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It’s not too late to join Lighthouse for Learning Fall/Holiday classes!
Please contact the WISD Community Education Office at (972) 923-4614, extension 21615 or email mcobb@wisd.org for information.  The complete catalog may be viewed
on-line or to register go to www.wisd.org – see Lighthouse Registration under Quicklinks.
Introduction to Excel
This class is for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel.  You will learn how to understand spreadsheets, enter data and save workbooks, modify worksheets and workbooks.  You will also be provided with the tools to create and edit charts and graphs, work with formulas and use templates, styles and auto formats.
Instructor:  Randy Ahlfinger
Mondays & Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00
Nov. 2 – 12   four classes
Cost:  $50.00
Advanced Excel Tips and Tricks
In this class we will be working with several advanced capabilities of Excel and will learn some tips and tricks along the way.  We will cover pivot tables, conditional functions, data lookup functions and conditional formatting.  We will review ways to protect and secure spreadsheets and how to write macros to improve your productivity.
Instructor:  Randy Ahlfinger
Mondays & Thursdays 6:00-8:00
Nov. 16 & 19
Cost:  $34.00
Introduction to 3D Printing
Have you wondered what 3D printing is all about?  What would you use a 3D printer to do?  What are the different types of 3D printers?  In this class we will discuss the answers to these questions and more. We will cover things to think about before buying a 3D printer and places to get designs to print (most are free).  We will outline the process you need to follow to print things and touch on the variety of materials used (filaments, filaments, filaments). We will also look at some of the software tools needed to produce unique pieces.
Instructor: Randy Ahlfinger
Monday, Nov. 30
6:00-8:00
Cost:  $18.00
iPhone Photography & Editing
Do you have an iPhone and want to learn how to take high-quality digital images?  Learn the best iPhone editing tools, tips and photography fundamentals.  Join this class to learn how to create and edit gorgeous images all within the palm of your hand.
Instructor:  Jennifer Hamby
Monday, Nov. 2
7:00-8:00
Cost:  $12.00
Tech Trends for Parents
Parents will learn the ins and outs of today’s technology trends their teens are using such as Snapchat and TikTok.  Learn the warning signs that these may be a problem, the tools parents can use to manage their children on the technology and the lingo kids are using online.
Instructor:  Jennifer Hamby
Monday, Nov. 9
7:00-8:00
Cost:  $12.00
Oh The Places You Can Go!
Join this experienced traveler as you plan your next trip including new restrictions.  There are so many places to go and so little time and money. We will discuss how to decide where you want to go, when to go, and how to get there. Learn tricks and apps to plan transportation, things to do, places to stay, and where to eat.
Instructor: Candace Ahlfinger
Thursday 6:00-7:30
Nov. 5
Cost: $16.00
 
Safety & Self Defense
Join this class and learn safety and self-defense techniques for shopping, homes and more.  Discover how to quickly distract an attacker, learn practical simple defense techniques in a safe environment.  Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and athletic shoes.  Water and snacks will be provided.
Instructor:  Officer OT Glidewell, Waxahachie Police Department
Thursday 6:00 – 8:00
Nov. 12
Cost:  $10.00
Cooking – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker B
In this fast-paced world we are constantly trying to find ways to save time in the kitchen and still prevent growing waistlines. The electric pressure cooker is the answer to our cry for ‘help’ by making it possible to create nutritious flavor-packed meals in minutes. Like many others, you may have questions about the electric pressure cooker: “Is it safe?”, “How do I use it?”, “Is it really worth the money?” Electric Pressure Cookers are among the newest lines of kitchen appliances. But, what are they, how do they work, what foods can you cook in one, and are they really safe? We will answer these questions and more as we explore the ins and outs of “instacooking” through this hands on learning class. Healthy taste testing included!
Instructor:  Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health
Monday 6:00 – 8:00
Nov. 2
Cost:  $18.00
Cooking for Food Allergies – Gluten, Dairy, Nut Free
A food allergy can be life threatening. But having food allergies does not mean you have to sacrifice your love of food! This class will discuss alternatives and substitutes that can be used in various recipes. The focus will be placed on how to enjoy food with gluten, dairy, and nut allergies. Recipe books and recipe demonstrations will be included in this class.
Instructor:  Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health
Thursday 6:00 – 8:00
Nov. 5
Cost:  $18.00
 
