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  • Student Stars

    WFISD students are achieving in all sorts of ways. See what a few of them are doing, here.

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  • McNiel Junior High Celebrates Back to the Future Day

    McNiel students dressed for the film's 1980s but dreamed for the future on the blockbuster movie's official Future Day: Oct. 21, 2015.

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  • Rider Students Box Up Future Careers

    Rider Health Science teacher Britany Schmidt asked her students to turn a shoebox into something that represented their future career. Students got creative.

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  • Mobile Oilfield Visits Haynes Elementary

    Did you know that soaps, lotions and fabrics are made from oil? Students at Haynes Elementary got a crash course on oil through six hands-on learning stations brought to them through the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit. "This is the way teaching ought to be everyday," said Principal Deirdre Forney.

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  • Provisions Collected for Storm-Lashed Dominica

    A storm system whipped through the Caribbean and made a dangerous turn toward WFISD Federal Programs Director Alefia Paris-Toulon's homeland, the Commonwealth of Dominica. To help victims, she led a relief drive at WFISD schools.

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  • Zundy Grandparents' Day Hits a Nerve

    Zundy Principal Shane Porter invited all Zundy grandparents to the school Sept. 18 for a one-hour play date. When 275 grandparents showed up, there wasn't a parking spot for blocks anywhere around the school.

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  • Distance Learning Comes to Class

    Fain Elementary is one of eight WFISD campuses that is experimenting with distance learning. Here, Fain art teacher Audra Miller exposes her elementary students to distance learning during a lesson on how to draw a cat.

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  • How to Bring Twitter Into Your Life

    Superintendent Mike Kuhrt says he learns more on Twitter than anything else. How could Twitter help you this year? Find out how to make Twitter part of your day.

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  • Red Carpet Start to a New Year

    Fowler Elementary Principal Jeff Hill rolled out the red carpet, velvet ropes and photography studio for a star-studded first day of school. Mr. Hill, dressed in a tuxedo and tennis shoes, emceed the event by interviewing students and their parents as they walked up the sidewalk to school.

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  • Scot Hafley Favors Program Growth, Depth -- and Clean Spaces

    It's been nine years since WFISD welcomed new leadership to the top athletic post in the district. Scot Hafley, WFISD's new athletic director, sat down with WFISD's Ann Work to talk about the year ahead.

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  • The Teaching Skills That Credential Courses Don't Address

    Renee Blackwell addressed WFISD staff at the 2015 Back to School Rally on August 14. Mrs. Blackwell is the 2015 WFISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Region 9 Teacher of the Year. Teaching isn't always easy, she said, and here's why.

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  • 10 Tips for New Teachers

    New WFISD elementary teachers learn practical tips to get the school year started right. The keys: Set your routines, tell your story, and welcome parents, too.

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  • The Franklin Flutists

    When Franklin music teacher Abi Parker looked for a special project for her students, she decided on one that would put an instrument in the hands of each child.

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  • Explosion of Color

    Nearly 600 children helped make a rainbow-hued bulletin board in the Southern Hills Elementary Hallway that reads, “Together We Reach Our Dreams.”

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  • West Award Winners Exhibit Dedication

    The West Teaching Excellence Award winners for 2014 make teaching look easy. But these 20 teachers employ specific strategies and philosophies in their classrooms to help children learn. They also exhibit an impressive level of dedication to children.

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    Bond 2015

    On May 9, 2015, Wichita Falls ISD voters will decide the fate of a school bond costing $59.5 million. Here’s an easy way to learn the details about the 2015 WFISD school bond.
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    Why I Love My Teacher

    WFISD teachers make a difference in the lives of children. Even though you may not hear it often from your students or they may have an unusual way of expressing what makes you special, we want to remind you why students love teachers like you.
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    Julie Yandell - 2014 WFISD Teacher of the Year

    This video recognizes Julie Yandell from Wichita Falls High School, District Teacher of the Year 2014. Watch this video to learn more about Julie's teaching philosophy and hear from her students.
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    Did You Know?

    Your Wichita Falls Independent School District earned many awards during the 2014-2015 school year. This 30-second video briefs you on WFISD’s 45 academic achievements at 17 schools and its top-of-the-heap financial rating.
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    Did You Know?

    One of the district’s newest programs, Read 2 Learn, is helping second-graders read on grade level by the time they enter third grade — with amazing success. View this 30-second video to learn more.
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    Annual IDEA Grants Delivered to Winning Teachers in Surprise Visits

    Annual IDEA Grants were delivered to winning teachers in surprise visits.The WFISD Foundation awards more than $10,000 in grants annually to fund exceptional classroom projects. The IDEA Grant awards are an annual WFISD tradition. At the beginning of each school year, teachers are asked to submit requests for funding for special projects they’d like to try in their classrooms.The funding is designed to help teachers by giving them extra money to do special projects – projects that would be impossible without additional funding.
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    West Teaching Excellence Award Recipients

    The 20 teachers who won the 2014 West Teaching Excellence Award -- and $5,000 apiece -- first learned about their win Sept. 29. It was a warm Monday morning, and Associate Superintendent Mike Kuhrt and staff from the Community Relations office made surprise visits to all 20 classrooms to deliver the exciting news in person. They delivered balloon bouquets to each teacher.

    The news was announced to each winner in front of their students, who clapped and cheered. For elementary teachers, Mr. Kuhrt asked the principal to pull a student from the winning teacher's classroom and meet the group in the hallway. The child was given the balloon bouquet and told to run with it into their classroom and loudly shout, "Congratulations!"

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    West Teaching Excellence - Thank You

    Teachers -- most who were in the middle of teaching their lessons -- reacted with shock, surprise and -- for some -- tears. Each winner was invited into the school hallway and asked to comment on the significance of his or her win. In this short video, see how they responded.
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