Sue Testerman, a dyslexia therapist-teacher for over nine years with the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD’s Bryson Elementary and Wayside Middle School, became this year’s HOLT HICKMAN HERO AWARD winner and was presented her awards on November 19, 2016, at the Moslah Shriners’ amazing 2016 circus! Sue received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas in Arlington. Her colleagues believe her impact on her special need students ripples to every corner of her schools.
In addition to the HERO Award, the Holt Hickman family presented Sue with a $1,000 honorarium in appreciation for all she does for her community’s children. Congratulations to this very dynamic North Texas educator!!!!
What began with over 67,000 North Texas 2nd graders in early September culminated Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, when ANNA BOEMLER won the 2016 TEXAS READING BEE CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION! Anna, a student at St. Andrew Catholic School in the Fort Worth Diocese, used her amazing comprehension skills reading at a senior high school level to surpass all other outstanding North Texas Reading Bee champs representing their districts/private schools, to become the 2016 TEXAS READING BEE CHAMPION!!
Congratulations also to the other top five winners:
Runner Up – Caleb Zuniga, Lake Worth ISD
- 3rd Place – Emerson O’Toole, Cleburne ISD
- 4th Place – Ian Drummer, Granbury ISD
- 5th Place – Lyla Davis, Internat’l Leadership of Keller, TX
Other 2nd grade champs in the November 12, 2016 TEXAS READING BEE COMPETITION are –
- Jacob Carney Aledo ISD
- Brianna Tolbert Arlington Classics Academy
- Alexa Campuzano Birdville ISD
- Dillyn Hammons Burleson ISD
- John Simmons Calvary Christian Academy
- Alekay Arvizu Castleberry ISD
- Keaton Hennessey Crowley ISD
- Nikte Aguinaga Dallas ISD
- Sadie Banton Eagle Mt.-Saginaw ISD
- Ivy Trinh Everman ISD
- Kade Ewing Fort Worth ISD
- Milla Saba Holy Family Catholic School
- Hudson Knott Kennedale ISD
- Gavin Renteria Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
- Cindy Nguyen St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
- Adrian Gonzalez St. John the Apostle Catholic School
- Kahlyn Grantham St. Maria Goretti Catholic School
- Lauren Saro St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School
For more information: Score A Goal In The Classroom * Ex. Director, Ernie Horn * 214-533-1333
Elementary students from throughout Fort Worth ISD’s Paschal High School Pyramid came to the READING FESTIVAL which was a wonderful success!! Students had the wonderful opportunity to read to and with students from Paschal High School and Texas Christian University’s sorority, fraternity, and LEAPS organizations; plus experience other fun amusements and receive free book plus school supplies.
This year’s “Fall in Love with Reading” event was highlighted and dedicated in the memory of the former Paschal student, DREW MEDFORD. Many of the reading-mentoring students shared, “I think this was one of the best and most fun Saturday mornings I have ever spent — giving back to children and helping them improve their reading skills, reading stamina and self-esteem.
For more information on future “KEEP THE READING LAMP LIT” READING FESTIVALS, please contact Score A Goal In The Classroom at 214-533-1333.
pr-for-t-buchanan Score A Goal In The Classroom has named TIM BUCHANAN, Athletic Director and former football coach in the Aledo ISD, the 2016 recipient of the Bayard H. Friedman HERO Award. The award was presented by Ernie Horn, Executive Director of SAGITC, at the Aledo High School football game on Friday, October 21.
Coach Buchanan started his successful coaching and athletic director career in Aledo in 1993. He decided to step down from coaching to dedicate more time to be the Athletic Director in 2014. His Bearcat football team had a record of 227 wins, 53 losses, and 3 ties! His legendary skill and love for his student athletes helped him lead the Aledo Bearcats to five state football championships! He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Madeline and Caleb.
