State Mariachi Regional Qualifier

The regional qualifier for the State Mariachi Competition is being hosted by Hays CISD, January 20, 2018.

The Texas Association of Mariachi Educators (T.A.M.E, pronounce “tah-meh”) Central Qualifying round will be at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Groups that receive superior ratings (1) will advance to the State Finals held on Feb. 3rd in Edinburg.

This is the first time Hays CISD has hosted a regional qualifier.
Admission is Free for children 10 and younger. 11 and up pay $5. The event is from 9:30am -3pm.

Come on out and see some amazing performances by the following schools:
Chapa Middle School 10:30am
Simon Middle School 10:45am
Manor Middle School
Wallace Middle School 11:00am
Cotulla High School
Seguin High School
San Antonio Burbank High School
Brackenridge High School
Somerset High School
Southwest High School
Lehman High School 2:00pm
South San Antonio High School

The Hays CISD Mariachi Booster Club is organizing the event. The Booster Club started in 2012 and provides scholarships to all Mariachi graduating students who have been with the program since 6th grade. The Booster Club annually hosts the Dia de Los Muertos Mariachi Extravaganza. The Mariachi program is currently at Lehman High School, Wallace Middle School, Simon Middle School, and Chapa

Welcome Back Message from Hays CISD Superintendent

Hays CISD has a new superintendent. Dr. Eric Wright has started as of January 1, 2018. Here is his letter to parents and staff.

Dear Parents and Colleagues,

Happy New Year to all of you! Welcome back to our staff members and all of our students who will be returning to class in the morning. I am excited about the promise of 2018 and all of the wonderful things we will accomplish together. In the coming weeks, I will be visiting campuses, meeting with local business and government leaders, introducing myself to civic and faith-based organizations, and getting to know you and our communities. It is my most sincere belief that we are a partnership with the greatest job in the world – teaching our children and shaping the future. It is an awesome responsibility, but one that comes with extraordinary rewards.

As you get to know me, you will find that I am an optimistic person. I believe in transparency and putting systems in place that allow us to achieve our goals. One thing you will quickly find is that I want you to have an exceptional experience interacting with the school district. It belongs to you and there is no place here for bureaucracy.

As we begin our journey together, my first priority is student achievement. You’ll find that every decision I make will be through the lens of how it will advance student success and opportunity. Educating students is why we are all here in Hays CISD. Core academics, especially reading, is critical. I also believe that we must ensure our courses and curriculum meet not only the needs of our students, but also their interests. Engaged students are those who realize their potential. I am a strong supporter of career and technical education and extracurricular involvement.

As we begin this new year, we are fewer than 100 students away from being a district with more than 20,000 students. For those of you who are longtime residents, I know this must be absolutely amazing. We owe you, and the strong foundation you created, credit for the successes of Hays CISD. Last May the district celebrated its 50th anniversary. I am humbled and enthusiastic to help lead us as we take the first steps toward our next 50 years. We are going to achieve great things together.

My promise to you is that our students will live up to the vision of our learner profile and that they will be academically prepared for college, career, and life.

Dr. Eric Wright
Superintendent of Schools

Follow Dr. Wright on his new Hays CISD Twitter account @drwrighthays