The “Speeding to Read” Education Program has crossed the finish line, and the star students of E.P. Rayzor Elementary in Denton County are the 2014-2015 Champions!! The following are just a few highpoints of this very successful North Texas elementary school reading program which is a collaboration of the Texas Motor Speedway and Score A Goal In The Classroom:
The data certifies there have literally been thousands of elementary students who have a greater understanding of the importance of being a great reader! Throughout this nine month adventure, thousands of students have seen their reading skills, reading stamina and certainly their self-esteem! This year seven elementary schools from three different North Texas districts (about 3,500 enthusiastic children) participated in the fourth year of “Speeding to Read”! We certainly salute the Rayzor Elementary administrators and students for their huge VICTORY!!
Please view the Speeding to Read / Texas Motor Speedway website for more information. Also: Children, keep your motors running! Try to read three or four days a week during the summer so you will be in the driver’s seat when school starts in August to score lots of goals in the classroom!
Casa Manana and Score A Goal In The Classroom honored Creekview High School’s NATHAN AUTREY the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Bayard H. Friedman HERO Award for being selected the most outstanding Drama-Theater Teacher in North Texas! The award presentation was the surprise of the night at the May 21 Betty Buckley Awards. Along with a large crystal trophy, J.D. Estes with XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, handed Nathan a $1,000 honorarium in appreciation for all he does for his community’s young people.
Mr. Autrey received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Texas, and also studied acting and directing at the University of Ulster in Ireland. Out of his three year tenure at Creekview, over fifteen of his former students have received full scholarships to some of the nation’s most renowned theater programs in the United States! Nathan’s love for theater is contagious and inspiring. Thank you, and congratulations, Nathan!!
Collaborating with the Fort Worth Public Library to host this Guinness World Record worthy attempt focused our community’s attention on the absolute relativeness of READING for SUCCESS, Score A Goal In The Classroom welcomed many children and parents who attended this event!! Mayor Betsy Price presented special awards, and families received great, free books and awards/incentives! THANKS to all who came to this entertaining, inspiring, free event at the downtown library. (Severe storm threats forced us to move the location from Sundance Square to indoors).
Congratulations to Mr. MARTIN KEEGAN, Head Librarian at the FWISD’s McLean Middle School, who was honored as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Bayard H. Friedman HERO Award for being recognized the most outstanding school librarian in the State!! Martin has held his current position for thirty-one of his thirty-five year career! XTO Energy/A Subsidiary of ExxonMobil, presented him with a $1,000 check for his far-reaching contributions to the education of our community’s young students.
Contacts: Score A Goal’s Ex. Director, Ernie Horn; Dr. Gleniece Robinson, Ex. Director for the Fort Worth Library, and Cristina Counts.
Here are our two new outstanding honorees for 2015 –
WILLA DUNLEAVY, Executive Director of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, was presented the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award last Saturday night, March 21. We appreciate so much the tremendous music opportunities she provides young, eligible musicians for this metroplex to prepare and participate in very fine public concerts locally, and represent Fort Worth abroad!!
Also honored was HANS GRIM, Choral Teacher at the FWISD’s Northside High School. Hans is a very dedicated, talented leader in his field, and contributes a great deal towards educating and inspiring area high schoolers!
We greatly appreciate the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for their collaboration and superb entertainment in making these presentations possible and so memorable!! Suann Guthrie and Carl Stroud represented XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, in presenting our two Heroes both with $1,000 honorariums.
November 22, 2014 – SEANNA MUHITCH, a 2nd grader at ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CATHOLIC SCHOOL, won the 2014 TEXAS READING BEE CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION reading at a college junior level! Seanna is a very bright, outstanding young lady, and we were proud to present her with a new Go-Kart, I-Pad, EECU savings bond, and many other grand prizes!
Represented on November 22 were the READING BEE Champs from 31 private schools/districts in North Texas, who all walked away with more-than-an-armload of prizes! These unique, one-of-a-kind competition championships are held annually on the Texas Christian University campus. The other top winners are as follows: Runner up – Alexis Boehmler, St. Andrew’s Catholic School; 3rd Place – Hannah Clower, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD; 4th Place – Gavin Gutierrez, Granbury ISD; 5th Place – Marlee Caudle, Cleburne ISD.
We are very proud of every single champ, HERO teacher/judge, and Half Price Books who prepared and contributed in their own way to make this event possible!!!! To be highly commended is our leading Reading Czar, Diana Schwartz, who recently retired from Cleburne ISD and now does consulting. Ever looking toward the future, teachers and Reading Coordinators are already preparing first graders in the metroplex to compete in this fun, free to the public, prestigious competition to be held in the fall of 2015!
For more information, contact the executive director of Score A Goal in the Classroom, ERNIE HORN, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGRATULATIONS to all these outstanding Education Heroes who serve our communities’ students, grades K – 12!! The following were selected the best of their class in North Texas to win the 2014 HERO Award:
1) March 1 – Gary McKinney, Eagle Mt.-Saginaw ISD – Agricultural Science Teacher
2) March 7 – Bryan Priddy, Ft. Worth ISD – Coach
3) March 23 – Wendell Ivory, Ft. Worth ISD – Coach
4) May 3 – Jennifer Nicholson, Ft. Worth ISD – Math Teacher
5) May 16 – Omar Ramos, Fort Worth ISD – Principal
6) May 22 – Jessica Owens, Covenant Christian Academy – Drama Teacher
7) May 24 – Ernest Colvin, Ft. Worth ISD – Instrumental Music Teacher
8) June 21 – Charles Williams, Ft. Worth ISD – Custodian
9) Nov. 12 – Karey Moore, Aledo ISD – Chemistry Teacher
10) Nov. 29 – Elaine Thomas, Dallas ISD – Music – Fine Arts
11) Dec. 6 – Sharon Masoud, Ft. Worth ISD – School Nurse
12) Dec. 14 – Faye Daniels, Ft. Worth ISD – Administrative Assistant
THANKS to our generous hosts (respectfully listed by number below) and XTO Energy-Exxon Mobil for making these presentations possible:
1) Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show; 2) Bass Hall; 3) Dallas Mavericks game; 4) TCU Baseball game; 5) Safe Communities; 6) Casa Manana Betty Buckley Awards; 7) Bass Hall/Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; 8) Lone Star Park; 9) Shrine Circus; 10) Dallas Ballet at the Winspear Theater; 11) TCU Football game; 12) Bass Hall/Fort Worth Performing Arts
Score A Goal In The Classroom Board of Directors member, Walter Dansby, presented “The Best Is Yet to Come” HERO Awards to three outstanding Fort Worth ISD principals on February 13, 2015: Lear Linton, Carroll Peak Elementary; Keith Besses, Van Zandt Guinn Elementary; and Dr. Marion Mouton at Edward J. Briscoe Elementary. Each honoree also received well-deserved cash honorariums. We applaud them for their excellent leadership!!
We are honored to serve all of the North Texas schools! Our next monthly meeting will be August 19 -2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church at the corner of Summit Avenue and I-30, at 6:15 p.m. We hope to see YOU!
Hero Procedures Are you a K – 12 grade educator and wish to nominate an outstanding candidate to receive the Bayard H. Friedman Award at an upcoming public event? Please see the attached information, and be sure to attend the Score A Goal In The Classroom monthly meetings at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 5:15 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to learn more.
You may also call the office at 817-429-4024 for more information