Kerrville Independent School District
Educational Excellence in the Hill Country
Kerrville ISD Announces Lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools
The Kerrville ISD Board of Trustees has named Dr. Brent Ringo as the lone finalist for Kerrville ISD Superintendent of Schools.
Following a state-mandated 21-day waiting period, the Board will consider final approval of Dr. Ringo’s contract on April 25. Upon final approval, Dr. Ringo will officially begin his position on May 1.
KISD Announces Teacher Incentive Allotment Awards
Kerrville ISD is proud to announce that 38 teachers have earned the Texas Education Agency’s Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) for their outstanding performance in the classroom.
HPMS Art Teacher Amanda Lord Earns National Board Certification
Hal Peterson Middle School Art Teacher Amanda Lord has earned National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
The program requires teachers to undergo a rigorous process to achieve the nationally-recognized certification. Lord achieved this accomplishment in Art-Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood. The process has four components that usually takes teachers about three years to complete. Lord completed all four components in one year.
Tom Daniels Principal Billeiter Announces Retirement
The Kerrville ISD Board of Trustees accepted the retirement of longtime Tom Daniels Elementary Principal Amy Billeiter, effective at the end of the current school, during the January Board Meeting.
“Mrs. Billeiter represents one of the highest levels of dedication to public service, and over her 30-plus-year career, she has impacted thousands of students in our district,” said Jarrett Jachade, Interim Superintendent.
HPMS Students Earn Region Band Spots
Several musicians from Hal Peterson Middle School auditioned for the Hill Country Honor Band recently, with eight earning spots in the band.
Tivy Choir Students Earn Region Spots
A dozen Tivy High School Choir students recently earned spots in Texas Music Educators Association Region Choirs, with four advancing on to the next round of auditions for the All-State Choir. Several students earned spots in the TMEA Region 29 Treble Choir also.
HPMS Students Place in Region Orchestras
Several Hal Peterson Middle School students earned spots in the UIL Region Orchestras after a round of auditions recently.
Two Tivy Musicians Make TMEA All-Region Orchestra
Two Tivy High School Orchestra students earned the distinction of securing a spot in the Texas Music Educators Association’s All-Region Orchestra this past weekend.
Tivy junior Jesus Guzman placed 38th out of more than 100 students on violin, while junior Catie Painter placed 14th out of 38 students on bass.
Tivy Student Earns National Merit Commendation
A Tivy High School student was recently named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Keaton Mitchell has earned a Letter of Commendation from Tivy High School and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Tivy Students Awarded Academic Recognitions
Several Tivy High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs recently.
Kerrville ISD Named a Finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education Award
Kerrville ISD is excited to share that it has been named one of three finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award – Small District Category.
Tivy Workforce Signing
Tivy High School hosted its first ever Workforce Signing Ceremony for three seniors who are entering the local workforce after graduation later this month.
Congratulations to Tinlee Sanchez, Zakkery Torres and Fisher Middleton!
Tinlee will join the Kerrville Police Department in the Dispatch Department.
Zakkery will join the construction workforce in plumbing.
Fisher will be joining the family business as a welder.
2022-2023 School Year Start/Stop Times Released
After consideration of bus routes, shared staffing between secondary campuses and input from stakeholders, the following campus start/stop times for the 2022-2023 school year are:
ECC-Pre-K & Headstart: 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Elementary Campuses: 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Hal Peterson Middle School: 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tivy High School: 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
KISD Granted Adaptive Trikes Through Foundation
Kerrville ISD is the proud recipient of several special needs adaptive trikes given through the Believe It Foundation.
The bikes were provided through the foundation, along with an anonymous donor. The donation of $55,000 funded 12 adaptive trikes in total, including a tandem bike for use with vision-impaired students and two full size Adaptive Trikes to assist with Middle and High School vocational programs.
Kerrville ISD Increases Daily Sub Pay Rate
Kerrville ISD has increased the daily rate for substitute teachers and will be retroactively applied back to January 4, 2022.
