget needs, I rece                                roughly $1.7 m                             teacher, and Deborah Morrison Hennagir,
       next year. To   meet th                        central office   positions and save                                                                                                 offices will be built at both campuses.          remain on schedule, with a goal of return-
                              inate more than 75 s.                                                     allow us to meet cu
                                                                                                                              rrent      a librarian.                                        Ongoing work at Memorial Middle School        ing students and staff to the high school
       tion that will elim           m external fund                               school district and easing enrollment.                   SBISD Board members serve three-
                               n fro                         ill best serve the
        of about $1 millio             l administration w s personnel, except in cases of decr ssible for all children
                                                                                                                                                                                          includes a new gym, drama and health-fit-        by early August.
           I believe a lean centra                          mpu                                           s po                           year terms. Current Position 2 Trustee           ness classrooms, as well as auditorium area         "I feel very confident that barring any
                                      ithout reducing ca g the best educational opportunitie
        budg  etary challenges w                         ovid  in                                                                        Barbara Larson is not seeking re-election.       additions. The library, weight room and some     unforeseen event or extended bad weather,
                                  ht of our goal of pr                                                              classrooms
         We will not lose sig                                                                   dents every day in
                                                                                                                                            The SBISD PTA Council will hold two           classrooms will be upgraded, too.                the contractor will complete the project as
                                                                          r teachers and stu                        d community
         we serve.                                 achievements of ou                            ard of Trustees an                      candidate forums. The first was held April          About a third of the planned work at          scheduled," says Richard Skalski, district
            You can be    proud of the many ard to working together with the Bo                                                          13 and the second forum will be held 7-9         Spring Branch Middle School has been com-        Interim Construction Department Manager.
                                  ict. I look forw                              fectiveness.
         throughout the distr e our educational efficiency and ef                                                                        p.m. April 20 in the Valley Oaks Elemen-
          to continue to enha                                                                                                            tary cafeteria, 8930 Westview Drive.
                                                                                                                                            Early voting will be conducted in
                                                                                                                                         Room 133 of SBISD’s Administration
                                                                                                   ann, Ed.D.
                                                                                 Duncan F. Klussm                                        Building, 955 Campbell Road, from
                                                                                 Superintendent of                                       7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays April 20
                                                                                                                                         through May 3 and from 8 a.m. until noon
                                                                                                                                         on two Saturdays, April 23 and April 30.
                                                                                                                                            Voting takes place at district elemen-
                                                                                                                                         tary schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
                                                                                                                                         Election Day, May 7. For assistance, call
                                                                                                                                         713-464-1511, ext. 2217.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Spring Oaks Middle School
                                                                                            Coming soon...
                                                                                            Summer Fine Arts Camp
                                                                                                                                        Gold Performance Awards
                                                                                            Enrollment for a 3-week Summer
                                                                                            Fine Arts Camp for students who will          The Texas Education Agency has rec-          Attendance - Bunker Hill,                   Thornwood, Treasure Forest,

Bond refinancing                                                                            be in seventh grade or higher will be
                                                                                            extended through May 6.
                                                                                                                                        ognized 21 SBISD campuses with one or
                                                                                                                                        more Gold Performance Acknowledg-
                                                                                                                                        ments, also known as GPAs. They include
                                                                                                                                                                                       Frostwood, Memorial Drive, Shadow
                                                                                                                                                                                       Oaks and Wilchester elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                       schools; Memorial Middle and Spring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wilchester and Woodview elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   schools; and Memorial Middle.

Significant Savings                                                                           This fine arts camp, led by artists and
                                                                                            performers, meets at Northbrook Middle
                                                                                            School. Topics include band, music
                                                                                                                                        14 elementary schools and seven sec-
                                                                                                                                        ondary campuses.
