Weatherford Independent School District

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WISD Becoming "Field of Dreams"

WISD Becoming "Field of Dreams"

In backyards all over America a time-honored tradition will continue this summer. When the sun fades the temperature will cool down and two arms will begin to warm up. Not many things can bond a father and son like a game of catch. As the father enjoys a distraction from his responsibilities the boy is simply dreaming that one day he will play professional baseball. For most boys it’s simply just that. A dream. But for Weatherford ISD, Raymond E. Curtis Field has literally become a “field of dreams” as our players are starting to achieve their boyhood fantasy in vast numbers.

Currently, there are six former WHS athletes playing for a Major League organization. Headlining the group is Zach Britton who currently serves as the closing pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. The baseball talent runs in the family as Zach’s brother, Buck Britton, currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers AAA affiliate. WHS alum Colt Hynes is currently on the Toronto Blue Jays 40 man roster and Michael Peoples, Kevin Cornelius, and Grayson Huffman are starting their professional careers in Class A ball for their respective organizations. Six players from one high school is very impressive…and the next wave is coming.

In this year’s MLB draft three former WHS players were signed by organizations. The Detroit Tigers snagged two Roos when they selected Beau Burrows (1st round pick 22) and Trey Teakell (9th round). A few days later Jacob Dorris was signed by the Houston Astros organization. That makes nine former Roos that are playing professional baseball. Yes, that is enough to field an entire team.

This success is not a coincidence according to WHS Head Baseball Coach Terry Massey. “The school district gives us great support and everything we need to give our players a chance to be successful. The community also gives us great support and we have a strong little league program.” Massey said.

If anyone would know what it takes to get players to that level it would be Massey who has had two players make it to the big leagues in his 30 years of coaching. But the reality is not every player will achieve major league success. The best players will naturally catch the attention of big time college programs and MLB scouts. However, smaller colleges are always looking for quality athletes to contribute to their programs and don’t always have the scouts to evaluate talent. This is where Coach Massey and WISD go the extra mile to help their athletes plan their futures.

“We make calls and talk to different college coaches all the time. I also ask players if and where they might want to play and I will often call those schools for them.” Massey said.

This extra work is what helps our athletes get a chance to continue playing baseball and assist with college tuition. But it’s not just the baseball program according to WISD Athletic Director Richard Scoggin. “All of the coaches in Weatherford ISD do an excellent job in assisting our athletes to play at the next level. It’s very rewarding to be a part of helping these great young men and women continue their athletic careers. Then it becomes fun following and keeping up with their success.” Scoggin said.

Weatherford ISD is always attempting to build on its mission statement to be “world-class” in everything we do. Whether on the diamond, in academics, or other extra-curricular activities, we are always attempting to help our students achieve their dreams.

So the next time you are enjoying a game of catch in the backyard allow your son to dream big. Who knows? Someday you might find yourself smiling as you remember that game of catch during his major league debut. It could happen, especially in Weatherford ISD.

Below is a list of former WHS baseball players and their current MLB organization/college

Zach Britton (2006), Baltimore Orioles, MLB, closer
Colt Hynes (2003), Buffalo Bisons, Toronto Blue Jays AAA affiliate - started the season on the Blue Jays roster, currently on their 40-man roster
Buck Britton (2004), Oklahoma City Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers AAA affiliate.
Michael Peoples (2010), Lynchburg Hillcats, Cleveland Indians High A affiliate.
Kevin Cornelius (2011), Gulf Coast Yankees, New York Yankees affiliate
Grayson Huffman (2013), Bluefield Blue Jays, Toronto Blue Jays affiliate

Trey Teakell- TCU, played in the College World Series, just drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 9th round of the 2015 MLB draft

Jacob Dorris - Texas A&M Corpus Christi, just signed a contract with the Houston Astros organization

Trooper Reynolds - Dallas Baptist University
Austin Hilton - Southeastern Oklahoma State
Ty Hanson - Grayson College

Dustin Williams - Oklahoma State University - led the team with 6 HR's
Will Young - Weatherford College
Jake Davis - Texas Wesleyan University

Andy Swain - Louisiana Tech University
Andrew Healy - Paris Junior College
Corey Bynum - McMurry University
Andy Rogers - Weatherford College
Alex Adair - Weatherford College
Tony Rodriguez - Clarendon College

