WHS Choir is hosting an All State Choir Camp beginning on Monday August 1-5, August 8-9 from 4- 7:30 p.m. at the WHS Choir Room. Registration is free and there will be multiple guest clinicians as well as our MS and HS Vocal Faculty. For more information, please contact Mr. Chestnut by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Texas public schools are required to teach an abstinence-based program within their human sexuality curriculum according to Texas Education Code 28.004(h). The law further states that the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is required to annually review the human sexuality curriculum and provide recommendations regarding this instruction to the Board of Trustees. The SHAC consists primarily of parents from each of our Weatherford ISD schools in order to reflect the values of our community and also includes school counselors, curriculum personnel, and a school nurse.
To comply with Texas law, Weatherford ISD uses the Worth the Wait curriculum developed by the Baylor Scott and White Health System. The Worth the Wait curriculum emphasizes abstinence as well as healthy habits and relationships, healthy choices, and personal safety. This curriculum is used by more than 200 school districts across the state and is presented to our 6th grade students in gender separated classes by school counselors in a series of 10 lessons each spring. At the July regular meeting of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees, school board members voted to accept the recommendations of the SHAC to implement the Worth the Wait curriculum as written, reflecting a change within one lesson from the way it has been presented to students in previous years. This change adopts the full vocabulary within Lesson 4 of the program.
Weatherford ISD will provide multiple opportunities to inform parents about this curriculum. Parents or guardians of 6th grade students will receive a mailed letter with information about the course and campus personnel will give an overview of the material and make the curriculum available for review at several scheduled fall parent meetings. Weatherford ISD will also continue to offer parents the opportunity to “opt out” of their child’s participation in all or parts of this instruction.
“Weatherford ISD has used the Worth the Wait curriculum for the past ten years. This program presents factual information and emphasizes abstinence,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, WISD superintendent. “We understand that parents may have questions about this course. Our desire is to provide parents the information they need to make informed decisions about their child’s education.”
The Board of Trustees approved a proposal for the Rise Program – an Optional Flexible School Day Program (OFSDP) for Weatherford High School. The goal of the program is to improve graduation rates for students who are in danger of dropping out of school, have dropped out, or are behind in core subject courses. The OFSDP allows districts to provide flexible hours and days of attendance for students who meet at least one of the requirements of the Texas Education Code 29.0822(a).
Per Weatherford ISD Policy FN(LOCAL), the Board of Trustees reviewed the Campus Handbook for the 2016-2017 school year. This year Weatherford ISD has combined the elementary and secondary handbooks into one campus handbook. This handbook will be posted on the Weatherford ISD website within the week. Printed copies are available on request by a parent/guardian.
Randy Gover was recently hired as the Location Manager for Dallas County Schools Transportation.
Mr. Gover earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in public administration from Tarleton State University. He served 22 years as an Army officer specializing in maintenance and logistics and retired at the rank of Major.
Randy holds both a Teacher and Mid-Management Certification. He taught high school in Whitney and Gatesville, Texas, where he also drove a bus for a regular route and extracurricular trips. He accepted an Assistant Principal position with Mineral Wells ISD and later served as their Director of Transportation. Randy was selected as the Director of Transportation for Abilene ISD and served in that capacity until accepting his current position as Location Manager for Weatherford ISD.
Mr. Gover holds the Certified Texas Transportation Official designation with the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT). In 2015, Randy was elected to the Executive Committee for TAPT. He also serves as President of the Big County TAPT affiliate chapter which encompasses the Education Service Center 14 area.
Randy is a bus driver Certification Instructor for the Department of Public Safety, teaches certification classes for TAPT and has instructed classes at multiple Education Service Centers.
Weatherford ISD offers ½ day prekindergarten classes for qualifying four year olds. The current program is only for students who meet the criteria for entry. To be eligible for entry, a child must be four years of age on or before September 1, 2016, live in the Weatherford ISD boundaries, and must meet at least one of the state based qualifying criteria listed on the attached flyer.
Registration will be held on August 4, 2016 at the Bowie Learning Center from 9:00-11:00 am and 5:00-6:30 pm.