                                                                                                                                          The Texas Legislature enacted the Gold
                                                                                                                                                                                       Oaks and Cornerstone Academy.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Commended Reading - Bunker Hill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Commended Science - Bunker Hill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Frostwood, Hunters Creek, Meadow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wood, Memorial Drive, Notttingham
                                                                                            technology, dance, orchestra, theater and                                                  Frostwood, Housman, Hunters Creek,          and Rummel Creek elementary
  A bond debt-refinancing plan                 last SBISD bond issue in 1999.                                                           Performance Acknowledgment system in
                                                                                            vocal music. A musical production will                                                     Memorial Drive, Rummel Creek,               schools.
approved by the Board of Trustees earli-         Based on the Board of Trustees’ priori-                                                2001 to recognize campuses for high per-
                                                                                            be produced. Cost is $300; scholarships                                                    Spring Branch, Woodview and
er this year will save SBISD taxpayers         ty to keep the overall tax rate flat, the                                                formance in certain areas in addition to                                                   Commended Social Studies -
                                                                                            and bus transportation are available.                                                      Wilchester elementary schools;
millions.                                      bond refinancing avoids a reduction to                                                   those that affect accountability ratings.                                                  Memorial and Spring Oaks middle
                                                                                            Apply at district middle or high schools                                                   Memorial Middle and Cornerstone
  In February, the district took advan-        the General Fund tax rate. A portion of                                                    Four campuses received GPA Special                                                       schools; and Memorial and Stratford
                                                                                            or download an application through the                                                     Academy.
tage of low interest rates in the bond         the overall budget cuts needed to balance                                                Recognition for receiving all possible                                                     high schools.
                                                                                            SBISD Web site. Details: Call 713-329-
market and refinanced $90.6 million in         the district budget was reduced by this                                                  Acknowledgments: Memorial Middle               Commended Math - Bunker Hill,
                                                                                            6510, ext. 3102.
school bonds to save about $6 million          timely bond market move, too.                                                            School and Bunker Hill, Frostwood and          Frostwood, Housman, Meadow Wood,            Advanced Placement - Memorial High.
over the course of a 20-year bond                The district refinanced $90,675,000 in                                                 Memorial Drive elementary schools.             Memorial Drive, Rummel Creek,
                                                                                            2005 Running for the Arts
repayment period.                              bonds Feb. 28. First Southwest Company                                                     To earn the GPA for academic perfor-         Spring Branch and Wilchester ele-           Recommended High School
                                                                                              The 2005 Running for the Arts 5K
  In addition, the Board-approved plan         estimates that the district saved $500,000                                               mance, a campus must have at least 20          mentary schools; Memorial Middle            Program - Memorial and Northbrook
                                                                                            Fun Run, Walk and Kids 1K will begin
will generate savings to the debt service      or more by underwriting bonds as early                                                   percent of its students and each student       and Cornerstone Academy.                    high schools and Westchester
                                                                                            promptly at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at
tax rate of 1/2 cent this year and 1.8         as possible that morning.                                                                group score at or above the TAKS com-                                                      Academy.
                                                                                            Memorial City Mall, the event’s spon-
cents next year. The bonds that were             “Timing is everything. We looked for                                                   mended level. GPAs are also earned by          Commended Writing - Bunker Hill,
                                                                                            sor. Event auction and student art pre-                                                                                                SAT/ACT and TAAS/TASP -
refinanced were used for needed school         favorable trends in the bond market with                                                 schools for reaching attendance or other       Frostwood, Hunters Creek, Memorial
                                                                                            view will benefit SBISD students and                                                                                                   Westchester Academy.
improvements, renovations and                  lower interest rates than existing debt,”                                                measurable goals. GPA recognitions:            Drive, Nottingham, Rummel Creek,
                                                                                            the district's Arts Partners fine
upgrades to existing facilities. District      says SBISD Associate Superintendent for      arts program. For details, call Cece
voters overwhelmingly approved the             Finance Donnie Wright.                       Thompson at 713-365-4781.

 District News
                                                                                            Dance for Life
                                                                                               About 100 students from Ridgecrest
                                                                                            Elementary, and Northbrook Middle and
                                                                                            Northbrook High schools will perform
                                                                                                                                        Texas Odyssey
 SBISD Teachers of the Year                                                                 at 7 p.m. April 26 in The MetLife Dance        Ten student teams from SBISD took
   Superintendent of Schools Duncan F. Klussmann will soon announce the 2005                for Life program at Miller Outdoor          top honors during the Odyssey of the
                                                                                            Theatre, located in Hermann Park.           Mind Regional competition recently,
 SBISD Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year from among six finalists dur-
 ing the annual Service Awards Reception on May 3.                                                                                      and two teams will now advance to
                                                                                            Parenting Program                           World Finals.
