By Kathi Bliss
During an extensive period of recognition during the regular meeting of the Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees on Monday night, the Board took the time to recognize dozens of students who have gone above and beyond their scholastic duties this year.
A group of students from Bluebonnet Elementary has been honing their reading skills this year, and named winners in the “Battle of the Bluebonnets,” a statewide literacy program that designates 20 books per year for students to read. Those students who participate read the books, and then are asked a variety of questions in the “battle,” which does not provide study materials, but rather requires the students to remember the content of those books.
Teams from the third, fourth and fifth grade at Bluebonnet Elementary were recognized as district winners in the Battle of the Bluebonnets.
Also from Bluebonnet Elementary, a group of students who participated in the “Think Through Math” organization were recognized for charitable giving.
The Think Through Math program allows students to be quizzed and earn points toward the purchase of rewards, including personal items or pizza parties for their class.
However, instead of using their earned points for themselves, students at Bluebonnet Elementary chose to donate the monetary value of their points to the Make A Wish Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Sixteen Bluebonnet Elementary Students became published poets this fall, through the “Today’s Writers” poetry competition.
Working with the Talented and Gifted program at Bluebonnet, the students researched poetry styles and each wrote original works, which were later published by the Today’s Writers program. Six of the 16 volunteered to share their work at the board meeting; the poems spanned a broad range of topics, including nature, sports and ninjas.
The board went on to recognize the Science Fair winners from Navarro Elementary, and the UIL Academic Meet competitors and champions from Lockhart Junior High School.
After nearly an hour of student recognitions, the Board engaged in a brief business meeting, hearing information about the upcoming budget workshop schedule and the district’s financial position, which remains stable.
They also approved the school calendar and textbook acquisition list for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
The Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees routinely meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at Lockhart High School. The meetings are open to the public and are webcast at www.lockhartisd.org.