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May 21, 2019 Communique


May 2019 Monthly Reminders:

Admin & Leadership

-Establish/post summer central office hours

-Continue hiring using campus input

-Gun-free schools report available

-Review Graduation Program on Student Expression FMH and FNA (LEGAL & LOCAL)

Federal/State Programs

-Complete local evaluations for Federal Programs & State Comp Ed.

-Annual Evaluation of district and campus parental involvement policies.


-Review student attendance figures as compared to prior year & budget projections

School Board

May elections (BBB Legal)(TEC§3.004-3.005)

-Canvass Trustee elections results (TEC§67.003A)

-Reorganize Board of Trustees (TEC§11.061C)

-Local orientation for new Board members

-Update AskTED with changes in Board membership

-Statement of Office and Oath of Office for all new Trustees

-Schedule ESC Orientation to the Code for new Board members within the first 120 days of being installed (BBD Legal)

-Review/amend Student Code of Conduct (TEC7.105)

Special Education

-FY18 MOE Preliminary Compliance Review released by TEA

-2018-2019 Substitute System of Federal Time-and-Effort Reporting (optional system) LEA Management Certification due (to be effective for summer semester if September 2018 and December 2018 deadlines missed)

-2019-2020 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application opens June 3rd



Some may know the name Bill Geist from his career covering oddball news from across the United States for CBS Sunday Morning. Others may know him as the father of the NBC political commentator and host of Sunday Today, Willie Geist. If you still are unsure of who Bill is, where have you been?


Bill Geist has a new book in bookstores titled Lake of the Ozarks. It is a light-hearted and fond look back to the summers of his youth in the 1960s when he worked for his Uncle Ed and Aunt Janet at the Arrowhead Lodge, located on the Lake of the Ozarks, in all areas of operation, from cesspool attendant to bellhop.


Bill recalls that sixty years ago, “Arrowhead Lodge sat majestically on a wooded hilltop overlooking a three-mile stretch of glistening blue water edged in the vivid greenery of oak, hickory, ash, and black gum trees – with nary a man-made blemish.”


Bill Geist refers to his Uncle Ed and Aunt Janet as second parents. Uncle Ed was a retired World War II Colonel who had been able to live quite comfortably as the owner of the resort on the lake. Over the years he had grown comfortable blending military discipline with an over-the-top personality befitting the most prosperous proprietor at the lake. He and Aunt Janet worked hard during the summer tourist season, and then traveled the world in the off-season.


Neither Ed nor Janet liked to hear complaining from Bill or any of their staff. Bill says that when anyone complained to Uncle Ed about anything, the Colonel in him would come out with a brusque, “See the chaplain.”


Words of inspiration, like beauty, are often found in the eye of the beholder. While some may not find Uncle Ed’s advice inspiring, Bill Geist built his whole life around it.


Wally Richardson is a wealth of inspiration. Wally is a 95 year old World War II Navy veteran who spends his mornings inspiring middle schoolers in El Dorado Hills, California. For twenty years Wally has spent each school day morning perched on a bench in front of the school with his schnauzer, waving at parents and greeting the students with advice like, “Never look down on anyone unless you’re helping them up.” The kids call them “Wallyisms” and often engage with him in a call-and-response such as: “If Plan A doesn’t work,” Wally will call out, and the kids shout back in unison, “there are twenty-five other letters in the alphabet.”


Advice is only the beginning of the value Wally brings to his students’ education. There are the fist-bumps that he liberally dispenses, and the handmade bookmarks printed with his favorite sayings that everyone gets. Former students often return, clutching the well-worn bookmarks, to thank Wally and update him on their high school or college lives.


So, why does Wally still do it day-after-day? He says, “The future depends upon our youth. This is how I show them that they are all loved and accepted for who they are.” Wally adds, “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier!”


Inspiring words…something that can be in short supply in the waning days of a school year. This week, we would all do well to live Wally’s philosophy and “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.” And if you know someone who can’t do that, just tell them…“See the chaplain”!




T4 Training: TACS, Tips, Tools, and the Template


Registration has officially opened for our annual T4 Training! This one-day workshop held in Austin focuses on school finance and walks participants through the TEA finance template. This year the training will be led by seasoned school district managers Randy McDowell and Lance Terrell. T4 is a great resource for new superintendents or anyone who wants to brush up on budgeting strategies for their district. Please feel free to pass this information along to any educators who may be interested!


T4 Training is held on Tuesday, July 30th at the TCEA Headquarters. Find more information and register here.




The #TxEdTuesday social media campaign is underway, and we hope our member districts and their schools will take part to raise awareness about the positive stories and work of Texas public schools, teachers, and students. Be sure to follow @TxEdTuesday on Twitter, and share your posts each Tuesday using the hashtags: #TxEdTuesday, #txlege and #txed. Our schools are doing great things, so let’s share them!


