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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Tivy High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets Lee McDonald and Jonathan Halpin have received scholarships to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a private pilot license training program this summer.
On Monday, the district welcomed a new member to the KISD family: Kerrville Police Officer Aaron Juarez as the new School Resource Officer at Hal Peterson Middle School.
Officer Juarez joins a long-standing school resource officer program at KISD thanks to a partnership between the district and the City of Kerrville Police Department dating back more than 20 years.
Auditioning virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, 24 Tivy High School band members earned spots in the Region 29 5A Band, while one musician earned a spot in the 6A Band.
“Our amazing Tivy band students worked very hard through the challenges, like COVID-19, full time classes, and marching band, and they put in the extra hours to learn the music,” said head band director Roxanne Vickers.
“Students recorded their audition segment, and it was then submitted for judging. This was a first for these students as these auditions are usually in person.”
Kerrville ISD Teams Up with Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library to Increase Access to Ebooks and eAudiobooks
KISD and Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library have formed an innovative new partnership to increase access to more ebooks and eAudiobooks for students. This unique collaboration strives to promote literacy and digital learning by combining the schools’ and the library’s digital reading resources in one app. As a result, students can learn anytime, anywhere because of the convenience, ease of reading on-the-go and the inherent popularity of technology.
Two Hal Peterson Middle School students earned spots in the TMEA Region 29 Middle School Honor Orchestra last month.
Eighth graders Alexis Edgington and Rowyn Bowlby were placed in the top middle school region honor orchestra after submitting virtual auditions this year.
“Both of these young ladies take private lessons outside of our school program. They are both long time members of the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and their hours of practice have truly paid off,” said HPMS Orchestra Director Karen Billingsley.
“They are advanced players in our community and I look forward to seeing them grow as they leave middle school and go on to high school and more musical advancement.”
Months of hard work paid off in a big way as two Tivy High School Orchestra musicians were named to the TMEA All-State Orchestra recently.
Juniors Jackie and Jimmy Shim earned spots in the TMEA Sinfonietta Orchestra based on their auditions.
“Tivy High School Orchestra is very proud of this achievement,” said Tivy Orchestra Director Pat Lee.
“Jackie and Jimmy Shim show extraordinary dedication, talent and leadership. This is a great honor to have these outstanding musicians in the Texas All-State Orchestra.”
This past week, fifteen members of the HPMS Choir Program completed virtual auditions for TMEA Region 29 Honor Choirs. Ten singers were selected and recognized as members of the honor choirs.
Madison Behrends was placed in the Intermediate Treble Honor Choir.
Faith Vasquez, Leigha Woods, and Josslyn Collazo were placed in the Advanced Treble Honor Choir.
Cooper Pruit, Jaykob Lopez, Dillon Poer, Dylan Melton, Shaen Jay Patterson, and Wyatt Cline were selected for the Tenor Bass Region Choir.
Congratulations to these outstanding musicians under the direction of Kara Baker!
In a year of virtual auditions, thirteen Hal Peterson Middle School musicians earned spots in the TMEA Region 29 Band last month.
Musicians include: Abigail Anson, Anieli Caldera, Lily Chavez, Anna Henson, Carolyn Holt, William Jackson, Merric Montgomery, Lee Moreno, Marcus Nombrano, Tristan Olalde, Maylea Rendon, Julian Rios and Alyssa Rivers.
Lily Chavez earned first chair out of 16 baritone players and Carolyn Holt earned third chair out of 39 alto saxophone players.
“We are very proud of all our students who auditioned,” said Nicholas Rodriguez, head band director at HPMS.
Two Tivy High School students have been named National Commended Scholars and four have been named Rural and Small Town Scholars by The College Board.
Jamie Lee and Cade Secor earned National Merit Commended honors, in addition to the Rural and Small Town recognition.
Jonathan Halpin and Caleb Fineske also earned Rural and Small Town Scholar recognition.
“This is an amazing accomplishment for our students to achieve,” said Dr. Kendall Young, Tivy High School Guidance Counselor.
Submitting their auditions digitally this year didn’t shake Tivy High School choir members, with eight musicians earning All-Region honors and five advancing on to the next round of auditions for All-State recognition.
The following students earned All-Region honors: Phoenix Miller and Lilyanna Moran, Soprano 1; Sydney Robinson and Rowan Kenney, Soprano 2; Diamond Chico, Alto 2; Joseph Huff, Tenor 1; Hunter de Saegher, Tenor 2; and Keaton Mitchell, Bass 1.
Despite auditions being virtual this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns, eight Tivy High School musicians earned acceptance into the TMEA Region 29 Honor Orchestra last month.
The musicians include: Jackie Shim, Jimmy Shim, Jamie Lee, Alina McCormick, Ella O’Donnell and Josh Aspinall on violin; Dametrius Delgado on viola and Joshua Sutton on string bass.
Kerrville ISD Board Trustee Rolinda Schmidt has been reelected to a three-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB) Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 20, Position A. The election was held during the Association’s 2020 Delegate Assembly, which was held virtually on October 3.
Schmidt has served on the Kerrville ISD Board since 1996 and has held the positions of board president and vice-president. She is currently the board secretary.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, student meals will be free for all Kerrville ISD students through June 30, 2021.
Eligible meals include standard breakfast and lunch meals. The program covers meals provided to on-campus students in school cafeterias as well as remote learners who may pick up curbside meals.
All curbside meals for remote learners can be picked up at Starkey Elementary between the hours of 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online ticket sales for all Tivy High School and Hal Peterson Middle School athletic events is now available.
Tickets to any Hal Peterson or Tivy athletic event must be purchased online as tickets will not be sold at the event. Hal Peterson ticket prices are $3 for adults, $2 for students. Tivy volleyball and Freshman and JV football tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. Tivy Varsity football tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students.
“We are ‘Kids First’ in every decision we make. Right after that is you: our employees. We say we are a family here at KISD. Welcome to the family.”
Superintendent Mark Foust welcomed around 40 new teachers to the district during a two-day New Teacher Academy held earlier this week.
The training offers teachers who are new to the district the opportunity to get acquainted with the district’s goals and vision before the start of the new school year.
Kerrville Independent School District has named Joseph Davis as the new head boys basketball coach at Tivy High School.
“Coach Davis is a very well respected coach and individual,” said Tivy Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Jones. “The kids love him and he is a great mentor to young men. We are very excited about this chapter in Tivy Basketball.”
Dezirae Bremseth, a senior in the Tivy High School Band, earned a spot in the 6A All-State Band, which will perform in San Antonio, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.
Dezirae was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels.
Dezirae plays French Horn and is under the direction of Tivy Band Directors Roxanne Vickers and Tyler McClendon.