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Incentive pay outlined for teachers

July 1, 2015

Merit pay for outstanding teachers is not a new idea in Texas.

A number of plans implemented at the state and district levels over the last decade have experimented with the idea. Most of those plans gave considerable weight to scores on standardized tests, rewarding teachers whose students performed well. Test scores were used as a way to put a number on what is difficult to measure – student success.

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AMS honors band

July 1, 2015
AMS honors band

The Acton Middle School honors band placed fourth in the Texas Music Educator Association’s area honor band competition. The ensemble’s recording of its spring contest performance included “Big Four March,” “Our Kingsland Spring” and “Spoon River.” Advancing in the honor band competition follows the ensemble receiving sweepstakes honors at the concert and sightreading contest in April.

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Hood County schools show above-average passing rates

June 27, 2015

The preliminary results are in for Hood County schools for state-mandated State Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing, and in most areas, districts had higher than state level passing rates.

STAAR is given to students in grades 3-8 and to students taking high school-level courses in algebra I, English I and II, U.S.

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Scholarships presented in Pecan

June 20, 2015
Scholarships presented in Pecan

Two scholarships were presented during the recent Anniversary Luncheon for the Pecan Plantation Women’s Club. From left: Julie Justiss, Nicole Gray and Sue Cooper, president elect for the women’s club. Justiss graduated from North Central Texas Academy and Gray graduated from Granbury High School. Both were presented $1,500 scholarships.

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High school construction picking up speed during summer

June 13, 2015
High school construction picking up speed during summer

Construction on the multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation at Granbury High School is picking up speed now that the weather is cooperating and students are out for the summer.

Scott Barnes, construction manager for the Buford-Thomas Company, gave a progress report Monday to the Granbury School Board.

The ninth-grade addition is still set for completion in August and will be utilized by upperclassmen during the 2015-16 school year while work continues on other parts of the building.

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Premier graduates

June 13, 2015
Premier graduates

Members of the Premier High School of Granbury 2015 graduating class are (front row from left) Kristin Martinez, Gina Reynolds, Ryan Hendrix, Haley Bell, Emily Porter, Alaska Hamm, Laura Brannon, Amberlynn Davis and Allison Albritton. Middle row from left: Cooper Fisher, Samantha Burkel, Mark Rash Jr., Thomas Broyles, Samantha Courtney, Lois Carey, Olivia Gomez and Haley Martin.

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AMS Honors Band wins first

June 13, 2015
AMS Honors Band wins first

The Acton Middle School honors band placed first in the Texas Music Educator Association’s regional honor band competition. The band’s program included “Big Four March” by Karl King and arranged by James Swearingen, “Our Kingsland Spring” by Samuel Hazo, and “Spoon River” by Percy Grainger. Winning the honor band regional competition follows the ensemble receiving sweepstakes honor at concert and sightreading contest.

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New Stowaway line headed to Hawaii

June 10, 2015
New Stowaway line headed to Hawaii

The Stowaways, the dance and drill team at Granbury High School, will be traveling to Hawaii next March.

The new group of girls will be performing as the Honor Dance Team at the USS Arizona Memorial – site of the Japanese bombing attack in Pearl Harbor that prompted the United States to enter World War II in December 1941.

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Choir students excel at solo, ensemble contest

June 10, 2015

Choir students from Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center excelled at the University Interscholastic League Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 30 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Deanna Rupp capped off her high school singing career, being named an Outstanding Soloist after earning a Division I superior rating on her solo.

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Band tops at state solo and ensemble contest

June 10, 2015

Granbury High School band members scored Division I superior ratings at the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 31 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Receiving the top mark for solos were juniors Aaron Morgan (tuba) for “Concerto in One Movement” and Brennan Ross (French horn) for “Morceau de Concert Op.

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