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Are you looking for a meaningful service project for your organization to volunteer for during the Christmas season?  Bethlehem Revisited is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and needs greeters to work at the entrance and exit gates to give our 30,000 visitors a warm Waxahachie welcome!

We are seeking greeters for the following dates:

Friday, December 2 – 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday, December 4 – 6 pm-9 pm

Friday, December 9 – 6 pm-9 pm

Sunday, December 11 – 6 pm-9 pm

If this project speaks to your heart, or you need more information, please contact Monica Boyd at 469-309-4045 or mboyd@waxahachiecvb.com.  

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON BETHLEHEM REVISITED: 

Location:  402 N. College Street (behind Central Presbyterian Church).  Free Admission.  Donations welcome. 

Step back in time, over 2000 years ago, and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth.  On your journey to the site of the Nativity, you will meet innkeepers, merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, clergy, and many other citizens as they portray daily life in the City of Bethlehem, complete with sheep, camels, and donkeys.  You can also visit Herod’s Court and await the nightly parade of the three kings bringing their treasures to Bethlehem’s newest citizen.

Public Meeting Scheduled for Alexander Drive Reconstruction Project

A public meeting will be held November 10, 2016 at 6pm at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, in the Council Chambers to discuss the upcoming reconstruction project on Alexander Drive. 

The reconstruction project will begin at Kirksey and run the full length of Alexander Drive all the way to the dead-end cul-de-sac. 

This meeting will discuss the scope of work, what to expect, and estimated project timelines. For more information or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 469-309-4300.

Crossroads of Texas Film Festival to Host Fundraiser for John Wayne Cancer Institute

Waxahachie’s Crossroads of Texas Film Festival is saddling up to host a fundraiser benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI). The event will be held Saturday, November 12 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The fun-filled evening will kick-off at 6pm with a screening of SANDS OF IWO JIMA, followed by dinner, live music, dancing, and cocktails. Anita Swift, John Wayne’s first grandchild and JWCI representative will be present for the event.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host an event that will not only be a wonderful and fun evening that perfectly complements our Veteran’s Weekend, but also benefits such a worthy cause,” said Amy Hollywood, Director of Communications and Marketing.

The event ties in with Waxahachie’s Veteran’s Weekend, which includes a Veteran’s Appreciation Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center, a World War II re-enactment in downtown Waxahachie Saturday afternoon, and then finishing the day at the Civic Center with the film, dinner and dance fundraiser. The complete schedule for the weekend is available at www.waxahachiecvb.com.

Tickets are on-sale at www.crossroadsoftxff.com and must be purchased in advance. Prices are $100 per person, or $750 for a table of 8. Event tickets are all-inclusive for all the evening’s offerings: movie and complimentary refreshments, dinner, dancing and cocktails. Guests will also be eligible for several upscale door prizes.

“Our festival is a tribute to Texas films, and I can’t think of a more iconic symbol of everything Texas represents than John Wayne. Texans also have an incredible philanthropic spirit, and being able to pair that with a celebration of the arts is something that is right up our alley,” said Hollywood.

For more information on this event, please visit www.crossroadsoftxff.com, or call 469-309-4012.

  

 


WISD Future Educator Takes Top 3 Honors at National Event

Boston, Massachusetts June 2016: Amanda Biles, from the Career & Technical Student Organization,TAFE.National.2016 Amanda Briles TAFE, represented WISD in the National Contest on June 24-28, at Boston University. She placed 3rd in the nation against participants from all 50 states. Specifically, Amanda’s event covered “Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers.” Part of the competition included a presentation depicting her time shadowing WHS American Sign Language teacher, Lea Sullivan.

TAFE, or the Texas Association of Future Educators, serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with the Education and Training career cluster. Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands-on activities or competitive events.

Donna Shepherd serves as TAFE events coach and sponsor.

WISD proudly supports these students, teachers and organizations.

For more information about TAFE events, contact Education and Training, Donna Shepherd, at 972.923.4614 or dshepherd@wisd.org.

 


 

National STEM Champions – Technology Students Association (TSA) Captures Two Coast to Coast Titles!

 

Nashville, Tennessee, July 2, 2016:  Students from the Career & Technical Student Organization, TSA, represented WISD at the TSA National Conference June 28-July 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. TSA, Technology Student Association, serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with these six career clusters: Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communication; Architecture and Construction; Business, Management and Administration; Information Technology; Manufacturing; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands-on activities or competitive events.

The theme for this year’s national conference was “Building a Legacy.” WISD TSA students certainly did that. The WHS STEM Engineering Design team of Cameron Weldon and Chris Williams brought home gold by earning first place out of 79 teams competing in this event. Engineering Design competitors work to design and fabricate a device that will meet the needs of a person with a disability. Competitors must create a prototype, display and portfolio to document the process as well as show how the product impacts a member of the community and society in general. Weldon and Williams chose visual impairment as the disability to address by creating puzzles of animals on a 3D printer. Puzzle pieces are labeled in braille with head, body or tail to assist children with assembly. The name of the animal is also in braille on the wooden puzzle tray. Electronic buttons are present which play the animal’s name and recreates the sound the animal makes only after the puzzle is assembled correctly. The team conferred with Mrs. Andrea Piland, a registered nurse who works with visually impaired children.

 The WHS Structural Design and Engineering team of Adam Bruce and Thomas Caliendo made their second appearance on the national stage. Bruce and Caliendo took 7th place in 2015 and, this year, after studying with mentor Paul Caldwell, they took it all, winning the national championship. 103 teams were competing in this difficult event. Teams had to make the top 20 cut by bringing a completed bridge structure that was destructively tested to determine its design efficiency. The top 20 teams then created another bridge structure on site which was also crushed. The formidable team of Bruce and Caliendo dominated the event with a design efficiency ratio of 42%. Their bridge weighed 35 grams and held 371 pounds of pressure.

Recent WHS graduate Billy Lu was recognized at the national level for his induction into the TSA Technology Honor Society. The TSA Technology Honor Society recognizes TSA members who excel in academics, leadership, and service to their school and community.

The TSA Achievement Award program is a three-tiered national level program that recognizes students working to develop leadership experience. Recent WHS graduates David Siple and Dylan Hernandez completed the program by obtaining the second or silver level and the final gold level in the same school year and were honored at the national conference.

Waxahachie High School was recognized as a Gold Award Winner for its efforts in raising more than $1,000.00 for the American Cancer Society in the TSA Spirit of Service program.

Other WHS students competing at this year’s conference in various events were Josh Duarte, Caleb Hernandez, Raymond Kennedy, Daniel Lu, Kennedy Mills, Nour Muwaquet, Noah Rojas, Adam Sigala, Noah Williams, and Mellina Zavala.

Waxahachie Global High’s TSA Chapter was also represented at this year’s national conference. Nick Dalquest, Luke Stanton, Samantha Trevino, and Levi Villarreal competed in various events.

Next year’s national conference theme is “Defining Your Future.” WISD TSA students are well on their way to accomplishing this goal.

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 Waxahachie ISD CTE offers a comprehensive Career Tech Education program for Waxahachie ISD and Area students. You can find more information by visiting our website at: http://www.wisd.org/default.aspx?name=CATE_home or on Facebook: Waxahachie ISD CTE and on Twitter @WISD_CTE.

For more information about TSA events at WHS, contact Maria Craig – macraig@wisd.org, Jim Parker –japarker@wisd.org, or Shyla Vire – svire@wisd.org or at 972.923.4614. For more information about TSA events at Global, contact Michael Warren – mwarren@wisd.org, or Scott Warren – swarren@wisd.org.