   The three SBISD Elementary teaching finalists are Christine Carlisle Cutler of              Seven guest speakers ranging from a
 Westwood Elementary, Michelle Grant-Arastu of Thornwood Elementary and Tammy                                                              For the first time ever, the Texas state
                                                                                            judge to a student will be featured in a    tournament was hosted by SBISD groups
 Holley of Bunker Hill Elementary.                                                          community-wide program to be held
   Three Secondary finalists have also been named. They are Claudia Harris of                                                           in April and held at Westchester Academy
                                                                                            twice in May.
 Landrum Middle School, Edell LaRue of Memorial Middle and Patty Nilsson with                                                           for International Studies (WAIS).
                                                                                               The program, titled The Power of
 The Guthrie Center. In all, campuses nominated 41 teachers.                                                                               Rummel Creek Elementary and WAIS
                                                                                            Seven, features Judge Joan Campbell,
                                                                                            Dawn Nunley-Mathis of the Drug              teams will compete in Colorado in May.
   Other Elementary nominees: Marylou Parker Bland, Nottingham; Lynne Brown,
 Buffalo Creek; Nakia Coy, Housman; Cynthia Dionne, Wilchester; Kimberly Fernandez,         Enforcement Agency, parent Debbie              Odyssey of the Mind is an international
 Bendwood; Thurmeliues Dashawn Glover, Sherwood; Karla Gomez, Treasure Forest;              Knauss, Pete Hinojosa with the SBISD        education program for students of all ages
 Becky Hagan, Ridgecrest; Emily Henrick, Valley Oaks; Donna Hoffman, Lion Lane;             Community Network, clinical psycholo-       that develops and tests creative problem-
 Noemi Lopez, Hunters Creek; Jo Ann Meeker, Edgewood; Anna “Susan” Munsterman,              gist Dr. Robert Weinberger and special      solving skills. During competition, stu-
 Pine Shadows; Sandra Ann Parsons, Woodview; Michelle Rincon, Rummel Creek; Oswald          guest Kelly Morrison.                       dent teams are asked to solve problems
 Rios, Cedar Brook; Suzie Rudolph, Shadow Oaks; Caroline Bezman Shanahan, Memorial             The first program will be held 7 p.m.    ranging from construction of unique           Rummel Creek Elementary students won the highest Odyssey of the Mind award
 Drive; Renee Silliman, Spring Shadows; Denise Smith, Wildcat Way; Reesa Swanson,                                                       mechanical devices to personal interpreta-    possible for creativity.
                                                                                            May 10 at Spring Woods High School,
 Hollibrook; and Barbara Yost, Meadow Wood.                                                 2045 Gessner. The second community          tions of literary classics.
   Secondary nominees are: Brooke Armitstead, School of Choice; Sherridan Briggs,                                                          Thousands of teams from across the
                                                                                            program will be held 7 p.m. May 12 at                                                     possible. The Ranatra Fusca Creativity       SBISD also fielded campus teams this
 Stratford High; Kim Buffey, Memorial High; Liz Conner, Spring Forest Middle; Elizabeth
 Foye, Spring Oaks Middle; Rod Othold, Northbrook Middle; Kenneth Pelzman, Spring           Spring Branch Middle School, 1000           nation and in 25 countries take part in       Award is awarded to teams or students      year from Bendwood, Bunker Hill,
 Branch Middle; Laurie Pickup, Spring Woods Middle; Barbara Stephens, Cornerstone           Piney Point. Parents are encouraged to      local, state and World-level Odyssey of       who show exceptional creativity and        Meadow Wood, Memorial Drive,
 Academy; Ingrid Ellyn Syam, Spring Woods High; Sharon Tyler, Westchester Academy;          attend. For more details, contact Pete      the Mind competitions each year.              was given to teams from Rummel             Sherwood and Terrace elementary
 Ann Verner, District Disciplinary Alternative Education Program; and Scott Wieding,        Hinojosa at 281-450-3721 or Jan Leger          During regional competition, two           Creek Elementary and Spring Woods          schools, as well as Spring Oaks Middle
 Northbrook High.                                                                           at 713-365-4190, ext. 3404.                 SBISD teams received the highest award        High schools.                              and Westchester Academy.
