Weatherford Independent School District

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I-20 Closures

TxDOT updated its schedule for lane closures next week:
Mon 2/27: Flaggers on SB Lakeshore (by Valero) from 9am - 5pm
Wed 3/1: Right lane of EB US 180 closed from 8am - 5pm
Thu 3/2: Hudson Oaks Drive/Bridge closed from 9pm - 6am
Fri 3/3: EB IH-20 Ramp 413 closed from 9pm - 6am
The 3/9: Right lane of WB US 180 closed from 8am - 5pm

For more information on highway conditions, visit http://conditions.drivetexas.org/ .
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Softball/Baseball Schedule Changes - February 14, 2017

Due to inclement weather, the WHS Lady Roo Softball game vs. Paschal scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Weatherford College has been cancelled.

Due to inclement weather, today's WHS Lady Roo softball game vs. Paschal at Weatherford College has been cancelled. In addition, we are moving the WHS vs Arlington Heights Varsity and JV baseball scrimmages scheduled for today to tomorrow 2/15/17. Times and sites are:
February 15, 2017
Varsity @ 4:00 PM @ NGC
9th @ 4:00 PM @ Heights
JV @ 6:00 PM @ Heights
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WHS Baseball Long Ball Champions and Opening Banquet

Last Saturday, Weatherford High School baseball hosted its annual Long Ball Contest, which marks the beginning of every Roo baseball season.

“The competition consists of our coaches throwing each player about ten pitches, which the players try to hit as far as they can, kind of like the MLB home run derby,” said WHS Baseball Booster Club President Jeff Swain. “We mark the longest ball that each player hits, use a laser distance measurer to determine how far it went, and the winner is the player in each class with the longest hit. It’s a fundraiser for the baseball program, so we follow that up with letters to each player’s friends and family with the player’s distance and ask for donations either based on a per foot basis or just a flat donation.”

The 2017 overall champion and senior class winner was senior Amon Pool, who hit a 378 foot home run to left center field. The other class winners were junior Colt Davis, 357 feet, sophomore Lukas Loran, 363 feet, and freshman Brendon Lopez, 300 feet.

Next up for the WHS baseball program is the annual Opening Banquet and Auction scheduled for Thursday, February 16, at the WHS Cafeteria. At the banquet, coaches will introduce the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams and enjoy a dinner catered by Rio Mambo. Following the dinner, an auction benefiting the baseball booster club will be held.

“We’ll have lots of great items to auction off in both live and silent auctions, including autographed baseball memorabilia, week-long passes to the Colonial, ticket packets to the Dallas Stars and TCU baseball, and lots of fun, themed baskets,” Swain said. “The whole community is welcome at both the banquet and auction. If anyone has items that they would like to donate for the auction or would like more information, please contact Stephanie Ray at (817)726-4881.”

The WHS Baseball Booster Club supports the baseball program by buying everything from baseballs and batting cage screens to team meals for road games and lodging for out-of-town tournaments, Swain said.
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National Signing Day

We are filled with Roo Pride on National Signing Day! Four Roo student athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the next level. Join us in congratulating the following athletes on this impressive accomplishment!



Football
Marcus Buckley - New Mexico State University
Zack McKinney - The University of Oklahoma

Soccer
Kinzey Boyer - Howard Payne University
Chloe Peacock - University of the Ozarks
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Weatherford ISD Announces a Public Hearing to Discuss the Evaluation Results of the District’s Accelerated Instruction Program for 2015-2016

Weatherford, Texas - The Weatherford Independent School District will conduct a public hearing for the 2015-2016 evaluation results of the District’s Accelerated Instruction Program on February 13, 2017, as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Weatherford ISD District Services Building Boardroom located at 1100 Longhorn Drive.

Texas Education Code §29.081 requires a public hearing to discuss the evaluation results of the District’s Accelerated Instruction Program which is designed to assist identified students to gain in-depth development of foundational concepts.
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Weatherford ISD Announces a Public Hearing to Discuss the Consideration of Designation of Weatherford ISD as a District of Innovation

The Weatherford Independent School District will conduct a public hearing for the consideration of designating Weatherford ISD as a District of Innovation on February 13, 2017, as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Weatherford ISD District Services Building Boardroom located at 1100 Longhorn Drive.

A district of innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, effective immediately, that gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open enrollment charter schools. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in the Texas Education Code Chapter 12A.
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Painting the District

The usual sounds of children laughing and learning at Curtis Elementary are replaced with only the faint buzzing of a few fluorescent lights. Students and staff have left for Holiday break and only one person occupies the building. Balancing on a stepladder with paintbrush in hand is WISD maintenance worker, Ric Montgomery, doing what he does best…creating art. His canvas today is a blank wall in the front office that in a matter of hours will feature an enormous Roo logo.

On paper, Ric is one of the painters for the district. But according to Weatherford ISD Executive Director of Maintenance and Facilities, Jerry Blizzard, he is much more than that.

“When I first met Ric he said I’m a painter, but really I’m an artist.” Blizzard said about meeting Ric for the first time. “As Ric began to describe his work history I quickly realized his passion and talents.”

Ric has earned the nickname “Ric-el-angelo” by his colleagues for his ability to paint murals at various WISD ISD facilities. Each mural brings a different challenge to Ric…but that’s the beauty of his job.

“I have a talent to be able to see a vision in my head and to be able to see it in color. Then, I’m given the freedom to create it and bring it into manifestation…it’s a challenge but I like it.” Montgomery said.

It turns out a lot of people like Ric’s work. Before being hired full-time by WISD six years ago he created several murals and signs around Weatherford. His creative works have also been featured at Six Flags Over Texas and utilized by the Dallas Cowboys.

“A friend of mine, who is also a painter, had two tremendous-sized stars made of metal. So, we each painted one to make it look like the Dallas Cowboys’ star. Now, the team rolls them out at each home game for a fireworks display.”

As rewarding as it is to see his work utilized by America’s Team…his true joy is creating a sense of pride for our community. That pride has an effect on everyone.

“It seems to produce a positive attitude. We have discovered here in the maintenance department that whenever there is a positive attitude going on at the campuses there is less graffiti and other destructive behavior.” Montgomery said. “It’s something that’s artistic that they can see each day and feel like its part of theirs because it’s in their campus. If that makes them feel more positive and good about themselves and their school then that’s great to me.”

So, next time you enter a WISD campus or catch a Roos athletic event keep an eye open for Ric’s work. After all…he painted it for you.
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Temporary Power Outage at WHS and Wright: January 23, 2017

This morning at approximately 7:40 am, an accident occurred on B. B. Fielder Road. The car involved struck an electrical pole and knocked out a transformer. No students or staff were involved in this accident but a temporary power outage occurred at Weatherford High School and Wright Elementary. Power has now been restored at these campuses.
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