It's amazing how much is happening at AISD!

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Buzz: your source for the most entertaining & important news coming out of Athens ISD.


🐮👸 It was wonderful to have the Henderson County Livestock Show up and going again this past week — and to see AISD represented so well. Athens High School senior Morgan Gould worked hard as the HCLS Queen, and Athens Middle School 7th-grader David Richardson set a show sales record when his Grand Champion Steer sold for $20,000. Holy cow!!

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🌨☃️ A quick word on bad weather make-up days: AISD has been notified by the Texas Education Agency that all but two of our days missed during snowpocalypse will be waived. Those two days will be made up on Fridays: April 9 & 23. All students will be required to attend. Please mark your calendars!

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🦫😆 There’s a reason radio host Steven Johnson calls our Athens High School competition gym “the Buc-ee’s of high school basketball.” We’ll take that compliment! In February and March, Athens ISD hosted 13 basketball playoff matches, ranging from 2A to 5A boys and girls. (AHS’ own boys and girls teams ended their seasons as bi-district champs.)

“We can absolutely tell when there’s a game night,” said Athens Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Beau Humble. “That facility was a great investment for our community.”

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🐣🐣🐥🐥 What better way to teach students about life cycles than with … BABY CHICKS in classrooms?! Once they dry after hatching, they’re a delightful handful of magical fluff — before that, they’re basically tiny dinosaurs. Students in 10 Bel Air Elementary classrooms recently watched 62 chicks of various breeds hatch. The fertilized eggs and incubators were obtained through the Henderson County AgriLife Extension Service. Be sure to take a peep at the video below. (See what we did there?)

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🎶 We’ve got state qualifiers at Athens High School! Three band members distinguished themselves by advancing to the ATSSB All-State Clinic/Convention. Madison Rhodes, won first place on flute and is now a two-time all-state musician; Ellissa Comeaux, took fifth place on clarinet; and Connor Wilcoxson, took second place on percussion. Shortly after that accomplishment, Connor also qualified to advance to the Texas State Solo/Ensemble Contest. Go, band! 🥁

📣Bonus! Not only is Ellissa an all-state clarinetist, she’s a cheerleader who defies gravity:

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👧👦 Did you know Athens ISD has half-day pre-K classes for three- and four-year-olds? We do, and they’re FREE. Maybe you know someone who has a kiddo they might want to enroll in the coming school year? A large body of research has consistently established that children who attend publicly-funded pre-K programs have higher rates of kindergarten readiness and perform at a higher level for years beyond.

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📚 File this one under the “what will they think of next” category. South Athens Elementary has a book vending machine. 🤩 Athens Public Education Foundation awarded the campus a grant in 2019 for its purchase, and it began being used at the beginning of this school year. It’s stocked with books at several reading levels. Students receive book tokens to use when they are “caught” demonstrating behaviors teachers want to reinforce. What a great idea!

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🔨👩‍🍳🧑‍🌾 Several of our Athens Middle School students are loving CTE (career & tech) classes previously reserved for high schoolers. Eighth-graders enrolled in principles of construction, principles of agriculture, and principles of hospitality now have a head start on a potential career track.

Construction student Diego Pinedo said he plans to take another construction class as a ninth-grader. “I think I’m learning something I can use in my future,” he said. “I like being able to use my hands and get creative.”

Hospitality student Aaliya Pinedo Ramirez is already thinking about how she can take what she’s learning now and apply it toward a future business. “We’re learning and doing things for others, and it’s also the most fun thing at school, especially during COVID,” she said. Aaliya plans to sign up for a culinary arts class as a freshman. This is a great example of what makes Athens ISD a great place to live and learn!

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🐮 Central Athens Elementary is always looking for ways to offer something special to students, from Makerspace STEM enrichment, to installing corn hole boards for fun, to welcoming God’s creatures to campus. Along those lines, students had a four-legged visitor before a holiday break. Teacher Audrey Haley brought a calf to campus so students during recess could see it be bottled fed and learn how newborn calves should be cared for. What a great, hands-on experience!

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😎 We’ve made it through three-quarters of the school year. Woo-hoo!

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