WorldQuest Winners
                                                                                                                                           Clearing the air
Global thinking
   For the second year in a row, a          The 10-member campus team selected             Studies (WAIS) as a dues-paying mem-
                                                                                                                                              SBISD has just been awarded the 2005 Indoor Air Quality
                                                                                                                                           Tools for Schools Great Start Award for its dedication to healthy
                                                                                                                                           breathing. Through a special grant, School Health Coordinator
                                                                                                                                           Sharon Braiteh with Mothers for Clean Air has visited campus-
                                                                                                                                           es and helped nurses and building managers identify air-related
Stratford High School student team has      them for the national contest.                 ber. The public charter middle and high         issues ranging from temperature and humidity to the proper
represented the region nationally on a         “It’s hard,” Keyhani said. “They throw      school has hosted many Council speak-           storage of cleaning products.
competitive test of knowledge about         in obscure questions to intimidate you,        ers. Its students compete in the regional          “It’s really all about education,” Braiteh says. For more infor-
international affairs.                      but we had great talent on this team.”         competition, and the council named              mation about improving indoor air quality in schools, please                                                     entary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ar Brook Elem en
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brook Elem
   On April 1, four students traveled to       Other team members include                  WAIS teacher Samuel Kiteka an                   visit the EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/iaq/schools. Or call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Checking the air at Ced ar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Checkin g the air at Ced
Washington, D.C., for the international     Esther Luk, Thanasi Skafidos, Luke             Educator of the Year finalist recently.         Mothers for Clean Air at 713-526-0110.
Academic WorldQuest test, sponsored         Patterson, Manny Fassim, Jessica Toy
by Houston’s World Affairs Council.         and Jean Kwon.
They finished third out of 48 teams.           Alex Artushin, a National Merit
   Earlier this year, Stratford High stu-
dents beat out 36 other high schools –
including teams from Katy ISD, Bellaire
                                            Finalist, is interested in politics and will
                                            attend Georgetown University’s School
                                            of Foreign Service this fall.
                                                                                           A moving experience
                                                                                           Stratford High’s unexpected move to the
                                                                                           Westchester Academy campus last
                                                                                                                                           High Achievers
High School and private Duchesne               His teammates stayed on top of inter-
Academy – to earn this year’s berth.        national affairs while pursuing different      summer hasn't slowed student academic,           Grades 3-11                           SBISD Region State              Grades 3-11 Commended               SBISD Region State
The Houston council paid all their          academic goals: Keyhani may attend             club or fine arts success. Examples:
                                                                                                                                            Reading/English/Language Arts             89      86       85         Reading/English/Language Arts         25       20      20
trip expenses.                              pursue a career in medicine at Stanford          Stratford High produced 10 National
                                                                                                                                            Mathematics                               85      77       76         Mathematics                           27       18      17
   Last year, Stratford High’s team         University and Aditya Kunjapur is                Merit Finalists this year, almost half of
                                                                                                                                            Writing                                   92      91       91         Writing                               27       22      22
tied with Bellaire and formed a com-        focused on chemical engineering.                 all district finalists.
                                                                                                                                            Science                                   77      73       72         Science                               12       10       9
bined team that went on to win the             Several team members are National             The campus is home to 29 of 50 district
                                                                                                                                            Social Studies                            93      91       91         Social Studies                        33       23      21
national trophy.                            Honor Society members and many were              students who placed in the annual
                                                                                                                                            All Tests                                 77      68       68         All Tests                             12        8       8
   The national contest requires in-depth   involved in the advanced Model U.N.              Business Professionals of America
team knowledge of world geography           program and school debate teams, too.            regional student competition. Stratford
                                                                                                                                             SBISD students in grades three through 11, on average, outperformed the region and state, according to results from the district’s
and history, and includes questions            “These students are incredibly smart          High had 10 first-place finishers.
