2011 Dia de los Muertos Mariachi Extravaganza

The Dia de los Muertos Mariachi Extravaganza celebration at Gregg-Clarke Park (next to the Kyle Pool) features fourteen musical and dance groups, including all Hays CISD Mariachi students.

Between the hours of 10am until 2pm, on November 5, 2011, the students enrolled in the Hays CISD Mariachi program, ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade, are performing Mariachi, a music that has been passed down for generations.

All six Hays CISD Mariachi groups are participating in the event

Lehman High School: Los Lobos
Lehman High School: Azul y Plata
Mariachi de Lehman High School
Chapa Middle School: Mariachi Juvenil de Armando Chapa
Simon Middle School Mariachi
Wallace Middle School: Mariachi del Campo

Hays CISD music students are performing Mariachi, a style of music originating in Mexico. Mariachi, features a combination of violin, trumpets, classical guitar, vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar), a guitarrón (a large acoustic bass guitar)and powerful, moving vocals. Mariachi has been passed from generation to generation since the 18th century.

In addition, the Blanco Vista (Hays CISD) Dual Language Program teachers and students will conduct a parade though the park in traditional costumes and masks. It’s a very beautiful and touching performance for the whole family.

Several special guests will also perform. Special Guests include singer Celeste Curiel, Texas State University Mariachi, Texas State Salsa de Rio, Fuentes Elementary School Glee Club, San Marcos Mariachi Academy Mariachi Bondad, Ballet Folklorico de Central Cultura de San Marcos, and Elite Fitness performing a Zumba demonstration

This cultural and musical celebration featuring the young people of Kyle is produced by the Lehman High School Band Boosters.

The music is part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) observance. Dia de los Muertos is a time to remembering deceased family members and a celebration of the love and respect we have for them. Celebrants build alters to the dead, and include favorite foods and beverages of the deceased, photos, and memorabilia.
Celebrated in Mexico, Latin America, and the United States, it is a day set aside to remember and pray for the deceased. In Mexico, the celebration takes place at the beginning of November, in conjunction with the All Saint’s Day (November 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov 2).

There is also $5 BBQ Chicken plate sale benefitting the Mariachi program. Pre-sale tickets can be obtained from any Mariachi student.

There will be a chance to get some early Christmas shopping done at the vendor booths, plus a bounce house, games and crafts for the kids. There will be many other non-profit vendors also, including local PTA’s, and project graduation.

Gregg-Clarke Park is located at 1100 W Center ST, Kyle, Texas 78640.

For more information, visit www.haysmariachi.com

Lehman Star Strutters in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Seven Lehman High School Star Strutters completed last summer’s Crowd
Pleasers Camp in San Marcos as All-Stars, qualifying them to participate in the
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York.

Five of those Star Strutters who participated included Julie Burfield, Alexis Cervantes, Juliana Acosta-Torres, Esbeydi Diego, and Amber Luna.

Diego’s said trip was “an incredible time” was a common reaction, reinforced by the fact that she “gained self confidence” and “learned how to work with other dancers.”

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Innovative Teaching Grants Awarded January 2011

The Hays CISD Education Foundation presented Innovative Teaching Grants January 7, 2011.

Almost $24,000 was distributed to eight groups of teachers in the school district.

Foundation Executive Director Angie Mendez said,“It’s always been a challenging job for our committee of Foundation members to select from such great innovative ideas,” Mendez noted, adding that “more and
more grant applications…that are better and better in framing their creative proposals” make the challenge that much greater.

In the last ten years, the foundation has awarded over half a million dollars of Innovative Teaching Grants to Hays CISD teachers.

The Hays CISD Education Foundation will present another round of grants later this year. In addition, the foundation also holds the annual recognition of the district’s teachers of the year, the Dale and
Libby Linebarger Academic Awards Reception for Hays, Lehman, and Academy
students finishing in the top 10% of their class, and an annual round of professional
development grants for local educators.

The complete list of the Foundation’s January, 2011, Innovative Teaching Grants
• “Advanced Placement in Foreign Language for Speaking”—Claudia Vasquez
and Anne Marie Leroy—Lehman High School–$2,100—The grant funds thirty
digital audio recorders, to be used by Spanish and French language students,
enhancing personalization of their daily learning experience.
• “Back to Our Roots—A Community Greenhouse Project”—Guy Gandre,
Jeremiah Thomas, Melissa Garraway—Barton Middle School–$5,000—
Directly linking with the “environmental stewardship” component of the district’s Strategic Plan, the greenhouse project (among other goals) seeks to
establish the use of sustainable resources such as solar power and rainwater
• “Developing Young Musicians: There’s an App for That!”—Cecilia Pena, Tracy
Mulligan—Kyle Elementary School–$4,900—The grant funds eight iPads,
apps, headphones, and all supporting materials to support integration of
technology with elementary music education.
• “Music + Math = Magic”—Dina Secrest, Lindsey Little, Debbie Sparks, Jon
Rholes, Tracy Farmer, Celia Mireles—Negley Elementary School–$4,200—
Purchase and implementation of the Frog Street Kindergarten Sing and Read
Music and Math program will, among other things, use interactive songs to
help introduce and strengthen math skills.
• “Novels at Noon”—Karen Kessel, Kady Dupre, Julianne Carroll, Sarah Woelfel,
Karen Snyder, Melissa Krueger—Tobias Elementary School –$930—The
“Novels at Noon” Reading Club will provide ten copies each of ten reading
selections for 2nd and 3rd Grade Language Arts/Reading.
• “Roll Out the Red Carpet for Books”—Carrie Bartsch, Lauren Kluck—Hays
High School–$1,560—Five 24-inch “Big E” Digital Frames will allow students
to create and edit their own trailers for selected books, to be displayed in the
library, visually encouraging reading.
• “Theatre for a Small Planet”—Marissa Meek—Lehman High School–$1,100—
The grant funds supplies and equipment for development of a student developed, multi-cultural children’s play that will be taken to the district
elementary campuses.
• “What’s Your Pulse?”—Wendy Bergstrom—Lehman High School–$4,000—
Health science students enhance their 21st Century technological skill with a
Welch Allyn Vital Signs Monitor.

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