Beau Burrows - selected #22 in the 1st round of the MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. Also signed with Texas A&M University.
Hayden Rowell - Murray State College
Randy Crevier - McMurry University
Blake LaGrassa - McMurry University
Zachary Rodriguez- Howard Payne University

WISD Earns Upgraded Bond Rating

WISD Earns Upgraded Bond Rating

Standard and Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded Weatherford ISD’s bond rating to an AA- from an A+ following a recent bond rating review. This new rating covers the $74.9 million worth of Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds. In assigning the upgraded rating, S&P noted, “We base the upgrade on the District’s consistent budgetary performance, which has experienced four consecutive years of surpluses, and maintenance of strong reserves.”

Analysts also applauded the District for its
• very strong financial position,
• expanding tax base,
• stable enrollment growth.

WISD’s bond rating was also assigned an Aa3 rating by Moody's Investors Service, which is the equivalent rating to Standard and Poor’s AA- rating.

“Weatherford ISD has solid processes and procedures in place to ensure fiscal responsibility as we manage taxpayer dollars. The District’s bond rating is an important criterion for our taxpayers’ consideration. A school district’s bond rating is very similar to your personal credit rating. For our District, a higher bond rating means we can sell our bonds at a lower interest rate,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, Weatherford ISD Superintendent. “These ratings will save Weatherford ISD taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the term of these bonds.”

Weatherford ISD Child Nutrition Receives Donation

Weatherford ISD Child Nutrition Receives Donation

Watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, and more, are now part of the lunches served to area children thru Weatherford ISD’s Healthy Kids summer feeding program thanks to a donation from the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables program. Weatherford ISD learned late last week that we are the recipient of an additional $13,000 from this program, bringing the total donation from the DoD to $29,000 in free vegetables and fruit.

Alicia Hernandez, Director of Support Services for Weatherford ISD said, “We are so grateful to receive this donation of fruits and vegetables that will benefit our students by allowing us to add fresh fruits and vegetables in the meals served thru our Healthy Kids summer feeding program.”

This is the second year for WISD to offer free lunches to children 18 and under thru the Healthy Kids program. Over 5,200 meals have been served during the first three weeks.

Healthy Kids is administered by the Weatherford ISD Child Nutrition department in partnership with area churches including First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend, First Methodist Church in Weatherford, Grace First Presbyterian Church, New River Fellowship, and North Side Baptist Church.

Meals are served Monday – Friday from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm thru August 7th at the following locations:
Cherry Park, 302 West Lee Avenue
Curtis Elementary, 501 W. Russell Street
Lake Country Acres Pool, 100 Lois Circle
McGratton Park, 645 North Main Street
Seguin Elementary, 499 E. Eighth Street
Vine Street Park, 700 West Vine Street

For more information about Weatherford ISD’s Healthy Kids program, please contact the WISD Child Nutrition office at 817-598-2991.

Hannah Cleveland Earns Top 10 Placement in National HOSA Competition!

Hannah Cleveland Earns Top 10 Placement in National HOSA Competition!

We are filled with ‪‎Roo Pride‬ for Hannah Cleveland, WHS Class of 2015 graduate. Late last night we learned Hannah placed in the top 10 in Life Support Skills at the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) conference and competition! Hannah’s journey to Nationals began when she earned second place in her category at the Texas HOSA competition. With that win, she became the first student in the history of HOSA at Weatherford High School to advance to the national competition. Congratulations to Hannah Cleveland and her teacher, Pat Hoffman! ‪ Hannah's parents are Buster and Lisa Cleveland. #‎WhyWISD‬

Kiwanis Club Awards Scholarship

Kiwanis Club Awards Scholarship

Jamie Dorsett was recently awarded The Tom DeBeauford Memorial Scholarship. This $400 scholarship is awarded annually by the Kiwanis Club of Weatherford to a deserving student of the Weatherford ISD Adult Education Program. The club established this scholarship in honor of Tom DeBeauford, a long time Kiwanis member who was a big proponent of vocational education and believed that education is the key to success. Students are nominated by their adult education teacher and chosen based on a number of factors which include class attendance, performance, cooperation, self-initiative and the pursuit of future plans.
Pictured (l to r) are Kiwanian Vice President Melinda Gibbins and scholarship recipient Jamie Dorsett (photo courtesy of Suzanne Nottingham, WISD Adult Ed.).

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