Arlington Heights High School Tennis Player’s Award

LIBBY CURTIS, student at Fort Worth I.S.D.’s AHHS, is the new Jayne Trigg Fraley “Heart of the Jacket” Award winner.  Libby was selected as the most improved player on the tennis squad this school year, and she demonstrates a remarkable, ‘never-never-give-up’ attitude.  Way to go, Libby!!

Special Summer Reading Lists for Youngsters!

FOR KIDS & PARENTS — Here are the Score A Goal In The Classroom Suggested Summer Reading Lists for 2017.  We hope you adults will encourage your kids to read these very entertaining and educational books for recommended for their age groups.  GIVE THEM A HEADSTART FOR SCHOOL NEXT YEAR!!  Please try sitting down and reading with them awhile several nights a week!  This will help you connect better with them, will be an excellent example for them to see your interest, and we think you’ll find it very rewarding!  SAGITC Reading Lists 2017 / SAGITC 6th-8 Sugg Reading List / SAGITC 9th-12 Sugg Reading List 2017

Kool Sock Achievement Awards

The selected most-improved students and one outstanding teacher in eight area schools were awarded the KOOL SOCK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD late May and June of this year.  These very special sock awards are provided once a year by Foot Cardigan of Dallas in conjunction with SAGITC.  Congratulations to each of these winners, as listed below:

Hunter McDade Receives Kool Sock Award 2017

Eagle Mt.-Saginaw ISD – Antonio Arellano, 2nd gr. student, and Christi Dauphinals, teacher – at Comanche Springs Elementary

Fort Worth ISD – Edward Briscoe Elementary – Gang Lam, 4th grade / Carroll Peak – Timothy Nunez, 2nd grade / M.L. Phillips – Benny Speed, 4th grade / Van Zandt Guinn – Daylon Potter, 5th grade

International Leadership of Texas, Keller – Hunter McDade, 1st grade

NICHOLAS MORRIS NEW DRAMA-THEATRE HERO

The Drama/Theater Teacher at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Mr. Nicholas Morris, was honored at the May 25, 2017 Betty Buckley Awards at Casa Manana. He was awarded the 2017 Bayard H. Friedman HERO Award for being the most outstanding in his field in North Texas, and given an all-expense-paid trip to San Diego for two this summer!

Nicholas has dedicated his career of more than twenty-five years to instill a love of the theater and drama in all of his students.  He says he is continuously amazed at how they overcome challenges and rise to the next level of excellence!  Mr. Morris received his Bachelor of Arts and Theatre from Midwestern State University, and his Master of Arts from Dallas Baptist University.  

D & M LEASING “Keep the Reading Lamp Lit” Reading Program

Thank You to D & M LEASING for sponsoring our organization’s “Keep the Reading Lamp Lit” Reading Program, which benefits elementary schools all over the North Texas area.  The data shows that their loyal support really helps participating students improve their READING SKILLS, READING STAMINA and SELF-ESTEEM!!!

HERO AWARD RECIPIENTS IN 2016

*2016 BAYARD H. FRIEDMAN HERO AWARD Recipients were chosen as the best in their fields of education in North Texas and honored by Score A Goal In The Classroom, as follows:

Beverly Fletcher, FWISD – Visual Arts Director – Honored at the Dream Makers Art Festival and the Nutcracker Ballet at Bass Hall (2-25-16 and 12-23-16) / 2) Ramon Niño, III, FWISD – Mariachi Music Teacher – Honored by the Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Hall (5-14-16) / Dr. Germán Gutiérrez, FWYO Conductor – Honored also by the Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Hall (5-14-16) / Camille Haley, Birdville ISD – Drama Teacher – Honored at the Casa Mañana Buckley Awards (5-19-16) / Charlie Qualls, FWISD – Maintenance – Honored at Lone Star Park (7-9-16) / and Tim Buchanan, Aledo ISD – Athletic Director-Coach – HOnored at the Aledo Bearcat Stadium.

2016 HOLT HICKMAN HERO AWARD Recipient – Sue Testerman was honored at the November 19, 2016 Shrine Circus performance for being chosen the most outstanding 2016 Dyslexis Therapist/Teacher in North Texas.  Sue works effectively and affectionately with her students in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

Ernie Horn congratulates HERO Tim Buchanan during an Aledo High School football game, fall of 2016

All the above professionals in the education arena are deeply admired and appreciated by all their colleagues, and their students and families.  We applaud them as HEROES of our community!!  *XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, awarded these individuals with a well-deserved $1,000.00 honorarium!

FWPD Book Patrol Reading Initiative

fwpd-bk-patrol2003-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.”

book-patrol-2016Under 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!