2003-book-patrol-article-in-star-telegram The BOOK PATROL is back on duty! One of the team members, Lt. Marcia Conrad, said last week, “I believe that the Book Patrol has been a great opportunity — a win-win for us (local policemen) and the students as well. Wow, they paid attention to us! The children looked forward to our coming each week and enjoyed it. They grew in every way… They were shy at first, but became so engaged that they would even volunteer to read a chapter out loud! We mainly worked one-on-one and got attached to them.”
“Just think,” begins Ernie Horn, Executive Director for Score A Goal. “Back in 1997 Fort Worth Chief of Police, Tom Windham, and Score-A-Goal-In-The-Classroom School Incentive Program collaborated to form the first in the history of the state of Texas, a police officers’ reading-mentoring program called ‘The Book Patrol.’ Teams of police volunteers visited Fort Worth ISD’s elementary schools once a week and read to and with the students who particularly were encountering the consequences of poor reading skills.”
“This extremely successful initiative is now blessing our community elementary school campuses. Under the leadership of Joel Fitzgerald, our city’s new Chief of Police, several pilot programs were undertaken in the spring school semester of 2016, and is now active once more this fall. SAGITC once again is the facilitator of the Book Patrol efforts, and it appears from all the feedback that it is a win-win for the children, their parents, and their hard-working teachers! I am reminded of how very important good reading is; in fact, it is a proven fact that it is a value that lowers the nation’s crime rate.”
Under the leadership of FWPD Sergeant Brent Halford, the Central Division officers devotedly worked with Carroll Peak Elementary last spring. The principal, Lear Linton, repeatedly said she believed that the Book Patrol is one of the most successful mentoring programs that is helping change history in a very positive way. She reported the majority of her low-performing students showed great improvement in their reading skills, reading stamina, and self-esteem, plus a new respect for the men and women in blue! Sgt. Halford added that “It is imperative to note that, since the DARE Program no longer exists in the public schools, it is an excellent opportunity for the Book Patrol officers to be blest and to bless the wonderful students who are struggling with their reading achievements!”
Also last spring at FWISD’s Mary Louise Phillips Elementary, Officer R.M. McClellen led his team of outstanding officers of the West Sector to faithfully do the pilot reading program there which was equally as successful!
Score a Goal in the Classroom, in conjunction with Foot Cardigan, is hosting a new incentive program for outstanding North Texas students and educators! This very kool award was presented to four for the 2015-2016 school year, and they are as follows: 1) ALICIA TITUS, student and 2) DAVID ROBINSON, Teacher-Coach – Comanche Springs Elementary – Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD / 3) JAYLIN TYLER, student at Carroll Peak Elementary – Fort Worth ISD / 4) JANAE ROSE-DOUGLAS, student – Nathan Adams Elementary – Dallas ISD
PAULA WEATHERHOLT, teacher at Fort Worth Country Day, won the free weekend trip, stay at the Omni, and tickets to the Padres vs Giants game on July 17, 2016. Paula deserved this annual award because of her excellent attendance record in the 2015-2016 school year. Many thanks to JMI REALTY in San Diego for making this award possible, and CONGRATULATIONS, Paula!!
CAMILLE HALEY, Richland High School drama teacher, was honored May 20, 2016 during the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards for being the most outstanding 2016 Drama-Theater Teacher in all North Texas. Camille Camille holds a BA in Drama from Texas Women’s University and a Masters in Theater Education from Emerson College. She believes that to teach drama and theater is to teach her students about life — how to listen, how to think creatively, how to have empathy and most importantly, how to believe in themselves!
The Inaugural Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD Reading Festival on April 18, 2016, was a huge success. Every elementary school student in the district was invited to attend one of their community’s high school campuses to help improve their reading skills, their reading stamina and their self-esteem. Each elementary school student had the awesome, fun opportunity to read with and to high school students from Boswell, Chisholm Trail and Saginaw High Schools. Each young elementary student received free, age appropriate books and a variety of fun incentives and rewards. One student and her mother commented that they agreed it was like coming to a Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey event at the high school they would be attending in just a few years!
You may contact us at 214-533-1333 to schedule your festival!!!