                                                                                                                                           2003-04 AEIS, or Academic Excellence Indicator System, report. More district students, on average, were recognized as Commended
about current events, people, places,       and focused. They work hard at just              Eight Stratford High students were
                                                                                                                                           in grades three through 11, too, compared to students in the region and state.
politics, economics and culture. Student    about everything they do. They work at           named All-State performers this year in
                                                                                                                                             During a recent AEIS public hearing, district leaders announced that in grades three through 11, gaps in performance between stu-
teams, not individuals, compete for cor-    making high grades. They put forth the           choir and orchestra, the top possible rank-
                                                                                                                                           dent groups were narrower, while the ranges of performance were higher compared to the previous year.
rect answers.                               effort to do as well as possible at              ing in Texas.
                                                                                                                                             Grade-level performance improved in nearly all grades and subject areas for students testing in English and Spanish. The number of
   Stratford High’s team captain Sam        WorldQuest,” says adviser Jan Tyson, a           The campus theater program and students
                                                                                                                                           SBISD students who were recognized as Commended – marking higher student achievement – increased in every subject area. The
Keyhani competed on the national team       longtime Stratford High teacher.                 earned a dozen nominations from Theatre
                                                                                                                                           district graduation rate has also increased and exceeds the state average.
last year. Other national team members         In addition, the Houston World                Under the Stars' 2005 Tommy Tune
this year were senior Alex Artushin and     Affairs Council is supported by                  Awards program. Winners will be named
juniors Aditya Kunjapur and Eric Sung.      Westchester Academy for International            May 2.
                                                                                             Art student Lisa Hollywood's oil painting                                                                                                  a finalist scholarship.
Stratford High School's WorldQuest campus team
Stratford High School's WorldQuest campus team
                                                                                             was auctioned for $15,000 at the Livestock
                                                                                             Show & Rodeo's 2005 School Art Auction.
                                                                                                                                           National Merit Finalists                                                                       National Merit Finalists from Memorial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        High School this year are: Soroush
                                                                                             The work won a special merit award, too.                                                                                                   Esmail-Khanlou, Lauryn Hoffman, Kevin
                                                                                             Lisa receives a $1,500 scholarship.             Twenty-three graduating seniors have          Preliminary SAT/National Merit               Hwang, Amanda Kieval, Catherine
                                                                                                                                           been named finalists in the competition         Scholarship Qualifying Test, also known      Lofland, Paul Lumpkins, Brandon Perry,
                                                                                                                                           for about 8,000 prestigious National            as the PSAT/NMSQT. Semifinalists rep-        Jonathan Shafer, Cameron Shirazi, Alex
                                                                                                                                           Merit Scholarships.                             resent less than 1 percent of all            Wainwright, Daniel Yee, and Cyndy
                                                                                                                                             The nonprofit National Merit                  American high school seniors.                Yossundharakal.
                                                                                                                                           Scholarship Award is generally regarded           To be named a National Merit                 The Finalist from Spring Woods High
                                                                                                                                           as one of the highest honors attainable         Finalist, semifinalists must have a          School is Kavi Williams.
                                                                                                                                           by U.S. high school students. About $50         record of high academic performance,           National Merit Finalists from Stratford
                                                                                                                                           million in competitive scholarships will        be recommended by their school prin-         High School are: Alex Artushin, Namrata
                                                                                                                                           be awarded nationwide this spring.              cipal and then earn SAT scores that          Bhattacharya, Dana Helbling, Logan
                                                                                                                                             District seniors from Memorial,               confirm their earlier qualifying test        Kendrick, Esther Luk, David Mohan,
                                                                                                                                           Spring Woods and Stratford high                 performance. A personal essay and            Elaine Preston, Jessica Toy, David
                                                                                                                                           schools were named semifinalists in the         information about the student's              Winchell, and Kyle Woodruff.
                                                                                                                                           fall of 2004 by ranking among the high-         leadership in school and community             Student scholarship awards will be
                                                                                                                                           est scorers in Texas on the 2003                activities are also required to obtain       announced later this spring.

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