The increase will be in place through May 27, 2022.
Tivy Orchestra Places 11 in Region Ensemble
Every Tivy High School Orchestra student who auditioned for the TMEA Region 29 Honor Orchestras on Oct. 23 earned a spot, with four advancing on to the All-State Orchestra auditions.
Dozen Tivy Singers Place in Region Choirs
A dozen Tivy High School Choir members earned spots in two different TMEA Region 29 choirs recently, with five placing high enough to advance to the next round of auditions.
HPMS Sends 14 Singers to Region Choir
Members of the Hal Peterson Middle School Choir competed in UIL Region Choir auditions recently, claiming 14 spots. More than 25 students auditioned in San Antonio on Oct. 23 against students from the San Antonio area.
Students earning a region chair will participate in a clinic, followed by a public performance on Nov. 13 at Marshall High School.
Hal Peterson Middle School Formally Dedicated
The new Hal Peterson Middle School campus was formally dedicated during a short ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 10.
A proclamation was read and signed by all in attendance, and current HPMS students led tours through their campus after the ceremony.
Tivy Homecoming 2021 Festivities Set
Homecoming Parade: Oct. 21 6:30 p.m. down Main Street, followed by pep rally.
Homecoming Ceremony: Oct. 22 6 p.m. at Antler Stadium, followed by kickoff at 7 p.m.
Memorial Garden Dedicated to Former Starkey Student
Former teachers, classmates, family and community members came out to help dedicate a memorial garden and bench for a former Starkey Elementary student on Sept. 2.
Arianna Lopez was remembered by former teachers during the dedication ceremony at the corner of the playground and a memorial bench under the shade of a large tree was unveiled.
KISD Students Attend Summer Leadership Camps
Three Kerrville ISD students spent time this summer developing leadership skills and gaining deeper knowledge of the state during a week-long Lone Star Leadership Academy Camp.
B.T. Wilson sixth graders Jayde Manuel and Emerson Wheatley and Hal Peterson Middle School eighth grader Ethan Farhoudi were nominated by their teacher and accepted into the camps held in different cities around the state. They were three of more than 700 students who participated in the camps, put on by Education in Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.
Tivy Student Earns Exceptional Senior Award
Tivy High School Senior Jonathan Halpin has received the Exceptional Senior Award presented by Texas Representative Chip Roy, whose congressional district includes Kerrville.
The second annual Exceptional Senior Award is presented to stellar seniors across Texas’ 21st Congressional District for the graduating Class of 2021. The winners of this award are students that have consistently displayed high levels of character, leadership, integrity, and diligence through their philanthropic activities, academic success, and reputations among peers and teachers.
“Jonathan is an exceptional leader on campus. He quietly excels in all he does, and is humble in every accomplishment,” said Tivy High School Principal Shelby Balser.
KISD Teacher Named to Pre-AP National Faculty
Kerrville ISD is proud to announce that Hillarie Swanner, of Hal Peterson Middle School, has been appointed to the Pre-AP National Faculty for demonstrating effective teaching practices, proven classroom success, and her experience leading professional learning.
“I am very proud of Mrs. Swanner and her desire to seek out opportunities to grow professionally,” said Heather Engstrom, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
After a rigorous application process, Swanner was selected to represent and serve as National Faculty for the Pre-AP Program, joining more than 250 National Faculty members from across the United States.
Tivy Senior Obtains FAA Drone Pilot License
– Tivy High School Senior Lee McDonald has earned his FAA Drone Pilot License, the first Tivy student to complete the process through the Career & Technology Education Aviation pathway offered for students at Tivy.
McDonald went through the training program with about 20-hours’ worth of video and quizzes before taking the test in San Antonio at the beginning of February.
All the studying and practice paid off, as McDonald passed the test with flying colors, narrowly missing out on a perfect score with one missed question.
“I think it feels cool that I have it,” McDonald said.