#TxEdTuesday themes for April and May include:

May 14               College & Career Ready

May 21               Celebrate Your Custodians 

May 28               Celebrate a Successful Year



On April 7th forty-five teams of high school students from twenty-two Texas high schools met in Temple, Texas, to compete for scholarship dollars in the TACS State Academic Challenge Scholarship Contest. With 6A, 5A, and 4A high schools competing in one division and 3A, 2A, and 1A high schools in another, the one hour contest made for an exciting afternoon.


When the “dust settled”, these winners were announced:


Division II (6A, 5A, 4A)


  • 5th Place: the Pampa H.S. team of Cabrales, Madrid, and Shorter
  • 4th Place: the Greenwood H.S. team of Bell, Callicoatte, and  Salcido
  • 3rd Place: the Tuloso-Midway H.S. team of Hoelscher, Wilson, and Quintero
  • 2nd Place: the Pampa H.S. team of C. Sprinkle, Larkin, and Courtney 
  • 1st Place: the Tuloso-Midway H.S. team of Barton, Molina, and Lawrence


Division I (3A, 2A, 1A)


  • 5th Place: the Bushland H.S. team of Allen, Tinsley, and Terrell
  • 4th Place: the Comanche H.S. team of Foster, Beck, and Northridge
  • 3rd Place: the Cameron Yoe H.S. team of Harris, Garcia, and Slayton
  • 2nd Place: the Sundown H.S. team of Bradely, Russell, and Garcia
  • 1st Place: the Sundown H.S. team of Terry, Greenhaw, and Neuenschwander


These scholars took home $28,000 in scholarships; not bad for an hour of work! Additionally, each student had earned some scholarship money at their area competitions. In the area and the state contests, students earned almost $60,000 in scholarships at the 2019 TACS

Academic Challenge Scholarship Program.


Why not plan to enter some teams from your high school in this competition next year? Just click here for information about the contest.


Also, with the help of some corporate partners, TACS awarded $15,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors from around the state this year. TACS congratulates these fine young people who received a scholarship for their academic accomplishments, and we wish them the very best in the future!


Scholarship recipients and the sponsoring Corporate Partners are these:


A+ Food Services Scholarship

Madison Apke, Whitewright ISD

Allison Jedlicka, Boling ISD


A. Bargas & Associates Scholarship

Tray Gilbert, Peaster ISD

Andrew John Gray, Whitehouse ISD

Thalia Johnson, Chapel Hill ISD

Citlalli Ruiz, Chapel Hill ISD

Shayla Sosa, Reagan County ISD

Angelina Thao, Itasca ISD


Gravely & Pearson Scholarship

Thomas Ray Edwards, Llano ISD

Claire Robinson, Thrall ISD


TD Industries Scholarship

Spencer Jackson, Shallowater ISD

Kasi Schneider, Needville ISD


Texas Tech University TTU K-12 Scholarship
Trey Terry, Bellevue ISD


Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle Scholarship

Savannah Divine, Chapel Hill ISDng is held on Tuesday, July 30th at the TCEA Headquarters. Find more information and register here.


Nominate Your Board for the 2019 TASA School Board Awards


Love your school board and want to see them recognized for their amazing work? If you are a TASA member (serving in your current position since at least July 1, 2017), you should nominate your board for TASA’s School Board Awards. There is no application form to submit; rather, you must submit data and information that is supportive of the 2019 TASA School Board Awards criteria (following the formatting guidelines) to your regional ESC by June 14. 


Learn more.

Have Your School Featured in TACS Today Magazine!

There are just a few weeks left to show off your school district!

We are starting to assemble this year's issue of TACS Today! Each fall, Texas Association of Community Schools gives districts, corporate partners, associate members, and legislators a copy of our TACS Today magazine. We would love to include some of the exciting and innovative things going on in small and mid-sized districts across our state and your district could be highlighted in our September 2019 issue with a circulation of over 900.

Please consider submitting (or having a staff member submit) a program or activity that is working well in your district. For more information on our magazine and the article submissions, please contact Dr. Crystal Dockery, Deputy Executive Director, at 512-440-8227 or

Deadline is June 1, 2019.

Thank you!

Save these Dates!

July 30

T4 (TACS, Tips, Tools & The Template) Training. Register now!

September 8-10

TACS San Antonio Conference, Hilton Palacio del Rio

Registration info coming soon.


Contact Information

Texas Association of Community Schools
1011 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 204
Austin, Texas 78701-1924
Phone: (512) 440-8227
Fax: (512) 442-6705

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