School Briefs: Feb. 6, 2013

STEM parent meeting
Parents of students at Hays CISD third and fourth-grade students who are interested in learning more about the Venus 5 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program can attend an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Performing Arts Center. Students must take an assessment exam to determine inclusion in the program. For more information on testing dates and time, contact


Weigh in on the new Hays CISD superintendent
Hays CISD seeks parent, staff and community input in the search for a new district Superintendent. Part one of the search involves developing a profile outlining what parents, staff and the community desires in its next superintendent. There are several ways to get involved, including a stakeholder web survey and town hall-style meetings. Visit or to take the online survey.


The schedule for community input meetings is:
6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Hays High School Cafeteria

6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Lehman High School Cafeteria

1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center

Once this portion of the superintendent search concludes, which is scheduled for February 17th, the search firm will develop a profile of what the district is seeking in its next superintendent. The profile will accompany recruitment and marketing material that advertises the job opening.

The Board hopes to name a lone finalist for superintendent position around May 1.


Community orchestra open to Hays CISD families
The Hays CISD Performing Arts Center recently announced the formation of a long-term agreement between Hays CISD and the Starlight Symphony Orchestra.  This agreement, in part, provides Central Texas musicians of all ages – elementary and secondary students, university students, community musicians, and professional performers – rehearsal space and concert venues.  The nonprofit orchestra is affiliated with the Wimberley Players, but operates independently.  It is a regional community orchestra for Kyle, Buda, Wimberley, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Lockhart, San Marcos and surrounding Central Texas communities. The Starlight Symphony Orchestra also serves to provide opportunities for Central Texas students to play with an orchestra, giving them the experience of working with a conductor, learning a part, playing with a full complement of instruments, understanding orchestral literature, and performing for the community. Just as important in the age of dwindling budgets, the orchestra preserves the heritage of instrument music from historical literature to contemporary compositions. The orchestra conductor, Donald K. Miller, is a faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Contact Michelle Winn at (512) 658-9141 or to learn more.

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