Let’s prepare favorite food and drink from around the world as we celebrate the most glorious season of all….Christmas!  This class will be taught in WHS Career Technology.
Instructor:  Kathy Parker
Monday Dec. 7
6:00-7:00
Cost:  $37.00
Holiday Putz Christmas House
What is a Putz house? The name for Putz houses evolved from the German word “putzen” which means to clean or to decorate. And the name was acquired by little houses that were placed around the nativity scene for Christmas decorations in the early 1900s. Come bring a friend and enjoy making your own “Putz” for your house, or as a gift. Templates and Supplies will be provided. There is a $5.00 fee paid to the instructor for supplies, which makes 2 houses.
Instructor:  Daniel Smith
Thursday   6:00-8:00
Nov. 12
Cost:  $20.00 + $5.00 supply fee pay to instructor
 
Holiday Gingerbread House
Come bring a friend and make a Gingerbread house and enter a friendly competition.  Some supplies will be provided. Please bring a bag of decorative only candy to share with the group like gum drops, or red hots, peppermints etc. The group will have 2 hours to build the structure out of graham crackers and icing, then decorate the house, take home with you. There will be a small trophy for the best house. $5.00 fee paid to the instructor for supplies.
Instructor:  Daniel Smith
Thursday 6:00-8:00
Dec. 3
Cost: $20.00 + $5.00 supply fee pay to instructor

Waxahachie FFA Show Teams Make a Clean Sweep at Fall Major Shows

Waxahachie, TX, October 23, 2020: Students from the Career & Technical Student Organization, Waxahachie FFA, represented the WISD at several of the fall major shows. The Waxahachie FFA serves students enrolled in CTE courses aligned with the Agriculture Food and Natural Resources career cluster. Participants enjoy the experience of applying classroom and laboratory lessons in hands on activities or competitive events.
WISD Students participating included:
Swine 
WHS freshman, Towne Hood,  placed 3rd in the Junior Market Barrow Show at The State Fair of Texas in Dallas, TX, September 27th.
WHS Senior, Ashlyn Summers, placed 4th at the Junior Market Barrow Show at The State Fair of Texas on September 29th.
Both Waxahachie FFA members qualified for the The State Fair of Texas Sale of Champions which was held on September 30th.
WHS Senior, Ashlyn Summers, found success again a few weeks later at The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, as well as The United Livestock Show held at The Extraco Events Center in Waco, TX on October 16th through October 18th.  Ashlyn had Reserve Champion Dark OPB and the Reserve Lightweight Division Cross Champions at The Heart O’ Texas Fair on October 17th.  The next day, Ashlyn competed again at The United Livestock Show and had a first place cross gilt, Champion Poland China gilt, Champion Berkshire Gilt, Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship and was selected as the Overall Supreme Champion Gilt with her Berkshire gilt.  Ashlyn was joined in her success by Waxahachie FFA member, Jessica Schoolfield whom placed 9th in her class with her Chester gilt.
Sheep and Goats: 
Waxahachie FFA had 7 members compete with their lamb projects at The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Jackpot as well.  Jonathon Middleton, Westly Smith, Makayla York, and Bentley Crowl all placed top 10 in their classes at both the Heart O’ Texas Fair.  Makayla York placed 3rd in her lightweight class and finished the day by placing 1st and winning her medium wool class.
Ag Mechanics 
The Ag Mechanics team found success as well as the backdrop at The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo.
WHS Sophomore, Wyatt Caverly placed 2nd in his tractor mounted, farm machinery class with his Arena Drag that he designed and built.
WHS Junior, Case Lucky also placed 2nd in his non-towable outdoor cooking class with his customer 36” firepit with grill.
WHS Juniors, Bryce Martin and Hagan Austin won their towable, outdoor cooking class and Reser Outdoor Cooking Division Champion with their custom fabricated smoker and charcoal grill trailer.  In addition to their prizes, both students also received $250 scholarships to TSTC.
WHS Junior, Kyan Frisbee, also won his wildlife class, as well as being selected as the Overall Wildlife Division Champion for his Deer Blind project.  In addition to his prizes, Kyan also received a $500 scholarship to Texas State Technical College.
The Waxahachie FFA Ag Mechanics Show Team was also awarded Sweepstakes Champions for the 2020 Heart O’ Texas Ag Mech Show!
The Waxahachie FFA is entering their Leadership Development Events season now.  They will be competing at the Blackland District Leadership Development Events on Wednesday, November 11th.
WISD proudly supports these students, teachers and organizations.
For more information about Waxahachie FFA, contact Jake Mullican, James Glenn, Brooks Humphrey, Jeanette Middleton, or Aubrey Gibson at (972) 923-4600 ext. 21712.