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Santa Fe Independent School District celebrates music in our schools with students in grades K-12 receiving music instruction on a daily basis. As a district, we have very successful music programs. Our band, “The Pride of the Tribe,” had two students qualify for regional band. Most recently…

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The National School Breakfast Program has served our nation admirably for over 60 years through advanced practices and nutrition education; and is dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s children. The National School Breakfast Program has been joined through the years by many …

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On Feb. 10, not a single parking spot was available, and the cafeteria of Roy J. Wollam Elementary was filled with parents, grandparents and other family members anxiously waiting to see little Abe Lincolns, Neil Armstrongs, and Clara Bartons parade through the school! This exciting event, a…

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The mission of the Santa Fe Independent School District Fine Arts is to enrich learning by inspiring students to explore and develop creative expression through the arts. I have witnessed incredible learning partnerships in fine arts across the district. These have included rehearsals and cl…

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January is School Board Recognition Month and Santa Fe Independent School District will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice …

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House Bill 2804 was passed in the 84th legislative session in 2015, and requires that the accountability system be changed from Met Standard/Not Met Standard to assign A-F ratings for schools and districts in 2018. These ratings will be based primarily on our state standardized test scores. …

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Santa Fe ISD educators were surprised on Dec. 2 with grant funds from the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation. The grants are announced parade-style with the high school drum line, Santa Claus and numerous elves from the foundation’s board. Select donors and other community leaders also ride…

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These public servants donate their time and talents to ensure that all of our children have the best public schools we can provide. These trustees attend meetings, workshops, training, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns and do the hard work to benefit the students and the com…

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We are proud in Santa Fe Independent School District that we see evidence of sharing every day in our district. Teachers share their knowledge, skills, talents and love with their students. Also, students, staff and parents share their resources.

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As we celebrate our veterans on this Veterans Day 2016, I feel grateful as the daughter of a Korean War veteran to be honoring our veterans this week. For someone like me, stories of the war and the sacrifices he and his fellow army “buddies” made literally jump off the pages of his scrapboo…

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October is designated annually as National Principals Month to recognize the essential role that principals play in school achievement and student success. Being a school principal is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job because the school is constantly in your thoughts. It has to be because, as …

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The National School Lunch Program has served our nation admirably for more than 60 years through advanced practices and nutrition education, and is dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s children. The National School Lunch Program has been joined through the years by many oth…

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The Santa Fe Independent School District’s board of trustees, at their regularly scheduled September board meeting, proclaimed the week of Oct. 9-15 as Fire Prevention Week in Santa Fe ISD.

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Santa Fe ISD utilizes community partnerships to align school and community resources in order to produce successful students, strong families and engaged communities. We combine quality education with enrichment opportunities to ensure all our students are successful.

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September is National Attendance Awareness Month: Attend Today; Achieve Tomorrow. Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achievem…

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Where has the time gone that we find ourselves “back to school,” not only for students and teachers but for parents as well.

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By recognizing those who are standing up for public schools each year, Santa Fe Independent School District is wishing to express appreciation to those who are deserving and also encourage others to step up and help. Winwood Motor Co. was honored by district leaders for its outstanding support of the students and schools in Santa Fe ISD.

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I recently had the honor of interviewing Bill Sartain, who is a former Santa Fe Independent School District board member that loyally served the district for 24 years.

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Santa Fe Independent School District is focused on recruiting and hiring qualified staff and providing training opportunities for every employee.

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Since 1969, the Texas State Teacher of the Year Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the communities they serve.

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Our mission is to prepare all members of the Santa Fe Independent School District learning community to achieve and succeed through innovative strategies and collaborative relationships. Accordingly, the district wishes to involve representatives from the staff and community to serve in an a…

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Valero and its Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children fund were honored during the March 21 Santa Fe Independent School District board of trustees meeting by the Texas Association of School Boards and district leaders for its outstanding support of the students and schools in Santa Fe ISD.

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During a recent Santa Fe Independent School District school board meeting, Property Casualty Alliance of Texas presented the Special Achievement Award to Rhonda Hart, a SFISD bus driver, in an effort to recognize that she has exhibited a level of dedication and accomplishment even beyond tha…

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For the second year, the hallways of Roy J. Wollam Elementary were filled with parents, grandparents and other family members waiting anxiously to see little Abe Lincolns, Neil Armstrongs and Clara Bartons parade through the school. This exciting event that took place on Feb. 5 is a second g…

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Ihave witnessed incredible learning partnerships in fine arts across the district. These have included rehearsals and classroom time where assessment is used to inform learners with specific feedback to master skills. Students and educators work together, asking thoughtful questions, offerin…

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Texas has more than 5 million students in its public schools. That is 5 million young minds from about 5 years old to 18 years old, and our state is attracting even more. Every year, our student population increases by about 85,000 additional students.

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Santa Fe ISD educators were surprised Dec. 4 with grant funds from the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation totaling $40, 598.19. Students across all campuses will benefit from new laptops, tablet computers, library books, science lab equipment and other innovative educational materials. Sinc…

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Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, football, hunting, pilgrims, cool weather and fall colors are the things that make Thanksgiving, right? As I reflect on these past few months, I realize just how blessed we all are in our district. Sure, we do need to give thanks on Thanks…

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During the 77th regular session of the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 218 was passed requiring the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules for the implementation and administration of the financial accountability rating system now known as the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. Thi…

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As we celebrate Veterans Day 2015, I feel grateful as the daughter of a Korean War veteran to be honoring our veterans this week. For someone like me, stories of the war and the sacrifices he and his fellow army buddies made literally jump off the pages of his scrapbooks. It is wonderful to …

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Drug abuse in this nation has reached epidemic stages; and it is imperative that visible, unified prevention education efforts by community members be launched to eliminate the demand for drugs. The National Red Ribbon Campaign offers citizens the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment …

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The National School Lunch Program has served our nation admirably for more than 60 years through advanced practices and nutrition education; and is dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s children. The National School Lunch Program has been joined through the years by many oth…

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How does your child learn best? Brainstorm what your child loves to do and how they learn best — whether that’s visiting a science museum, helping cook breakfast or playing soccer, your child’s teacher would like to know.